Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 56 Monday (2/2/15)

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Hoppin’ John                 
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages:  18 - 19     Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins    OR

According to :
         Hoppin’ John is a old favorite (1840s) in the Southern states for a New Year’s Celebration. It is a combination of rice, pork, and black-eyed peas. The thought is that it came from the South Carolina plantations. There are differing opinions as to the origin of the name. It is tied in to New Year’s because it is said to bring good luck. I can honestly say that I don’t believe in luck. I think that we set ourselves up for success. They usually served it with good old cornbread and collard greens (not a favorite of this girl).

Random Reflections - Bucket List #44

         My Aunt Marge passed away on Sunday and it made me think about my own mortality. I think it is a good idea to write down your wishes as to your funeral, burial, etc. I do not want to leave that burden to my nieces/nephews or sisters. Planning ahead is a good, thoughtful thing to do for your loved ones.

plan my funeral
spend a fun day with each of my nieces/nephews
Take a formal cooking class
Organize and host a Christmas Caroling Party
Watch the IMBd list of the best 250 movies
Vacation in Colorado
create a list of home repairs
Prepare to teach a new course at Aurora University
Visit Brookfield Zoo and photograph the animals
Have absolutely no debt
Set up a schedule for next summer to visit area cities
Organize and purge the basement
I am going to learn as much as I can about large animals
Make repairs in each and every room of my home to prepare to sell
Research Hadrian’s Wall for visit to Scotland
Enter a quilt in a local fair
Write a book about school for parents
Host a game party
Purchase a truck
I would like to learn more about fostering animals
Visit the narrowed list of Kentucky towns each for a weekend
Have a B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower
Return to Florida/Alabama and see old friends
Play tennis again
Learn to play bridge
Have an in-ground pool
Finish writing a book on the Scent Family
Save up enough money for a down payment on my Kentucky house
Research every town in Kentucky in hopes of relocating
Work on learning calligraphy and bettering daily penmanship
Begin making my own clothing using a mannequin
Volunteer at an animal rescue
Visit all 50 states
Photography courses
Complete all of Mom’s and my scrapbooks
Go skiing again in Colorado
Meet the Duggar family
Watch every nominee and winner for the Academy Awards to date
Remodel my kitchen
Take piano lessons
Write 2 books for my great-nephews
Travel to Wales
Travel to Scotland
Alaskan cruise

Wants and Wishes

         Today, I want to celebrate the life of my Aunt Marge Stevenson. She was a fireball. She always told it like it was, and rarely minced words. I loved that about her.

         She had a strong faith and believed in the Lord with all of her heart and mind. She lived a Godly life, and has now gone to live with my wonderful Uncle Lyle. I will miss her so much. She was a true blessing to all who knew her.

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