January 1st – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I assume everyone is ready to kick off a brand new year?  I read lately that everyday is the beginning of a new year in one’s life.  I like that concept.  There’s nothing better than a chance to start fresh – new hopes, new dreams, and new energy to push through to the next level.  That is my mission for this year – every day is New Year’s Day. 🎉

First off today, I want to send out a big congrats to son Dan,  daughter-in-law Amanda, Gabby, Lucas, and Cason who celebrated their first anniversary yesterday.   They all deserve the love and  happiness that they have found together.  Obviously I am biased, but they are the poster family for fresh starts, hopes, dreams, and boundless energy.   We are so proud of them all and so happy that they have built, and continue to build on their best lives.

For better & better 💞 (Cason dialed back the energy for this shot 😂)

In keeping with my theme of the month, this month’s theme comes from a suggestion by John of lvphotoblog.com . (If you do not follow John yet, stop by his site to see beautiful shots of the real Las Vegas and surrounding areas).

This month I am going to feature one meal or dish that Dan and I indulge in each day.  This could be a bit of a stretch for me but we’ve got this!  Stay tuned for everything you have ever wanted to know about the basic diet of a basic Canadian – everything from homemade soup, to beefdip,  to how to heat up the perfect tv dinner!  We’ve got you covered.

Day one of our culinary adventure starts with our laid back New Year’s Eve menu. 

Pickles, raw vegetables, and shrimp ring.
Pillsbury crescent rolls – rolled up with thin sliced ham, Swiss and Gouda cheese.
The pièce de résistance of our repast was definitely the crab stuffed portabella mushroom caps.

Dan imbibed in a couple of Molson Canadian beers with clamato juice while I enjoyed a glass of Canadian Pelee Island Merlot.

  • To create your own perfect crab stuffed portabella mushrooms….
  • Clean 4 large portabella mushroom caps, removing the stems and much of the gills
  • Mix 4 oz of cream cheese, 4 oz of sour cream, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Add 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • Add finely chopped fresh garlic, green onions, and jalapenos
  • Add finely chopped mushroom stems
  • Add one small can (drained and broken up) crab meat
  • Lightly season with salt and pepper
  • Fill mushroom caps and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of panko crumbs mixed with 1 tsp. butter
  • Bake @ 375 degrees F for 30 minutes and broil @ 425 degrees F until browned
  • As with any of the dishes we make – adjust to suit your own taste!

That is it for today. Take care, eat well, and have a great day!


23 thoughts on “January 1st – Happy New Year!

  1. Reblogged this on Craig's Blogs and commented:
    Hi Annemarie (nice name)
    Thanks for the follow (+ like(s)
    Happy blogging/writing and all the best with your blog
    “boing hot here” craig

    “It always seems impossible…
    until it gets done!”
    – Nelson Mandela
    You CAN…if you THINK you can

    Best wishes from the First City to see the light


    Don’t worry about the world ending today
    it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


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