My first thought upon waking up this New Year’s Day was “How am I going to cook my Black Eyed Peas?” After a bit of browsing I finally found a recipe that seemed easy, but good. As an added bonus the spice helped clear my sinus, but the ‘cook the onion in the bacon fat’ was a knock on the ‘eat healthier’ resolution.
Speaking of,I have mixed feelings about New Year’s Resolutions. On one hand I like them. I like lists. I like setting goals and working for something, the hope they provide. On the other, part of me can’t help but think they’re a giant setup for a delayed failure, leaving many to dwell during the week between the holidays on things that hadn’t quite been accomplished.
Personally I struggle with making them. I often feel caught off guard, like when a relative calls the month of your birthday, asking for ideas…you stammer out a few things but then later think “Do I even Want that?!?”
After some thought, I have come up with a few that I believe will push me, make me a better person, and are actually ones I will Want to do.
- Be active in the lives of my friends and family. This means staying in touch more, especially with those I don’t see often. It means planning more outings, making more calls, writing more letters–not just being an observer of their life from a Facebook page, or hearing updates from a third-party.
- Strive to be healthier. — This is the biggest, most all-inclusive. It covers sleeping the right amount, eating healthier, creating a workout routine. While these are things I do now, they should be polished.
- Venture out of my comfort zone more often.– This could mean choosing a red dress when I’d usually opt for black, going to an event where I won’t know many people, or just trying something new because I can. Life is too be lived, and to gain comfort, you’ve got to try it first.
There we go. I know three is a rather small number to go with, but I figured those were doable, yet large enough that they covered just about everything.
They make me hopeful, optimistic, but just in case I need some extra luck, I’ll have some more black eyed peas.
Spicy Black Eyed Peas
4 Slices of Bacon
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Can Rotel
1 can Black Eyed Peas, washed/dried
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
3 cups water
In a large saucepan cook the bacon. Once it’s crisp crumble & set aside.
Saute onions in the bacon fat until tender.
Add all other ingredients and cook for 45 -60 minutes.
(you may need extra water if it’s too hot)
Serve, using crumbled bacon as garnish