2014 retrospect

It’s become a bit of a tradition to look back at the year that was at the end of it. And man, do I feel that 2014 shouldn’t be finished already… I feel like we barely had New Years 2014 and there we are looking at 2015 already. Ridiculous but true… 2014 was a year with a lot of highlights and yes, also a few low lights. Business wise I had a great year. A lot of really nice assignments. I got to work on the cookbooks of Alexandra and Ria, Hemels, the bread baking book of Levine, Brood uit eigen oven (bread from your own oven), the new to appear book of Susan (Smulpaapje), What do we eat toda (due to appear spring of 2015) and another couple of books as well. And secretly it is also what I love doing most, even though it usually is hard work, but it is so much fun holding the end results in your hands!

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So quite a stack of books this year. Also with other assignments it went pretty well, so business wise nothing to complain. My blog has also continued to grow nicely from a total of 175.000 visitors at the end of last year to a little over a million at the end of this year. Wow! When you think about it, that is quite a lot.

Of course there are plenty of bloggers out there who are a gazillion times bigger than me but I am really happy with my faithful readers who come back every day/week or month. For Tom this has been a year like no other. From being unemployed to finally getting back onto the market again in march of this year, only to find out that the job he took was just totally not what he wanted. He wanted to really work in food but finding a job in a new area can be tough when you’re over the age of 40. So after many discussions, endless debates and brainstorming sessions we decided he would be joining me in the company. So from the 1st of November onwards he is officially part of Simone’s Kitchen.

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That is fun but also a little weird. He will be selling our products on the market so technically a very different area of the business and a new one too. But than I hear him talk about ‘our’ blog and that is a bit weird sometimes after blogging by myself for 7 years. Of course he writes dudefood tuesday every tuesday but still…. a little weird it still is at times!

Under the umbrella of SImone’s Kitchen is also my photography business  (Fresh Food Photos) and the old name Junglefrog Images, (anyone remember Junglefrog Cooking??) that I don’t really use anymore but that is still there. Exciting it is for sure, especially the first three months of the year. January and february tend to be slow for me and since Tom is at the markets, those are slow months there as well. Luckily we have saved a few pennies to get us through the dark months if necessary, but I’d rather not use them of course!

Cat wise there is a little lowpoint. Sookie our little princess, kept peeing all over the place and as any cat owner will know, that is really the last thing you want. We have tried everything we could possibly think of but the problem persisted. After our holiday and after a good talk with the owner of the pension they go to every holiday we knew it was likely to be an issue between Buffy and Sookie. Apparently one that occurs more often between sisters. But it was the reason Buffy never wanted to come back home once outdoors and the reason that Sookie kept peeing. Plus the reason they also fought quite a bit.

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Thankfully the solution presented itself fairly quickly and since October Sookie is living with Tom’s dad. She had a hard time adapting to a single life but after the initial terrible first weeks she is now doing really well. She is no longer peeing anywhere other than the cat litter box and Buffy changed from being an outdoor cat to being an indoor cat. Lol. She hardly wants to go outside anymore.

It’s not fun and I still miss her, but sometimes you just have to do what’s best for the cats (and our sanity too) Humphrey is his old self. He find it all chill.

And with that the year has come to an end. And we can look forward to a brand new year to come. I am filled with ideas and plans, as usual and what will happen… we will see. For now I wish everyone a wonderful New Years and be careful with the fireworks. See you in 2015!

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