Monday, January 14, 2019

3 Things ~ January 2019

I've decided to begin a monthly blog series titled, "3 Things." The idea occurred to me because I found myself wanting to write a blog post, but feeling as if I had nothing to say. The earlier years of family life were so much easier for finding things to write about, but now my teenager has a world of her own and it's one that she doesn't particularly like me sharing on the internet. I get that. Some days it's not easy throwing a post together and so I'm bringing back elementary school creative writing prompts. Ha! Do y'all remember those? Here we go with January!
1. What was your first meal of the New Year?
Surely you've heard that you're suppose to eat black eyed peas and cabbage on January 1st, right? Peas are to bring good luck and cabbage is for prosperity in the new year. I haven't always made this traditional meal (that also includes some type of pork and cornbread), but when I found out a few years ago that one of my best friends, who doesn't cook, was turning out this traditional meal, well, it was on and I decided that I could do it, too! So on January 1st, I had pork tenderloin, rice and gravy, black eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. Total yum! 

2. Describe your best friend in 3 words.
Beautiful, thoughtful, and genuine. Out of those three words, genuine means the most because authenticity is a big deal to me.

3. What is your favorite way to stay warm in January?
This winter, I'm absolutely loving my teddy bear coat! It is so much warmer than I thought it would be and I've gotten so many compliments on it. But probably my favorite way to stay warm is curled up under a nice blanket, with fuzzy socks and a good book in front of a crackling fire. Pure bliss.

Write with me on the second Monday of every month! You can be as short and sweet or as lengthy as you want. Here are the February writing prompts!
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

24 comments:

  1. Eek, I love it, I love it, I love it (3 times, look) I just might join you next month as I love your questions! I spent a good portion of yesterday curled up under a blankie with the fire going, so great! Mmmm that meal sounded finger lickin good! Have the Best Start to your week my amazing and brilliant friend!

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    1. You are so funny! Thank you for making me smile and of course, I would love it if you joined me for 3 Things!

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  2. Great post, I never knew about this traditional meal until today. I might try this out next year. Thanks for sharing the 3 things January 2019 thing. I think I love the teddy bear coat as well.
    Wonder Cottage
    The Glossychic

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  3. Sounds like a yummy first meal to me. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Kay! I hope your week is off to a great start, too!

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  4. Look at you Ms. Thang having a prompt for us! I love it and loved these questions. I actually don't do the New Year's black eyed pea/cabbage thing. It wasn't something my family did, so you can do the math. I do think it sounds like a fun tradition though. Happy Monday!!! XO

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    1. Lisa, my family never did the NYD meal, either. I don't think I even found out about it until about five years ago, but when I found out my friend was doing it and turning out cornbread, too, well, this girl KNEW she could do it, too!

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  5. I love your prompts! Great idea. And a yummy first meal! Hope you have a great week.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a great week, too!

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  6. Loved creative writing class!! Penciling you in for the second Monday of February and saving your pretty graphic. Can I share with my blogging buds?

    My mom once made black eyed peas and I think maybe corned beef for new year's and we all turned up our noses. I would love to have a mess of black eyed peas right now with some corn bread and cabbage. The corned beef, eh, not so much.

    Your BFF must be a pretty special gal. Do we know her?

    I think I am possibly the only gal without a teddy bear coat. Need to remedy that because it would be perfect for my upcoming Kentucky trip...snow and cold in the forecast. I need a cheap one, though, because I wouldn't get a lot of wear out of it here at home. Suggestions?

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    1. Lol! I would have to pass on the corned beef, too, Leslie. Hope your mom is doing well in Kentucky! And yes! You need a teddy bear coat, Girlfriend!

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  7. Black eyed peas and cornbread - two of my favs!!! And, I can totally relate on the teens wrecking your blog post ideas! haha! Mine are famous for saying, "please don't post that!" And, I get it but also think - this is what moms of teens want to hear! That other kids are just as crazy as theirs! haha!

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  8. I had never heard of this tradition meals.

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  9. Well, that will be fun and I'll sure try to jump on board. We did the whole pork, cabbage and pea thing for New Years. Happy week dear Laura!

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  10. What a fun idea! We ate ham, mashed potatoes, salad, and bread on Jan 1st.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful meal, too!

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  11. I'm totally with you on the fireplace, blanket & book. That's just a winter happy place!!!

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  12. I know just what you mean about blogging and teens. What a great idea about the 3 things post - I'll put it on my calendar for next month. My aunt fixes a traditional dinner for new year's day. I have never done one. I agree - authenticity is #1 for me too. And Grace got a teddy bear jacket for Christmas and it looks so cozy. Have a wonderful week!

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  13. How fun! I'll try to remember to join you next month. And I'm also trying to remember what I ate on New Year's Day - and I've got nothing!

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  14. Well, look at you and your 3 things! I love it. I agree with you, genuine is the absolute most important characteristic to me as well. Who you are now and always, regardless of who you're with speaks volumes about a person. Genuine people are my people!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  15. I love this 3 Things idea. I am going to pencil this in. I love the old school writing prompts, it makes my teacher heart happy. Also, happy Birthday this weekend!

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  16. Happy birthday, Laura! Wishing you a wonderful celebration. Here we eat: fat back, collard greens, black eye peas, corn bread, and banana pudding - that's the traditional NY day feast in my part of the south.

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  17. I can't believe I missed this post initially. How fun is this? I think this is a great idea and your graphic is so cute.

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