My initial thought is “But I didn’t love 2016?!?” because there was so much sadness, stress and general unease over the course of the year. HIM’s brother passing away in December, the stress of purchasing property, having it renovated and then moving (while the renovations are still not completed), being sick for a good portion of the year and learning to adapt to a life with a little monkey around.
But in reality – life is good and I am SO blessed. We bought an apartment, had it renovated (the positive side is that it is almost done and it is what we liked/wanted) and moved in with the help of my mother who flew over from SA to help us. We got to watch Monkey embrace her first year (you can read about it on my mommy blog here) and I realized how much my life had changed and the new friends that we have been lucky enough to make. We travelled to Portugal & South Africa to introduce Monkey to her extended family. We were lucky enough to attend 2 beautiful weddings of people we love and cherish. We celebrated 3 years of marriage and I am so grateful to God for giving me the worlds most amazing husband (& father to our daughter).
And through it all – I still managed to publish 53 blog posts here on my food blog, start a Mommy blog called Monkey and Me Web where I published 31 tongue-in-cheek mommy-type blog posts.
A recap of 2016 showed me that these are my (and your) favourite food blog:
Top 5 recipe posts of 2016:
- Crunchies (Oat Flapjacks)
- Rhubarb Cake with Dr Oetker
- oven baked Zucchini Fries
- Pumpkin Fritters
- Banana Upside down cinnamon cake
My Top 5 Finds in 2016:
Your top 5 most read posts (since my blog started):
- Flapjacks or Crumpets?
- Paul Hollywoods Traditional Scones
- My Granny’s chocolate-coconut Biscuit Recipe
- Pineapple fluff dessert
- Sugar Free Carrot & Apple Cake
And finally, my wish for 2017 is that you all embrace each & every day; tell those who you care about that you love them and find forgiveness in your heart (and soul) to avoid any ill feelings. May you endure the rain to appreciate the rainbow and more than anything – share good food!