Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014...Show Us What You've Got!

Ok, a new year with all it's possibilities.  All it's good, bad, and ugly.  I'm ready to begin again..are you?  Do you have your vision for this new year all splayed out on paper? Is it in your head what you want to accomplish? Do you even bother with all that?  Do you just let the year plan it's self and you follow along? Well, what ever you do, I sure hope it's a good year for you.  I was expecting to wake up today to snow, snow, snow...it was no, no, no, snow.  But it's coming...just in time for my commute in the morning.  What I do know is no matter what the weather, all our patients will make it in...they always do! We're suppose to get about 7-10in. and more during the rest of the week.  That's OK.  It's winter and that's how we roll around here. I'm trying my new attitude about things..like not complaining about the weather! So far so good. Of course I'm sitting in a warm room all comfy cozy.  We'll see how I do tomorrow. Today all the rest of my decorations made it back into storage. The house looks a bit bare..that's OK too.  I like the clean look of it! We had some traditional foods today and we also broke with our usual traditions.  Pork and sauerkraut have been the menu since I moved to Ohio back in 1877..wait, I mean 1977.  Today we went with steak, twice baked potatoes..
These poor ribeyes....the grill burst into flame and charred them on one side..I think I should have stuck with the pork! But they tasted good anyway...sorry it doesn't look that good in my pic!
Twice baked potatoes...they were good but they aren't very photogenic either. Oh well, I guess you had to be there!
Blackeyed peas did make the menu. We always have these and I kept that tradition. Notice the fancy china...
Okra and tomatoes...a nod to Jack's southern roots and my Greek ones..yep, Greeks like okra too! In another nod to my Greek roots, I made traditional Greek New Year's bread.  I baked a foil wrapped coin in it and whoever finds the coin in their piece has good luck for the year. I didn't find it..which explains a lot about the look of my meal today! Phillip did however.
I wish you all the luck for 2014 dear son! So this holiday time is over and it was a nice time with family and friends.  I hope we all can have a healthy, happy and productive 2014. Only good thoughts, good acts of service, and good luck for everyone.

15 comments:

Willow said...

Happy New Year Ya Ya.
Oh my look at that yummy supper.
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2014.
Hugs,
Willow

Sweet Tea said...

I think all your food photos look WONDERFUL!! Yum! I've not made plans for the New Year, yet. But I will. Happy New Year, my friend!

rosaria williams said...

Love it, how you handle everything so well, including the prospect of much snow. I would panic when it comes to driving in such weather.
I used to do a lot of detailed planning. Now, not so much. Better that way.

Shady Del Knight said...

My goodness, dear YaYa. Your blog is bathed in magenta! I logged onto Whispering Pines and it felt like I walked into Studio 54! :) I think you really do have the cutest blog on the block!

Look at that food, will ya! I'll bet Eddy looked at it... a lot! And sniffed... a lot! And licked his chops... a lot! I hope he got a little of that ribeye steak for being such a good boy in 2013.

Ironically, just this evening, Mrs. Shady made us a mess of roast pork and sauerkraut (one day late). She also recently made twice baked potatoes.

As you might know, the annual Greek Epiphany celebration is coming up next Monday down here in Tarpon Springs, not far from where I live. Teenage boys plunge into the chilly water and paddle to the bottom in an attempt to retrieve a cross. The boy who finds the cross is said to be blessed with good fortune in the coming year.

Dear friend YaYa. Please be careful on the roadways tomorrow. I hope it's not too bad a commute for you. I am very thankful to have you as one of my closest friends and I pray that 2014 will be kind to you and all your loved ones!

Donna said...

That Del...he cracks me UP!
We gave up on pork n kraut. After many years of eating and luck getting hugely worse, we figured....pizza! Ha!

Larry got the coin....hope it helps.

Our good luck is friends who bring bread :-)

Donna said...

Ps. Next year eating at your house.

karen said...

I wish you the happiest of new years, Kathy! My daughter is waiting for a ton of snow too, in Massachusetts. Your food looked good to me! I've never had a New Year's Day tradition for food so it's fun to read about what others do. As for us, we spent the day at the beach up on the bluffs looking out over the water and the surfers and the sailboats. It was lovely.

selvageedge said...

Looks like you had a very tasty New Year Eve. My best meals aren't usually photogenic, but my tummy doesn't care.

Good luck with that commute in the morning. :)

Willow said...

Ya Ya ~ Crickets back today and she is calling to you and Eddy to come play . LOL

Kim said...

Happy New Year. Your posts always make me hungry

Stacy Crawford said...

Happy New Year. I thought of you as I was driving to the dentist in the deep snow yesterday. :)

Rick Watson said...

Those ribeyes looked like I grilled them :)
Happy New Year Yaya.

Hope said...

Happy New Year Yaya! Love your post and I think those of us who have not experienced your cooking can judge by the empty plate that your food was great! Blessings to you and yours!

Deb Shucka said...

Wishing all those same things right back at you. My house feels bare with all the Christmas stuff down, too, but I like the feeling of freshness and openness. A good way to enter a new year.

Deb Shucka said...

Wishing all those same things right back at you. My house feels bare with all the Christmas stuff down, too, but I like the feeling of freshness and openness. A good way to enter a new year.