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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2019

"We will open the book.  It's pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Welcome to 2019!  How does time disappear so fast?!

2018 was a fantastic year for our farm, and it was all because of you-our loyal fans, friends and customers!!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


This year, at Sassy Soap and Lotions, we have many new ideas for changes and improvements.  But have no fear!  Anything tried and true, including 

 your favorite products and scents, will still be available.  Be sure and keep up with us on social media to stay informed of any new and exciting developments!


I hope your New Years Day plans include eating some lucky black eyed peas.  We've already had ours and I would like to share my recipe for a dish called Hoppin' John, but also known as Carolina Peas and Rice.  There are many variations on this recipe.  This dish dates back to 1841,  in Charleston, South Carolina, and is believed to bring you good luck throughout the year when consumed on January 1st.  The blackeyed peas represent "coins.'  Tomatoes symbolize "health", and cornbread represents "gold'. Some serve it with collard greens which symbolizes green backs (money).  


Please enjoy this recipe in good health and may 2019 be a prosperous year for all of you!


HOPPIN' JOHN


4 strips of bacon, diced

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cups black-eyed peas, if using canned, reserve liquid

Liquid from peas plus enough water to equal 1 cup

1/2 cup rice

1 can diced tomatoes, not drained

1 hot pepper of your choice, diced (optional)

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes


In a Dutch oven, cook bacon and onions until bacon is crisp and onion is soft.  Add peas, rice, liquid, tomatoes, optional diced hot pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer over low heat until rice is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes.

Serve with cornbread, and collard greens if desired.

Good Luck!

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