One year ago it all fell apart. Today I’m putting it back together.

It has been exactly one year since all hell broke loose in this household. Happy anniversary to me.

One year ago today without warning, without reason, the fella walked out the door and never came back.

The house was a mess, my life was a mess,  and there was nothing I could do about it other than deal with it as best I could.  And as the worst year of my life came nearly to an end, the fella’s father died.

This year was a horror.  It was a horrible, awful, tear and rage filled year and today it comes to an end.

If this year I am run over by a bus, have a spider lay eggs in my ear and get the gout, it will still be a better year than last year.

So here’s hoping.

One of the things I stopped doing this past year was make a weekly menu. I didn’t do it because the fella wasn’t here to cook for plus I didn’t have a functioning kitchen or a real desire to cook. And even if  the kitchen was technically functioning it was ripped apart, meaning my olive oil may have been in the mudroom, my big pan under my bed and the wood spoons somewhere I hope to figure out soon.

So this week, on this day, as a way to start my next year on a good note I’ve decided to (at least for myself) start doing weekly menus again. It’s something I always loved doing. Making the menu and then making the food. I thought I’d lost my love for cooking this past year but once I took a look at my new kitchen I realized I hadn’t lost it at all. It was just hibernating.

The kickstart was when I decided to make a true pie (apple, which happens to be the truest of the true) in honour of the fella’s father this week. Making the dough and stirring the sugar into the apples, stirred something inside of me.

I WANTED TO COOK! And eat.

So I headed to the chalkboard and for the first time in a year I wrote down a weekly menu for myself. I can’t guarantee I’ll be posting the weekly menu here every week, but I will the odd time.

If you’ve been knocked off your rocker for any reason this past year, I hope this weekly menu might stir something in you.

Menu-1

Recipes

 

Goat’s Cheese & Leek Tart

Beet Salad

Cashew Chicken

Toasted Bagel with Sprouts

Broccoli Soup

I look forward to a year of garnishes, greens and gout.  And I wish the same for you.

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172 Comments

  1. Bobbi says:

    Bon appetit !

  2. Chavella says:

    Good for you. Welcome back, I look forward to the menus. I was really sorry to hear of the fellas dads death. When I feel down, you always make me laugh. Thanks Bunches, Smiling in Atlanta Ga.

  3. Molly says:

    Wow. I had no idea. You inspire me, make me laugh, and make me think I could actually do some of the things you do. I love your site, and I wish you the best year yet.

  4. caryl says:

    Been knocked off my rocker over and over and over and still..thanks for inspiring me on pretty much a daily basis! More might hit the fan but you.ve shown yourself to be the cool breeze wafting at me on a hot day. Thanks so much. XOXO

  5. Jenna says:

    Hi Karen! Been following you for awhile and I remember when you originally shared about the fella. I hope the coming year treats you much better. Also wanted to say the weekly meal plan struck a chord with me. I found out on Christmas Eve that I lost a pregnancy at nearly 14 weeks. I totally lost my cooking mojo. Now I’m getting back on track (helps I’m 17 weeks pregnant again and all is going well) and started cooking and baking again this week and boy does it feel good! Hats off to you for keeping your blog so enjoyable during your crisis. I let mine go and I’m looking forward to relaunching soon. Thanks for all your wit and humor despite your craptacular year!! Cheers to you!

  6. shuckclod says:

    Glad your getting your grove back. Plus you have to make sure you eat pretty stuff to show off in the fridge. I still think he is fertilizer 🙂

  7. SusanR says:

    I’m so sorry, Karen. I hate those “In life you never know what will happen in 5 minutes” events. They are rarely good.

  8. AnnW in the US says:

    Brava to you, Karen for surviving the past year with dignity and grace. We all support you in your varied ventures. Can’t wait until we can view your kitchen. What’s next? Dressmaking? Car repair? Waiting with bated breath. Ann

  9. TC says:

    I wondered about the weekly menus. Good for you! *clinking champagne flutes with you* “to the new year!”

