Happy New Year everyone! I’m wishing you all of the above for 2013. This is the year for all of us, I can feel it. It’s a year of light and a break from all the shadows of the past. Its time to re-invent, turn your dreams into reality, and to let go of the past and things that hold you back. Basically, its time to just GO FOR IT! Go after what you desire! The best way to figure out what you want is to get out and play! When we play, we get grounded and get centered in the moment, and our imaginations unleash. Our imaginations lead us to what our true desires and dreams are. So make room for more play in 2013!
Did you all have a great holiday? We had a wonderful one! We got up and opened our stockings and presents and then had our traditional Christmas brunch. John made up his famous english muffin, ham and egg sandwiches, he squeezed us up some fresh orange juice and I made our favorite sugar-crusted popovers. Seriously, have you made these yet? They’re the best! They’re crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. These are my kid’s favorite breakfast treat. They beat out pancakes, french toast and waffles any day.
I received some great items for Christmas. Zoe gave me the new Barefoot Contessa foolproof cookbook. I’ve already made her cinnamon sugar donuts twice, and the kids love them. They’re not as great as our local donut shop, Donut Alley, but for homemade baked donuts, they rock! I will post the recipe soon. Eli surprised me with some new oven mitts. I definitely needed another pair of those, as all of my other ones are virtually trashed. John and the kids picked up something that I have had my eye on for sometime, a new green Le Creuset Dutch oven. I am so in love with that pan. I have already made a great new tomato sauce (recipe next week) in it as well as my carrot ginger soup. I love the color (green is one of my favorite colors) and I love the fact that I can bring the pot into the dining room and have everyone serve themselves at the table. Santa also supplied me with more measuring spoons, measuring cups, (can’t have enough of those) 2 white aprons and Matt Armendariz’s new book, Food Photography for Bloggers. So yes, Christmas was great for me this year.
I wanted to show you all this all these amazing salted caramel and white chocolate chip cookies that I received in the mail from my blogger friend Jessica, at Kitchen Belleicious. Jessica is my twin, seriously. We both have so much in common that it’s a bit scary. Jessica is one of those people that I instantly connected with. She’s super approachable, down to earth and just full of amazing energy. Jessica has not one or two blogs, but three blogs, Kitchen Belleicious, Belleicious Kids, and Belleicious Baby. I know, she’s an overachiever, right? She designed all the blogs by herself, so on top of being an amazing cook and blogger, she is also an HTML goddess. You go Jessica! Anyway, Jessica invited me to join BeBetsy’s Pass the Plate program, which is a program that helps support the fight against breast cancer by “passing” a plate of cookies from blogger to blogger. The Pass the Plate program is inspired by Kitchenaide’s Cook for the Cure and each time a plate is passed Kitchenaide will donate $5.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Isn’t that the most wonderful idea? It’s a great way for bloggers to connect with one another while helping out a great cause. Here’s a photo of Jessica’s cookies along with the plate that is passed around from one blogger to another. I had to throw in a picture of her adorable family as well.
The plate is designed exclusively for this program by Jacques Pepin (we all know who he is right?). It’s a simple but beautiful plate and I’m excited to pass this plate along with our favorite brownies, Robert’s Absolute best brownies, to my blogger friend, Sharon at Lilikoi Joy. I’m sending her the brownies because I want to send something that will hopefully travel well and stay fresh.
Sharon is another blogger that I recently met that I clicked with instantly as well. I really want to nickname her Joy because she just literally radiates joy. She has such a sparkling, creative and friendly personality, and it shows on her blog. She’s one of those people that would just open up her house to you and make you feel instantly at home, and like you’ve known her forever. I really am grateful for all of the blogging friends and readers that I have met in 2012, and I can’t wait to meet more of you in 2013. I really love the community that blogging brings, and I hope to someday meet up with some of my blogging buddies and readers, just like I did with my friend Em, at wine and butter. Em and I are forever friends and she feels like a sister to me! Miss you Em!
I’m sending out a big hug and cheers to you all today! I’m truly grateful for all of you that read my little blog and occasionally make a recipe or two. You all inspire me with your kind words and comments to keep blogging. Have a great rest of the week and I’ll be back on Sunday with my with my weekly menu post as well as back to my normal posting schedule.
xoxo, Jackie 🙂