Here they are. The New Years Resolutions for the dwellers of the Doodle House. I feel like posting them online will provide more incentive for me to stick to them.

1. Experiment more in the kitchen. I enjoy cooking, but I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut. Lately when it comes to cooking I don’t stray from Asian-oriented foods: Thai food, stir fry, Indian curries, etc. They are mighty delicious, but I feel like I’m limiting myself. This year is going to be all about trying out new techniques in the kitchen—hopefully lots of vegetarian dishes as well to limit our meat intake. So if anyone has good recipes, send them our way.

2. Out with the old and in with the new, restaurants that is. When we do leave the kitchen and eat out on the town, we’ve made a vow that it must be at never-been-to-before restaurants. We have two bad habits when it comes to eating out. First, we don’t like to leave about a 5 mile radius of our house. Blame it on laziness or an eagerness to get food in our bellies, but we generally eat within our zip code. The second is that we have 4 or 5 restaurants that we frequent again and again. Sure, they are delicious, but there is more out there. So from now on, we’ve got to be bold when making dining decisions. Austin is rich in local restaurants so we really ought to be taking advantage of it.

3. Grow a garden. This one is high on Heath’s list. Over Christmas he was blessed with an abundance of books about growing vegetable gardens (Square Foot GardeningPlants for TexasTexas Organic Vegetable Gardening). So plans to grow cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, celery, broccoli and more are in the works. We will be sure to keep the blog updated with the literal fruits of our labors.

4. Save money. Since we teachers have two glorious months off work to spend together, we plan to do a healthy amount of traveling (road trips to Cape Cod, Yellowstone and California have already been discussed). But for travel we need cash. So this year we will probably have fewer trips to Central Market, and more visits to HEB. Those days we do eat out will be fewer and far between, and evenings at the movie theater will be traded for evenings with Netflix. It won’t be easy, but with visions of beaches and buffalo in our future, I’m optimistic we can make it happen.

So it’s official. The resolutions are out in the cyber world for all to see. Hold me to it, internet.

Happy New Year!

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