Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

 Happy New Year My Friends!

So, how are you all doing?  And how were your celebrations (or lack thereof)?  Fletch and I stopped going out on New Year's Eve decades ago.  We used to go into Philadelphia - a friend who live on South Street always threw a huge party.  But the drive in town was nasty and worse coming home.  So many folks on the road, etc.  Our routine now is that I make a crab quiche, we have a lovely dinner and I try to stay up till midnight (never a problem for Fletch...always a struggle for moi).

The crab quiche happened.  And man was it good!!  The recipe calls for 8 oz of crab, but I always put in a full pound.  This year I added some fresh spinach on the bottom, a bit of crumbled bacon and I cut back on the cheese a bit.  

I opened a bottle of wine to go with the quiche.  I am mostly a red wine drinker, but wanted a white wine to go with the crab.  Often I buy wine for the label and this one was no exception.  Because I practice archery some...

Such a great label!  And the wine was delicious - hints of apricot, light, fruity.  It is from Georgia (the country...not the state) and I highly recommend it.  I'm hoping I can find it again.

My plan had been to have a new cast on either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day and I was planning to make Heart Warmer which I have wanted to knit for some time.  BUT...I discovered I did not have any of the 16" circular needles called for (sizes 5, 4 and 3) and I didn't feel like using DPN.  So, Amazon to the rescue and my needles will be here Monday.  The yarn I've chosen is:

The varigated skein is not quite enough yarn, so I will use the solid "Mistletoe" coler at both ends of the cowl.

With that plan on hold till Monday, my new start today will be socks (what a surprise - lol).  My yarn is wound:

Both skeins from the stash.  (The "Hookah Smoke" skein was bought several years ago in Vermont when we were on vacation.  I had to buy it just for the name of the color!!  It is Wonderland Yarn.)  The pattern I plan to knit is Yule Wave - a free pattern I received from Carol Feller (Stolen Stitches).  

A dark picture, but you can get the idea.  They should be fun and pretty to knit.

There was no cast on last night...I tried to stay up till midnight but gave up at 9:30!  I ended up sleeping almost 11 hours, so I guess I really was tired.  Fletch said the neighborhood was quiet.  He could hear some fireworks, but all in the distance.

Today will be a quiet day with knitting and reading (and maybe even a nap despite 11 hours of sleep!).  Maybe a little yoga or a work out on the Gazelle we have (but it's in the basement and I find it SO boring).  Black eyed peas are cooking away in the crock pot with some spicy tomatoes (Rotel with chipolte!) and Andouille sausage.  I'll cook up some rice and some kale later on.

Well, after thinking I would not post until Monday the 4th, this has gone on for quite a bit!  Wishing you all the best start to a new year filled with joy, excellent health, laughter and love.  Enjoy!!


  1. Your day sounds relaxing and the perfect way to begin the new year. May the black-eye peas bring you good fortune in 2021.

  2. Happy New Year.

    Those socks are going to be lovely. Hope I get to see them in person soon. LOL

    It was a quiet night here too. A little bit of fireworks, but all quiet by about 12:15 and NO FIRE CALLS!

  3. Dave and I dont go out for new years anymore either. Occassionally we'll spend the night at the cottage, but we just stayed home last night and hung out with the cats. It was lovely!

  4. It sounds like you have made a lovely start to the New Year! John and I were just lamenting that we hadn't eaten any crabs in MD this past season, so your crab quiche sounds especially delicious. You've got some great cast-ons planned and I am going to look for that wine. I'm a sucker for a good label!

  5. Sounds like a great plan on the knitting front! Love the yarns!

  6. Hello,

    We had a quite New year's Eve, i was asleep by 10. Your crab quiche sounds yummy, do you use lump crab meat. The sock pattern is pretty. I wish you all the best in 2021, a happy and healthy New Year!

  7. That quiche looks so good! Do you have a recipe for it?
    Wishing you a lovely day today, your plans sound very relaxing. I still have one sleeve to knit on Dennis's sweater plus the neckband. The sock pattern is great and I like the yarns you've chosen to go with it.
    I've never had black-eyed peas but we've heard so many people talking about having them today that I need to find a good recipe. Dennis wants sausage, cornbread and black-eyed peas.

  8. That quiche looks wonderful. I think you had a perfect evening, sounds a bit like mine. Happy New Year, stay safe.

  9. I always make pork and sauerkraut for New Year's Day dinner, according to Croatian/Eastern European tradition. But your blackeyed peas recipe sounds so tasty, and Betsy's comment has me wanting cornbread too.

    Your evening sounds similar to ours. We finished up Bridgerton on Netflix and were in bed by 10:30.

    I think all your knitting plans sound/look great. Of course, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress. I'm back at my scrappy mitred square blanket as my wrists allow. All this rain is giving my arthritis a resurgence.

    Happy New Year! We are owed a great one.

  10. We have a garlicky pork roast about ready to serve for our dinner. I loooove that sock with the spiky design. Can't wait to see how yours look. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

  11. Happy new year Vera. I can't eat shellfish and make crab cakes with the fake stuff. That quiche, as all food you feature, looks so good!!


  13. Happy new year to you and Fletch and your kids! We, too, have long ago decided that it's better to spend New Year's Eve at home (and to only stay up if we really want to, not because we feel like we need to). I've also been known to buy wine because of the label, and I've usually be pleasantly surprised! Of course, with the state store (as I'm sure you know well), it's not guaranteed that you'll find the same wine again.

    Looking forward to seeing all that beautiful yarn take shape as some lovely projects!

  14. I love the yarns you have chosen. I finished a few projects and am planning to cast on a sweater soon. I planned to do it on New Year's Day but was occupied with putting away the Christmas stuff and taking a nice long walk in the sunshine. Got to get out while the getting is good (and warm enough.) We pretend that ten o'clock is midnight. I read for awhile because there were more fireworks going off than usual. Happy New Year. Oh yes, I know so little about wine, when I buy it I always chose based on label. LOL

  15. Ooo! That quiche sounds delicious! And!! Heart Warmer!! That is just so cute! Hmm, I might have some yarn for that... perhaps I will get one cast on with you! Happy New Year to both of you!