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January 2, 2011

Hi friends! Happy 2011!!!

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve, and that 2011 is already off to a good start.  We’ve been living it up here in Seattle— we had a fun New Year’s Eve with friends (including one of my very best friends from Shreveport!) and a relaxing New Year’s Day with family, including some quality time with our nephew Carson:

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We also managed to get in some black-eyed peas yesterday for good luck!

Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas (sans ham hock)


2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 carrots, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1-2 dashes liquid smoke

1 tbsp. brown sugar or maple syrup

1-2 dashes hot sauce

salt to taste

1-2 cups vegetable broth


In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil.  Add onion and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, until they have softened.  Add garlic, carrots, celery, and bell pepper, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, seasoning with salt as the veggies cook.  Once veggies are soft and glistening, add liquid smoke, brown sugar, and hot sauce, and cook for a few more minutes.  Add drained black-eyed peas, and saute for 4-5 minutes, seasoning with additional salt.  Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  You can add more or less vegetable broth, depending on how liquidy you want your peas to be.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for another 30 minutes, until liquid has reduced and thickened.

Serve over brown rice.

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Yum! These will probably bring us ALL sorts of good luck in 2011. I’m counting on it.  😉

Well, we’ve had a great trip here, but all good things must come to an end.  In a few hours, we’re catching our plane out of Seattle and heading back down to Louisiana…these academic breaks are kind of never-ending (not that I’m complaining)!

See you tomorrow from the South!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2011 4:59 pm

    Glad you had such a good time in Seattle! Carson is adorable. And veg black eyed peas? love it. Safe travels

  2. January 2, 2011 6:10 pm

    I’m very jealous of all my teacher friends!

  3. greensandjeans permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:23 pm

    You are such a travel machine lady! Safe travels!

  4. January 2, 2011 9:45 pm

    So jealous of your never-ending breaks 😉 Stew looks great!

  5. January 2, 2011 9:59 pm

    Have a safe trip down south!! My break this year is 6 weeks and I’m loving every second of it 🙂

  6. January 2, 2011 10:20 pm

    Cute pics and the black-eyed pea dish sounds wonderful. Have a safe trip!

  7. January 3, 2011 12:23 am

    Have a safe trip home! I know the black-eyed peas will do their magic!

  8. Ginger permalink
    January 3, 2011 2:56 am

    Carson is adorable! Glad you had fun in Seattle – see you very soon!

  9. January 3, 2011 12:04 pm

    Glad you had a great new year’s eve and day! Your nephew looks adorable. I can’t wait to have nieces and nephews (it won’t be for a very long time, my brother is 14!).

    Black eyed peas were not enjoyed by me this year, so bad luck to me 😦 I am not a fan, oh well! They do look good in your photo though….

    Have a safe trip back home!

  10. January 3, 2011 2:03 pm

    Carson is so cute! Safe travels 🙂


  11. Kelly permalink
    January 3, 2011 3:28 pm

    so funny story: I made black eyed peas too. Into the crockpot went fresh blackeyed peas, ham, onion, green bell peppe, crushed red pepper and salt. Smelled amazing! The husband got himself a big bowl added soy sauce and declared it the best black eyed peas I had ever made. Hum. I didn’t want to mention that the soy sauce completely changed the flavor. And who puts soy sauce on black eyed peas?!

    • January 3, 2011 3:30 pm

      Funny story to THAT– I actually thought about adding black eyed peas to ours! Lol…Keith and I are on the same wavelength 🙂

      Glad we’ll both be getting GOOD luck in 2011! I know you were ready to say “Good Riddance!” to 2010 🙂

    • January 3, 2011 3:31 pm

      I’m losing my mind– when I wrote “black eyed peas,” I meant SOY SAUCE! 🙂

      On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Anna Weber wrote:

      > Funny story to THAT– I actually thought about adding black eyed peas to > ours! Lol…Keith and I are on the same wavelength 🙂 > > Glad we’ll both be getting GOOD luck in 2011! I know you were ready to say > “Good Riddance!” to 2010 🙂 > >

  12. January 3, 2011 4:27 pm

    I’m so jealous of your long break! I miss the days of winter and summer breaks. I think the working world should have long vacations twice a year 🙂 That’d make things much more bearable! Have fun in Louisiana!

  13. January 3, 2011 4:32 pm

    Sounds like Seattle was a blast! Have a safe trip back!

  14. January 3, 2011 8:41 pm

    This looks so good! I’ve never tried BEP before… I think I need to change that!!!! STAT ❤

  15. thehungryscholar permalink
    January 3, 2011 9:52 pm

    These breaks never end. 🙂

    I actually don’t know what to do with my time. Lars gets to go to LA this week, and I have to hang out in Lafayette. Not fair.

    • January 3, 2011 10:38 pm

      Ugh– hey, be GLAD that you don’t have to go to MLA…yet 🙂

  16. January 4, 2011 1:03 am

    Glad you had a wonderful New Years! Safe travels friend!


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