Welcome To 2011!

Happy New Year’s everyone! Hope you all had a fun, safe end to 2010, and that 2011 has been treating you great so far. I know things have been going great for me.

My end to 2010 was low key but fun – I worked Friday morning, then came home to do some baking before heading out to my cousins’ place for the evening.

In anticipation of the party ahead, I thought I should try and get in some vegetables at lunch.


I whipped up a quick stir fry full of mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, and button), broccoli, carrots, and green onion, with rice vermicelli, cashews and plenty of sriracha.


With a belly full of spicy delight, I got started on my baking project.


Just something simple – Caramel Nut Squares from a Christmas Company’s Coming cookbook. The recipe involved chopped up Skor bars, so you know it had to be good.


Super easy as well – you use a food processor to make the base.


Then you combine the rest of the ingredients to make the ooey gooey topping.

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Half an hour later, plus a chocolate drizzle, I had me a tasty little treat for New Year’s Eve.

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Even though they are full of sugar and butter, I did make them whole grain thanks to whole wheat pastry flour. I’m loving baking with this stuff!

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They were a hit at New Years. Speaking of which, I had a great time – a low key evening of wearing pj’s, playing Xbox Kinect games, retro dance party music, and an array of nibbles at my cousins’ place. There may have been a small amount of wine consumed as well.

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I totally choose wines based on their bottle. If it looks modern and interesting, I’ll probably buy it. Bonus points if it’s a BC wine (as this one is – check it out at Open Wines).

We had a late night, followed by an early morning as I had to get home and out the door again to meet friends from Victoria for a day downtown. We went to see the Body Worlds exhibit, which I loved. I saw the first one that came through Vancouver, and even though some of the stuff was the same, it’s still fascinating to see. The exhibit was followed by a late lunch, then they were off to ferries.

Back at home, I had plans to maybe get some things done and have an early evening, but my sister had some friends over and we ended up playing cards until the wee hours of the morning. So much for getting back onto my school sleep schedule!

I think I’ll leave it at that for now – I have some New Year’s goals I’d like to share, but feel they deserve their own post. Let me know how you celebrated New Year’s and if your 2011 has gotten off to a good start. I know mine has – here’s hoping the rest of the year is just as good!

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Categories: Baking, Dessert, Drink, Family, Festive, Lunch, New Years, Sweets, Vegetarian, Whole Grain


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8 Comments on “Welcome To 2011!”

  1. January 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Wow those noodles look really delicious!

  2. January 3, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I’m a label/packaging junkie and have totally chosen products based solely on their labels/containers so choosing wine based on the bottle? Perfect decision in my books!

    Body Worlds is great isn’t it? I think I saw it twice through field trips at school a while back but it never fails to be crazy cool. I need to see it again sometime!

  3. January 3, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    After all of the sugar I’ve eaten, that veggie-filled dish looks amazing! Happy New Year!

  4. January 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Happy New Year Marianne! Isn’t Kinect fun? What games did you play? I’m counting down the weeks until the Michael Jackson dance one comes out!
    Also, I’m SICK from eating too much lunch, and those Caramel Nut Square still have my mouth watering 🙂

    • January 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      Kinect is pretty fun. We played some dance game, the Kinect Sports game, and another adventure type game. I love how it takes your picture and video and replays it at the end. Always good for a laugh, that’s for sure.

  5. January 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Skor Bars? Sriracha?
    How can I not know about stuff like these?

    • January 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

      I think Skor bars are the same as Heath bars in the US, but I could be wrong. And sriracha is a hot sauce that I believe is Vietnamese in origin, maybe Thai? Very spicy with a great flavour, and pretty easy to find in any grocery store.

  6. January 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    yum…those noodles looked fabbo!!

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