Friday, July 29, 2016

State of My Goals Address: July Edition

As promised, I am sharing updates on my goals and 2016 resolutions in the state of my goals address. You can take a look at my 2016 goals and my thoughts on goals and resolutionsSharing these goals is a way to keep me accountable and help me to improve, grow, and learn. People who share their goals tend to be more successful. So, I'm sharing the goals here to encourage you and to keep me accountable. You're welcome to comment with your goals and share your progress as well. Feel free to tag your goals with #RDTODgoals or #healthyRD on social media.

2016 Goals
Try 30 new recipes. 
In July, I tried a few new recipes including:

  • Sprinkle Cake with browned butter 
    • It was fun to practice some of the leveling and icing skills that I learned at my first cake decorating class. The sprinkle cake was more crumbly than the cake we used in class, but it was delicious!
  • Sugar cookies
  • Scallops with a lemon orange gastric 
  • Royal Icing
  • Cake balls 
    • This was my first attempt at cake balls. They are a bit messy; I learned a lot. They are far from perfect, but they were delicious!
For those keeping track, this makes my new recipe count 26 out of 30.

Build endurance and strength.
I'm still loving my weight lifting class. I also restarted Zumba. I danced in high school and love to dance. I found an instructor that I like taking class from, so yay for cardio!

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Read more.

I read Playing with Fire by Bianca Olthoff. You can read my review of Playing with Fire from my July favorites. The book is available for pre-order. Please note that I was able to get an early copy of the book, since I was a part of the book launch team.

For those keeping track, my book count is 5 in 2016.

Learn something new.
I took a break from cooking classes this month. Instead, I took a cookie decorating class. My first attempt at icing cookies with royal icing did not go smoothly. So, I was excited to learn some tips and tricks for cookie decorating and working with royal icing. Stay tuned for my class review.

I practiced making pasta with my pasta KitchenAid attachment. My husband surprised me with the pasta roller as a half birthday present; so nice! I've practiced making pasta with friends. It's so nice to have friends help you make pasta. It's great to have two or more pairs of hands. And, it's nice to have people to visit when you make tortellini because it takes time to make homemade pasta.


There was no big travel this month. But, we have some travel plans later this year. So, stay tuned!

These are my broad goals for 2016. What goals are you working on in 2016?

Comment below. I would love to hear your goals and progress.

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