SGF #185: New Year, New SHOES!

SHOES: Thinking about snow, slush, ice and wearing ugly snow boots for the next 3 months (err, okay maybe 5 months) makes me wanna puke!  Seriously, I don’t want to wear heavy, dirty, everybody-has-a-pair snow boots for a good portion of 2017…. So let’s save those snow shoes for shoveling and think boots…. pretty, pretty boots; boots that make you smile even on the darkest of winter days.  I found these delectable Salvatore Ferragamo boots at Bloomingdales and, I gotta say, they’re a must have for this winter and many winters to come. The polished leather finished with golden hardware at the ankles and heels make these stellar boots some that you will wear forever. The 4.5″ heel with a small platform is comfortable and uber fashionable for all walks of life!  So, add a little joy and Ferragamo to your 2017 winter wardrobe.

GUYS:  While visiting Arizona over the holidays, I met a guy whose life has been changed forever and is helping change little lives for the better.  Kenny Brunk’s 9-year-old daughter Andrea lost her 18-month battle with Leukemia in 2002.  During her battle Andrea spent many hours enduring painful and scary chemotherapy treatments. So trying to make the experience less stressful for Andrea, Ken and his wife Traci bought her a new toy after every treatment as a special treat for being such a brave girl. They saw how a simple toy could make a huge difference in a very unpleasant experience.  As a way of honoring his daughter and healing his grief after Andrea’s death, Kenny devoted his energy to establishing a toy program for other hospitalized children and Andrea’s Closet was born. He worked to create a toy closet on the same floor as the hospital’s treatment unit and now the children there can choose their own toy.  Today, Andrea’s Closet has space in 17 hospitals throughout Arizona.  Kenny says, “All I want to do is bring smiles, one toy at a time.” For more information go to www.andreascloset.org

FOOD: In the south a New Year’s tradition is to eat black-eyed peas for good luck in the new year. I’ve tried so many black-eyed pea recipes but my all time favorite recipe is one that I sort of remembered and sort of made up after a quick magazine read in a busy airport news stand.  It’s healthy, it’s vegetarian, it’s delicious, it’s satisfying and it’s a great alternative to regular salsa…  You can serve it with corn chips but it can also stand alone as a black-eyed pea salad.  I enjoy it all year around not only on New Year’s Day, and so should you! Here’s the recipe:

(2) 14 oz cans Black Eyed Peas drained and rinsed

(1) Red pepper, diced

(2) jalapeno peppers, diced

(4) green onions, chopped

(1) Stalk of celery, diced

(2) gloves garlic, minced

3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Drain and rinse the black-eyed peas. In a large bowl mix peas and next five ingredients. Add the olive oil plus a little extra to coat the mixture and then add the apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Let sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to an hour so the flavors can blend. Serve at room temperature.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! AND HAPPY NEW SHOES, GUYS, FOOD!

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