Hello 2012! I am so happy to see you. 2011 wasn’t exactly the best year of my life (to put it nicely), and I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I’ve got enough energy and enthusiasm to put my wish list in action. Good thing too, because it’s long!
Number One on my list is learning how to take better care of myself, partly by using a healthy combination of food and beverages, and partly by using physical and mental exercises to both tone and relax my body and mind. I watched myself struggle this past year with immense external stress and I wasn’t happy with my reaction. I stopped exercising, chose to not eat as healthy as I could, and swapped out nourishing herbal teas for glasses of wine. The funny thing about food and drink choices is that none of it is really a secret from other people. Even if you didn’t know I had made those changes, you can tell by looking at me. My clothes don’t fit as well as they once did, my posture is slumpier, my skin isn’t exuding that rosy, healthy glow that I know and love, and my hair has lost some of its luster. My goal for this year is to learn how to take care of myself during times of stress. Because let’s face it: I’m almost 40 and my carefree years are behind me. If I don’t learn how to make good choices now, I’m in trouble in the future.
:: Ideas to put this goal into action: mini food challenges; mini workout challenges; a commitment to practice yoga everyday ::
Number Two is an ongoing goal of mine: figure out a few kid-friendly meals that will work for the whole family, or at least for both of my children at one time. I have two children with completely different taste palates. Throw in a few food allergies and you have an impossible dinner situation. My goal is to find at least 5 complete meals that are 1) easy to prepare; 2) healthy; 3) egg-, meat-, and dairy-free; and most of all, that both girls will like!
:: Ideas to put this goal into action: do some brainstorming with the kids and find out what they want to eat; comb through cookbooks and food sites to find recipes; have the girls help me with meal planning and prep ::
Number Three is to learn how to make foods that are staples in my kitchen but are always purchased at the store. I’ve tried my hand at almost all of these things and have failed miserably. It’s time to learn a bit about technique. This list includes:
homemade Graham Crackers
homemade Indian Curry
:: Ideas for putting this goal into action: start by asking everyone I know (this includes you!) for trusted recipes for these items; practice, practice, practice making them; document and learn from my mistakes ::
Number Four is to learn some new “Around the House” recipes, including homemade deodorant (I’ll start by checking out Erika’s recipe), more homemade lotion and balm recipes, homemade bars of soap for the shower, and homemade bath bombs so the girls can have some fun in their new claw foot tub when we move in a few weeks. All of these new ‘Around the House’ goodies will complement the ones we already have and love.
:: Ideas for putting this goal into action: experiment with small-batch recipes; find packaging and containers that complement each product; have fun making and using them! ::
Number Five, my final kitchen goal, is the same one that Christine shared the other day: jazz up my lunches! Lunch is made up of leftovers or a really quick something. It’s usually not green and fresh, and I would like to start seeing more raw vegetables on my daily lunch plate. I have a feeling that Numbers One and Five might be related, don’t you?
:: Ideas for putting this goal into action: do some brainstorming about what I like to eat for lunches; find recipes that allow me to prepare ingredients ahead of time; carve out time everyday to put it all together ::
What a nice long list of Kitchen Goals for 2012! Next time I see you I’ll share my Outdoors Homesteading Goals for 2012. Stay tuned!