Well grocery lovers the year is coming to an end and quite frankly I am thankful. I welcome 2012 with open arms. I truly feel that this new year will bring terrific change for the sisters and our families! As I sit here writing this morning and reflecting on 2011 there is joy along with sadness. Looking back on the months gone by, as a new year starts and an old one ends, I contemplate what brought us joy. Amy and I have been so blessed this year with new opportunities and becoming closer than two sisters could possibly be. Remembering how we enriched our lives by sharing countless hours formulating recipes, cooking, blogging, working on our cookbook. I would not trade all those tired nights for anything. We have grown in so many ways and it has allowed us to become better stronger women. We are looking forward to fresh, revitalizing interests, a variety of different new recipes, meeting interesting new people, material and personal successes and to make this new year the best one yet.

We hope this new year finds you healthier and happier, peaceful, content and satisfied.
Happy New Year!

We Southerners know that eating black-eyed  peas ensures good luck and prosperity so eat them up!!!!!

What you need:

1 pound of dried or fresh black-eyed peas

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 quart of water

Salt, pepper and Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning, to taste

1/2 pound smoked ham, chopped

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped green onion tops

2 cups of raw rice, cooked

Dash or two of Louisiana Hot Sauce

What to do:

Combine peas, onion, garlic, water, salt, pepper. Cajun seasoning and ham in a heavy pot; bring to a boil, lower heat and cook until peas are tender and creamy (45 minutes for fresh peas and 2 hours for dried peas).

Add cooked rice, mixing gently until rice is coated with pea mixture; add parsley and green onion tops and mix.