Oh, the Places We’ll Go in 2013

happy new year

Happy New Year!
How were your holidays and how have the first couple weeks of 2013 been for you so far? Have you set any goals for this year?

My holidays were very enjoyable. I spent a few days up at my grandparents’ house and got to see the whole family (well, my mom’s side of the family) for the first time in a while. It’s just amazing to me how quickly children grow. My one cousin is five, about half my size, and speaking in full sentences. The last time time I saw him he was three. The difference is just amazing.

Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about how I want to continue with this blog. Of course, I still be cooking and sharing the dishes I make, but I’d like to expand my content more.

So here are some of my goals for 2013.

Make more things from scratch
Last year, I won the book Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese which focuses on which items in our kitchen we should make from scratch and which to buy. I love the adventure of gathering the ingredients and combining them to make something I’m so used to buying, just because that’s the way it was always done. Some of the things I want to try: pizza dough, BBQ sauce, more pasta, etc. I also want to try variations of these with different flavors, but also gluten-free.

Feature more vegetarian items
While I do love meat, looking at the overview of all the recipes I have shared so far, most of them involve meat. I want to make more whole meals that are vegetarian.

Explore the world of booze more
Booze is a part of this blog that has fallen by the wayside. I think this partly due to the fact that sometimes I just feel overwhelmed when I go into the liquor store. In 2013, I want to change that. So, definitely be on the lookout for reviews, tips, and new drinks I’ll be trying.

Books, Books, Books
I love books, and while I did have to pull out of the Reading Challenge (because I didn’t review all of the books I read), I managed to read 41 books in 2012 (goodreads is a wonderful tool to keep track with). I’m not sure if I’ll feature many reviews here, since I know book bloggers who say that reviews don’t get much traction, but I’m thinking of doing a recap of the books I read each month with a mini review of each. And, of course I’ll be featuring more food-related books like the ones below.

Traveling and restaurants
This year, I hope to be traveling a bit more, which would mean new sites, sounds, and flavors! But, I’m not sure exactly when that will happen so I do want to feature more restaurants, and Philly has a wonderful selection to choose from. This might not happen too often, since we don’t eat out that much, but at least a once per month is my goal.

Write more letters
We live in a world of email and social media. I have always loved writing letters, and plan to make that a regular part of my weekly routine. Back in November, I came across the Letter Writers Alliance, an organization dedicated to keeping the art of letter writing alive. And through the LWA, I heard of The World Needs More Love Letters, which focuses on sending more love letters out into the world, not just to people you know, but to friends you haven’t met yet as well. This is a project I’m very excited about.

What are some of your goals for 2013?

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5 thoughts on “Oh, the Places We’ll Go in 2013

  1. Happy New Year, Nicolle! Your goal to write more letters is a great one– I am definitely going to think about adding that to my own list. I have a book challenge goal as well, and hope to get more into fermenting this year, and be more efficient with my jam making, I have a cupboard full of experiments that reminds me that fruit and sugar and jars cost money! :) Will look forward to reading your posts this year, as usual.

  2. Sadly, reviews don’t always do well for me. If I look at my Top Five Posts (of All Time), not one could be considered a review – although 4 of the 5 are about Tolkien/LotR, they’re not really reviews.

    • It is kind of sad they don’t get much traction, but I do enjoy your Trashy Tuesday posts. They’re hilarious!

      In the few (very few) posts I have done book reviews, I always try to relate it to my life and why I enjoyed the book so much.

      • Man, Trashy Tuesdays aren’t even in the top five anymore! For a long time, the Clan of the Cave Bear post was my most popular, but it has been edged out this last month by all the Tolkien stuff.

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