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I recently read there was a study done that explains why time seems to speed up as we age. Something to do with the brain slowing down, so that’s reassuring. In any case, can you believe 2019 is a quarter over? Since that’s our reality, I’m checking in with my 2019 kitchen resolutions with a first quarter check-in.
As a reminder, my four main kitchen goals for the year are:
- Utilize Tools And Gadgets To Make Eating Healthy Easier
- Clean Small Appliances Immediately After Using
- Fill My Fridge With Locally Grown Produce
- Attempt To Make A Sourdough Starter – And Keep It Alive!
Utilize Tools And Gadgets To Make Eating Healthy Easier
We haven’t started using all of our new appliances and gadgets, since we are planning on moving to a real house in the near future. However, I’ve been strategic about which ones to keep in the kitchen instead of storing in the basement until the move.
One that I have used a few times in the food processor. I have learned that ground up lentils make an excellent meat substitute, which works great for my psuedo-vegetarian diet.
Clean Small Appliances Immediately After Using
I’m still a horrible slob, who is just not bothered at all when I’m surrounded by mess. But I’ve been trying to be more conscious about these appliances. While I am okay with messes, I’m not cool with scrubbing the little moving parts when things crust onto them.
That’s been my main motivation, and I’ve been doing well. The espresso machine is the easiest to keep clean. It’s been nice to have that all ready to go in the mornings so I can have a tasty coffee treat whenever I want.
This goal needs work, but that’s because it’s something I have to decide to do everyday. I was sort of hoping cleaning could become a habit, but I don’t see that happening to me.
Fill My Fridge With Locally Grown Produce
It’s still winter in upstate New York, but we’re wrapping up soon! However, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t make progress on this goal. I researched local farm shares and CSA’s, and found one that I think will work for our diet and lifestyle. I signed up, and now we’ll get fresh fruits and vegetables all summer!
Besides the farm share, I can also work on buying any supplemental produce from local farm markets. Again, this will have to wait until we actually start getting plants to grow here!
Attempt To Make A Sourdough Starter – And Keep It Alive!
I’m doing it! I started my adventures with sourdough a couple weeks ago, and it’s been going pretty well. I’ve tried to make feeding the starter a part of my morning routine. The more difficult part is remembering to do a second feeding at night!
I’d going to amend this goal slightly, by adding in a stipulation that I try, when possible, to use my discard starter instead of tossing it. Otherwise, I’ll just keep up the work, and hopefully it’ll stay alive.
So that’s where I am. I still have nine months to work toward these goals, and I’m looking ahead. Once spring and summer hit, that’s when I’ll be putting the first and third goals truly to the test. How are you doing with your goal progress for the year?