New Year, New Hope

Happy New Year… A New Year, New Hope. As 2015 comes to a close, let’s celebrate both the passing year and all that was good in it and welcome in 2016 with eager anticipation. No matter where you are in the world or how you celebrate the coming new year, I hope 2016 will bring renewed hope, peace and happiness in your life.

Toast To The New Year
Toast To The New Year

I appreciate every reader that stopped by during the past year and the comments that many of you have left on my posts. It is always nice to know that you enjoy following along on my travels, seeing our homes over the years and perhaps that you’ve wanted to try some of the recipes that I created.

Cheers to the new year, I hope it will be everything you want it to be. I look forward to sharing new adventures with you “along the back roads of life


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178 thoughts on “New Year, New Hope

    1. It would be nice to be eating the 12 grapes in Spain…I’ve done that tradition while living in New Hampshire with roasted grapes. Thank you for your wish, Darlene.

  1. Happy New Year to you Karen and I also second the toast to health , hope, peace and happiness . I enjoy reading posts and trying out your wonderful recipes. Prost !

  2. Grab a glass of bubbly, step outside into the warm evening, and think of your old neighbors up here in NH surrounded by the white stuff. 🙂 We got our very first snow this week in the form of about 6″ of really heavy wet stuff. I know the ski resorts are struggling so I’m happy for them. Here’s to a great 2016. 🙂

    1. Hi Judy, I think about all my New England friends all the time. I hope that the new year brings you a gentle winter…so far, so good. Thank you for your fun wish. 😀

    1. I certainly do appreciate your nice comment and wish, Kathryn. I’m happy that you will be following along for another year, thank you!

  3. Happy New Year, Karen! I hope 2016 provides us with a tour of your new home. Your decorating talent inspires us all.

    Thanks for sharing your life, your move, building of your new home and wonderful, wonderful food with us during 2015. Onward and upward! xxoo

    1. Thank you for your wish and sweet comment, Maureen. Of course, I’ll do a little tour of our home before long. We just need a few more pieces of furniture but it already feels comfortable. 🙂

  4. A very happy and fulfilling 2016 . . . here we are half a day ‘into it’ naturally altho’ ears still blocked from last night’s fireworks 🙂 ! Would you believe a girlfriend told me about the 12 grapes in Spain this morning: had no ideas of the custom and *smile* no grapes in the house anyway – next year!!

      1. Thanks Mad – so everyone is telling me . . . have looked at the various ways of accomplishing ‘the feat’ and believe I would qualify for the “Zen Master’ 🙂 ! At times boringly neat in my ways!!! Happy 2016 . . .

  5. What a lovely message, Karen. We’re ringing in the new year tonight with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, so we’re pretty low key this year, but of all the things I thought about doing tonight I really just wanted to sit for a while and read my favorite blogs. So here I am, and let me also wish you a healthy and peace-filled new year. Many blessings!

    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed my wish for the new year, Debra. Thank you for your nice compliment. Our celebration was low key too…just the way we like it.

  6. Much happiness to you and yours in 2016. You have been a great blogger friend and I look forward to hearing more about your new home as well as your fantastic recipes! 🙂

    Jane x

    1. Thank you Jane, for your sweet comment. I’m happy that we have become blogging friends. I’ll definitely be doing more posts about living in Florida. 🙂

  7. Happy new year lovely! The last year was a hard one for me, totally embrace your attitude about emphasising the good things and heading into a peaceful 2016. Hugs xx

    1. Hi Laura, I’m glad that you liked my thoughts about remembering the good things and I do hope that 2016 will be a much better year for you. Hugs returned to you. 🙂

  8. A very Happy New Year to you, Karen. May 2016 bring you all the joy and happiness (and none of the broken foot!!!) a fine lady like you deserves.

    1. Thank you for your wish Sue and yes, I hope there are no more broken bones for me. I hope this year will be a healthy one for you as well.

  9. Happy New Year, Karen, have enjoyed your posts and looking forward to more. Your sea scallops recipe is my daughter’s favorite. For someone who does not like to cook this is one dish she loves to make.

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment Norma. I remember when you said you were passing on the scallops on corn polenta recipe…I’m glad your daughter enjoys the dish.

    1. Hi Sam, I’m glad you will be following along again this year, thank you. We are now both official Floridians. Wishing you much happiness this year.

  10. Hello Karen, it’s been a while since I visited your blog… It’s marcela from
    I wish you a Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Marcela, I just discovered your sweet wish in my spam file so I’m sorry that my reply was delayed. Thank you and wishing you all the best in this new year as well.

  11. Happy New Year, Karen! I always enjoy visiting here. Wishing you a healthy, happy new year filled with wonderful possibilities! ♡

    1. Hi Lindy, I just discovered your lovely comment and wish in my spam file so I’m sorry my reply was delayed. Wishing you all the best in this new year as well. 🙂

  12. Happy New Year! Looking forward to the good recipes and interesting Florida tales you’ll be sharing with us this year. 🙂

    1. Hi John, There will be more posts on Florida soon and of course you know there will be more food. I always appreciate your nice comments, thank you.

  13. May 2016 be your best year so far! It is a joy to read your blog entries and I especially remember at this time of the year, serving your roasted grapes with toasted baguette and brie last new years eve. Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen and for so gracefully demonstrating how you’ve relocated. We’ve been in the same house for a little over twenty years now and, while a smaller and simpler-to-maintain dwelling is growing ever more appealing, the thought of leaving this place is very difficult. Thanks for shining a light on the path!

  14. I really do appreciate your kind words and wish, Peter. I love the roasted grapes and brie and I’m happy that you served them on new years eve. 🙂 I must say that it was not the easiest of decisions to downsize but, oh my, it certainly has made my life easier.

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