Epiphany 2013 & Galette des Rois
Well hello everyone, Happy New Year, and happy epiphany to anyone who is celebrating!!!
Talking epiphany, I think I had one recently: I need to write again… yeah, it’s been 2 and half month… sorry! What happened? Well life did caught up to me and it was just getting too much. I guess I owe you, my fellow readers, an explanation…
I love writing this blog. Writing a blog is a lot of work. Especially when you write about something that you do! You got to pull the recipe, make it, take pictures, write the recipe, blog it and market it!!! Yeah, lemme remind you, I have a full time job, which is not blogging!
I got inspired by some amazing cooking blog, where the writer will write 2 or 3 times a week, post amazing pictures, write a story with it, organize contest, blog roll, link parties, etc… But then, for what I can gather, those bloggers do not have a full time job. I, at some point, did write a couple of posts a week, then it all caught up to me: I just don’t have time.
I would spend literally all my free time outside of work and mum duties on the blog work. In the end, I stopped doing a lot of things I was doing before: gardening, visiting friends on the week-end, yoga and sports in general (imagine more baking and less sport= disaster in the skinny pants) and less quality time with the hubby. It really hit me after my 2nd Baker’s Market; I just can’t do it all!
Regrets? Not at all! I learned a lot! I have gained you, my followers, and even though I haven’t wrote for so long, I have gained more followers during that time! Pretty cool huh! I mean mostly on Facebook and Twitter, where I will still post regularly, but still, super cool! And now I know my limits and I have learnt that has long as this hobby will not bring bread to the table, it just cannot cause me unnecessary stress.
So my resolution is to keep writing, but with the following changes:
– It will be more personal, what really happens in the kitchen
– It will not be in contest to attract more viewers: you like it, you’ll follow!
– I will post whenever I have time, sorry no target here J
– I am not going to re-write the recipe, but link to where I found the inspiration and just share my changes and tips
– It will not only be about recipes, but our adventure in different diets, reviews on products, stores, restaurants, my founding on using natural medicine etc…
To catch up, in the past 2 months, a few things have happened: I met great people who give me inspiration to try different things: natural ingredients, medicine, different diet, and different way of cooking. I have always wanted to try different things and always been attracted to the most natural way to taking care of our health, but that’s a resolution to apply it to my daily life!
I bought my first laptop, and my first iPhone! Whoa, been playing way to much = not time to write J. I even have a Bluetooth speaker now, so I bring my music right next to the action, all the time! That’s cool! I know, I’m braging here, but that’s major changes!!!
A lot has happened at work, but work is work, whatever… A lot has happened at my son’s school too! School concert, holidays festivities, volunteering with my mum… oh yeah, my parents spent 2 weeks with us over Christmas, that was really great! My dad is a chef, perfect timing for the holidays 😉
This means needs for a diet… seriously, I never diet, ever, I am just usually careful. But I am not in a happy place in my pants. I am the kind to never go on a scale, but I will try those famous skinny jeans, with no stretch in it, from before having kids: that’s the test! So starting next week: cleanse! That’s right! Who’s with me??? It’s going to be a tough one for sure, I know myself, no self-control!!! But I will give it a try… oh, and going back to yoga and zumba (BTW, started zumba not long ago, LOVE it! Make me feel like one of those hot dancers in music videos!!)
So anyhow, here it is. I hope you still want to follow me after all that! Then I’ll really love you back! In the meantime, let me share with you the first cake of the year. Eh, I did say diet starts next week!!!
“Galette des rois” or a French king’s cake made of almond and puff pastry, hummmm. For the full story about this tradition, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake and skip to “french king cake”. The recipe used is pretty much this one: http://www.easy-french-food.com/king-cake-recipe.html#.UOpeOW_onXc . I added some almond extract and vanilla. It’s a great tradition that brings me great childhood memories… Hope you’ll enjoy it!!!
I wish a really good 2013 with real achievable resolutions too! The most important is to do what makes you happy!