New Year's Day Southern Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

I know I'm a few days behind here, but I wanted to share my New Year Black Eyed Pea Soup recipe and bring good luck to all of you this year! Growing up in the south, my mother always made Black Eyed Pea soup every New Year's Day because it's said to bring good luck and prosperity. It's a long standing southern tradition - the black eyed peas swell when cooked, symbolizing prosperity and growth, the greens symbolize money and good fortune, and the pork symbolized positive motion because pigs root forward when foraging.




1 can black eyed peas
1 cup lentils
2 tablespoons of butter
1-2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 large yellow or red onion, diced
3 cups of smoked ham, chopped
6-8 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a skillet, heat butter. Saute celery and onion on medium-low heat until tender. While cooking, bring chicken broth to a boil.

2. Drain lentils and black eyed pea and add into the pot of chicken broth. Add sauteed vegetables, ham and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. If you want thicker soup, uncover for the last 5 minutes.

3. Let the soup cool for about 5-10 minutes and serve with crackers. Enjoy and may each of you have a great 2017!


How To Walk An A/C Unit 20 Blocks


I was texting with my best friend Anna a few days ago and she encouraged me to share stories about how life in a big city is different from small towns - and even small cities. My day-to-day activities are very different in New York compared to Richmond, but the longer I live here the more I forget about how different the simple things are - like getting an air conditioning window unit in your bedroom window. Maybe this type of story will be interesting or maybe not. Maybe it's totally stupid and you'll make fun of me, but here is the story of how (and why) I carried an AC unit 20 blocks in Brooklyn during the middle of summer - oh, and in flip flops.


I'd been living in New York (specifically Queens) for about 2 weeks when I signed the lease to my first apartment in Brooklyn - a fourth floor walk up (yay!) with tons of natural lights on a tree-lined street in Park Slope with a beautiful view. It was the middle of July and my new apartment didn't have central air conditioning and I had no fan. All I had in New York at the time was a suitcase full of clothes and a 3-inch tall twin sized air mattress that I brought on my one-way train ride to New York.

I officially moved into my apartment on a weekday (maybe a Wednesday?) and for some reason I don't recall it being miserably hot to sleep there, but just hot enough that it wasn't going to be bearable much longer without an AC unit. 

I woke up Saturday morning, lugged my handy dandy shopping cart (which I bought in the pouring rain in Queens, but that's another story) down three flights of stairs and headed towards Target. Target is only 1.2 miles away and it takes me anywhere between 15-30 minutes to get there by train depending on the day. The Target in Richmond is 4.8 miles away from my old apartment and it only took me 10-15 minutes get thereby car! Going to Target is a pain in the ass when you live in New York compared to Virginia. 

Back to the story: So I'm heading to Target and walked 2 blocks to the R train and then down 2 flights of stairs into the subway station. I thought I was going to be smart and take the R train to Barclays because it has an escalator AND elevator. Fast forward, I get my A/C united loaded into my cart, checkout and leave the store - should be smooth sailing now! Wrong.

I get back across the street to Barclays and the escalator AND elevator are both BROKEN! I didn't notice when I get off because I exited through a different section of the subway stop. If you've never been to Barclay's then here is a photo to show you all the stairs I was not about to lug the A/C unit up.

I probably could have asked someone for help lugging it down, but I was so new to the city that and didn't honestly think anyone would be nice enough to help out. I also could have hailed a cab, but at the time had no idea how cabs worked and my phone was dead so I couldn't call an Uber.

I looked like a complete idiot, but I just started pushing my cart down the sidewalk. It wasn't that bad, just really bumpy and annoying - not to mention it was really hot and I was wearing flip flops. When I finally got to my apartment and lugged it up the stoop I just stood there thinking, "How the f*@$ am I going to get this up 3 flights of stairs?" Then I started pulling up the stairs - BANG! BANG! BANG! - that's the noise it made each time I lugged it up a stair. My poor neighbors were probably like "what the f@#% is going on out there," but they never came out to see what was happening so I kept going. It honestly probably took me like 30 minutes, but I did it and fell face first into my twin air mattress went I finally got inside my door.

Looking back, I'm honestly like "what the hell is wrong with me," because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was so naive, but that experience helped me become a stronger New Yorker and I can tell you that New Yorkers are tough as hell because they have to deal with some shit! Excuse my language, but it's so true. I have to give props to all the people who grew up here because it's no joke - if you can survive here then you can handle almost anything.





Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

The BEST Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

The BEST Homemade Hawaiian Pizza

I'm not kidding when I say we make the pizza from scratch. If you haven't tried our homemade dough or sauce recipe then this Hawaiian Pizza is a must for you! We've listed all the ingredients below and our recipes so you don't have to go back searching through the blog! Try it out and let us know what you thought in the comments below! Don't forget to share on Pinterest if you like it or want to make this recipe at a later date!

• pizza peel
• pizza stone
tomato sauce recipe here
homemade dough recipe here
• sliced pineapple
• sliced red onion
• mozzarella cheese
• canadian bacon

First, place the pizza stone in the oven about 10 inches from the broiler and preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Let the stone heat up for 30 minutes and then switch the oven to broil for about 10 minutes.

Next, with the dough on the pizza peel, spread the tomato sauce on the surface evenly. Then sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese on top and then add the rest of the toppings. 

Quickly slide the pizza off the pizza peel onto the stone in the oven and broil for 4 - 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is crispy, but not burnt.

FInally, transfer the pizza to a cutting board using the peel. Slice, serve, enjoy immediately! 


Winter Reading List #PSBookClub


So, what did you all think of the Fall Reading List? Which book(s) were your favorite or least favorite? I read Little Bee, Valley of the Dolls (my all-time favorite book), and The Someday Jar.

I'm going to carry-over some of the books from the Fall Reading list into my Winter Reading, but if you made it through or want some fresh reading, then try the books below! Don't forget to join our book club and share what your reading with #PSBookClub - you might be featured on the blog or Instagram!


Winter Reading List

1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

2. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

3. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

4. My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

5. The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

7. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

8. Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

9. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

10. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena





Peaches+Salt Link Party #7


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