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January 3, 2016

Do you make resolutions?  I sort of go back and forth.  Some years I have a whole list written out; other years…meh, not so much.

This year, I’m kind of in between.  I definitely have some changes that I want to implement, and some of them are specific…but I also just have a general feeling of wanting to “get back into the swing of things”—they always say that the key to succeeding at resolutions is to make them specific, and you can’t get much more vague than that. Winking smile 

But, like I said, some of them are more specific—one is to do a better job of planning our meals for the week.  Do you meal plan?  I have specific memories of my mom sitting down every Sunday afternoon to write out our meals for the week before heading to the store to get all of the ingredients.

Yeah, I don’t do that.

But I’d like to!  Because what inevitably ends up happening is that we eat the same meals over and over, and we definitely eat out and resort to frozen dinners more than I’d like. 

So, I got a little meal-planning notepad.  That will solve this issue, right?  Yesterday, I sat down with a few cookbooks and issues of Cooking Light, and wrote out all of our dinners for the week.  I felt very much like my mother.

I tried to pick at least a few recipes that were different or a bit unusual.


Then I sent Ryan to the store to get all of the ingredients. Winking smile 

Last night, we made sirloin burgers with sauteed mushrooms and a potato/cauliflower mash.  It wasn’t super-unique or difficult at all, but it was really nice to eat something other than our usual rotation of pastas and stir fries.



Even Lila approved…which is very rare these days.


My blogging has already fallen by the wayside enough that I’m not going to fool myself into thinking that I’ll post recipes for all our meals.  But, I do think that at least posting pictures and posts for the blog will keep me a little more accountable for this resolution.

What are your resolutions?  I also resolved to try to read 50 books this year.  I’m one down with 49 to go—I started and finished In a Dark, Dark Wood over the course of a day.  VERY quick read, and super-suspenseful, in a Gone Girl kind of way. 

Happy Sunday!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2016 12:58 am

    Nice! I’m a crazy meal planner! I’d be lost on what to make if I didn’t. If I sent J to the store to get a list of ingredients, I’d get called 20 times with questions 😉

  2. Emily S. permalink
    January 4, 2016 2:42 pm

    I like your book resolution! Might have to steal that…
    I meal plan, too, but we don’t stick to it as well as we should. Mostly, Jon complains about what I’ve planned and so I cave and we go out. It is helpful, though!
    My projects for 2016 are signing up for the Shoot Along project to learn some basic photography skills and signing up for to actually set and stick with a budget and get a better picture of our household finances. My resolution was to get to work on time, but blew that one already. 🙂

    • January 5, 2016 12:45 pm

      I love Mint! I started using it about a year ago, and it *really* helps you to see where your money is going!

  3. ginger635 permalink
    January 5, 2016 1:54 pm

    I resolved to organize our house, one room at a time. Started this weekend with the studio and the storage closet in the garage. I actually enjoyed it and found lots of things I didn’t even know we owned! On to the closets now!

    • January 5, 2016 2:04 pm

      Just don’t throw out my wedding dress!! 😉

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