The beginning of a new year always feels like a fresh start. I love reflecting on the past year, and looking forward to the new one. The possibilities always seem endless and I feel like I can conquer anything.
I am one of those people who writes resolutions every year. It’s some thing my husband and I have done since we’ve been married. We always take some time at the beginning of the year to sit down and think about things we would like to accomplish that year. We keep a list on our phones and check them off as we accomplish them. Last year we made nine goals, and accomplished all but three of them. We were pretty satisfied with those results.
This year we made 14 goals to achieve. Go big or go home, am I right? Some of those goals are pretty cliché like losing weight and being more active, but many of them are so we push ourselves to try and learn new things this year. We also try and make goals that we can actually accomplish and maintain throughout the year, but this year I am pushing my limits a little.
One of my yearly goals is to use my slow cooker at least once every week for this year. Every single week. I usually try to steer away from goals that require me to do something on a regular basis. I like setting goals that happen once or you can hurry and get it done at the end of the year. A goal that requires me to do something every week is a little bit of a stretch for me, but I am going to give it my best shot this year.
And you get to watch in all its glory (or failures)!
Here are a few reasons I want to start using my slow cooker every week:
The good news is that I already use my slow cooker on a pretty regular basis, so I do have that going for me. I plan to share some of the recipes I have been making throughout the year with you, although no promises I will be posting every week. But maybe I will surprise you (and myself).
So here we go friends…cheers to A Slow Cooker Year!
To kick off my year of the slow cooker, I made a classic slow cooker dish and one of my favorites…beef stew!
When I lived in Seattle, a lady who became our “Seattle mom” taught me how to make beef stew. The recipe I make has changed a little over the years, but her technique of tossing the beef in flour before putting it in the slow cooker has become a must when I make beef stew.
This recipe is perfect for a cold winter’s night and also makes an excellent freezer meal so be sure to save some for leftovers. Enjoy!
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