Y’all, it’s JUNE already, and I can hardly believe how quickly this year is flying by.
How ’bout we check in on those semi-lofty food goals I set back at the beginning of the year to see how I’m doing?
1. Work on incorporating more whole foods in my diet.
Status: Getting better.
It’s funny how our bodies react when we REALLY start fueling ourselves with good stuff instead of crap. While I still crave sweets and some junk foods, I’ve made a noticeable effort to eat more veggies and fruit in my day-to-day routine. … However, this is usually shot to pieces on the weekends and/or when I’m traveling, as I tend to consume all the things that I can’t get in my city during those times. (So this coming weekend in New Orleans? Watch out, y’all.)
2. Try 24 new recipes from the various cookbooks (and magazines) I own.
Status: Probably already achieved, but I sadly have not been tracking this.
In my kitchen, I do a lot of riffing on recipes I’ve found, and because of this, I’m never 100% sure. Note to self: Keep better notes and records so I can actually say I’ve achieved this goal.
3. Make homemade ice cream.
Made Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream while freelancing for Polka Dot Peacock. Wrote and photographed it… then figured, why the heck shouldn’t I try it out? That was sadly a bad idea because, umm, apparently, dairy and I don’t get along so well these days. And while that makes my heart really, REALLY sad, it makes me even sadder to know I was up all night one evening last week after having consumed the stuff due to an extremely upset stomach.
4. Figure out my taste when it comes to liquor.
Status: Working on it.
Winston and I launched The Cocktail Chronicles in January, and we’ve been slowly drinking our way through the book, even though we’ve been a little lackadasical about trying recipes recently due to the craziness of our schedules and a ton of travel. I have no doubt we’ll get back in the swing of things as the summer heats up. (Side note: The Tom Collins is my ABSOLUTE favorite summer drink so far, and it makes me so happy, and I want to drink it on patios all summer long.)
5. Be brave.
Status: Definitely doing this.
I’m trying different foods, I’m expirementing (sometimes successfully, other times, not so much), and most importantly, I’m having fun with it.
How are YOU doing on your goals for the new year?
Have you taken a chance to look back and reflect on your year so far?