New Year’s 2012

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year last night!
My favorite part about New Year’s (other than making new resolutions), is reflecting on the previous year’s accomplishments.

What I accomplished in 2011:

2012 Resolutions:

  • Develop a Cookbook – I’ve always wanted to write my own healthy cookbook, maybe even a Paleo one!
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – currently we don’t recycle at my apartment. Our building doesn’t collect recyclables, but I found out that I can drop off my recyclables at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum right in my neighborhood!
  • Improve my Food Photography – With the limited light in our ground floor apartment, food photography has become much more difficult than it used to be when we had lots of natural light pouring into our old place. However, Will got me a fabulous camera tripod for Christmas and I intend to improve my food photography skills despite my light limitations!
  • Become Thriftier in the Kitchen – This includes everything from growing and drying my own fresh herbs to learning how to can foods to preserve them for future meals. Sustainable cooking methods have always intrigued me!
  • Complete a Triathlon – This was a resolution of mine last year that I never got around to. I hope to complete an Ironman 70.3 (otherwise known as a half-ironman) someday, so I need to start getting into triathlons sooner rather than later!

I received a lot of great gifts for Christmas this year as well. Here are a few of the new Christmas additions to my kitchen this year:

Happy New Year! I hope this one is as good, if not better, than the last!


  1. So I take it that my chocolate-free marathon that lasted a whole 2 days would not necessarily be a shining highlight on my 2011 accomplishment list? You put my list to shame. I look forward to seeing your pictures progress this year as I feel they are already stunning! Happy 2012 Amari!

    • Lol! Some resolutions just aren’t meant to be :). Happy 2012 to you too! I hope all is well work work and your blog!

  2. Anonymous in Ann Arbor

    That’s a rather impressive list for 2011. I think to top it in 2012 you’ll have to get married and run a full marathon.

    Didn’t you try to growing “kitchen window” herbs a year or so ago? How’d that go? I’ve been thinking about trying some herbs and indoor hanging tomatoes, but wonder if they’ll get enough sun in a window in the winter.

    Also, and the real reason for this comment, the coffee grinder and mortar and pestle links go to the Pyrex baking dish and enameled crock pot Amazon pages, respectively.

    • Thanks for always proofreading for me 🙂 I got the links changed appropriately. I did try to grow a kitchen window garden and it did not go over too well because I did not have nearly enough direct sunlight to the window. I got some nice little sprouts, but that’s about it. If you have a window that gets more than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day you will be more successful than I was I’m sure! Indoor tomatoes sounds ambitious! Let me know how that goes!

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