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Weekly Recipes and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Cucumbers, Bibb Lettuce, and Tomatoes from Hurricane Creek Farms, Regional Collard Greens, Carrots with Tops, Green Onions (aka Scallions), Fancy Braeburn Apples, Bananas Tangelos and Tangerines, Russet Potatoes and Crimini Mushrooms! It was a beautiful basket! (I love how this week’s picture turned out too!)

This Week’s Meal Plan (powered by PepperPlate.com) includes all kinds of warm dishes as well as some simple favorites, including a twist on the traditional Southern Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas for New Year’s! The tradition stems back to an ancient Jewish custom that included eating symbols of prosperity, including black-eyed peas, leeks, beets or spinach, dates, and bottle gourds (in the squash family) at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

When Jews arrived in the United States in the early 1700′s, they came to the Southern state of Georgia, where non-Jewish farmers adopted the symbols of prosperity around the time of the Civil War. But the Georgian farmers added pork to their greens and beans for flavor. Teri Green wrote an article called “A Tasty Tradition: New Year’s Meal Means Good Luck, Good Eats,” in which she writes, “The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion” (Montgomery Advertiser, Jan. 2, 2009). Who knew?!

Some of the Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Happy New Year!

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New Years is a good time to look back over the last year and set goals for the new one. I look back and see some things I’d like to do better this coming year. I’m hesitant to write them out because it seems like if I tell other people my goals, I’m less likely to do them. So I’m posing them with a “Let’s see…” phrase instead of as an “I will…” statement.

Things I’d like to do this year:

  1. Let’s see if I can live a simpler, calmer life and resist the temptation to busy myself and fret over things I can’t change this year.
  2. Let’s see how many days I can read my Bible this year.
  3. Let’s see if I can share the gospel with more people this year (to do this, I have to make the gospel more of a priority in my own life: see #2).
  4. Let’s see how many days I can walk 3 miles this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
  5. Let’s see if I can get to sleep earlier and get up earlier this year.
  6. Let’s see if I can do with less coffee and more water this year (I won’t eliminate coffee because I believe there are some health benefits to the beverage in moderation, but I do need to drink more water).
  7. Let’s see if I can eat well this year (sub-goals of this would be to see if I can limit dessert to only once a week at most, not drink soda, stick primarily to the outside aisle of the grocery store, concentrating on produce and fresh, all-natural meats and eggs, limit dairy products other than yogurt, and reduce my intake of items that contain gluten).
  8. Let’s see if I can get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer this year (my study materials arrived this week!).
  9. Let’s see if I can read more books and watch less TV this year.
  10. Let’s see if I can live on a tight budget and still save this year.

Finally, I wanted to share a prayer that has been hanging in our house since I was a little girl, The Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.”

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Happy New Year! (Jan. 1, 2010)

Need a fun party idea with minimal planning on your part? Try this!

We hosted a New Year’s Eve Book Exchange Party this year. It was so much fun, we decided it will have to be a tradition. We asked each guest to bring a wrapped book (we specify that it should be a book you’d like to own, not a prank). And we asked each guest to bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share. This way, it cuts down on your cost for the party and on the cleanup (as guests usually take their food with them when they leave).

We provided a loaf of bread and cheese fondue (recipe found in an earlier post) and 2 apple pies, coffee, tea, and punch. My husband makes the BEST apple pies! It’s just a simple recipe from Betty Crocker’s cookbook, but they’re delicious!!

As for the book exchange, we cut up a piece of paper with a number on each small piece, folded them up, and placed them in a basket (one for each book). If you brought a book, you pick a number. Player 1 gets to choose a wrapped book from the pile. Player 2 can either choose a wrapped book or steal Player 1’s book. If 2 steals from 1, 1 gets to pick a new book from the pile. You can’t steal directly back, and once the book has been stolen 3 times, it sticks with that player. Player 3 can then either choose a wrapped book or steal from any open book, and so on. It’s always fun to see the random books people bring. Don’t feel bad about stealing the book you want; that’s what makes it so much fun! I secretly enjoy it if the book I bring gets stolen at least once.

You can do this with other themed parties too: White Elephant Gifts, kitchen items, tools, etc. But whatever theme you choose for your party, remember to keep it simple and everyone will have fun.

Happy New Year’s!
Melissa