Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party--January 1, 2015

Welcome to our first party of 2015--and welcome to Foodie Friday (and the Everything Else party).
I haven't seen you since last year! :-) Can't wait to see what you are sharing!
Earlier this week, we toured two "Bespoke" kitchens, then I looked back at the blog in Farmhouse Seasons: A Review of 2014. On New Year's Eve, I shared my new word for the year: TRY.




This is my worksheet for January.
(If you have trouble reading the number on the clock's "try" statement, I'm trying to wake up at 7 am each day, rather than 8.)


Do you have an inspiration word for 2015?

Are you contributing to this week's Foodie Friday?

During 2015, you are invited to share recipes, DIY projects, time saving tips, crafts, tablescapes, and everything else (including your link parties, give-aways, reviews, and/or sponsored posts). Old posts are welcome. No limit.

To add a link, find the blue Inlinkz icon in the lower, left-hand portion of this post. Click on the icon and follow the directions, which includes selecting a thumbnail image. After you complete the process, you may see a red "x" (or mark) beside your name. This allows you to delete your link if you've made an error; the red "x" is visible to you only.
If you need more assistance, an UPDATED guide to this linky party can be read HERE.
Share your food photos with a larger community at the Pinterest board, Top Food Bloggers.  Send me a message @ Pinterest if you'd like to join.

Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipes and inspiring projects every week. Wishing you a beautiful year to come!
The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

Enjoy your weekend!

43 comments:

  1. Oh fun....food and more! Thanks for providing a party location!
    Sheila@MyKentuckyLiving

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  2. Michael Lee, I am happy to contribute my Lenox tablescape and a book drawing to the mix! It's for Joe Nye's book, FLAIR. I love it! Granted, it is a few years old, but it is the type of book you can happily give as a gift to someone else. He was one of us in terms of the mix.

    Notice there is no food on those plates in my 'scape? That's because I did not cook! It was catered by someone who does! ;-)

    Happy New Year!

    xo

    Sheila :-)

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    1. I forgot to say that my word for the year is TRY. You never know what you can do till you TRY.

      I thought I needed an action verb to jump start the New Year. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time making resolutions because I tend to rebel if I think I have to do it. I have to want to do it. Does that make sense? I need to find joy in doing something. And try, while an action verb, is non threatening. It is what your parents said when you rode your bike sans training wheels for the first time or tried something that looked as scary as lobster but was so good it quickly became a favorite food. TRY gives you a lot of latitude. It in is full of possibility and has the added ring of bravery if you try and fail. It negates the sting in failure and makes it a lesson learned instead. It also rewards triumph.

      xo

      Sheila

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    2. Love that--"scary as lobster!" and the training wheels analogy. I enjoyed your tablescape!

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  3. I'm loving your January worksheet, Michael Lee! I don't have trouble waking in the morning, I just wish I could sleep until 7. Oh well, I guess I get more things done. I'm sharing my lovely Williams-Sonoma giveaway that I received from you. In fact, my gift is being put to use right now and I'll think of you each time I use it or walk by it! Thank you again and thanks for hosting. Happy 2015 and in reaching your goal to TRY! xo

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  4. Happy New Year, I am looking forward to continuing the journey here at Rattlebridge Farm in 2015 and am wishing you and your family the very best! Thanks so much and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Happy New Year! I am happy that you have "everything else" added to this great party as I'm not much of a cook but like to set a nice table. Having a combo of food/recipes and other related inspiration linked here, might spur me on to try some new meal ideas. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying the "everything else." Happy New Year!

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  6. Thank you for the party Michelle, and I wish you and your family a wonderful New-Year :)

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  7. Love your worksheet and "try" is a great inspiration for all of us. Happy New Year to you and your family and thanks as always for hosting.
    Sam

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    1. You inspire me with every recipe you make, Sam. Hope you had a great NYE and NY!

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  8. Hope 2015 is kinder to you than 2014...Happy New Year, ML! I am excited that you will be "allowing" tablescapes along with cooking...seeing I don't do that many cooking posts. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Marigene, I will look forward to seeing your tablescapes in 2015!

