But wait... sitting just in front of my keyboard is a pile of unusual and fun items. These too are waiting patiently for their new home. However they are to be the contents of my final Happy Package Giveaway, an assortment of things that I have been collecting over the past few months in preparation for this very moment. They have really become like friends to me, cheering me on when I felt that Happy was on the far reaches of my boarders and helping to reel me back in with their cheery playfulness. Soon they will be on their way to a new home to hopefully spread Happy and continue the work I have started this past year.
Today is actually a bonus day, as my project was to Find Happy in 365 Days. But with leap year, a small oversight on my part, I have been given an additional day to complete what was and is to be a one year project. And I am really grateful for this additional day. Happiness has been all around me today as my husband and I headed out to pick up ingredients for our celebratory, New Year's Eve dinner AND to do one of my favorite things in the world - go out for breakfast! First on our agenda was breakfast, of course. We headed over to KA's Cafe, which is a small cafe in our neighborhood on Swedenborgsgatan. We have passed by it many times. We've even looked at their menu and expressed wanting to try it but never did, until today. We both decided to go with the "Gröt Med Banan, Kanel, och Mjölk" (oatmeal with bananas, cinnamon and milk). I had a cappuccino to accompany mine and my husband had just a regular cup of coffee. Our breakfast came out steaming. They were huge bowls of hot and hearty porridge and we sat in a cozy corner in front of a window with a view of the street outside.
As I neared the bottom of my bowl, I sat casually starring out the window, day dreaming about our dinner menu. Suddenly my eye caught a reflection being cast off of the back of the car in front of me. Miraculously the sun had come out. I had just stuffed the last bite of oatmeal and banana into my mouth. As I was swallowing the last bit we hurried into our jackets and scarves and headed outside to get a dose of vitamin D and continue on our way. The rest of the day was also filled with some of my favorite things: a casual stroll outside in the sunshine, a bit of after Christmas sale shopping, and a visit to not one, but two of the indoor markets in Stockholm in search of fresh and tasty ingredients for our "party for two" this evening, three if you include Pina, which of course we do.
Here's our menu...
"Finding Happy in 365 Days" Celebration Dinner:
Gin & tonics with a twist of lime & chili spiced peanuts
Deconstructed meatball sandwiches & princess korv (vegetarian mini sausages)
Mini savory turnovers (shiitake and forest mushrooms with garlic and Västerbotten cheese & asparagus with garlic and Västerbotten cheese) topped with a creamy onion-scented bechamel sauce
Chocolate panna cotta with raspberry & red current gelee
Cheese plate with brillat savarin, manchego & something stinky that I can't remember
A few photos from my last blog day...
Breakfast at KA's Cafe.
An odd little fairy, aqua-woman I saw in the snow...
A hard balancing act...
The party has started!
Pina licking her chops after devouring her shrimp "cocktail."
Skål! och välkommen till Sverige...
A tasty plate of food.
My brilliant, deconstructed meatball sandwich idea...
Tell me that doesn't look like a bite of Happiness right there...
Mysiga ljus (cozy candles)
And now... for the drawing!
All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on today's post, here or on Facebook. I would love to hear any feedback that you would like to give me on this blog project and/or feedback on what you hope to read in my future blog. I will tally all comments on January 2, 2013 so you have from now until midnight, January 2nd to comment. Since this is my last post and it is also New Year's Eve I am giving everyone an extra day to both read and comment.
So you are probably wondering what is next for Finding Happy in 365 Days...
Due to the nature of my project, I will not be continuing with the same blog but will begin a brand new one that is currently in the works as I write this. I will be posting a link to my new blog on February 1, 2013 right here. However if you would like for me to send you an email with the link you can write to me at greasyham(at)gmail(dot)com.
It is not confirmed at this time but the working title for my new blog is, "On My Bike with Scissors and a Cast Iron Skillet."
Other titles in the running include:
Greasy Ham with a Side of Happy
Finding My Paper Moon
Coffee, Scissors and a Dose of Happy
I Love That!
Hemma Hos Grace (Swedish - means At Home with Grace)
Fåtöljen (Swedish - means The Arm Chair)
Feel free to vote on your favorite when you comment!
A few final words... THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH for all of your support and shared laughs over the past year. This project has been an amazing journey and if it weren't for all of you I am not sure I would have kept with it. I hope that all of you will continue to look for Happy each and every day of your life. I promise that if you do, miracles will happen.
I wish you all a fantastic 2013! May it be the best year yet and may they only get better from here!
My love to you all!!!