The first month of the year is over! A lot of people said this month took forever to end, but I think it flew by. I'm riding high on the success I had across the three things I wanted to accomplish this month. I'm hoping to carry this energy through into the shortest month of the year (not that short though because it is a leap year).
1) Write at least 2 blog posts each month
I knocked this one out on the very first day of the month with My New Decade's Resolutions and a 2019 Unplayed Games Recap. Aside from doing "resolutions" for this year, I decided the start of a new decade would be a perfect time to set some resolutions for the next decade. Check out that post to see what I want have done by 2030. For the second year in a row, I wrote about all of the unplayed games I got to the table during the year. There were quite a few that left my collection or will be leaving soon, but a bunch that will be staying as well.
I kept it going by introducing Soup Mush™©® - Patent Pending to the world. I had a lot of fun writing this one and hope at least one person enjoys the greatness that is Soup Mush. I'd like to do some sillier posts like this one, where I share little things that bring me pleasure in life.
2) Complete the 10 x 2 Board Game Challenge
Christine and I sat down and picked out the 10 games that we'd be playing for this challenge. When I made my initial list, it had 14 games. Getting that down to 5 was rather difficult. Thankfully, Christine had picked a few of the games on my not so short list, so that helped a bit. Here are the 10 games we'll be trying to play, twice each, before the end of the year:
Legendary Encounters: X-Files
Warsaw: City of Ruins
World's Fair 1893
Our family schedule in January was very busy, but Christine and I did manage to get BOTH plays of Kingdom Builder in before the month ended.
3) Bake at least 2 different baked goods each month
For January, I decided I wanted to use my sourdough discards to make non-bread items. I'd been craving blueberry muffins, so I found a recipe for those and then stumbled upon a recipe for banana bread. I split the muffin batter in half to make half blueberry and half double chocolate. I could have just made them all blueberry, but the girls like chocolate.
I hadn't made bagels in quite some time, so I decided to see how they'd work out with the starter in there. Yes, I know, bagels and bread aren't that much different. They're different enough and Christine likes my bagels so I knew they'd get eaten. We still can't get good ones locally. Following steps from a couple of different recipes, I made a dozen and put them in the fridge to slow proof overnight. In the morning, I boiled them, brushed them with egg white, and then sprinkled some with various toppings before baking.