Update: January 17


This week has been a great catch-up week.  I finished my socks plus another project, got ahead of the game with reading, and rocked the party with my a new recipe.  Still excited and motivated.

Books:  I finished Good Omens, then tore through Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey in one sitting, and followed that up with Little House in the Suburbs. I recommend all of them.

Projects:  The same night I finished the socks, I got an idea for the world’s laziest project.  I was gifted some beeswax at Christmas time from a beekeeper friend.  After reading up on homemade balms, I put the wax in a jar with coconut oil (1 part wax to 2 parts oil), and set it on a candle warmer. Occasionally, I’d walk past and swirl the mixture around.  Once it was all melted, I took it off the warmer and let it harden.  Best lip/hand balm I’ve ever had, with very little effort.

Recipe:  This quiche was awesome. And with just four of us, it yielded some great leftovers.  This recipe from smitten kitchen was outstanding.  I used Joy the Baker’s no-roll crust recipe, and they were perfectly paired.  My husband said that the crust tasted like it had pretzels in it.

This week: 

Book:  The Rosie Project  (this one came highly recommended, and  the kindle version is $1.99 at this moment)
Project:  a collaboration with my kids inspired by this one
Recipe:  These rolls will make a nice addition to some split pea soup I’m planning on for this weekend.


Update: January 10


I was so ready to go last week, so high  on the excitement of a new year, and so ready to just rock it out.  Then I got sick, then my husband got sick, and things just fell behind, so I gave myself and extension on my socks and my book.  I did, however, finish another book and make the planned recipe, so let’s focus on that.

Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins    I know a lot of people were unhappy about this book, but I really enjoyed most of it.  The scenes in The Capitol are just not as well-done as the rest of the series, and it makes it harder to enjoy that part.  I listened to this while walking and in my car, and I still don’t like the reader I disliked in Catching Fire.  While I meant to start the year with Good Omens, perhaps a book about Armageddon isn’t the best way to start a year.

Project:  Still plugging away at Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  Those size one needles just take their sweet time, but the results are so nice.  The picture above is from the first sock, but the second is at the same place.  I’m getting there and hope to finish it this weekend.

Recipe:  I tried Dinner: a Love Story’s Pasta with Pea and Pancetta .  I was mostly excited to try out a recipe with pancetta, , but it was sort of underwhelming.  I’d have enjoyed it more with leftover ham, and if I make it again, I’ll do that.  My kids were underwhelmed, and we were hungry two hours later.  It would probably make a better lunch than dinner.

Up next:

Book:  Good Omens
Project:  Knitting A Noble Cowl  OR finishing a baby quilt. We’ll see how this weekend plays out.
Recipe: Smitten Kitchen’s Spinach Quiche

Update: January 3


In an effort to keep things documented, I’ll be writing on Fridays to update progress in addition to completed project updates.  

This week I chose the projects, books, and recipes I want to complete in January, then assigned deadlines to each of them.  Instead of measuring weeks by Sunday to Saturday, I’m going by every seven days.  This allows for weekends to be in the middle of the time frame to finish it them in, and I think that will help.  

As for this week, I’m behind already.  A stomach bug laid me out on the couch for the better part of a day.  I also  broke my sewing machine last week, which forced plans to be adjusted.  A little extra effort should get me back on track.  

In progress this week: 

Project:  Hermione’s Everyday Socks 
Book:  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Recipe:  Pasta with Peas and Pancetta  (this will be dinner tonight) 

I’ll be back on Monday to share some encouraging posts about goals I’ve come across.  Have a great weekend!