Ahh, a New Year and new beginnings. I always love the first of the year. I'm usually still perusing all the cookbooks I've received as gifts over the holidays (and lets be honest, looking at the ones I bought myself too). Of course the recipes I bookmark tend to be of the "healthier" variety...you know...for all those workouts I'm going to be doing (and lets be honest, I will go to the gym, just maybe not as much as I should) and for all that weight I plan on losing to be a more healthier me (and lets be honest, though I will eat healthier I'm sure there will be food that will be deep fried). But, like Spring or the start of the school year, the first few days of the new year bring promises of change. And of course all those New Year resolutions. Which one may or may not follow.
PAGES - I changed the way I scrapbooked last year. Gone are the days of 12 x 12 layouts, now I'm all about Project Life Scrapbooking. Though I didn't keep up with it as much as I wanted to last year, I did come up with a system that works for me and I got more scrapping done than usual. One of the projects I'm continuing to tackle is going through all my Grandmothers travel scrapbooks...dismantling them, taking out all the photos of folks we don't know and trying to condense each one (there were something like 50 albums to start) into three or four pages of photos and information. It's a labor of love where I hope to have one or two scrapbooks the family can look through that shows all of my Grandmothers travels over her 94 year lifetime.
PUCKS - My Sharks still drive me crazy, but I wear teal colored glasses and every year I believe that this will be the year the Sharks make it all the way. We started the new year off by watching the Winter Classic and being thankful that we live in a temperate climate where playing hockey in blizzards is something to only watch on TV. I can only hope that come June, I'm still watching my boys, wearing teal and winning games. And just for reference, no, I don't plan on buying this years new jerseys...I like them, but I think the large amount of Sharks jerseys I currently own should go into rotation for several years before I buy a new one.
PANTRY - I can't lie to you Marge, 2013 wasn't an easy year for me. Still trying to get used to my Mom not being here. Still trying to figure out a way to enjoy some of the things that had to be put aside for the years that I was taking care of her. For me this coming year won't be about a lot of change, as quite frankly, I've had too much of that over the past few years. And I'm not doing standard cooking resolutions like I have in previous years, except to maybe try to catch up on some of the resolutions I made and never accomplished in previous years. I think this year, when it comes to cooking, I'm just going to "be". Go wherever my cooking sensibilities take me. That may mean trying all sorts of new techniques. It may mean just lots of grilled cheese sandwiches (on white bread even!). No pressure this year. No trying to keep the blog up, no trying to follow all my favorite food blogs because heaven forbid I may miss an incredible recipe. This may mean eating out more often or cooking more at home. Just letting my cooking life "be" may mean not even looking at my cookbooks this year. I just don't know. And you know what? That's okay. Sometimes I feel that we are all trying to be these great cooks, trying new things, trying to post them before someone else does, being on the cutting edge of what food is hip or what restaurants we should be eating at, spending more time online and plugged in than in front of the stove or sitting down enjoying a meal with our loved ones. So this coming year I have no idea what I'll be cooking or eating, I just know that I will slowly be learning to enjoy it more.
Though, I do know me well. I'll probably still continue to photograph my dinners and text them to my sister. And not picking up a cookbook for a year? Yeah, very unlikely. I guess though, I'm just saying that I'm not going to worry about much this year. I'm going to let my cooking and eating this year kind of take me wherever it wants to go. And that in itself, is kinda exciting don't you think?
Happy New Year. And may your cooking take you where ever you want it to go this year.