Yeah, I might be a little late with the whole New Year’s resolution thing — about three months late. Oh well. Better late than never, right? Even before the new year started, I was thinking about my resolution and couldn’t decide: work on various craft projects that I want to try or buckle down and start writing again. And I really haven’t made up my mind. Now that I’m unemployed, I have plenty of time to sit at my computer and start writing. I have plenty of time to sit at the local nearby coffee shop with my laptop, write, and drink coffee or smoothies.

But I haven’t. Instead I’m slowly working on cleaning our apartment because it’s a disaster area. So disastrous that I refuse to have guests over. The bathroom has cleaners and other stuff all over the place. On the bright side, I know where everything is but the place is cluttered and needs to be cleaned. The stairs are stinking filthy and really needs to be vacuumed — something I really dread doing. And how come I can never keep our kitchen table clean? Am I the only person with this issue? As soon as I find home for everything that had been camping on the table, new clutter takes its place in a matter of a few days. Argh!

Project 1 (completed in February): Crockpot potato soup. My sister, Krissy, found the recipe on Pinterest and said her family approved of the recipe. The soup is easy to make even without a potato masher. The recipe calls for an immersion blender, but Krissy made do with a potato masher. I thought I had one but couldn't find one -- I did the best I could with a whisk and other utensils.

I know Charlie and I have a lot of clothes — thanks to my amazing shopping skills — but why is laundry a never-ending chore? I love doing laundry, but near daily trips to and from the nearby laundromat can be exhausting. Because I have so much time on my hands, I’ve been able to procrastinate and focus on unimportant things like playing Plants vs. Zombies for a few hours or Words with Friends or cuddling with Clara and Riley. On the bright side, I have been trying out new recipes, especially with the crock pot.

Anyhoodle, because I have plenty of time on my hands, I’ve been able to procrastinate my writing. Not a good excuse at all, but that’s the truth. But I’ve also put off some of the various craft projects that have been bookmarked for months. I’ve spent hours poring over Pinterest (I will blog about that later) and clicking on projects that interest me. But other than some simple recipes, have I tried any of these projects? No. Why not? Because I’m lazy.

Project 2 (completed in March): I think I started the first book, "The Hunger Games," toward the end of February and finished the other two in the beginning of March. I've had the books since December (a Christmas gift from my parents-in-law), and I'm glad I followed my friends' advice to read the books.

So, in an effort to stop my procrastination, I’m setting up my New Year’s resolution — 50 projects. The projects will be small but yet something new (sometimes) and helpful in some way. I promise I won’t sweep the kitchen floor and call that a project. I promise I won’t leave the litterboxes stinky for three weeks and say cleaning it will be a huge task (because that would just be atrocious to the cats and me). Qualifying projects include: trying new recipes, working on craft projects, reading new books, attempting to grow a flower (again), etc.

Oh, by the way, if you’re interested in trying the two recipes in this post, look me up on Pinterest (Jennifer Elliott) and find my DIY–RECIPES board. I should have the recipes pinned to that board. I can’t guarantee that all new recipes will come from Pinterest, but I will share the source. In addition to the 50 projects, I will TRY to start writing again. I’m not promising anything, but I will try because I miss it the process. I just need to be better with my time and find some motivation.

Project 3: Super easy sticky breakfast ring. Oh. My. Goodness. I love this recipe because it's super easy and only requires a few ingredients. Although Charlie and I can't have this every weekend, the recipe could be useful for a potluck or something. Not to mention, the results turned out fabulous.

As you may have noticed, I’ve completed three projects (the pictures complete with cutlines). First, if you haven’t read the trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” I highly recommend it. I loved the books. At first, I didn’t want to read the books because a long time ago I saw an independent movie, “Series 7: The Contenders,” and absolutely loved it. The premise of the “Contender” movie and “Hunger” books are pretty much the same — throw a bunch of people in an arena or open playing field and kill each other until the last person remains standing. The movie is set in the present whereas the book depicts a very, very grim future.

I didn’t really want to read the books because I feared it would be like “Twilight” — a series that I refuse to read now — and how could the book differ from the independent movie? Despite the same premise, the movie and the book are totally different, and I have an appreciation for both. And I highly recommend trying the sticky bun breakfast ring — not an overly sweet breakfast. The recipe was super easy, and I loved how my breakfast ring turned out. Next time, I will try the smaller biscuits (I used the grands) because Charlie complained it was a little too bready between the sweet nutty crunch on the bottom and the brown sugar topping.

Categories: 2012 Resolution: 50 Projects, Jennifer Elliott

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