January 1st 2017

Mother at home always had a large cake and a huge breakfast ready for us on the first of every January. We had all kinds of family and friends that would pile into the house around nine or ten in the morning. All day there would be food and many desserts.

Her mantra was, start the day with people you love, and eat, laugh, have something sweet to make the whole year sweet, and of course reminisce! New Year’s eve was never a big deal. She said we had to welcome the day with these things when the sun is shining. Not the middle of the night! Made a lot of sense to me. I have followed that tradition here.

So every 1st of January, the family comes over for brunch or regular lunch and they just stay and laugh and visit with each other for hours. I did the same yesterday. Here are some photos of yesterday.

img_6306_1Davis loves to drape his leg over my knees.

img_6305Noah is so tall. We took a picture standing together, I looked like a cretin next to him!

img_6302_1The Desserts.

img_6300_1Bought a cake, but made the strawberry/cream cheese pies. Made some fresh squeezed orange juice which was so delicious!


And we all had a wonderful time. Hope all of you had a great day.

I wish for all of you a year filled with Happiness, Peace, Love, Good Health and Laughter. I pray that the wars will be a thing of the past, and that the Syrian refugees (the innocent children) will find homes and hearths to find respite and love.










About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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42 Responses to January 1st 2017

  1. Happy New Year Zakiah! I hope you and your family are blessed with happiness and health.

    Wow – look at all that yummy food. In the last picture, what is the dish on the right side with the large serving fork?

    • Zakiah says:

      You are going to die laughing….. Chicken wings!! The kids love them, so I had to make them!
      Happy New Year to you Mattie. I pray that you will be super happy and super satisfied with your love and work this year. Blessings to you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh that! I made those spinach balls with the stuffing that I usually have with turkey. I mixed it with spinach, some spices, a little chicken broth, and one egg. After making them into balls, I backed them at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Turned out very good and every one loved them… even Sayeed!

  2. Tree says:

    Looks like yummy food! What a nice tradition – better than staying up late and feeling exhausted the next day. Glad you had a good day with the family.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, thank you. We didn’t really have anything like New Year’s Eve celebration. No body drank, and so everyone really wanted to be together on that day.

  3. whyzat says:

    Yes, it does seem like a good idea to celebrate on the First! I know that I would rather have some of those macarons and a piece of pie than champagne!

    • Zakiah says:

      No kidding!! And so much fun to be with all your dear and near relatives and loved ones. Some people don’t stop with just champagne though, and end up sleeping most of the New Year’s Day. God, I would hate that!

  4. Happy New Year, SweetZ, to you and your precious family!
    Love the pics of you with your smiling handsome princes!
    Your mother’s mantra is so sweet and I’m sure she’d love that you are continuing the tradition!
    Oh, my the food looks amazing! Any leftover Brussels sprouts or strawberry pie!? 🙂 Those look so gooooood to me! 🙂
    Thank you for the wishes…I wish all of those things for you and your family, and for all of the peoples of the world. 🙂
    Too many children and women who are suffering. 😦
    (((HUGS))) for 2017!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I did not have Brussels Sprouts. What you see are spinach balls with stuffing and spices that are baked. They were a new item at the table this year. Everyone loved them. I had a whole strawberry pie left over, and I took it over to my neighbour who lives alone. She loved it she says.

  5. jstnotherday says:

    Sounds wonderful and looks wonderful!
    I see shrimp with cocktail sauce. 🙂
    I like this family tradition of yours.
    I wish all the blessings of Happiness, Peace, Love, Joy, Good Health and Laughter for you too.
    A blessed new year to you,

  6. jstnotherday says:

    and yes for all the world to meet with better days, better times. My heart cries for all the hurting people, for all the inhumanity…

  7. beowulf222 says:

    Happy New Year, Zakiah! Looks delicious.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you NIck. I wish you a wonderful year of great success and happiness, and many smiles and laughter. Hope you will do a lot of smiling this year!! and not be so quiet and into yourself! I wish for you an outgoing personality! How’s that!!? ❤ 🙂

  8. r_hsw says:

    oh, i crave your strawberry and cream cheese pies. happy new year to you too, zakiah. may your 2017 be blessed with excitements and discoveries, as well as endless health and happiness.

