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My Grandma passed away at the age of 94. She was a wonderful cook and I was lucky enough to inherit her recipes. Many date back to the 1940s and 50s. Grandma prepared them in a charming country kitchen with no running water and most of her produce came from her garden, not from the grocery store. These are made-from-scratch recipes. I wish I had spent more time with her in the kitchen and . . . I wish I had spent more time with her for so many other reasons.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

My attitude toward New Year's Resolutions changed this year -- I decided to approach my resolutions from an "I plan to achieve"/doing point of view  instead of the "deprive myself" point of view.  My first resolution is to win the lottery this year.  Tell me . . . how is that any more unrealistic than planning to lose 30 pounds this year?

My New Year's Post from 2013 is shown below . . .

Most of Grandma's recipes have been for what I call ordinary everyday recipes that came out of the 1940s through 1960s.  There are tools in the blogger world to look to see how many people read posts and I've definitely found a pattern.  The more exotic the recipe name, the more visits there are to that post. 

There are certainly gems hidden in the posts on this page -- I've had the pleasure of discovering most of them.  It's just a shame that more people don't take the time to read back through the recipes to discover the basics.  Grandma didn't have the luxury of running to the grocery store just to pick up a forgotten item.  Her shopping was limited to one day each week -- usually Saturday.  She relied on items in her freezer, on her canning shelves, or from her garden to plan her dinners. 

It couldn't have been easy.  I can't imagine not being able to just run to the store for something I need to complete dinner.  That happens to me frequently.  Grandma was a planner.  She had to think ahead -- there were no microwaves to defrost meat or other items. 

We have so many luxuries when it comes to cooking compared to those who cooked years ago.  One of my resolutions for 2013 is to get my financial house in order.  To accomplish this, I'll need to review my grocery budget.  That's one area that can use an extra eye!

The same statements could apply to 2014 . . . but I plan to make a difference in my life and the lives of my family members.  Maybe saying I will win the lottery this year is a little bit "out there", but I will begin the steps required to build a business that will provide a good living now and in the future for my family.  

Please share any thoughts you have about your perfect dining experience, and ideas that would be interesting.