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Goodbye 2011

Goodbye 2011

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You'll have your heart broken and you'll break others' hearts. You'll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you'll cry because time is flying by.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you've never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances.

You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts.

Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

2011 - 1

2011 was not my favorite year. Many things happened that did not make me happy at all. But then why bother with things that went bad when you can look back at things that were fun and made you happy?

So I am sharing the Year 2011 in pictures of good food I made with you.

2011 - 2

I am happy to have baked 12 breads with my lovely fellow Bread Baking Babe sisters. I am so proud to be part of our small and yet very supportive group. We have loved together, baked together, hung out on G+ hangout together. We shared happy moments and not so happy moments in our lives. We even shared some secrets which made it even more exciting.

Thank you Babes for being there and for making me a part of your group! 

2011 - 3

One big and life changing experience I made was to be part of the very first Plate to Page workshop in Weimar 2011. It really makes me proud and happy to have met these wonderful, crazy, lovely, creative, unique people. I have learned so much from all of you and still do. And I really appreciate that we still meet in Twitter and I truly enjoy to stroll through your blogs! When I am sipping my coffee in the morning ion front of Twitter I still can see us all gather together in the kitchen of our small apartment in Weimar enjoying an early morning coffee before breakfast together chatting away...

I would not want to miss this weekend we spent together.

2011 - 4

I've tried to improve my food photography style (thank you Ilva and Simone!) and to find my voice for blogging again. Thanks to Jamie and Jeanne for your encouraging words and kind support.

Although there were some times where blogging was low due to health issues and time constraints I am proud that my blog does not look as neglected as it did last year. I think this is an improvement to be proud of.

I joined a new group: The Secret Recipe Club - and it is fun. It makes me step out of my comfort zone and it makes me get to know new bloggers. Always fun to meet new people.

Not to forget the lovely Challenge Simone started: Donna Hay Styling & Photography Challenge - you should take a look and join if you wan to. I promise you it is fun. I had to skip the last challenge but am eager to finish the current one tomorrow. Did you hear that Simone?!

I attended a cake styling class with Mrs Q and together we made the most stunning Birthday Cake for the Little One. I am kinda proud of us!

Oh and I am happy to announce that I successfully mastered this darn macarons twice this year to join Jamie and Deeba's MacTweets!

2011 - 5

Now 2011 is nearly over... come to think of it it was not too bad at all. Let's hope 2012 will bring good things and happiness to all of us!

I've even gotten myself into trouble for 2012 already: I agreed with Natashya and Karen (two of my fellow Babes) to bake through a book called "Flatbreads and Flavors". A bread and a dish every two weeks to get 63 bread recipes done. If anyone of you is crazy enough to join us please visit the Facebook Group for details, we will start with the craziness in February!

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We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

[Edith Lovejoy Pierce]

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This is what I wish to you for 2012 my dear readers:

Perhaps a bit wiser, a bit kinder, too, a little bit braver, a heart that's more true, a touch of believing I've not known before, in joys I'm receiving a little bit more.

A little more anxious to reach out my hand, despite hurt or problems to still understand, accepting the heartache that life often brings, a little more beauty in life's simple things.

A prayer when I'm weary as onward I trod, a little more trusting, believing in God, 'tis this I would wish for within moments dear, not a lot - just a little this wondrous new year.

~ Garnett Ann Schultz ~

Astrid 31.12.2011, 19.11

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5. von Jeanne @ CookSister!

I am so behind - I only got to read this now!!! What a beautiful post - those first paragraphs are so full of inspiring words and so very true. I think 2011 was a hard year for many people but as you say, dwelling on sadness and pain will help nobody. There was also much joy in the year and as you say, Plate to Page was one of those joys. It was a pleausre to meet you after "knowing" you online all these years and I look forward to many laughs (and cute kittehs!) in 2012. x

vom 25.01.2012, 16.14
4. von Astrid

I read that 2011 was a tough year for your too, but as tough as it was with all the bad things happening I am more than happy to have met you in person this year! Certainly one of the best things that happened to me!

All the best for you and Tom in 2012!

vom 02.01.2012, 18.54
3. von Simone

That's a pretty collection you have there Astrid. It's been really great getting to know you in person this year roommie! And I can't believe how long ago it seems already. So much has happened! And like you, 2011 has certainly not been our best year, but we will move on to better and brighter times!
Wishing you all the best for 2012!

vom 01.01.2012, 23.20
2. von Elizabeth

What a wonderful collage, Astrid! And how I'm now looking forward to the first chapters of the book of 2012. All best wishes that your 2012 be filled with joy!

(I'm crazy enough to join you in the Flatbreads and Flavours but I'm also lazy enough that I might find myself being very very very late!)

vom 31.12.2011, 20.07
1. von CatSynth

Beautiful picture sets, certainly makes me hungry for something freshly baked.

I did my end-of-year post for 2011 as well, with images. http://www.ptank.com/blog/2011/12/farewell-to-2011/

Hope you and the cats have a wonderful New Year!

vom 31.12.2011, 19.29
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