Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Good Luck: Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Blackeye Pea Soup

Yield: 8 one-cup servings


  • 8 oz dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 strip bacon, cut in small pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • Hambone or smoked ham hocks (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and hot sauce, to taste


1. Inpect the peas to be sure there are no stones included (most beans are mechanically processed and there are occasional inclusions). Soak them overnight, then drain and rinse well.

2. Sauté the bacon slowly in a skillet until just starting to crisp. Remove to a side plate.

3. In the bacon pan, slowly sauté the onion, carrot, celery and sweet red pepper until the onion is translucent.

4. Place the peas, bacon, vegetables, thyme, red pepper flakes and hambone or hocks (if using) in a slow cooker or soup pot. Add about 6 cups water. The peas should be at least covered by the water. Cook at a slow simmer for about 2 hours, until beans are tender. If you're using the optional ham bone or hocks, skim fat from the surface occasionally.

5. Whisk the cornstarch into a cup of the soup broth and then stir into the soup. Cook another 15 minutes or so until the soup thickens.

Season to taste.

Enjoy and have a Very Happy New Year!!



I wish everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!!
Be safe, enjoy time with your loved ones, and lets all pray for peace in 2010!
Hugs to all my friends!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Movie Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Today is all about relaxing around here! Eating and movies. Hope you are are relaxing too, and are enjoying the weekend!


P.S. This movie is hysterical!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

I'm wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Happy New Year!!
I love you all!!



Friday, December 18, 2009

Let it Snow!!

Hello and Happy Friday! I hope everyone is in the Holiday spirit by now. It is really creeping up on us quickly! I am bracing myself for this big Nor'easter snow storm tomorrow. We are suppose to get up to 10 inches. But Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware are getting up to 20 inches!! So I am heading to the store, like every other single person in this tri-state area, to get some food and firewood.
On Wednesday, I played hooky from work to get my Christmas cookies underway. I stayed in my pajamas until 2:00 in the afternoon, and it felt great!! I always make about 6 different kinds, and double batch them too. I tried a new one this year. Sables. They are so delicious and buttery. A perfect shortbread cookie! You roll the dough into logs and chill, then brush them with egg yolk and roll the log in your favorite sugar. Then just slice and bake. I used green, red, and white sugar crystals. They really turned out nice. This picture is from Stickygooeycreamychewy, but this is exactly how they turn out.

I also did my thumbprint cookies with assorted jams. They are always a favorite.

I still have my cut out sugar cookies to do. I have all the dough made, I just have to cut, bake, and decorate. I also have oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and peanut butter. I think this will be keeping me busy this weekend.
I hope everyone is healthy, happy, and stress free at this time. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the season!


Friday, December 11, 2009

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! and Fishing dinner

I'll start off here with the winner. This is Amy's lifetime friend, Matt. He won the fishing tournament with the biggest fish caught. The trophy could not have gone to a better person, so glad he won. He would get up at 4a.m. and drive from PA to Maryland just to fish, then turn around and go home. Way to go Matt!

Here is John getting ice ready for the fishing dinner party.

Got the heater all filled for the deck.

Friends and neighbors enjoying the heater.

Amy with more friends after dinner.

Another lifetime friend of ours, John hamming it up with the big fish he caught.

My John with his fish in our basement.

My brother John, John, and brother-in-law Bill goofing off with a fish.

Some beautiful flowers a friend made for me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Stay warm and shop, shop, shop!
I have hubby's Christmas party tonight, and will post pictures later!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hellooooooooo & Baked Mac-N-Cheese

(image via)

  • 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese (Sharp)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot, add the cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese if desired.


Greetings and Happy December! I have been enjoying some down time from blogging lately, but miss you all terribly. I hope everyone is doing well and easing into the holidays. I also hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was perfect and exhausting at the same time. I think we might be going to Florida December 26, but haven't decided 100% yet. Warm weather has an appeal to me for some reason!

Here is a recipe I made this week from Paula Dean, and wanted to share it with you. It is super easy and very yummy.
Have a wonderful week, and take a deep breath. It will all be over in about 3 weeks!
Miss you all!!