Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week! This is one of those weeks where I have a long list of to do’s and to make’s plus work during the day. Every time I scratch an item off the list, a new one pops up. Sigh… How does your week look???
Well, the lights are up outside of our house and they look lovely! I’m totally content in just doing lights but I’m sure the girls will beg for a tree. We always end up getting one about a week before Christmas and then it’s down and packed up on the 26th. I guess you could say that’s our tradition. I did put the lights up early this year but I wanted to do it before it turned cold. Well now it’s cold and I’m glad it’s done!
Is it too soon to talk about your New Year’s Day menu? I made a wonderful Kale, Sausage and Black-Eyed Pea Soup in the slow cooker last night and I think it’s my favorite. I like all the soups that I make but this one is just so so good. I started with five links of mild italian sausage, browned them in a tablespoon of olive oil then added chopped onion and cooked for another three minutes. I have a slow cooker that does dual browning and slow cooking so I don’t have an extra pan to clean. Use a separate skillet to brown the sausage and onion if you have a different model. I then added the chicken broth, sliced carrots, diced tomatoes, black-eyed peas, garlic, thyme, basil, red pepper flakes (optional), salt and pepper to the pot. Give it a stir and cook on low for 4-6 hours. All of my slow cookers have always cooked fast so I lean towards the four hour mark. I removed the sausage at about the three hour mark, sliced and quartered it into small pieces then added it back to the soup. I then added about 2-3 cups or handfuls of kale to the pot and let it cook on low for about another hour. Serve with crackers or toasted bread. Give this one a go and let me know what you think! There’s no ham or greens in it but it may still bring good luck!