First off, I am doing pretty darned good two weeks into the New Year with some of my resolutions. I have NOT turned the TV on during the day during the week, not even once. That has turned out to be a bit easier than I expected. It was so easy to come out and hit the remote to turn it on on my way to making my first cuppa coffee. Instead I am enjoying such great music ala Pandora. I like to have music on while I am doing my computer "stuff". Once I log off, I switch to my current audio book and listen to that while I am working in the kitchen, garage, sewing room or whatever. I find I do have less stress not dialing into my MSNBC buddies all day. Jay turns the news on when he gets home around 6, and I am still recording and watching Rachel Maddow every evening. She is just so darned smart and explains things well. And she talks really fast, just like me.
Haven't been through a drive through for fast food, coffee, nothing. This one isn't so hard because we don't have any of these things in Yountville. And my trips into Napa generally have a purpose so no idle car time.
The bed hasn't been made everyday. Need to work on that one.
I'm entering a cooking quandry again, I can feel it coming on. I get caught up in cookbooks, pinterest, cooking blogs and websites and I venture into new tastes and recipes. And then I get to where I'm coming now and I wonder, why? Why can't we all just have a meatloaf, chicken, pasta, veggie recipe we like and just use it over and over? Jay is so NOT a fussy eater. He will eat most anything I put in front of him, though he doesn't like stuff too spicy and avoids what he calls "weeds" (which are basically anything green in a salad that isn't iceburg or romaine lettuce). Many of the things I see in books or online that I would like to try now are things that involve weeds or new spices so that limits me a bit to what I can actually make that is new.
Sometimes I think I would like to just have a regular weekly meal plan. You know, fish two nights, chicken two nights, pasta, two nights, planovers (leftovers, whatever is still in the fridge) one night. I do know that planning ahead makes a big difference in what is ready to eat at dinnertime. I was raised at a time and in a family that dinner ALWAYS consisted of some kind of meat dish, a side dish which was usually the starch, a salad and some kind of bread. My Dad was/is big on bread! Even if it was just a stack of wonderbread on a plate, it was bread on the table with the meal. And milk. Big milk drinkers. I still LOVE milk. I know so many people who rarely have milk in their refrigerator, and I can't imagine being without it. I am using coconut milk in my smoothies everyday.
I should get going. I do need to head to the grocery store for some basics. Meatloaf for dinner tonight. I don't use a recipe, just start throwing things in there. With parsley buttered rice and some asparagus. Sliced tomatoes drizzled with balsamic and evoo. And a couple of the angel biscuits I prepped yesterday and popped into the freezer. Yep, got all the basics covered.