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Happy New Year 2018

Another New Year begins, and once again I am going to spend this day doing the things that I want to do all year long.  I’ll be enjoying a nice breakfast with newly retired DH (that’s dear husband for new readers), watching the Rose Parade, doing a bit of sewing and maybe a bit of stamping, making a creative meal and having dinner at a pretty table.  I will not be doing any chores, although I may try to get in a walk on my treadmill so I can stay motivated this year.  I brought my money in this morning for good fortunes this year too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My table is set with black and gold for the New Year.  We didn’t do a party last night, just spent a quiet evening at home.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is simple, gold candles in my Advent ring, a couple of gold horns, some gold star garland and a big piece of gold ribbon to hold a gold Happy New Year paper crown.  All are set on a black charger.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I found these black and gold salad plates on ebay last year, and just had to get them.  I’ve been saving them for this table.  The design in gold on the black is striking, made me wish I had my friend’s gold flatware to set on this table too.  I put them on my white stoneware plates and set the stack on black chargers.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We had dinner at this table last night and will enjoy it today too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Of course, we have to have some black eyed peas with lunch today.  My recipe for Jumpin’ John is like Hoppin’ John kicked up a notch!  Do you have a special good luck food for New Year’s day?

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What will you do today that you want to do all year? Did you hide money outside?

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home



New Year’s Good Luck Lunch – Jumpin’ John

It is said that you should do on New Year’s Day what you want to do all year long.  So, I played today, did some sewing and crafting, a little creative cooking, and left the laundry alone.  I have a new quilting design in the works and I started on it today.  Here’s a sneak peek.


Last night’s table looked wonderful when everyone arrived with dishes to share.

NY Party food

We had a great time with our champagne taste tests. DH had the idea to put the color twisty stars on the glasses, so everyone had two glasses to use for comparison.

Wine Glasses

After everyone had sampled all the choices, the results were split between the next-to-the-top Moet and the most expensive Dom Perignon.  Interesting!

NY champagne

And here is the recipe I promised yesterday.  It is like a Hoppin’ John, but  I am calling it Jumpin’ John because it isn’t a side dish, it is a meal!

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Gather all your ingredients together before you start.

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Start with sauteing the onion in olive oil.

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Add the sausage and cook until browned.

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Add the remaining ingredients.  I use leftover rice from a previous meal.

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Stir to combine, reduce heat and simmer until heated through.

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Serve in a bowl, and garnish with green onions if you like.

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Enjoy with a piece of crusty bread.   For dinner, just add a side salad.  If you usually add greens to your peas, you could do that too.  It is a real rib-sticking, hearty meal on a cold day.  It also takes well to adjustments in the quantities, like a little more rice if you happen to have a little more leftover, or a bit more kielbasa if you like more meat.  It is ready in just a few minutes!

Jumpin’ John Black Eye Peas and Rice

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 pound kielbasa or other smoked sausage, cut into bite size pieces
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained
1 cup cooked long-grain rice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
Chopped green onion for garnish, optional

Cook onion in oil until translucent. Add sausage and cook until browned.  Add tomato sauce, paste, peas, rice, and rest of ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Heat through. Ladle into bowls, garnish with green onion and serve with crusty bread and butter. Serves 4.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!


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