I can’t believe it’s 2015!

So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.

~ John Lennon

Well I for one, am happy to welcome the new year! Not that 2014 was really bad. Just long. I see a lot of people outlining each month of 2014 however I have no posts from January and February 2014 and can’t even remember what went on in those months and I don’t have the energy to go back and look through each month. I might do a post like that later this week, maybe.

So instead I am just going to outline what I am hoping for in 2015. Wow! 2015! Can you believe it? I remember being younger and the year 2015 just seemed like something sci-fi. Something that just would never happen. Why? I don’t know. I just could not imagine that far ahead. It felt like something out of a Jetsons episode, though technically Jetsons was set in 2062. I looked it up!

My 2015 New Years Resolutions

1. Loose weight

I think this one is one tons of woman seem to think about. I think also it has been on all my “lists” if you could call them that. I haven’t even really had a list of New Years Resolutions in years. By the end of 2015 I would like to loose 50lbs, this is not really all that much, less then 1lb a week. Which is within a healthy range and brings me down to about 135-140lbs. I think I could be happy with that. I have a gym membership which I have been using some but not regularly. That has to change.

2. Eat healthier

This one fits in with the resolution above. I kinda feel like it is pointless to have one without the other. My goal is to follow a meal plan which I have set out for the next month as a test. I am only planning suppers right now. With work it is too hard to plan lunch. But I am figuring if I can take mainly leftovers for lunch then it will just be a leftover from the night before or the night before that. The meal plan for next month is with dishes we usually eat but more in proportion. One of our favorites is chicken breasts so I have that like 3 times a week, red meat twice a week, pork one night a week,  and one night of whatever we want, which for Cory likely means fish and me whatever happens to be in the cupboards or some leftovers. I am hoping to start looking up some new recipes to add into the rotation of meals for the following month.

3. Cook and clean more myself

I’m starting to notice a bit of a trend here. All health and well being related. I am not much of a cook. I can boil dry a pot of water really easily because I am super easily distracted. For instance while writing this post I am cooking super. Not really a great combination. However I am hoping to get better at cooking and Cory is a patient teacher. I also feel I am not pulling my weight with cleaning. I tend to just leave it to him because he is home all day. I shouldn’t be doing that though.

4. Moving

I am really hoping that we can look for and move into a new place. Be it an apartment or a house or flat of some sort. This apartment is just getting too small for us. I am tired of hiding the cat and I am tired of nosy neighbors. The apartment is not healthy for us. There is mold in the bathroom that we can not get rid of and things are starting to break down and stop working. It needs an overhaul which is not happening till we move out. So I hope we can get it together and find somewhere that fits more with our needs.

5 official source. Getting back into photography more

This one kinda hinges on me being able to get a new camera. I am waiting right now for my T4 so that I can get my taxes done and then I am going to use that money along with the money Cory gave me for Christmas I am going to buy myself a new camera and also renew my domain name and hosting for another year. I used to love going for drives and finding great places to take pictures but since my old camera stopped working correctly I haven’t even bothered going for drives.

6. Create and code a WordPress Theme for my blog from scratch

I have done this before, it’s just been a really long time. I tend to cheat lately and just use a pre-made theme that is close to what I want. I really want to make a nice base theme however from scratch that I can just make child themes for since I have learnt how to make child themes. Something that I can easily style with mostly css. Does anyone know any good tutorials? It’s been a long time since I have even tried.

Well that’s it really. I just have the 6 resolutions and I am hoping that I can really use this year to get some things in order and get onto a healthier track and drag Cory along with me. We both need to get back to healthy weights and need to start paying more attention to our health and not just sit at home and eat all evening.

As for what I have done in 2015? Nothing really. It was a very uneventful year. Nothing major happened that I can think of. Maybe when I look back through the posts of the year something might click.

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it is 2015!

Holiday Cooking

Being home for 4 days before Christmas means lots (hopefully) of cooking and baking. Today Mom made my favorite Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets (Macaroons). They have always been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Mom makes them every year. I am hoping we get a lot of cooking and backing in in the next few days, Mom mentioned making perogies. Another of my favorites.

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Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets

• 1 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 cup shortening or butter
• 4 tbs cocoa
• 1/2 cup coconut
• few grains salt

Directions

Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil and then add other ingredients. When mixed drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet or waxed paper. Let stand until cool.

I love this time of year but it makes me miss home so much. Cory has been sick since last night so I am hoping he is feeling better tomorrow or we may be cutting our visit short. I really love being home though. Even my brother and I are getting along pretty well. He can be really annoying at times but I have to keep reminding myself that even though he is technically 23, mentally he is not. It’s hard to remember sometimes.

Mom bought Candy Cane Bark from Costco the other day as well. She was able to locate a recipe for it online. I love it. I love peppermint and I find that it reminds me of after eight mints which my Nanny always used to have and would sneak to me when my parents were not paying attention. It’s not that I was not allowed that kind of stuff but she always had it around Christmas time and I would eat it till I had a stomach ache!

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Candy Cane Bark

•  6  ounces chopped chocolate-flavor candy coating
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3  ounces chopped milk chocolate bar
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6   ounces chopped vanilla-flavor candy coating
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3   ounces chopped white chocolate baking squares
•  1/4  cup crushed pepperment candy canes

Directions

1. Line a large baking sheet with foil. In a small, heavy saucepan, melt chocolate-flavor candy coating and milk chocolate bar, stirring over low heat until smooth. Pour onto baking sheet and spread into a 10×8-inch rectangle; set aside.

2. In another small, heavy saucepan, melt vanilla-flavor candy coating and white chocolate baking squares, stirring over low heat until smooth.

3. Slowly pour white mixture over chocolate mixture on baking sheet. With a thin spatula, swirl white mixture into chocolate mixture. Shake baking sheet gently for even thickness.

4. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Chill 30 minutes or until firm. Use foil to lift candy from baking sheet; break candy into pieces. Makes 1-1/4 pounds.

I’m a little sad that I might not get to see my family again till after Christmas, this will only be my second year that I have been away from them over the holidays (first one was a few years ago). I wish they lived closer sometimes but I know they love it here and it is better for my brother in a way.

I am excited for Cory and I to start some of our own traditions and find some of our own favorite recipes and cook our first Christmas dinner ourselves (not this year but probably next). This Christmas we’ll be going to his sisters place for Christmas. Which is just a few blocks from us in the city.

Whats your favorite holiday recipes? Care to share?

First day back at work

So today was my first day back at work. I woke up about 9 am to the smell of bacon cooking in the kitchen. Cory made bacon, eggs, home made hash browns (with veggies) and toast for breakfast. He loves to cook and is fairly good at it (mo on the other hand, well that is a story for another time…).

After getting showered we sat down and ate breakfast together before I headed off to work. I left about 10:30am as I work at 11 am and wanted to get there a few minutes early. I live really close, 5 min by car but like to be at work at least 15-20 minutes before my shift starts to get everything set up on my computer, programs and such.

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