Jan 132016

Since I decided to make such a vague resolution, I thought I’d share the resolutions of another writer. She posted a well thought out list of ten resolutions for the new year. I’m not as ambitious this year, but I plan on taking a few tips from her for next year.

So, take a look and maybe add a few more to your own list. Most of them are making it on my list for next year, but this year I’m going to stick with being all lazy and chill about it.

A new year, a fresh start. Get 2016 off on the right foot with this list of ten resolutions for the writing life.

Source: 10 Resolutions for the Writing Life

Dec 312015

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
Write a review
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Jan 022014

Happy New Year and good riddance to 2013!

I hope 2013 wasn’t as rough for you as it was for us. While I’m not sure I’m ready for all the changes 2014 has in store, I’m still glad 2013 is finally over.

I don’t usually make resolutions, but I was challenged to finish the book I started (I’m not telling) years ago by Christmas of this year, so I might as well make it a resolution. This is the one resolution I might actually follow through on.

Challenge accepted! Resolution made! I can do this!

Gah, what have I done?! Accountability starts now.

There are plenty of things I have to and want to accomplish this year, but calling anything a resolution seems to doom it to failure. So, I’ll just make a to-do list and pretend nothing on it is resolution worthy.

How about you? Comment or link your resolutions!

Dec 312008

Q: What are your New Years resolutions?

A: I have things I want to accomplish in 2009. I suppose you could call them resolutions. It seems like attaching the word resolution to something makes people instantly think failure. If I say I want to lose 20 lbs, no one blinks and most people are supportive. If I say, my resolution is to lose 20 lbs, I get that “yeah right, like that’s gonna happen” look. So, I don’t know that I’ll be making resolutions this year.

%d bloggers like this: