Thursday, 9 January 2014

Welcome to 2014

Another new year, a time to review, close chapters, and open new ones.
2013 was very busy in many ways, but at the same time, I'm hard pressed to say what exactly kept me busy. Such is life! I have finished some projects and planned others, but so far this year I seem to be concentrating on cooking and cleaning. I have a friend who, in my humble opinion, is much less competent at cooking. Yet he has catered an event for a community gathering! So I have been inspired to do a bit of experimental and bulk cooking. So far I have:

  • made lamb in the slow cooker (I don't much like lamb so I'm trying to find a way to cook it that we will all eat. otherwise I only cook it when I'm planning to fast.)
  • made barley in the rice cooker
  • made vegetarian tacos with red lentils and bought taco seasoning
  • Made and froze a bulk batch of meatballs
  • made and froze a batch of twice-baked potatoes
Tomorrow I will make a batch of cabbage rolls. The lamb was a bit overcooked because I started it too soon but I was able to enjoy it. The taco lentils were a surprising success, the red lentils gave a nice color. And I now have a few after-school lunch options for the kids!
Finally, let me just list a few goals.

For myself:
  • eat more fruit or vegetables and drink more water
  • make a personal fit pattern for myself that fits excellently
  • sew stuffed animals for the craft market
  • experiment with macrame again 
For my kids:
  • get them to take responsibility for household tasks
  • help them to keep a balance of study, other interests, helping others, and rest 
For my community:
  • get more members in my girls' crafting club and raise enough funds to buy a hot plate (for melting chocolate and wax)
  • keep my Sunday school class interested and learning at the same time(not easy!)
  • Get involved in Town Council especially regarding the Diamond Festival (don't complain if you're not willing to help fix it!)
Reach high!

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