Friday, January 11, 2013

What I'm up to

This is photographic evidence of me trying to go at three goals...

First, yes! Those are real books! I wandered off to the library yesterday (was supposed to have gone Monday... procrastinators, unite!... tomorrow!). I went in with the goal to pick up one book and go. Then changed it to two and a runner up. Then 3 and a "maybe". In all, I picked up "South Sea Tales" by Jack London, "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith and "Firmin" by Sam Savage. Firmin really caught my eye, and after eating through half of it, I had to stop myself. I'm a speed reader, but I didnt want to read it all in a same day, and trust me, I could've. So, success! If that's the only book of 3 I finish, I'll be content.

Second goal, January will be my first cash-only month. So far, I've spent $40 some in groceries (this photo was taken before an additional $6 trip). I have $59 left in cash until the 18th, so I should be able to do it with no issue.


Last, I know this is simplistic. Overly simplistic, perhaps, but I really wanted to find something to do with sausages that wasn't just a basic stirfry. Still sort of basic I found this Italian Sausage Sauce and it looked simple enough to try. I don't really like zucchini and I wasn't willing to spend $2/lb for very small ones at the store, so I paired it with sweet potato fries. Success! It turned out very delightful. One caveat to my plan, though... people seem to think it's strange to take photos while you cook. So I didn't take many photos. However, I tried and followed the recipe as closely as possible, so I consider this one a success.

I know goals are not everybody's thing, but they help/force me to do things I said I'd do. And I guess that works for me. I'll be working this Saturday for another 7-9 hours (yay!), so have a great weekend, everybody.

16 comments:

  1. It looks good. I love to make sausage with bow tie pasta and some olive oil

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    1. Sounds like a great Italian dinner. Yum.

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  2. You know already that I'm a great fan of goals :) Your dinners look delicious. I rarely follow a recipe to a "T". I usually tweak it to what I like or what I have on hands.

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    1. I tweaked a lot of things, but I tried equal subs. I just wasn't spending money getting brand new items that I wouldnt use afterwards.

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  3. I need goals too. But I need more realistic ones rather than the HUGE ones I had last year. I need to break them down monthly this year too. It might help me meet them better.

    I always forget to take the food photos. Who's watching you cook? Get them to take the photos for you. lol

    Have fun working that side gig and raking in the dollars this weekend!

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    1. Haha. My landlords watch me cook. They don't cook (at all... it pains me), so I highly doubt they'd like to partake.

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    2. Your landlords watch you cook and you buy them a present. It seems like they're pretty up in your business. I wouldn't be comfortable having that kind of relationship with someone I pay money to to live in a residence every month, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

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    3. They don't just sit and watch me cook to watch me. We chat a bit while they're getting stuff from their fridge or pantry... it is their house, not like I can block them off the kitchen, heh.

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    4. I know it's their house, but usually people give tenants space to do their own thing. It sounds more like they're your roommates than your landlords. They pay the mortgage and you pay them rent, but really, they're your roommates.

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  4. I always forget to take pics!!! Yours look so good though

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    1. Thanks! I was so hungry that I was about to say, forget the photos!

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  5. I remember loving I Capture the Castle when I was younger!

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    1. Awesome! That's my next conquest.

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  6. What a great reminder for me to at least start on my cooking goal for the year. Your dishes look fantastic.

    Great going Tanner.

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  7. You're doing great! I always forget to take pictures of my meals, although they taste better than they look. I'm not a very good photographer! :-)

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  8. You're rocking your goals! Well done! Your meals look delicious!! I'm getting hungry again! haha!!

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