Category Archives: Beginnings

I Am Resolute

Resolutions aren’t finished, or at least that is how it has been for me in past years and for most people in general according to the statistics.  They are goals/good intentions, but most resolutions never have the box checked or move to the done column on the iPhone.

I like the word HOPE better, so that is my word of choice in goal setting for 2012.

My determined hopes of 2012 are:

1. Buy local

We have options, lots of options in the area in which we live.  We are fortunate to have local, independent stores for almost every need.  BUY LOCAL! And when buying local, try to buy items made in the USA.

2. Cook seasonally

We  usually make one trip to the grocery store per week or every two weeks.  Our hope is to add the Farmer’s Market to our weekly agenda and create a menu based off of what it is in season.  This isn’t going to work every week, but we’re going to give it a try and hope it will become part of our routine.  It would provide a challenge in cooking and also fit with our  food philosophy (we’ve never discussed what that is exactly, but I feel like we would agree on it if we did).

3. Have new experiences

Visit new places. Look at places I’ve been differently. View my city and communities through the eye of a tourist for a day.

4. Get fit

Feel better about my health, have more energy, complete a race, just move in general.

5. Cook, bake, sauté, grill, and just in general create with food.

YUM in collaboration with hope #1, #2, #3, #4, and #6. (There may be some contradiction between the pic below and hope #4).

6. Enjoy our home and adding “our touch” to the inside.  In other words, changing these beautiful chairs circa 1975 into something that I don’t want to cover up with a brown paper bag.

Enjoy 2012 with my husband and family.  Be present.  Be thankful.

Update: Andrew would call this your being indecisive.  7. Plant a tea olive tree in the backyard.  8. Establish a Christmas tradition (for our family of 2) that is all our own–meaning that neither of our families currently/or ever have had the tradition.

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A New Year

Journal Graveyard

You will find a journal graveyard spread throughout my house. Several with bright covers and others with a nice leather look that says take me seriously. And I do take my journaling seriously for the first 4 days. And then it’s over.  With the scoreboard showing a big, fat 0 on that front, I decided that perhaps a different approach was needed. I could produce a record through food with a blog. At first I was skeptical. There are already multiple (times 1000s) food blogs on the web and there isn’t a whole lot that hasn’t been done from what I can see. But, when I decided that I could do this for me and not worry if anyone ever read it, or if visitor analytics would be needed, I got excited. Excited about adding a few new ounces of potential creativity to my day. Excited that the pressure was off and I didn’t have to impress anyone. Thrilled that I have an excuse to cook food, photograph, and write about it – these are a few of my favorite things (cue The Sound of Music soundtrack). Note that I didn’t say I am a professional at any of them.

I’m Southern—hence the name of the blog and my accent. You can’t hear it, but my blog entries are best read in a hearty, southern drawl. I can’t bat my eyes or roll my Rs. Both actually provoke a look of concern from my husband. Food is a love. Period. I come from a long line of home-trained cooks, and from a family who considers eating a hobby to be mastered. Cooking and doing it well are deeply ingrained in my DNA. Thus, the beginning of this blog-documenting the everyday and learning through food.