Resolutions with Pears and Camembert

This elegant pears and camembert appetizer is perfect for any special occasion: pears, camembert, rosemary & a balsamic-honey glaze.

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This is not your normal new year’s resolutions post, especially after all the warm-fuzzy feelings and good-tidings-to-man just a short week ago. I have found myself at the end of 2011, feeling worn out. It’s not just because of the usual holiday parties, shopping and gift giving and cooking. It’s more than just being a SAHM with three lovely kids. I have been trying to “do it all” for too long and now, my spirit is a bit faded, my motivations, gone with the wind.

I know this not uncommon amongst us SAHMs, but I appear to have this bug pretty bad. About a year and a half, maybe more, in my case. I have been volunteering in my children’s school, all three classes, balancing class room learning time with room mom partying time. I attend fundraisers, bake for bake sales and donate more of my time to more school functions than ever before.

Then there’s the chauffeuring from football to scouts to play dates to dance. Juggling family life with blogging life, learning SEO at 2 am, setting up a meal shot in the dark winter hours… you name it, I’m doing it. And I’m tired.

Exercise has been on hold for a couple years. I tell myself, “I will go for a walk after I write a blog post.” Hours later, I am done, and I am behind in my day.

Or it’s the week of volunteering or parties at school that keeps me away from important me-time.

I’ll get my hair cut next week. Six months has now past since my last trim.

I have gift cards for spa treatments that are begging to be used. Some as old as 5 years.

While other moms are doing lunch, I politely decline invitations. I’m too busy, I say, even to celebrate my birthday over lunch with good friends.

When I do eat, it’s fast and quick and whatever is nearby. If it was leftover pasta, so be it. Who cares if it adds to my already rotund buttocks? I tell myself that I do not have time to make myself a healthy meal for lunch.

So my new year’s resolution is rather poignant.

I’m going to be selfish in 2012. I’m going to get that hair cut every 3 months, to keep myself from looking like a frizzy Q-tip for the remainder of the year.

I’m going to exercise FIRST, then deal with the house, the errands and yes, the blog AFTERWARDS.

I’m going to keep healthy foods and snacks around for MY consumption and not worry about the kid-friendly snacks being priority #1.

I’m going to use every one of those damn spa cards I have collected for massages or facials or whatever pampering I need and damn well deserve!

I am going to say ‘no’ more often for school functions, especially if it takes away from my healing time.

Which is what I hope 2012 to be: my healing time. It will be my year to get back on track with my health, my fitness and my psyche.

It will be my year to be rid of the stomach spasms and migraines that plague me.

It will be my year to shed the chubs I’ve gained from spending way too much time behind the computer screen.

I hope to chronicle my health journey here. I don’t need a food counselor. I know what I should be eating and fixing for myself. I don’t need a personal trainer. I know the moves that make me strong and lean.

I just need the motivation and the will power to not succumb to “Mommy-Guilt.” That taking this time for me is taking time away from my kids.

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Of course, that means a big no-no to this creamy and delicious appetizer: Pears and Camembert with Balsamic-Honey Glaze. It’s a quick and amazing appetizer to serve for your New Year’s Bash this weekend.

Pears and Camembert with Balsamic-Honey Glaze

A sweet yet savory appetizer that is great with a wheel of Camembert or Brie cheese. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living, Dec. 1999


  • 8 oz Camembert wheel
  • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 TBS brandy
  • 1 1/2 tsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar, red
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/8 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. Slice in half crosswise and set aside:
    • 8 oz Camembert wheel
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat add:
    • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  3. When butter has melted, add:
  4. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes, and stir in:
    • 2 TBS brandy
  5. Cook for 1 more minute, then stir in:
    • 1 tsp rosemary, fresh , chopped
  6. Remove from heat, and spread pear mixture over bottom half of reserved sliced cheese wheel, reserving 2 tablespoons of pear mixture for garnish.
  7. Transfer cheese to serving plate.
  8. Return skillet to the stove and heat:
    • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar, red
    • 1 TBS honey
  9. Simmer mixture until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  10. Pour half the glaze over cheese and reserved pear mixture.
  11. Top with remaining half of cheese wheel and pears.
  12. Drizzle with remaining glaze, and garnish with:
    • 1/8 cup walnuts , coarsely chopped (optional)
    • 1/2 tsp rosemary, fresh , chopped
  13. Serve immediately.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with crackers, baguette or fresh fruit.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living, Dec. 1999

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Yield: Serves 4

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And then, start your selfish diet regime the NEXT day!

What are your resolutions for 2012?

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6 Responses to Resolutions with Pears and Camembert

  1. Well this is a fantastic resolution but a big one to stick to for the whole year. Glad you are going to use your blog as extra motivation to keep to it. My resolutions haven't been completely ironed out yet but should be along similiar lines.
    I will watch your blog for inspiration from you and hope to cheer you on too.
    Good luck!

  2. Thanks, you guys! I'm feeling the love and support!

  3. Ann at #

    Love, LOVE this post! Good for you! If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to care for others! I look forward to seeing your journey!

  4. This is a great post! And you are totally right, it sounds like you really need and deserve to put yourself first!! Here's to a wonderful year of spoiling yourself!

  5. Those sound like some great goals going into the new year! It is important to take time for yourself, both you and your family will appreciate it 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year, Family Spice! I feel your pain on the "chub" issue, but now you've got me craving pears and camembert…Oh, well – Here's to a fresh new year ahead! Now go use those spa gift cards!

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