4 for ’14 – a Year in Review

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Whole Wheat Anise Cookies

On the last day of the year I like to take stock of the year behind me. It’s been a big year here on The Domestic Front – with a rebranding, a redesign, and newly launched newsletter. It’s also been a big year on my domestic front – with a 2 year old and a second grader, a husband in trial (as the lawyer, not the defendant), a job, a dog, a broken refrigerator … life has been very full, but mostly sweet.


2014 in Review

As part of looking back, I thought I’d take the 4 in ’14 and share four of my four favorites from 2014.

Four Favorite Recipes from this Year

I like all the recipes I’ve shared this year, but some of them make it into the canon. These four recipes are ones that I’ve made again and again, and will continue to make again and again in 2015.

Fig and Olive Tapenade with rosemary and goat cheese is an easy holiday party appetizer

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Grain Free Pancakes

 Protein Pancakes

Warm Farro Salad

 Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash

Yellow Birthday Layer Cake

  Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Four Favorite Posts from 2014

This year I made the decision to expand the scope of this site beyond just food and cooking. (I almost wrote cookies – Freudian slip!)  Here are four of my favorite non-recipe posts I wrote this year.

The Luxury of Taking Your Time

A Seat at the Table

How to Name Your Blog

Buying Your Real Christmas Tree Online

Four Books I Loved in 2014

According to Goodreads (where I’ve been tracking my reading since 2008), I read  52 books this year.  It’s hard to pick my favorites, but here are four I loved:

The Martian by Andy Weir – The premise of this book is that NASA is running manned space missions to Mars and one astronaut gets left behind.  I’m not usually a SciFi fan, but this is more Sci than Fi, and I found this cross between Apollo 13 and Castaway completely compelling and entertaining.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – This book, a World War II novel about female friendship, British war effort and Nazi-occupied France is definitely in my wheelhouse.  The story was so good, the writing so masterful, and the conclusion so breathtaking that I’d recommend this to anyone.  A must-read.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I love Amy Poehler, and of the (many, many) celebrity memoirs I read this year, this one was my favorite.  It was less straightforward than I was expecting – Amy is much more than the funny girl – but it contains some wonderful insights, wise advice, and great stories.

Night Film: A Novel by Marisha Pessl — This was my hardest pick, and I’m not sure it was a favorite favorite book.  Pessl’s books are so ambitious, and they are flawed, but she has a real gift.  This one – about a creepy cult film director and a journalist trying to discover his secrets – is incredibly atmospheric, and is one of the few books I’ve read about a “genius” where you actually sense his genius.  Reminded me a bit of an old favorite –The Magus by John Fowles.


Four Favorite Instagram Photos from 2014

I usually use Instagram for documenting my life – photos of the kids, of the food, of good hair days and moments in time.  Occasionally I take a photo I really like as a photo.  Here are four of my favorites from this year.

Temecula Valley

Temecula Valley

Bootsy and his Dad

Bootsy and his Dad

Disney Concert Hall

Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

Children Exploring in Summer

Children in Summer

And with that, Happy New Year!

xoxo, kate

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