Happy New Year! Once again it is time to make some changes. I think it is an exciting time full of hope and promise for the future. This year I will be personally working on eating more vegetables, walking more steps and spending a little time most days cleaning the house.
I think these are little things that can have a big long term effects in my life. I know it will take some prioritizing, commitment and determination to make these new habits in my life but I know I can do it and I’m excited to take charge of these areas of personal growth.
In honor of the New Year and all the amazing personal changes everybody is working on this year I have partnered with 40 other bloggers to give you some great tools and inspiration for your own goal setting. They are a great group with top notch ideas for 2015. Links to their posts follow and below that – my absolutely awesome Leek Soup to start your year off right!
1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage
2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management
3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting
4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance
5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools
6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around
7. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health
8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous
9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden
10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden
11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries
12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth
13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By Design
14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman
15. A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green
16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut
17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond
18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit
19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller
20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen
21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom
22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia
23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists
24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist
25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner
26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund
27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense
28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet
29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage
30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes
31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy
32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies
33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know
34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak
35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String
36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @ Shambray.com
37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home
38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home
39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table
40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama
41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys
I don’t know about you but I had some sugar around the holidays. Actually, if we are being honest I had sugar for breakfast, lunch, dinner and some snacks! I did OK until my brother and I started making candy together. That was the end of it all.
It was fun and it was insanely delicious, but it really is time for a sugar break! This Leek soup recipe always shows up at my house around January.
Of all the soups I make, this is one of the simplest. It is full onion and garlic which are really good for your body during the cold and flu season. It can make it on the fly and this time of year leeks often go on sale… What more can you ask for???
It really is the perfect soup for January. However, one word of caution! If you don’t like onions this may not be the soup for you. Leeks are in the onion family and the finished soup is deliciously reminiscent of onion without the strong, overpowering flavor.
I highly recommend the Better Than Bouillion Chicken Base for this recipe. It adds a lot. If you are vegetarian the same company has a great vegetarian bouillion that you can substitute here.
As you make changes to your life in 2015 I wish you courage, hope and of course victory!
- 5 cups chopped leeks
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 3½ cups water divided
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1½ Tbsp. chicken bouillon
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- Remove and discard any remaining section of root end and any tough upper green leaves. Slice leeks in half and run under cold water gently fanning the layers open to make sure all dirt and grit can run out.
- Slice the cleaned leeks into quarters. Chop the quarters into chunks no wider than ⅓".
- Add 5 cups chopped leeks to a large soup pot with olive oil and butter. Cook on high for a few minutes, stirring often with a spatula until leeks have softened and turned slightly translucent. If the leeks start to stick to the bottom of the pot, add ½ cup of the water and continue to cook.
- Add the remaining water, the garlic, chicken bouillon, and black pepper. Bring to a hard boil, then turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.