Friday, December 31, 2010

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

The author and her three crazy cousins in Orlando


You say goodbye, I say hello... hello, hello.... One of the simplest (lyrics-wise) Beatles songs there is. If you think about it, it has a whole lot to say, however. I could do a round-up this New Year's Eve of my favorite blog posts (I''ll include some), but I do enjoy sharing a little bit of my life here as well.

The photo above is one of my three cousins (well, they're more like little brothers to me and my actual brother, Rob). We took that in Disney World back in March where I was lucky enough to spend a weekend catching up with them and reconnecting. It would be eight months later we all were together again to say goodbye to their dad and my uncle.

This year, for me, has been about re-evaluation in so many ways. The four young people in that photo above have learned more than ever, that staying in touch and saying "I love you" to those you hold dear is more important than ever. A month after losing my uncle to cancer, we lost a dear family friend who was like a second mother to my brother and I. Another sad lesson in making sure you live for the now, the moment, and in the present.

The author on her first trip to Seattle
It was very easy to get lost in a whole lot of sadness this year, but family and friends, they pull you through. So on the eve of 2011, we look forward. We're planning trips together, trips to see each other, to remember those we've lost and celebrate those we have yet to meet.

This blog has been a huge difference in my life in the past six months. I've met people and been part of things I never would have dreamed I would have the opportunity to take part in, and 2011 will only bring more of those experiences. I've made new friends in the process who are amazing people. This blog has me looking towards the future and opportunities I have never even dreamed of.

For those who read this every week, I toast you today and thank you for being a part of this journey. I hope my posts in 2011 get you thinking a little more, cooking a little more, and tasting all the parts of life a little more.

I do make resolutions every year. I think they allow me to enter the New Year with goals, whether I accomplish them or not.

I resolve this year to be happier, whatever it takes. I resolve this year to be healthier. I resolve this year to draw my family and friends closer and keep them there. I resolve to get those little parts of "me" back that I may have lost throughout the years. I resolve to make a plan for the future, and capitalize on the things I dream about. I resolve to do all these things, because I deserve them, and my family and friends deserve the best "me" in their lives.

I promised you food, and here you go. While this blog has been around in some form or another since January 2008, it only really found its focus this past May. That focus is celebrating local eating in a sensible, but not overwhelming way. I still want to teach people that you don't have to go out of your way to eat locally and mindfully. Baby steps towards a larger goal of better food. Here are some of my favorites in case you missed them early on.

Thank you again for reading and I can't wait for more food adventures in 2011!

Corn and Blueberry Muffin Pies


Corn and Blueberry Muffin Pies
Honey Whole Wheat Apple and Cheddar Muffins
Peach and Cardamon Crisp
Pumpkin Risotto
Italian Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup
Sage and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Peaches
Summer Bounty Bacon Lasagna
Snickerdoodle-Eggnog Cookie Pies
Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011 from New England!

Casco Bay, Maine
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3 comments:

Annie said...

I have been doing a little reflecting of my own lately. Tis the season I guess. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I too have found blogging a wonderful way to share these things. Have a happy and safe new year!

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

I'm sorry for your loss :(. Those moments make you realize that life is here today, gone tomorrow. Enjoy every bit of it!
I want to wish you a very happy and a very healthy new year!

Cheers to happiness!

Annie said...

I have been doing a little reflecting of my own lately. Tis the season I guess. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I too have found blogging a wonderful way to share these things. Have a happy and safe new year!