  10. danni says:

    This hurt my heart. We all know and love you and want to be your friend to cry with. We all feel like we know you, but you don’t know us at all, which is pretty weird. Can you feel us loving on you? You make us happy. Wish there was a way for us to reach out and make you feel happy too. Sending love and happiness from Portland, Oregon.

  11. victoria says:

    GOOD FOR YOU! ! new year starting in May- it’s perfect. Thank you for inspiring all of us. When you’re ready for your next romantic adventure there will be hot men all over you, you’ll see!!!

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Hah. Yeah. No, I’m done. And that’s fine. The fella was it for me. I loved living alone prior to him and, I actually love it now. So I’m good. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Sally says:

        What about Idris Elba? You can’t throw over Idris – he’d be devastated! Just don’t let him move in with you.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Well done, Karen, for making it through this year, and making it seem to us, your loyal readers, like more fun than it really was. So long as your sense of humor is intact, you’ve triumphed. And if you make it through ’til Sunday, May 18, that will be one delicious dinner to enjoy. (All week looks yummy, but “bison burger with grilled sweet potatoes” has me revising my grocery list).

  13. Tanya says:

    Just had the same dubious first anniversary celebration earlier this year, tossing in cancer, a newborn, and a mistress to the mix. Glad you didn’t let your fella’s nonsense stop you from being awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Well Tanya, the newborn makes up for it all. I’m considering getting another chicken which is almost exactly the same. ~ karen!

  14. Susie Heller says:

    You are a strong women. I have been reading your column for several years and laughed and cried along with you. I am glad you have passed the one year mark. I understand that is a huge milestone. I am about to get a divorce after 43 years of marriage so will be glad when I too reach the one year mark. However, I hate to cook now so will probably not catch some great new talent for it. I think I could be struck by the senior citizen bus sooner that being hit with a cooking gene that I lack. Best to you and keep your knockers up!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susie – 43 years. 43 years! That’s a lifetime. This is a major life change for you. It will be sad and scary and intimidating. Until it isn’t. Which will be sooner than you think possible. You’ll be amazed at what you’re going to find out about yourself. And it will be good. Honestly. ~ karen!

      • Susie Heller says:

        Thank you. I am looking forward to this change, even though it is hard and not understood by those around us. We each deserve to be loved for who and what we are. Not by some other standards. Love is unconditional and without qualifiers. I hope that IF IF iF I ever marry again, I will find a man who love me just as I am! You will find your perfect man too. You have too much to offer and are great looking besides. Best to each of us in our travel through life’s journey.

    • Forty-three years has got to be a record. Mine was at 17 years. What went through my mind is that you may not get to the point where you can say, “I’ve been divorced way longer than I was married.”

      Thing that drives me crazy about divorce: doctor’s questionnaires that say, “single, married, divorced.” Why is divorced in there? If you are divorced—you are single. I’m in there with back pain or a kidney stone. How does this play into the big picture? After all these years, that is still what ticks me off. Very odd.

      Karen, congrats on the one year of survival. When the time is right, someone like the fella’s dad will walk into your life. He seems to have been a better version of his son judging from everything you ever wrote about him.

      • Carolyn says:

        Rondina – I am in total agreement with you! I refuse to see “divorced” as a state of being. You are either single or married, that’s it. In some ways the word “divorced” indicates some kind of relationship or non-relationship with the former spouse. Forget that! I’m single.

        And Good For You Karen! I’ve only followed your blog for about a year so, I’ve only “known” you in your year of survival and I’ve really enjoyed your blog.

  15. Mama Toto says:

    Hi Karen – I haven’t been reading your blog for very long (found you via a Lee Valley newsletter!), but I have to say one would never know from your writing that you’ve had such a hell of a year. I’ve enjoyed reading and you are truly witty, funny, and down to earth. Now that the year is over I wish you all that you wish yourself.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mama Toto – I’m so glad you told me you came from the newsletter! I’m always curious about how people find their way here. Yeah, it’s been hellish. I lost my funny for about 3 days. Then it came creeping back. You should go back and read the first post I wrote after taking a month off from blogging after the fella left. My love letter to Idris Elba, lol. I returned with a bang. 🙂 ~ karen

  16. Laura Bee says:

    Beautifully said. It makes me happy to know you are renewing your love of baking & cooking. I have missed the menus.
    I killed a centipede tonight & thought of you.
    I may make the tart for Friday dinner.
    Thanks for being there. Feeling like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs as the saying goes.

