Archive | December 2009

2009 Recipes – the good, the bad, and the ‘meh’

I tried several new recipes including:


chocolate chocolate chip biscotti

spring risotto from Splendid Table, but couldn’t find a link

fried rice

hamburgers from scratch

banana split chess bars

a dozen variations on cheesecake (pumpkin, bananas foster, white chocolate cranberry, etc)

butternut squash soup from A Sheepish Little Blog


pound cake from Martha Stewart Living (too salty)

cream cheese pound cake from Bakerella (wouldn’t get done; pretty sure it was my fault, but didn’t have the gumption to try again)


blueberry boy bait from smitten kitchen – just not my cup of tea, others liked it


End of Year Reflections, part 2 (new things this year)

I enjoy learning new things, so I always like to review my ‘firsts’ each year.

Helped make hamburgers and buns and mustard and ketchup and relish FROM SCRATCH.

Finished a lace project (several actually)

Rode my bike 17 miles in a row

Rode my bike 30 miles ina row

Rode my bike 40 miles in a row (on my 40th birthday)

Started a log cabin blanket (in progress)

Started a CookieA sock (not finished and may rip it out – it is kind of ugly)

Joined a CSA (Avalon Acres)

Went gem mining

End of Year Reflections, part 1

So, here is my list of goals for this nearly passed year…  Let’s see how I’ve done.

Be healthier –

Cook more at home – I think so, but I don’t have empirical evidence

eat out less – I think so, but I don’t have empirical evidence

try new recipes – yes, lots.  found some good ones and some FLOPS!

drink less pop/soda – not really

eat more vegetables and fruits – yes on veggies, no on fruits, I am not much of a fruit eater

exercise more regularly – yes,  I have especially biked more.  I really like my new Trek WSD  and DH got me a garmin for Christmas

Parenting –

be more consistent with Bug – yes

be more patient with Bug – I think so

set boundaries – yes, but they are hard-fought battles

Personal –

take more time to relax and enjoy life – nope, I still can’t seem to get this

strengthen my dancing technique – yes, but this still needs work

knit/crochet a few things for me (hat and scarf) – nope, isn’t that sad?

Family –

do more family-oriented activities – sort of, I do more things with Bug

visit or call out-of-town family more often – not really; when things get me down, as they often do, I sink inside myself