Happy New Year!

Over the last several months I have really struggled with writing here on SSL, especially the last two months.  As I’ve read articles about food blog trends and what you should and shouldn’t post about, my struggle with the lack of writing here as been deeply personal.  Without going into detail, the latter part of 2012 has been filled with many challenges which I have never felt the need to share publicly.  These challenges consumed my time and energy which unfortunately meant I had to set the blog aside. 

When I started blogging in 2009, I felt so much joy in writing, photographing, and sharing recipes.  I blogged for the fun of it and the outlet it provided me as a stay-at-home mom.  I remember the night I published my first post and my husband said, “The moment it stops being fun for you is the moment you need to stop.”  I remember his words so clearly.  I never imagined it would stop being fun for me.  But over the years, the enthusiasm I once seem to have diminished especially after my dad died.  When Dad passed away suddenly after Christmas two years ago, my life perspective shifted permanently.  Things haven’t been the same since – neither for better or for worse… just different.

Being that today is the last day of the year, I’m hoping that 2013 will be better for both you and me.  I don’t have a recipe for you.  Instead, I just want to wish you a Happy New Year.  May this be the year we all seek and find a lasting peace, joy, love, hope, and contentment.  Here’s to new beginnings.

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  1. says

    Hi Alice,

    I just recently started following your blog — I really hope your new year is continuing into a great time with family and friends. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family and I hope that all will be well soon. I hope you find your enthusiasm for SSL again, one day!


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  2. Ann-Marie says

    Just found your recipe for Chicken Marsala. Fantastic! I was bowled over by your honest and touching post. I have been considering a blog (not food), and found what you said extremely helpful, so thank you for that as well. I am going to explore some of your other recipes, and I am sure my family will enjoy them, too. Best wishes to you!

  3. Susan says

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I too had a terrible loss last year; my beautiful 3 year old grandson died from a tragic drowning accident. I want to tell you there is joy after the pain but you must go through the pain to find it. My grandson’s soul is floating around somewhere and I always feel his presence. We are all doing well and getting on with life without him but we all celebrate his short life with laughs, tears and love. Open your heart and let love lead you to peace.

  4. Jen says

    Just found your blog & noticed you have given so much of your heart by sharing your recipes with so many. If you never feel like writing another blog post, do not worry you have left a mark & is appreciated.

    Hope whatever you find, you begin or continue to, “Have fun!”

    Prayers that your year is headed in a positive direction! :)

  5. Catherine says

    Alice, I just found your blog in Googling for a lemon dill chicken recipe to use up what’s in my fridge this week. I am going to use it tomorrow night for dinner. I would like to tell you that I lost my father a little over 3 yrs ago (seems like just yesterday) and he was only 68. I felt and feel robbed somehow. I don’t think I will ever get over it but it gets easier and easier to live with and adapt to, I notice. I recommend reading “Broken Open” by Elizabeth Lesser. I appreciated it and found it helpful. Thank you for sharing this on your blog. It is so nice to know one is not alone in these experiences. I hope 2013 is going to be a much better year for you. You will get through it and continue to share your wonderful talents all around you. Take care of yourself!

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