Blackeyed Peas & Collard Greens

My family is from the South and down there it is a requirement to eat Blackeyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Year’s Day.  Not a tradition like turkey or ham are a tradition for Christmas dinner but a requirement, I get calls from my mom on New Year’s asking if I’ve made mine and if my brothers are coming by to get some.  The blackeyed peas are eaten for good luck and the collard greens are for money in the new year.  I also really love the taste.  I usually only make them on this one day so I don’t feel guilty making them full fat and flavor.  My mouth is watering just thinking about them.  I use my leftover ham or ham bone or both for the blackeyed peas and I use bacon for my collards.  You could use ham hock or bacon in either of these or what ever kind of ham you get a hold of but it tastes best if it has a smoky flavor. Collards are very good but if you’ve never cooked them before be prepared for them to cook down, WAY DOWN, think spinach.  You will need way more than you think.  They are a big leaf on a thick stem.  You’ll want t to pull the leaf off of the stem, then roll the leaf like a cigar then slice this.  This year I found a bag of prepared collards by the bag of baby spinach and just went with that.  It was so much easier but you do want to go through and pull out some stems that are left in the bag.  I am saying the portions are for four but you could feed a lot more off of this recipe, I like the leftovers though. What traditions do you have for New Year’s?


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Blackeyed Peas and Collards are a Southern tradition on New Year's Day to bring good luck and money in the new year and to top it off they are super yummy.
Recipe type: Holiday
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4+
Blackeyed Peas
  • 16 oz. blackeyed peas, not canned (soaked overnight or follow the directions on the bag for a quick soak)
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1-2 cups pre-cooked ham
  • 1 ham bone, optional
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste (will vary depending on the ham or pork used)
Collard Greens
  • 1 lb. smoky bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bag of prepared Collards or several bunches of the leaves and stalks cleaned with stems removed and chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
Blackeyed Peas
  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat
  2. add onions and cook 1-2 min until translucent
  3. add garlic and allow to cook 30 sec, stirring so that it doesn't burn
  4. add soaked blackeyed peas, ham and ham bone
  5. cover with water and allow to simmer until peas are soft
  6. add salt and pepper to taste
  7. I cook them low and slow
Collard Greens
  1. Heat large pot over med heat
  2. add chopped bacon and cook until done
  3. drain some of the bacon grease off (optional)
  4. add chopped onion and cook 1-2 min
  5. add prepared collards to the pot and cover with water
  6. add salt and pepper to taste and garlic and onion powders
  7. simmer until leaves have softened.
Cook time may vary and you may need to add water to both of these recipes as you cook. Just keep checking the texture and salt and pepper levels.


Fabulous Fridays! 9 {Link Party}


How was everyone’s Christmas? We had a great time with our families and watching the kiddos open their presents.  This year my parents rented a cabin up in the mountains in Flagstaff for our Christmas present.  We were up there with so much snow and amazing views!  It was so much fun.  We built HUGE snowmen and went sledding nearly everyday.  I hope everyone had as much fun!  (That snowman with the guys is at least 7 feet tall.  My husband is next to it and he’s 6’5″!)

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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is the perfect drink for relaxing by a warm fireplace on a chilly night. My son had basketball practice tonight and it was freezing outside.  Freezing by Arizona standards means 48 degrees, but it was so incredibly cold.  It was nice to come home and make Mulled Wine for my husband and I to enjoy while we watched a movie.  It would also be great to make a large batch for a group of friends and family.

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine is a perfect drink to enjoy on a chilly night, while relaxing by a warm fireplace!
Recipe type: Drink
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 oz port wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • zest of an orange
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot
  2. Stir
  3. Turn crock pot on low, until the wine is steaming, but not boiling
  4. Pour wine through a strainer, into glasses
  5. Enjoy

Recipe inspired by: Food Network

Feta Dip

Feta Dip is an amazing appetizer that is also really easy and quick to put together! We had some friends over during the day on Christmas Eve, with an assortment of appetizers, and Feta Dip was by far the most popular.  I was going to take the extras over to our friend’s house for our next Christmas Eve party, but there was not enough left.  The red, green, and white made for a perfect festive Christmas dip, but it would be a great appetizer for any occasion.  My husband is not the biggest fan of feta cheese, but he really enjoyed this dip.  I love feta cheese and green onions, so I figured this dip had to be tasty. The combination of flavors was delicious, fresh, and perfect on top of sliced wheat baguette bread.  I will definitely be making Feta Dip again!

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Feta Dip
Feta Dip is an amazing appetizer that is delicious, as well as quick and easy to put together! It is perfect for the holidays, or any occasion!
Recipe type: appetizer
  • olive oil
  • 6 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced
  • 2-3 tsp Greek Seasoning
  • 1 loaf of wheat baguette bread
  1. Dice tomatoes
  2. Slice green onions
  3. Cover a platter with a layer of olive oil
  4. Add the tomatoes, green onions, and feta to the olive oil
  5. Sprinkle the Greek Seasoning on top
  6. Carefully mix all of the ingredients until well combined
  7. Slice up a loaf of baguette bread
  8. Top each slice of bread with the dip
  9. Enjoy

Recipe from: clover lane

Merry Christmas

Family Collage 2012-2Merry Christmas from our families to yours!  We hope everyone has a wonderful day with family, friends, and loved ones! Aubrey and I are so blessed to have all of you as our Real Housemoms fans!  Thank you for all of your support throughout the last four months!  We love sharing our blog with you and we have had a blast “meeting” you, making new friends, and reading all of your fabulous blogs!