Good morning, all! Welcome to a new year and a new decade.
Wow, 2010. Hard to believe, for me, anyway. I'm not even sure why, but it is. I suppose it might be because for someone who was born in the first half of the last century, as I was, the change of century was something that seemed to far away that I rarely thought of it until it was here. Now with every year, I'm surprised anew. And now it is especially stunning to realize that a whole decade has passed since the arrival of this century. Trust me, the time goes faster with every year, just as all us "old folks" say! It really does!
I didn't do anything last night. Stayed in, read a couple books while listening to some really nice classical music. I had planned to have some friends over last night for cards or games, food and chatting, but we decided to move everything to today. Mostly, a few wanted to avoid being out on the highways for the obvious reasons. Secondly, we thought about driving on the snow and ice packed roads off the highway, and a few weren't keen on doing that at night. Can't blame them. So we moved our party to today. We will get together this afternoon and have our fun while the drunks are sleeping off hangovers!
Another change is that the numbers of people coming to the party grew and grew, and with the cold weather, we can't use my nice big deck, leaving my smallish house to be very cramped. A friend had talked about doing something, and her house is much larger, so we have simply moved it to her place.
I'm still doing what I planned: a large pot of posolé, black-eyed peas with ham, and a baked brie. The hostess, Lynne, is fixing a ham, and everyone is bringing something .... a side dish, a dessert, or a snack. We're not sure how many are coming, but it looks to be upward of 20. That means, lots of good food, great company, games to play and fun for the day. Woo hoo!! And I didn't have to clean house before they got here! Best deal yet!! LOL!
For those of you who will probably ask, posolé is a Mexican/Native American dish made of pork, red chili, onions, posolé or hominy, and seasonings garlic and oregano are traditional, but I also add cumin and cilantro). It is a traditional New Year's dish for many people in New Mexico. My daughter-in-law is Mexican and she taught me to add shredded cabbage and lime juice just before serving, and it is excellent with that garnish. I almost always fix a pot of posolé for good lulck to start the new year, but I also do black-eyed peas, a tradition before posolé, thanks to my Southern roots. After all, one can't have too much good luck in a year, right?
I did the posolé and black-eyed peas yesterday, and I just began warming them in the crockpots for later. I still need to fix the brie, shred cabbage and cut limes, so I'd better get crackin'! I also have to put a card table in the truck and pick out a couple games to take along. It's gonna be a busy day, a happy day with much fun and good friends. I hope your day is good in whatever way you want!