Well, 2011 was really a trying year for us, so I’m pretty happy to see it kicked to the curb. We’ve had a host of medical problems in our family right up to the bitter end of the year, some of which are still unresolved but are hopefully on their way to being resolved soon. Work was busy and stressful. There were rivers of tears. And, there has been some family drama that I don’t really care to repeat again.
Of course, there were plenty of good things throughout the year as well. We had a ton of fun and took some really amazing vacations. I think I’ve learned a lot about myself as well as new crafty things to do, new things in the kitchen, new things with photography, and definitely new things at work. I think I’ve grown a ton with all of these new learnings.
Here’s hoping that 2012 won’t be quite as trying and that we are on to bigger and better things! In the mean time, here are a couple of pretty pictures of some fun remaining things for 2011.
First up, my Hansen miniSpinner, a super generous Christmas gift from my husband. I’ve had a ton of fun playing around with this, and I think I’m starting to understand the adjustments I need to get the yarn I want. This is so different from my wheel but good all at the same time. I love the portability and ease.
Next up: I’m kind of obsessed with making this Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake (recipe here), which I got via Angry Chicken’s blog (if you don’t read it, you should…link to the right on here). I’ve made this cake 3 times since Thanksgiving. Most recently, I made it for my husband’s birthday at the end of December and finally got a decent picture of it. It is a bit labor intensive as far as cakes go, but it is so so so tasty! The recipe is definitely a keeper. This last round of making it, I made one minor modification to the recipe, which I think I’m going to do from now on. That is that instead of taking the cake out of the pan before putting the syrup on it, I left it in the pan and drizzled the syrup on the bottom. I found that putting syrup on the top of the cake after removing it from the pan, you lose a lot of the syrup. This way, it all goes into the cake to help keep it moist.
That’s it for now! Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2012 and a better year than 2011! 😉