Friday, December 30, 2011

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Portland Head Light

Sunday begins a fresh new year.  I always look forward to making changes and a "clean slate" in the new year!  Below is a recipe for a Happy 2012 New Year!   The author of this recipe remains unknown.

Take 12 whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 different parts,
But don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
One part of patience, one part of courage,
And one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
Faithfulness, generosity and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
One part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,

A sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
And a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
Garnish with a smile,
And serve with quietness, unselfishness,
And cheerfulness.

Follow this recipe and I know you’ll have a very happy 2012!

I look forward to continued friendship and 
blogging with current and new acquaintances!



  1. I love the photograph, it looks so fresh, clean, and cold! The recipe looks a great one, I shall write it into my family recipe book.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Mary, a beautiful post. Looking forward to a new year and making new friends in the blogging world. Happy New Year.

  3. What a lovely post to start the new Year. If only we could all follow that recipe!
    Happy New Year Mary xxx

  4. Happy New Year Mary!
    There's a recipie that if everyone would follow, it would be the best 2012 it could be.

  5. Happy New Year Mary! I love that recipe. I'm going to print it so I always have the reminder.

  6. Thanks for this "recipe" and Happy New Year too!LOL

  7. A lovely recipe! Wishing you and your family a very happy 2012! X

  8. Love your "recipe". I shall adopt it and do my best. Hope the new year brings you much happiness and good health.

  9. Beautiful photograph of Portland Head Light and wonderful words of wisdom. I am still enjoying the spirit of Christmas, however, I am looking forward to the New Year and all it has to offer. Happy New Year to you and yours, Julie.

  10. Awww lovely! I hope to remember this is 2012! Happy New Year x

  11. Beautiful photo and wonderful words! Happy New Year to you!

  12. This is one of the best recipes I've ever read, Mary!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy & Healthy New Year!

  13. Hi Mary...

    Happy New Year! That was a great recipe, indeed. Hope your new year of life is terrific.

    Thanks for all the visits to my blog and comments, too! You are sooooo welcome all the time. Susan

  14. Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year, Bonne année et bonne santé!

  15. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year Mary!

  16. I need to cook this one up! Have a wonderful new year to come, Mary!
    ~ Sue

  17. A perfect recipe! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  18. Happy & healthy New Year to you and your family, Mary!!!

  19. What a perfect post to start the year Mary; always enjoy coming to visit you.
    Wishing you all the best for 2012.

  20. Well said! Best recipe yet! You are welcome to come to my table anytime! Thanks for your kind comments throughout this past year! I look forward to seeing what you're up to in 2012. Happy New Year!!

  21. Why didn't I see this post. What a wonderful outlook for the new year. Great words of wisdom.

  22. Have a wonderful new year! Great recipe.

  23. Love the recipe! Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Safe 2012!


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