Five Festive Weeks of Christmas

This blog post contains gift eleven and twelve of Four Festive Weeks of Christmas, although this is week five. Eleven and twelve (“Hoppin’ John” and “New Year Nail Inspiration”)  are a little late due to a busy week. 🙂 Please enjoy week five of Four Festive Weeks of Christmas!

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Hoppin’ John

Southern Hoppin' John Recipe -This is a quick and easy side dish that will become a favorite of your family.—Anne Creech, Kinston, North Carolina


  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas, soaked
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I use 1 red and 1 green)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Green onions, for garnish
  • Cornbread and hot sauce, for serving


  1. Place the black-eyed peas in a medium bowl and cover with several inches of cold water. Let soak for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  2. Using a large saucepan, add the rice and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until water is fully absorbed (~15 minutes). (Tip: Do not stir rice once you cover the pan.) Once broth has been absorbed, remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in skillet and then add onion, peppers, celery, garlic and bacon. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Rinse the black-eyed peas and add to the pot along with the chicken broth, salt, pepper, thyme, paprika and cayenne. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until peas are tender. (Note: If the stock evaporates, just add a bit more.)
  5. To serve, place rice in bowls. Top with black-eyed pea mixture and then garnish with green onions before serving.
  6. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

New Year Nail Inspiration

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Happy New Year!


What’s your favorite New Year’s tradition? What do the pictures tell you about Audrey?Let me know in a comment! One can never learn too much, right?


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