Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

New Year's Breakfast Sent by Friend

Happy New Year!  Wish each and every one of you a blessed new year, filled with good health, happiness, prosperity and love.

Daughter and I stayed up to greet the New Year - we watched the ball drop at Times Square in New York on the TV and toasted the New Year with sparkling apple cider.  Then, I followed Sri Lankan customs and boiled a pan of milk on the stove and made "kiri-bath", which means milk-rice - it is rice cooked in milk (sort of like rice pudding, but a firmer texture and not sweet).  Milk rice is usually eaten with a spicy onion mixture, known as "lunu-miris" and/or palm sugar which is known as "juggery".  Daughter doesn't care for the taste of juggery, so she prefers to eat her milk rice with white sugar.  I sometimes substitute brown sugar for juggery.  I also lit a candle at the altar and said a prayer for good health in the New Year. 

Then, this morning, there was a knock on my front door - one of my friends had brought New Year's Day breakfast for us: two pieces of milk rice, spicy onion mixture in small containers, kokis (rosettes), pink and white homemade marshmallows, muscat (a kind of fudge-like candy generally known as halwa), cake, cookies, candy, and bananas (it is customary to have bananas with milk rice and the spicy onions on New Year's Day).  What a lovely blessing!

I am watching a re-run of the Rose Parade on TV, as I type this.  One year, my mother, daughter, and I went to Pasadena to watch the Rose Parade in person.  We had been invited to breakfast at the house of a friend who lived near the parade route, and after breakfast, we all walked over to the route to watch the parade.  It was a nice experience, but, it's a lot more comfortable to watch it on TV while seated on the sofa!

I don't have any plans for the rest of the day.  In years past, we've gone to New Year's Day open house/lunch at an aunt's house, but of course, this year, I am staying away from large gatherings to minimize exposure to catching a cold or cough.  So, I think I will simply do some knitting and maybe a bit of tidying up.

I also reviewed the New Year's resolutions I made for 2015 - unfortunately, as usual with such New Year's resolutions, I didn't make a lot of progress with them!  I need to rethink my resolutions for 2016 and will be back with them in another post.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being alive to greet another New Year!
- Caring friends who are so giving of themselves.
- Family and friends calling to wish Happy New Year.
- Antibiotics.
- A lovely, sunny day.

Do you have special foods you eat on New Year's day?  Any New Year's day traditions and customs?


  1. Sounds like a yummy breakfast.. Such a sweet neighbor. So funny how traditions are so different everywhere. In our area, it is black eyed peas and ham hock. Neither hubby or I like this.. So we skip the tradition, even though it is suppose to give you a prosperous
    I went grocery shopping this am, and have just laid around this afternoon..Not feeling well.. battling a cold an asthma. eeeh.

    1. Judy, so sorry you are not feeling too well. Hope you'll be able to rest and recover, soon. I have a packet of black eyed peas in the freezer, but no ham hock. In fact, I was just telling daughter that it's been a long time since we had any ham (was watching a cooking show where they were making a baked ham).

  2. Wishing you a healthy and Happy New Year! Here in the South our tradition is black eyed peas. Fortunately, I enjoy them. :) Hubby doesn't but bravely eats a serving. LOL. So nice of your friend to share breakfast!! Have a great 2016!!!!

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. Wish you a happy New Year, too.

  3. We don't have any special foods for New Year, but last year I discovered that in Austria and Germany many people love to watch an old skit in English, called "Dinner for One", so we found it and watched it, and this year I remembered and we watched it again and had a good laugh. If you watch it, the description in German is not long and you can probably find a way to move on to the skit itself.

    Wishing you a Happy and healthy New Year, Bless!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady, and wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed New Year.


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