  17. judy says:

    Wow! talk about one of life’s gut punches that must have been a doozy,but you are a spectacular human being(obviously) and so you prevailed and seem to be doing quite well for yourself. Wonder what he’s doing? Bet he doesn’t have a brand new kitchen and a very impressive fridge and even more important he doesn’t have you.

  18. Jody says:

    Bless your good and strong heart. I’d say you win.

  19. Cred says:

    It’s odd, feeling strangely connected to someone you’ve never met- online readers would fall somewhere in between stalker and star-struck tween if you were to admit the connection you feel to a blogger you follow. But as odd as it seems, there it is… The funny lady who gives you a daily chuckle and shares brief tidbits of her life, can bring you to tears just as though you were an old friend. When you first told us of the fella leaving, I cried and felt that pain in the pit of my stomach. And I cried again when you told us of the fella’s father passing, and I just now choked as you described baking a true pie in remembrance of him- for a man I only knew through a few stories from a woman I’ve never met. It’s such an odd place to sit but the emotions are real. Whether readers are little more than new millenia groupies or not, we care. Wishing you the best of years, starting today.

    • Tigersmom says:

      Thank you, Cred, for putting my feelings into words.

    • Arianne says:

      Beautifully said Cred. Made me tear up. Hugs to you and Karen!

    • Tracey says:

      Cred, that was so well said and I second all of it.
      Karen, I’ve been reading for a long time now, but never comment. I guess I’m a lurker. But I too wanted you to know how greatly you enrich my life and give me confidence to try new things. I love your humour and used to love watching you on the tv. It seems it was a few minutes between other tv shows….I can’t remember what I watched, but only remember you providing those few minutes of hilarious.
      I thought I should de-lurk to say you mean a lot to me. I may even get chickens. How do I watch the chicken cam? I never was able to see it. Are there stored videos we can watch?
      And I hope the coming year is the very best for you.

      • Karen says:

        Hi Tracey – Thanks for coming out of Lurkdome! I’m happy to inspire. That’s the point of all this. To let people (women especially) they can do whatever the hell they want with a little instruction and little courage. The coop cam is down because I accidentally broke the camera by leaving it out all day in the rain. I hope to get my pennies together to buy another one which I will take better care of soon. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Cred. 🙂 And I do feel and appreciate all of the support from my readers. It is definitely real. ~ karen!

    • Ev Wilcox says:

      Again, thanks for saying it for me. We DO love her, having never met. It sounds kind of silly, but we do!

    • Karen says:

      🙂 It makes perfect sense to me Cred. I’ve been on television for years so I’m used to people feeling like they know me when I don’t really know them. But, with this blog, I actually do feel like I know you all a little bit through your comments. For instance I know you like crisp, clean linens and you didn’t like the Woefield Poultry Collective. 🙂 And of course, you’re very nice. ~ karen

      • This is a great response…you DO get to know us here I guess via our comments. Like I feel as though I know Marti and Tigersmom from their daily comments here.

        I too cried when I heard about the fella leaving last year and when I read about the fella’s father and this one made me get a lump in my throat too. I am a marriage and family counselor so I hear a lot of leaving stories but cred’s right…you feel like a loved one and friend and so we all felt kicked in the gut (albeit not as hard as you felt it). I am so glad all the pieces of what we love about you (cooking and menus included) are coming back. That is healing.

        Best,
        Kim

    • Barbie says:

      What Cred said! Ditto Ditto Ditto! Your are truly loved Karen! Heres to a new and glorious year!

