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.

Top Ten

1. Music Finds

Bosnian Rainbows

Ariel’s Pink

Star Slinger

Com Truise

Sleep Party People

Valerie June

Dye

Grimes

Death Grips

Lightning Bolt

2. Recipes

Pumpkin Dip:

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:

http://healthyaperture.com/recipe/pb-crepes-with-strawberry-sauce

Mini Fritattas with Spinach, Red Peppers (and Mushrooms):

Mini Frittatas with Spinach and Red Pepper

Grilled and Filled Bananas (We used chocolate syrup, graham crackers and marshmallows as toppings)

http://onthelovelist.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/dessert-on-the-grill-yummy/comment-page-1/#comment-14

Tabbouleh

http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/recipes/903832/tabbouleh-salad

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tortilla_soup/

Cherry Zucchini Bread

http://sneakyvegan.blogspot.com/2011/08/vegan-cherry-zucchini-bread.html

Coconut Potato Curry

http://www.whatsforlunchhoney.net/2008/08/coconut-potato-curry-with-basil-cashews.html

Breakfast Corndogs

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!

Peppermint Cupcakes

http://www.freckled-fox.com/2012/12/ems-easy-peppermint-cupcakes.html

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.

Treat yourself.

5. Concerts

Empire of the Sun

Bjork

Tom Petty

Paul Van Dyk

Smashing Pumpkins

Queens of the Stone Age

Nine Inch Nails

STS9

Thee Oh Sees with Ty Segall

JACK JOHNSON

6. Favorite Blogs and Websites

http://catsthatlooklikeronswanson.tumblr.com/

http://www.thepolarroute.com/

http://food52.com/

http://jfowen.com/

http://cast-light.com/

Young Adventuress

http://upworthy.com

http://ted.com

http://happynews.com

http://natureblognetwork.com/

7. Television Shows

Parks N Rec

Orange is the New Black

Newsroom

Breaking Bad

Derek

Once Upon A Time

Arrested Development

Girls

Pioneer Woman

The Chew

8. Movies

Gravity

Children of Men

Chasing Ice

What Dreams May Come

Steel Magnolias

Enter the Void

Rain Man

Julie and Julia

Pulp Fiction

World War Z (first drive-in experience)

9. Restaurants

The Pharmacy

Goodness Gracious

Omni Hut

Noshville

Jozoara’s

Gersthaus

Handlebar

Sushi me

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish

Istanbul

10. Easiest and Most Difficult Resolutions to Keep:

Difficult-

Ask for help

Wake up early

Remember birthdays

Learn to crochet

Meditate on Koans

Easiest-

Toss, restore, organize

Leave three things unsaid

Start a collection

Spend out

Keep a gratitude notebook