January 2, 2015

2015 Recipe Challenge

New year equals a pineapple theme I guess.

In 2014, I challenged myself to something new:  I would be sure to read at least 3 new books a month and I documented that here for all to see.  I read 52 books this past year, consciously always trying to have at least one or two going.  I haven't done that in a long time. Accomplishment is my favorite feeling.  I'm going to keep reading as much as I can in 2015 and you can follow me on Goodreads here.  However, I thrive under accountability and so I’m going to challenge myself again, but in a new way.

For 2015, I will post one new recipe each week.  Let’s back up….do you know how many recipes I’ve posted since we’ve moved to Colorado?  Not many.  I went through them the other day.  It’s less than a dozen.  We’ve been here 7 months.  Not acceptable.

The truth is that I’ve been lacking in creativity for about a year.  Missouri happened.  Then Colorado/remodeling.  The two are synonymous to me: Colorado and remodeling.  Truthfully, I need some kind of inspiration. And inspiration in my case usually comes through cooking or baking.  I should preface this with the fact that if I did not have a full time job, I would gladly attempt a new recipe every day.  I would welcome that challenge.  I think it would be fun and creative, but I do have a job.  And it takes up a lot of time.  So I’m going to settle for one new recipe a week for 2015.  I had my reading goal in 2014 and that equaled out to a book a week…I can post a recipe a week in that case, right?

If you’ve been following along for a few years, you’ll remember 2011.  I posted a recipe almost everyday.  It made me happy.  Some of them were adapted recipes and most were original. Then deployment hit and I stopped doing the food thing so much.  However, it brings me real joy so I feel the need to push myself this coming year.  Persevere and all that.

I’m a goal-oriented person.  I like checking things off of lists and following through on commitments.  My book thing makes me really happy because it was a resolution I actually stuck to….(December books will be posted next week, by the way!)


A new recipe.  Every week. For a year.  Recipes will be posted on Mondays.


  1. Can't wait to see the weekly recipe! Also, what are your thoughts on your planner? I just re-ordered an Erin Condren one. I love it, but also was looking for something new too. Happy 2015!

  2. Can't wait to keep up with all of your new recipes!!! I also LOVE the pattern on your phone case!

  3. I love when people post recipes, gives me ideas so can't wait to see what you post :)

  4. Yay! I'm excited you're doing this challenge because my goal is one recipe per month. {I know, much less ambitious than you - but I can't claim a love for cooking. I mostly cook because I can't stand to eat out all the time and waste all that money.} If you have some quick dinners for weeknights, I'll be really excited to try them!!

  5. I'm excited for this, can't wait to see all the recipes!

  6. One new recipe a week is a great goal. I look forward to seeing what you cook up. :)

  7. Can't wait to see the recipes that you share!! I am trying to broaden my cooking skills so I am excited to see if I can try any of these. Especially because I am a super picky eater!

  8. YAYYY!! I love your recipes! I made a new (to me) recipe yesterday and was pretty pleased with how it turned out! I felt so accomplished! I think I'm taking your goal of the book thing. When I nannied i had much more time for reading, but now that I work for myself, I'm always finding something that needs to get done and I hardly ever read anymore. So a book a week, I think I can do that.

  9. I can't wait to see your recipes. :) :) I am always looking for some new ideas for my husband and I. Yum!
    Happy New Year,
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  10. Wow, 52 books in a year- that's amazing Kristin! Can't wait to see your recipes- you always have the greatest ones!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts


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