Happy 2016 to all Papricannelle readers! The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection, a review of the year gone by and goal-setting for the upcoming year. Even if you have completely given up on new year’s resolutions like I have (I am naughty by nature and break those rules in the blink of an eye), there’s a feeling of starting over with a blank slate, a desire to learn from past experiences and to create even better ones for the future.
When I look back on 2015, one of my big achievements was launching this blog. I had been contemplating about it for so long, checking out hundreds of other blogs, brainstorming, getting some technical know-how, and finally had Papricannelle up and running in the summer! Yay for me! But – as there is always a but – I have so very many things yet to learn! About writing copy, photography, social media, recipe development, recipe writing, plus the dreaded technical stuff like writing code…the list is endless. I am inspired to make an improvement in all of these areas in 2016, and my intention is to work on the blog each and every day of the year.
If there’s one area where I feel I’ve already made a teeny-tiny improvement is photography (well, apart from writing HTML code which I had never imagined I could do). I cringe when I look back on some of the photos I made this summer but I wouldn’t change them; they’re a good reminder of where I’m coming from. Here are some of the images I’ve captured recently. What do you think? Am I on the right track?
And I’m hoping that a year from now I’ll be overcome by the same, somewhat embarrassed feeling when looking at these photos and reading this post, having made a massive improvement in all these skills!
So as I said, I’ve ditched new year’s resolutions, but I like to set intentions. Like many of you, I suppose, I’m ready to re-focus on getting healthy after the holidays. And dropping those pounds that had piled up since this summer when I started suffering from a nagging back ache. I have been exercising less and less with a result of the scale moving in the wrong direction. Add to that the rather gourmand holiday season just behind us and the damage is serious! I haven’t even dared stepping on the scale for fear of disappointment. Those tighter jeans are a good indication anyways. So it’s time to level up! As health experts tell us, one essential part of getting healthy is staying well-hydrated as we often misinterpret thirst for hunger. Luckily I don’t have any bad habits of drinking sugary sodas or sugary store-bought ‘fruit’ juices. But, boy, good ol’ water can get boring! Here is a fun way I found to bring some gusto to my filtered water with healthy, natural flavorings!
Here’s what you’ll need for a 1 liter pitcher:
- 5-6 slices of lemon
- 5-6 slices of cucumber
- ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar
- ½ thumb size ginger, grated and squeezed
- a handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1l filtered water
- a heaping cup of new beginnings
What you’ll need to do:
- Clean well the lemon, cucumber and mint leaves.
- Thinly slice up the lemon and cucumber, throw them in the pitcher. Add the apple cider vinegar and the mint leaves. Grate the ginger in a separate small bowl, then squeeze the juice of the grated ginger in the pitcher.
- Fill up the pitcher with filtered water. Even though I’m going to refrigerate the water, I add ice as a weight to keep the fruit down. Let the flavors infuse for a few hours or overnight before serving in glasses over ice. Drink throughout the day.