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Happy New Year!


It’s almost 2011! Hard to believe, but I’m excited for the New Year and hope that you are, too! Hopefully, it’s filled with lots of good times spent with friends and family…and of course, good food.

Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year’s dish, thought to bring good luck. I just think they taste great–if they happen to bring some luck, too, I’m not going to complain! If you want to make a dish with these tasty legumes for the holiday, here’s a good recipe adapted from southernfood.about.com:

black eyed peas

New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 6.


  • 2 28-oz cans black-eyed peas
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


1. Brown sausage and chopped onions in a skillet over medium heat. Drain excess fat.

2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a 3-quart casserole dish. Add the sausage and onions. Bake at 300° for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Do you have any special New Year’s recipes? We’d love to hear what they are!

Holiday Baking Ideas

What’s one of the best parts of the holidays? Baking, of course! Cookies, pie, cake, bread…there are so many delicious things to enjoy this time of year. It’s also an opportunity to carry on family traditions. Perhaps you remember a relative’s scrumptious pie or secret cake recipe, or maybe you help your kids make a recipe you yourself learned as a child. My family, for example, made sugar cookies every year that we’d decorate with brightly-colored, powdered-sugar icing. As a kid, I loved mixing food coloring into the bowls of icing, and then drizzling it over the cookies in fanciful patterns. I also remember my great-grandmother’s cookies–she made dozens of them every Christmas. My favorite were her potato chip cookies (don’t knock ’em until you try ’em!). What are your favorite holiday baking traditions?

Keep up with your family’s baking traditions or start some new ones this year! Here are some handy products to make your holiday baking more fun.

Cookie Cake Pans

Cookie Cake Pans: the best of both worlds! Make a chocolate cake with vanilla icing in the middle for a jumbo-sized Oreo-style cake!

Holiday Baking Pan by Paula Deen

Fun holiday shapes are yours to decorate with the Holiday Baking Pan by Paula Deen.

Cookie Press

Make perfect spritz cookies in a variety of patterns with this Cookie Press.

POURfect Measuring Bowls

POURfect Measuring Bowls make it easier to pour ingredients in the bowl without spilling. Especially handy if you have kids in your kitchen!

Animal Pot Holders

Animal pot holders are so cute, they’re sure to make you smile.

Homemade Christmas Cookbook

Looking for some new recipes? Homemade Christmas Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch has some deliciously simple ideas.

Jolly Wink Santa Cake

Or if you want to let someone else do the baking, try bakery food gifts from The Swiss Colony!

Ginny’s Giftbook Through the Years

All of us are super excited about our latest holiday catalog–the 2010 Giftbook! Like usual, it’s brimming with great gifts for everyone on your list (and maybe even a little something for yourself). If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you can request one here. Or go to our websiteto see everything that’s in the catalog–and more!

Isn’t this snowman cute?

Holiday 2010 catalog cover
Holiday Giftbook 2010

We’ve always been proud of our holiday catalogs. For one thing, we just LOVE the holidays. Plus, it’s satisfying to know that our customers will be finding things that their friends and family will love. We can just imagine the smiles as each gift is unwrapped!

If you think our catalog is a gift to unwrap, too, here are some covers from past years:

Aren’t they merry and bright? Which one is your favorite?

Happy Halloween!

Halloween can be so much fun…seeing all the kids in their costumes, eating candy with abandon, decorating, not to mention carving Jack O Lanterns.

Jack O Lanterns

Check out these pumpkins that Christy, the Ginny’s art director, carved with her family!

Jack O Lanterns

I love how they look at night all lit up and glowing. So festive!

We hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween. And next week, we’ll be having a special sale for our Facebook fans, so stayed tuned for that! (Click here if you’re not yet a fan but would like to be.)