I don’t know how it happened. Another year slipped by right out from under me and I’m not 100% sure I was fully conscious for parts of it. Like summer. I don’t think I had a real summer. The cool summer weather in Southern California was much more recognizable as Fall or Winter than of an actual summer, hence my feeling of being cheated out of a summer. Since my battle with time is a losing campaign, I must look ahead.
2011 is a milestone year for me as I turn another decade older [Geez…did I just share that information???]. No longer will I be able to check off the 35 – 39 box. Luckily, this time I’m not scared or freaked out as I was when I left my 20’s. My 30’s were fantastic years…I traveled, I worked, I ran, and I met a huge host of people. I expect my 40’s to be even better years since the things that worried me in my 20’s and 30’s seem so insignificant compared to the bigger picture of life. I’ve learned to appreciate people and things so much more now that I’ve actually had a chance to live a little.
Losing a dear friend who barely turned 30 opened my eyes to what really matters in life – good health, good friends & family members, and just being – having the opportunity to wake up in the morning or sleep in all day. Yes, having a job is important but is having a job that you hate more important than your general well being? That’s for you to decide…I’m blessed with a job that I love and am excited to go to every single day. I took a pay cut when I first came to this job because it meant more to me to love my job than what I had in my bank account.
This past year, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my other passions – knitting, cooking and traveling. Most importantly, I’ve been richly blessed by all the people I’ve met and now call “friends”. While they are too numerous to mention here [and you know who you are!!!], each person I have met has enriched my life for the better and I appreciate you. The Japanese have a New Year’s saying, “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu,” or “Happy New Year. I hope to count on you again this year.”
At the beginning of this New Year, I’d like to share with you my favorite sweet, hoping that it’ll leave a sweet taste in your mouth all year long – The Scotchmallow. See’s candy makes this and I literally dig through the box to seek it out. All other chocolates in the box are rubbish as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve been dreaming about this candy for weeks and sadly, I didn’t receive one box of See’s candy this year. It was something I had to rectify by making my own. The best caramel recipe came from La Fuji Mama’s site. The easiest marshmallow recipe was Alton Brown’s. Combine these two and you get the ScotchMallow!
Obtain from La Fuji Mama’s Creamy Caramel Recipe.Instead of boiling to 245 degrees, bring it down to 235 – 240 degree soft ball stage on your candy thermometer.
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar
1 cup Glucose Syrup [or Light corn syrup]
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Powdered sugar for dusting