so ready for the new year to begin.

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Maybe I’m an optimist, but I don’t like to look back on the year when there are still a few hours left. Who knows, maybe something wonderful will happen to make the year end off on a fantastic and magical note. Or maybe not. Either way, there’s going to be kisses and hugs with my most favorite husband ever even if we celebrate the coming of the new year wearing pyjamas with a good beer in hand. I’m happy to be over with the miasma of 2010. It was a hard year for me and for much of the year I felt like my feet were trapped in mud. I had ideas and goals that I wanted to achieve – big projects were swimming in my head – but when it came down to acting on things, I just couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. It was a strange feeling because I like to do things, get things done and make things happen and in 2010 I felt like I was at a standstill and I didn’t feel 100% like myself.

Hello 2011, I’m ready for a shake up and I’m happy to great this new year with a big ol’ smile.

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Of course, despite my more infrequent postings this year, I’m happy with the development of this little space on the web. This year I moved away from blogger onto my own domain and gave this blog a nice little make-over in terms of functionality and appearance. I’m thrilled by your visits, comments and emails – how you’ve shared some parts of yourself with me while I’ve opened up as well. For the first few years of blogging, I never included an email address nor did I reveal my name – hiding behind a moniker felt fine. Until it didn’t anymore. It’s silly because now I see what a wonderful community of peers this food blogging world has brought me. I love all the emails and comments I get and it’s even more amazing when I’ve gotten to meet some of you in real life too. And when I wrote about my mom’s death this past January, it was a gift how you all shared your own thoughts and experiences with me. So thank you for making this such a happy and wonderful space and I look forward to all the challenges and good times to come. I wish you all the happiest year yet in 2011!

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And for a bit of good news in the last couple hours of 2010, this blog came in 2nd place behind the beautiful Wish Jar Journal for Best Designed blog and *first place* for Best Food & Drink blog at the 2010 Canadian Weblog Awards. Definitely something to raise a glass to!

See, I told you I was an optimist.

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15 comments to “so ready for the new year to begin.”

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    Jennie   January 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Let’s hear it for optimism! An absolute necessity none-the-less.
    Have a great NY, thanks for sharing your life and food, hope we all can enjoy it many many years to come. xoxo Jennie in CPH

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    Joanne   January 1, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Woohoo! I know this year was rough for you but you know what? You lived through it and I’m sure are even stronger because of it. I love your blog and I know you have a lot of wonderful things in store for us. Thanks for being so awesome! Happy New Year!

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    karen   January 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    thank you so much for sharing your inspiring stories, tasty recipes, exciting travel adventures and beautiful photos with everyone. your blog is awesome! happy 2011!!

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    kristin   January 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I felt the exact same way in 2010. Full of ideas, yet not able to make anything a reality. Here’s to an exciting, idea-accomplishing 2011! I can’t wait to try more of your delicious recipes!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)   January 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I feel like you wrote this about me. I feel the exact same way and I am so ready for a new year and a fresh start. Thank you for sharing this point of view. I appreciate your honesty and I look forward to reading about your adventures to come! Happy New Year and I hope it is an amazing one for you and your hubs!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites   January 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations on your well-deserved win! Aand Happy 2011 to you.

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    Bijoux   January 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Happy New Year Jeannette! It comes as no surprise that ‘Everybody Likes Sandwiches’ has won accolades in the blogosphere more than once! Congratulations!

    I hope 2011 is your year to make all those big ideas swimming in your head, come to fruition!

    I look forward to reading all about you and your food and non-food related adventures :)

    Onwards & forwards…

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    SusieBee (Eat Little, Eat Big)   January 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations on the recognition of your blog!
    Here’s to a good 2011.

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    Jacqui   January 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Congrats! You deserve it, I love your blog! Wishing you the best year yet, looking forward to all your new recipes!

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    Lori   January 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Love that first photo!

    Congrats- you have a beautiful blog with good food.

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    kickpleat   January 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hooray for optimism, Jennie, absolutely.

    Aw thanks so much Joanne. Happy New Year to you!

    Thanks Karen for your kind words :)

    Kristin, I’m glad I wasn’t alone in all this….but I’m feeling good for this new year. Hooray for us all!

    Sarena, hooray for fresh starts – sounds like we both need one, big time. Happy New year to you!!

    Thanks Aimee, right backatchya!

    Thanks Bijoux, it’s good to hear! Onwards and forwards indeed!

    Thanks SusieBee for your well wishes.

    Jacqui, thanks so much.

    Lori, I love that photo too, thank you.

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    Deanie   January 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh I love the pictures first of all. And I also was one who posted when your Mom passed, even though I don’t know you outside of this domain…I have such feelings rolling back when my Mom did as well, still. You are a sweetheart, and I only wish you were my neighbor!

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    Lima   January 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats on the weblog awards! 2010 was oddly “stuck in the mud” for me too, with some exceptions and I’m hoping 2011 will be filled with nothing but these exceptions. Looking forward to more posts and trying some more recipes!

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    kickpleat   January 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Thank you Deanie for your kind words! I’d gladly be your neighbour :)

    Thanks Lima, let’s make this year a better year, okay? okay!!

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