Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

I haven’t had a moment to sit down and make any brilliant New Year’s Resolutions yet.. have you?
I’d love to hear what they are.. or at least what your Number One Resolution will be.

snow flake flourishHigh on my list of resolutions for this past year was catching up on blog reading,
but I’m facing the reality that I’m a faster writer than I am a reader.
I’ve also realized that, when inundated with 100’s of blog posts to read,
to read them all is a sacrifice to my family and friends.. and my “real” life..
one I’m not sure I should be willing to make…

I had an insightful Christmas Party Conversation with a blogging friend who had sage words of advice for my dilemma..

She said to think of bloggers just like real-life friends..
if you haven’t heard from a cherished friend in a while and they drop in on you for a long-overdue visit..
you are overjoyed as you welcome them in…
and it’s like you’ve never been apart.

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So.. if you haven’t been here a while..or if  life is too hectic at the moment, no worries!
You’re welcome to stop in any time..
{ I just wish I could put on a pot of coffee for you! }

and if I haven’t stopped by in a while..
know that I will be over to see you in the near future for a good visit..

{ on a funny note.. she said a blogger that posts several times a day
is like a friend banging on your door several times a day.. never welcome..
However, I respect any bloggers right to write as often as they like, since it is what must bring them joy..  }

snow flake flourishInstead of making New Year’s Resolutions..
perhaps we should spend more time on New Year’s Celebrations?

I’m just heading out to go cross-country before I go

I thought I’d round up my top 10 viewed recipes from this past year..
{ clicking on the photo takes you to the post }

I’d love to know what your top recipes were..

Until we meet again..

Wishing you and yours a blessed 2013 filled with joy and hope..

I feel so blessed to have met each one of you..
your creative talent is always my inspiration
your kind words.. my motivation
I hope I can give some of that back to you in

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 2012 Top Recipes New Year’s Celebration Count-Down

#10 Pas de deux Blush Pink Ruffled Rainbow Layer Cake

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#9 The Birthday Cake

Bday Cake 4P I N this to pinterest

#8 Roasted Asparagus Tart

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#7 Lemon Meringue Rose Petal Cake

Rose CakeP I N this to pinterest

#6 Gluten-Free Brownies Smack Down

GF Brownies 7P I N this to pinterest

#5 My Man S’mores Cake

My Man CakeP I N this to pinterest

#4 Momofuku Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti 9P I N this to pinterest

#3 Breakfast in Bed Frittata

frittata 6P I N this to pinterest

# 2 Strawberry Cream Cupcakes

Strawberry Cream Cupcakes 5P I N this to pinterestAnd Number One
Emeril’s Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies!

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  • Stunningly beautiful .. and I remember all those cakes and all the calories …. have gain a couple of kilos only through looking … after starting following your blog – really tough path you have taken me on. *laughing.
    Bring on 2013 with more calories … and beauty! More stylish photos and details … can’t get enough of it, Barbara.

    Happy New Year to Us all .. here in Barbara’s wonderful world.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, viveka.. Hopefully I haven’t caused too much weight gain around the blogging universe, lol! But I am glad you’ve enjoyed the photos.. I’ve sure enjoyed reading your blogging as well.. Happy New Year to you!! All the best in 2013!! xxReplyCancel

      • Barbara, I’m sure you have – but we surrive that .. *smile
        Yes, bring on 2013 and its calories. *smile ReplyCancel

  • Agree with you…. there’s no way to read and comment and “actively participate” on the many blogs we love… I have my limitations too, and feel strongly that no one should fell pressured to comment. So, let me just say right now, on the first of this year: dear Smidge, don’t worry about commenting on my blog every time I post… Stop by, enjoy, feel light and free to leave and say nothing, whenever you show up, there I’ll be with open arms, a hug and a smile!

