Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my readers! Hope you can put behind 2012 and make 2013 a better year for you and everyone around you.

I start each new year off with a traditional family dinner with collard greens, black eye peas, pork, mashed potatoes and crock pot macaroni & cheese. My husband worked hard to fix the greens and meat while I did the rest. If you know me, you know i'm all about the sweets so I made two fruit cobblers. For the first time, I made a chocolate pecan cobbler! Read on, I posted the recipe at the end.

Ever wonder what this lucky meal means? Here is a little run down....
Pork: Usually consumed in Italy and the United States, where thanks to its rich fat content, it signifies wealth and prosperity.

Collard Greens: Their green leaves look like folded money, and are thus symbolic of economic fortune and believed the more you eat the more wealth you will have.
Black Eye Peas: Symbol of money. Their small, seed like appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.

Now the mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese are just thrown in the mix for good eatin'. That's how we do it in the South.
My husband cooked the collard greens outside. We do eight bundles.
If you have ever cooked collard greens, you'd know why.

Then he grilled some BBQ Pork loins on the grill.

 I cut up ten pounds of potatoes.

Here is the black eye peas, mac n cheese, and potatoes cooking.

I always do a half and half cobbler. This was the cobbler before I cooked it.
I never got a picture of  "after". That's how fast it got gone.
Before we began to eat, my sweet daddy had a short family devotion.
He left his paper here so now Ill share it with all of you.
Then everyone found a place at the tables and dug in.
It's hard to get everyone in one picture but we had fifteen!
This is where my front living room turns into a dinning room.
OK now for my favorite part. Chocolate Pecan Cobbler.
This is the first time I made it and thought I'd give it a try. It turned out wonderful and I will probably have to add this to the menu every year from now on. I was lucky to snatch a piece for this photo. It was gone in no time.
Melt 2 sticks butter and pour into 9x13 dish.
In bowl mix:
1 1/4 cup sugar 
1 1/2 cup self rising flour
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
Pour the batter mix into the melted butter ( Do not stir)
In separate bowl mix:
1 cup sugar
6 Tbls cocoa powder
2 cups chopped or half pecans (optional)
Pour on top.(Do not stir)
Then pour two cups boiling water into it (Do not stir)
Bake 350 for 30-45 minutes or until nice and brown.
Serve warm with ice cream or whip cream.
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  1. like your idea of a half-n-half cobbler ... and the choc cobbler sounds divine =)

  2. I made this for a covered dish supper tonight, BIG hit! Love that it uses basic pantry staples that I always have on hand and you can have it the oven in 5 minutes flat. Would be perfect on a snow day (if we ever have another one). Thanks Lisa

    1. Thanks Kathy! Im glad you made this and shared your experience. It looks more complicated than it really is. Im ready to make another one!

  3. Where does your dad get his devotionals? This one was perfect for the new year :O) And all the food looks delish! Thanks for the chocolate cobbler recipe. Have to make this!

  4. Thanks Crystal! Im not sure where he got this. It looks like he printed it off the computer. He is always reading and studying scripture.
    The chocolate cobbler is to die for.

  5. I had my black eyed peas...in the south the legend is that they bring luck...didn't know about the money aspect...works for me! :-)

  6. Hi Lisa,
    What a awesome party and I just love your Cobbler! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Your chocolate pecan cobbler is making me literally drool. And it looks surprisingly easy. I am going to give this one a try!

    1. Oh its to die for. Everyone that has made it so far say its a hit. Thanks.