Monday, January 7, 2013

Welcome wonderful 2013!!!

okay - i know that 2013 has already been here for a week - but what can i say - i am always a day late, a dollar short and all of that jazz. so far 2013 has been wonderful! check out our first staying snow from this morning:

beautiful isn't it? we have had the occasional flurry over the holiday season but no staying snow. this will only last for today as tomorrow and wednesday will be above zero and sunny. then more snow on thursday but that will be gone by friday/saturday. i love that we get a few days of snow, then it melts and we see green for a few days, then back to white. i will let you all know when we get "true and proper staying snow" that stays for at least a week.

anyway - a recap of our crazy holiday season. it was awesome. filled with food, fun, friends and family - we love our Framboise family so much. we visited with our family and friends, were fed and given so much food it was almost sinful. our friends' son turned 19 and we had a blast of a party on the 22nd that started at the Fourchu hall and ended at our friends' 4:30am!!! i am not ashamed to admit that i have only been drunk out of my mind twice in my life....and once was on the 22nd - bahahahah! we all had such a good time! Christmas day and dinner was spent with our Fourchu family - much good food was enjoyed and then we all went to our other friends' basement to play pool and dance. thankfully that party ended at about 1:30am and i kept to only a few glasses of wine. the next several days were spent visiting family and friends and just all around good times. we rung in New Year's Eve at the Framboise hall - i think we had 40 people but all of them good people who we love to spend time with - we had a blast!!! after all of that partying and visiting - we needed a couple of days off, followed by more visiting. and now the holiday season is officially over and we are looking very much forward to 2013.

here's a beautiful sky pic taken a few days ago for my sweetest sister Helga.

and another:


 hey kymber - what's in the jar? teehee.


that's our new "gratitude" jar. i used to keep gratitude journals for years - basically i would write in my journal before bed about something that i was grateful for that day. doing that everyday kept me grounded and made me have to reflect that even if it had been a horrible day - there would have to be at least one thing during the day that i was grateful for. i stopped writing in my gratitude journal shortly before we moved here and haven't picked it back up. so for 2013, jambaloney and i decided we would make a gratitude jar. we write something on a scrap of paper at least once a day, sometimes more, and then drop it in the jar. next holiday season we will open the jar and read through all of the things that we were grateful for this year. we have been doing this everyday now and it really feels like a good ritual. it makes me happy!
there's been lots of good food over the holiday season when we weren't out at someone's house being force-fed a 5th and 6th plate of food! here's a romaine, tomatoe and cucumber salad with a fresh-made balsamic vinaigrette - yummy!

nothing like a delicious plate of spagetti and meatballs!

a snack to share with your baby as you cuddle on the couch watching movies.

this salad is really good for you if you have spent a few days eating too much! romaine and pomegranate seeds with a light fresh-made dressing of tangerine, olive oil, ginger and garlic.

here's our New Year's Day supper, turmeric-cream chicken with a nice light salad and sprouts.

and another light snack for cuddling with your baby - ham,pickle and sprouts on a lettuce leaf.

one last pic of a beautiful sunset a few nights ago. of course for my sweetest sister.

i am off to make up some more cabbage rolls - i love those things! jambaloney is in the basement building book shelves. once the cabbage rolls are in the oven, we are calling it a day and spending the rest of the day reading and hottubbing!

i hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! i will make the rounds to all of your blogs later this afternoon! no worries - i always back-read any posts that i missed!

and that's me out of here!


  1. And a Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. like the jar idea, helps find the silver lining on a day to day basis..Happy New Year!

  3. Glad you had a great time celebrating all sorts of things. The food, as always, looks great!
    The snow looks just like our area, and will be gone in a day or so as well. 8 degrees and then 58. Perfect.

  4. Welcome back, I thought you had broke your typing hand.

  5. Indeed, I second Duke, welcome back. Lord I love cabbage rolls. I like the snow pictures.

  6. Ooooo, cabbage rolls!!
    Glad you enjoyed your Holiday....or at least what you remembered of it! :)

  7. Good to hear from you again :)

    Love the jar idea - hmmmm, wonder of RMan would partake...?

  8. I'm so happy to hear that your holidays were filled with good cheer, friends and family ... as the best holidays often are. Oh, and good eating too ;-)

    1. ps Did you have problems uploading your photos in blogger today? PP and I have and I wondered if you guys were experiencing the same thing.

    2. And, I notice neither of you have a blog roll. What did blogger do with the blog rolls and now the ability to upload pictures?
      Happy New Year!

    3. Really, Linda? No blog roll? Hmmm...maybe they are doing some maintenance and haven't told us.

  9. Welcome back! Happy New Year to you and JB as well.

  10. Happy New Year guys ! I'm going to have a gratitude jar too - what an awesome idea ! Of course my little slip of paper will say that I'm grateful for having such an amazing mole sister - teehee.

    Your sky is still so incredibly blue and that little dusting of snow is just enough to change the landscape into a winter wonderland. You should see how much we got last night - oh my gawd, the house is nearly buried. No kidding, it's so high that I can't find the driveway. The roads are a disaster and we are supposed to stay in unless absolutely necessary. And there's more coming tomorrow. Yikes ! I should take some pics for you so you can see.

    The food looks delish as usual. Spaghetti and meatballs, cabbage rolls, salads, good wine - you just planned my menu for the week. Bahahaha !

    Good to see the pics again - enjoy your cabbage rolls tonight.

    Love always sis ... forever and a day !

  11. Sweet Kymber,

    I missed you girl! I'm so glad you and Jambaloney had a wonderful Christmas, New Years and Birthday Part for a friend.

    You sound so refreshed, and happy!!!!

    Love all the pictures of the beautiful skies of Canada, and the amazing food you cook. Every time I read your blog, you make me so hungry. Now I need to go cook dinner for the crew, love you two!!!!

    Your Friend,

  12. My husband and I spent the New Year week in bed with pneumonia,so reading your bright and happy blog posting is like snuggling with a really good book. I love your idea of the gratitude jar, I'm going to use that idea too. There is something very reassuringly healthy about acknowledging all our blessings. Also could you please let me know how to make those delicious lettuce roll snacks. I'll probably use turkey or chicken but everything should work. (If you have time.)
    Blessings,happiness and prosperity to you and Jambaloney in 2013!

  13. It's SO good to hear from you. I was thinking about calling you today. The food looks lovely as always ! Love to both of you.

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  15. Happy New Year! Glad to see you back! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

  16. Happy New Year from Texas! We got that white stuff down here in on Christmas day. I hate snow. It is good I live in the south. It stayed a couple of days then thankfully it was gone. Down here the snow is wet and cold. It is no fun to feed and water in.

    I am glad the holidays treated you well. Your post made me hungry looking at the pictures and I have just finished eating. God how I love food.

    I have been gone so long from the blogging world and I have so much to catch up on posting as well as reading. This might take a while.

    I saw the gratitude jar on FB and thought it was a good idea also. I already participate in an online one on a semi regular basis. - Genevieve

  17. Happy New Year to you and Jam,my friend! (HUGS)

  18. So glad to hear that you two have just been busy getting drunk and stuffing your!! It is nice to have you back and hear from you again......wishes of a Best New Year Ever to both of you :)

  19. welcome back to a new year....

    don't wear it out tooo fast....

    let it last a while...

    missed you both..


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