Ending the year on a positive note: best of 2012

best of 2012

One of my new year resolutions is to be more positive, worry less, keep my dad’s 100 theory in mind and celebrate my achievement no matter how small or simple they are.There is enough negativity around me, around everyone, enough gloom.As my friend Spree so beautifully stated, sometimes all we can do to fight the creeping shadows is shine. Each of us has a unique light and the world needs every bit of light to fight all the hurt, injustice and blinding darkness. No matter how faint your light is,no matter how bone tired you are, no matter how hurt or damage your soul might be, let your light sparkle. Your smile might be all that a depressed person needs to say, this too shall pass. I can make it through . Your determination might bring someone back from the edge of despair. Your kindness might change someone’s life. Don’t underestimate yourself, don’t let the darkness put out your light..let it shine.

So to end 2012 I have decided to compile my ” proud of ” list. Things about my blog that I am proud of achieving

1. I kept the blog going, in February my blog turns two.I am proud of my little space on the web and thankful for the support of each and every reader, commenter and friend who have cheered me on in this adventure.

2.My photography has improved through the past 12 months. Sure there is still a long way to go but I am truly enjoying the journey.Looking back on how my pictures looked at the begining and how they are now puts a big smile on my face

3. Getting to “know” people from around the globe through their blogs or comments , sharing their experiences, being able to look at the world through their eyes makes life so much richer. I am honored and proud to be one of those little dots that connect the world together.

4.last but not least: a list of the posts I am most proud of, they may not be the most popular but to me they were a challenge met,a lesson learnt , a sweet memory or maybe a fear conquered.

Caramel chocolate thumb cookies

Birthday chocolate cake

Mille-feuille recipe (homemade Napoleon recipe)

 The walnut lesson

Pita bread recipe – how to make pita pockets

Empanada Gallega

Filled pate a choux swans

Maamoul (Stuffed shortbread cookies)

Ramadan drinks, sweet tamarind and qamar el deen

How to make your own feta cheese

Petra, the rose red city half as old as time

How to make a birthday circus train cake

Clementine orange dessert balls