    Loved your round up – as to New Year Resolutions, I just want to focus on being a happier person deep inside. When I am alone with myself. I might come across as a bit of a social butterfly, but there’s a dark side that needs to be polished, you know? πŸ˜‰

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!ReplyCancel

    • I do so love stopping by your blog.. I guess I just want to stop “beating myself up” for not getting there fast enough.. but I will always eventually arrive at your “home” because I love reading what you’ve written, Sally.. I just may be a tad slow getting there, lol:D

      I find your resolution really interesting because I’d never think you had a trace of dark side.. but maybe we all do;) Loves to you!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • I always think I don’t have a sweet tooth and then I come here. Mama mia. I hope you have a great year.ReplyCancel

  • I loved your roundup…your rose petal cake was my favorite. Have a great New Year.ReplyCancel

  • It’s best not to make resolutions πŸ˜‰
    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic – loving the roundup ‘barb! You know I’m not one for resolutions though πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • Happy New Year Smidge! All those gorgeous cakes… here’s to many, many more!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely photos and sweets! Happy New Year and God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • A wonderful round-up, Barb, just as I knew it would be. You certainly did provide us with some luscious treats in 2012. Feel free to come visit my blog whenever you like and not because you feel you must. That is soo not what I want. Have a wonderful New Year!ReplyCancel

    • I knew/know that about you John.. the coffee’s always on, well, and probably a pot of the finest pasta is always on the stove bubbling away when we come to visit. I will always be “making the rounds” to your kitchen.. just a tad slow these days;D I hope you have the best New Years ahead.. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us! Your loyal admirer, SmidgeReplyCancel

      • How rude … of ME! Your post for Emeril’s GF Brownie recipe begins with such a gracious comment and I failed to mention my gratitude for your kindness. Forgive me. I won’t let it happen again. Promise.ReplyCancel

  • No new year resolutions, but intent to be better organized and keep better garden record. I do not comment on every post I read so please do not feel the need to comment on mine either. Gorgeous photos, love the composition of the brownies.ReplyCancel

  • Every picture you posted is beautifully destructive to all of my new years resolutions, Barb. They all look
    delicious. Happy New Year !!!

  • I want that frittata right now!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve gotta say I agree about the thing about bloggers who post numerous times a day. It’s not very welcome. Their posts usually lack great content. I prefer quality over quantity. Sigh. Lovely recap. Hope you have a great new year!!ReplyCancel

  • You have a wise friend – bloggng should be fun and on your own terms! Thanks for a great year and for sharing the highlights. Looking forward to a wonderful 2013 πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • I’d forgotten about the asparagus tart. Must try that again; it was delicious! Happy new year, Barbara!ReplyCancel

  • I really enjoyed this post. I have to say I am a little different than you…I am a SLOW writer and a fast reader☺ But hey that what makes the world go around our differences hey?! Your desserts…wow…beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous post, Barbara! Happy New Year πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Barb, your blog is a work of art, a thing of beauty! I always find joy and peace when I visit, not to mention a stirring of the taste buds. One of my goals is to make cakes as lovely as yours. Thank you for sharing!

    Like you, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my blog reading, and I follow far fewer blogs than you. I agree, time with our loved ones is a higher priority, and in my case, also my health since I risk flaring up a wrist injury when I overdo it on the computer (or in the kitchen). I’ve been learning to manage my time better … Some blogs are like best friends (I don’t want to miss a thing) and some more like casual acquaintances (the occasional drop-in will suffice). But, as with all friends, it’s good to know that if life overtakes us and we fall out of touch, we’ll be welcomed back when the time comes as If we never left.

    Happy new year to you, one of my blogging best friends! I always try to drop by Just A Smidgen because it’s always a soul-satisfying visit (and FYI, yes, I just wrote this with one hand because not commenting on this post is not an option!). ReplyCancel

    • Mar.. you’re always such a supportive and inspiring friend.. I love visiting your blog and seeing the pretty new dishes you’ve got going on in your kitchen:) I like your analogy of best friends and casual acquaintances for for blog reading! Somehow I’ll sort out my time.. I just hate missing anyone’s posts, I’m afraid I’ll miss something really important that has happened in their lives and I’d regret that. But yes.. I need to relax and remember we are all in this together:) Wishing you a better year.. especially with your poor hand, I just can’t imagine having to struggle to type with just one. I so appreciate you coming here to write these thoughtful words, Mar!! xxxx BarbReplyCancel

      • Thanks for your support Barb. Glad to report the flare-up in my wrist has died down and I’m back to two hands on the keyboard. It sure can be frustrating though, when I’m not able to do everything I’d like to do! Perhaps one of my resolutions for the new year could be to accept my limitations wit more grace!ReplyCancel

