January 8th: Make a Shopping List and ONLY Buy What is on It

This may not sound difficult to most people. Or maybe it sounds really hard. But making a plan and sticking to it can sometimes be had. I can attest to that with the failure of my 365 Things List in 2017. But let’s not talk about that right now, since today is day EIGHT and I am attempting to keep going strong!

So today, I researched some recipes I like, wrote down all the ingredients, thought about some other snacks I enjoy or typically eat, and made a grocery list! Then off to the store I went and wouldn’t you know… I just got what was on the list. Of course, I came across stuff every so often and thought, “well, I would like to have that”. But I stayed the course and made myself just get what was on the list.

Often with these tasks, I research the benefits and there are usually long lists or lengthy articles, like this one from the HuffPost: Grocery List, Supermarket discussing all aspects of the act. Pinterest even has a whole section of “Supermarket Lists” that you can download. So there are plenty of resources to help you long the way. All I have to say about this simple task is:

The benefits of making a grocery list and sticking to it:

  1. Saves you time.

  2. Saves you money.

  3. Keeps you on track for dietary goals.

It is that simple. And simple it was. What an easy, but beneficial thing to do!

P.S. I found the featured image on Google and that was by far my favorite… all the essentials, FRUIT-BREAD-MILK-WINE-SUGAR-BUTTER!

January 2nd: Keep a Food Log for a Week

It may seem simple but I’ve read a few things that say keeping a food log can help you keep a better diet. This is a great article from health.com.

Keeping a Food Log

I think this is a great thing to do at the beginning of the year because it might be something that I want to keep going throughout the year.

So here’s my log for the day… maybe a little more personally than I want to be… but if I’m ashamed or embarrassed by how much I eat, then I should probably be changing my habits anyway.

Morning: Banana/Strawberry Smoothie with MALK, vanilla yogurt and spinach.

Afternoon: Farmhouse Salad; spinach, arugula, iceberg lettuce, goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, chicken and walnuts with red wine vinaigrette.

Evening: Cheese bread and Tomato Bisque with Gouda.

I also drank two ciders.

I think I was more conservative today because I was going to be doing this log… but hopefully that will be the benefit!

July 16th: Host a BBQ

What a fun thing to do! Hosting a BBQ is quite the endeavor but such a fun time.

Owning my own house has been such an adventure and has enabled me to do so many things. 

I decided to have a house party this weekend. My friend, Jared, bought me a grill as a housewarming gift, so no better time than to host a BBQ.

So many great friends turned out and we had a fabulous time. I think there will be many more of these to come at this house.

We had cornhole, a keg, some tired pups and a great group of friends!


Next time I will step it up and make some great BBQ!

June 14th: Make Homemade Jam

This really is not as hard as you may think, although quite time consuming. I had some grapes in my refrigerator for quite a while and just could not seem to get rid of them, so I figured no better time than now to make some jam.

Started with fresh grapes:


Put into a pot with a little water and boiled:

Covered and simmered for 7 minutes and then too the cover off and began to boil:


When boiling the water from the grapes really emerges, so you have to boil for quite a while before much of the water had evaporated.

Then I added sugar, 3/4 of a cup for every cup of grapes:


I read to do a taste for doneness you place a plate in the refrigerator. Take a spoon full of the jam and place it on the plate. Put it back to cool for a couple minutes. Push on the jam, if there are creases it is done

So then just take it off the stove and pour into mason jars. The recipe I found said to let cool for a couple of hours, then lid and place in refrigerator.


So now, I am just waiting for it to cool. I cannot wait to try it!

I found instructions at this site: Snap Guide.

May 27th: Make Homemade Pizza

Mmmmm. Pizza. Ok, ok… I work in a pizza place so it is not usually my first go to when making dinner. But I was at the grocery store and came across this dough:


And figured today was a good day to knock this thing off my list. I thought about what toppings I wanted but decided to start simple and just go with cheese:


So first I assembled the dough in a pan with a little thickness on the edges to get some crust:


Added some sauce:


Parmesan cheese and mozzarella:



And then bakes at 425* F for 20 minutes:


Quite a delicious dinner and it only cost me 6$!


May 5th: Make Cookies from Scratch

I remember when I was little I used to make cookies from scratch all the time! I used to love it and often my moms friends would ask me to make them some too! I was the neighborhood baker. 

It has been a while since I made cookies and I have to say it was quite reminiscful. Although I forgot that I used to make them in Florida and today (obviously) I made them in Denver… I forgot to change the recipe for altitude so they came out pretty flat, but they still taste delicious so that’s all that matters. 

My ingredients:


My mixtures:



In the oven:


And out of the oven:


I ate one… so now I have lots to take to work with me!