A New Year

I was so lucky yesterday to wake up and see such a pretty sky when I took Frodo outside.  So once we were back in our house, I quickly grabbed my camera and headed out to capture the moment.  My first new day of the new year was spent going to Mass and then putting away the Christmas decorations.  I know they are supposed to stay up until the Epiphany but I just cannot last that long.

I'm I little tired from the work.  However, I had many helpers carrying the full boxes back to where they are stored until next Christmas.  My living room looks so tidy and a bit empty.  I still have the mess on the coffee table.  That will be there until the kids go back to their campuses.

Today I am going grocery shopping and picking up some new ingredients to start the yummy meal plans that I have created from my new cookbooks.  I am going to try one new recipe a week---at least!  Steering towards whole foods and way less sugar.

I don't cook from prepackaged because they (food manufacturers) love to sprinkle dairy in everything.  However I am in a rut and keep cooking the same meals.....blah.  So as I experiment I hope to remember to take a photo of my hits and misses.

I wish all of you a very happy new year filled with lots of love, luck, health and happiness!!


  1. Happy New Year Karen.
    I took my decorations down too, I needed order in my home.
    I can't wait to see what meals you plan. I get into a rut too and need to get out of it. Please share your ideas.

  2. Looks like winter should look!! Brisk, clear, beautiful!!! Can't wait to hear about the new kitchen creations, too! (sometimes when I'm in a cooking rut, I'll check out peoples carts in the grocery store, trying to get inspired---you wouldn't believe the junk folks buy!!!!)

  3. happy new year to you too karen! i do hope you'll share your favorite recipes and where they came from because we are mostly dairy free too (husband and i are - but the boy eats dairy)...

  4. We take our decor down on the 1st, too, even though it's not yet Epiphany; it's just what we've always done and seems a good way to start the year. Still tidying, though! Happy New Year!

  5. I'm so into my new cookbooks too. lots of fun.
    have a wonderful start to 2012.
    I'll be seeing you inside it!

  6. Gosh those trees!!! What a lovely morning to wake up to! I hear you about new recipes. I have 3 cookbooks open on the counter right now pouring over new ingredients and new spices to use :). Something about winter and the new year yes?
    I wish I had order in my home! The boxes have come out and the packing has begun, aiyaiyai :).
    Happy New Year Karen!

  7. Such beautiful photos! I know you are enjoying your children being home for the holidays as am I! It is drawing to a close way too soon! Looking forward to hearing about your new recipes in the coming new year!

  8. Happy New Year to you and yours, what a beautiful way to welcome it.
    I know the feeling of the cooking rut; how lovely to have some new inspiration. Looking forward to seeing what you'll be up to in the kitchen!

  9. Happy New Year! Those trees are beautiful Karen, I also cannot ever seem to wait until epiphany to take down the Christmas decorations. I'm afraid ours came down on boxing day! I always have an overwhelming urge to get the house back to 'normal' once Christmas has past -lol.


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