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  9. I hope you have a better year sweet lady and may God bless you greatly.
    Thank you for hosting such a yummy party and looking forward to more in 2015.
    Happy New Year.
    FABBY

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  10. I'm loving your cute, fun graphics and your 'try' list! I'm going to borrow some of these for some January goals and try to see the beauty in winter, surround myself with flowers and cook with sunshine! If only I could sleep past 5 am :) Happy New Year to you ♥

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    1. Like jain, early to rise and MUCH gets accomplished, and beautifully. Hope your NewYear's was sublime!

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  11. Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting a great party.

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  12. Michael Lee, your Try to Do Your Best list has me making one for myself. I'm trying to wake up by 7 too. ;-)
    Love the new concept of Foodie Friday and More. I don't always have a recipe to share, so now I can join in more often.
    Thanks for hosting each week and bring your inspiration and touch of sunshine into my life. I wish you good health and joyful times in 2015. All the best to you and your family and your cute pups. Happy New Year!

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    1. I may aim for 6 am in February and TRY not to hit the snooze alarm a thousand times. :-) I'm looking forward to your tablescapes and goodies in 2015.

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  13. Dear Michael Lee -- You are right on with "Try" -- at least if I try, I can see what might work better. If I don't try, I'll never know. Thanks for the visual worksheet, too. Thank you also for the lovely meeting place here, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful, healthy and Happy New Year!
    Pat

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    1. Pat, thank you for joining us--and Happy 2015~!!

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  14. Happy New Year Michael Lee and wow thanks for the fun party. Wishing you all the best for 2015!

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  15. such a cute way to kick off this years plan! all your goals are wonderful, i think i live that way now, except for 7am... i get up at 3:30am so many days a week i could cry! i need to sleep more and eat sooooooooooooo much less :-( today i slept in until 5:30 am, i felt like queen for the day! i discovered a new liquor today, grand poppy, you might want to surround yourself with a bottle of this sometime too ... its a gardeners friend ;-)

    wishing you a very happy new year, you have an excellent game plan~

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    1. Yes, but look how much you do in a day. It's awesome and awe-inspiring. I really should dial back to clock to 6 am (if I can shave it down at the other end. I'd need to tinker with Zap's midnight meal; move it up a tad). I'm going to look into Grand poppy!

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  16. Happy New Year! I love your list and I love your word. I haven't settled on mine yet. My most successful year was the year I chose "joy" - that seemed to resonate with me all year, but after that my other words just kind of fizzled out by March.

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    1. I can see how "joy" would be the perfect mantra. I thought of that today when I didn't want to wake up early, so I pulled out my serviceable "try" and got some coffee.

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  17. I love your word for 2015: try. The word I've chosen to focus on this year is "do," followed closely by "don't." There are so many things I want to DO this year, and some bad habits that I DON'T want to continue in 2015. Here's to a wonderful 2015!

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    1. :-) Don't would be a good one for me, also! Happy 2015!

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  18. Hello cute lady! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party! Please come and join us at our party. We would love to have you!
    Happy New Year! Lou Lou Girls

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  19. Happy New Year! Thank you for always being here to inspire us My word is grace.♥

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    1. Beverly, your word for 2015 is great! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  20. What fun to expand the parameters, ML...thanks! Our food creations around here have been less than stellar (low salt for kidney failure, low fat for ♥ disease, low sugar for diabetes, yada~yada) This lets me join in the fun with you more often. Thank you for hosting the party & I look forward to participating more in 2015. LOVE your mantra to "TRY" ...that is all anybody can do.
    Hugs,
    Rett

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    1. Rett, you are an inspiration. I'm so glad you'll be visiting FF in 2015 and wish you and yours the very best in the coming year.

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  21. Hello old friend,
    Remember me? ;) Your new (to me) blog is amazing!
    Happy New Year!
    rue

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    1. Rue! What a joy to see your beautiful face. I have thought about you often and have missed your blog! Happy 2015!!

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    2. I missed you too! Glad to be back blogging again :)

      xoxo

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