Happy New Year!!! Hello 2016!!!

2016 is going to be a good one, I just can feel it! I am excited to see what kind of weather comes this year since December was so.......weirdly warm and wet. 

I managed to make it to the gym this morning, and the old saying is something like whatever you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for the whole year, so hoping I can get my weight back in order this year after pretty much a whole year of stress eating!

Christian and I have decided to eat less meat in the new year. Not really trying to become vegetarian, but to just try to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint, and that is pretty doable for us. We just watched another of those food documentaries, and the guy says something like, "Eat more plants, not what comes from plants.", referring to the fact that even 'organic' processed foods, and pasture raised meats, come from big energy sucking plants. so until I find the bartering friend that has cattle and processes it himself, I am going to reduce what I eat that has to be processed in a factory plant. 

This is the first year we have had our New Year's meal be vegetarian. It was really great! I made southern style cornbread, blackeyed peas, mac and cheese, and brussel sprouts (the store was out of greens and cabbage, but these are little mini cabbages, right?).

Here are a few pics of the process of our very first vegetarian New Year's meal....

Southern style cornbread is the best. It is done primarily with little to no flour, no sugar, and buttermilk. Cornbread brings gold in the new year, so yay!

Brussel sprouts have to do because I was late getting the food this year! Greens are supposed to bring money! C'mon, MONEY!

 Mac and cheese brings ...... um..... well, it's just good! Not a traditional New Year's meal food, but it was good! I just whipped a few things together, cheese, some paprika, chili powder, some cayenne, and parsley..... soooooo good.

 ...annnnnnd the blackeyed peas for wishes!
I can't wait to eat leftovers!! Yip! Too much fun to be had today offline, so tomorrow's post will have some hopes and goals for the new year!

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