Zoey and I are cuddling on the couch trying to stay warm on this very cold New Years Eve. I am watching Appendices #8 from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and contemplating the year that was and the year yet to come.
I feel like I slept through much of 2014. I sat by and let things happen. I existed but did not live life to its fullest. I have many goals for the new year. Though I am not sure if they are truly new years resolution. I was asked by someone on Monday if I had any resolutions and I was struck by the fact that I had made none. But I think it is time to make some. Somethings need to be improved in the new year. Mainly I need to focus on myself. Doing things that make me happy, focusing on the good.
Goals for the new year!
- Cook more
- Blog more
- Fix my recipe page
- Say Yes to hanging out with people
- Get out of the House other than going to work at least once a week.
- The Hobbit
- The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Two Towers
- The Return of the King
- Read for fun at least 12 new books!
- Exercise more
- Knit more
- Sew more
- Take more photos
- Save up for a new camera
- Save up for a new sewing machine
- Save up for a serger.
So we come to New Years Eve and here I am working on the first two goals. Tonight I am blogging and cooking a Cottage Pie for our culinary enjoyment.
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 rib of celery, chopped
- 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 can tomato paste (preferably organic)
- 1 pound stewing beef (preferably grass fed), patted dry
- 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth (preferably organic)
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ground black pepper
- Mashed potatoes
- 1 pound of red potatoes diced, boiled in water until soft, drained, and mashed
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- A splash of whole organic milk
- sprinkle of salt
- Sprinkle of black pepper
- dash of dried rosemary
- preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in medium skillet on medium-high
- Brown beef and set aside, do not over crowd the pan
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to skillet
- Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushrooms, salt, and oregano
- Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are soft
- Add tomato paste
- Cook for 8 minutes until mixture turns a brick red color
- Add beef, broth, Worcestershire, and black pepper
- Cook for 3 more minutes to combine
- Place in a casserole or dutch oven
- Cover with mashed potatoes leaving a 1/4 inch space around the edge.
- Dot the tops of potatoes with butter
- Bake for 40 minutes
- Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.
Bon Appétit and Happy New Year
Dianna, Alex, Mamasita, and Zoey.