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A Southern Fried New Year

 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

This year we decided to do something fun and a little more exciting than our usual New Year’s Eve activities. You only get to be in your 20′s once, right?

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My friends Emily and KJ went with Jason and I to the NYE party at Empire State South, Hugh Acheson’s awesome restaurant in Midtown. We had some delicious cocktails and enjoyed each other’s sparkly company.

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Then today we started the new year off right with a huge soul food feast prepared by my mom!

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We were welcomed into the house by the smell of cornbread baking and the sound of the chicken frying.

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20130905-DSC_0212Emily and KJ came along to my parents’ house for the celebration. It was great to have them here for this meal! They were both raised in Georgia like I was but no longer live here, so I think they were happy to reconnect with their Southern roots for this tradition.

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As always, everything my mom made was incredible. The menu included candied yams, fried chicken, cornbread, collard greens, hoppin’ john, and corn fritters with lemonade and sweet tea. Of course I abstained from the chicken, but everyone at the table told me it was to die for.

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I love being able to ring in the New Year with my family in Georgia!

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Now we’re all exhausted and in a food coma. That’s my idea of a good celebration.

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And now…

The WINNERS of the Earth Balance vouchers are Athena, Debra, Alison, Mariaelena, and Laurie! Congrats!

And the WINNER of my homemade gift box is Kathy V! Congrats!

Thank you guys all for entering the giveaways! I’ll email the winners to get your addresses so that I can get your prizes in the mail!

-Lauren

 

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