Going Quietly Into a New Year

by Stefani on 1-January-2008

I remember years when I wondered if I would have someone to kiss when the clock struck midnight.

It never occurred to me that I would have so very many men to smooch, standing on the precipice of a new year!

There were sparklers and smoke bombs.


There was a cousin swap sleepover (middle son went to the cousins’ house, oldest cousin came here)

There was lots of Wii, Lego Star Wars action.

True to our word, there was also pie.

The Year of Pie

We thought it was kind of fitting to make our New Year’s Eve pie from the last frozen remnants of the fruit we handpicked last summer. Call it our way of savoring the last sweet bits of a year as it draws to a close.

Fruits of 2007

So, as much as fun as I’m certain it would have been, to put on a schmancy dress and party with you, love, I’m gonna have to say that it was a pretty great end to a lovely year.

Maybe you’ll come on down for some New Year’s Day good luck (in the form of black-eyed peas soaked all night and simmered all day with gobs of bacon), and tell me every little dreamy detail concerning your last night of 2007.

Good Luck

Then, over left over pie and ice cream, we’ll dream up schemes to make the next year even better.

I’m going to have to make a lot more pies though, because there’s so many of you that I’d like to share this new year with!

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful 2008, full of health, love, warmth and wonder!

mountain mama January 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Now there is an upside to living in the warmer south and getting to bring in the new year outside! Up here in cold and windy West Virginia, we were snuggled under warm blankets and then the girls were put into beds at 9 when they dozed off. As tempted as I was to go to bed at 10, I stayed to watch the new year come in and give my husband his first kiss of 2008. I wish you a happy new year and may it be full of love, laughter, and family. xo

Tara January 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm

My NYE was boring and lonely. I spent the evening surfing the ‘net then channel surfing. My parents went to a party and I stayed up to let them in. Woo hoo. Hopefully next year will be better…maybe Ryan will be with me.

Sarah Jackson January 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Happy New Year my dear! My evening was even more quiet than yours, and I liked it that way.

Looking forward to another year of sharing and laughing and creating together here in blogland. Sending hugs your way.

cloth.paper.string January 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

love that you’re already up to your elbows in pie crust. and that you whipped up a pie from the pickings of 2007. happiest new year wishes to you and yours, stefani!!

Tracy January 2, 2008 at 5:28 am

I’m wishing you the same, friend! Happy New Year!

Sarah January 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

Happy New Year!

Sarah January 2, 2008 at 6:43 am

Happy New Year!

Irene January 2, 2008 at 7:08 am

Happy New Year to you, pie making lady. May all your wishes come true and may all your days be happy ones.

Lisa Clarke January 2, 2008 at 7:22 am

OH, how I wish I’d thought of that with the berries! I have a small bag of farmer’s market blueberries that I haven’t been able to part with, knowing the next fresh batch is just so far off…

Anne January 2, 2008 at 7:43 am

Happy New Year! Because of you, I cannot stop thinking of pies.

Molly January 2, 2008 at 7:55 am

We made tartlets (pear) on New Year’s Eve and I thought of you! Unfortunately, they were hugely unsuccessful, but your pie making has inspired me to give it another go at some point. 🙂

Happy 2008! I look forward to reading your adventures…


Molly January 2, 2008 at 7:56 am

We made tartlets (pear) on New Year’s Eve and I thought of you! Unfortunately, they were hugely unsuccessful, but your pie making has inspired me to give it another go at some point. 🙂

Happy 2008! I look forward to reading your adventures…


Anne January 2, 2008 at 8:01 am

Sorry about the 300 messages, Typepad is insane, not me…

Cheryl January 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

Sometimes reading you is like looking in a mirror – looking forward to 08 and thanks for the intro to robotjumpingrope – looks interesting!

EvaB January 2, 2008 at 11:15 am

Happy New Year!

Jade January 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

Happy New Year!

beki January 2, 2008 at 11:59 am

Happy, happy new year, Stefani!!

estea January 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm

happy happy sweetcakes ~ glad i met you in 2007!

ya know you’da been air-guitaring right along with me in that there boat 🙂

next year i’ll expect an invite for pie, of course. and save me a sparkler.



p.s. star wars lego fans unite!

stephanie January 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Yay for pie! There was a lot to love about that little movie. (especially that song!)

Happy New Year!

erin January 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm

happy new year stef!

leslie January 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

happy new year! love the cards!

Ellie January 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

What a lovely New Year Celebration – and so YOU!
I would love to share that pie with you, and warm conversation and wishes and dreams. I just had a thought – maybe we should all make the same pie on the same day, and then we could truely be sharing and enjoying together!! What do you think?

Warm wishes and peaceful times for the New year for you and your family. xx

Jules January 2, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Happy New Years Stefani- I LOVE reading your blog and I’m especially looking forward to some homeade pies in 2008!

Jules January 2, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Happy New Years Stefani! I LOVE reading your blog and look forward to some yummy pies in 2008!

molly January 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Mmmm, I love black eyed peas, but I’m the only one in the family who does, so I have several containers in the freezer! Unfortunately, I don’t think they would make a very good pie filling. The best pie making tool I have is a large Silpat for rolling out the crust – it was a small investment but I swear by it. Happy New Year friend!

molly January 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm

happy new year, stef! so glad our paths crossed in 2007, looking forward to 2008 and getting to know you even better….

Lynn January 2, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Happy New Year. I am glad I found your blog this year! You have been an inspiration!

prairie daze January 2, 2008 at 7:37 pm

oh, i’ve been out of the loop too long…

happy new year!!!

Amber January 2, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I guess I’m late here, but I want to add my Happy New Year wishes to you, Stefani! What else could make a year great than making lots of pies?!?

Also, we have always welcomed the New Year with Hoppin’ John, too. We’re BIG black-eyed peas lovers around here (the food kind)!

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