I’ll come right out and say that 2008 has not been my best year yet. It has been full of difficult moments in my personal life during my journey to be a mom and my faith has been tested in many ways. But because of the love and guidance of family and my close friends, I have survived…and 2009 will be my year! Through all of my struggles this year, my time spent in the kitchen has been my escape, my drug, so to speak. I’ve been able to lose myself in my cookbooks, my kitchen gadgets, and my newly formed and highly beloved Barefoot Bloggers group. I have grown as a cook but more so as a baker, both skills which make me burst with pride. And as we close out this year (goodbye!!), I’d like to share with you some of my favorite creations and would like to wish all of you, my faithful readers, a happy and healthy New Year!!!