happy new year!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. 
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain
My Illinois BFF and I frequently lament that we didn't travel more when we were in our twenties. Two decades ago, I was thinking Kilimanjaro. (Never mind that I've got flat feet and get winded on the second flights of stairs.)  Maybe I could have handled a safari... that was an unrealized big dream.

The great thing is that dreaming and discovering doesn't have to be huge and grandiose. It can be on a small scale. For me right now, trying new recipes is my exploration, and blogging about it takes it to new heights. For you, it might be taking a class at the local college. It could be learning a new language on tape, perhaps volunteering at the local shelter, or figuring how to hug your porcupine/tween daughter.

Whether your aspirations are large or small, I hope that the New Year brings with it a chance for you to expand your world. And thank you, readers and fellow food lovers, for sharing in my adventures here and making it fun for me. I love getting your comments and appreciate your support!

Happy New Year!



  1. Well said, my friend, and a Happy New Year to you, too! And I agree. It's always better to do! Go ahead and hug your porcupine. It keeps them soft on the inside! :-)

  2. Great post! I hope that this New Year brings you an abundance of blessings!

  3. What a great quote! Thanks for sharing. Happy 2012!!


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