Happy New Years!

If you haven’t noticed, things have slowed down here in the Family Spice kitchen. After baking hundreds of cookies, bars and sweets for friends and family, I have reached sugar overload. I cooked and baked and cleaned and scrubbed for most of the month of December. And now I have taken a much deserved week off from cooking. A lot of this is a tribute of my parents and my aunt and uncle coming to San Diego to visit and spoiling me (and my kids).

Only one last day for 2009 and I am thankful of so many things in my life. This Family Spice project has grown so much in this past year, that I can only hope for more exciting things for 2010. Maybe I will develop a love for washing dishes, or even better, maybe my husband will…

And, if you are like me, you have induldged in too many appetizers, drinks and desserts, 2010 means a new eating and exercise regime! I wonder how many millions of people have set their new years resolution to losing weight, and not just those extra holiday pounds! I vow in 2010 that I will find healthy dessert alternatives to share with you, since I cannot totally cut out treats myself!

I am also hoping that 2010 will help me find patience for my three wonderful children, especially when they are fighting over the most mundane and ridiculous objects. I promise not to freak out, at least for the month of January, during homework time when my eight-year-old, The Professor, argues with me AGAIN, “Why do I have to do homework? I already know everything.” I will smile as I happily pick up the dirty socks, shirts and shoes off the floor over and over and over again throughout the day, tripping over toys as I do so. And I will remind myself of the treasure I have of being able to stay home with these amazing kids.

So take this last day of 2009 to reflect on your blessings. Remind yourself that there is definitely a silver lining on that cloud. And when all is bleak, look for that light at the end of the tunnel. May 2010 bring you and your loved ones good health and much laughter. Hug your children a little tighter and your spouse a little longer. And to my dear friends who find themselves during difficult times, you are always my prayers and thoughts.

Happy New Years, from Family Spice!

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