Break started off at such a brisk pace I’d expected it to be full (maybe too full) with get-togethers, holiday-related outings, and attempting new recipes.
Well, that’s what I’d thought it’d be like. But then everyone came down with the flu right over Christmas. Thankfully, family was flexible and presents keep, because the festivities had to be put on hold for a couple of days this year. And that’s the long-ish explanation as to where I’ve been.
Now that I’m feeling quite a bit better (managing to eat solid food providing it’s mild and relatively soft), I’ve been thinking about what a lot has happened in the last year. And how quickly it’s gone by! The Crunchy Cook was my new years resolution from last year (this was when I had a very small handful of food foes), which means my blog is almost exactly a year old.
1. Discovered I have 10 additional food allergies (including eggs, soy, dairy). This was a HUGE challenge that impacted my entire family. And it’s still something I’m learning how to work with.
2. Graduated from community college with a two-year transfer degree.
3. Completed my first quarter at the University of Washington (I swear, it’s not nearly as hard as figuring out how to cook with food allergies).
Favorite Foodie Reads:
1. Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found Food that Loves Me Back … And How You Can Too by Shauna James Ahern. I found this book very encouraging.
I don’t know that I’d love it quite as much now that I can’t eat the majority of food mentioned, but Shauna’s advice to use food restrictions as a reason to say “Yes!” to foods you’ve never tried has been very helpful in my own food journey. And a good reminder that there is still a world of flavors out there waiting to be tasted. Even for allergy girls like me.
1. Started my food blog, The Crunchy Cook.
2. Went on a cruise and was actually able to eat (I got to hand it to Disney, they sure do handle dietary restrictions well).
3. Took a junior-level class at the university (it was awesome, and also not nearly as mentally challenging as figuring out what to cook for dinner when you have a whole collection of food allergies).
Goals/Hopes for 2013:
1. Learn to cook more gluten-free/allergen-free food. I’m hoping to attempt a new recipe every weekend (not all of them will show up on the blog because not everything will work, but it’ll get me in the habit of trying out new things and being fearless in the kitchen).
2. Blog more regularly about the food I’m learning to cook; I want to have a record of all the recipes that have worked. And just generally what it’s like being gluten-free/allergen-free. I’m new to the blogging community, but loving it already.
3. Finally be able to set the date for the wedding (fingers crossed!).
Well, what about you? What are your goals, hopes, or resolutions for the coming year? Anything you’re hoping to learn or cook?