New Year Twenty Sixteen

Happy New Year everyone.

I'm up early this morning having my breakfast and enjoying a cup of Joe before I begin preparing for my annual family New Years Dinner. 

On New Years Eve, Nick and I choose to avoid going out into the mob of booze infused people and loud noises. You can tell I'm getting old huh? We opt for a nice Sushi dinner and enjoyed bringing in the new year cuddled up on the couch.

Then we anxiously await that new years text from our daughter. It just gives us a little piece of mind that's she's okay out there living it up with her friends.

As I sit here, I can smell the aroma of the pork shoulders that have been slow cooking all night, thanks to my darling husband. He has already cooked ten pounds of collard greens.

He cooked those yesterday because we find that they taste better reheated the next day. He cooks them outside. If you have ever cooked collard greens, you'd know why.

I used to do them this way. But thank the Lord they come ready to cook now.

Now I need to start peeling ten pounds of taters, prepare the crock pot macaroni n cheese, cook the black eye peas and bake three fruit cobblers. 

Last year was a pretty good year. I lost 47 lbs. and only suffered one agonizing back pain that lasted a couple weeks and a small three day cold. Nick and I do good avoiding getting sick.

Here are my top ten goals for the new year.
  1.  Continue good health
  2.  Maintain my weight loss
  3.  Participate in a small marathon.
  4.  Clean closets out (again).
  5.  Blog more 
  6.  Stay off Facebook
  7.  Redo my Kitchen 
  8.  Worry less and pray more
  9.  Get to work on time
  10.  Renew my Phlebotomy certificate
  11.  And better myself all together.
Now I'm off to the kitchen to get this feast ready by noon. I will be missing my daughter this year as she will be traveling to the beach for a friends wedding party. This will be our first new years day without her here. I pray for her safe travels. I'll worry about her until she gets back home. Oh darn, I just messed up #8. Can I have do over?

What are some of your goals for the new year?


  1. An entry that brings back memories of New Years Days gone by, thanks. I never thought of collards being better the second time around, but I think you are correct. Sherry thinks that about several foods.
    That is a good list, follow thru.
    My list is short, lose 10 lbs and get another Cochlear Implant while all the time enjoying life with my best friend and lover.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours. We are in our 70's and still cannot master the 'do not worry' about your kids. LOL

  2. Now that's a mess of collards girlfren:) We had greens, blackeyed peas, cornbread, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and sweet tea. Is there a better way to bring in the new year?
    Have a great year Lisa.

  3. Great New Years List Lisa! The meals sound terrific! Home Cooking invites a warmth to the home. We are blessed to have husband's who participate in bringing the meal's together.