As 2011 ends, we reflect on what was while we anticipate what is to come. In 2011 our youngest turned sixteen, my mom turned eighty, our eldest earned her degree, our middle daughter bought her first car (and had it wrecked by a deer), we attended five weddings, one baptism, and celebrated engagements and births.
In the midst of celebrations, milestones, and daily life, Savoring Today plugged along increasing readership, winning prizes, and moved to a new home at WordPress.org. Overall, it has been a good year for reflection with many blessings to count—if you are reading this, you are among them.
As we look forward, I offer a list of twelve things for 2012, in no particular order.
1. Yogurt. I want to make my own yogurt. I know, I know, it’s easy, but my attempts thus far (without a yogurt maker) have been abysmal.
2. Truffles. I have a cookbook on my desk right now, Simply Truffles, to review in January. This will be a fun, new culinary adventure.
3. Learning how to use my camera. Although my photos have improved over the last year (thanks to Adobe Lightroom), I still have to ask my daughter to help me adjust the camera settings. Honestly, I would rather just cook and write, but food photography is a big part of blogging about food (ugh). So, reluctantly, it goes on the list.
4. New blog design. This feels a little like cheating to have this on a 2012 list because it has been in the works for a couple of months already. However, it is one of the things I am most excited about for 2012—we launch on January 3rd. 🙂 (The first photo is a hint.)
5. Incorporating Ziplist into each recipe post. With over 250 recipes, this might take me a while to complete. If you have not heard of Ziplist, you will want to check it out. With your own account, you can save recipes from hundreds of sites around the web and create shopping lists from them. This is cool stuff.
6. Publish an e-book about Basic Batch Cooking. I have utilized monthly, big batch, and multiple meal methods of cooking for more than 14 years now. It simplifies time in the kitchen without relying on casseroles or crockpots (not that either are bad). I am looking forward to sharing this.
7. Give away a grill. Yep, you read that right. I have two grills on my patio (one wood, one gas) and another one in my garage still in the box, which I won from Finecooking.com with my Pancetta-Gruyere Burger recipe. Winning it was an honor, but keeping it would be ridiculous, I do not need another grill. So sometime in March or April I’ll have to figure out a fun way to pass it along through a giveaway. Ideas welcome.
8. Plant a garden. I have a lovely garden area right outside my office window, which sat fallow last year. Fresh herbs, zucchini, green beans, green onions, carrots, radishes, peppers, and snap peas all came from the farmers market last year. Not a bad choice, but I missed tending my own plot of dirt.
9. Implement Recipage to categorize recipes. Ziplist is to recipe keeping and shopping lists as Recipage is to categorizing and searching recipes within a site. More cool stuff to help food bloggers and their readers.
10. Walk the dog. Silas is a faithful “co-worker” lying beside my desk as I write or watching me cook (waiting for tidbits). Both of us would benefit from getting out more often.
11. Cooking classes. Take an online cooking class from America’s Test Kitchen or sign-up for hands-on instruction from local chefs or restaurants. As much as I love to experiment in my own kitchen, I love to learn new techniques. This will be a fun one.
12. Remember to Savor. There is a lot of activity on this list, may I keep in mind the point to it all, to enjoy the process. May the food, the work, the writing, the connections all enrich life along the way. To God be all the glory.
Do you have a list, a goal, a resolution for 2012?