Home Grown

New year, same issues


It’s a new year, but it feels like a repeat of the past with COVID going around again. As usual, it seems like I never have enough time to get everything done. I start a new year, planning to get more organized and to get things done, but it always turns out the same. Maybe this year will be different.

With COVID and influenza going around again, I think many people will be spending more time at home to avoid the crowds and getting sick. This means more cooking at home, and I’d imagine less going out to eat.

With the start of the new year, I made some goals for myself to get more organized and get some things done that have been on my “To Do” list for a very long time. So far, the only thing I’ve gotten done is making a new and longer “To Do” list that I’d like to accomplish this year.

It seems like every year I end up adding more items to my list than items I was able to check off, so it just continues to grow. It always feels good to be able to check things off, so I decided to break up my bigger projects into smaller tasks I can do in less time. I’m hoping if I can check more things off with the smaller tasks, it may keep me motivated to keep going.

My husband Josh and I did accomplish some pretty big projects at the end of last year. We finally got our pantry cleaned out and organized. That took a full day to sort through everything and label items, so they all have a designated place. We also did some rearranging and decorating that I had wanted to do for a while.

Maybe this year will be the year that I can complete my growing “To Do” list, or at the very least, check off more than I end up adding next year.

This week I’m sharing an easy recipe that was passed down from my grandma Pauline Eining. She had a family of seven to feed and care for, so her recipes were always easy to throw together and used simple ingredients. Enjoy!


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