Monday, 2 January 2012

Is It 2012 Already?

I know everyone says it, but I can't believe the new year has come already, happy new year (or Godt Nytt år) everyone! This year has been crazy in so many ways, new house, new job, new opportunities all round, great experiences and some bad ones too.

 It has to be said that while in a lot of ways it's been a hard year, it will continue for a bit...BUT it has also been a great year in so many ways.
Some of the highlights include...
Baking for Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (the fact I didn't get through isn't the point! :D)
Getting into a new job I enjoy meaning I get to enjoy life a bit more!
Getting my blog pushed out and about a bit more, getting bits published.
Meeting some great people, getting to know fellow bloggers more.
Spending more time with extended family in Norway.
Amazing trips to Turkey, Brighton, Norway and many more little adventures.
And of course some great baking, cake orders and lots more blog posts!

I don't know if I'm into resolutions as such as I NEVER keep them...BUT,  I will try to
Eat I can eat more cake at weekends!
Be more adventurous with posts, get out of my comfort zone a bit.
Try harder decorating techniques, I really want to get better at old school piping and try more modelling with icing/sugarpaste flowers.
Save some money to do more things that I enjoy, I want to experience so much more this year, constant adventures.
Learn more and get involved with more of our Norwegian traditions, I love them so need to start compiling a bible full of all the little events as most of them include some form of baking.
I guess I don't have as many as I thought anyway!

I'm still in Norway and we spent New Year's Eve at my second cousin's house. We haven't cooked a proper meal all Christmas as we've been so well fed by our family, we really needed to return the favour. Here you have turkey by tradition, which was perfect as we didn't get to do one this year. We did the whole big English Christmas for New Year's dinner complete with stuffing, hasselback potatoes and even little sausages wrapped in bacon, nom!

It's been the best New Year's in a while to be honest, we had a brilliant time and hilarious conversations and stayed at the table until at least 11.00 pm! I also finally found the liking for Baileys which for some reason I've always decided I didn't like...madness! For midnight we took some giant sparklers and champagne down to the lake to watch off the fireworks, it was amazing and great to spend time with family I normally wouldn't. Also see below for a cheesecake shot, it was a success yay! I always worry they won't set properly but thankfully it did and tasted uber nom indeed.

We leave to go home in a few days, it's been so nice being here but I am looking forward to going home and eating a normal diet for a while, the scales will not be looked at for at least a month, but hey it was Christmas and that is what it's all about after all.

I hope everyone had a great time too, I have at least another Norway post to do..I've stocked up on some good baking supplies so stay tuned!

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  1. Happy new year to you! I look forward to (hopefully) seeing lots of Norwegian bakes from you!

  2. Happy New Year. What a lovely table! I agree that the scales will be ignored for a while but Christmas is about eating delicious food with friends so it's okay! Looking forward to the posts about your "out of comfort zone" baking!

  3. Godt Nytt år Nom! Looks like you had a fab time! Wishing you all the very best for 2012. I didnt know you baked for Mary and Paul - how did I miss that?! Look forward to reading more of your blog this year. Have a safe trip back!

  4. Happy New Year! It looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time. Cant wait to see what you bake next.


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