My Year 2014
2014 has been a strange yet wonderful year. There was plenty of baking, venturing out more, trying new things and growing up. Not just in myself but my blog too.
2014 started off with me finally moving my blog from wordpress to self hosted. It was lovely to feel like more of a proper blogger. As the year went on I tried lots of new things and baked things from silly ideas which some how turned out, tasted good and looked wonderful. It’s lovely having the time to write and enjoy new things. I never thought I’d enjoy writing so much but I do. I think I have some more work to do to get it to the standard I want but it’s certainly on the way.
I was lucky enough to have a dream come true in November when I managed to get into the top 100 foddies at www.foodies100.co.uk .
I was so happy and then in December I went up to number 83! It’s a complete dream for me. It’s given me so much confidence in myself and my baking and blogging abilities. Here is hoping to staying in the 100 through 2015!
In June I organised a surprise anniversary party for my parents and it was a huge success. I made lots of little flags for them and there brilliant. I stuck them in everything, including every sandwich. There was 5kg of strawberries, two cheesecakes, pimms, chicken skewers, salads, ham rolls, cucumber and cress sandwiches, spring rolls and so much more.
You can read all about it on my blog post from June
Last January I was finally diagnosed properly and the treatment started straight away after years of problems. A few months of a lot of rest and a slight reduction in baking and kitchen activities and I started to feel so much better. I can’t believe how wonderful I now I feel. Still getting better slowly but doing so much better that I was a year ago. Changing my diet and reducing sugar a lot has helped a lot. I of course still crave sugary things but I must only have a little at a time otherwise I know I will not feel well. It’s something I need to monitor but it’s not too hard to keep a check on. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and proper meals and it’s amazing the difference I’ve noticed. This year I have become a completely different person. I am well and happy for the first time in a long time. It’s really made me appreciate how important food is for health. These noodle soups have been wonderful and full of vitamins.
I was lucky enough to be involved with a few very fun blogger competitions which used fun and unusual ingredients. I tried so many new food things this year too. Some which I loved and some which I might not visit again. I absolutely loved the organic September and having a full Sainsbury’s organic roast beef dinner with delicious organic wine was an absolute treat. My latest blogger competition was using Quark reduced fat cream cheese and I made these absolutely wonderful, stunning and totally delicious mulled wine and cranberry cheesecakes. The cranberry and mulled wine section can be served on the cheesecakes hot or cold – blooming nice.
There was a huge amount of tea this year. I was very thankful for the opportunities to discover new teas and really appreciate them. Expect many more tea related posts in the new year. Yum yum tea. If there is tea there should always be cake. The Higher Living Earl Grey was one of the best teas I’ve had. I love Earl Grey! I also made this year a fantastic and very easy tea biscuit with flowery tea in it. It’s a lovely and easy recipe which can be altered to add any flavour. These taste wonderful dipped in tea.
In October I was so happy to be involved in raising money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. We had a lovely afternoon tea and there were some delicious treats to have. My lovely woof, meow and BDCH biscuits were even featured on the Battersea website too! It meant a lot that they loved them too. It was lovely to see friends, drink tea, eat cake and raise money for a fabulous cause.
I haven’t been hugely crafty this year but I did work on hard on this lovely Christmas cushion which is now pride of place in the living room in the light of the Christmas tree.
I think this year I’ve realised that I am a foodie and creating new dishes is something that I am good at. I never really thought I was good at baking before this year. I knew I liked it but good at it seemed a bit far off. I’ve pushed myself to try new things and the piece de resistance has to be the Christmas pudding. I know it’s a bit silly to be so excited and proud of it but I am. It was delicious and I can’t wait to make more for next year.
After the wonders of 2014 I hope the next year continues to be so good to me. I am very very lucky.