Hello, 2022! Happy new year to you, and a very happy EIGHTH birthday to Feast + West!
Happy new year! I hope you are enjoying a lovely start to this next trip around the sun.
The weather in Charlotte has been bizarre, from 74°F temps on Friday to below-freezing temperatures this morning. Some parts even had snow flurries yesterday, but I didn’t see a single flake, sadly. They all went north of here.
In fact, as D.C. endures another snowstorm this week, I can’t help but reminisce about the time I started this blog.
She’s EIGHT YEARS OLD as of New Year’s Day, you guys. And doesn’t she look beautiful? (That’s thanks to the redesign I did last summer.)
How I started Feast + West
So here’s the story: I was pet-sitting for my brother in D.C. and they had record snowfall. I had already decided to start a blog that year, and being snowed-in in a new place made it a cozy place to do it.
I made Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktails, Pomegranate Bourbon Fizzes and Spiked Iced Coffee as my first-ever blog cocktails as I fiddled with learning how to blog.
And wow, how far things have come since then. I think past-me would be so proud that I’m still here eight years later, and that, in fact, I quit my job last year to blog and freelance full-time. (More on that in my 2021 recap.)
Last year, I said my word of the year was abundance, especially in energy and balance. I think I achieved that — 2021 was stressful and hard in a lot of ways, but at the end of it I feel rested and ready for more. This year my word is “rhythm,” and I’m looking to keep that balance going while adding in new things.
Here are a few of my wishes for the year ahead, though they’re more reminders to keep doing things that make my life whole. They’re not resolutions, but routines I want to uphold.
- Wake up early and move.
- Mix up new-to-me recipes.
- Stay in touch.
- Read and learn.
- Create, create, create.
What to expect in 2022
In 2022, here’s what you can expect on Feast + West:
From the creative to the classic, I love mixing up drinks for you to try! I am always open to your ideas, so please send them my way. Say hey on Instagram or send me an email.
If you’re not drinking right now, for whatever reason, I want you to find drinks you can love, too! I will make suggestions for making drinks non-alcoholic or substituting with zero-proof alcohol, whenever possible. And if you’re not sure, please ask!
More tips & tricks.
I want you to have all the tools in your bar, both literally and figuratively, so stay tuned for more tips on making better drinks. Whether it’s a deep dive on a spirit or liqueur (like bourbon) or an ingredient (like bitters or simple syrup), a taste test (like the best ginger beers) or an exploration of ideas (like the best holiday garnishes or Valentine’s Day Cocktails), I want to make it for you.
I’m so excited for the year ahead, and I hope you’ll join me. Subscribe for weekly tips in your inbox and join my Facebook group to stay in touch.
Cheers to the new year! // susannah
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