Happy New Year – 2014 Resolutions


2014 Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again where everyone makes (and breaks) New Year resolutions. Of course I’m all about setting goals throughout the year, but there’s just something inspiring about starting over with a clean new slate. Maybe because we get so off track with the holidays – baking, cooking, shopping, socializing, traveling – that once the chaos dies down in January, we are left to scramble and pick up where we left off. What better time to start new goals? I’m writing this post not only to remind myself this time next year what my goals were, we tend to finish them if we tell other people. Consider it a good type of peer pressure.

Change Is A Challenge

Last year’s resolutions were improve my story telling, photograph more savory foods, and categorize all of my posts. I think I am doing a better job of story telling and am definitely photographing more savory foods, but categorizing all of my posts is a good joke. That one may need to go back on the list.

Here are my goals for 2014:

1. Shoot more process/ingredient shots. I’ve pretty much got the finished shots down. Now I want to incorporate more. I’m not going to do step-by-step instructions necessarily, but I do want to push my mind and creativity to showcase ingredients and techniques.

2. Incorporate more vegetables into my meals. I love vegetables, but I know don’t eat nearly as much as I should. It didn’t really occur to me until I got my hands my new favorite cookbook Bountiful. As I took a step back and looked at my own meals (I hesitate to say diet because I’m not dieting), vegetables were missing. This may seem like a duh moment, but I can’t eat more vegetables if I don’t buy more vegetables. Now I am inspired to eat more, even if it’s just a side of roasted cauliflower or cooked broccoli in my fettuccine alfredo. This goal should really say incorporate more vegetables and fruits, but I’ve never been a big fruit eater. Vegetables I absolutely love and have no problem adding more. The challenge then becomes buying the produce and not being too tired to cook it.

3. Improve my menu planning skills. Menu planning will never be a strength of mine, but I sure could use help. I work full time during the week, meaning by the time I’m home at 5, I am tired and don’t feel like cooking an extravagant meal. The goal is to be eating by 6. Although I have a great list of quick dinners to choose from, my grocery shopping doesn’t always reflect that. Because I live in the middle of nowhere, I do most of my shopping on Saturdays (minus a few things here or there from the store in town, which I try not to do often because you pay more money). Another duh moment – it’s hard to buy the correct ingredients if you don’t know what you’re making! I’m also indecisive – how do I know I really want to eat fajitas on Thursday when it’s only Saturday?

Secret Of Change

I have more goals written down, but those are the top three I wanted to share with you. What about you? What are your goals for 2014? Anybody have tips on menu planning?

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  1. Happy New Year Carla! These are awesome resolution ideas – I’ve actually got eating more veges on mine too lol
    Meal planning was one of the things I worked on last year and eventually I learned to stop planning meals for actual days.
    I’d just get ingredients for 3 to 4 different meals and then prep them and freeze/refrigerate for the week. That way I wasn’t restricted by a specific list and could just eat what I wanted out of the prepped meals when I wanted it.
    It saved me time too since I didn’t have to do a lot of cooking during the week!
    Hope this helps :D

    • Oh great tip! That’s what I sorta did before, although a lot of the time I ended up not having some main ingredients then had to run to the (pricey) store in town when I could’ve been better at planning. I think for now I will be strict on my days then once I get the hang of it, then I’ll be able to plan for dinners and not specific days. Happy New Year, Giselle!

  2. Cheryl illinois says:

    I think menu planning is VERY important and if you don’t feel like eating whatever is on the menu for that day then eat tomorrows dinner today and vice-versa. Try to cook several things over the week-end and maybe make double batches and put one in the freezer. Where do you live when you say it is in the middle of nowhere? is it on a farm?An extra freezer or fridge in the basement is well worth the expense. I do eat lots of fruits and vegetables but I am resolving to lower my portions of everything and eat less red meat.

    • I technically live on a farm, but it’s not an actively-producing farm. My landlord raises highland cows (the furry ones, not dairy or beef ones), but she doesn’t grow produce or raise chickens for eggs or anything. She has a house that she split into two apartments, so I live in an apartment inside a house on farm property lol Weekends are definitely my hardcore cooking days, and I usually make extra chicken than called for so I have some ready to go during the week. I’ll even chop a whole onion and save whatever I don’t use in a container because I use chopped onion so much. Happy New Year, Cheryl!

  3. Thank you and Happy New Year! Change is very difficult.

  4. Best wishes to you on your goals for the year. I can relate to expanding my photography to include more ingredient or process shots too (along with improving my finished food photos). It seems never ending however it’s good to learn and try new things.

    • Yup, it’s never ending! Improving my finished photos will always be ongoing, and I want to start shooting tethered to improve that even more. Happy New Year, Renee!

  5. great goals! Happy New Year!! :)

  6. All good goals!

  7. I don’t even know where to begin making blog resolutions – my photos will *never* look mag-worthy so all I can hope is that the ingredients can speak for themselves! Need to work on more promotion too, but it’s hard when most companies won’t touch you unless you’re USA based. I look forward to seeing all your great things this year!

  8. I think I need to include add more vegetables to my meals too. Getting better but so hard! Good luck with your resolutions and Happy New Year!

  9. Is there a CSA by you that you can join? Your landlords farm can’t be the only one! That’s the one surefire way to guarantee vegetables in your diet. Pay up front, pick up those veggies and then you know you’ve got another pick up in two weeks or a month later. Someone needs to eat them! I also want to do more processed shots but it’s so challenging to think about it as you’re cooking.

  10. Happy New Year and best wishes to your resolutions for the year. All are great goals. Coming over from G+ for the first time on your space. Off to check out more.

  11. Excellent goals, my friend! I suck at eating veggies too. Drexel did a “colorful choices” challenge at one point and made it a friendly competition to get teams of coworkers to eat more fruits and veggies. They had this illustrated blender and you could add illustrated carrots and apples and everything else into the blender to see how much of your diet was composed of a certain color, with the goal of having a 20/20/20/20/20 split between red, orange, yellow, green and blue/purple foods each day. It was surprisingly helpful because I’d go through the week and then at the end look at each day and then think, “I need to eat more green this week!” and buy some collards or some peas. I wish they had an app like that! Anyway, I hope you have a fantastic 2014!

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