New Years Wishes

I missed my window to send a New Year’s card this year. It was a question of priorities. Other stuff got in the way.

But I refuse to start the year feeling like a failure. Au contraire! I choose to see this as a lesson in letting go of what’s not essential!

And yet… it is against my nature to let it go completely. So here I am, bidding you a very happy new year. May 2014 hold great things:

Decisive action.

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Goals strived toward.

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And more beauty and joyful celebrations than you know what to do with.

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Happy new year.

Love,

Laura & the gang

Steal This Idea: Share Good Stuff

My family got addicted to The Voice this season. (Well, everyone except Grandma Lilli, who says that Cee Lo in that white silk outfit  ruined marshmallows for her forever.) One thing that bugged me, though, is how they called it “Stealing” a singer, when they were really saving someone from being eliminated from the competition. But if that’s what stealing means, in that vein, I’m going to start “stealing” stuff, too. Which is to say, keeping it around and spreading the news far and wide. Here goes.

My sister-in-law Jessica started a food blog. It’s gorgeous. She’s pretty gorgeous, too.

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She’s “The Copycake Cook” — sort of a bandit chef. What makes the blog so great is how it combines her talents for cooking, teaching and photography (she does all three professionally. Hate her, right?)

She recently revealed to me her new plan for her blog, which I in turn plan to steal. It’s okay — I told her. Her plan: on the First Friday of each month, she’ll feature a different artist and a chocolate recipe. What’s better than that? Tintoretto and Truffles? Renoir and Rocky Road? Katie O’Neill and Kahlua Krispies? What a fun idea.

As I said, good ideas are prime for stealing.

I won’t offer you artists and chocolate. I’ll offer you my favorite writers, be they new-fangled bloggers or old-school, long-hand, quill-and-papyrus authors. I’ll try it weekly — there are too many to do just 12 a year. And since I’m too excited to wait for Friday, I’m doing it right now. Let’s call it Thieving Thursdays. I’ll work on the title.

In any case, here’s my first installment: You guessed it — Jessica’s blog, Copycake Cook, and one her her most popular entries: Red Velvet Southern Comfort Whoopie Pies.

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You don’t have to be a cook to enjoy it. You simply need eyes, taste buds and a sense of fun. Please go “Like” her blog, get it in your inbox, and let the drooling begin.