Notes From The Kitchen
Random Musings and Stories
I know it's said a lot and there are so many people writing it, but it's hard to believe another year has come and gone. It really does seem like we were just ushering in 2019 with all its hopes and possibilities. Now, we're looking back on it, thinking about its highs and lows, and hoping for the best in 2020. A common refrain I've heard often in the past week is, "Let's just hope 2020 is better than 2019."
The thing is, it seems every year at this time, we're thinking back on the year, talking about how bad it was and how we hope the new year will be better. It's really an interesting quirk people seem to have. We look back on more distant memories with rose-colored glasses, forgetting the hardships and difficulties that came with them. We don't do that with the current year; its too fresh, too raw for us to really candy coat it. Interestingly, though, we often swing too far in the opposite direction and look back on the year with an overly pessimistic eye. We see every crack and dent in the year's surface, forgetting about all the beauty.
It kind of makes sense why this happens, though. Winter as a whole is somber, with many being in a brown study, as they used to say. But these days between Christmas and New Years seem especially so. The whole month of December is a build-up to 'The Holidays' -- we've just had Thanksgiving, where we are thankful for all that we have and for all we have done, and Christmas and New Years are just around the corner. There are all the decorations and pretty lights, parties and celebrations, and just a general feeling of goodwill in the air. Then Christmas morning comes, the gifts are unwrapped, the meals are eaten, and the festivities wind down, leaving us with the strange no-man's land that is the week between Christmas and New Years. The anticipation of Christmas has dissipated; the decorations begin to down; outside the trees are bare of their leaves. The wind blows cold, bringing us reminders of the bitter cold yet to come.
And yet, that spark of optimism peeks through; the glimmer of hope remains. "This year may not have been good but next year will be better!", we say and we mean it, and for most, it will be. We plan celebrations to ring in the new year and all its promises. We talk of our plans for the year and the accomplishments waiting to be done. Just as the newness of Spring is just around the corner, so too are our dreams. The cold of winter cannot extinguish the warmth of man's soul, and so we continue on. With the aid of time, the current year becomes a passing memory and we again see it for the goodness it contained. And with that in mind, I hope your 2019 was a good one and that your 2020 will be even better than your dreams.
My name is Susan and I, along with my husband Mark, am the owner and operator of The Corner Cabinet, LLC. I spend my days baking the goodies we sell in our store and love trying out new recipes. I'll be sharing recipes here periodically, in the hopes that others enjoy them as much as we do. The recipes posted will be recipes we've either tried and enjoyed or are my own personal recipes. Any jokes or puns posted are all Mark's and I apologize in advance for them.