For lunch this past week, I put a quick soup together – some stock, a bit of tomato, some kale and a couple handfuls of black eyed peas. Restorative both in its taste & its ease to make. Everything pulled from the fridge and the cabinets – teeming with food needing to be eaten. I’d do that several times that week – make a meal with what was on hand. A quick thought washed over me. A bit of gratitude to have the food we had. The choices we get to make. Options and opportunities.
The entire year has been that way.
Regardless of how I feel I’ve lost myself a bit this year, the benefits of a year of hard work & focusing on other things have been plentiful. The travel, the meals, the experiences – and being able to share those with people near & far away. It’s an amazing gift and no matter of muffin top can diminish what a truly spectacular time it’s been.
Everything about life this year has been more than half full.
On this last day of 2011, we’ll be getting ready to ring in the new year with friends. Earl Grey tea infused bourbon. Pimento cheese on tiny biscuits. Just enough bubbles to have a toast. A fire in the backyard. Friends. Being able to end a year & start a new one with people you care about is something I’m truly grateful for.
Speaking of grateful, I’m so very lucky to have this blog & the space to express myself…and I’m always completely gobsmacked that people read it and share their hearts with me here. This year, like every year since I started my blog, I feel an enormous amount of gratitude for this space, the people that take part in it with me and the friendships I’ve made because of it. Be safe this weekend – I want you to keep coming back.
I was going to end my blog year with the recipe for that soup. Instead, make soup for someone you love with the food you have on hand. Don’t let that produce you bought go to waste. Let yourself – and that soup – be simple and fortifying and delicious. Show gratitude for everything you have & show respect for that bounty by actually using it. Go ahead and wing it – there will be plenty of time for recipes in 2012.
To a wonderful year looking back & wishes for the one ahead. Happy New Year!