Looking Ahead to 2017

Is it too late to still be making New Year’s resolutions? What if I call them simply ‘resolutions’ and pretend like they have nothing to do with the start of the new year?

My New Year kicked off with a giant stack of gingerbread pancakes. Nom nom. 

My New Year kicked off with a giant stack of gingerbread pancakes. Nom nom. 

I’ve been looking for an excuse to re-examine my blog content and my eating habits so I’m using the start of 2017 to do it! I’m not one for crazy resolutions like going from not working out to making it to the gym 5 times a week (although wouldn’t it be great if I had that sort of self motivation?). Small life changes that lead to a better lifestyle though are right up my alley.

Cookies and cream inside a cookie cake. Does that count as meta?

Cookies and cream inside a cookie cake. Does that count as meta?

Being mindful about what I eat

If you know me beyond the pages of this blog, you might know that I order take out, a lot. I love to bake but when it comes to cooking I find myself uninspired. Plus, if I only have time to pull together either dinner or cookies, I’m gonna go with cookies.

In an attempt to take back control over what I’m putting in my body, I’m abstaining from ordered take out for the month of January. This sounds like a no-brainer but for someone like me who used to order takeout two to three times per week this seemed like an impossible task. Well, nine days in and I’m still going strong. I’ve brought lunch to work every day and I’ve been much better about meal planning so that I have time to eat better foods that I prepare at home. Wish me luck for another twenty days of this!

Happy Tongue out Tuesday from Onyx

Happy Tongue out Tuesday from Onyx

Returning to storytelling

In re-reading some of my older content, I was reminded of why I started this blog in the first place. It was going to be an outlet for me to talk about my food adventures, not just finished products. I won’t pretend to be the best at baking or ice cream-making, so I want to keep testing and trying new recipes to hone in on what works for me. One of the ways I’ll be doing this, will be by taking the time to tell the stories behind my food choices. Don’t worry, there will still be tons of pretty pictures and recipes but for my own sake I’m also going to include more of the ‘why’.

Since I’m always looking for an excuse to buy a new cookbook (or six), I’ll be spending a little more time sharing my favorites with you all and diving into which recipes are in my regular rotation. I have an absurdly extensive cookbook collection but I hardly ever take the time to dig into them as much as they each deserve. To fix this, I’ll be going through one cookbook per month and walking through two or three recipes that I love to make and eat. Hooray for storytelling.

It was so cold on our wedding planning trip to Maine, we had to stop in for a quick coffee at Bard! 

It was so cold on our wedding planning trip to Maine, we had to stop in for a quick coffee at Bard! 

Making time for being creative

This applies to food but mostly to my needlepoint. I have so many projects sitting in limbo at the moment, either because I’ve started them and haven’t gotten around the completing them or because I just never even started. Poor Onyx still doesn’t have a collar and Patrick’s birthday present belt is almost a year late. It’s easy to get caught up in work, the blog, my volunteer projects and everything in between but since I know that being creative is really important to me and stitching is a de-stressor, I’ll be focusing on fitting it into my schedule!

Well, there you have it. I’ll be working my way through those three ‘resolutions’ throughout the year so I’m sure you’ll be seeing the results from it all on these blog pages. What are you working on as part of your New Year resolutions?