Monday, January 11, 2010

New Beginnings

It is a new year, with a new beginning, a new adventure and a newcomer to blogging. I am on a mission while at the same time, trying to fulfill a lifelong dream. My dream has been to write and publish my very own series of cookbooks. So at the young age of 51 I have decided that there is no time like the present to get started. Let me explain why I believe this to be true.

Last week I had lunch with someone that has become a very dear friend to me, Karen Moore. She is a writer and has several books in publication with 2 more coming out this month. She is also a very spiritual person and believes as I do that God has given all of us a talent. We discussed how need to take that talent, embrace it and not hold back. We spoke about how God is in charge of our destiny and the timing of everything is in His hands. We may think we are in control but sometimes things happen to show us that we could not be more wrong.

Take my life for example. I was born and raised in Central California. While visiting Upstate New York on vaction 5 years ago I announced to my husband that we should move here. That's right, I gave up sunny CA. for the cold and snow of Unadilla, NY. I felt very strongly that God was pulling me here for a reason but, for the life of me I did not know why. I will give you the short version and tell you that we left our family and friends to make the move East and start a new life. With the help of our oldest daughter and our son-in-law we opened a business where we sold gourmet food and kitchen accessories. The buiseness grew and soon evolved over 4 years into a Cafe and Gourmet Coffeehouse. It was here at our store that I met Karen. She was this beautiful woman that walked through the door one day and grabbed a hold of my husband, gave him a kiss, a hug and stood arm in arm with him while I just loooked on in bewilderment. Who was this person that thought she could just walk in to my store and latch onto my husband? As I was to later find out she was a former classmate of my husband, you see he grew up in Unadilla, and they had not seen one another for several years. The jealousy soon disappeared and we became friends. Karen is now my moral support who has made a promise to me that she will nag, nudge and even give me a swift kick when it becomes necessary for me to listen to God and develop my talent for cooking and writing my books. God brought her into my life and now I owe it to God and to myself to move forward with His plan. So here we go.

I am going to need help and input as I go along so bear with me. I have an assignment for everyone reading this in that I am asking you to share your most memorable cooking disater with me. Since the first book in my series is a beginner cookbook from boiling water to planning a small dinner party I would like to include stories from people that others can relate to. I will not publish your name in my book, if you don't want me to, just make me aware that this is your desire to remain anonymous.

I will be posting new recipes that I am working on and asking for feed back from you, my readers. I have other ideas that I will be incorporating into my blog as I go along. However, if any of you have a suggestion as to what you would like to see or a cooking question you would like answered please do not hesitate to let me know. Here it goes we are off and running. Start getting those disaster stories into me. By the way I will notify you if your story is one that I have chosen for the cookbook.

Take care and have a blessed day!!!!


Pat said...

How could you be any thing but a smashing hit! Best wishes my Beautiful Daughter.

Here is my disaster Desert.
It was summer time and hot as (%&^%) I decided to make Home made Fresh Strawberry ice cream.

The recipe called for 4 cups of sugar, I being in a hurry (No other excuse) added 4 cups salt in it's place.
To this day some 20+ yrs later I can still see the sick look on everyone's faces as they scooped aa rather large spoonfull into their unsuspecting mouth's.
Never made that mistake again.
Love You MOM
You may use this story if you wish along with my name.

jzaveral said...

Thank you for the story. I do remember the ice cream very well. I don't think that any of us will ever forget it.

Pat said...

Remember Dad's famos BBQ (Blackend) Chicken when you were trying to impress One Stanley on Valentines Day? (The Million MPH Skater) WOW I bet you were Motified. LOL

Penny said...

This is an awesome blog. Reading your articles each day has challenged me to get out of my comfort zone. I have a few goals I am going to try. Thank you for writing this blog and for the precious friend you are.
Penny McKnight