To ring in the New Year, I baked a Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël). Traditionally it is a Christmas cake, but it is also okay to bake it for the New Year's eve celebration. I figured it was a very appropriate choice considering that in the past, way back in the Iron's Age, people would burn logs decorated with holly, pinecones or ivy in order to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events and to usher in the spring. Although now we don't do much of the wood burning, the log shaped cake remains a symbol of that tradition in many homes. My wish for you, as I eat this cake, is that you have left any pain, frustrations, negativity and misfortunes in 2014 and that 2015 will bring all of you lots of joy as well as new experiences.

That is my word for the year. 
In 2015 I want to experience new things, new people, and new places. I could sit and make a list of resolutions, but I won't. Instead, like Sophie, I believe that embracing one word for the year, is in itself a commitment to do and be more. There was a time when I believed in making resolutions every 1st of January, only to find that I never really went through with them, never really gave my all in seeing them through. This year, I am tired of saying "I wish", instead I want to say "I will". Because why not? We only live once, and striving to do and be everything our hearts desires is not out of reach. Picking a word that will inspire us all year long, offers so many possibilities, so many different ways to write the chapter of the new year. And that, in itself, is just wonderful.


  1. that's a great word!! great motivation for the year!!

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  2. Thank you, Liby! Have a great year! ;)

  3. Great post and wish you a very happy new year.

  4. Thank you Rumela! Happy New Year to you as well :)

  5. Here's to saying "I will" more often, with confidence and follow-through in 2015. =]


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