It's that time again; we all sit around contemplating how to make improvements in the coming year, but what if your New Year's resolution actually derails your progress toward lowering anxiety, and reducing stress? The tradition of choosing a resolution reaches back thousands of years, but history may not lead us down the best path in this case. I understand you may want to use the new year as a time for self-improvement, but indulge my thinking for just a moment, because I am entering 2017 without a resolution in sight.
It's that time of year again...Holiday Baking Extravaganza. Although I do not celebrate Christmas, many of my friends, coworkers, and family members do, so each year I reach deep into my brain; recalling my baking skills, and get to work. The Holiday Baking Extravaganza occurs in two parts; Part 1 is for my coworkers, and Part 2 is for David's family. Today, I am sharing my Part 1 recipe review, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves from Brandy over at the Gluesticks blog.
David and I woke up to this...chilling to the bones ice, and sleet; the perfect kind of day to drag myself to a favorite coffee shop (thanks Songbyrd Cafe), and write. This week's menu took a little longer to plan than usual; multiple outings, work holiday lunches, and the onset of food boredom forced me to think more creatively.
'Tis the season to be anxious! Fa la la la la, la la la la...
Holidays, whether Hannukah, Christams, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Diwali, etc., bring great joy into my life, but they can also bring stress and anxiety as I begin to think about the enormous gift giving tasks ahead. Not only do I fret about who should receive gifts, but also about what to buy in the first place. I may not be able to help you determine who should get gifts this year, but I am hoping this Finding Normal Gift Guide will equip you with some good ideas. And remember, it's the thought that counts, and a bigger budget does not always mean a better gift.
Welcome to the first installment of the Weekly Menu Series!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about why weekly menu planning work for me. While it requires a little extra time each week, it reduces daily kitchen stress, and makes grocery shopping more efficient. In order to demystify the process, I want to start sharing my plans, and associated grocery lists on a more regular basis. Enjoy!
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