  20. Jasmine says:

    Well you’re a bit of a hero. Good work. I can’t wait to see a picture of you in your new kitchen. Baking a pie or making yogurt tampons. I’m cool with either one. And btw, I have the exact same coffee maker as you. Yum. One of the best purchases we have ever made. You were right about that too.

  21. Sue says:

    This past year was an evil beast of a year. I have never encountered more people all at once who have had to handle multiple, sudden, hard losses-me included. Friends losing husbands and then fathers, losing mothers, losing jobs, ending relationships, losing multiple pets, you name it, this past year was horrible.

    Yay you for getting through it and helping all the rest of us laugh and making it easier to get through our own grief while healing yourself. I didn’t comment when I saw the fella’s one true father was gone, but I was very sad to hear. (I’ve mostly stopped baking but I will bake a true pie in his honor this year. )

    I’m happy to see you’re cooking again, I hope you will inspire me to cook more with your oh so well planned menus.

  22. Janet says:

    Could I just say something here that’s been on my mind for awhile? I just really really want to say that I’m a bit pissed off at the fella. There. I said it. Now it’s off my chest. Oh, I suppose I could extrapolate just a bit…. but let’s not. Onward and upward! Thanks for this opportunity to vent.

  23. Auntiepatch says:

    “Find something under the sofa cushions”! Snort! LOL!

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you are a genius and we all would love to live next door to you!

    I’m sorry that you have had such a bad year but please know that we are right there with ya. =^..^=

  24. Grammy says:

    Being happy with yourself and having the inclination to try new things and become proficient at many of them is the best kind of life. It’s exhilarating to buy what you want, try what you want, and know peace within. Now that you have come through this past year you will just be better equipped for everything to come in your long and zany life ahead.

    And how is this for weird? Right after the local news this evening, a rerun of The Office came on TV. It was the episode where Idris Elba came in as the regional manager who was going to whip everybody into shape. As soon as he came on the screen I thought of you.

  25. Susan says:

    After my life altering experiences , divorce, poverty, major fire just name a few, people ask me how I can keep smiling and keep going. ‘Cause we do! Sometimes I want to just crawl into my rabbit hole and not come out again. Sometimes I am so frustrated by the pettiness of others over trivial things that I lose it. Lots of times I wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep so I play a game on my computer for hours, read a book, stare at mindless T.V. or go to into work at an ungodly hour. Lots of times I have no desire to cook, clean or even get dressed but the sun always comes up and life goes on. I still enjoy my own company but get a kick out of good friend’s and family’s company too. It’s what we do! Kudos to you for surviving this year. And best of luck for getting thru the next one! You’re strong, smart and full of love! You have a good family and a large network of friends close to you. After the fire I got myself a few chickens, at about the same time you got yours. I felt the need to have new life to look after, something different to look after and think about. People thought I was crazy…really lost it this time. But funnily enough those goofy chickens kinda gave me a new lease on life. I enjoyed feeding them, holding them and having them waddle after me in the garden holding up their little wings wanting to be picked up and cuddled. I have a Newfoundland dog that also gives me much love and needs attention too but for some reason the chickens were what I needed at that time. One of my favorite girls died this week in my arms. I shed a little tear, buried her in the garden where the impatience will be planted but I didn’t fall apart like I might have a couple of years ago. I started to think about the flowers I should plant instead. I thought about my grandchildren and what to tell them about Jemima and I thought about what kind of chickie I should get to replace her. Or even if I should replace her at all. I find myself looking forward now and not backwards nearly as much as I used to. When I saw your post tonight and your menu board I laughed to myself. I have never in my life made a menu up for anything. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl…(old broad) but I knew your rabbit hole must be getting smaller. Love ya, Karen. You’re the best!

    • Karen says:

      Aw, thanks Sue! 🙂 And I’m so sorry about Jemima. I know she was one of your favourites. Poor girl. But yes. You will get a new one to love. ~ karen

  26. Turly says:

    Hi there! I am new to your blog and had no idea about your lousy year. You are so inspiring.
    Thanks for wishing your followers well but I’ll give the gout a miss if I may – my husband has it enough for both of us!! More power to you!

