Saturday, April 9, 2011

April Resolutions

Looks like I'm a bit late reporting in on my March Resolutions, the Crochet and Knitting Blog Week took over my regular schedule for awhile there! really doesn't matter anyway because my March resolutions pretty much went unresolved. Oopsie.

Since I have a bunch of new followers recently, I'll fill you in that back in January, I set a couple of long-term goals for the year, and decided to also make a couple of short-term resolutions each month. The long term ones, I'm happy to report, are going well! As the weather is gradually getting better I've been walking outside more, although I must say that Crochet Month and Blog Week did keep my keister (kiester? keester?) parked in front of the computer quite a bit. And for my spiritual goal, I'm still listening to the Daily Audio Bible reading every day, and I am really getting alot out of it. It's helping me recognize some areas in my life where I've been putting in considerably less than my best effort, and I think I'm turning some of that around.

But then there was March. In March I intended to find three more new meals to put into my incredibly boring menu plan, and to get everyone working on ten minutes of straightening up around the house every day. Ummmmm, not so much. So hey, I guess I better keep those goals around for April eh? Maybe some of my newer followers can help me out with the meal thing. In fact, I'll make it a challenge! Post a recipe here, or email it to me, and at the beginning of May I will pick my favorite. Whoever sent it to me will get a small token of my appreciation! (I have no clue what, but surprises are good right?)  And I'll include those who gave me meal ideas last month too. 

Hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are! I'm going to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef tomorrow at the Smithsonian, I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be sure to tell you all about it next week!


Pretty Knitty said...

I don't use recipes so much, but if you want less boring, try this "kitchen sink"-style:

Heat a pan and add a little olive oil. Sear/brown whatever meat you have on hand...about a pound, then cover pan to cook through, seasoning with your favorite stuff and a little hot sauce.

In the meantime, cook some pasta, rice or beans...enough for 4, a different pan, drain and set aside.

When the meat is nearly-oh-so-close to being done, remove from pan and cut into bite-size pieces. Add 2-3 cups veggies (fresh or frozen, your faves) to the pan with some water or broth AND a touch of soy sauce, steam/boil gently 5 minutes or so.

Add in cooked pasta, rice or beans, and meat with a touch of butter, and toss everything together. Maybe reduce a little more liquid off, if you still have a bunch.

Each time, the meal is new. It's a surprise, and it's super easy!

Shanti said...

Pretty Knitty recipe sounds great!!!

I make curry in the same way... with whatever meat I have, and veggies... with couscous and the curry sauce... I buy it in paste, it comes in a box, and I mix it with coconut milk or just water. each time is delicious!

Kimberly and Abby said...

One of our fave recipes is this slow-cooker beef stroganoff:,2212,156183-233200,00.html

I leave out the cream of chicken soup or it gets too liquidy, I use beefy onion soup mix, and I toss in whatever veggies I've got on hand, plus the noodles or rice in the last 30 min. of cooking. It turns out perfectly every time, and the Crock Pot does all the work.