Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re healthy and looking forward to what 2017 will bring!
What a wonderful holiday season. I still remember picking out our Christmas tree at the end of November- it doesn't seem so long ago. We are blessed to be surrounded with loving friends and family. People who always come back home to visit, who stay the same even though much time has passed. For me, some of the greatest joy was seeing my children participate in holiday traditions and then, having time to relax, play, create and bake.
The past year was an exciting year for me. I launched this blog, something I have wanted to do since I lived in London, England (over 5 years ago now). Looking back, I am not sure why it took me so long to put together the blog other than perhaps a lack of confidence and a different career outlook. My life has certainly changed course since that time and my thinking is not as rigid as it once was.
For 2017, I plan to continue to bring you weekly baking posts. After baking and consuming too many sweet confections over the past month, I’m considering focusing on savoury baking recipes. I’ve also booked myself into some creative courses which I plan to share with you once they are complete.
I’m looking forward to a slow and quiet January and February. The Danish concept of Hygge is something that I hope to incorporate into my home. Hygge seems to be everywhere in the media and though I try to avoid trends, I feel that adopting some of the concepts would be beneficial to my family. I’ve started to read Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg. More on that later.
On the topic of reading and books, I received a few beautiful hardcover books for Christmas. In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney truly celebrates women’s accomplishments unlike any book that I have read. Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale has gorgeous photography (have you seen the cover? The book is currently on display on my coffee table). I’ve read glowing reviews about it so I’m excited to read this over the next couple of months. Currently on my nightstand is the captivating Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, a novel that my husband read and recommended many years ago. 2016 was an exciting year for cooking and baking books so I plan to discuss some of my favourites over the next year.
Tomorrow, I sadly say goodbye to my sister (who has been staying with us and will return to the west coast) and then I will begin with packing up our holiday decorations. As I write this, my Fraser Fir Christmas tree is still decorated but needles are starting to fall. I always find it difficult to say goodbye to a tree. At the same time, I look forward to having my house back in order and to a clean, fresh start. Also, to a bright and optimistic new year.
I would love to hear from you! What made 2016 memorable for you? Are your Christmas decorations still up? What are you reading? What are you baking?