Category: Memories

Pondering New Years Traditions

With New Year’s Eve approaching, I am thinking about the many traditions and what they symbolize.  Growing up in my family,  black eyed peas were a must.  I’ve recently found out that  black eyed peas symbolize coins and eating them is supposed to ensure economic prosperity for the coming year. To be honest, I’ve never cooked black eyed peas myself. I buy them in a can already cooked and seasoned. I just open the can and heat the peas in a bowl in the microwave and I’m good to go!

Along the same lines, eating greens symbolizes paper money and eating corn bread symbolizes gold. Some people swear the greens is supposed to be kale, but I’ve heard others claim that spinach is a more tasty alternative. I personally like spinach better than kale, but it kale is simmered with pork fatback and served with vinegar I can eat a big bowlful of that.

The tradition of kissing at midnight may go back to ancient European times as a way of warding off evil spirits. Personally, I think that if you are lucky to have someone you love nearby, a deep, sweet kiss is a great way to both end the old year and start the new one.

Late Night Snack Foods

What is your favorite late night snack? You know, the nights when you should be heading to bed, but you have a craving for something to eat and just want a quick snack so you can fall asleep easier?

Some people crave sweets just before bed. I remember my dad used want to bowl of ice cream every night while he watched the late night news. My little brother has that same habit. I know he loves ice cream and is very particular about the brand of the ice cream and the flavor that he wants. Most of the time he wants Breyer’s Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean, and then he pours a couple of squirts of Hershey’s chocolate syrup over the top.

I don’t crave sweets – hardly ever. I’m just not a dessert person. I like salty stuff – and don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I would want a small bag of chips or a handful of salted nuts for a snack. Sometimes, I like a cold slice of leftover pizza – but not often. In fact, most of the time I don’t keep leftover pizza around. To me it does not taste as good after the pizza sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. I try to order just enough pizza to feed me or me and a guest, and not go overboard with too much pizza. If there is any leftover, sometimes I throw it out and every once in a while I will put a couple slices into a Ziploc freezer bag and stick it in the freezer.

I used to eat popcorn at night, mostly because it was fast and easy and I though it was a little healthier than other snacks. But I found out that the hard kernels in a handful of popcorn can cause my teeth to crack and I don’t need that kinda of trouble. So I’ve given up on popcorn and sticking with a small bowl of tortilla or potato chips and some salsa or guacamole.

Do You Peek or Wait?

Christmas at my house was very strict about no peeking at any gifts until Christmas morning. In fact, we were not allowed to open any gifts at all until everyone in the house was awake and had their coffee in hand and gathered around the tree in the living room. If we dared to open anything before, my other would take the gift away and throw it in the trash – no matter what the gift was. No excuses accepted. We did not test her on that – we did not ever peek.

I think that people who let their kids open one gift on Christmas Eve or get up and tear through the presents before the parents wake up are raising spoiled brats with no character. I also think that opening a gift the night before ruins the anticipation of the big event. I feel sorry for kids are are not taught patience and good manners by their stupid parents. I think most of these over indulgent parents are just kids who didn’t have good parents in their own childhoods and never learned how to have good manners. If the parent dont have good manners, how can we expect them to teach their own kids good manners?

Oh well, enough of that rant. I just heard some bitches talking about letting their kids open gifts early and it flipped me out. Merry Christmas everyone.

Really Heavy Traffic Today

It sure seems like half the country must have gone home for Thanksgiving and now they are all on the highway trying to get back home so everyone can go to work and school in the morning. This year I stayed home and it turns out that everyone in my family stayed home and had their own nuclear family holiday dinners. No one offered to hosted a big dinner for the whole family and no one seemed to care too much, either. I think that this bad economy has got everyone grumpy and worried about taking care of their own families.

On the plus side, there were no family dramas this year. No one had a big fight, no one hurled insults and threats, no one broke down in tears. Not that I know of, anyway. And if they did, at least it was in their own home and not in front of everyone else.

My dinner was prepared perfectly because I am an excellent cook. I ate when I was hungry, not when someone else called me to the table. And all the food was what I like and fixed the way I like it. For example, I like jellied cranberry sauce but I don’t like whole cranberry sauce. But every year we have dinner together someone has a fit about bringing homemade fresh whole berry sauce and I don’t get the jellied sauce until I go home with my little plate of leftovers.

So, I would say that this holiday was a great success and it might be a new tradition for this family. Stay the fuck home with your own spouse and kids and keep your dramas home with you!

Cake or Pie and Why?

Facebook has a fun string going where a friend asked everyone to comment with their choice of cake or pie and to explain why they choose that answer. I have no problem answering immediately, pie. I love all kinds of pies and most of the time don’t like cake at all. I hardly ever eat cake other than on birthdays, and I really do not understand the cupcake craze. That seems like a total waste of money and calories.

Pies have been a standard dessert in my family for generations. We all take great pride in making a great crust and fillings from scratch. I absolutely love apple pie, especially after a big holiday traditional dinner. But to be truthful, my all time favorite kind of pie is key lime pie, followed in a close second place by lemon meringue pie.

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