It's that time of year again - the end of December just demands a quick round-up of the previous twelve months. I really love putting this post together every year, if only as a chance to remind myself of everything that's happened. And it certainly has been a busy time for me. If you've written a review post of your own, please do link up in the comments.
Here's to even more excitement and adventures in 2013!
|In January I took advantage of the cold weather to bake up some warming winter fare, including twice baked potatoes. We've eaten a lot of these this year, especially since I started freezing them part-baked.|
|A friend got free tickets to the SFX Weekender in February, so we had a rather different weekend away - although I read a lot of sci-fi, I'd never been to any kind of convention before. We particularly enjoyed the themed Just A Minute played by some of my favourite authors.|
|We had a quick Eurostar weekend break in Paris in March. It was grey and we got quite wet wandering around, but we did find a source of wonderful petits fours. And then we were delayed by several hours on our return journey, so we have another ticket that we can use for free!|
|One of our favourite days out in April was to the World of Mechanical Music in Northleach. This museum of music boxes is fairly close to where we live, but it took us several years to get around to visiting.|
|In May we went to Scotland, and had the opportunity to stay at the world-famous Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. We also went to our first Clandestine Cake Club meeting in Gloucester, and I made a Regency-style gown for a ball our friends were hosting.|
|We didn't get much nice weather this summer, but one only-slightly-grey day in June we ventured out to explore Farleigh Hungerford Castle with my monther-in-law. This was only one of the many English Heritage (and Historic Scotland) castles that we visited during the year - I'm still as addicted to ruins as I was as a child.|
|We watched an inordinate amount of sports in July as the Olympics came to London, and I was inspired to try some international cuisine - these Chinese almond cookies were light and tasty.|
|I had a conference in Berlin in August, but although it was mostly work I managed to fit in a bit of sightseeing, and had a lovely meal out at an amazing vegan restaurant.|
|In September I was invited to London to cook with Ainsley Harriott, and while I didn't win the popular vote, it was a great day out and I met some other awesome food bloggers.|
|I spoke at TEDxCheltenham in October, something I've been waiting to blog about until the video is available online. For now, suffice it to say that the experience of getting up on stage under the bright lights was like nothing I've done before.|
|We spent November in the US, which was an amazing trip for so many reasons. Highlights included the autumnal foliage on Skyline Drive and visiting the Amish communities in Pennsylvania - but best of all, I got to experience my first Thanksgiving in Ohio with Jeanne (of The Raisin Chronicles), who I've "known" since we both started blogging in 2008, but only met when she invited us to stay.|
|December was a quiet month (we needed one!). We had a lovely Christmas with my dad, and made a yummy nut roast packed with cranberries and mushrooms for our Christmas lunch.|