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Our year in photos…!

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope 2012 is just as awesome!

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Wow – was this ever good. I chose creminis and shitakes. The shallots, butter, garlic and parsley were the perfect additions to the mushrooms.

The recipe is from the Barefoot in Paris cookbook and can be found here.

We had them as is, alongside the beets for a vegetarian dinner (served with a cab franc from Ravine). Very tasty indeed. But I can see these mushrooms topping pasta like fettucine or egg noodles, or served with meat like a pork chop or rabbit. So flavourful.

Mushrooms for the win.

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Another yummy recipe from Ina Garten, this time from the Barefoot in Paris cookbook. The recipe can be found here.

I had never roasted my own beets before; I had always bought beets pickled in a jar. I’ve had them before at restaurants in roasted vegetable medleys and always enjoyed them, so it was about time I made my own. I’m a lover of roots vegetables so I wasn’t surprised that I really enjoyed these. Very tasty – and the splash of raspberry vinegar and orange juice added at the end gave them a nice kick.

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2011 marked the end of an era. Yahoo compiled a list outlining the top 10 “ends” that took place in this year.

“An era is truly known only when it’s over. In 2011, institutions closed shop, government programs ended, and others simply moved on. While an era might be a grandiose way to describe the end of, say, Borders or “Kate Plus 8,” each of these finales symbolized, in their own fields, a way of being that wouldn’t happen again.” – Vera H-C Chan.

End of an Era

  1. Space Shuttle Program
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Borders
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Friendster
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. News of the World
  8. “Kate Plus 8″
  9. Elizabeth Warren
  10. Iraq Withdrawal

Read the full article here – it’s a great summary of endings in 2011:

Yahoo! 2011 Year In Review – End of an Era#End of an Era.

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It’s that time of year again! My January 1st to January 3rd diet is about to begin – so exciting. 🙂 Ahem…

But seriously, it’s a new year, time to think about what I’d like to change, what worked, what didn’t, what would bring more happiness and health to my life.

These are my resolutions for 2012:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health).
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012.

That’s it. Short, sweet, reasonable and achievable.

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So, after careful review, I’ve highlighted the items on my Life List I’ll be tackling in 2012 (you know, if the world doesn’t end and all. Some will depend on whether our tentative vacation plans pan out or not, but here goes:

  • Walk through a hedge maze (there’s one at the Toronto Islands so this will be a summer thing)
  • Go to a batting cage
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Learn how to make bread (have tons of recipes, just have to make it)
  • Make falafel
  • Make a Black Forest Cake
  • Complete 10 random acts of kindness (2 done, 8 to go)
  • Own a stand mixer
  • Make a colouring book (for my nieces)
  • Participate in the walk to end breast cancer (October)
  • Cruise to Alaska (pending confirmation – this will be my 7th cruise)
  • Try dog sledding (see cruise to Alaska)
  • Try snowshoeing (possibly cruise to Alaska)
  • Travel to France
  • Visit Paris
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Eat a pastry and cafe au lait in Paris
  • Visit the Louvre
  • See the Mona Lisa

As you can see, a lot of those are tied to trips, which is fine by me. Just need to work out the details. 🙂

Some items are ongoing:

  • Continue my cooking challenge (cook all recipes in the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks)
  • View 50 movies in a year (I surpassed it this year)
  • Read 30 books in a year (I only hit 26 this year)

We’ll also visit some new places in and around town to add to our list of local adventures, including the ROM, Kensington Market, and others.

Excited. Lots of fun plans to make. 🙂 2012 is going to be awesome!!! Well, until the world ends anyway. Maybe I should add that to my Life List – participate in the End of the World. But I won’t be around to cross it off. That would suck.

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I had some time off for the holidays so decided to do some catching up on my movie-watching. Below are the ones I’ve seen recently, some in theaters, some not.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

I’m a Mission Impossible fan. I like the franchise, I like action films with techie gadgets and cool stunts and effects. I even like Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movies. In this one, I really enjoyed the cast including Jeremy Renner (who is moving up on my actors-I-like-to-watch list), the hilarious Simon Pegg and the female badass agent Paula Patton. I liked the story, the requisite “cool car” these types of movies have, the techie effects…the whole bit. Is it Oscar-worthy? No. Did I leave the theater feeling fulfilled and enlightened? Nah. Did I thoroughly enjoy the couple of hours I spent watching an action-packed movie with an awesome cast? Absolutely! I also liked Ving Rhames at the end. Needed more Ving.

Rating: B+

The Help

Bring the Kleenex. This is the story of an aspiring writer (Emma Stone) that wants to write a book in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960’s civil rights movement about the point of view of the help – the African-American maids who work for white families. It’s a tough topic to cover and there are several tragic and heartbreaking moments (Constantine!!) – the story was told remarkably well. The performances in this movie were fantastic. Definite Oscar buzz here. Emma Stone is great. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are fantastic. Jessica Chastain is hilarious. A must-see.

Rating: A

Moneyball

I’m a sucker for an inspirational sports movie. And one based on a true story will get me every time. Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the General Manager for the Oakland A’s. Partnered with a young and bright Yale graduate Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), they manage the team on a shoestring budget and, unable to compete with the “richer” teams, pick their players based strictly on computer statistics. Philip Seymour Hoffman always delivers a great performance and in this one, he’s the guy you love to hate as he resists the new theory and ultimately delays the A’s success. Jonah Hill steals most of the scenes he’s in. And is it just me or does Brad Pitt look more and more like Robert Redford the older he gets? It’s uncanny. Good movie all in all.

Rating: B

The Ides of March

George Clooney plays Governor Mike Morris who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul) is his campaign manager and Ryan Gosling (Stephen) is a sharp up-and-coming media consultant who works for Paul. Paul Giamatti (Tom) is the rival candidate’s campaign manager. As with many political movies, there are the usual tactics, scandal and maneuvering but in this film, it’s still done tastefully and with style. Morris’ campaign focus is very current and timely in our world today. Clooney’s character is very likeable,  his beliefs and direct manner foster hope and enthusiasm on the part of his audience. There are some good performances in this film. Oscar buzz? Yes, some. But I fear the subdued style of the movie just might slip under the radar.

Rating: B+

Midnight in Paris

This Woody Allen film about a family on a business trip in Paris. Engaged couple Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel Adams) tag along on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood scriptwriter but is currently struggling to write his first novel and isn’t receiving much support from his fiancee, who doesn’t share Gil’s enchantment with 1920’s Paris. One night, Gil is walking the streets of Paris and gets pulled into the past, and meets literary and art idols how they were during la belle époque including F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Salvador Dali (Adrian Brody), Pablo Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, T.S. Eliot, as well as Picasso’s mistress Adriana (played brilliantly by Marion Cotillard). The movie itself is a feast for the eyes and any Paris aficionado would appreciate the sets, the music, the overall look and feel of the film. It’s a very creative concept and encourages the viewer to jump in with both feet and enjoy the ride. Some highly entertaining performances here. I appreciated the out-of-the-box creativity and enjoyed being immersed in old Paris while it lasted.

Rating: B-

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