Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s 2017!  As we reminisce 2016, we are constantly reminded how blessed our family is. Yes, we’ve experienced some challenges, and heartbreak. We’ve celebrated victories and accomplishments. We’ve cried in sadness, and held each other in comfort. We’ve laughed, cheered, encouraged, and had tons of fun!  And, we’ve done a LOT of soccer!  

In celebration of the new year, we started our day at church, where we were encouraged to “Be Transformed”.  Followed by lunch with amazing friends. 

Late this afternoon the guys headed to woods in hopes to get “thebig’n”. While they were gone I prepared a traditional New Years meal. 

I started with the greens. Found these beautiful collards at the grocery store yesterday.
They were super clean, nice big, green bunches, and on sale!  (I rinsed them in a sink of cold water for good measure; no body likes gritty greens). Then tore them, placed them in a large pot with about a 1/4 cup of water, Goya Ham seasoning, salt, sprinkle of baking soda, and a drizzle of olive oil.  By adding baking soda, this helps tenderize them.

Cook on medium low, until wilted.  Adding washed and torn greens, until all greens have wilted. Cover, and simmer until the desired tenderness. About an hour.  We prefer ours to not be crunchy, but not mushy. More of a boiled potato texture. 

The rubs were baked low and slow in the oven. Seasoned with Legg’s Sausage seasoning. They were ‘fall off the bone’ tender.

How do you celebrate New Years Day?  Do you have family traditions that have been around for many years?  Or, is this a year of new traditions?  

Wishing you the best in 2017!

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