It feels like I have been gone for ages. 4 months to be exact. Last year was a crazy year. So many things happening. Our family has grown. I just had to take some time off to process everything.
First off, I helped my friend Amy run for city council. We were considered such a long shot that people said run just to get your name out there. You can always run again in 2 or 4 years. Guess what? The long shot is now my city council person. We spent from March to June getting Amy elected. First she was in a run off. Then she went on to beat the incumbent.
How did we do it? Plain old retail politicking. We got out there and knocked on doors. Listened to people. Getting to see old friends and neighbors. Meeting new neighbors. We had a blast! And our city council is a much better council. Amy has brought a fresh set of eyes to everything.
After that, I started working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We all know how that turned out. How can someone who won the popular vote by almost 3 million people not be our president?
Through all this, we welcomed Marcos, our foster son to our home. He is an 18 year old who is from Honduras. And he is here legally. We fell in love with him the first time we met him. Things have not been perfect. We have had plenty ups and downs with him living with us. Our lives are a lot less quiet these days.
My niece says that New Year’s Day is when you can hit the reset button. Everything is fresh and new. What do you think?
I have been pondering how I want my life to go for the next year. Am I going to set resolutions? Nah. They don’t seem to last as long as January 31st. Resolutions are goals of things that I want to be or do. Something in the future. If I don’t achieve them, I feel let down.
This year, I want to be more in the here and now. Enjoy my life. Live my life more purposely. Live my life with intent. We shall see what happens.
I hope you all are enjoying your New Year’s Day. Be Safe!
I was posting a recipe today that required star anise. That is something that you generally buy at a chinese market. Something that you don’t use very often. So I don’t really have at home. So I went looking for the substitute which is anise seed. In my search, I found this really cool article on baking substitutions. From the article:
You’re halfway through a brownie recipe when you realize you have no eggs, and the grocery store is closed. You could go ask the babe next door, but it’s late, and you’re already in your pajamas, and at that moment, an abandoned recipe is 100% preferable to a real life interpersonal interaction. We’ve all been there. (Right? This happens to you guys, too, right??)
Don’t give up just yet! This substitution chart, which covers the many basic but necessary ingredients you’re likely to run out of, will help keep you cooking, and your neighbor blind to the truth that you just made a pan of brownies for one
Here are a couple of substitutions: