This really isn't going to be a traditional New Year's post with a list of resolutions. Yes, I have ideas, plans and goals for the new year, but I think I will be unveiling them in a less traditional way this year. To be completely honest, I have become super self-conscious about stating my goals on this blog. I started this blog to help me be accountable, but as I have "failed" (for now) at achieving my main health goals, it feels a bit disingenuous to say "here is what I am going to do" yet again. Please bear with me as I work my way toward making this the "the" year.
First, I want to tie up this past year. I got a promotion!!! I am no longer an "okay" aunt...I have been promoted to "great" aunt, as my eldest niece had her first baby on Dec. 29th. We arrived at the hospital just after her birth (planned early morning c-section because the baby was breech). We got to spy into the nursery as they performed their initial observations, which for a large part of the time didn't look like she was being observed. From what I could tell they wanted her to clear out her lungs...and that she did :) Birth can't be an easy thing. Poor pink baby just hanging out in her strange new world while my baby sister/new grandma looks on..
After my niece was out of recovery and she had a chance to feed the baby, we finally were able to see and congratulate the new mama. Then my sister and I hit the road for a two hour drive to my nephew's wrestling tournament. It was his second tournament of the year and though it didn't go quite as we hoped, there is much to be optimistic about for his season.
I am including fun things on the to-do list too. Through a Christmas gift - homemade vanilla extract - I discovered I could make homemade extracts. I had never considered that before. So while picking up groceries I purchased my first ever bottle of liquor. I have never been a drinker and I've only ever bought an occasional wine for cooking. And yes, I know the cashier only carded me because they are required to card everyone :)
I decided to try citrus extracts first - orange and lime this time. The process is super easy. I consulted several websites and the ingredient amounts varied. I averaged them out and started with 1/2 cup vodka and the zest from large orange and a large lime. It sounds like it will be easy to make adjustments when it has steeped for awhile - add more zest or add more vodka.
I grabbed a quick sandwich to eat on my way to see the baby on Saturday. I got to the car door and remembered we had agreed to not in the new car. But it is only a little sandwich with no condiments - how messy could that be?? No one will know. Except me. So I stood outside the car finishing my sandwich...wonder what the neighbors thought :) Incidentally, not eating in the car should be very helpful to my weight loss goals - I bed we have all done some serious eating in the "privacy" of our cars. .
at Runs to Get Waisted) cheese plates lately. I love this type of eating - picking and choosing combinations, eating with my hands and, of course, cheese. Okay, I admit it sounds all so refined and sophisticated and I would like to feel a bit more sophisticated at times - it may be too late for refined though :) I decided to make a plate for our lunch/football viewing on Sunday using what I had on hand. This is what I came up with: Wheat Thins, shaved Parmesan (for salads), garlic summer sausage, Manchego cheese, sharp cheddar. According to my Googling cheese plates should have hard and soft cheese. The only soft cheese I had was some cream cheese leftover from a holiday recipe. I found an unopened jar of Harry and David's Pepper Onion Relish in the pantry and a jar of Peach Chutney from a trip to Georgia in the fridge. (Note to self: cleaning/organizing the pantry/fridge on New Year's Day was worth every bite.) We smeared a bit of cream cheese on a Wheat Thin and topped with the relish or the chutney. So good. My husband loved the Pepper Onion Relish - it had a nice bite and sweetness. It was a fun meal and we will be doing it again.