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Transform your meal plans this month with recipes that will be sure to please even the pickiest palates! To start, try Food52’s creamy mushroom soup that will warm up any soul after trudging through the cold temperatures. For the main course, challenge yourself with smoky minestrone with tortellini and parsley or basil pesto. It combines nutritious ingredients with some indulgent ones to make the perfect entrée. For dessert, try to transform your tastebuds with a unique take on carrot cake – carrot cake with cardamom. Whatever you decide to make, be sure to transform your meals throughout the year with different seasonal ingredients to make the ordinary extraordinary!
January begins with New Year’s Day on January 1st. The 21st marks Martin Luther King, Jr. day. We encourage you to take a moment to reflect on Dr. King’s work and consider what you can do to improve the world in his spirit. You could write to your representatives about certain issues, volunteer with a local organization that aligns with his values, or simply spend time with those different than you. Throughout the month, be sure keep the transformative spirit in all aspects of your life. There are so many opportunities every single day to transform your life and those around you, making a better world for all of us.
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In December, the feeling of wonder is inescapable. Cloaked by the chill of late fall and early winter and shorter days and longer nights, beautiful moments surround you. Channel your inner curiosity and look at the world with a new pair of eyes: take time to appreciate the buzz of the holiday season, as well as the quiet peacefulness of the countryside falling asleep for the winter. Enjoy seasonal music enjoyed by all religions created by the talented musicians of today and years past. Despite the chaos of the holiday season, take quiet moments to marvel in the mood of December and find what brings you joy this month. Embrace your sense of wonder by trying something new.
Reinvent your winter staples with delightful recipes. Give life to brussel sprouts with Bon Appétit’s lemony brussels sprouts with bacon and breadcrumbs, which goes perfectly with any hearty winter meal – we recommend Food 52’s take on spiced sheet-pan chicken thighs. End a chilly evening at home with Bon Appetit’s best hot chocolate. But whatever you decide to make this month, cook with excitement, interest, and of course, wonder.
December is a holiday season. Christmas begins the 25th, Hanukkah begins on the evening of the 2nd, and Kwanza on the 26th. These holidays represent family, love, charity, and giving. So regardless of the beautiful gifts you give and receive, take time to consider the meaning behind each of these days and consider giving to local organizations who would welcome your help. On the 31st, celebrate the past year by giving yourself the peace of mind to prepare for the year ahead. Plan goals and resolutions, but let yourself live and make mistakes as well! Sometimes the best resolutions are made with wonder along the way.
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