Whether or not you’re the resolution-making sort of person, it’s possible that somewhere in your mind is the idea that 2015 will be the year you get a grip on cooking dinner. Family dinner was my pledge to myself (not a resolution but a decision born of necessity, I assure you) in January 2013 when I started posting weekly meal plans.
The process and the meals have evolved over the last two years, mostly for the better. I’ve learned that if I don’t print the plan and the associated recipes, then we’re less likely to stay on track. I’ve also learned that it is ridiculous to find and then try five entirely new recipes each and every week of the year. Sometimes going with what you know is the wisest course of action; and sometimes we try something new, really like it and want to have it again. Sometimes I want something easy and family-friendly; other times I want to be adventuresome. There’s a little bit of everything in the mix at our house.
So I’ve been working on a recipe archive of sorts (permanent link now in the header). I’ve made it through only six months of posts and have another 18 months’ worth to sort through and it’s in reverse chronological (completely nonsensical) order, but it’s a start. If you’re trying to figure out what’s for dinner, maybe it will give you a seed of inspiration. If you want to start cooking, it’s at least a place to help you start cooking.
And yes, even though this week I posted early, on Thursday, because I felt like it, I’ll still post the weekly plan every Saturday, hopefully by 10:30, hopefully tagged onto the end of a piece of writing. It’s not a resolution, just something I’ve grown fond of.
Thanks! We do the family dinner thing each night… But now resolving to do it healthier. It is hard!!!!!
A good friend once told me that if things are hard it’s because youre trying to do then right- and if they’re too hard then you’re trying to do them too right. There are still days when we resort to ordering pizza here, but those days are few and far between now. Keep at it, and happy new year to you, Charles!
I just sent your blog to a friend today, for all the wonderful links and ideas I’ve found here in 2014. You inspire me each post; the idea of an archive makes me wet my pants. Ok, so that’s a 50’something thing, but you do inspire me! Happy New Year Jennifer!
You are so funny. And kind. And thoughtful. And since I’m in my 50th year, I get it. And I still think it’s funny, really I do. Thanks for sharing my work and for all the support and encouragement you give me. You inspire me, too. Looking forward to what the new year will bring for us both.
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