Let’s Welcome 2012!

I have been racking my brain about what to write. I thought about posting a maple syrup fondue (yet another amazing whole food dessert with no processed sugars) to play with the irony of all the New Years Resolutions floating around out there. It could be argued as brilliant or mean. Since I can’t make up which side of the fence I want to be on, I thought it would be better to write in the spirit of what I truly feel inside. This day has been a day of relaxation and gratefulness. So, I’ve decided that I wanted to take a moment to share some gratitude and blessings that I have had over the past year.

1. Most recently over Christmas, I was fortunate enough to make it home to Moose Jaw, SK to spend some time with my dad and his wife and her family. My sisters even made it home too! I sure miss my sisters. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve made it home so it was a nice treat. I’m also very grateful for the lovely weather we had while we were there. The regular -30 was nowhere in sight and replaced with a very civilized -2 to 5 degrees Celcius (28 to 42 degrees F)

2. I’m freakishly grateful for my darling husband. Not only does he take the time to edit all my posts so that they make sense when they get to you, the reader (we should all be very grateful for that!), but he is the most loving partner a woman could ask for. He tells me at least a dozen times a day that he loves me. No exaggeration. I love him just as much as the day we got hitched. I feel very fortunate to have him in my life.


Look at the hang time this guy gets!

3. I am grateful for the opportunity to write here several times a week, to share with anyone interested, our journey to healthier eating and living. Right here I share the food we put on our table on a daily basis. It’s like having friends over for dinner without all the dishes. :) But seriously, if no one was reading, I wouldn’t be writing. So thank you for being here and sharing in my life experiences.

Beet Risotto With Walnuts and Blue Cheese

4. Everyday I learn something new about nutrition, food, how our bodies work or recipes to thrive on. I am so grateful for all the other resources out there that allow me to grow every day! So a big thank you to all the other real food bloggers that give me inspiration and the knowledge that allows me to become a healthier person. I’m also grateful to all the health and fitness blogs that keep me motivated to keep moving. After all, if you stop using it, you really will lose it.

Kayaking with my honey.


WAY WAY to early to be getting up for a hike!


Ok, the hike was pretty fun actually.


5. I’m grateful for our beautiful home that overlooks the ocean and all the beautiful sunrises we get to see from our kitchen. I truly believe I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

6. And where would a girl be without her friends and her sisters? I feel so fortunate and blessed that I consider my friends my sisters and that my sisters are my best friends.

Nicole made it up to my neck of the woods for a visit this summer.

Girls road trip out to Tofino. Angela, Me and Tina

7. I can’t begin to express how happy I am to have Angela as my best friend. How many people can say they have shared a life with a friend for 28 years? It’s a rare and beautiful thing.

My best friend of 28 years.

8. I am so grateful for the ability to laugh and play. Not taking yourself too seriously is a precious gift that will not only add years to your life but makes it so much more enjoyable along the way. Here are a few of those memories.

Play like a child.


Swing like apes!


Dance like no one is watching.


9. And lastly, I am grateful for Shasta. Our sweet girl who brings me so much joy. And a thank you to her for sleeping in until 10 am on New Years day so we could sleep in too!

Shasta our American Bull Dog rescue pup.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are up to that you’re starting 2012 with an appreciation for what you’ve got. This year holds so much. I can’t wait! So, what are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

8 Responses to Let’s Welcome 2012!

  1. Koko January 2, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Lovely post! Hope you have a very happy new year! I am grateful for friends, family, my boyfriend, my blog readers and the awakening I have gotten over the past few years to the healing and preventative powers of food!

    • France Morissette January 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      The more I learn about food the more amazed I am with its power to provide us with good health too Koko. It’s an incredible thing. Happy New year to you too darling.

  2. The Café Sucré Farine January 2, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing all these lovely photos and yourself too! You have a lovely family and yes, a good husband is worth more than the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – you are very blessed indeed! Happy New Year, so nice to have met you this past year! I love your blog!

    • France Morissette January 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

      Hi Chris. It was great to have met you too. I look forward to all we have to share this year.

  3. Joanne January 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    What a great happy awesome post! It was so fun getting to know you and your delicious recipes in 2011…here’s to more in 2012!

    • France Morissette January 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Indeed Joanne. Here’s to a whole lot more!

  4. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Oh, I just loved viewing all of these photos and the sentiments attached… there is so much love and emotion coming off the page… Particularly enjoyed reading about your affection for your loving hubby (what a gorgeous wedding photo!!) and, for me, the doggie…my heart…

    Happy New Year France and Joshua! All the best in 2012.

    • France Morissette January 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      Happy New Year Kelly. We wish you all the best and look forward to all the great stuff to come from your website.

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