Happy New Year at the Friendly Village {Plus More Lists}

David and I made a deliberate decision to make New Year’s Day calm and quiet, to stay in and get some rest, and to do just a minimum of chores. I am pleased to report that we have been very successful at meeting our goals!


First, I wanted to do a simple kitchen tablescape for our New Year’s meal. My tablescapes have been hit and miss for a week or so, and I wanted to do a nice table just for us. I did not want to go to a lot of trouble, but I did want us to have a little something special. Meals just taste better when they are eaten at a pretty table! I started with these Pier 1 placemats, hand-me-downs from my niece.


Tired of the red and green colors of the holidays, I was ready to get back to the earthy, neutral colors that I love. To that end, I chose the Friendly Village plates. My neutral napkins (box deal from Driveway Man) and sparkly tassel napkin rings were great with this plate.


I used my Chateau flatware and Dollar General green goblets. How calming to see these nice earth-toned colors again! I felt so happy when I saw the Friendly Village after all of these weeks.


For a centerpiece, I pulled out the decorative tray with rattan balls that you have seen me use many times. This time, instead of the river rock or glass beads that I usually use, I lined the tray with some sparkly tinsel to continue the New Year’s theme.


Santa put several different colors/scents of votive candles in my Christmas stocking. Even before tablescaping took over my life became my main hobby, I have always loved having votives of different scents. Santa usually gives me some every year. I picked out 2 of the neutral ones (ironically, the scent is Sun & Sand, a little out of place at a winter table) and put them on 2 of my silver candlesticks.


The final look was just what I wanted: simple, yet special for just us. I know that it sounds kind of blasphemous for this Southern girl, but I have never had Hoppin John. I have had blackeyed peas every New Year’s Day all my life, I guess, but never this Southern staple. I’ve looked at recipes and never really wanted to make any.

However, that all changed when I became a fan of the Pioneer Woman. I recently purchased her most recent cookbook for my iPad, and her Hoppin John recipe intrigued me.


Here it is simmering on the stove in preparation for our New Year’s lunch.


David grilled out some chicken ( I did a quick marinade with bottled pomegranate vinaigrette salad dressing and some Mediterranean seasoning). I added some broccoli and cheese sauce. I can’t give you this recipe because it is one of the secret ones from my private chef. He is very jolly, loves to wear the color green, and we love his broccoli and cheese. As you can see, the meal was very filling and just delicious. I really like everything that I have ever tried from the Pioneer Woman.


To continue my lists for the New Year, I recently got an email from Word Press with some interesting stats in it. My most viewed post was Have Some Soup and Poppers at the Friendly Village. Those poppers are great and another Pioneer Woman recipe.


Right behind it in number of views was Snowy Day and Snowy Table. I love this table, also, and am glad that so many people saw it.


Another popular table was Bargains in Aqua. Thanks, everyone; I like that one also!


Another popular post was Estate Sales and Dishes and Coats, Oh My! Not only did this post tell the story of some of my aqua finds, but it also showed off a wonderful vintage full length faux fur.


I am happy to report that it sold in November and that I made a good profit on it.

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,   a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,  a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up,  a time to keep and a time to throw away,  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

As a final note, I sometimes share scripture when it applies to the topic of my post. I hope to do a little more of that in the new year, and today my devotional reading was perfect for January 1. The scripture for today is one of my favorites, and I hope to consider the approaching of the coming year as an opportunity for spiritual growth. I have two jobs in which I have potential to be a good witness and example, I have a wonderful family to love and cherish, and I have a wonderful church to which I am committed. The year holds many possibilities! Turn, turn, turn!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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13 Responses to Happy New Year at the Friendly Village {Plus More Lists}

  1. LaVoice says:

    What a very special way to celebrate the holiday. I love what you used and served. Also, very inspiring. Best wises for 2014.

  2. Your New Years dinner and table both look great, and I love the aqua dishes, too. I remember your coat, glad you did well with it. Happy New Year to you, Bev!

  3. Kitty says:

    Happy New Year, Bev! Your table looks so pretty. Oh, how it love the Friendly Village pattern. I only have two salad plates and two mugs and wish I had more.

  4. Emily says:

    A very Happy New year to you! I love your pretty table and the menu was perfect. Great blog!

    The French Hutch

  5. laurie says:

    I love Friendly Village. I only have four place settings of it, but have decided I need to try to add 4 more. Your table looks great, and the Hopping John looks delicious. I am a big fan of that jolly green guy too! Happy New Year! laurie

  6. Dianne says:

    Your table is quite festive for what sounds like a delicious meal. I also have loved everything I have prepared from Ree. Happy New Year.

  7. Ramon & I were right there with you on the quiet New Year’s Eve thing. We just couldn’t face a night out with all the noise and close body contact. We’re a little too fragile for that these days! 🙂 I’m glad that you and your husband enjoyed your choice to make it a cozy one in rather than a raucous one out!

    I’m not really sure just what Hoppin’ John is, but I do like black-eyed peas. I didn’t like them for a long time, but now I’m good to go with ’em! I was well into my 40s before I gave them a try after like 30 years!

    VERY FUNNY on the broccoli & cheese chef’s identity! Geez…we can’t imagine WHO that could possibly be! 🙂

    Happy New Year to you, Bev! Enjoy your weekend!!!

  8. Bev, love your table and it’s always fun to see the most viewed posts! Thanks for joining TTF this week!

  9. Linda says:

    Your table is lovely Bev. Love the menu too.We too, decided to stay in and celebrate quitely. Hoppin” John, hmmmm. We did have black-eyed peas on New years.Happy New Year….

  10. Never heard of Hoppin John, but The Pioneer Woman is one of our homegrown treasures out here on the prairie. Isn’t she just the best! We also had a quiet New Year’s Eve. Out for an early Tex Mex dinner with friends and home by 10:00 P.M. Thanks for inviting us for a peek, and Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  11. I like hoppin John with cornbread to dip in! Congrats on selling the coat. Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I am leaving some hugs on your sweet blog

  12. Melody says:

    Hi Bev!
    Happy New Year! So glad you joined me for Rednesday. Loved the table and the Friendly Village

  13. The Quintessential Magpie Blog says:

    I always eat blackeyed peas, too instead of Hoppin’ John, but I like the Pioneer Woman and so does my husband. He even watches her on TV some.. Love your dishes.



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