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I love the feeling that is universal to most of us each January first—thoughts of fresh starts, do-overs, re-inventions—and all of the anticipation that comes with the flip of the calendar.  We spend a little time reflecting, and then—like so many race horses collected at the starting gate, waiting for the bell to ring and the gates to clang open—off we go, full of eagerness and excitement!

Our Christmas Eve Dessert; Italian Cream Cake

Our Christmas Eve Dessert; Italian Cream Cake

I’ve been absent from my blog for a few weeks, happily buried in all of the preparation for the holidays here in the Fulton home, which this year included one last over-the-top meal on New Year’s Day for my son’s birthday.  He is a New Year baby (he wasn’t the first that year, but he was definitely one of the biggest!) and since he moved away for college a few years ago, we don’t always get him on his actual birthday.

William's birthday cake, the oft-requested German Chocolate Cake that has become a house specialty!

William’s birthday cake, the oft-requested German Chocolate Cake that has become a house specialty!

Now it’s time for me to re-evaluate and prioritize my schedule, resume some of my pre-holiday routines (especially my weekly walks with my friend Val), and begin some new routines.  It’s time to start planning the garden, and to start work on some of the winter garden projects.  (If my daughter was editing this, she would add that it’s time to plan HER birthday, and to get busy making those Lemon Squares!)  I want to tackle some more advanced knitting patterns, and learn to crochet.  I have a few cookbooks that I want to work my way through, and one of the things I am MOST looking forward to, is carving out regular time to write and work on new recipes to share with you!

I am saddened at the death in early December of this incredible chef, but I'm counting it a privilege to have her book, and to spend time absorbing as much of her teaching from it as I possibly can.

I am saddened at the death in early December of this incredible chef, but I’m counting it a privilege to have her book, and to spend time absorbing as much of her teaching from it as I possibly can.

Happy New Year to all of you, my lovely friends!  I hope that your holidays have been blessed, in whatever ways are the sweetest to you and that for each of you, this infant new year is filled with promise and hope.

With love,
Lorrie

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