The title is a loving reference to one of my favorite Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge awakes from his night of slumbering haunts of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, to find he is unsure as to how long he had been asleep. He flings open the window and shouts down to a passerby on the street, "You there! Boy! What day is it?" To which the boy replies, "Today? It's Christmas Day!" Scrooge is floored by the efficiency in which the spirits completed his revelation of a new life and his journey to the new beginning. I, often times around the holidays, wake from a deep wine-induced sleep wondering very similar things, "What day is it? Is Christmas over already? How did the year go by so quickly? What's going to happen this year? What should my well-intentioned, but often forgotten resolution be this year?"
2016's holiday season was a good one for me. A relaxing week back in San Francisco spent with my best girlfriends, my sisters, my boyfriend, my parents, and a boatload of crab. A weekend in Dublin to celebrate love and a wedding of dear friends over New Year's Eve. Full on vacation mode this year. The luxury of time did offer some great reflection on the good, the bad, the sad, the lonely, the joyous, the significant, the boring, and the accomplishing moments of my year. While it hasn't been the easiest year of my life, it was not nearly the hardest... I am sure those are yet to come...and I am extremely grateful for all the blessings yet another year in the life of Katie has brought me.
With that said, there are a lot of big things in store for 2017. I have set goals, personal and professional, and plan to see them through this year. One of these goals is a change to Belly Laughs. Brian's sister-in-law inspired me to change up the way in which I deliver the recipes to you each month. Starting this month, January 2017, I will begin the month with a list of groceries you will need to purchase in order to complete 2-4 recipes. I will provide the titles of the recipes for the month and you can decide if you want to make all or none. Then it's one trip to the grocery store for a month's worth of baking. This is an effort to help us all cut back on food waste (Waste Not, Want Not), but also to encourage my fellow home bakers to do more by ensuring the pantry is stocked with all the necessary items for a month of baking!
Perhaps these new changes fit perfectly into your New Year's resolution to cook/bake at home more! Or maybe you are considering adding this to the list! Either way I hope the change is for the better. I want to continue to spread the joy I have found in the kitchen with you all. And as always, I appreciate any and all feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year and Happy Eating!