New Years Food Traditions

New Years Traditions there are many of them and many involve food. I found a list of seven some of them I had not heard of before

1.Black eye peas for abundance and good luck.  Lentils are also good luck because they supposedly look like coins.

2.Pork is another food. reasoning is poultry scratches backwards, a cow stand still and pigs move forward. Which is how you want to go into the new year.

3. Grapes   consume twelve grapes at midnight. One for each stroke of the clock. Each grape represents a different month

4. Cooked Greens  It is widely believed that the more greens one eats the larger ones fortunes in the coming year.

5. Pomegranate seeds for abundance and fertility

6, Noodles-long noodles for a long life. You should not cut them.

7. Fish. Many cultures celebrate with fish and the Japanese believe fish to be a symbol of fertility.

Each country and culture has their own traditions for the New Year,

In Scotland the New Years celebration is called Hogmanay. In addition to Haggis there is shortbread and maybe venison prie with a side dish of rumbledethumps which is a potato, turnip and cabbage dish, and of course whiskey

What is your tradition?

No matter what your traditions, May you all have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year.



Wednesdays Quote

With the new year just around the corner I decided to share some words of wisdom from Ben Franklin.

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Christmas Traditions

Christmas day is one of my favorite days. Family,friends, presents, and food! What more can you ask for? I love cooking for the holidays. I remember my dad always cooking tons of food and everyone in and out of our house all day. Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins and friends, everyone was welcome and no one left hungry. This was something I tried to continue when I moved away from home.

I now live on the other side of the country my Christmas is still filled with traditions, ones we have created ourselves over the years. This is the first Christmas I did not at least talk to my Dad, he passed away in November, and I missed him.

I live in an apartment complex and several of us meet twice a week for coffee. We sit in the club house have coffee,someone brings donuts, or cake or something to eat as we talk. This year several of us had no family near by so we got together in the club house and had our own Christmas dinner.

Everyone bought one dish,usually something they make every year. One person did the ham, we had two different types of mashed potatoes, veggies, candied yams, corn bread, cranberry sauce and a wonderful red velvet cake with an incredibly rich fondant covering. My contribution was the corn bread and cranberry sauce. I love homemade cranberry sauce. We sat around sharing our food and our ­memories and just enjoying ourselves. As we cleaned up it was decided to do this again next year.

Christmas Memories

This is one of my favorite Christmas Memories, any names have been changed to protect me if one of my brothers should read this. 🙂

It is actually a bittersweet memory but one I treasure just the same.

It was the Christmas after my mom died, Dad and all of us older kids had done our best to make it a real special Christmas.

Some of my brothers were still little and all I had heard for weeks was Santa, Santa, Santa.
Christmas Eve came and I was getting ready to go to a party at my best friend’s house. Suddenly the doorbell rang and I heard “Ho-ho-ho is Charlie here?” I hurried downstairs to see my brothers’ reaction.

Santa stood in the doorway and one brother was talking to him. But it was the littlest one the rest of us watched. He came running down the hall, stop dead in his tracks, his eyes grew wide and he whisper SANTA. He ran over and hugged Santa, who sounded suspiciously like one of my older brother’s friends. Charlie whispered to Santa all he wanted for Christmas and when he was done, Santa whispered something to him, wished us all a Merry Christmas and was gone.

I went to my Christmas party and my brother went to bed that night without an argument.
We are all much older now, and while I have no children, all my brothers do. When I see the look of wonderment on a child’s face when they see Santa, I always think of that Christmas. When a young man gave a child a true gift and reminded the rest of us that Santa really is alive and well.

I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday, no matter which one it may be. I hope you all enjoy time with those who are so important to you as you make your own holiday memories.

Dr Seuss

With all the hustle and rush of these last few days before the holiday. I thought I would share some thing from one of my favorite stories by my favorite author of children’s books and observer of us mere mortals. I love the Grinch, it is my favorite of the Seuss books.

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.  ~Dr Seuss