Getting Ready for the New Year

Heather says:

2011 is rapidly winding down, and for many of friends 2011 was a rough year. They are looking to 2012 for a fresh, new start. Are you?

At this time of year, many people are searching for a cleaning routine or a printable chore schedule and you’re in luck, I’ve got one just for you. Are you thinking of learning how to cook? Are you determined to start menu planning? Perhaps you’re just looking to start cutting out processed foods?

Are you making resolutions or setting goals?

What are they?

My goals for this site are:

  • To continue adding recipes, cooking tutorials, and answering reader questions as I have done for nearly 5 years. (Don’t forget, you can send your household and cooking questions to
  • To continue working to make the information already on the site more easily accessed. I think I’ve made a good start with the new Clean It page
  • To encourage more of a community feel to Home-Ec 101 without losing the tone or voice.

Is there anything you want to see happen with Home-Ec 101 over the next year? I can’t promise it’ll happen, but I can certainly listen and give your ideas consideration. And no, I’m not coming over to clean your house. Completely unrelated, I hate it when I make an offhand comment about completing some chore or another and someone pipes up with, “Now come do that at my house.” Dude, I never said I enjoyed doing said task, what on earth makes you think I’m all gung-ho about doing it for you? Chances are it took all my will power to complete the task for myself. Grr.

Are you hosting this New Year’s Eve?

Bobbie will be sharing a couple of savory snacks for New Year’s later this week. We’re having friends over for a nerds’ night in. If you want to be technical, we’re more geeky than nerdy, but that lacks consonance. We’ll be playing Settlers of Catan, watching some form of Sci-Fi marathon, and stuffing ourselves silly on things like Ree Drummond’s bacon wrapped jalapenos, albondigas, and other gluten-free treats that make homemade margaritas extra good. (My last goal for 2011 is to finally get around to posting the how to make margaritas tutorial.)

How about New Year’s Day? Do you have any traditions?

I always make hoppin’ john, collard greens, and cornbread for luck and prosperity (settle down, it’s tradition not superstition). I know it sounds sacrilegious, but I’m thinking of making these vegetarian collard greens, as I am in the mood for some peppery, spicy goodness.

What do you serve?

Oh and since everyone’s all in a tizzy about the Mayan calendar and 2012, how about just taking some basic, rational steps toward emergency preparedness. You’ll thank me during the next actual minor emergency.



  1. KeterMagick on December 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Big “Second!” to the emergency preparedness and emphasis on actually doing. Did you know that in the Sumerian language, the word DU means almost the same as it does in English? The only difference is that in Sumerian, DU always means “do to completion” whereas the English version sometimes wimps out. This is definitely a year to do to completion!I generally don’t do “resolutions” because situations change and it feels like breaking an oath or failing if what I set out to do so officially must be changed for some reason. Instead, I follow more of a GTD goal-setting approach, and refresh my goals weekly. My goals for January include finishing an ebook, launching a web site, and getting some more insulation put up in the bedroom I’m currently remodeling. That should keep me busy!

  2. Thaydra on December 28, 2011 at 12:24 am

    For the new year, I plan to continue working on diet and exercise. I am not “dieting”, per se. More just changing how I look at and approach food, and making better decisions on what I decide to put into my body. There is no sense in doing all the work involved with exercise only to stuff it with a bunch of junk.

    I’m also trying to get more organized. Get more nitty gritty about “doing” instead of just thinking about doing.

    I hosted Christmas this year. All that “putting good stuff in my body” went straight out the window there. New Years will be somewhere else. I don’t need more leftover goodies roaming around my house to tempt us! Not to mention, the mess!

    For the record, I hate the “you can come clean my house now!” remark, too.

  3. Marianne on December 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My birthday is about a week after New Year’s Day, so it always feels like *my* new year starts on my birthday. I tend to spend the week before and after New Year’s reading everybody else’s goals and resolutions while figuring out the details of my own. As for traditions, I don’t really have any other than going to Mass on New Year’s Day. It’s a Sunday this year, but even years when it isn’t, it’s a Holy Day, so that’s somewhere in my day or the prior evening. Nerds’ Night In sounds like a ton of fun. Happy New Year, Heather, and happy almost-anniversary of Home-Ec 101!

    • Marianne on December 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      It’s official. I’m totally copying you. Going to have game night with a friend and her son, watch movies and/or a countdown on tv, and I’m in charge of making dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. JasonPromotesU on December 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    @heathersolos Love the AVI Heather. Looks more like you.

    • HeatherSolos on December 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      @JasonPromotesU lol thanks, the old one was me, too

      • JasonPromotesU on December 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        @heathersolos Yes, it was but this is how I picture you. Hope you had a great Christmas.

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