  27. Melody Madden says:

    Karen, thank you for this post. Although my breakup is still so raw and fresh – 12 days today – this at least gives me hope that I may find myself in a better space at some point in the future . Any space is better than the one I’ve been occupying lately .. Sprawled out on the floor sobbing uncontrollably. Your posts put a smile on my face everyday and for that I am so very grateful.

    • Sally A says:

      Hi Melody! I remember your comment before, 27 years? I feel your pain and have been there. For me I remember crying and wandering aimlessly about the house like a crazy person. Asking why and how it could happen. Feeling scared and alone and feeling like a robot inbetween the ugly-faced sobbing…mechanically showering and getting dressed…realizing i hadn’t eaten in 3 days and choking down a piece of toast (I did lose 40 pounds that I needed to lose though!:o)) Anyway, the point is I am happy now, and you will be again too! One day you’ll hear someone laughing and realize with a start that it’s you! I’m so glad you found Karen’s blog! She is good medicine. Hang in there!!

      • Melody Madden says:

        Sally, I feel so grateful you took the time to comment on my situation. Thank you for your kind words.

    • Karen says:

      Oh Melody. I’m so sorry. If you can smile at anything you’re already doing better than I was a year ago. And sob all you want. And sleep all you want! Sobbing and sleeping is what heals us. ~ karen!

  28. Sally A says:

    Like a Phoenix from the ashes is our Karen! Wow. Has it been a year? I just realized that I have read everything that you’ve posted for that year (and who knows how long before…I can’t remember when I started reading your blog) I look forward to it every morning…except weekends of course, when you so selfishly take time for yourself. Rude. I don’t think I’ve done anything consistently every day for a year except eat and pee. TMI? Thank you for doing your blog. I really enjoy it and learn so much! I look forward to your next giveaway where it most certainly will be one of those refrigerators. You are very generous. :o)

    I hope you have a very happy anniversary and end up with a full tummy and a full heart. Those of us who “know” you, care about you and wish you all the happiness! You deserve it!

  29. Maureen Locke says:

    Happy “New” Year Karen. The fella left the way my ex did. Just one night.. out the door, no explanation, reason, nothing… My world fell apart. I lived my life to take care of my husband and three children. After 20 years of marriage, he ripped my life away. It’s not easy to recover. Especially with 3 kids, two of them teenagers… but I did. I became so much stronger every day and now I live life for me. I’m always learning new things and you’ve helped immensely in that direction. I’m now very happily married to my “Harlequin Hero”. hehe I was addicted to stupid silly Harlequin novels until I met Mike. He’s my soulmate, my best friend, a partner in life who accepts me as I am and loves me despite it. I do as I please, always with the thought of not hurting my love, but he’s so easy going and understanding that I don’t know what I could do that would upset him, except be unfaithful That is what broke up his marriage and left him a single father. I’m rambling and need to get ready for work. I guess I just wanted to let you know that there’s lots of hurt in this world and you have helped many of us deal with it. I found you through the yogurt tampon video and have loved you/your blog ever since. Thank you for sharing your life with us and all the other cool stuff. xo

  30. Heather says:

    Yay Karen!! Sometimes life is about endurance. Hopefully the fact that you have had the suckiest of sucky suck years will make this year bright and beautiful. Life is relative–right? you have been in the dark all year, coming back into the light will hopefully make it brighter than ever. Don’t forget your sunglasses xox
    P.S. Wish we all were near you so we could bring you out for a welcome back night on the town. You deserve some sort of celebration after enduring all that and coming back out!

  31. cassie says:

    i am new here, so i didn’t know all of this…. wow! i am wishing you the best in the year ahead, full of good food. and i hope the only spiders you see are those that are eating the real pests.

