I always make a New Year's resolution to resolve to get together more with family and friends throughout the upcoming year, lose those extra pounds and try to have more fun instead of working so much. This year I really am committed to making all of the above happen. For starters, I'm well on my way to (finally) be at my perfect weight before my birthday – I'm thinking I have about 10 more pounds to lose before the end of March and it's a do-able goal. I'm energized to begin getting myself more organized which will focus on my home office, my address book, my out of control recipes and the clutter piled into closets. From someone stopping in, it would appear our house is clean and clutter free, but my personal space (as in office and pantry are a true disaster) and it always feels good to just have things orderly, plus it drives me nuts to try to find a recipe that I cut out or wrote on some scrap of paper and then can't find it. Yikes it takes me twice as long to find the recipe or address as it should – so one step at a time. As for making more time to play instead of work, well that will be a daily conscious effort.
For New Year's Eve, we were invited to a dinner party hosted by our friends, Lezah and Barney. We had a wonderful time and the food was over the top. The menu wasn't fancy - spaghetti, green salad (better than most salad bars in town), and garlic bread. It was heaven, plus Lezah had made a German chocolate cake parfait. I ate and ate and ate. Lezah whispered in my ear the she had just made up the recipe for the meatballs as well as her German Chocolate cake parfait that day. This fact didn't surprise me as she was ALWAYS doing that sort of thing in our catering business. The results turned out tasty but it drove me crazy as I'm the kind of person who has to follow a recipe. So of course, I rolled my eyes at her and muttered really???!!, then she giggled and I know she was thinking back to our catering days and the effect her off-the-wall creations had on me. It was the perfect way to end 2009, good friends and good food. Plus we celebrated the incoming year East coast time, which was only 9pm PST, so we were home and in bed at a decent time.
New beginnings are always exciting to me and I look forward to 2010. Wishing you a very happy new year and feel free to let me know what you really like in the way of the blog.
All my best,