Brunch. Thoughts for the New Year. And a Bloody Mary.

What happened to January? Oh my, how the best intentions get brushed away with busy-ness. My whole family, including the kids, all got the flu / some sort of nasty cold  around Christmas and it has been a whirlwind ever since.  So, I apologize for having been absent these past few weeks or so, but sometimes life just takes a different turn for a while.

It has actually made me reflect a little on where I want my focus and priorities to be in 2015.  The time just passes me by otherwise, and being intentional in our lives is so important I think.  This is what I have come up with… my focus in 2015.  Not a New Year’s Resolution, but more a way of thinking.


  • Less TV.  More Music.


  • Less Rushing.  More Mindful Appreciation and Gratitude.


  • Less Clutter.  More Dancing.


  • Less Anxiety.  More Kindness.


Where will your focus be this year?  Please share!


So now I can’t wait to talk to you about brunch.


What images does brunch conjure for you? Cozy snow days by a fire with hot chocolate, Eggs Benedict, and fresh avocado? Champagne and smoked trout with capers in an upscale log cabin?  I love these visions and scenarios, but when I think of brunch,  I can’t help but think of New Year’s Day. To me this is the ultimate brunch day, and it starts with coffee and a Bloody Mary before easing into a light menu. Brunch should be more than toast and berries, but definitely less substantial that a full lunch or dinner type meal.


I am eager to share this menu with you, and also to point out that brunch is a welcome addition to ANY weekend.




Bloody Mary

Clamato – a 64 ounce bottle

Vodka – 1-2 cups depending on your taste

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 Lime

2 teaspoons  Worcestershire sauce (more to taste)

1 tablespoon Horseradish (more to taste)  – must be horseradish and NOT horseradish sauce!

1 teaspoon Tabasco hot pepper sauce (more to taste)

2 teaspoons soy sauce (more to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except the vodka in a pitcher.  Taste.  Adjust seasonings to your preference. Makes 6 or so Bloody Mary’s:  fill a large glass with ice, add the amount vodka you want (1 shot / serving is ~2 ounces) and then the Bloody Mary mixture.  Garnish with a stalk of celery or some spicy pickled green beans.