I cannot believe it is New Year’s Day 2014. How fast this last month has flown! To be honest I have to say that I am so glad this holiday is over and even more glad we are on to a bigger and better year. So many things to think about, some good and some not so good.
Have you ever received one of those letters over the holidays that tell you how great the year has been and how many achievements the family has had? I will tell you that I didn’t send out any letters like that this year. My position as a mortgage lender was not nearly as successful as it has been in the past, financially it has been more of a struggle and I have had to realize that my children have their own lives and don’t need me like they used to. And of course there was the devastating loss of my beloved brother Will in October. The holidays were something I always looked forward to so I needed to do something that would help bring the happiness back into our home.
My husband and I had decided the end of November that we were going to have one of those Ugly Sweater Parties. I planned, I shopped, and I systematically made food for two weeks so I would be ready and enjoy the party. I was however, unprepared for how fast all the food was going to disappear! I take it as a compliment that they ate everything so quickly but for the first two hours of the party I was a lunatic replenishing platters so that there wouldn’t be hungry, drinking people wandering around. Note to self: cook more food up front and keep warm in the oven.
The party, despite my poor food serving planning was great fun and a complete success. I know this will have to become an annual event.. At this point, I do want to mention my friend Marlene Charbonneau. Here was a woman I befriended on Facebook because I liked that she baked and wrote. I never met her but ordered some of her beautiful cookies for the party. They were so amazing, so beautiful and so yummy that I have to give her a shout out. She truly is my friend and I want everyone to know that her cookies are absolutely the best!
This is where I have to learn I sometimes cannot do it all. During the planning of the party, I got a call from a friend who needed help with her husband’s work party. Unfortunately my husband and I were leaving that day to travel to New York to visit his daughter and then to pick up my mom and bring her back for Christmas. But then we talked about getting all the food ready and bringing it over the night before we left….and I said yes. So the day after our party, I shopped for the food and spent the next three days making food, writing instructions and packaging the food to take over and then left the following morning for five days out-of-town. To those of you who may be crazy like me, I have to warn you to reconsider when you think you can do it all. Especially when you also have a day job like I have! It was so chaotic that it was only now I realized that I haven’t posted since the beginning of December. You can never be so busy that you put aside the things you love to do and that for me is sharing my highs and lows in the kitchen with you. New Year’s resolution number one is to never stop doing what I love.
Anyway, we managed to get through the month. There was sadness over the holidays knowing that my brother and Dad wouldn’t be there to share but happy in the fact that my mom and my children were there with my husband and I. It’s true what they say…you shouldn’t be worried about what is under the tree, but be happy with who is around the tree. Now it is the new year and a time for reflection and hope for the coming months.
I’ve written this blog for a year now, the end of this month. I cannot tell you the joy that it’s brought to me and I hope that somehow I have brought a bit of joy, knowledge, new recipes or something to you. I want to thank you all for your support and following me and I hope you will continue to as I make my way through 2014. Tell me what you would like to hear about, what you love and what you don’t. I will continue share no matter what but without all of you I cannot grow and I want to let you know how important your support is to me.
I know it’s going to be a better year for all of us. 2014 will be a great year and I can’t wait to find out what the future is going to bring!