Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 in review

It is hard to believe that another year is over but I am excited about next year and what is in store. 

For me, 2014 was a year of highs and lows.  Our family started the year by spending 8 weeks in our caravan travelling the NSW coast.  Nothing beats quality family time away from home – spending time with the kids with no chores to occupy your time.  

Kids with their pile of dead fish they found on the beach - eeew!!

While I was in a beachside town in NSW, I visited a small bookstore to ask if they were interested in stocking my book. I met with the owner and it turns out he owns a small publishing house and was interested in publishing my next cookbook!!  This is perfect for me as it is a lot of hard work when trying to do it all myself and I can only reach a small percentage of the population under my own steam so hopefully they can help me reach a wider audience.

On the personal front, I have had a few friends go through some really tough times this year which is difficult because we don’t live close and I feel totally helpless.   Life just isn’t fair and sometimes a hug can make a small difference.  I know they have other people standing in line support them but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Look out when we see each other – hugs all round!!!

After a whole lot of cooking and photographing, I also finished my 2nd cookbook which is with the publisher but we all know that when  a 3rd party is involved, things take A WHOLE LOT LONGER!! If it was up to me, the book would be in your hands by now but I can only ask that you be patient and stick with me.  I am a little bit of a control freak (surprise, surprise!) and like things done quickly and NOW and everytime I speak with the publisher he hoses me down and keeps me in check – LOL!!  I need this sometimes.

Another big thing this year was the change of name from ‘Food before 5’ to ‘Simple home cook’.  I am happy to admit that I think I got it wrong when coming up with the original name because I was going for the angle of ‘make ahead meals to prepare ahead of time so you don’t have to cook at 5pm’ but in hindsight it probably didn’t hit the nail on the head.  ‘Simple home cook’ is very self-explanatory and if anyone asks me what ‘Simple home cook’ is about – I think I’ll cry (or laugh..).

I often email websites & blogs and ask if they would like a guest post from me (as a way of advertising without costing me my house) and  to be honest, responses are hard to come by. Kelly from ‘Be a Fun Mum’ manages a huge Facebook page and website and was kind enough to extend me her hand and asked me to be a regular contributor on her page.  This is really awesome for me as my page is very small and trying to grow it can be a struggle at times.   I am extremely grateful  to Kelly for this opportunity to reach more people.

I’ve been working on an app which is due for release in January 2015.  It has 80 recipes that you will have access to which will be great when food shopping and you can’t remember what is in that recipe – happens to me all the time and I can’t wait to share it.  I am a little scared about it but fingers crossed you will download it and find it useful xx

The best part of my cookbook journey is interacting with all of you.  I am lucky to have some really awesome people on my page and have never  had any issues with negativity or trolling.  I read every comment and appreciate every like that my posts receive so please keep them coming! It is what keeps me going.

2015 will be a year of big decisions for me and my future. My littlest man goes to Kindy and I have to start thinking about a sustainable career.  By the end of 2015, I am hoping it will all fall into place.

Thanks for reading and I wish you and your families all the best for 2015.  Thanks for all your support!!

From my family to yours - HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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