Checking In: Food Goals of 2013, June

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?

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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.
Status: Complete.
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?

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  1. Happy June! I’m really impressed by the fact that you use cookbooks and recipe collections more often. I admire that sense of adventure! I need to put my cookbooks to use!

    1. Thanks, lady! Happy JULY to you! And yeah, I’m trying to get better about cookbooks and recipe collections. That was actually the reason I set that goal — to use them more instead of just randomly finding things on the Internet every night. And I believe in you — give those cookbooks a workout for this second part of the year!

  2. I always forget to set goals/resolutions for myself in January that are actually trackable (and then I get frustrated when it’s impossible to count my progress). I love your approach with this and posting it to help motivate others and keep yourself accountable!

    1. Ditto! When I saw this post, I smacked my forehead and wondered why I didn’t come up with some solid goals to achieve. Ah, there’s always next year. 6 more months to figure put what I want to do.

      1. 6 months to figure out what you want to do… or 6 months to do something you want to do, girl. 🙂 Nothing wrong with starting halfway through the year, right?

    2. I’m generally bad about it, too, Kelly, and I’m trying to get better about it with this. I feel ya on not doing things that are trackable. 😉 And thank you — you’re too sweet! Hopefully, this is making us all think about our resolutions and holding us to them, whatever they might be!

  3. I love these goals and it looks like you are doing a fabulous job with them. Way to stay consistent. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I STILL need to make ice cream, it is on my list and has been for years, thanks for the reminder that I need to get off my lazy butt and get to it!

    1. Do it, lady! And while you make your ice cream, I’m learning to make dairy free ice cream. THAT’s happening this summer, so fingers crossed that it turns out OK!

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