Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Day of 2010

Happy 24th Birthday to my beautiful, smart, sophisticated, sister Leah!
I love you!

The most interesting thing about having a blog is being able to look back and see what the year was like.  2010 was my first full year of blogging, and it was a good year.  I started 2010 on a beach in the Dominican Republic. It was a great way to ring in the New Year.  We learned a week or two later that my 101 year old Great Grandma had passed away.  What an extraordinary life she led.  

In April the hubby and I traveled to New York City for a trip of a lifetime.  We loved it so much that we will be returning this Easter.  We spent the hubby's 29th birthday at the Letterman Show seeing Steve Carell and wandering the streets of Manhattan, eating great food and taking in the sites.

On April 17th my Mom went into the hospital.  She has been struggling with an aggressive, and progressive form of MS for about 8 years now, and it was very scary to receive a phone call that she had gone into the hospital.  She stayed there for about 5 months and it was really hard. Eventually a long-term care home was ready for her.  She is the most amazing woman that I know.

I thought a lot about life this year, and what I really care about... what truly matters, and what I want out of life, and how I can live a better life.

I tried out running this year, but I wasn't a huge fan.  I did run a 5K in May, and it was alright.

One of my favourite things to do is to entertain, whether it is a dinner party, a breakfast, or a backyard BBQ.  We did plenty of entertaining this year, and even participated in FoodBuzz's 24, 24, 24 in which the entire dinner party was paid for by FoodBuzz.  I did a Saskatchewan themed feast.  
We love having our family and friends over!

We went to two weddings, and had a blast at each one!  
My sister Leah got engaged to Sal - they are getting married this summer!

I got accepted into grad school, and completed my first semester this year.  The hubby became an Ironman.  
I was interviewed for Canadian Grocer Magazine about Chocolate - I am an expert :-)

We did some camping, and celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary and my 1 year bloggiversary.

I did a LOT of baking this year, and made some ghoulish goodies for our friends' Halloween party.

In November I had a lot of firsts.  I traveled alone for the first time, and had my first blogger meet-up at my first blogger festival!  I took off to San Fransisco for a long weekend, and ate some pretty amazing food with some even more amazing people.

And if that wasn't enough ... I ate some RIDICULOUSLY good food this year.  
This is a food blog after all.

10 Recipe Highlights of 2010

What was the highlight of 2010 for you?
How are you spending New Years Eve (or how did you if you read this late)?


Kacy said...

You really are a great entertainer! I've loved seeing your parties!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

jolene i love your recap!

and i loved meeting you at Foodbuzz!

have a wonderful 2011!!! and many blessings to your mom, and the love you have for her is so sweet and wonderful..I hope skylar feels this way about me when she's older!

happy 2011!

Anonymous said...

Highlight of 2010 for me was working at the Olympics and watching people win GOLD MEDALS! So exciting and ridiculously inspiring to watch people get everything they ever wanted...

You are so lucky to have had such a great year! Loved reading about it too! Happy New Year :-)

Astrid said...

I ate some ridiculously good food this year, too! I am glad you had such a great year. I can't wait to see what dinner parties you create in the coming year. And who knows, maybe you will enjoy running? I know I probably won't, but that's just me!
Tonight we are just going out for a few pints of beer and having a quiet celebration.

Amanda said...

The Foodbuzz festival was definitely a huge highlight for me. I loved it!

I'm staying in tonight with Andy and loving it!

Anonymous said...

Happiest of New Year's to you! I look forward to continuing reading you. And maybe one day I can attend a dinner party of yours - but you hos the BEST dinner parties :)

So glad you linked to some recipes! YAY!:)

Simply Life said...

sounds like 2010 was a full year! Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

What a year! Happy New Year to you! Wishing you many blessings in 2011 :)

~ Diana ~ said...

Loved how this recap had recipes and your life events! My 2010 memory was getting engaged!

Unknown said...

What a great recap of your year...I suppose it is true that when you blog about life you have a record and constant reminder of all the things that you accomplished throughout the year. Love it! I hope you had a great New Years!

Anonymous said...

wow love the recap!!
sounds like 2010 was quite a year for you girl!!!! YAY FOR 2011!!

Peggy said...

It definitely sounds like you had an amazing 2010! Here's to an even better 2011!

Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon said...

Happy New Year! This was a fantastic re-cap of your 2010 (thanks especially for re-posting the Cake Pops recipe!). I hope 2011 brings just as much happiness and first-time experiences for you:)

Amber said...

You had a big year!! Isn't it cool to have a blog to look over the last year :) Here's to a GREAT 2011!!!

Kris | said...

Hey Gorgeous!! You did amazing things in 2010 and I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for you!!

Keep inspiring us doll, we learn a lot from you :)

I am trying running this year...I have never been much of a runner, but want to see what all the hype is about :)

Happy New Year!!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love reading people's recap posts, especially for blogs I have discovered this year (like yours). It's nice to get to know you better. And then including a top 10 of recipes? Fantastic. :)