We are normally big New Years Resolution people. Justin usually stiff arms me into doing something dramatic, like giving up pizza or burgers for an entire year. He believes that a resolution should be significant, disciplined and a reminder of how lucky we are, by giving up something that we really enjoy. It is kind of like doing Lent for an entire year. I would imagine that we probably seem pretty smug in November. “Look at those two, they gave up burgers/soda/fast food/pizza”….haha. Even I’m sick of us.
This year we aren’t giving up any food items and instead focusing on our meals. There is always room to cook more meals at home. A few weeks ago, we purchased a share of a local, grass-fed cow. It has been fun coming up with recipes and trying out new cuts of meat that we wouldn’t normally buy, with the added bonus of eating healthier meats. We’re definitely going to do that again in 2012.
We don’t usually cook meals together, but tonight, while Justin was getting our dinner ready, I started cutting up the veggies for a crock pot meal that I’m going to cook tomorrow.
Nothing crazy, just some carrots, red potatoes, onions and a cut of beef (with a splash of whatever wine we have open in the house). I’m still on the fence about whether to cook it tonight while we sleep or while I’m at work. I’m a bit of a worrier, so if I use the crock pot while I’m at work, I set up my laptop webcam so I can watch it. I’ve declared it the most boring web cam in history. Piper the dog does occasionally make an appearance to sniff, so I can tell when it must be starting to smell good at the house.
I threw everything into gallon sized plastic ziplock bags. If we decided that we didn’t want to have a crock pot meal tomorrow, I could easily just freeze everything.
While I was cleaning up, Justin set the counter for our meal. We try to use our china as much as possible. We also put it in the dishwasher. Why wait for a special occasion and baby it?
And of course, no new year meal would be complete without a delicious, fresh salad!