A few days into the new year and I can only say that 2012 was a year of firsts for many things.
Left this sunny island for a good 5 months to Rotterdam, where it was freezing, snowing and where the winds could literally blow you off your feet. Possibly a mark of independence, having to survive on my own cooking, cleaning up and basically no longer able to say “Mummy, where’s this… can you help me…”. Had a few hiccups here and there like how my fridge, freezer and induction cooker broke down for a week and so left me scurrying to my neighbour’s everytime I needed to fix a meal, or like how the bank messed up a 1000 euro transfer to the wrong account. But it was good in so many ways. I travelled around Europe, visited beautiful places, enjoyed the feeling of anonymity in foreign land, made a bunch of international friends, just taking in the beauty and awe of Europe. It was good time away from home, but I am definitely glad to be back.
2012 was also the year I started lemonandpie. Finally, after years of procrastination, this is taking shape! My pictures are not top grade, neither are my words, but thank you to whoever has been reading since June. I hope to be able to try out new recipes, take more pictures and give a little more of myself to this space. Baking isn’t just a hobby anymore, it’s something that I want to share with people and hopefully inspire a few of you out there to pick up your aprons and bake yourself a cake out of the oven 🙂
In terms of opportunities, last year gave me something valuable. I found a job that makes me even more passionate about baking, which I already love. Little House of Dreams has taught me a lot so far – getting my first feel of fondant, making roses/santa hats/reindeer marshmallow pops, dealing with a crazy tea crowd, whipping out batches of cupcakes… I can only say that it has been such an experience.
and lastly, 21 December 2012 is such a precious date because a beautiful baby girl was born. The best Christmas gift for my cousin (yes, macaron cousin) and cousin-in-law because there is probably no greater joy than becoming a parent and embarking on your journey together as a family. and yay, I have become a godmother so hopefully in the years to come, Michaela Braeckevelt will find within her, the desire to bake.
2012 was a year to remember, and yes, we all survived the so called apocalypse.
2013 is a new start, and a new beginning. I wish you love, happiness, and the courage to chase the dreams that you always had. Never be afraid to make mistakes because you never know until you try. and this just sums it all up:
“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”
– Neil Gaiman