Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A New Year of challenges!

by Shelby Cox, from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries 
written by Essie Lang

I've decided to not make any resolutions this New Year, the reason being that although I do enjoy making lists, and resolutions would qualify, I seldom stick to those resolutions. Especially the ones referring to eating less chocolate, cutting back to only one latte a day, or pursuing a running routine. Been there, tried all that, and not a one stuck.

So, this year, just to keep things interesting, I'm going for a challenge a month. I'm really excited about this! I've challenged myself to try a new fruit each and every month. The more exotic, colorful, hard-to-get, the better. I'll try them in recipes, on their own, as decorations, anything I can think of.

Fruits like dragonfruit, starfruit, rambuten...you get the picture. I think I'll start with the dragonfruit and will report back on it next month. This should be a lot of fun, and hello, it's healthy, too!

I'm hoping you'll help with some suggestions.Have you tried a new, unusual fruit lately? Or is there an exotic fruit that's a staple for you now? Is there one you've been thinking of trying?

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  1. I eat the same fruit, oranges, apples, cherries, strawberries, grapes, and kiwi. Nothing exotic but next time I go to the store I'll see if anything looks good since it's always fun to try new things. :)

  2. I'm pretty much set in my ways about all recipes and fruit. As I get older I get less adventurous.