I never had the chance to actually savour the ending moments of 2008 as we embarked on a new year. Sure, the mister and I did our “I’ll talk to you again next year” routine seconds before the calendar turned 2009, but I had actually envisioned an entry here recollecting the best and worst of 2008; her lessons, experiences and momentous occasions.
A proper update had been put on hold because as I’ve learnt, the end of the year [and the beginning of a new one] spells celebration for many. The moment I bade farewell to snowmen and candy canes, I ran by the baking supply store to stock up for new celebrations, hoping that I left nothing out, because even stores need to go on Christmas-New Year vacation.
Some grabbed the opportunity of a new year to celebrate new humble beginnings with a loved one over exchanged vows and interlocked fingers. Many knew that their birthdays could not have come at a better time, and threw a party, inviting family and close friends over themed chocolate cupcakes and an 8-inch cupcake-looking cake.
Some preferred their birthday celebrations tinkered with a no-frills chocoholic touch, over chewy and moist Oreo brownies, dense peanut butter-swirled brownies, and a dark chocolate torte.
Others preferred smaller bites, enough to tantalise palates, while being the perfect serving to be munching around while mingling with other guests. Less messy, more dainty.
And several celebrated their year end and new year the best way they know how. With a box of colourful cupcakes spelling a simple birthday wish, a personalised gift to bring along when visiting an open house, or a mere ‘Just Because’ box of sweet treats for that special friend.
I may not have celebrated the New Year in any special way, but with all the celebratory orders, I feel like I have definitely been surrounded by enough love to close the chapter on 2008, and embark on a new calendar.
p/s: On a totally unrelated note, I’ve used up ten blocks of butter (and more; that’s 2.5kg++), and more than twenty-five eggs in six days, and now I’ve finally reached a baker’s block. Any suggestions what I can do with either Za’atar, hazelnut ganache, or cinnamon sugar that doesn’t involve butter nor any fruits?