What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Wow, 6 months into 2014 already! It’s time for a New Year’s Resolution update, a little report card to see how I’m doing. Let’s take it one category at a time. First…
The health and fitness goals have gone pretty well. My aim for the second half of 2014 is simply to keep exercising, keep getting my steps, and have a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and recovery. So far I’ve logged 92 workouts (not counting NEAT and walks), almost 10 more than last year and I feel pretty proud of that. I’m also hoping to keep my binge free streak going. I know that more tiredness is in my future. I want to cement the healthy habits now so that when I feel like a zombie later I’ll reach for an apple and a glass of water instead of
a cookie all the sugar in the house =p
So I’ve hit 4 out of 10 on my must-bake list for the year. 1 a month for the rest of the year and I should be able to reach this goal. I also checked my new recipes spreadsheet. I tried 55 new recipes in the space between January and June, just 1 less than last year (not bad for a period with a lot of morning sickness). I have a few favourite finds. Here are my top 5:
Salted Caramel Blondies by Brown Eyed Baker – I can’t even tell you how amazing these are!!! I made them with lactose-free cream and butter (for a friend with allergies), but apart from that I stayed true to the recipe. This is one you’re going to want to under bake slightly, but WOW!!
It’s It’s by The Domestic Rebel – It starts with the most perfect oatmeal cookies, then your favourite vanilla ice-cream and chocolate. These are going to be freezer staple from now on.
Peanut Butter Caramel Ice-Cream – I’ve been experimenting with ice-cream now that it’s warm again. This flavour combo is all me (I owe you a post on it soon), but it’s based on this vanilla ice-cream recipe from Simply Scratch, which is going to be my new go-to.
Nutella Cookies by Tasty Kitchen – These are so simple to make and so delicious. The dough is really dry, but don’t let that bother you. The cookies end up moist and delicious. I added white chocolate chunks to push this one over the edge.
Lazy Pizza Dough by Smitten Kitchen – The only trick with this one is that you can’t decide you want pizza last minute, but that’s the only down side. Makes for an excellent pizza!
I’ve learned in the last 6 months, that like a lot things, this kind of habit is a lot about finding a good routine and sticking to it. Something that has helped is to find a good time slot, set a reminder on my phone, and then just do it even if it’s not perfectly convenient right then. Now to find a good blogging slot =p
How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?