Happy one year, dear old blogaroo! A year ago this week, I started writing Serenity in the Storm. The name comes from a beautiful quote I try to take to heart each day: “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace within the storm.” I’ve had a wonderful time writing the blog this past year, using it as an outlet to think through things that are on my mind and in the news and as a distraction from some of the more difficult work I do—in other words, as a tiny space that offers some, ‘peace within the storm.’ To celebrate the one year ‘blogiversary,’ I made the raspberry shortcake recipe this weekend, but used strawberries and blueberries instead of raspberries. Yum! If you like delicious things, I strongly encourage you to make this shortcake recipe with whatever are your favorite berries. Good lord, it’s divine.
This morning, I looked back at the blog stats for the past year and the five most widely read posts have been (and what a funny list it is):
Who knew that making a nightcap is such a highly sought-after tutorial!
These are the five recipes I think are some of our favorite recipes from the last year (in no particular order):
Of course, without you, dear readers, this blog would be nothing more than a weird, public ‘notes to self.’ So for all of you reading, I am immensely grateful. Thanks to all those of you who have been reading from that very first post. And thanks to all of you newer readers. I love to hear from you—feedback, thoughts, comments, etc.—so please do comment or send me a note anytime if something is on your mind! My goal for the next year is to try to make this space more of a conversation.
And in that vein, is there anything you’d like to see more/less of on the blog in the next year? Any subject you’d like to see written about? Let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback about what’s working and what’s not working or could be better.