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I know a lot of people can be depressed on Valentine’s Day if they don’t belong to a pair. No candy, no flowers, no dates, etc.

I learned a long time ago – I buy myself flowers. I purchase my own jewelry. I take myself out on “dates.” I eat the chocolates my coworkers’ other halves buy. 😉 I am not enamored with this one day a year of love celebration.

I celebrate love every day. I try to love people as best I can every day. I don’t need to focus on this one day where I don’t have something or someone “special” to celebrate.

Best of all, I love myself well. I am not lonely at all. I am enough.

I hope that all who may feel lonely or let down by today can get to the point where they truly believe and know they are enough. That state of being is completely possible! I live in it every day.

Buy yourself some daisies and open a bottle of wine. You are loved and you are enough.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Some people have asked how I can stand being alone on a holiday. It’s not easy to explain. Yes, I miss my family, but I live far from all of them. West coast, Midwest, and Florida at times. It’s not always practical from a time or financial standpoint to head home for the holidays. I am grateful when I can spend holidays with them.

I used to visit other people’s homes for holidays and while I loved it (miss hanging with some families in particular), it is sometimes stressful for me walking into a handful of strangers and their family dynamic whatever it is just for the sake of not being alone on a holiday. I used to be more stressed out by being alone vs not being alone, but no more.

I am not afraid or stressed out by being alone. Ever. Even on holidays. It’s not an act, it is a genuine state of being for me. I put on music or a movie or whatever sport is in season and I cook and sing and make myself laugh (I am currently sporting bandaids on each thumb from knife incidents earlier). I am my own good company. I choose to be happy regardless of my circumstances.

I have had a great day today. I created savory culinary delights in my new kitchen. I decorated my balcony and made a lot of soup. I watched a football game, Gone With the Wind, and I have a cup of coffee in one hand and wine in the other.

For this attitude, being comfortable in my own skin, for being happy no matter what, for being my own good company, for that, today, and most days, I am incredibly thankful.

I hope you had a great day today no matter how you chose to celebrate. I am thankful for all that stop to see what crazy thing I’m up to when they have a chance.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

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I cook. I actually love to cook. That hasn’t always been true. While it may be rare to see a recipe here on this site, I had to share this one.

I am German/Swiss by heritage on my father’s side and I have lived in the South (Texas) for over 20 years now. Traditional food on New Year’s day for German heritage is pork and sauerkraut and for the South, black-eyed peas.

I haven’t been a fan of black-eyed peas, and due to dietary restrictions, I’ve had to lay off my traditional New Year’s Day pork – bratwurst. Last year, I played around with this dish, and this year, I perfected it.

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Many Traditions New Year’s Day Hash


1 pound ground meat (turkey)
1 can blackeyed peas (Goya or Bush’s)
1 cup sauerkraut (glass jar only! Vlasic)
1/8 cup bacon bits
Penzeys Bavarian and Bratwurst seasonings to taste
Salt to taste


Prepare meat in skillet until cooked thoroughly. Drain off any excess liquid.
Sprinkle in 1/8 cup bacon bits.
Add Bavarian and Bratwurst seasoning to taste.

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When meat is cooked, add 1 can blackeyed peas (drained).

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Simmer for 5 minutes then add 1 cup of sauerkraut (drained).

Simmer for 5 more minutes.
Add more seasonings to taste.


Do you have any food traditions for New Year’s Day?