Reflections on 2017: A Year Without Resolutions

The time has come! The year is finally coming to an end and I am looking forward to the next year.  I remember other years when this day has come that I just couldn’t wait for the next year because I was over it and wanted a fresh start.  This isn’t the case this year.  This past year has been full of so many new and wonderful things.  I am not the type of person to make New Year’s resolutions, but I would love to hear yours!

I will start with my favorite things I baked or ate this past year, because my life revolves around food! I made some pumpkin muffins with a crumb topping that were out of this world good.  An apple galette that I had to make quite a few times after Memorial Day because my husband loved it so much, and some cinnamon rolls with a maple coffee frosting that I still dream about.  I for sure got my sugar fill.  At work, I learned how to make a mean biscotti and a personal favorite of mine, bear claws. I really did learn a lot this year.  I am most looking forward to making tahini and halva brownies from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook Sweet.

As for life, it wasn’t the easiest of years emotionally.  Seattle had a painfully dark and rainy winter that felt like it would not end and a sweltering hot summer that rivaled my time spent in the desert, yes, literally the desert. My husband traveled a fair amount which is never easy. My family experienced the devastating loss of my grandfather. None of these things were great, but such is life.

On the brighter side, I made some amazing friends out of my co-workers who were pillars of support and laughs, so many laughs.  We finished out the year with a bit of a surprise for everyone, the last minute move to the beautiful state of North Carolina.  We haven’t had much time here yet, but I already think I’m going to like it! The last big change of this year was the decision that I would be starting my own small business, completely non baking related.

I learned a little bit the hard way that when you bake for a living, that you don’t want to do as much at home. Hence the lack of blog posts. It’s just no fun to stand all day baking and doing dishes and want to do it all over again at home.  That’s part of why I made the decision to not go back to work in a bakery after this move and open up my own small business.  More details to come, but I am really excited to see what this new year brings.

Thank you to everyone who impacted my life this year.  I wish you all a wonderful and sugar filled 2018!

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