As 2012 comes to a close, I like many, take a moment to reflect on all that has happened this past year and mentally prepare a list of “resolutions” I hope to accomplish during 2013.
There are the typical vices to confront, and fortunately I don’t smoke and only drink on occasion, but I do enjoy the occasional bowl of hot buttered popcorn. And um sweets. Can’t get enough of them. So cutting down on my butter and sugar intake would be a good place to start. And losing a lil’ weight can certainly do no harm so add that to the list too. And with cutting back on butter/sugar, the pounds will just fall off, right? Okay… I’ll carve out time for a weekly exercise program.
Spending quality time with my loved ones is always at the top of my list. To get away from the day-to-day routine and do something different. Nothing elaborate or over-the-top. Just hang out. Play a board game or cards. Meander through a local museum or two. Check out a new restaurant. Start with one night, at least once a month and see where it goes from there.
I met some very cool people this year and am intent on reaching out to them with the hope of building upon our new friendships. And to also connect with some of my very old friends and go beyond simply “liking” their status updates or commenting on their posts on Facebook. Social media has brought together so many, and it is up to us to reach out beyond the computer, and do so in ways that are truly personal and satisfying. There is a song I used to sing around the campfire when I was a Girl Scout, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” I never could figure out whether the old or new friends were gold or silver but I think the message is that both are precious. I can’t remember where I put my car keys but that song came to me like I sang it just yesterday. Funny how the mind works.
Hmmm… I will try to be more open minded as my 15 year-old son has requested of me. Oh but that one is so hard because I just want to keep him my little boy forever!!! But I’ll try. Yes, I’ll surely try.
Okay, that’s enough for now. One thing about resolutions — there isn’t a rule that says they have to be thought of, attempted, and more often than not dispensed of within days of the New Year. Perhaps there is a better approach. Simply make a list of a few personal and professional “to-do’s” on the calendar each month. Just a few… 2-5 MAX! Some will certainly be easier to accomplish than others, but it’s a start. And if you feel so inclined, share your resolutions for the new year as I would luv to hear them!
But for now on the last day of 2012, I’m taking comfort in all I’ve accomplished this year, forever grateful to those who’ve touched my life both personally and professionally. And to carry that warm and fuzzy feeling in to the new year, I’m sharing with you my go-to comfort food – my mother’s recipe for baked raisin rice pudding.
baked raisin rice pudding with ground cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top
raisin rice pudding — I can’t think of a better way of using up leftover rice and that box of raisins that has been sitting on the pantry shelf for the past 6 months, can you?
For a special touch, rim the edges of the serving dishes with ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Sift 1-2 tablespoons of either spice on to a small plate and dip the rim of each dish in to the spice.
serve rice pudding warm, either plain or with whole cream poured over the top… so good!
and yes, it is this good!
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9-inch glass baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and pour into prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 1 hour or until lightly browned and when knife inserted comes out clean.
- Cool slightly and serve in dishes plain or with heavy cream.