Let’s continue with my Year in Review. Here is Part II!
Cherry picking in Hood River, OR led to numerous batches of cherry doughnuts (and jam, and smoothies). The lovely Julie Hasson asked me to photograph her food cart, Native Bowl, for a feature in VegNews magazine (check out the September/October 2011 issue). Tim and I also picked massive amounts of raspberries.
I think August might have been the most adventurous month out of the year. Tim and I went on some amazing hikes in the Mt. Hood Wilderness. We also traveled to Pennsylvania to visit my family (I met my little niece from Germany for the first time!) and then drove across the country back to Portland, stopping along the way to stay with friends. I made massive quantities of jam and pickles.
September was jam-packed with outdoor recreation and travel. Tim and I spent a week In Nova Scotia with his family. When we returned to Portland, we went on numerous backpacking trips – indulging in the lovely solitude that comes with hiking when peak season is over. I was also hired for my dream job, which later led to my biggest disappointment of the year (see October 2011).
Perhaps the most difficult time period for me in well over a year, October 2011 is a month I’d prefer to erase from existence. I started working at a vegan bakery, throwing all of my enthusiasm and commitment to baking into the job. In less than two weeks, I was laid off. While such a short period of time might not seem capable of causing intense emotional stress, it did. To distract me, Tim planned outings every week to make sure I saw the light of day. I started recipe testing for Terry Hope Romero’s next cookbook. And, I baked up a fierce storm of treats at home, because it’s what I love to do most.
Trips to the Oregon coast, walks through the neighborhood to enjoy the colorful leaves, and bike rides to local food carts filled our days.
More road trips, hiking, baking cookies, and freelance art projects filled out the remainder of 2011.
I am very excited about two freelance jobs (one baking and one photography) that start in 2012. It’s going to be a productive, adventure-filled, kick-butt kind of year! Happy New Year to all of my readers. I hope that you stick around for what’s to come in 2012, including a few giveaways! Thanks for reading :)