  32. Carol Hogan says:

    I know just what you are talking about. When my world fell apart, I felt like I was at the bottom of a trash can with all the trash on top. For I while I had to just lay there. Then bit by bit and piece by piece, I began tossing the trash and climbing out. I am awed by how well you have coped this past year given your challenges. You’ve continued to be funny, informative and inspiring. I am glad that you’ve turned the corner AND I love your menu/recipes, so I’m happy for me too 🙂 (The overused smiley face – just for you.) Now get cooking!

  33. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    A year? Wow, Karen. A lot has happened in that year but look at you — you’ve come so far!! You’ve shown us how to handle rejection with dignity and how to move the f*ck on. You’ve taught us that we can survive the unexpected and come out even better on the other end. And though I may sound like a broken record, you are an inspiration and real role model for how to handle life (or at least pull yourself up when life is crappy). Now let’s eat!! Hugs, woman!

  34. jane says:

    Thanks Karen. I remember your post last year. Felt like a punch in the stomach. Though you have not mentioned it, I know Chris has a son, and you were his stepmother for 11 years. You were someones Mum Karen, and he and you and your family lost a child. If we let it, life reasserts itself. You’ve done that and forged ahead. Congratulations.

  35. Su says:

    Ditto what all the readers above said.
    Why is it that so much of the love of cooking is tied up with the love and care of another person? The food we share with others is a way of sharing ourselves. Even if it is PBJ or a warm soup that simmers all day. I’ve been married with kids and a full house, lived alone and now am fortunate (so he tells me 🙂 ) to live with a pretty great guy. All of them have their lovely wouldn’t trade it for a second moments, and their gee this bites one too….. thank you for sharing…..

  36. Louise says:

    I have also been thru the hardest year of my life. My darling 17 yr. old son went truly and literally insane. I don’t mean teenaged-insane; I mean locked-in-mental hospitals-at-least-30%-of-this-last-year-insane. His doctors and I are not sure if it was his seizures or the seizure meds, but he was incredibly violent, and anorexic to boot. I really thought he’d die. And all this year, I came here to escape the horror and fear – this was the little space where I could be myself at the end of each terrible day. You have no idea what an inspiration and comfort you’ve been to me. On the days when you don’t post, I read posts in your archives and I always find something to make me smile. I thank you with all my heart for that!
    And tonight, just before I came here, a miracle! I started him on a new treatment; medical marijuana (under the care of a brilliant doctor). Two little sprays into his mouth and he instantly stopped pushing and slapping at me (the precursors to something far worse), said “Ahhhh – I feel much better!” and lay down to go to sleep. Ten minutes later, he was up again saying he was hungry and ate a real meal for the first time in months!
    I’m telling you this because I want you to know how much you’ve meant to me, how you have touched the lives of others in ways that you can’t imagine. You have brought fun, amusement and knowledge to your readers. But you have also inspired, comforted and saved the sanity of others.
    I also want you to know that the stars have lined up for this next year to be better – for all of us!

    If this is too long or personal, I certainly understand if you want to hold it back.

    • Louise says:

      I meant to say that it is perfect that my son decided to eat on the night you posted the menu. I’m going to try one of these recipes on him!

    • Debbie says:

      Your story and your love for your son is not too personal. It is inspiring. You are an strong woman.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Louise. Oh I don’t hold much back. 🙂 I loved your comment. People (especially in social media) tend to put their best face forward. No horrors, no mistakes, no heartbreak. I’m sorry about your son. Mental illness is the hardest for everyone to deal with. Doctors, the family and of course the person with the illness. Good luck and I hope the marijuana continues it’s magic. ~ karen

    • Louise,

      I have teen sons and I can only imagine your pain. You and your son will be in my daily prayers. Hang in there.

      Kim

      • Louise says:

        Thank you – we can use all the prayers we can get!
        But this new med (mj 😉 ) gives me hope. It’s just a matter of charting every step and figuring out what works best.
        BTW, I’m putting out there about med. marijuana because I hope it can help other people with seizures or aggression. So spread the word!

    • Janet says:

      Honesty is the best policy.

