Last weekend I spent a glorious day snowshoeing in Algonquin Park. I wasn't sure how I would do as cross-country skiing brings out the clumsy in me but after the opportunity for complimentary snowshoe rentals as part of their Winter in the Wild Festival I am in love with a new winter sport. I clunked and clomped around the trails like nobody's business and enjoyed the beautiful sights of the park.
So after searching high and low for someone that could teach me the art of sushi making I located Sushi Making for the Soul in Toronto. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The 3 hour class was informative, comical, and just so much fun! Sang Kim who is the owner of the Yakitori Bar where the classes are held frequently each month on weekends before the restaurant opens was a wealth of knowledge on the history of sushi and all its various art forms. I had a blast and made some yummy sushi rolls albeit interesting looking to say the least. I need a little more practice and have a new found respect for those that make it look so simple yet so delicate and intricate. For now I'll keep frequenting my favourite local sushi spot - Matsu Sushi.
So I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions as I believe if you want to better yourself that can and should happen anytime of the year. That being said when I do make resolutions or as I'm more apt to call them goals, I tend to do so in the Fall when the days and nights get cooler and I'm taken back to the feelings of nervousness and excitement that came with a new school year and a fresh start for nearly two decades of my life. This past September those feelings came rushing back again as I landed my dream job and found myself once again back at school...not as a student but as an educator.
Ok, so let's jump back to this whole New Year's resolution thing again...with all the talk of 2012 behind us and reflecting upon all it brought to our lives and memories we'll cherish and a few we're glad to put behind us we all want to step into 2013 with our best foot forward, and with that comes a few ways in which we plan to do that. Some we keep quiet as they may be personal to our hearts and some we fear we may not be able to keep so we don't want to be too vocal about them. Others, we may want to shout from the rooftops to make ourselves accountable for them. What are mine you may be asking? Well they're quite simple really and don't really come with a jazz hands reaction I'm afraid. I want to travel more. Travelling to me can be across the globe or simply to an undiscovered location an hour away from home. I want to see and do as much as possible in the next 365 days. Currently, I'm navigating my way through researching adventures to Iowa and Eastern Canada for hopefully this summer. Next on my 2013 to-do list is simply eat better. I'd like to think I do this pretty alright already but there's always room for improvement. I love finding a new recipe and spending an afternoon in the kitchen baking or cooking. And yes baking can be a little unhealthy of course but we all have to satisfy our sweet tooth every now and again. Thirdly, I plan to take more photos and capture as many moments as I can. I have to admit since my iPhone 5 came into my life my Nikon D3100 hasn't seen as much love. I plan to change that. Although, Izzy 3.0 (as my iPhone 5 is affectionately known as) does take a pretty impressive photo.
So there you have it, nothing grand but my missions for the upcoming year nonetheless. I hope whatever goals you've set for yourself this year you make every effort to attain and keep them and we'll revisit this the same time next year!
For as long as I can remember my Grandma has made Christmas pudding for us to enjoy at dinner on Christmas Day. She always makes the cake part and my Mom always makes the sauce. This year was no different and we devoured the delicious pudding savouring every bite knowing this would be it for another year.
After a co-worker introduced me to the wonders of cookie dough dip I knew it would be something I'd be whipping up in no time at all....well that was yesterday and this is today. That's just how tasty it is!
Here's the recipe which can also be found over at Add a Pinch...
1 8-oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup toffee bit
Cream together butter and cream cheese and then add remaining ingredients. Great served with graham crackers, pretzels, or apple wedges...or simply dip your finger! Simply Scrumptious!
When the cookies were cooling on cooling racks scattered throughout my kitchen I got started making batches of caramel sauce from a favourite, tried-tested-and-true recipe I found by the lovely Martha Stewart.