Looking back at 2013 and a collage of 123 recipes
2013 – where have you gone? Here I am, sitting here reflecting back on these past 12 months. I grieved, I laughed, I traveled, I struggled. All emotions I’m sure we all experienced this past year. I’m not sure what to expect in the next year. Maybe I’ll figure out what to do with my life. Maybe I’ll start a new chapter in a new town. 2014 both thrills and scares me, and I’m not sure what to do next. While I figure that out, I wanted to reflect a little on 2013, mainly so this time next year I can look back and see how far I’ve come. And I thought it would be fun to put together all 123 recipes I made this year into one GIANT collage.
I think I’m justified in saying that 2013 has been one of the worst years ever for me because in January, we had to put Murray down. It still feels like yesterday, telling him goodbye and trying to beat the snowstorm. We almost didn’t make it to the vet that morning because the roads were getting icy. Every day I think about him. Every. Single. Day. Christmas was quiet this year. No playing Catzilla under the tree or eating the tree skirt. No sitting in Baby Jesus’ manger or chewing tree branches. No walking on all the gifts just so he can get to the other side on Christmas morning. It’s almost like losing a child.
2013 also brought me some high points. Chocolate Moosey is really taking off. As you probably noticed, I’m starting to work with brands on sponsored posts. I know that can be a slippery slope for readers, trying to judge between honesty and spokesperson. Truth is it’s all genuine and won’t do a sponsored post just for the money. I do it because I believe in the products and the companies behind them. Some products I used before the brands approached me – PAM, Kraft, Grandma’s Molasses. Others are new to me and I’m willing to try – Frei Brothers Reserve (I enjoy wine and they believe in sustainability), American Family Insurance (not a food company, but they believe in family time around the dinner table). I can’t tell you how many products I own by OXO because they honestly do last.
I have to monetize my site to help me earn money to pay for server costs and ingredients, but that won’t change the content or my voice on CM. I want to thank every single one of you reading this, whether you read every new post or whether you quickly stopped by from Pinterest, for your support. Every time you visit, every time you comment, like, share, or pin, every time you make one of my recipes, it makes me want to keep making and sharing.
And could I ask you all a favor? Come talk to me. Tell me you made one of my recipes or that you have a question. Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you more. After all, I wouldn’t be growing without all of you.
With that, I thought it would be fun to do mini collages of all my posts for the past year. I counted, and there’s 123 recipes! That sure is a lot of butter.