Today was all about getting our house in order for the year ahead.
And removing every single Christmas decoration I laid my eyes on!
I have this thing about Christmas décor that the second December 26 arrives it all just looks like horrible clutter to me. Everything is packed away until next year now [tree ready to be made into mulch by the City of Cville] and the house feels so serene!!! I even brought out some Spring colors – wishful thinking!
We also went to pick up Karen from the airport and went on a family grocery shopping trip for the week!
Karen gave us this box of crackers when we were at her house – she hated them, but I loved them! Snack time.
Dinner tonight of course involved greens for wealth and black-eyed peas for luck! Luckily these are two of our favorite foods, so it’s easy to plan them on New Year’s Day.
The beans were from a can and were cooked with a cup of frozen corn and Cajun seasoning. Simple and tasty topped with greek yogurt and Faith’s homemade pepper hot sauce!
The greens were sautéed in bacon grease after we browned two slices and set them aside
But the real treat of the evening were these wonderful Cheesy Spice Cornbread Muffins that our employee (and friend!) Ellen made while she was house sitting for us! We found a batch on the dining room table when we returned (along with 2 bananas “for morning oats”). So sweet Ellen!
[And also hilarious because as I was reading Ellen’s blog I recognized the surfaces of our house before I even knew we’d get to taste the muffins!]
They muffins were probably the best cornbread muffins I’ve had – the serrano pepper flavor was my favorite part, and the cheese really came through too. They were also so light and fluffy!
I have no resolutions for 2012. I make resolutions when I wake up every morning!
2011 was one rockin’ year and I hope 2012 will be too.