My Aunt Dale always carries on the tradition of making black eyed peas on New Years. I never gave it much thought before until Jermie and I were talking about where it originated from. Of course, I had to research this to find out where it came from. Most research says it originated from the South.
The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates. (Source)
Some say you should only eat 365 peas for each day of the year. Another source said to cook the peas with a new penny or dime and whoever gets the coin in their portion gets the most luck. I dunno about you, but if I found a coin in my food, Im sueing someone. I don’t care if you are family. hahahah Just kidding.
Here is what I looked like today when I got ready, I felt like doing a nice silvery smokey eye and wear one of my favorite accessories that looks more than a weapon than a fashion statement. hahaha
Hubby and I headed over to Mom’s where we were making a few snacks. My Aunt Dale came over with her Black Eyes Peas, and I was sent to the store to get more food. Mom and I were craving some fried chicken so what better to eat black eyed peas than with fried chicken. Don’t judge my sour cream and onion chips either.
I’m hoping for luck this year! What traditions do you or your family have that you do to bring in the new year???
I hope you all had a great New Years Eve yesterday and that you were able to share it with those you love! Here’s to a great start to a wonderful year. For those who have been with me on my blog for a year, thank you for reading! I hope to bring you more inspiration and fun in my posts.
Hopefully, I’ll be more productive this year!