Here we are on the heels of another new year. 2012 is already promising to be a great one for me up here in New Hampshire, and I have put together some major life goals to guide me during the next 12 months.
Here they are in random order…
I could work on this list all day, but you get the picture.
- Get a natural sugar high at one of the many maple festivals each Marc
- Hop aboard the Mt. Washington Cog Railway in Bretton Woods, NH
- Hiss at the Redcoats at the Patriots Day Reenactment in Concord, MA
- Attend the Blue Hill Fair in Maine – the fair that inspired Charlotte’s Web
- Eat pizza in New Haven, CT – is it better at Pepe’s, Sally’s, or Modern Apizza?
- See Santa arrive by boat in Kennebunkport, ME
- Cheer on the Maine Lobster Boat Races on the coast of Maine
- Visit the Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, MA
- Spend a secluded weekend in the western Connecticut hills
- Indulge my cooking nerd at the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, RI
- Wander the grounds at Hildene, Robert Lincoln’s estate in Manchester, VT
Now that I have a car the only thing stopping me is laziness, and I won’t let that happen! Here’s to a very Yankee 2012.
I am so blessed in the friend department, and it has never been more important than it was this year when my life was a Tilt-A-Whirl. Friends are the family we choose, and they are precious.
When I turned 30 in August, my two best girlfriends that dared to leave me for Brooklyn (Kayte and Melissa) had me down to visit them. From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, they had me laughing, eating, drinking, dancing to a 90’s cover band, and (most memorably) celebrating by swinging on a trapeze.
It was one of the best weekends of my life. I miss them both terribly.
When I moved to New Hampshire in November to work for Yankee full-time, my two best girlfriends that haven’t left Boston (fellow food bloggers Fiona and Jen) had already decided they were going to visit me as soon as I was reasonably settled, and they did! They trekked up to Keene bearing champagne and an amazing surprise gift – a framed copy of my first published article in Yankee that they had done themselves. Such a special present!
We spent the next few days (again) laughing, eating, and drinking…but also watching Christmas movies, flipping through cookbooks, poking around holiday church bazaar white elephant tables, and visiting numerous Keene small restaurants and diners. It was low-key and cozy, and it meant so much to me that they came to visit.
In 2012 (and beyond) I want to do better at spending time with the people I care about, and showing them how much I appreciate having them in my life!
This photo is from last January, when I was at Food Blog Camp in Mexico. I learned so much there, and I need to re-apply that knowledge to The Apron Archives as it evolves. I also need to pick up my camera more!
My Google Reader is one of my best friends, because it lets me follow along with friends near and far, plan my menus, fawn over fashion, and pick up great photography inspiration.
These are some blogs I never miss, that absolutely inspire me as both a reader and a writer:
Jen’s blog is a colorful, vibrant testament to her love of fashion, food, and family – and you get plenty of gushy aww’s thanks to guest appearances by her daughter Rowan. Thanks to Jen I now own many pairs of colored tights, and I’m not stopping! You will feel happy and inspired following her, and don’t we all need more of that in life?
Ashley’s blog is about what she is eating, and what she was listening to while she was making and eating it. It features two photos per post – one of her plate and one of the album cover – but what makes this blog better than best is Ashley’s razor sharp wit. She has been making me laugh since high school, and since she lives in CA now, I am extra grateful that she has a blog to follow.
Katy’s blog is all about “New England life, decorating inspiration, and renovating a 260-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.” The first time I landed on her site I learned how to make snowflake macaroni ornaments, watched her grandmother and her grandmother’s cousin make authentic Maine Whoopie Pies, and was educated about the old tradition of hiding old shoes in the walls of your house to ward off evil and bring luck. Look at the shoes Katy has found! Basically, her blog is about all of the things I love – and in a great voice – so I am hooked.
Check these blogs out. I bet you will be, too.
I bake a lot, but there are still a bunch of recipes I haven’t been able to master, or techniques that just totally scare me.
- Non-microwave fudge – those pesky sugar crystals
- Whipping egg whites into soft peak versus firm peak. Terrifying. Don’t tell anyone.
- Homemade bagels, though if I mastered these I would by default gain 20 lbs.
Then there are the recipes I have had bookmarked forever…
- Joy the Baker’s Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
- Beantown Baker’s Frito Cupcakes
- King Arthur Flour’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Pixelated Crumb’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze
- Annie’s Eats’ Lemon Layer Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting
- A Cozy Kitchen’s Homemade Corn Dogsand Homemade Tater Tots
- A Boston Food Diary’s Truffled Mushroom Rosemary Bruschetta
These are just the ones I thought of without consulting one of the many places I store real and virtual recipe reminders. There’s a lot of good food out there, friends. I am determined to spend more time baking and less time bookmarking in 2012!
So there you have it.
My goals for 2012 – New England, friends, blogging, and baking. Not a bad list…
Happy New Year! xo