Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011... Hello 2012

New Year's Eve

Well I guess it's all over... 2011 that is *grin*.

Last night we pulled out a fancy table cloth for the coffee table, covered it with delicious finger foods for our annual new year's eve party and invited my mom and dad to join us :) We had cheese and crackers, hummus and veggie chips, fresh oysters that I breaded and fried, black Alaskan cod which is seriously to die for when you steam it in the oven....

Poached Pears

and poached pears in a merlot and grand marnier sauce. I've been wanting to make these for a long time and thought it would make a lovely dessert to eat at the stroke of midnight :) I made a syrupy reduction out of the poaching liquid and then drizzled it over the warm pears and vanilla bean ice cream. So yummy and a lovely way to ring in the new year!

Homemade Sushi

My dad just happens to be a new year's baby as well so today we got to have another party for his birthday with homemade sushi. We made California rolls and others with smoked sockeye salmon, shrimp croissants and my mom made cherry cheesecake for his birthday cake. I think I've eaten enough for an entire week in the last 24 hours LOL.

I'm not one for new year's resolutions usually as I tend to break them but last January I had vowed to live life more intentionally and 2011 lived up to what I had envisioned so I plan to do a whole lot more intentional living in 2012!

But when I read this lovely excerpt below from Ann Voskamp's blog, A Holy Experience a few days ago it just made me say 'YES'!

“I don’t really want more time;
I just want enough time.
Time to breathe deep & time to see real & time to laugh long, time to give You glory & rest deep & sing joy…
I just want time to do my one life well."
{read more here}

I can't agree more whole heartedly with what she wrote and I am looking forward to everything this brand new year brings my way :)

Happy New Year,


Wasabi Honey Bee said...

All the food in this post is just so yummy looking . . . Midnight pears sound perfect!!!

Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!

~ Marica

nunu said...

gorgeous feast! happy new year rosina!

Sandpiper said...

I'm full just reading about your feast! That's a wonderful quote! Happy New Year! (Are you getting rained out?)

house full of jays said...

Happy New year, Rosina! Those poached pears look amazing! Yummy!
You have a couple of birthdays mixed up with other celebrations - your hubby's on Halloween and your dad's on new year. So much fun!