Welcoming the New Year

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Jeff and I are busy cooking from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking this evening. We’re sipping good wine and making roast goose with a prune and foie gras stuffing…and doing a lot of laughing and reminiscing. We’re looking forward to the new year.

This will be the beginning of the 12th year in our home here in Red Wing Minnesota. When I look back over the last 12 years I can’t help but feel thankful for our blessings. We bought our home, welcomed our second daughter into the world, two of my books were published, I got to work at a gorgeous little tearoom only a half block away from my home (where I met two of my favorite people on the planet)… Jeff has a job he really enjoys as a graphic artist, web designer and professional photographer, we became grandparents *gasp!*…and there have been so many other dreams realized I am overwhelmed and amazed by everything that has come to pass.

I am not one for making New Year’s “resolutions.” I don’t really believe in doing this and I feel, for me anyway,  that resolutions of this kind set me up for disappointment and failure. If they work for you, please share your secret with me.

I do, however, believe in setting real goals. First small ones (one of my favorite authors, SARK, calls these “micro-movements.”) I like watching these micro-movements transform into larger goals accomplished. I love watching my dreams come true because of sheer hard work and determination. Just as I don’t believe in overblown resolutions, I refuse to believe in luck. Discard this myth and watch your life change for the better 😉

Thank you dear readers for all of your encouragement, hilarious comments, support, and time. You all hold a very special place in my heart. I so enjoy hearing from you. Some days when the muse refuses to show her face I still look forward to making a recipe to share or posting a picture of something I’m working on or doing. The days when I just can NOT write, or when I’m feeling sad, or when I just don’t want to get out of bed and be a productive human (there have only been a few of these…) I get up anyway because it’s important for me to have something to share with you. This is something I am truly grateful for. You guys rock.

I can’t wait to share the adventure of this next year with you!

Much love,


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