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Sunday 1 January 2023

It's January 2023

As we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome the New Year of 2023, for the majority of people, January symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start. For others, it’s just another ordinary month!

The historical origins of the month was introduced into the calendar back in Roman times. The name for January comes from the Roman god, Janus, who is always depicted with two heads. He uses one head to look back on the year before, and the other head to look forward into the New Year!

Generally, January is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, however, with the violent snow storms many experienced last month some readers may have comments about this? Of course if you live in the Southern Hemisphere January will be one of your hottest months!

January has two zodiac signs – Capricorn, (the sea goat) which is until January 19, and Aquarius, (the water-bearer) which is for the rest of the month. The birth flower(s) of January are the carnation, and some sites also say the snowdrop!

A lovely day for many in January is National Hugging Day. This falls on 21st January every year since 1986, which was the year when Rev. Kevin Zaborney invented it. The holiday was created because Zaborney felt that Americans were too embarrassed to show feelings in public, and hoped that National Hug Day would change this.


The day is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, although it is not a public holiday. 21st January was chosen because it is the midpoint between Christmas and Valentine’s Day because this time of the year is statistically where people feel emotionally low.

Hugging is a great way to make yourself feel better, studies show that hugging has many health benefits, which include improvement on both psychological and physical development, building a stronger immune system and it helps to decrease the risk of heart disease and stress.
Do we need a special day to hug? Perhaps we should make every day a special hug day? What do you think?

Talking about hugging! How about giving yourself a 'hug in a mug' and making this lovely soup, it's ideal for the cooler month of January.

Spiced Parsnip Soup with Coriander and Chilli Pesto
There aren't many things more comforting than a warming mug of creamy soup, 
and this recipe suggestion is perfect for cooler months.


Ingredients
Serves Six
(11.7g Carbs per serving)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1kg (2lb) parsnips, chopped
1.5ltr (2 1/2pt) hot chicken stock
3 tbsp. soured cream
For the pesto
1 red chilli or dried chipotle chilli
50g (2oz) fresh coriander, leaves picked
15g (1/2oz) Parmesan, grated
4 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
can be seen here

~ Wishing you a happy, peaceful and healthy 2023 ~

We bring a variety of articles and recipe ideas to this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan

50 comments:

Tom said...

...my best to you 2023.

Jeff said...

Happy New Year. Hopefully by the 21st, I will be fully over the COVID (I had a set back) and people will welcome a hug from me instead of keeping me at distance!

R's Rue said...

Have a blessed day.
www.rsrue.blogspot.com

Notes From The Frugal Trenches said...

I will definitely be making that soup, it looks lush!

Thanks for the little history lesson too. Very very interesting!

Jenn Jilks said...

A hug in a mug!
Happy new year!

Divers and Sundry said...

Happy New Year! May January be the beginning of a healthier year for us all.

Christine said...

The soup looks good

CJ Kennedy said...

Happy New Year! 🍾🥂

Chatty Crone said...

I have heard four hugs a day is the minimum not the maximum! Happy New Year!

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you (so much) for your informative and delicious posts for last year. I look forward to seeing what you will give us this year. And a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy New Year, Jan! The soup looks warming and very tasty.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Hugging is right up my alley :)
There....all better.
What a delightful soup recipe, one I will surely try, and thank you for sharing all of your informative and beautiful posts.
Wishing you and yours the happiest and healthiest of New Years dear friend.
Hugs,
~Jo
xx

bread&salt said...

Goodbye 2022 and welcome 2023. Merry Christmas to you dear friend. Happy and healthy 2023. And thanks for the recipe of soup. Greetings.

Stefania said...

🎉🎉 buon 2023 🎉🎉

Mary Kirkland said...

Happy New Year! Here’s to a fabulous 2023!

eileeninmd said...

Happy New Year to you, I wish you and yours all the best in 2023!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year, Jan and Eddie. I hope it is filled with happiness, good health, and joy. Let's do a little hugging, too!

Shari Burke said...

Oh wow, that soup looks incredible! Yum!

Pam said...

Nothing better than a great hug!! And what better than a National Hug Day!!! Nice....I used to try to follow all the National Days but there were so many it was getting hard to keep up with them.

My name is Erika. said...

It's hard to believe it's January already. Happy New year. I hope your new year has started out in a nice way.

It's me said...

Happy new year…thanks for your friendship last year…wishing you all the best for 2023…love love love from me and Leaf 🍀❤️🐾🍀

Bill said...

Happy New Year!

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy New Year! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

This N That said...

Happy New Year..I did not know about National Hugging Day..I'll have to remember that one!!

J.P. Alexander said...

En mi país comenzamos el año nuevo con lluvia Te deseo un buen año. Te mando un beso.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Hope your 2023 dreams come true.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Conniecrafter said...

I will have to tell hubby that we need to hug even more in the new year because it will make us healthier :)
Happy New year!

aussie aNNie said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and an even more happy New Year 2023

Ananka said...

Cannot go wrong with soup!

Happy New Year to all and thanks for all your kind words over the months Jan :-D

Mrs.B said...

Happy New Year Jan,
Avril x

José Antonio Sánchez Rumí said...

It is always a real pleasure to visit the nlog, you always learn.
My best wishes for happiness for the new year 2023.
Best regards.

Jo said...

There seems to be a day for everything now. That looks like a nice warming soup. Happy new year.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wishing you the greatest happiness and good health this New Year and always.

God bless.

Marit said...

Happy New Year!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

That soup sounds delicious. Happy New Year!

Jeanie said...

Hugging is my favorite. So warm, so lovely. Thanks for a wonderful introduction to January! Happy New Year to you!

Martha said...

Have a wonderful month ahead! Many blessings to you and your family.

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Mis felicitaciones, en este nuevo año 2023.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...


Hope you have a great new year 2023.
May all your dreams come true!

DMS said...

I made parsnip soup on New Year's Eve. Not this recipe- but it was tasty. This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. :)
~Jess

Carla from The River said...

Happy New Year!!!
Looking forward to learning from you in 2023!!
Carla

William Kendall said...

Happy New Year!

OLga said...

Ti auguro un felice e sano 2023!

Teresa said...

Abrazos para ti.

Hilly Nicolay said...

Happy New Year!

Regards,
Hilly

Louca por porcelana said...

Happy New Year Jan! Best wishes.

baili said...

Happy new year dear Jan to you and loved ones!
May it be filled with joy, health and happiness for you all amen
Liked the hugs benefits. Thanksfor link.
Thanks for recipe

Catherine said...

Happy new year!

Snowbird said...

That soup looks like a winner. Happy New Year.xxx