Happy New Year


Firework Celebration


Let’s celebrate

With midnight fireworks and Champagne toasts

Here is to you my friends, both far and near

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year


All the best, Karen

About Karen

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

  1. A very happy new year to you too, Karen!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kay, I’m looking forward to wherever your travels take you in the New Year and of course reading about all the good food you will be sharing.

  2. Mad Dog says:

    Happy New Year Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mad Dog, I hope that the coming year will bring lots of good times with your friends, delicious and inventive food, wine and of course a carajillo de cognac or two. 😀

  3. Here’s to happiness and joy as well as safe travels to new destinations Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Julie, I know you two are looking forward to the arrival of your second grandchild, enjoy spending time with both of them in the New Year.

      • They’re putting a bit of the kibash on our travels that’s for srue…but I think they are worth it 🙂
        One day we’ll venture forth agian…the beach and the mountains will just have to do for now. I think Gregory is still getting over September’s big adventure…From the places we went, he enjoyed France and Switzerland the best…
        I want to get him to Ireland as I know he’d love it…but like I say…future plans when babysitting slows down 🙂
        Have a safe and happy eve!

  4. Happy New Year Karen !!all the best!

  5. Happy New Year Karen! The photo is fabulous!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment on the photo, it was taken at our summer cottage in Maine but never published. I hope your year ahead is filled with more of your lovely artwork but do take time to enjoy come quiet minutes reading and whatever else brings you peace.

  6. Ingrid says:

    Happy New Year Karen … wishing you an adventure filled new year!

  7. Elixir says:


  8. Cheers to you and yours, Karen! Wishing you all the best.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your wish Angie. I know you will be sharing lots of healthy recipes in the coming year, we can all use a little inspiration especially after the holidays.

  9. David says:

    Happy New Year. Karen! Looking forward to your culinary and travel adventures in 2019!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you David. I can’t wait to see where you and Mark decide to travel next year, will it be back to Italy or somewhere else in Europe. Wherever, I know it will inspire looks of good eating. 🙂

  10. kitchenriffs says:

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see where your travels take you in 2019. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, I’d like to click glasses with you and Mrs. KR some time with one of your good cocktails. Trying right now to decided where our adventures will take us next year. Our taste in travel is much the same, especially knowing that we have both done the same cruise, on the same cruise line but at different times. 😀

  11. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Karen. All the best for 2019.

  12. Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ronit for your nice wish. I’ll looking forward to all the good things you will be sharing in this new year. Sorry I didn’t answer sooner, I just found your comment in the spam file…don’t know what went wrong.

  13. 2sistersrecipes says:

    Same to you Karen!! Happy and Healthy New Year!!
    Xo Anna and Liz

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anna, the same to you and Liz. I’m sure your Italian dishes of pork and lentils will bring you lots of luck in the New Year. We have pork as well for my Italian husband and black eyed peas for my Southern background. 🙂

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Happy New Year, Karen.

  15. Gaz says:

    Happy new year Karen. I fell asleep well before midnight, so no fireworks for me. Wishing you and yours all the best for 2019.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gary, thank you for your wish. We will be having dinner and dancing this evening until midnight but I’ll be yawning the whole time. I know my steak I’ll be served won’t be as good as the sirloin steak that you sous vide earlier this week.

  16. Happy New Year Karen and hoping 2019 is the best year for you and your family!

  17. And cheers to you and your family, too, Karen! I hope 2019 brings much love and happiness! 🙂

  18. A healthy and happy New Year to you and your family.

  19. Happy New Year to you my friend. See you in 2019!!

  20. Hi Karen, I’m enjoying my Christmas break and catching up on reading blogs! Best wishes to you and your husband for a wonderful 2019! 🙂

  21. NativeNM says:

    Happy New Year Karen! Hope you have a fabulous 2019!!

  22. Eha says:

    Well, our New Year is ten hours old, does not hurt a bit so far and allows me to wish you health, happiness and good fortune for the days just starting. And to all who read: please try to watch the Sydney Harbour midnight display thru’ YouTube or other! I am not a ‘fireworks lady’ but was honestly gasping with awe for all the 15 minutes: delighted to see over 1 1/2 million around the Harbour foreshores, so many having flown in . . .

  23. Madonna says:

    Happy New Year Karen.

  24. Wishing you all that you need for 2019!

  25. lifeincharente says:

    We slept through it all, exhausted from caring for FIL!! Happy New Year Diane

  26. Larry says:

    Happy New Year Karen. I actually stayed up and watched the ball.

