Cheers to 2016!

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I am someone who craves change, but also equally finds true comfort in tradition. And so, I want to end the year with my usual wishes for all of you. But first, a recap:

2015 was a wonderful time for our family. We moved into a beautiful new house, welcomed our niece Haleigh Payton into the world, watched dear friends get married at four different weddings, one of which Hubby and I were in, celebrated news of promotions, engagements, babies on the way, and new homes for a handful of those close to us. Most of all, we soaked up daily life with adorable, hysterical, intelligent, loving, sweet, compassionate, silly, rebellious, challenging, diva-like toddler MnM, and our snuggly, human-like doggie Mo.

I’m grateful to have continued my monthly gig on CT Style News 8, and ended the year with a spot on Good Day New York, with more opportunities on the horizon. My writing expanded to the parenting category, being published multiple times on ScaryMommy.com, while my children’s book Sweet Dreams has been in motion to be published in the next few months.

Best of all, Hubby and I got to experience all these feel-good moments with people we love so very much.

We don’t take a single day for granted, from our usual packed calendar of activities and events, to relaxing family time. We feel fortunate this has been a smooth sailing year full of ‘ups’, relishing in the beauty each day has to offer. I’m much looking forward to more of the same after the ball drops.

However, it’s never lost on me that others may not have had such an easy time, I’ve been there, and hope a fresh start is waiting for anyone who may need it.

TSJ has big plans for 2016: My giant spaghetti stuffed meatball will be making a comeback on PopSugar Food, I’ll be expanding my network of TV appearances, my book is coming out, and of course, there will be many more recipes and stories to share with all of you! So as MnM often mimics me saying….”Let’s do this! Wohoo!”

Below, That’s SO Jenn’s annual well wishes:

As we say farewell to 2015, we reflect upon all the delicious foods we’ve encountered. There were new things we were brave enough to taste, many we’ve shared with family, friends and partners, others we’ve indulged in, and some that maybe weren’t as palatable as we may have liked.

Some things we have to work hard to prepare, while other fortunate situations are handed to us on a silver platter. Occasionally, we may be limited to a prix fixe menu, and in other moments we are given a buffet full of options.

Sometimes we are told things that have to marinate in our minds for a while, while others are easy to digest. Some days we are forced to eat and run, and in other situations we can sit and dine through many plates. Some things don’t quite stay fresh forever, and others, like a good cheese, get better over time.

Life is full of flavor and we never know what will be brought to the table next. Whatever your traditions may be, or what meal you enjoy this evening, take a moment to be grateful for being able to satisfy life’s hungers in oh so many ways.

THANK YOU, Thank you, thank you for making That’s SO Jenn part of your lives. I look forward to all that is in store as we dig in to the next course together.

I wish you a New Year:

as bubbly as champagne,

as comforting as a bowl of chicken soup,

as healthy as a bushel of kale,

as exciting as a box of chocolates,

as sweet as honeydew,

as symbolic as birthday cake,

as meaningful as a family recipe,

as warm as a cup of coffee,

as fulfilling as a loaf of bread,

and as full of variety as the spice of life has to offer.

Cheers to a wonderful everything in 2016!

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