Yum. Homemade chocolates. Does it get any better? These lovely Chocolate Oreo Truffles and Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles were made by mother and given to Alyssa at Christmas.
For many, many, many years, Alyssa, Brittany and I celebrated the new year by toasting with chocolate covered cherries on New Year’s Eve. Since I don’t drink and the girls were children, we had to toast with something and chocolate covered cherries were always the staple at Christmas. Thus, our tradition was born.
The tradition, however, eventually had to end because Alyssa (19 years old) and Brittany (25 years old) grew up. (How dare they! LOL) So instead of toasting with Alyssa this year, shortly before midnight I opened her chocolate truffles and took a picture of them. Bella thought I was going to give her some, but she was very mistaken. I just stared at them with fond memories of Alyssa and Brittany excitedly watching the ball drop in Times Square while we all toasted cherries. Ahhh, such gloriously sweet memories.
New Years Eve 2012
Well, I can promise you that I did not spend New Year’s Eve in a brothel, but I did spend it with friends. One swam around a tank (Turtle) and the other furry one barked every now and then, took short naps in my lap and watched me play Mahjong. Obviously, I spent the evening among critter friends and not human ones.
Although I didn’t eat Alyssa’s chocolate truffles, I did have a very large bowl of natural grain free ice cream with tons of homemade whipped cream on top. By the way, do you know the huge advantage of being among critter friends instead of human friends while eating a bowl of ice cream? I’ll tell you. After I finished eating the ice cream, I can lick the bowl without the critter friends thinking I’m weird or that I have no class. Did I lick the bowl? I’ll give you a hint. Do I ever lick bowls, spoons or beaters while I’m cooking?
January 1, 2013 Is The Beginning
Start with a fresh page. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? I know it isn’t quite that simple, however, in a very real way every day is a new page. A blank page as white as snow and unmarred by any actions. It is a new opportunity filled with possibilities. The thing that makes the fresh page unique is us. We determine what we will spend our time doing and how we will react every minute of every day. The first day of the new year is scientifically really no different than the last day of the previous year. The thing that can and does make New Year’s Day different is our hopeful attitude for a better future.
Well, I have one more day of my lovely extended vacation and then I will be back to work. This vacation has been very therapeutic. I was able to withdraw, feel yucky, sleep and start to feel better. Amazing how the mind and body can improve with some self-care and self-love. I hope that we all will remember to pamper ourselves more this year and I am definitely going to make it a high priority for myself. There are so many ways we can relax and rejuvenate. Maybe we will have to bathe together again.