A New Year and Butter Nut Cookies

Looking back, 2011 was a big year. I started it in Boston at a quiet corner bar, seated around my best friend Candice, her then fiancee, my friend Kat, and Chris who I was kinda dating at the time. We talked about New Year’s resolutions and I said mine would be to get a new job. Little did I know I would actually fulfill it! And that it would happen 3,000 miles away in San Francisco.

Other highlights included going snowboarding for the first time! I fell on my tailbone, hard. Like if you were there, you would have heard a crack. I also jumped on a trampoline. Luckily, I didn’t snap my ankle or bounce off and hit the ground. I witnessed two of my friends get married, at Vegas and at West Point. I won 20 cents in Vegas! I did not cash in my voucher yet. I’m waiting until I have a whole dollar.


I ate fish stomach, pig brain, and tuna. I really didn’t enjoy any of it.

Pig roast feast.

Two family members passed away and our family was reunited twice. I traveled to Ethiopia, Germany, Thailand, Mongolia and back and forth from NY to SF five times.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Holy crap, right? I’ve reach Silver status with Delta! That means absolutely nothing. I’m still a second class citizen when I fly.

Now looking ahead to 2012, I started this year in New York City at a bar in Harlem with my cousin, her boyfriend, her roommate and Chris.

I’m a walrus. 

All I can hope for this year is that everyone remains healthy. My New Year’s resolution will be to not move and stay in the same job; basically be stagnant. And maybe lose three pounds. We’ll see how that goes.

I am getting ready to head to Boston today! I had a lot of fun at home. My mom made her Butter Nut Cookies that we all go crazy for. She got the recipe from a coworker. They’re so good right out of the oven, so buttery and crumbly with a nutty texture.

Nom nom nom.

Butter Nut Cookies


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 6oz bag of chopped walnuts
  • powdered sugar (for rolling)


*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking pans with parchment paper.
*Sift flour, sugar and salt. Work in butter and vanilla until well combined. Fold in walnuts.
*Roll dough into balls (about a tablespoon of dough) and place on baking pans.
*Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned.
*Let cool for 5 minutes or until the cookies are not hot but warm.
*Roll in powdered sugar. Place in small baking cups (1 5/8 or 41mm).

Enjoy! Happy New Year!

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