Happy 2013!

Photo taken in my new lightbox, yay!
Happy New Year!  Alright, it's the 7th and I realize I'm a little late, but wanted to say it anyway.  Many people take this time to reflect on the past year and make a list of things they want to do in the coming year. They start off with the greatest of intentions, only to fall short and feel bad about themselves.  Don't get my wrong, I fully support personal goals, but many people have a hard time setting realistic ones.  It's like that time I drank too much, felt like junk for the next 3 days and declared, "I'm never drinking again!". Realistic?  I think not.
Ian said something interesting to me the other day during a conversation we were having about the blog, he said, "not everybody knows how to cook, you know."  I had just made a cioppino (fish stew), he asked if I was going to take a picture for the blog and I said no.  I didn't think it was special enough.  But afterwards I got to thinking that not everything I put on the blog has to be ground breaking.  Maybe cioppino is one readers favorite dish, and he or she has been unable to locate a paleo recipe, I could have helped them.
So my new years resolution is to not assume everyone is a great cook, and post more of what I eat, regardless if I think it is ground breaking.  Sounds easy enough?  (See below for a few photos)
Many resolutions revolve around losing weight.  Awesome.  But how are you going to achieve your weight loss?  This is not the section where I go into some rant on how to lose weight, because I really don't know.  But I do know that you can't do anything with your weight or your health if you don't control what you put in your body.  And do you know how to control what you put in your body?  Make it yourself!
If you live in the San Diego area, I would be more than happy to set up a time to show you a few things.  Maybe you have a recipe you want to try and don't have the guts, or you are have a new boyfriend/girlfriend and want to impress them with your cooking prowess.  I can help.  Send me an email, which you can find on my blogger profile page, and we'll see what we can do.
Also, in 2013 I am going to improve my photography skills.  Ian made me a lightbox which REALLY helps, since I take most of my photos at night (shame on me), and I plan to invest in a better camera.  But until then, my canon point and shoot has to get me through.  I think it can, the lightbox really does make a huge difference.

A few things I have made recently;
Chard and Butternut Squash Frittata - topped with a little raw cheddar cheese.

Homemade Chorizo and Eggs (meat grinder attachment for my kitchen aid, rocks!)  The leftover chorizo, I turned into chili, it was bomb, if I do say so myself.  I will share the recipe next time I make it and actually take photos.

P.S. They opened a Penzeys Spices store near me!  My nose was on overload in there, like a Yankee candle store, but it was delightful.