Usually these posts are meant for reflecting on the past year, learning from mistakes, remembering precious moments, and planning for an even better new year. My 2017 was a difficult one-the worst really-and one that I hoped to bury and forget. But hindsight is a funny thing, and looking back now I can notice and appreciate that in my darkest moments there were slivers of sunshine. I’m closer to my family than I have been in several years, and have received so much support from them, as well as from my parents-in-law, brother-in-law and many sweet friends. I’ve read in my finance books that it’s ideal to have several sources of income so that you’re never dependent on just one. I’m grateful that I have many sources of support and love in my life so that I haven’t had to stake my happiness on just one.
This blog has been a great source of happiness for me, and I’ve met so many awesome people through it. Many thanks to all of you for giving me a platform to share my creations and have an extra source of income <3 I was asked what my New Year’s Resolutions were the other day but I hadn’t made any yet. It’s usually my favorite thing to do, but this year I just have some simple, loose goals and hopes: 1) create some sustainable healthy eating habits, 2) create a business, whatever it is, and 3) be happy. What are your goals, hopes and dreams for the new year?? I would love to hear them.
Below I’m sharing my annual tradition: my most popular recipes of 2017 as well as my personal favorites. I combined Instagram and blog engagement and these are the winners, check them out! You can find the best recipes of past years under my Recipes tab, and PS I don’t have a recipe for the bear cookies but they are just a gingerbread cookie recipe I found online, and I linked to my recipe for the lemon royal icing I used on top (decorating tips included). Happy New Year!!