Pause: My Word of 2013 {Printable}

Take a moment.
Reflect.
Consider.
Pause.

I hadn’t considered my word for 2013. I wasn’t even planning on having a word. I had other things on my mind. You see, I’ve been busy. Busy juggling. Juggling the Monkey and the holidays, travel to visit family out of state, and Frogs’s extracurricular activities… and so on and so forth.  And then a week ago, I had to prepare to go back to work.  Technically, I returned from maternity leave at the start of December, but then had several weeks off for the holidays, so a week ago on Friday was my first real day back.  I was nervous.  In fact, that’s a gross underestimate.  I was terrified.  MM and I talked and talked, and I had come to the conclusion that I needed to re-evaluate my work-family balance.  Working full-time after the arrival of Monkey had become an untenable position.
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Traditional New Year’s Day Menu: Cooking Greens and Black Eyed Peas {Family Favorite}

This year, LB, my parents and I celebrated New Year’s Day with my in-laws in Florida.  (MM had to work, and BB was away with his dad’s family.)  Before arriving my mother-in-law and I talked about having New Year’s Day dinner.  Her family is from above the Mason-Dixon line, and her New Year’s Day menu is somewhat different from that I grew up with.  She grew up with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.   I grew up with black-eyed peas, collards and rice.  We both always have pork on New Year’s.  We divided the menu up, and she cooked her traditional favorites and the pork, and I cooked the greens and peas.  Greens and peas are required for wealth and good luck in the New Year, so I was determined to have them!
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New Year’s Cocktail with Pomegranate and Champagne

On Christmas day, my mother’s friend shared that she was going to bring a special cocktail with her to dinner.  She didn’t tell us much, other than it had champagne in it.  Everyone really liked the drink, so when visiting with family, we decided to serve it for New Year’s Eve.  It is a quick, colorful beverage that is both a little bit sweet and tart.

To make the drink, one needs only a bottle of Champagne, Pomegranate Liqueur (such as PAMA), and fresh pomegranate.
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