Happy New Year! The Road Ahead in 2011…

by on January 4, 2011

Stepping off the fast lane and enjoying the trails a little more in 2011.

Happy New Year! I hope it’s off to a great start for you. I’m thrilled that more than 1,200 of you have downloaded my little holiday gift, the 10 Best Panini (2010 Edition) Mini Cookbook. It’ll be available till the end of January so you have a few more weeks to grab a copy if you haven’t already done so.

My family and I enjoyed a blissful eight days in Scottsdale, Arizona over the holidays. Maybe it’s the dry high desert air or the relaxed atmosphere but I can’t help but take things a bit slower when I’m out there. It was exactly what I needed after a super-hectic few months – time to just slow down, toss a bouncy ball with my little kids, challenge my parents to a highly addictive iPhone word game, see a mindless movie with my husband and sister, watch my 9-month old nephew give himself couscous facials, spend some quiet time alone with a good book.

ter Angela and me at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale

My sister Angela and me at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale

I don’t know if this is a true New Year’s resolution, but in 2011 I’d like to be less on the go-go-go all the time and allow myself to slow down and enjoy the scenery a little. I feel best when I’m “achieving something” so I tend to take on a lot. But it can’t always be about checking items off of a to-do list. As I work hard to take care of my family, nurture close friendships and express myself through my blogging I’m going to remind myself to pause every now and then, exhale and just enjoy these amazing aspects of my life.

That’s it for self-reflection for now – back to panini next week!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lady Dorothy January 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

Happy New Year! I just “Liked” you on Facebook and downloaded your mini cookbook. Thank you! I heart paninis! (I came here via “Living to Tell the Story”.)
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2 Kathy January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

Fantastic – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


3 Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) January 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Great post Kathy and so true! Slowing down is on my list of resolutions as well. After taking a huge project with my kids’ school last fall I am wiped out. It was a lot of fun but trying to keep up with blogging and the rest of life was too much. Definitely take time to enjoy the scenery…your little ones grow up way too fast (mine are!) Thanks for all the panini-inspiration this last year!
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4 lo January 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Your resolution for 2011 sounds an awful lot like ours. I think we’ve quite nearly forgotten how to slow down and really enjoy life. And it’s important!!

All the best to you in 2011… can’t wait to see what new creations you come up with this year!


5 Carolyn Jung January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Such good thoughts for the new year. I think we all would like to slow down a little. It’s ironic, isn’t it that technology is supposed to make our life easier, yet in a lot of ways it makes it a whole lot more stressful. Happy 2011!
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6 Culinary Cory January 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Awesome mini cookbook! Going to try the homemade pop tarts soon.
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