28 December 2018

Goals for 2019

The end of the year is looming, and as I've looked back over my diary, there are lots of things I had planned that didn't get done, and plenty of things that weren't planned that did.

I guess that's life.

But with a new year, there is a new beginning, and for me, a new list of things I'd like to accomplish in 2019.

Some of them are simple, others will take more planning and effort. I'd love to get to the end of 2019 and have everything on my list crossed off - you'd hear me cheering on the other side of the world.

So here's my list. No particular order, just things that will make our lives easier and happier, that I should be able to accomplish without too much effort. I'll make a separate list of work goals for 2019  soon.

1. Master hot process soap. Cold process has been my go-to for years, but I've never tried hot process. 2019 is the year!

2. Learn to make sour dough starter and master sour dough bread and buns. Another thing I've always intended doing, with yeast becoming expensive (has anyone else noticed the price, or is it just me?), being able to make a sour dough starter and then bake bread will save us a little money. I've been reading up on Annabel's sour dough adventures, and researching starters and tips, so this may be the first challenge for 2019.

3. Grow more veggies through winter. This past winter we didn't have a veggie garden at all and boy did I miss it. 2019 will see us back to our regular veggie patch all year round - here'shoping the weather co-operates.

4. Get the sewing machine out and use up the fabric I have in the linen cupboard. I have fabric to make Wayne a new winter coat, and t-shirt fabric to make new tops for myself.

5. Spend at least 4 hours a week crafting.

6. Read at least 52 books. That's just one a week, and I should be able to easily get through. Most will probably be on my Kindle, although the library card will get a workout, as will my bookshelves.

7. Try two new recipes a month. It doesn't hurt to mix up the food we eat, and having something new too cook stops me from getting bored.

8. Learn to make hard cheeses. I've never tried to make hard cheeses, so 2019 is the year hard cheese making is mastered. I can't wait, this may be moved to near the top of the list too.

9. Finish off my next two books. Both are 95% done, and I'm aiming for April release for Book 1, and June for Book 2. I'm excited about these projects, they have both been long-term projects that have been held up due to my health problems, and I can't wait to get them finished so I can show them off to you all.

10. Add more of my handmade items to our blog shop. I'm aiming for two new things a week, be it cards, or sewing, or needlework or knitting or crochet or scrapbooks. Hannah is joining me in this venture and it's been fun working with her to choose what we'd stock and then make the plans to get everything made, photographed and in the shop.

If that list is completed this time next year, I'll be so happy.

But it's not set in cement, and I'm sure it'll change during the year. We have some trips coming up, and a couple of big family celebrations in 2019, so it will be busy, busy, busy.

And to finish off, I'm taking some time off. Some of you are aware of the health problems I've had the last 5 years, and they've finally caught up and I need a short break to do nothing but, well nothing; just a couple of weeks to recouperate and get some strength back, and I'll be back and ready to tackle this list in early January.

What are your goals for 2019?


  1. You'll have so much fun with sourdough and it is very addictive. Sourdough is the epitome of frugality as it can be a generational continuum for time immemorial if you so choose.

    1. I can't wait, have everything ready to start tomorrow. Kids have put in requests for rolls, loaves, bread stick, scrolls and cobs so if nothing else, it'll keep my busy making bread. I have no idea how many hours I've spend reading and comparing, so as long as I stick to the recipe all should be good, and I can cross one goal off my list eventually. I like the idea of being self-sufficient in another thing too.
      Have a happy new year.

  2. You have a great list to achieve this year. I look forward to hearing how you go with them all :)

    Sour dough is so much fun!

    I found a brilliant tutorial that saves on flour once you have the starter active. All you need is a tiny bit of starter kept in the fridge. I will leave the links for you to take a look. This recipe I am sharing has been the most successful I have used. It also saves on flour wastage and other ingredients. It is so simple and I get perfect loaves every time! Once you get the hang of making sour dough you will be able to do it with your eyes shut :) Part one; http://jembellafarm.blogspot.com/2018/07/sourdough-so-you-thought-she-was-dead.html
    Part two; http://jembellafarm.blogspot.com/2018/07/sourdough.html

    Good luck with your sourdough adventures.


    1. Thank you Tania, I'll watch them tonight! I had planned on starting on Tuesday but life butted in and now I'm planning on Sunday to start. I can't wait, I love making bread, and I love eating sourdough so this should be a perfect match :) I'll let you know how I go.


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