Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 To Do List

Instead of New Year's Resolutions, I like to set myself up for success and just pick 10 things I would like to do or try in the coming year. If I don't get to them all, that's okay. They roll over to the next year.

2013 To Do List

(I did six of my ten to-do's and a few I want to expand on.)

1. bake bread - done 11/26 - I had to bake the bread for turkey stuffing but that counts! Next I would like to make this peasant bread

2. make a quilt

3. grow a cutting garden - done 9/12, it was pretty weak though... need to beef it up this year

4. glass etching - done 12/22 - love this! I'll be doing more of this in the future!

5. coffee brewing classes - done 5/23, it was an esspresso class, would like take a home brewing class

6. bake the perfect whoopie pie

7. start an etsy shop

8. make paper

9. cross country skiing - done 2/18, more of this in 2014! We have the snow for it.

10. cake decorating class - done 1/31, I would like to take the second class

2014 To Do List

(These first four are things I didn't get to last year.)

1. make a quilt - I've seen a few places that offer classes!

2. bake the perfect whoopie pie

3. start an etsy shop - well I have it, I just haven't put anything in it!

4. make paper

Some new ones!

5. read 10 classics - (see below) I either don't remember reading some of these or somehow missed them in school. Reviewing the books that I have read, it's obvious I left British Romanticsm dominate my reading choices. all Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights... etc. Looking forward to picking these books up - real books, not ebooks. Like Penguin Classics. I came up with this list by looking up top novels/classics of all time and pulling from multiple sources.

6. ceramics class - I want to learn to use the wheel at Genesee Center for Arts and Education

7. grow things in my greenhouse - I'm going to try some spinach this winter. I'll also be starting my seedlings in there for the veggie garden this spring.

8. learn flower arranging - hopefully I'll have more flowers from my cutting garden this year to work with.

9. plant some berry bushes - I'm thinking raspberry back by our garage.

10. try dutch oven cooking when we go camping - Dutch oven history and care, Dutch oven cooking. Strawberry rhubarb cobbler! Dutch oven stuffed peppers! Hoo hoo!


10 Classics to read in 2014

1. Catcher in the Rye

2. To Kill a Mockingbird

3. The Great Gatsby

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

5. Fahrenheit 451

6. Animal Farm

7. Of Mice and Men

8. 1984

9. Ulysses

10. The Metamorphosis


  1. Once you perfect the whoopie pie, please share the recipe. I have been trying for years, and have yet to make the perfect one. I even have the whoppie pie cook book.

  2. I love the idea of a To Do List instead of the resolutions! And I love that you're gonna read all those classics. Fare thee well!

  3. I loved Fahrenheit 451...1984 got a little tedious though. Brave New World is a good sci-fi to substitute if you don't like 1984. I think you probably read The Great Gatsby and Huck Finn in high school, but maybe you don't remember. Of Mice and Men, it's nice and short. I just started on Catcher in the Rye and want to read Clockwork Orange. Kate Chopin's short stories are great too!

  4. These are great! I may have to borrow this idea and put my 2014 to do list in writing. I can tell you that my new year's resolution was to try new things (no matter how timid I was about them) and I am starting with a backdrop painting workshop at an opera house. Good luck with the list and let me know what you decide to put in your cutting garden. Happy New Year!

  5. I remember reading 1984 in Jr. High and thinking how absurd the idea was that the government could monitor people by having cameras everywhere. I could not fathom the idea of cameras being all over the place (I hadn't considered the idea of cordless devices that long ago) Wow was I ever wrong about that. Now every major office building and high way intersection has cameras.

  6. Let me know if you need quilting help! I've been quilting for about 10 years and following your blog as long. I love your to-do list instead of resolutions!

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  8. For #10, I highly recommend a "Hearth Cooking Class" offered at Genesee Country Village (probably in the summer/fall). You'll learn basic open-fire cooking skills that can easily be applied to campfire cooking. Plus it was a lot of fun and the meal you cook there - absolutely delicious!

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