  9. mrswrangler says:

    What a great tradition. Blessings in 2017

    • Zakiah says:

      Many blessing to you too dear heart. have a safe and great year. When and if you drive into the Quincy area this year, with a load, please let me know. I would love to see you.

      • mrswrangler says:

        I will let you know. We were going up there all the time a year and a half ago than I learned where you were from and never been back that direction.

  10. Wowza..LOVE that idea of celebrating on the day. The food all looks delish. I’m so glad you had a good day.
    Your grandboys are really growing up…they are so handsome too.
    You look WONDERFUL.
    Happy New Year. May this year bring you peace, love and joy.

  11. Zakiah says:

    Thank you Elizabeth. I reciprocate your wishes. I wish you a very healthy year not just for you but for all your family, immediate and extended! You deserve that.

    I posted this reply on Lynn’s comment above. Love and hugs along with blessings.

  12. marica0701 says:

    Those desserts – oh my goodness, I could eat them all!!

    I really like your mother’s opinion of the new year – I may have to share that with my parents and maybe do something similar for next year! Or maybe wait until I possibly have my own family.

    I hope that you and your loved ones have a happy and prosperous 2017.

  13. Beautiful food and pictures. What a great idea to celebrate the first day rather than the night before. I want to do that, too!

    • Zakiah says:

      I have done this for ever. We just don’t like to go out on New Year’s eve, with every Tom Dick and Harry drunk in the fast lane, drinking the night away, and then wasting the entire day of the New year. I hope you have a wonderful year.

  14. slmret says:

    I love this tradition — the new year should be a day to celebrate the NEW in our lives, and to do away with the old! On NYE, we watched several good music shows but missed the ball drop — on NY Day, we had a nice quiet day watching football games

    • Zakiah says:

      Lovely Janet! I am so glad you had such a lovely time. I was thinking of you, and hoping that all was working wonderfully with you. it seems you all are getting quite a bit of rain and moisture. I hear from my friend that the evenings are cooler. Hope you will have a wonderful year. How was the Birthday? Hope you received my card.

      • slmret says:

        I did receive your card when I got home, and will be sending you a thank you shortly! The b’day was just a quiet day, with a nice dinner out. It has rained every day this year so far, but not enough to get us out of our drought! That will take several years of heavier rains than we are getting now, but every inch helps! It is cooler — by our standards, that means nights in the low 40’s and days in the mid 50’s! I hope you are surviving your snowy winter well so far! Love and hugs!

      • Zakiah says:

        Thank you for the response Janet. I was not sure if I had sent you the card. All the cards I sent out this holiday season, are what I painted or photographed.. In my mail to you a little later, I will send you some of my recent paintings that I have done. Perhaps you can critique on them. So happy you had a good birthday. Mine is coming up in two days. Cannot believe how time doesn’t stand still!!
        So bitterly cold here Janet. I should move to Palm Desert or Palm Springs in California. Don’t you think? Love and hugs.

      • slmret says:

        I hope you have a very happy birthday on Tuesday! You’re right — time marches on quickly! I don’t know about living in the desert — it gets terribly hot and dry in the summer, and this is the first year in several that there has been any relief for that during the winter. It might be good if you manage to live in the desert in the winter, and in Quincy in summer, though I realize that might create other difficulties! I enjoy the moderate climate of the coast.

      • Zakiah says:

        It is on Wednesday. Thanks. Yes, living in the Desert in winter and returning home during the summer months would be ideal. But if I am closer to a coast line, then it would be so much better. SO much! 🙂

  15. We are amazed when we see this table beautifully garnished with sweets.
    What a beautiful way to wish the good year, Zakiah.
    Beautiful like the card .
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      Thank you for the compliment. The days here are so dreary with snow and horribly cold temperatures, SO I HAD to liven the table up with color. Best part was the family around. I hope your year will be blessed with much happiness.

  16. Zakiah, remember you from Xanga. Hope all is well with you and your family. . . . . . . Best Wishes. Marilyn Thysell

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes of course Marilyn, how nice to hear from you. All is well with us here in the Midwest, except for the weather. Hope every thing is fine with you and yours. Happy New Year.

  17. mcbery says:

    Looks beautiful and yummy! Blessings.

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