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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I travel the back roads of New England and beyond, sharing great food and interesting places.
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178 Responses to New Year, New Hope

  1. Happy New Year, Karen. I echo your wish of hope, peace and happiness for 2016. Life is good!

  2. Pam says:

    Great post with an awesome photo, Karen! Here’s wishing you the best in the coming year, Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year Karen! Here’s to a wonderful 2016…..

  4. Karen says:

    The same to you Julie, thank you.

  5. Thanks, Karen, for your lovely wish. I, too, hope the new year brings the peace and love we all yearn for.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    I second the toast to hope, peace, and happiness. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  7. Darlene says:

    Happy Happy New Year from Spain where we will eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck! Look forward to your posts in 2016

    • Karen says:

      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.

  8. Happy New Year! I hope this year anchors you as a Floridian for life! 🙂 Enjoy the great weather!

  9. Gerlinde says:

    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 !

  10. Gerlinde says:

    Happy New Year to you Karen, wishing you the very best that life has to offer.

  11. snowfox66 says:

    I wish you Good Health, good friends, good love, good food and prosperity in all including finances! (that should cover everything!) Happy New Year!

  12. plumdirt says:

    Right back at you!

  13. 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. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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. 😀

  14. Cathy says:

    Happy New Year Karen! Lots of good wishes to you and your husband for the coming year in your new home. 🙂 Cheers!

  15. I’m looking forward to a new year of recipes and adventures you have in your new home and lifestyle! Happy New Year Karen!

  16. Debra Kolkka says:

    Happy New Year. I hope 2016 is great for you.

  17. Gary Lum says:

    Happy new year Karen. I hope 2016 is the best ever.

  18. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    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

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  19. Eha says:

    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!!

  20. Mad Dog says:

    Happy New Year Karen – I’m 3 hours in and just got home from a party at the Chelsea Arts Club 🙂

  21. Debra says:

    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!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  22. Jane says:

    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

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  23. Happy new year, Karen.

  24. Gallivanta says:

    A virtual toast to you for 2016. Gorgeous glasses. 🙂

  25. Cheers to the New Year! All the best to you and yours 😊

  26. laurasmess says:

    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

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  27. May the new year bring to you warmth of love, good health and happiness.
    Have a happy new year, Karen!
    Angie

  28. Beautiful message, Thank you. Happy New Year 2016, Karen! 🙂

  29. A very happy new year to you and your family Karen!

  30. Sue says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  31. Norma Chang says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  32. Larry says:

    Happy New Year Karen – looking forward to following along in 2016

  33. cheri says:

    Happy New Year’s Karen, can’t wait to see what this New Year brings…….

  34. restlessjo says:

    Whenever I come here I leave with a warm feeling, Karen 🙂 Thank you for that and hoping your year ahead makes you happy.

  35. Happy New Year Karen. I look forward to the new year following along with you.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      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.

  36. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    Happy New Year, Karen – wishing you all the best, and all good things fro our world!

  37. Diane says:

    Happy New Year, may it be the best ever. Diane

  38. flavorsofthesun says:

    Wishing you and yours the best of 2016, Karen.

  39. Safe journey and a wonderful 2016…Thank you for sharing your posts in 2015.

  40. It’s a pleasure to follow your blog Karen, Happy New Year!

  41. Gretchen says:

    Happy Mew Year to you as well. May it bring you much happiness, peace and hope.

  42. megtraveling says:

    I wish you a very Happy New Year Karen!

  43. hotlyspiced says:

    What a beautiful image. Best wishes to you Karen, and all your family for a very wonderful and prosperous 2016 xx

  44. May 2016 hold all that you need!

  45. marrific says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  46. A very Happy New Year to you Karen!! I hope that 2016 is a really wonderful year for you and your family 😀

  47. savourytable says:

    And a very happy New Year to you too!

  48. Francesca says:

    Buon anno anche a te e tuo marito, Karen!

  49. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy New Year to you too Karen. We wish you good health and happiness in 2016.

  50. Hope you have a beautiful new year filled with happiness and joy.

  51. Happy New Year Karen! Wishing you a blessed 2016 in your new home!

  52. Liz Berg says:

    Sending the same lovely New Year’s wishes back to you!!!

  53. Dawn says:

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

  54. Penny says:

    Happy New Year Karen. Enjoy the new year in your new home in Florida. I look forward to following along on your journeys this year.

  55. Sophie33 says:

    Happy 2016 to you & your family, dear Karen! Of course, we are behind you, all the way! 🙂 x

  56. Beth says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Karen! Hope 2016 brings much peace and happiness.

  57. ZazaCook says:

    A very happy and blessed New Year to you, Karen!

  58. Peace, love and happy blogging in 2016 to you Karen.

  59. Karen says:

    Thank you Greg, you are one of my first blogging friends.

  60. marrific says:

    Looking forward to the new posts!

  61. Happiest of New Years ahead to you Karen and look forward to reading you in 2016!

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  62. Wishing you an amazing 2016 with great health, good food and travel. Are you feeling more settled in your new home? Take care

  63. Same to you Karen – I look forward to many new stories from Florida 🙂 Happy New Year and the Best in 2016!

  64. Summer Daisy says:

    The new year really brings new hope! Happy New Year♥

    summerdaisy.net

  65. Happy New Year full of great sweet and savory creations!

  66. Hi Karen, Hope does spring eternal! Wishing you a year of culinary adventures and delights. Nancy

  67. reggiorif says:

    Best best wishes for you Karen and your family for 2016! Meanwhile, I look forward to what cheerful and yummy posts you’ll come up this year. 🙂

  68. Happy New Year, Karen. What a beautiful wish for a time of transition. All the best to you!

  69. dawnyucuiscooking says:

    Happy New Year Karen. I hope the new year brings you peace and happiness!

  70. kitchenriffs says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  71. Sartenada says:

    Happy New Year and all the best to You.

  72. Caroline says:

    Happy new year to you too and I trust your foot better too! Here’s to a happy healthy 2016 with no broken bones!

  73. Happy New Year to you and your family, Karen! I hope it’s a lovely, happy, peaceful year for you all. Cheers from Nashville!

  74. nancyc says:

    Thanks for your wishes and praying the same for you! 🙂

  75. Happy New Year Karen! Have a great and amazing 2016 ahead, take care! 🙂

  76. eliotthecat says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  77. Sissi says:

    Happy New Year, dear Karen! I also wish you all the best in 2016 and lots of happiness in your new house!

  78. Happy New Year, Karen! What a lovely festive tableau.

  79. Karen says:

    I’m happy that you enjoyed the photo, thank you Ksenia.

  80. Amy says:

    Happy (belated) New Year, Karen!

  81. Peter/Outlaw says:

    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!

  82. Karen says:

    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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