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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Inspired by Julie

I finally watched Julie and Julia. I know, I'm really far behind in my movie viewing. I don't get out much. I am, however, completely up-to-date in my Veggie Tales, American Girl, Angelina Ballerina, and Little House on the Prairie. So I'm not a total loss.

I have to say that I am now inspired in my blog writing. Julie, the main character (for those of you who saw this so long ago that you now can't remember the plot), decides to cook through Julia Childs' cookbook of 524 recipes in 365 days and to blog about her experience. So, I'm trying to decide what my yearlong project could/should be.

I immediately ditched the Julia Childs idea since my picky eaters most certainly aren't into French cooking and I am most certainly not going to touch a duck.

Sticking to the cooking theme, however, I thought about cooking through the recipes in the Franconia Culinary Pride 'n Joy (Mennonite) Cookbook. But with over 800 recipes I thought it was a little out of reach. And while daily doses of variations on shoo-fly pie, jams, and homemade breads sounded more palatable than French cooking, I believe all those fats and carbs would have some disastrous results on my family's health.

I knew I had to find something I was more passionate about than cooking.

Children, of course.

So I thought about adopting a child each day for the next year. But unfortunately that's logistically impossible. And 365 does sound like a lot of children. Even to me.


I thought it'd be fun to read a new book each day for the next year. The only problem with that is that I have a family to raise. I don't think this goal is very compatable with my other responsibilities.

Back to food, how about ice cream?

I could always try a new flavor of ice cream each day for the next 365 days. That probably wouldn't be very good for the figure. Or the grocery budget. Or my overall health. Maybe it'd be better to just make up a new flavor for each of the 365 days.

Something more adventurous?

I could do something on my Buckette List. Only it's not very long.

I could add something new to my Buckette List each day for a year. Only I'm not that adventurous and after 365 new items it would no longer be a Buckette List, it'd be a full-blown Bucket List. I'm not interested.

I'll give it til Dec. 31 to decide. Ideas appreciated.


  1. I haven't seen the movie. In fact, I haven't even heard of it!

    How about sharing creative teaching ideas? I know you're brimming with those!

  2. I say you blog every day for a year.
    It would be a win/win situation for me, and others I'm sure, because we'd be sure to get a dose of humor for 365 days! Everybody wins!

  3. Love the blogging every day for a year idea, we love reading your blog, always coming back to see if anything new is posted! Along the same lines, instead of writing something of your own every day for a blog since that could be hard to do, some days you could throw in some of your favorite recipes to share, parenting tips, teaching tips/ideas (like Sherri mentioned), or even just posting some of your favorite pictures.