  37. Barb says:

    Happy New Year Karen. It is going to be a good one because you deserve the best! To your blogging friends, I have had the good fortune of knowing Karen for many years. I love that she is able to convey who she really is to you. She is a kind, warm, talented, extremely funny woman who I am proud to call a friend.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Barb! And YOU were the very first person to have enough faith in me to give me a job in television. Which I will never, ever forget. ~ karen!

  38. Cathy says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how humans can return renewed, if not reinvented, from adversity. Over the last month mine involved changing roles from nurse to patient, and one surgery became four. But I notice my appetite returning as well as my desire to cook. Yup, slowly coming back to whatever the ” new normal is”, I’m just glad this wild ride is slowing down to its end.
    Get that chicken. I can’t imagine you’d regret it on any level.

  39. Tigersmom says:

    I want to say the same things that Danni (comment 10) and Cred (comment 19) said.

    The only thing I have to add is that I loved living alone, too. I think that is something that creative types really enjoy because you never know when a creative jag will strike and its always a tug at the heart when its interrupted by the day to day needs of others. I can grab a spoon of peanut butter for lunch and keep working on something, but I don’t always get to these days. I wouldn’t trade my family for anything, but sometimes I pine for the days of getting to create uninterrupted.

  40. Pat says:

    You go girl! Reading that a women has conquered the crises in her life is always inspirational to me. Those who do it with humour – even more so. So thanks for that.

    Love your menus but I have a quick question: you seem to make a new meal every day – no eating the same yummy food two days in a row? No creating a new meal with pieces of yesterday’s dinner?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pat – Oh yes .. I definitely do that. But being the first week of real cooking in my kitchen I wanted to go full force. The tart for instance will be cut up and frozen for later use. Freezes great. But normally I’d skip a day then have it again. Or I’ll make extra mashed potatoes, so I can make potato pancakes the next day.~ karen!

  41. Mary Kay says:

    I can’t believe a year has come and gone – so glad you stayed you <3 – and thanks for the smile and the lessons every morning.

  42. Sandra says:

    WOW! I didn’t know you were a cook! Cookie, yes, cook, no.

  43. Robin F says:

    {{{raising my hand}}} I had a few knocks this past year, some worse than others. I am going to take a page from your game plan and make a menu. I think it will make us all feel better.

  44. Sally says:

    Okay. I think you need to do a post on how everyone found you. I got here because I was trying to revive some peonies several summers ago. Reading about your midnight trip to the grocery was a hoot, and I was hooked. Congrats on getting to the one year mark and I love the menus.

  45. Judy says:

    Congratulations on finding your legs. We’re behind you. Tiny steps. We’re still here.

    Oh!..and lovely menu. Thanks!

  46. Danni says:

    A year already? I cannot for the life of me remember what brought me to your website but it was exactly 1 year ago i found you. I read the sadness then preceded to read past entry’s and was just delighted at your quirkiness. You are a strong, thought provoking, hilarious woman whose imagination apparently knows no bounds. So Happy Anniversary his loss my gain..

  47. Susan says:

    Congratulations, Karen, on the milestone. It’s now all water under the bridge.

  48. Maria says:

    All smiles here for you Karen. I can’t think of anything more to say, as its been said above, so: You go girl!

  49. Debbie says:

    Thank you for your post today Karen. I’m very sorry for the things that happened to you that turned your world upside down. It’s sad to me how one can be living a life they dreamed, then one day, out of the blue, someone changes all of that. Your fairy tale life is over. But what I’m slowly learning is that you can write a different ending to that story. I will be the first to admit, it’s difficult to pick up the pen and start writing, or living. It’s funny to me to see today is your start over. Today I woke, the sun is shining very brightly, and I thought to myself, today is the day. 3 1/2 years is enough suffering and self loathing. I still have my husband, but some days I think that’s more difficult than if I would have just chosen to not take him back. Everyday I choose to remember the things he chose that were not in the best interest of us. Today….I’m choosing to look the other way. Today I will start living again. Hugs to you and the start of your new year.

  50. Jeni says:

    Here’s to fresh starts, one meal at a time. Thank you!

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