With the year coming to an end, I decided to list a few of my favorite things, sort of like Oprah, only I’m too poor to provide you with a gift. Consider this review your guide to better music, recipes and blogs for starters. The compiled information will only consist of items I discovered this year or things that happened this year. So, not every movie reviewed came out in 2013 nor did every restaurant open in 2013.
1. Music Finds
Sleep Party People
Can’t find the original recipe I pinned, but it consisted of 1 can pumpkin, 8 oz. cream cheese, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon and/or allspice
Peanut Butter Crepes with Sauteed Strawberry Sauce:
Mini Fritattas with Spinach, Red Peppers (and Mushrooms):
Grilled and Filled Bananas (We used chocolate syrup, graham crackers and marshmallows as toppings)
Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup
Cherry Zucchini Bread
Coconut Potato Curry
I made this recipe up: Just cook sausage links nearly all the way through, dip them in homemade pancake batter and deep fry for a few minutes. Stick them on toothpicks before enjoying!
3. Online Videos
Screaming at Trucks and Trains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZhKrwQ-zRY
Henri 2, Paw de Deux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M
Hitchhiker Gives Psycho the Ax! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16oUKdOUstU
Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2HU3LGdbo
Andy Bernard – Greatest Line Ever – The Office Series Finale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJK4eZgKMd4
Band of Brothers Rally Around Boy: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-south/Band-of-brothers-rally-around-boy-6-to-stop-teasing/-/9848842/23095902/-/cstfc8z/-/index.html
Lie Witness News- Coachella 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_IzYUJANfk
The Daily Show with John Oliver, Pay Mas: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-1-2013/pay-mas—fast-food—minimum-wage
Arthur Benjamin: The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers: http://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_the_magic_of_fibonacci_numbers.html
To the Galaxy and Beyond: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52996348#52996348
4. “Aha” Moments
We hold others accountable to the same expectations we place on ourselves.
You don’t always have to be busy.
Practicing power poses is the best way to brace for awkward situations.
Nature is my sanctuary.
“Sometimes we wind up dying to please those that hurt us most”– client
There are ways to make stress your friend.
If we become smarter as we age, then the process should be embraced.
Leave 3 things “unsaid” each day.
It pays off to live with a sense of adventure.
Empire of the Sun
Paul Van Dyk
Queens of the Stone Age
Nine Inch Nails
Thee Oh Sees with Ty Segall
6. Favorite Blogs and Websites
7. Television Shows
Parks N Rec
Orange is the New Black
Once Upon A Time
Children of Men
What Dreams May Come
Enter the Void
Julie and Julia
World War Z (first drive-in experience)
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish
10. Easiest and Most Difficult Resolutions to Keep:
Ask for help
Wake up early
Learn to crochet
Meditate on Koans
Toss, restore, organize
Leave three things unsaid
Start a collection
Keep a gratitude notebook