Monthly Archives: December 2010
I have a long list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2011. I’m a list-maker by nature, so to-do lists are a helpful tool for me, particularly for long-range planning. Even if it’s not immediately apparent, these five things from my list relate directly to what we write about here: Mindfully making the most of what you have. Continue reading
As you’ve already heard, Jo has a thing about blackeyed peas, while I love them. I don’t hold it against her, just like I don’t tease her too much about her Louisiana heritage, but I do think she’s a little bit crazy for tempting fate by abstaining from even a few blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day. If you don’t already have a favorite blackeyed pea recipe of your own, here’s the one I use: Continue reading
If you’re not aware of the Southern tradition, black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year’s Day food, served with cornbread and greens, to bring luck for the year to come… but I just can’t do it. So, as a nod to my New Orleans roots, I have decided that red beans will just have to stand in at our house. It’s also a great way to use the ham bone from Christmas dinner, and a tasty, super cheap way to feed us all while we recover from holiday excess. Continue reading
I made it! Christmas is done, gifts have been exchanged, dinner has been cooked and eaten, and I have survived. Now that it’s almost over, I try to find a few minutes to reflect on how I can make next Christmas less about stress and more about joy. Continue reading
Every year, I expect Christmas Eve to be relaxing and stress-free, and every year I am up way too late dealing with things that were left until the last minute either due to circumstance or good-old-fashioned forgetfulness.
This year will be no different. I don’t have much to do, but I won’t be able to turn in early in anticipation of an early morning wake-up call from our son. Among other things, I’ll be pulling a couple of these last-minute items together, all of which can be assembled from things I already have on hand. If you need some last-minute gifts but have little to no money to spend, you may find some of the following well-received: Continue reading