Dessert is all dressed up for the Oscars

Happy Oscar night!

I absolutely love award season. The dresses are stunning, betting on the winners is fun and the shows are a wonderful excuse to make delicious food. I enjoy any excuse to get people together and make some great appetizers, but my blog is proof that dessert is pretty much always the star of the show for me. That being said, it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming!

I planned a very decadent and rich meal for last year’s Oscars and as such, wanted something sweet but light to end the evening. I bought two light mousse packages (chocolate and vanilla) and whipped them up within about 10 minutes. I scooped the mousse in to champagne glasses, alternating flavours and popped them in the fridge to chill.

I then cut out mini bow ties from black construction paper. When dessert was ready to serve, I removed the champagne glasses from the fridge and taped the bow ties on to the stems.

Voila! Proof that a (very) simple dessert can still impress.

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I’m off to pop a few of my frozen Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookie dough balls in the oven for this year’s dessert. Enjoy the show!

….No, but for real this time

Oopsies. I guess I let it slip again. I’ll get the hang of this whole “regular posting” thing soon, I promise!

A new year and a new me! That’s what I say to myself every December 29-31 of a year. And then January 1 rolls around, and I head to McDonald’s to soothe my (hungover) soul and immediately berate myself for my delicious and yet exceedingly sub-par choice in food for the first day of the new me.

No longer!

One thing that I know is that true change is a long process. I have been reading a lot of blogs and posts surrounding lifestyle changes and how to accomplish things that you have set out to do, and one thing that stuck out to me was the idea that it isn’t motivation that allows you to make changes (it is fleeting and once your motivation is gone, your changes go with it), but instead it is all about dedication and discipline.

That is what I hope to base 2015 around. I want to find a way to make myself more disciplined and dedicated to my goals, while at the same time balancing a fun and exciting life. For example, I find joy in cooking and baking and strongly believe that eating delicious foods is one of life’s most pure and delightful experiences. I refuse to buy into the notion that I can’t accomplish my fitness and health goals without giving up these things. What I hope to accomplish, with those two fancy “d” words, is understanding how to work these passions into a healthy lifestyle and reach my goals while maintaining that all important balance.

In the same way, I hope to push myself to work on the book I started so many years ago, become better at this whole blogging thing, learn how to use my fun new DSLR camera (Merry Christmas to me! Love, me…and the amazing sale at Walmart) and keep having fun.

I feel a little trite writing all of this down, especially after declaring “No longer!” to my concept of a new year and a new me. To be honest, I’m not even sure if the whole post will make sense to anyone who may read this; I’m pretty sure it’s just a lot of words to describe conflicting ideals that I have somehow made into one overarching, non-sensical goal.

I suppose the conclusion that I have come to is that this change will not happen overnight. For the first time, I am not setting specific “resolutions” that I can check off on December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Instead, I have examined what I want to accomplish in my the next little while (not specifically in the next 12 months) and how I can begin accomplishing it. I’m going to work at it all slowly and my only hope is that on December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., I can look at the past 12 months and recognize positive changes that I have made and be able to say “I am truly happy with my progress.”

So here is to 2015…onwards, upwards and no regrets! Because let’s be real…that New Year’s Day McDonald’s was delicious and necessary to my existence after the celebration that ended 2014 and it also wasn’t anything that a few extra trips to the gym can’t help. It may not be discipline, but at least it’s dedication…and a start.

I’m back!

Well, colour me not surprised that I seem to have let blogging slip by the wayside. The past ten months have seen many changes in my life and sadly as the blog was pretty new, this was one of the first things to go.

After months of searching since my return from England, I finally got a job in my chosen field! The job has had a steep learning curve and I feel as though I am finally getting my feet solidly under me. This has allowed me to get back in to some of the things I love the most – cooking, baking and crafting.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I stepped my game up and decided to try my hand at a variety of DIY crafts and decor for our big family dinner. I am very pleased to say that yesterday’s event was not only delicious (thanks, Mom) but also beautiful with the small touches I was able to add to the table and our door (thanks, Pinterest).

I will be posting about all of these crafts over the next few weeks and will also be posting about some of the other things I baked and created over the past year. I have a brand new little nephew so expect some baby related posts, and also look forward to my exploration into creating my very own recipes.

I am so happy to be back in the blogging world again and will try my very hardest not to let it slip again 🙂