the bounty that was & a little gratitude December 31, 2011

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  – William Arthur Ward

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!


MikeVFMK Dec 31, 2011 09:12 am

Happy New Year, Tami! Well said. I’m glad you share this space and I have the chance to read it. Here’s to wonderful things for you and your family in the coming year.

Amanda Dec 31, 2011 09:12 am

Tami – Happy New Year. I realize you don’t have a clue who I am but I just wanted you to know I really appreciate you sharing words from your heart, your sincerity, your gorgeous photos and your simple, tasteful recipes. I’m going to make soup today for someone I love, and I’m going to do just what you asked. Use up the bounty I have in my fridge and pantry and be thankful for the ability to be creative.

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Dec 31, 2011 09:12 am

Beautiful words from a beautiful person. Even though I don’t comment often, I read every post and so enjoy your thoughts, recipes and photography. Looking forward to even more in 2012!

Chris B Dec 31, 2011 09:12 am

Tami, that just may be my favorite recipe of 2011. Happy New Year!!

Wendy Dec 31, 2011 10:12 am

Insightful and inspiring. That’s what your blog is to me – so thank you for a year of both.

Lynn Dec 31, 2011 10:12 am

{{{HUGS}}} and Happy New Year, Tami! Thank you for your blog and the giving me the inspiration to cook more often since it’s just me here at home.

merry jennifer Jan 1, 2012 08:01 am

And I’m grateful that you’re here, in this space, where it feels like you’re chatting with us over a cup of coffee (or glass of rosé, perhaps). I’m wishing you the very best in 2012, Tami.

ps – SO looking forward to seeing you again!

Kelly @ Free spirit Food Jan 1, 2012 11:01 am

I love that quote!

lechow Jan 2, 2012 02:01 pm

really beautiful.
happy new year.

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen Jan 3, 2012 01:01 am

A very happy new year to you too Tami. I love reading yours posts because regardless of how far apart we live and our lives might be I’m always always able connect with your thoughts. I think you are lovely person! Have a great year

Brian Jan 3, 2012 11:01 am

May this year be filled with love and joy and good food. Happy New Year, Tami

Sarah Copeland Jan 4, 2012 01:01 pm

the best new year’s post I read all year, this year, and last. Gratefully, sarah.

Mac P Jan 5, 2012 04:01 pm

Heartwarming post, like Bounty Soup for the Soul:) Happy New Year!

Michele Jan 5, 2012 07:01 pm

We just got back from FL and we’re down to our last two tangerines… Now, I have to go eat one! Happy New Year!!

Magic of Spice Jan 7, 2012 07:01 pm

What a warm and delightful post!
Happy 2012 Tami, I wish you a beautiful year :)

Cooking School Jan 10, 2012 02:01 am

This is really very inspiring Post!

The Teacher Cooks Jan 10, 2012 11:01 am

I have loved reading your blog this year! Happy New Year Tami.

Carrie Neal Walden Jan 12, 2012 12:01 pm

Love this post! Happy New Year and best wishes for a wonderful 2012!! CN