Dear Lord, as a new year begins, we come to You and ask for Your blessing.
We pray that You would give us joy to fill our days, peace to fill our hearts and love to fill our lives.
Thank You for the plans You have for us in this new year. We wait in anticipation to see all You will do!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
EATING BLACK EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
God always has a plan. We do not know what that plan is, but it is always for our benefit in some way. Who knew black eyed peas would be part of God’s plan for so many?
If you grew up in the South, or with a Southern grandmother then you can relate. You may know the custom, but do you know why we do it?
Louisiana grandmothers always served black eyed peas on New Year's Day. Many also had cabbage (for monetary luck) and ham (‘cause it goes well with the other things!) They said the black eyed peas would bring good luck in the New Year. The cornbread just goes good with everything else!
"Black Eyed Peas: the Real Story," is interesting and should be told to everyone.
It’s a story of war, the most brutal and bloody war in US history. Military might and power pushed upon civilians, women, children and the elderly. Never seen as a war crime, this was the policy of the greatest nation on earth trying to maintain that status at all costs.
The story of THE BLACK EYED PEA being considered good luck relates directly back to Sherman 's Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was called The Savannah Campaign and was led by Major General William T. Sherman.
The Civil War campaign began on November 15, 1864, when Sherman 's troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at the port of Savannah on December 22, 1864. When the smoke cleared, the Southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They found that the blue-belly aggressors had looted everything of value, including everything you could eat. Even the livestock was stolen or destroyed.
Death and destruction were everywhere. While in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the survivors. There was no international aid, no Red Cross meal trucks. The Northern army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they could eat and left the people to die.
But, God stepped in and the devastated people of the South found that Sherman ’s blood-thirsty troops had left silos full of black eyed peas. At the time in the North, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to feed livestock. The Northern troops saw it as the least thing of value and a product that could not be eaten. Taking grain for their horses, livestock and other crops to feed themselves they left the black eyed peas in great quantities, assuming it would be of no use to the survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had been taken, eaten or destroyed.
Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation and were facing massive starvation if not for the blessing God had provided of having the black eyed peas to eat.
How many prayers do you think went up from the Southerners for the Lord to protect them and give them something to eat?
From New Year’s Day, 1866 forward, the tradition grew for true Southerners to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Most still do. Some even add cabbage to the meal, too. That is for riches!!
Ham, black eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread, great big tomatoes. Yum, yum.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! * Cranberry Salsa & Cream Cheese Spread Unusual & very tasty when served with crackers
Ingredients: 16 oz. cream cheese 4 oz. unsalted butter 2 chopped green onions
4 oz. can jalapeno peppers, finely chopped 1/2 to 1 fresh jalapeno, chopped 1/3 c. sugar 1/4 c. chopped cilantro 1 lime, juice and zest 1" ginger root, finely chopped or squeezed through a garlic press 1 to 1/2 c. chopped cranberries (best in food processor)
Directions: Mix cream cheese, butter & chopped onions together & mold into the platter or bowl being used to serve. Refrigerate until chilled & set.
Mix remaining ingredients EXCEPT FOR CRANBERRIES. Chill until cold. When everything is well chilled, spread the green salsa over the cream cheese and top with cranberries. * PERK UP YOUR TRIVIA IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THESE TIDBITS:
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