12.30.11 Weekend Update: Grab Bag

New years eve 790 xxx
same as it ever was
Fast away the old year passes. The excitement with which we welcome the new is resoundingly optimistic. What is it about stepping into the future that fills us with such hope? Meanwhile, the older I get the quicker the time goes. It's like it has a new momentum, a special determination to slip away from me. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. I will not be daunted. I will grab each moment and ride it, bucking and swaying, into the golden sunset. I can scarcely believe that it's been two years since I launched this blog, a true labor of love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. As I humbly say, without you, I'm nothing. For 2012, I am resolving to remain curious. To keep learning and evolving. To welcome new people, places and things. To eat, drink and be merry. To stay fit. To cultivate strength, resilience and endurance. To cherish what I have. To be patient and kind (with myself and others). And, to echo one of Woody Guthrie's 1942 resolutions, to "dream good."I hope this weekend brings you further opportunity to chill, space out, hang and unwind. Here are some links to help you while away a few idle hours. I wish you a celebratory New Year's Eve and a very delicious 2012.
Why don't you...Make a refreshing, healthy snack.
Cucumber salad 790 xxx
this is my version of it
Assemble the perfect bar.And, if you get too carried away with it on New Year's Eve, consult these remedies.Help your little ones re-engage with books.Support a good cause.Expand your horizons.Learn to clarify stock.Join me in thumbing through my new cookbooks, including this one, this one, this one, this one and this one.Stock up on healthy ingredients.Commit to a practice.Laugh your ass off.Much love,Laura


I loved this ENTIRE post!
Lisa on December 30, 2011 at 6:14 am —
Wonderful post! Thank you for another year of new ideas, tastes and treasures! WIshing you and yours a sparkling New Year! XO
Suzinn on December 30, 2011 at 8:21 am —
All the best for the New Year, Laura. Thank you so much for the delicious caramels which arrived today! Here is looking forward to a new year full of clarity and optimism, and to savouring every moment! :-)
Rob on December 30, 2011 at 10:21 am —
I have become a real " glutton" for your blog. May you continue your wonderful ideas throughout 2012!
Adah Nicklin on December 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm —
Fabulous post, Laura! I am a GFL devotee and I thank you for all your efforts. The posts, recipes and pearls of wisdom are wonderful. Wishing you an "evolutionary" New Year!
Ronnie on December 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm —
I love this post, Laura. It is wonderful.
tomo on January 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm —