Welcoming The New Year! And just like that, 2020 is coming to a close. I can’t believe there are only a few days left this year. Let’s recap some life things and delicious things here.
2020 has been crazy to say the least. Here we are at Longwood Christmas, enjoying the beautiful lighted trees and everything they set up; trying to create new holiday memories. This was the year of staying in, quarantine (for obvious reasons), zoom work calls, FaceTime, TikTok, trying to learn silly dances and board games. We watched everything you could ever think of on Netflix and spent a lot of time baking: bread, pizza, banana bread and more.
There were obviously more things that happened this year: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain. Black Lives Matter. Our presidential election. This will be a year we never forget. Because so many significant things happened this year, I thought I had to recap some things for myself and put it on here, on my blog.
For me, 2020 was also our first full year here in Pennsylvania. At the end of January, I traveled to Ireland for the first time, got to do a cooking demo in NYC at Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle and we started building our house. Looking back at my Instagram stories, they broke ground about 30 to 35 weeks ago.
Things That Kept Me Sane
Exercise, going on walks in the summer, bike riding and getting outside with my family. My family and I spent a lot of time together this year. We’ve made some good friendships here in PA but since quarantine, again for obvious reasons, we haven’t spent much time at all with anyone. I am definitely looking forward to welcoming The New Year!
My blog, my clients, cooking, work and producing content has kept me sane. I know it may sound silly but doing Instagram stories, doing some work calls; doing things that made me get up and get ready and put some make-up on kept me going. Cooking and creating video content kept me sane so thank you.
What I Will Be Cooking This Week
Welcoming The New Year
We still have a lot to get through in 2021 but I remain hopeful that I will get to see my parents. My hope is that we can travel somewhere together, or at least go to Dallas to see my parents in the summer time. I’m hoping that a vaccine is available for everyone at that point and our country is moving towards financial healing.
In 2021, if we can move into our new house, by early March, with no major setbacks or major things to fix, I will be happy. If there can be a tested vaccine available for everyone and if my family can travel to see my parents, I will consider 2021 a great year. Oh, and if my kids can go back to school in the fall, I will be overjoyed.
We have to remain hopeful. 2021 will be a great year!
New Years Eve Appetizer Ideas
Click here for some ideas and 25 cocktail recipes. And we will definitely be making duk mandu guk, a Korean rice cake and dumpling soup which we make every January 1st to celebrate the new year! It’s a Korean tradition!
Korean Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup (Duk Mandu Guk) is a traditional Korean dish that is made and eaten on New Year’s Day. A lot of families gather together on New Year’s Day and make the dumplings from scratch. Click here for my dumpling recipe. The Korean rice cakes are added towards the end of the cooking process and this soup dish is comfort and deliciousness in a bowl! I have so many wonderful memories when eating and enjoying this over the holiday season. I will make another trip to Hmart to get everything so we can make mandu! Happy almost new year, everyone!