2018 is off to a great start!
I had a super relaxing and fun week with family back in Arkansas, and now I’m back home and ready to dive back into work and normal life. We also got to bring in the New Year eating tasty food at home, playing Linkee and then Mario Kart on our new Nintendo Switch. Today, I’m catching up on the blogging (obviously) and enjoying my last day off.
It’s also been a good day to consider my 2018 food resolutions.
So, here’s what I accomplished in 2017:
- Cooked from cookbooks and paper recipes more. I cooked from just cookbooks for one month, and it was a great way to use my recipe books!
- Made my meal plan budget a priority and encouraged you to, as well, with the How to Save Money series.
- Hosted several Sunday dinners and had people over for dinner every few months. This was a really fun thing to do to host new people and work on our entertaining skills.
- Made more homemade foods, like dumplings and homemade pasta. I also made homemade flatbread with yeast (gasp?!), which I used to be scared of.
- I didn’t give up any foods or eating out, but maybe I can this year?!
So, now on to my resolutions for 2018:
1. Eat more seafood
I am not very good at buying and cooking seafood often (other than canned tuna and fresh shrimp), so I would like to eat and cook more seafood this year. We have so much great local seafood in NC, so I’m dreaming of steamed mussels, fresh fish and maybe even some grilled fish!
2. Cook from my recipe box
I have this wonderful recipe box of family recipes that my mom gave me several Christmases ago, and there are lots of recipes in there that I haven’t made or haven’t cooked in quite awhile. With this in mind, I would like to use more of those recipes, as well as use my cookbooks more.
3. Start a cookbook club
In an effort to cook from my cookbooks more regularly, I have an idea to start a cookbook club in my neighborhood and host get-togethers where we all bring a dish cooked from a cookbook. Hopefully I can get this started in the next few months!
4. Give up something
Since I didn’t do this well last year, I’ll continue it into this year. I would like to give up eating out for a month and/or try to cut down on sugar or meat sometime this year.
5. Watch food documentaries
Have you noticed how many food documentaries there are on Netflix? Chef’s Table, Mind of a Chef, the list goes on and on, and I want to watch more of them! They’re interesting and educational, so it’s really a win-win. I’ve also started watching The Great British Bake Off Masterclass show.
What are your food resolutions for 2018?