I'm not one for resolutions, but I do keep a running list of things to do in my lifetime.
You know the list. The one from Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember or Mandy Moore's rendition of her things to do or achieve in the movie version.
I started mine back in 2002 and still carry that list with me from time to time. I've checked a few things off, added new list items, and am constantly thinking of what I want to do and accomplish in my lifetime.
A few random things on my list that I've done:
Another ongoing to-do of mine: Try new things. A serious creature of habit, I typically use the same recipe for my banana breads. But this year, I cracked open my manual on How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson for something new and different.
Resolve broken friendships
Get a manicure and pedicure...[ongoing]
Ride a motorcycle
Work on art portfolio
Read at least 10 books a year...[ongoing]
Grow my own garden of herbs and plants...[ongoing]
With a bunch of spotting ripe bananas, I took to the kitchen.
Banana Muffins | The Ingredients:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 oozingly, bulgingly heaping Tbs clear honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Large, very ripe bananas
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Banana Muffins | To do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter, honey, vanilla extract in pan on low heat. Remove. Set aside.
- Mash bananas in one bowl.
- In another bowl, measure out flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt.
- Mix melted-butter mixture with bananas. Then mix that into dry ingredients. Don't overmix. Stir a few times til you have "a not terribly attractive lumpy sludge, but don't worry about it."
- Place paper cupcake cups into muffin trays. Fill 2/3 full of mixture. Bake in oven for about 20-25 minutes. Leave in pans for 5 minutes, then remove and cool.