Resolutions

New Year, New Goals

The older I get, the less I am interested in New Year’s Resolutions. I like making lists, I like having goals. I definitely set personal goals for myself and the new year seems like a good time to reflect on those. But I also feel like New Year’s Resolutions are a way to set people up for high expectations and disappointment if we don’t meet those goals (right away!!).

New Year’s Resolutions have been synonymus with weight loss goals. I am still trying to lose the baby weight, and who knows, I may be fighting that fight for awhile! But I am making slow progress on that and at least moving in the right direction.

I’ve said it a few times, but the low carb diet is not a diet for me. It’s too hard for me to maintain for very long. It’s definitely difficult with my workout schedule. I see a big difference in my energy levels when I run during low carb days. It’s HARD.

With that being said, I am not going to swear it off entirely. I think it might be a good way, short term, to jump start weight loss after plateaus. So I will probably try it again in the future, but I will not be beating myself up when I can’t continue the diet for long term. I am ok with that.

One thing I did learn with the low carb diet attempts in 2017, cutting out SUGAR made the bigger difference on the scale for me. IF there is one New Year’s Resolution goal that I might be focusing on, it’s trying to cut out sugar!

2017 was a really hard year for me personally. There was a lot of heavy, hard stuff that happened that weighed on me for a long time. My hope is that 2018 will be a better year for me and my family.

I want to be a better person. I want to be happier with where I am in my life, what size clothes I wear, etc. I want to focus less on things that don’t really matter. I want to be better at self-care and resting when I need to. I want to drink more water. 

We have a few vacations and road trips that we’ve planned. I am really looking forward to those. I’m excited about showing Logan different things and now that he’s getting older and can participate more, it will be fun to make family memories!

Some things I’ve already started:

I started 2018 off right with a workout on New Year’s Day. 😀

A few months ago, Michael and I started a tradition of family dinners at the dining room table Monday-Thursday nights. No TV, no phones, just family time. It’s going well and I am happy that we are doing that.

I’ve been toying with the idea of ending this blog and perhaps starting one entirely dedicated to book reviews. I don’t know if I will, but it’s a thought I’ve had for awhile. Stay tuned. 😉

QUESTION: Do you have any goals for the new year?

Bourbon Glazed

For New Year’s Eve we tried to make this recipe but we planned poorly and the Cornish Game hens weren’t defrosted enough to make it. A few days later we had the opportunity to try.

Here is the recipe we used:

Cornish Game Hens with Bourbon Glaze

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

From: https://www.mygourmetconnection.com/recipes/main-courses/poultry/cornish-game-hens-bourbon-glaze.php

Ingredients

  • 6 Cornish game hens (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lbs each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Position racks in the bottom of 2 medium-sized roasting pans and coat them both with nonstick spray.
  2. Season the cavity of each hen with salt and pepper and rub a tablespoon of softened butter liberally over the skin. Season the outside with salt and pepper and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  3. Arrange 3 hens, breast side up, in each roasting pan, being sure to leave some space between them. Add a little water to the bottom of each pan and roast the hens for 45 to 50 minutes (see notes), basting once with the pan juices and rotating the pans for even cooking.
  4. Note: Cornish game hens are done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F.
  5. While the hens are roasting, heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then add the bourbon. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer, stir in the honey and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency, 7 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm until the hens are finished roasting.
  6. Remove the hens from the oven and brush them with the glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F and return them to the oven just long enough for glaze to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove and brush with any remaining glaze if desired.
  7. Allow the hens to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Makes 6 servings
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The recipe was pretty easy to follow and didn’t have a ton of ingredients, so that’s nice. You more than likely have everything you need on hand to make it. I was glad I had frozen the hens awhile ago.

We only had two hens and so we adjusted the recipe accordingly.

While it was cooking, Michael made the glaze and I put Logan to bed. Michael said that he had a hard time getting the liquid to thicken up on the stove but I don’t know that that mattered much because the end product still tasted great.

They turned crispy perfectly! The flavor was really good, too. I liked the sweetness paired with the pepper and salt. The one downside is that they are kind of hard to eat!

It might have been easier to carve it up like a turkey beforehand. Oh well! It was messy but delicious. We had steamed broccoli on the side. There was enough leftover meat from the two for Michael to take leftovers to work for lunch the next day.

We both agreed that it was a nice change from the usual chicken thigh or breast that we have for dinner. But the downside is that it takes an hour to cook it. So clearly not the best choice on a busy work night when you don’t have tons of time (or on New Year’s Eve when they aren’t defrosted!).

Here are the two other recipes we’ve tried in the past with Cornish Game Hens:

Roasted Garlic, Herb and Lemon Cornish Game Hens

Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Speaking of New Year’s…

I recently posted my goals for the new year. I’ve already started doing one of them! I wanted to declutter my house and I went through all the clothes I packed away when I got pregnant. I had 3 large vacuum-seal bags full of clothes. I donated 75% of them and narrowed it down to just one bag of clothes I wanted to keep. It felt good to donate so many things and clean the house at the same time. Some things were hard to part with but, really…I haven’t been a size 6 in about 3 years…