Monday, January 3, 2011

I Should Not Make New Year's Resolutions

Besides being a waste of time trying to think up something original, I just don’t (or can’t) keep resolutions, let alone remember them. By today, only three days into a new year, I have forgotten what I so fervently and passionately decided to do or not to do. My usual and always first resolution is to lose ten pounds. Easy to remember. So why did I have popcorn with two tablespoons of melted butter last night? And why did I follow it an hour later with a hot fudge sundae? And was that me this morning who got into the leftover homemade fudge topping I left on the counter? I guess I need to figure out exactly when is the best time for me to start these promises. Did the new year start on Saturday or shall I decide that pledges are easier to start on a Monday? Yes, that’s it, I’ll finish the fudge and then I can begin fresh today, Monday.  I vow to lose ten pounds.
Now, what’s an original resolution? Idea: always write blogs and emails on Word first to avoid spelling and grammar blunders. This is a great one for me since I already do this and I won’t have any trouble keeping this resolution.
The third thing I resolved was a really good and smart thing that I just can’t reveal right now, mainly because I forgot what it was. If I remember it later I’ll be sure to add an addendum. Meanwhile I’ll send you off to check out the the best lasagna recipe I’ve ever tried. Yum. And as for that homemade hot fudge recipe: 1 cup sugar, 3 ½ tablespoons cocoa, ½ cup milk, 2 tablespoons butter, heat and boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring. Add a heaping serving spoon (like a third of a cup) of crunchy peanut butter and beat wildly. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool a bit. I like to add a handful of mini-marshmallows while it’s boiling, if I have them. Oh, I hope this doesn’t ruin your diet resolution . . . just start tomorrow.
One more thing -
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