The Culinary Cellar 2016

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The end of this month will mark the six-year anniversary of my first blog post of The Culinary Cellar.  There has not been one day when I have tired of it, in fact, my love and enthusiasm for writing the blog has grown even stronger since day one.  Since the beginning, I have had only one goal for the blog and that’s to have fun and enjoy life with it.  I have never had a desire to have it filled with ads, or go crazy with how many followers I have, or any of the other things I read that I should be worried about.  My blog started for two reasons: my love of cooking and cookbooks, and a way of keeping in touch with family and friends.  But somehow along the way, people from all across the globe have found me, and it’s simply because people who love cooking and cookbooks have a way of somehow finding each other.  I love hearing from my new friends and what they are cooking in Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Italy, and many more.  They send me recipes, cookbooks, photos of their family, and have extended open invitations to come and visit them.  This is why I write my blog.  It’s a wonderful connection with the world, and my own backyard.

So here it is a brand new year once again, and like everyone else I love setting new goals for myself and The Culinary Cellar.  For myself, I haven’t finished making a list of all I want to do in the new year, but I will tell you one thing that will be happening.  I will be turning 64 years old.  Wow – that is hard to believe since I don’t think of myself as that old.  Sixty-four is how I remember my grandmother.  Sixty-four is a Beatles song, “When I’m 64,” you know – “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”  Ha!  Now I am there.  Well, I am going to make the best of it.  I decided to start a blog within my blog called, what else, “When I’m 64,” talking about what life is like at 64, but I have decided it is definitely not going to be all about aches and pains, and what I can’t do anymore.  It’s going to be about what I can do.  I refuse to be one of those old people who is going to do nothing but complain about body aches, the weather, politics, terrorists, and anything else that could get the blood pressure up.  One of my goals is to become more positive about the future, not afraid of it.  In my new “When I’m 64” blog which will be starting soon, I’ll be making lots of “64 Lists,” such as my 64 favorite cookbooks, 64 places I want to visit, 64 new recipes to try, and so much more.  I’ll take suggestions from you, my readers, too!  I would love to hear because I’ll need a lot of ideas for the entire year.

Now let me introduce you to the cute little elf on the intro page.  I decided a mascot was needed on my blog and my friend Patrice surprised me by dropping it right in my lap.  Patrice is a multi-talented wonder, with cooking, sewing, and being your all-around superwoman.  Patrice is a person everyone should wish they had for a friend.  She had seen a photo on one of my previous blogs of a little elf I bought on a trip to Finland (Patrice is part Finnish), and she made her own version just for my blog.

Patrice elf whole 3

Patrice elf close up 1

So how cute is this little elf?  I am working on a name, something Finnish, but I need to ask some of my Finnish relatives for how to translate and spell certain words.  I’ll let you know her name soon.

Here’s to a brand new year for all of us, full of hope, joy, and positive thoughts for the future.  And along the way, I hope you will join me back at the blog and let me know how you are doing because I love you all.  Thank you for being my faithful readers.



10 Responses to The Culinary Cellar 2016

  1. January 3, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Happy blogiversary! Looking forward to your 64th year of fun and frolic . Patrice is a real peach

    • January 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      I love that- fun and frolic! Yes, Patrice is a real peach for sure.

  2. January 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Can’t wait to see your ’64 Lists’ … those of us ‘of a certain age’ need to celebrate the things in life we look forward to! And once again, thank YOU for the Finnish elf inspiration that was a much needed respite for me 🙂

    • January 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

      My elf sits right next to my computer every day smiling at me. She reminds me how much I love my friends and why I keep going on my blog. I can’t wait to name her, which is going to be something special. Since you are her “mom,” you will be the first to know! Thank you again for one of the most heart-warming gifts I have ever received.

  3. January 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Looking forward to reading your 64 lists and of course reading about your travels (we have taken your suggestions when we have visited somewhere you wrote about), and of course your recipes.

    • January 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks, Barb. I’m so happy to have you as one of my local loyal readers!

  4. January 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Looking forward to reading 2016 posts on Culinary Cellar!

    • January 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

      Thank you, Mary!

  5. January 4, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    I love your new Helmi 🙂

    • January 4, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Marja-Liisa, I have you to thank for the name! Helmi loves it too!

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