Sometimes I do things

Let's be honest, I spend a lot of time either at the desk, on the couch or in bed. It's not (just) that I'm lazy but the vast majority of the work I do is on the computer. I only work semi-normal hours. And most of my friends predominantly exist inside the computer (most of the time, every now and then I get to see people live and in person).

I had been wanting to do more. What kind of more I didn't really know but I didn't want to do big resolutions. I needed something longer term. But I didn't want to do another 101 things in 1001 days thing. Life changes a lot in 1001 days. After making my last one I lived in three cities. That blew a lot of what was on it to bits and I promptly gave up on it.

And then Denise came up with an idea - 10 things in 2010. Each month in 2010 she is making a list of 10 things she wants to get done. Some are practical things, some are fun things.

It works. At least it does when you choose wisely. And don't procrastinate.

In my infinite wisdom I decided that one of the things that I was going to do in January was make a recipe from a cookbook I own but have not used. Easy, right? Except not.

Despite the fact that I have 60-odd cookbooks I mostly cook from a few of them. There are a few I dabble at and two or three that I use frequently.

I thought this would be easy. I try new recipes all the time. What I didn't really stop to think about was the fact that when the recipes don't come from the books I use all the time, they come from the internet.

In January I'd guess that I tried about half a dozen new recipes. One was from a cookbook I use a lot, the others were all from the internet.

January 31 rolled around. I needed to cook something.

I sat down and went through a bunch of cookbooks. Nothing called out to me. Some interesting stuff but I was looking for something simple and something that we had all the ingredients for.

After about an hour (no joke) of me and Lee looking through cookbooks we decided on Lemon Cake Pudding from Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two. It's lovely retro-y goodness.

Lemon Cake Pudding Thingy

It took all of five minutes to make and throw in the oven. Done. Item crossed off list.

And the verdict? Tasty cake on the top, pudding on the bottom goodness. We might even make it again sometime.

You can find my February list in the List Lovers BlogHer group. Why don't you add yours?