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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Happy New Year Recipe

I happened upon this "Recipe For A Happy New Year" many years ago in a book titled Leaves of Gold published in 1938.

Recipe For A Happy New Year
Take twelve, fine, full grown months, see that these are thoroughly free from all memories of bitterness, rancor, hate, jealousy; cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past-have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. This batch will keep for just one year. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot in this way), but prepare one day at a time as follows:

Into each day put twelve parts of faith, eleven of patience, ten of courage, nine of work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), eight of hope, seven of fidelity, six of liberality, five of kindness, four of rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad-don't do it), three of prayer, two of meditation, and one well selected resolution. If you have no conscientious scruples, put in about a teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour into the whole love ad libitum and mix with vim. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy; then serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness, and a Happy New Year is a certainty.~H.M.S.~
Recipe for a Happy New Year
Wishing you all A Happy, Safe & Healthy New Year! Louise:)

36 Nibbles:

Erica Retrochef said...

Charming :) Thanks for the good wishes -- Happy New Year to you, and looking forward to many more blog posts!

yummychunklet said...

Happy New Year!

Gloria said...

Happy New Year Louise:)

Janet Rudolph said...

What a lovely way to close the year. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy 2012!

Baking Addict said...

What a lovely recipe. Happy New year Louise :) Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful new year

Heather @ girlichef.com said...

That is a wonderful recipe =) Happy New Year to you and yours, Louise!

Gone-ta-pott said...

Happy New Years! May 2012 be wonderful!

Pierce said...

Happy New Year Louise!! Let's make 2012 a good one.
Tina
xxx

Chaya said...

Louise, thank you for this. You are a dear. How are your eyes? Are you back to normal?

Happy New Year, dear friend.

Sook said...

How cute. :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

One of the better recipes I've read. Happy New Year, Louise!

Sonia said...

Hi Louise,
The description of the twelve months is so beautiful that I am moved by your words. Bookmarking it and sincerely try to have patience and hope in the coming year...Hope you have recovered well and will keep posting your enligthening posts !

Wish you and ur family a fabulous year and enjoy cooking appetizing delicacies.

Thanks n Regards, Sonia

Quay Po Cooks said...

Louise, Happy New Year to you and family. Hope you are fully recovered now. It is great to know you and thanks for sharing with us so many wonderful recipes! HUGS>

Petra said...

Happy New Year Louise! All the best for 2012

Selba said...

Happy New Year 2012, Louise! *hugs*

Rita said...

What a great way to start the year Louise; hope you are starting to recover from your eye problems.
Wishing you all the best for 2012.
Rota

SissySees said...

Happy '12 to you and Marion.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Happy New Year to you, Louise! It has been a fun year getting to know you and reading your most interesting and informative blog. Here's to 12 more months of edible celebrations!

coco cooks said...

Happy New Year Louise! Here is to health , peace and prosperity my friend.

OysterCulture said...

Thank you! Now that's a recipe you do not want to vear from!

Linda said...

Sounds like great advice! Happy New Year, Louise!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to reading you in 2012.

Cheers,

Rosa

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a great New Year!

I WIlkerson said...

What lovely thoughts for the New Year!

Kasha said...

Oh my goodness! That was an adorable New Years post! Thank you for remaining my friend. I feel so blessed. Isn't 2012 going to be fantastic?! I am so excited! Happy New Years to you and your glorious family Louise!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise, That is one great recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Happy New Year!!

grace said...

'mix with vim'--ha, i love it! i'm incorporating vim into my everyday vocabulary. :)
happy new year, louise!

Debbie said...

That is so nice!! Thanks.
Have a good day.

Marjie said...

Happy New Year, Louise! Hope this finds you and Marion well and cheerful (and warm, on this frigid day).

Juliana said...

Happy New Year Louise!
Love your recipe :-)

Reeni said...

Happy New Year Louise! I hope your eye is healing well! xoxo

lena said...

Happy new year to you, Louise!! what am uplifting recipe for the new year!! wishing you good health and a joyful 2012!

Barbara said...

That's marvelous, Louise. I'm copying it and sending it off!

Happy New Year!

Trisha Faye said...

Louise, what a PERFECT recipe to start the new year out with! I'll have to share w/my Facebook page!
(A Reason to ... celebrate, remember, have fun!) I'll post the link to your page there.
Have a great new year!!
Trisha Faye

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you everyone. I'm delighted you all enjoyed the poem. Happy New Year!!!

Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I so enjoyed your fun post! Happy New Year to you, Louise!