As we take a breather from the busy weekend of Sunday/Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, it's time to reflect on the past year. It's hard to move out of this holiday season with its delights and celebrations. Here at our home, we've barely finished the eggnog. The tree is still up and our cats delight in knocking off the lower (unbreakable) ornaments. As we are rounding the final turn on the year 2012, I hope you'll play along with these questions. :)
This has not been a banner year for me, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to look for the good that it wrought!
1. What is some "old news" this year that you'd like to repeat for 2013?
I would love to spend time with friends I met through blogging, and who I finally met in real life in July. I want me some more of that!
2. What "new thing" have you started that you want to keep going in 2013?
Writing timely thank you notes
3. What event, experience or gift would you just as soon "Return to Sender"? Maybe it was a disastrous sermon, a congregational kerfuffle, a vacation nightmare, or your own mis-step. It can be funny or sad.
In a moment of pique I included something in a blog post that proved to be a huge mistake, and has caused lasting damage. That was in August. The impact lingers.
4. Share the brightest bit of joy that was a part of your year.
My aunt's 85th birthday celebration, which reunited family members from across the country and the generations. I hadn't seen some of my cousins in more than 20 years. It was a great time.
5. Share a picture that says far more than words. (You can use it to illustrate one of the above.)
My favorite picture from the year. You can't hear my grandson giggle, but there is so much joy in this picture, taken at my favorite place in the world (our family farm), at my favorite time of day.
Share a recipe! Soup, stew, main dish, side dish or a healthy dessert - any and all are welcome!
One of our favorite healthy recipes is fish tacos (a Pampered Chef recipe). I don't bother with the tortilla half of the time, which makes this even healthier!
serves 4 (two tacos each)
1/4 cup sliced green onions with tops
2 T snipped fresh cilantro
1 T fresh lime juice
1 T olive or canola oil
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 t sugar (I use honey)
1/2 t Cajun seasoning
2 cups broccoli slaw mix
1 pound tilapia fish fillets
1 T cajun seasoning
1 avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed (I use flour tortillas, personal preference)
3 medium radishes
Combine first seven slaw ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until blended. Add broccoli mizture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Heat grill pan over medium heat 5 minutes. Season fish with Cajun seasoning. Brush oil on pan. Place fillets in pan and cook over medium heat 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning carefully once. flake fish into bite-size pieces.
Grate or finely chop radishes. Microwave tortillas on high 1 minute. Top evenly with slaw mixture and fish. Add radish pieces and avocado slices. Top with additional cilantro, if desired.