Wrapping It Up In Style
2009 was a difficult year for most people I know. It was no different for the Cavepeople. Though, since you undoubtedly had your own dilemmas, I won’t bore you with the litany of ours. But, as the final month unfolded we began to feel a shift in our personal situation. Our house sold after 10 months on the market, a new series I’m voicing for the Weather Channel (Weather Proof) apparently got picked up, the Cavewoman’s photog biz suddenly has a couple of new clients in the pipeline, I had a song chosen for the Holiday Magic CD, the kids did great in school, and I finally beat a chronic jaw infection.
That spirit of affirmation continued the final day of ’09, right up until the last second ticked off the clock on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. First, when the mail came, I received this wonderful plaque in recognition of the Holiday song I had donated. Thank you, Jeff Gelder! It was an honor just to be chosen to contribute to the annual Holiday cheer you spread to hospital-bound kids.
Then, in the middle of making our NYE dinner (which we were documenting for a couple of recipe posts), our neighborhood had a complete blackout. But, after locating all the flashlights and candles, we made the best of it and had a blast. I threw the baked potatoes onto the grill, did the sauteed mushrooms on the side burner, and I was going to BBQ the steaks anyway! Best of all, the kids decided we should tell scary stories as we dined by candlelight. Definitely a NYE we will never forget.
When the electricity finally came back on, I checked in here to find that we had our first ever 100+ unique viewer day! Thank you all so much for honoring this fledgling blog with your viewership and comments. I couldn’t have asked for a better icing on what became a great New Year’s cake.
Though, it seems as if the New Year might hold even more promise … at least as far as this endeavor is concerned. I just found out that the Chicken Panang (Thai Curry in Coconut Milk) recipe garnered our very first Top 9 on FoodBuzz! Again, thank you all for making that happen!! I am truly blown away by the support and camaraderie of the online food community, and I feel honored to be a small part of it.
As we engage another year, and the beginning of a new decade, I hope that you will continue to join me on this culinary journey; and that we all enjoy a happy, healthy and flavorful 2010.