Happy New Year, everyone! Last year was a busy one full of a lot of ups and downs…a lot of downs honestly. My beloved Nana passed away in August and I still miss her everyday. My son J has been to so many doctors I feel like I’m in a doctor’s office at least once a week. 2013 was filled with lots of labs, doctor visits, hospital visits, visits to specialists, many hours of worrying over swollen lymph nods, and a diagnosis of eczema. He seems so miserable and the doctors say that there is nothing they can do and we are doing everything right. Meanwhile, J scratches nonstop, won’t sleep through the night and won’t sleep at all unless he is on us. It’s very exhausting and frustrating. I really hope he outgrows this.
But 2013 wasn’t all bad. My favorite band got back together and my wonderful husband finally took me to one if their concerts, after many hours of me shamelessly begging. We also saw the Alton Brown show and I reconnected with several of my dear friends that I had fallen out of touch with over the years. My daughter, A, also started preschool this year! Overall, it was a pretty big year and I hope that 2014 will be amazing!
To start the year off right I made some traditional good luck foods! My family gave me a bunch of vegan cookbooks for Christmas so I made two of the three foods from them. I made some cornbread, which symbolizes gold, from Skinny Bitch Bakery. I made Black-eyed pea and Quinoa Croquettes from Vegan with a Vengeance
, black-eyed peas symbolize pennies. Finally, I made steamed kale. Traditionally you are supposed to eat collard greens because they symbolize dollar bills, but I’m the only one in my house that will eat them.
My family really enjoyed the meal! And it was vegan, so I felt as though I gave my family a good start for the new year. Hopefully, I will be able to post more frequently this year. My goal is to try at least one new recipe a week and then write a blog about it. Hope to see you soon!