Posted on by Dawn Casale


After a somewhat stressful and emotion packed end of 2012, it was somehow comforting to kick off the new year with a string of celebrations. A good reminder that even when bad things are happening around us, there is still much to celebrate and be thankful for. Occasions like my nephew Alex’s birthday party, our friends Karen and Sean’s engagement dinner, the one year anniversary of One Girl Cookies Dumbo and most recently, Valentine’s Day. It means we’ve been eating more cake than anyone should, but all in the name of honoring births and anniversaries and love. I consider that a good thing.

All of this actually got me thinking about how important celebrating these moments and milestones are. Coming from a family that fills in our collective social calendar months ahead of time, it is easy to become jaded. These celebrations consume free time that would otherwise be spent doing other, likely less important, things. Reading the Sunday paper. Making some homemade bread. Sitting around not doing a darn thing. Those activities are fun and certainly important, but the happiness they bring pales in comparison to seeing Alex’s eyes light up as his entire family sings “Happy Birthday” to him. Or to toasting to my oldest friend who has waited a long while to find her soulmate. I wouldn’t trade any of that for all the homemade bread in the world.

So, here’s to celebrating life’s little and big happy moments. It’s really an honor to be a part of them.

Posted on by Dawn Casale | Posted in cobble hill

Dawn Casale

About Dawn Casale

Barneys New York was the place I called my second home for six years. It was the classroom in which I learned the importance of aesthetic, the power of creativity and the joy of indulgence. At a point in time which I cannot specifically put my finger on, I reflected on my career choices and decided to return to that which I really knew... food and humanity's love of it. I began to think about my childhood and how much of it had been happily spent in the kitchen. The memories of the aromas and flavors that came from my grandmother's kitchen were vivid and exhilarating. That is where I learned about the ritual and significance of food, the sense of happiness and comfort it brought, and the essential elements of quality and care that went into its preparation.

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