Saturday, January 1, 2011

I feel so SOUTHERN!

Happy New Year everyone!! I'm especially glad to see last year behind me although I treasure SO many good times and blessings from it! But I love the feeling of a new year and a fresh slate. Which technically it is only one day away from yesterday but something about that number changing on the calender date just makes you feel like it's miles away from yesterday. Or maybe it's just me. Anywho...

I have been DYING to share with you the surprise I mentioned in a previous post about something I had for the coming year!! It is technically, I guess, my New Year's Resolution: to take 365 pictures of myself (one per day) throughout 2011. Crazy - perhaps. Sound like total fun to an avid scrapbooker AND photographer - YES! I heard of it from some friends of mine. The idea behind it is that scrapbooking mommas are always taking pictures and never end up IN any of them. And even though my hubby is a GREAT photographer and I constantly make him photograph me (actually I take back that statement - my husband will usually take the camera from me to make sure I get in some photos) I still think this is one step further. Okay yes it's a giant leap but when I heard about this it was just SO up my alley! So I will take ONE photo of me for one whole year and yep, I will share them on this blog!! WOOHOO! You're as excited as I am aren't you? I knew it! So have I taken my photo yet? Yes! Is it uploaded on this post? No :( right after I snapped my one photo my camera gave me a direct order - CHARGE BATTERY. So it is charging right now unable to upload :( :( I know. I'm sorry. HOWEVER I will TRY to get it done before sleep comes to my eyes. And at this time I would like to issue a warning. If you are a regular follower of this blog you know I lead a very busy, hectic life and can get inconsistent about my posting. So I have also told myself I WILL upload photos of my "365 of Me" Adventure at LEAST once a week. I made a reasonable goal OK.

So in the meantime to quickly explain my post title (because my hubby is waiting to watch a movie with me) I just found out through the Pioneer Woman blog that the Southern New Year's meal is Black-Eyed Peas! Most of them make a soup and even add a dime to see who will get the dime in their bowl of soup which grants them luck for the coming year. Now as I am COMPLETELY opposed to putting nasty dirty money that has passed through numerous sets of hands I opted to leave that part out BUT I did make a big pot of Black-Eyed Pea Soup today! I'm so proud. Although with this meal I must send out a huge apology to my dad. You see he is a true northerner from Ohio where it is a downright SIN to not eat Pork and Sauerkraut on New Year's Eve. I grew up holding my nose and taking two to three bites to say "see dad I ate it" right after midnight stroke year after year. But being a whole state away I figured I would at least be physically safe from any repercussions from skimping the sauerkraut for soup!

It was absolutely delicious and actually the first time I have ever made a Black-Eyed Pea soup AND it is what my first "365 of ME" photo is about!

(you can find the Black-Eyed Pea recipe on the "Tasty Kitchen" part of her blog)