The month of January brings with it opportunities to change a habit or start something new.
It feels like anything is possible...a clean slate and a fresh start await.
A tidy home and garden are on my radar.
My goal is to tackle one job each day so that I don't get overwhelmed and give up!
I spent several hours cleaning up our medicine drawer and I am embarrassed to confess that there were lotions, salves, pills and cold remedies that were expired as far back as 2010!
I bagged them all up and took them to our local pharmacy for recycling.
These pharmaceuticals are toxic and should not be thrown away in the regular garbage.
I've also been eating far too much and some of my choices have not been Weight Watcher Point Friendly items!
So it's time to get back on track...
I'm not beating myself up either, nor should I.
Thin crust and delicious...but I ate too much of it.
Lemon Meringue Cake!
I recently bought a slow cooker and made some homemade beans from scratch...
I want to make some soups and stews in the cooker.
The idea of starting dinner early and having dinner cook throughout the day and be ready without much fuss appeals to me...
(especially when I am tacking the closets and doing some "deeper cleaning" projects)
I've gone through all my books and donated more than half of them...
I've kept my favourites.
I plan on re-reading Debra's book before I go to Paris.
I read Jennifer L. Scott's blog and I quite enjoy her books. She is hard at work on her third book.
On a recent blog post she discussed cutting out distractions at home...
I am so easily distracted so I was interested in what she had to say...
you can read her thoughts here.
I received this book last year for my birthday from a good friend and have made a few of the recipes.
Soups are a great way to use up leftovers and stretch the budget...
I like to make them on a cold blustery day...
while I am busy chopping I like to be quiet and mindful
and if there are any leftovers they are good for lunches and can easily be frozen for future use.
I had all the ingredients for this soup on hand...
it's a rich and comforting soup
but it's a little high on the WW Point Scale.
I know it's January because the Snowdrops are blooming.
Have you got any projects on the back burner?
Are you editing your wardrobe, cleaning out closets, bagging up donations for the charity shops?
Perhaps you embarking on some self improvement, taking a new class or are trying some new recipes.
"New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change."
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~