For our first recipe of 2013, we thought we would share these dangerously delicious, addictive, Biscoff Rice Krispie Treats. Not because we are trying to break any New Years resolutions just yet. We’re just giving fair warning. We’ve made these Biscoff Rice Krispie Treats five times in the past month. While that was always to share with family or friends, or to give away for Christmas, and you’d better believe we always – always - had to steal at least a bite (or two). So if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to give up sweets, or to at least show some sense of self control around an open jar of Biscoff, don’t make these. Seriously now, I swear they put something other than crushed cookies in Biscoff spread in order to make it so addictive, thereby boosting sales. Let me make a suggestion. Go ahead and bookmark this post or better yet, pin it to your Pinterest board “Indulgences To Break New Year’s Resolutions”. Then, when you decide you are ready to face the peril, come on back and cook these super marshmallowy, Biscoff cookie spread enhanced, Krispie Treats. You may curse us now for tempting you, but you’ll thank us when you eat them. And now I’m going to reflect a little (or a lot) on 2012, because a heck of a lot happened last year (I can say last year now that it’s January 1st 2013). Don’t feel obligated to stay if you came just for the decadent dessert featured.
It was a crazy year. Exactly one year ago, on January 1st 2012, our Baby Boy (at the time, he’s now a Toddler) took his first ever stumbling independent steps at just 9.5 months old. He always was (and still is) eager to be Mr Independent, starting with him lifting up his head to look around just a few hours after his birth. Our first post of the year we shared our excitement, and I proclaimed they were indicative that 2012 was going to be a great year. I had no idea how right I’d be, and just what that would entail.
The day after that post was published (Hello, January 2) I was laid off . My job was outsourced overseas (which I found out later didn’t work out so well, karma). Needless to say, both Rachel and I went through a range of emotions at this shocking and unexpected event. And yet despite the haze and rawness of emotion came a moment of clarity; 2012 was still going to be an awesome year. It was just up to me to make it so. The layoff was a defining moment in my life. It was the lightning strike to the kindling in my brain; my recently acquired MBA education, my years of experience working in, and with, small businesses, my growing expertise and confidence in Internet marketing. A fire had been lit, and it could not, and now can not, be put out!
Here are a few of the most awesome things from my 2012:
- The birth of our second son! This time last year he wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye (ok, maybe a twinkle). He is the best thing to happen this year, and is an absolutely adorable, happy, always smiling, baby. And he sleeps so much better than his older brother ever did!
- I landed on my feet at a new agency just 32 days after being let go! I attribute this to that fire I spoke of above, along with a healthy dose of lucky timing to be sure. I do what I did before, but so much more now. I have found much more confidence in myself and authority in my voice when I speak with clients or educate coworkers. And the company is filled with people with that “fire in the belly” just like me, from our smart young owners at the top to everyone else.
- My boss sent me and 2 coworkers to the SearchLove conference in Boston. A two day, high level, Internet Marketing conference. My old boss told me conferences were a waste of time, I could get the same information from reading a blog post. Having been there in person, I can tell you – it’s not the same! Not only did the conference put loads of new ideas into my head, I’ve implemented some to the great success of some of our clients at work.
- Kept blogging! It was definitely challenging at times, and we did cut down from 3 posts a week to 2. I give most of the credit to Rachel, for putting up with my sometimes extremely last minute requests for food photos (never rush the photographer!)
2012 also had some challenges.
Two of the biggest ones for our family were: 1) The death of my Grandfather. He passed away as any of us would want to, in the comfort of his own home, pain free. He got to meet his new great grandson just a week before at my parents house, before “shuttling off” home as he always did. He’ll be sorely missed. 2) Hurricane Sandy. We lost power, and had no heat, for a week in our house with 2 babies. Survival instincts, and stress levels, change when you become a parent. Waiting in line 2 hours for gas isn’t so bad when it’s so you have enough to drive your kids up to their Grandparents’ warm house.
My brother James asked me at Christmas what my goals are for 2013. I told him simply “Double what I accomplished in 2012″. Vague and general,yes. And I certainly don’t mean to imply I want to have twins this year (poor Rachel). Nor am I looking to land at another agency (I’m quite happy where I am, thank you!). I guess I can’t give specifics, because it’s one of those quirky things where once you name it, it disappears. I just know this – I realized early last year that the only way 2012 would be a great year is if I worked to make it so. And it was. I’m planning the same for 2013. The fire is burning.Fearless Homemaker