Wow. Another year is in the books……or is that “on the books”? Either way, I can hardly believe it! My Mom always said, “don’t wish time away, because once you’re old, you’ll be wishing it would slow down”. I hate to say it, but she was so right. About that anyway….. The Holidays are tough around here; the kids are so excited, counting down the days, Dad is busy at work with Holiday Catering functions and Mom is buried deep in baskets & bows…..oh my. Almost daily I have to hug one of my kids and tell them soon, very soon I will be able to make those cookies or play that board game, or watch that movie. It’s bittersweet for me; I am thankful that I am busy, so that I can give the kids a great holiday. But, I do regret not being able to be relaxed and enjoy the “reason for the season”. Enough of all that! It’s done, and a New Year is upon us!
I had the extreme pleasure of being invited into a group of other food-loving people like myself, called the Minnesota Food Bloggers this past year. I don’t know what they were thinking actually, as I have done a total of what, four posts so far? But I quickly accepted, before they could change their mind! What an amazing decision that was indeed! This group, has helped me grow, food & photography-wise, in just the few short months I have been a part of it. I have watched as they have created amazing events, surrounding food. I plan to join them, much more in 2012 and look forward to all the adventures that will bring!
My hubby and I started a restaurant “Bucket List” this past fall as well, which we plan & pledge (to each other) to attack this year! The Twin Cities is overflowing with amazing dining choices, get out there and try them people!!!
I am writing this today, to pledge or make a resolution to you and to myself for 2012. I pledge (or resolve, however you want to take it), to post more often. I would like to make a goal of at least monthly, if not more often. One way I know I can accomplish that is by my monthly beer postings! What’s that you ask? Well, I am excited to share that in late November, at an event, I won Beer for a Year! Yippee! And its just not any old beer, but a local, great beer company…….you’ll have to tune in to find out which one! I plan to drink that beer (yes, I do that occasionally) and cook with that beer! I can’t wait! I’ll give you a hint of the first recipe I created with the first beer…….its a Risotto dish!
The second food thing I am excited about, is that for Christmas my husband got me (well, “us” really-we’ll all benefit) a Smoker! I am SO excited about that! Here she is! I can’t wait to smoke meats, vegetables, even garlic, salt, tomatoes….etc. etc.!!! Its gonna be a fun trip, I hope you’ll join me!
It’s going to be a busy year, filled with lots of amazing food, friends & good times! I hope you all enjoy a safe & wonderful New Years this weekend!
With love & warm dishes,