  • Barb…I did the exact same exercise. Thought I was being very original! It was so interesting to discover what my most commented on (I did most commented rather than highest views) posts were. I’m not at all surprised that I see a lot of cakes in your Top 10. My resolution is to not be like a friend who keeps banging down your door being most unwelcome! Do enjoy your skiing – we are at opposite ends of the spectrum – I’m about to head out on a boat in a 32C day enjoying some swimming and relaxing and a wine or two xxReplyCancel

    • Hahaha.. You’d never be that unwelcome guest:D I love your blog, it gives me a great lift in my day and so much pleasure reading it.. I’m off to see your round-up now:D Today is my Blog Reading day:D xx if I had a boat.. I wouldn’t be here at all, lol!ReplyCancel

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  • Just made a new resolution – am going to make one of those cakes in this post, this month! As usual, your words and photos are beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • I do love to make cakes.. it’s always a long wait between birthdays and the opportunity to find a new one to try:D Thanks so much Claire.. I’m off to visit you:D xxReplyCancel

  • Wonderful post, lovely pictures to accompany your delicious recipes and good thoughts on the blogging scene.
    I feel I have been remiss in commenting and reading the deluge of posts and with the vacation just now I wanted to enjoy my family time. I know sometimes the blog needs “tending” and I am sure I have disappointed or insulted some fellow bloggers by not accepting awards or deleting those I did receive. YIKES! I really haven’t made any resolutions other than to my trying to be less judgmental or critical of others and also of myself. That should take the rest of my life.
    I wish you peace and health and much happiness in 2013. I thank you for your visits, likes and comments this past year on the blogs and am grateful you hosted Flat Ruthie so graciously. Thinking about the path of the blogs for the year but no set map yet. xxooReplyCancel

    • I guess it’s a good thing that we bloggers are so considerate and want to please our fellow bloggers.. I hope you do take time to focus on your beautiful family.. and I agree on the judgmental part.. My sister-in-law said once, “I try not to judge”.. so I’m trying to take that forward into 2013.. now if I could be less harsh on myself.. you’re so right.. that could take a life-time. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and I am so looking forward to heading into 2013 with you. xx Barb
      ps Flat Ruthie.. that was a pleasure:)ReplyCancel

  • I’m loving all 10 recipes! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Eha

    What glorious photos to introduce such an interesting post: even for a gal who truly does not eat cake πŸ™‚ ! Unlike many my New Year resolution list reaches out the door – and, from previous experience, a fair percentage will be kept! The most important may seem utterly selfish, but: after a number of too busy and oft too difficult years, I want to take more time out for me, whether it is to plant a garden bed, read a book I meant to six months ago, pick up my latchhook and rug long left in abeyance or go for a long twilight walk more than once a week . . . or just take time to sit in the sun [difficult for an A-type like me] and daydream . . . I think it’s time . . .ReplyCancel

  • Blogging can never replace real life! My resolution is to trust myself more πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Keeping up with all the blogs I follow has always made me feel guilty because I can never keep up. I really loved your friend’s comment Smidge!
    You are welcome to stop by my blog whenever you have the time or when something I post seems interesting enough. Please don’t feel pressured to comment.
    As for your round up, I am always left speechless at your talent, creativity and attention to details.ReplyCancel

  • Wishing you a joyous and prosperous new year!


  • Barbara, what an incredibly wise post. Followed by the most mouth watering set of photographs. I’m off to share it….ReplyCancel

  • Oh how beautiful they are! Thank you, dear Barbara, Happy New Year, love, niaReplyCancel

  • Excellent post. Especially on time management and blog commitments. I have been giving this a considerable amount of thought over the past couple of weeks, especially since I have the opportunity to explore academic opportunities in the next few weeks. While each must find our own balance, we can learn a considerable amount from each other. Thank you for your insights. They are invaluable to me.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely pics of delicious cakes. Why and how are the large cakes so tall? I don’t have cake tins that size and I’m thinking that I should.ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous, and beyond gorgeous! You are incredible. Your love and passion for food says it here, hands down. I agree, the blogging world are like our distant friends. I enjoy every single word, sentiment, drop in, and smile. You can stop by anytime, and I will definitely be stopping by here, {{hugs}}.ReplyCancel

