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  1. Thanks for the links, Brenda. That black-eyed pea casserole looks good.

    Dutch oven soups…I use my dutch oven all winter to make soups, chili and stews. My favorite cooking vessel!

    Happy New Year to you and Ivy.

  2. I of course love all your white neutral after Christmas decor ideas. I will be doing some of my take downs this weekend. Love the Exiles book sound like a good read. Will see if my library has it.
    Happy New Year. xoxo Kris

  3. Intrigued by both book descriptions and put them on my to read list. Will enjoy looking at the other news and mentionable s over this weekend. Limited time and energy along with health issues had me decorating more for winter than Christmas specifically, so just need to remove some bows with traditional Christmas colors and I am good til spring. Trying to achieve that Hyyge style. It is has slowly evolved over the past 2 months and I am so pleased. With it so rainy & dreary out, even with a nasty cold and feeling lousy, I am comforted by my
    home and more content than I have ever been. How could I ask for more? ‘Thankful’ is my word of meditation for 2023. Brenda & Everyone : Wishing you all the best of what is coming this year and for a HAPPY &HEALTHY NEW YEAR FOR 2023! I am thankful for all of you, and the community Brenda has built for us at ‘Cozy Little House’, and for leading us to inspire each other.

  4. Thanks for the new book recommendations. I hadn’t heard of either so appreciate some new ones to look for. Happy New Year to you, Ivy and the nice readers you bring to your blog. It’s something I have always enjoyed reading. I hope you have a quiet reflective evening and I know you are in a much better place than last year at this time so it’s all good for your safety.
    When we were younger it was such a big deal to be out on NYE and now that I am older, I love the comfort of a warm cozy home more than being out.

  5. So many interesting finds here today. The crab stuffed mushrooms look delicious, and the ornament storage idea was pretty smart! I might just have to give that a try, as I’ve always wrapped them individually, and it takes soooo long to wrap and unwrap them each year. We are making a chip dip this year that uses black eyed peas. Happy New Year’s to everyone! Stay safe if you’re going to be out tonight!

  6. Happy New Year! Thank you for a wonderful post. I look forward to exploring all these sites over the weekend.

  7. I just made my black-eyed pea casserole to have tomorrow. It’s made with sausage, black-eyed peas, and tomatoes – I’ll add parmesan cheese when I put it in the oven tomorrow, My mom made it every New Years as well as pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes. As it’s only me, I just do the one dish.
    Like the looks of the books, especially Black Cake. Thanks for all the work that you put into these posts.
    Wishing you and Ivy a very good 2023 in all ways,

  8. Wonderful ideas Brenda!
    We are still enjoying our Christmas 🎄 decor.
    Feeling a tad lazy to do anything else now.
    Although cooking is a must.
    Our menu is simple ,,,,, a favorite for new years.
    Boiled shrimps, small salads, and some potato & onion perogies.
    A few appetizers will be cheeses and crackers.
    Apple pie for dessert.
    Wishing you ❤️ and Ivy a wonderful 2023 Brenda!
    Thanks for all the hard work that goes into Cozy Little House. ✨️

  9. Nice winter decorating ideas. I like keeping that feeling of warmth inside when it’s still so dark and cold outside.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Phenomenal New and Notables, just the way to welcome in the new year. I’m definitely making the Dutch oven loaded potato soup today. Also marking down the two books to read in the new year! Thank you for all you do!!! Happy New Year you you and Ivy! May you new year be filled with blessings and daily magic.

  11. Another fabulous New and Notable post. Thank you, Brenda.
    I’d enjoy a plate full of stuffed mushrooms but too much work for just me. Big Sigh! LOL
    Enjoy your day – 2022 flew by – whoosh!!!!!

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