As I close out 2011 and reflect on the past year, I am amazed in a new way of the love and faithfulness of my Heavenly Father. He has provided and sustained us through the passing of my beloved father and reminded us of the brevity and uncertainty of life. We moved from our tiny apartment into our home and our children and grandchildren continue to bless our lives. Although I have continued to blog sporadically, I have found that the care and upkeep of a home and small acreage is much more time consuming. I began my Sweet Basil Kitchen blog while living in tiny cramped quarters and enjoyed the challenge of preparing healthy meals without any perks of a large modern kitchen. The time spent photographing and writing the blog was fun and yet time consuming. I had no intentions of building a business or attracting hundreds of followers, it was just a way to record my recipes for myself and our children. I hope to keep the blog online, although it will no longer stay active. A special thank-you to each of you who encouraged me with your comments…the 18 months of recording the happenings in my kitchen was great fun! God’s blessings to you all!