  • I love this thoughtful post so full of wise words. And I have always been grateful for the thought-out comments that you have left on my blog but I am also very glad (for you) that you have decided to become an occasional visitor to other blogs as I cannot imagine how much time reading and commenting on hundreds of blogs took. I will pop in here from time to time to say hello – it would be lovely if you visited me occasionally but I hope you won’t feel under pressure to do so. I enjoy your blog for many reasons (your way with words, the beautiful images the lovely recipes … ) but mostly I like the way your kind personality shines through like a beacon. Many good wishes for the New Year from across the ocean. B xoxoReplyCancel

  • You have just brought a huge sign of relief to my life! I’m so glad you shared your thoughts on reading blogs and “life”. I fear I’m also not current oon my reading and trying this year to do better and develop a system to do so as I realize I do miss many wonderful posts! One of my resolutions is to think more thru my heart and less thru my mind!
    Best in all ways to you in 2013!ReplyCancel

  • I know I clicked on all of those. And made several. I wish for you a marvelous 2013. I’ll look forward to seeing what you cook up, and the poetry and wisdom you serve as well.ReplyCancel

  • Late Happy New Year Dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • gastrogardener

    What beautiful pictures! I am so happy to have found you in 2012. The sweetness of your recipes and the gentleness of your writing is a welcome respite in todays hectic world. Happy New Year to you!ReplyCancel

  • I love that I’m not the only one who feels guilty about not reading all the blogs I should. It’s terribly difficult to balance and I, like you, don’t entirely know how. (But I totally agree with you about the frequent bloggers!!) I don’t enjoy feeling guilty all the time…but there it is. Hopefully they will forgive me!ReplyCancel

  • Some nice ideas in this post. I, too, find it difficult to get to read everyone’s posts so have decided to drop in as often as I can and not worry so much about it. Love your countdown…so many beautiful images and dishes… and cross country skiing sounds like such a grand way to start the new year, if we just had snow here! Happy 2013, Smidge, and may it be the best year ever for you!ReplyCancel

  • Knock! Knock!
    Hello friend! I Love stopping by your beautiful abode as it is always welcoming and the most amazing aromas always permeate your blog!
    Happy New Year Barb!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely round up of favourite posts, Barb. I loved your rose cake, so beautiful.
    I’m having a hard time keeping up too…so I may just reduce my blogging entries for a while or I may run out of thing to blog about. Happy New Year to you and your family, all the best in 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Happy New Year! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Happy New Year! Your cakes are stunning! Thanks for sharing the photos; I just wish I could reach right through the screen and grab a slice.ReplyCancel

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  • Happy New Year, Smidge! I love the spirit of this post and how beautiful are the top 10, showing off your skills and wonderful eye for detail xxReplyCancel

  • You give plenty of it back, my Friend. Always a pleasure to visit (whenever I can catch up somehow!) and always a pleasure to see you appear at the Parlour, when you have a chance. Have a lovely New Year. P.S: I’ll have one slice of that Lemon Meringue Rose Petal Cake, please. No, make that two… three…ReplyCancel

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  • Your blog is always an oasis for me. Visually stunning and gorgeous recipes, too. The recipes you’ve brought back for a second appearance made an indelible impression the first time! Each and every visit we share is most welcome! oxoReplyCancel

  • Wow yout tall cakes is just simply amazing, I guess if I have a New Years Resolution of having a good diet and those were served in front of me I think I will have to do that resolution for 2014ReplyCancel

  • I’m not surprised there are so many cakes in our top posts. They are so beautiful. I especially love the top one. Happy New Year Smidge! I hope you’re out enjoying more celebrations. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Here i am banging on your door again! good morning, got the kettle on? cReplyCancel

  • Your posts always make my “happy” – Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Happy New Year, Barb! I think it was sage advice you received, I too would love to read more than I do, but there are those that I make sure I visit because I miss them. πŸ™‚ Ah, I remember those cakes! Especially the rose cake, so beautiful, perfect for celebrations. I have no resolutions for this year, well, other than getting the Christmas decorations down before Valentine’s Day. πŸ˜‰ Abundant blessings to you in 2013!ReplyCancel