  27. Kiki says:

    Wishing you all the best for 2019, Karen – and that your travels may lead you back to Germany! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiki, We are working on our travel plans now and are hoping to work in Germany at the end of this year’s trip. You know how much we enjoy visiting your country. 😀

      • Kiki says:

        Well, I’ve had a few unexpected offers from fellow bloggers to meet up while I was traveling in their area, so if you would like to meet – even if just for a cup of coffe – get in touch!

      • Karen says:

        If we are in your area, I would love to meet. Thank you!

  28. Debra Kolkka says:

    Have a wonderful 2019!

  29. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    Happy New Year Karen! May it be filled with all you wish for!

  30. Zaza says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!

  31. Wishing you a very happy new year, Karen!

  32. Happy new year! May 2019 be the best one yet. 🙂

  33. Jane says:

    All the best in 2019 to you and yours, Karen! And thank you so much for all of your blog visits and kind comments.

    Cheers to more adventures!

    Jane x

  34. Sartenada says:

    Happy New Year 2019 Karen!

  35. Glad to hear you’ve welcomed the new year in style. Happy 2019, dear Karen.

  36. Monique says:

    Boone Année Karen!

  37. And, the best 2019 can offer to you as well. 🙂

  38. Happy New Year, Karen! Wishing all the best in 2019!

  39. Heather J Blake says:

    Happy New Year Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Heather, the same to you. I hope your Colorado weather has been good lately with just the right amount of snow to make it pretty but not enough to make it a problem.

  40. Wishing you an awesome 2019, Karen. All the Best!

  41. Loretta says:

    Here’s wishing you best dishes and wishes and travel for the year 2019. Do you have any trips lined up? Last year was a busy one for us, and this year is proving to be pretty much the same, but I always say, “do it when one is able”, who knows what lies around the corner for us eh?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice wishes Loretta. We are in the planning stage of this year’s trip, if it works out it will be another cruise to places familiar and some we’ve never been to. I’m looking forward to where you are headed and I totally agree with your thinking…definitely do it while you are able, no day is guaranteed.

  42. Good wishes for a happy new year.

  43. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Karen. I wish the best for you and your family in 2019!

  44. Mél@nie says:

    Bonne Année, Miss Karen! do hope you had French genuine champagne for the réveillon… cheers! 🙂
    * * *
    1000 MERCI for your constant visits and kind comments @ my playground, wish you an exceptional year: health, joy, travels, pleasant surprises and oceans of inspiration… friendly thoughts, Mélanie Bedos-Toulouse

    • Karen says:

      Merci beaucoup Mél@nie, it was indeed French champagne. Thank you for your lovely wish, it is much appreciated. I always love visiting you playground.

  45. Happy New Year, Karen! Wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous and joyful 2019!!

  46. Cathy says:

    Wishing all the best in 2019!

  47. Happy New Year, Karen! May 2019 bring you many blessings, adventures and good food! xo

  48. Wishing you all the best in 2019! And of course fabulous food and travel!

  49. Happy New Year, Karen! Cheers to a happy, healthy and food filled 2019 🙂

  50. Happy New Year to you, too!

  51. cookingontheweekends says:

    Happy New Year to you! I’ve enjoyed discovering your site and reading about your travels! 🙂 Cheers!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Valentina, I’m happy that you have enjoyed our travels. I’ve enjoyed your comfort food recipes so the feeling is mutual. 🙂

  52. What a beautiful photo. Did you take it? Happy New Year!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment on the photo, Joanne. Yes I did take it…it was a fireworks display across the lake from our summer home in Maine that I had never published. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  53. mjskit says:

    Happy New Year Karen! I sure look forward to more traveling through your trips! Due to physical problems, my trips are local and limiting so seeing the world here at Back Road is something I always look forward to.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words MJ, It makes me feel good to know that you enjoy following along on our adventures. I’ll be sharing another wonderful city that we visited very soon. Here is to a healthy new year.

  54. Happy New Year to you also Karen. May this year bring you some great adventures!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Abbe, I’m definitely looking forward to new adventures this year. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the new comfort dishes you will be creating.

  55. adina says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!

  56. Juliana says:

    Happy New Year Karen! All the best for you are your loved ones…

  57. Happy New Year to you Karen! Hope you enjoyed the holidays. Many blessings for the year to come 🙂

  58. Debra says:

    What a lovely way to usher in the new year! I went to bed early on the 31st. I’m not much at night anyway, but I also have a cold…that will be my excuse. LOL! Wishing you a wonderful new year, dear Karen.

  59. marcie says:

    Happy new year to you Karen!

  60. Happy New Year Karen! Love the photo 🙂

  61. A belated Happy New Year to you, Karen. Here’s to many adventures with you in 2019! Scarlett

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