One of the online groups I am a part of have been discussing the idea of setting personal themes for the new year. Not resolutions, per se, and not generic ideas such as "drop 10 pounds", "run 10 miles", or "eat less chocolate"- more of a proposal, a guiding principle, a "motif", to help frame and shape what the next 12 months of life will look like.
I personally LOVE this idea.
I chose mine to be "Live with Intention". This will define what I do with my time, whether it's exchanging texts or calls with friends, working my business, decluttering and cleaning our home, playing with our kids, developing our basement, and everything else I tackle. I want to be fully present, intentionally doing what I choose to do in each moment. Have I described it in such a way as to make sense?
What are your thoughts for 2015? Do you typically set resolutions or goals? Do you have a key theme or phrase you are working at fixing in your mind?
I'd love to hear from you!
Happy New Year! -only 9 hours early :)
Yesterday morning after we finished breakfast and exchanging gifts, I went back to bed to the calm and quiet to "plan my day", as I call it. My first son came to find me and apologized for waking me up, but I wasn't asleep. I was thinking about what we were doing, where were going, when to put the different parts of dinner on, and how to get everything hot at the right time before serving. That planning is as much an essential part of meal preparation as the actual standing in the kitchen and cooking.
I find if I don't take a few minutes to order my thoughts and my day, chaos ensues.
We settled on this menu:
Stuffing (dressing- cooked in the slow cooker)
Roasted sweet and russet potatoes
Roasted orange and red peppers
Steamed carrots and celery
Homemade apple pie
Vanilla ice cream
If you'll look at the plate, there are lots of vegetables. Portion sizes over "the holidays" is something most of us forget to think about, but it's never too late to start eyeballing your plate. If half your plate is vegetable and/or fruit, you're off to a good start. I did actually add some carrots and celery after I took this picture :) Imagine a hockey puck, and that's your protein. Stuffing, being mostly bread chunks, count as your breads/cereals- the amount of stuffing pictured was about 2 slices of bread.
I designed my own spice blend for the turkey and stuffing this year, and it was definitely most enjoyable. Over the next day or two I'll be posting a few recipes for what we ate on Christmas day. I'd be happy to hear how your meals turned out! Did you try anything new? Discover a new favorite? Is there anything you'd like me to post about over the next few days?
Enjoy your weekend, friends.
Before my second son was born I started hosting Christmas dinner at my house. It was easier, having a small child, to stay home on Christmas morning. I thought that if I cooked a dinner and invited whomever wanted to show up, it gave my in-laws and my mom permission to take a break from cooking, if they so desired. Plus, I get to keep most of the leftovers and the turkey bones. I absolutely LOVE all the amazing, rich stock I get from turkey bones. It keeps my freezer stocked in homemade stock for at least 4 months.
This year our family has been exceptionally busy and/or sick. Somehow it slipped my mind to actually plan our meal. I realized sometime last week I should probably buy a turkey. Beyond that my meal is a bit unplanned. I know, shocking.
My tentative plan is roasted potatoes (both russet and sweet) cooked in the Actifry, stuffing (bread crumbs, celery, etc) cooked in my slow cooker, and turkey cooked in the oven. I'll think about roasting bell peppers in the oven while I'm finishing off the rest of dinner, and steaming carrots on the stove. What about salad? Do you serve salad with your Christmas meal? Homemade cranberry sauce, for sure. A fresh vegetable and fruit tray, maybe. I'm not feeling amazingly healthy yet, so that could be why I'm so undecided.
What sort of traditions do you follow for Christmas? I'd love to hear about them! Let me know what you're cooking for dinner, and maybe you'll inspire me!
Who else besides me hates having a sore throat? Hurts to swallow, you lose your voice, and so on. Here's a concoction to soothe that sore throat. It doesn't hurt that it has honey, fresh lemon and ginger, either. I can't say it will prevent or end your cold, but it does help you feel a little better, and I like to think that both lemon and ginger, both having a plethora of health benefits, may do some good as you struggle to fight that infection, and honey, even if you take what you read about it online with a grain of salt, is undeniably soothing.
I know after drinking a pot of that last night I slept really well and my throat is feeling much better today. Coincidence, maybe. Certainly worth a shot!
1 whole lemon
A piece of fresh ginger root. How much doesn't matter- it's up to personal preference.
Honey- the less processed, the better- a couple of generous spoonfuls.
Boil a kettle full of water. While you wait, wash your lemon and ginger, and slice into a teapot. Add the boiled water, and sweeten with honey to taste. Best to drink hot, but tasty after it cools too.
What are your favorite things to do to help your sore throat?
Actually, it's been somewhat longer than just today. Two of my people seem to have had it over the week, but I've got the symptoms today. So what was supposed to be a whirlwind busy weekend with family and multiple parties becomes a quiet weekend at home with a pot of homemade soup and my favorite people.
My dad swears that this soup is the best soup to eat when you're sick. He sent me a slightly different recipe, but pretty close to this one. What's your go-to soup when you're down with something and you need a little comfort?
Take some time for yourself today! Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing, wherever you are.