Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Want Some Cookies!

I've been thinking about doing something different this year than I've done before.
No, this isn't a four weeks late new year's resolution post.
I don't do new year's resolutions because I believe they doom me to failure!
But I have spent a lot of time this month thinking about some goals I have and how to go about them.
I get overwhelmed sometimes by the big picture, focusing on goals that are huge and still quite a ways down the road, still seemingly impossible. Looking at things in small steps seems like a good thing for me at the stage of life I'm in currently. So.....
Here's what I've been contemplating and what I've decided to do:
New month resolutions.
Each month, I want to start a new habit or be intentional about focusing on a part of my life that needs work. The goal is not to quit at the end of the month, but to carry it out into the rest of the year, and hopefully set habits that will last a lifetime!
They say it takes 28 days to break a habit, so it only makes sense that you could start a habit in that amount of time. (Of course I don't know if this is actually true, but it sounds good!)
I've been thinking about some things I want to do each month...some are spiritual goals, some are financial, some are health (maybe). I'm not sure about all eleven yet, but I definitely know what February's will be.
I'm going to save it for a surprise (because I'm sure you're dying to know).
I'll post on the first of each month what that month's focus is, and do a recap of the previous month.
I'm excited about this, although I already know February's goal is going to be a challenge for me!
Here's a hint...we just started Financial Peace this week. It's definitely a financial goal!

On another subject entirely, I've been experimenting with a gluten free diet the past couple of weeks.
No, not for the fun of it.
 I so miss pasta, bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar (a staple in the Knox household!), cereal (my best friend for a midnight snack), and desserts!!
Now I'm a healthy eater...whole wheat, whole grain everything, and I come up with ways to make cookies delicious and healthy (yes, it can be done!).
For the gluten free person, there are all these alternative flours to cook with, things I'd never even heard of until this pesky diet (needed for some post-pregnancy issues) came along.
Did you know there's tapioca flour, coconut flour, almond flour, chickpea flour, brown rice flour, quinoa flour...apparently you can make flour out of anything that can be ground fine enough. Who knew! I've been experimenting with these flours, substituting them for whole wheat flour in things like muffins, breads, and this morning, pancakes. Some things turn out okay; others like this morning's pancakes, are complete and total nasty disasters.
This isn't a food blog, but expect to get some fun posts coming soon as I dive into the not-so-exciting world of gluten-free...did I mention how excited Brad is about all this? HA!
Here's a picture of the nasty pancake batter from this morning, and the remnants of the charred pancake that filled the whole house with smoke.

I don't know about you, but I've never seen pancake batter look like that, have you?
I don't have a problem making regular pancakes, but obviously, if I continue this diet (hopefully not for life!), I'm gonna need some practice and a better pancake recipe!
Happy Wednesday:)

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