  • I believe it must be true that if you have a busy life with children and other regular activities it must be very difficult to catch up on reading blogs… Some I guess have it as one of their regular routine activities but I still don’t know how they do it. Now me, I’m retired and therefore have more time than most but even then sometimes it is hard to keep up. I have come to know and follow so many interesting and amazing people. Having said that this year I have resolved to include reading books which I haven’t done for quite some time, so the reading of blogs might take longer to do…..DianeReplyCancel

  • mjskit

    What a beautiful post! I haven’t made any resolutions this year which is new for me. I’m thinking of just sliding into 2013 and see what happens. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Barb, I don’t think this is the first time you’ve summed it up so well. I love blogging for the creative outlet, the feeling that I’m keeping a living resumΓ© and most of all, the people I’ve virtually not only crossed paths with but with whom I feel a true sense of friendship. I miss what’s happening in their lives when I’m not regular but I can’t always keep up once a day or even several times a week with each person but I do my best without sacrificing my “real time” life.
    It’s also fun to see a review where I can say “oh yes… I remember that one…. oh and that one… and that one too!
    Best to you and your start into the new year. xox wendyReplyCancel

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  • Happy New Year, Smidge! I was so flat out in December that I didn’t get to visit many blogs at all, but it was a treat to pop in on this one and to see that you understand exactly how I felt! Thank you.. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Barb, first of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family ! Hope you had a wonderful start to 2013 ! And your post really struck a chord with me – it’s been mental and I have really missed being able to stop by my favourite blogs, say hi, have a cup of tea πŸ™‚ it’s comforting to know that I am not alone in feeling that way !

    And for the record, every time I visit your blog it’s like you’ve just popped the kettle on. Thanks for all your gorgeous poetry and ideas, you really do inspire me !ReplyCancel

  • I s’pose this explains why I got an email that you unsubscribed? Life gets crazy, reading takes time… I understand.
    I’ll miss ya though!ReplyCancel

    • Oh, no! Not at all..Instead of using WordPress, I had subscribed to everyone by logging out and subscribing via an “outside” email (hotmail) account.For some reason I stopped receiving notifications for all WordPress sites in my hotmail inbox. So now I have to log out of WordPress and and go to everyone’s sites and subscribe again. It looks like I’m subscribed, but I’m not if that makes sense?? That’s my lovely project this week, arrrgh:) xxxReplyCancel

      • I love my reader but since my site is hosted elsewhere I have to comment on blogs in a weird way, so I understand. It’d definitely a line to walk and sooooooo many people that posted religiously when I first started have quit altogether for lack of balance. Find what works for you, though, because your blog is great! And pretty. It’s really pretty πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • You said what I have been thinking lately. For awhile, blogging was taking up space where my “real” life should have been occupying. However, I have blogged much less, lived much more recently and have a found a better balance for the time being. Last year, my resolution was to “B. Mediocre”. I have accomplished that! πŸ™‚ It WAS so nice to hear from you like a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile…your friend is so right. I like her and will try to think of commenting and reading blogs in this new way. Great idea! Your cakes have ALWAYS ALWAYS made me crazy with happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Well said!ReplyCancel

  • I totally understand what you are saying about writing faster than you read, I’m in the same position. And I think your friend’s words were beautifully expressed.
    So thank you for being a blogging buddy throughout 2012, I remember so well many of these treats you served up. Somehow I missed the asparagus tart – I’m off to remedy that!

  • Happy new year Barbara!! I look forward to your posts–your words make me smile and your photos make me take a deep, cleansing breath! xoReplyCancel

  • Lovely and very sensible advice. Happy New Year, Smidge. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Just gorgeous, Barb! I’m faced with the same blog reading dilemma. This morning I’m going through 380 blog emails in my inbox. Yikes! And you’re right, it’s impossible to read them all thoroughly. I haven’t really made a New Year’s resolution per say, other than the typically “I’m going to get more exercise this year” thought. Ha! I think now my resolution should be not to stress over my inbox. Thanks! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous photos of fabulous food! I love the “rose” cake! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations! http://ohtheplaceswesee.comReplyCancel

  • Syble

    Really liked what you had to say in your post, Resolving New Year’s Resolutions | Barbara Bamber, thanks for the good read!
    — Syble


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