Hey, 2017

A new year, a fresh start, a new chance to get it right this time around…happy 2017!

I always love New Year’s Eve because it creates so much excitement – there’s so much to do, I’m off from school for a week or two, and it’s right around the time when I get to see my favorite people. This year, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to, including an exciting announcement coming soon! I have set a lot of goals for myself in 2017 – I’m always hustlin’ – but my main focus is just to take better care of myself. I need to focus on being honest about what I want to spend my energy on, slowing down, making better choices with food, saving money, and getting back to the gym. I used to love working out and have really gotten away from it since I started teaching yoga. Andrew joined my gym a couple of weeks ago, and we have made a deal to make more meals at home and be healthier in 2017.

We spent New Year’s Eve with our friends Kelly and Josh, wearing soft clothes and letting all the dogs run and play through their house and back yard. We snacked, listened to music, built a fire, played a couple of games, and finally watched the ball drop at the last few minutes. It was low-key and easy; I loved it!

For New Year’s Day, I made a huge spread of food. I cooked all day and had Andrew and another couple over to eat – my sister was passing through town, too, so she joined us! We had d  e  l  i  c  i  o  u  s macaroni and cheese (recipe coming soon!), collard greens, black eyed peas, cornbread, and buttermilk garlic roasted chicken. We had a good time sitting around and visiting while the Harry Potter marathon played on TV in the background (yep, I’m a nerd). My mom always made sure we ate our dollars and cents for the new year, so I wanted to carry on that tradition.

It was a feast! I just jazzed up some canned collard greens and black eyed peas (I know, I know…but the macaroni was the star!). I fried up some bacon strips and then heated the black eyed peas in some bacon grease with bacon crumbles. The cornbread was easy (from a box), and the buttermilk garlic roasted chicken recipe can be found here. It was super simple and really yummy! The macaroni is my sister’s recipe that she’s honed over the years, and I’ll do a whole post on it soon!

I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous 2017 🙂