How To Improve in 2020

I know resolutions can be a bit cliche- but I love them! I love thinking of all the possibilities and feeling like I can grow and become better. It’s a new start, and that’s always refreshing!

I thought I would share with you what my personal goals are for this year, at least those pertaining to the kitchen ;). My oldest just turned 8, I just celebrated 9 years of marriage with my husband, and my goals look a little different than they did when I was just starting that journey! My horizons have expanded a little ;).

Cook with kids more. I’m a homeschooling mama for many reasons, but one big one is that I want to have time to teach my kids real life skills, and cooking is such a big one! I want my kids to actually be proficient with cooking in their teenage years- not just heating up boxes of mac n’ cheese. I also believe the one-on-one time is so valuable, especially since I have 5 children! Cooking with my kids will provide opportunities to bond while teaching them valuable skills as well.

Make more desserts. I want to lose the rest of my baby weight- but I also want to make more desserts. Not just because I want to eat them- but because I truly enjoy the process of creating something! When we were first married, I often opted out of making desserts and fun side dishes and appetizers because I didn’t have lots of grocery money, and trying new desserts, etc. seemed like an unwise use of my limited funds. Now we are much more established, and I want to hone this skill! I’d love to make at least 1 dessert every week, some old favorites along with new recipes as well!

Focus on presentation. As a newlywed, I couldn’t care less about how the food looked, as long as it was edible and tasty. Now, I’ve reached a point where I would like my dishes to look good in addition to being delicious. And instead of serving dinner off of cheap plastic dishes and paper plates, I want to present my dishes in beautiful platters and bowls- to beautify my small space in the world.

Organize my kitchen. I haven’t really organized my drawers or cupboards since we moved into our new house 4 years ago. My cupboards could DEFINITELY use some work. I’ve also acquired various appliances and tools over the years- some extremely useful, and some that have probably literally just sat on the shelf for years. I’d like to make the time to throw out the meaningless stuff and utilize my space so that it really works for me and makes my job in the kitchen even easier!

72 hour kits and food storage. Emergency preparedness has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m sad to admit that I have never actually put my family’s 72 hour kits togethers- and that feels like a top priority to me right now! I also want to come up with a system that will allow me to maximize the space I have in my pantry so that I can hold several months worth of food storage- because it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What are your goals for 2020? I’d love to hear them! Share them below!

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    Camille Hoffmann
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