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2015 Round-Up and January Bucket List

I’m not a person who can commit on the long-term to something that doesn’t really, truly interest me. I’m more the type of person who embraces change and actually needs it. If I decide to start a new hobby or commit to something new, you’ll find me losing interest more often than not. On the other hand, some things and people remain in my life forever. Moments I love become habits I foster over time, and I make it a point to keep loved ones happy. I’ve mentioned before that this blog is a true passion and that it reveals aspects of myself that even I hadn’t discovered. In 2015, it has brought me a lot. Not only did I see that what I write is appreciated (check out Breadonbutter as the number 8 most influential blog in Lebanon!), but I also challenged myself through it. Through my monthly bucket lists, I was able to set small goals that led to achieving bigger ones. It was a pleasure writing each and every one of these lists. You can check them all here.

To start 2016 properly, I wanted to remember my favorite things about 2015 before writing the first bucket list of the year, so here goes:

  • Trip to Paris, London and the Lake District
  • Attending Food Blogger Connect 2015, meeting great people and tuning in to amazing talks by inspiring people.
  • Reading lots of books
  • Watching loads of movies
  • Collaborating with fellow bloggers who became dear friends
  • Exploring Lebanon
  • The Whole 30 challenge which led me to replace bad eating habits with healthier ones
  • Volunteering for the AUB Cookbook that is to be launched in June of 2016
  • Trying out new recipes that I usually found impossible to make (like this ramen)
  • Discovering lots of new ingredients and products
  • Meeting a lot of inspiring people
  • Cooking with Bibayti
  • Moving houses!

There are so many more things and the above are just highlights of last year. Moving on to the present and near future, say hello to the first list of the year 😉

Breadonbutter’s January Bucket List

  • Get fit again
  • Plan our next trip
  • Continue online photography courses
  • Start planting on our balcony
  • Host lots of cocktail parties
  • Sleep early at least 4 days of the week
  • Go hiking somewhere new
  • Finish the book I’m currently reading (All The Light We Cannot See), which is a must-read
  • Have cook-offs at home with friends who love cooking
  • Watch old classic movies like Casablanca and Psycho
  • Have lots of nights in with the Sherlock series and a nice bowl of homemade popcorn

Any plans this January?

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November & December Bucket List

I owe an apology to all of you who have been loyally reading my bucket lists during 2015. I have been swamped with work, the new house and social situations. BUT! I’ve decided to compile the last two bucket lists of the year into one, thus ending the year in beauty, ambition and organized partying. Here goes. For the last two months of 2015, I want to:

1) Start honing my “patisserie” skills by applying what I learnt in an amazing workshop with Jean-Michel Perruchon. There are no words to describe how much I was in awe for 4 hours straight. Thank you so much Polygel Homebaker for the opportunity! 

2) Entertain as many guests I can in the new house during the Holidays.

3) Finally get great Christmas tree decorations and make my very first own tree ever!

4) Learn something new and valuable. I will surely let you know what it was 😉

5) Eat healthy 85% of the time, even during the Holidays – yes, I prefer feeling lighter than indulging 24/7.

6) Hike in two new places I’ve never hiked in.

7) Prepare a killer Christmas menu – this year, we’ll be hosting Christmas Eve.

8) Count all of my blessings every morning and every night.

9) Start a new series – torn between Sherlock and Homeland.

10) Bring you a new kind of fresh content – stay tuned, it’s going to be awesome!

How about you people? What are your plans for the end of 2015?

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October Bucket List

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A few days ago, someone asked me if I was able to achieve all of the items on my bucket list. My only reply was that I try. Coincidentally, I saw a quote today that said: “no matter what you do today, let it be enough”. It is true that we put too much pressure on ourselves to always achieve more than what we have already done. We never let it be enough. While I make lists of things to achieve, I always pay attention to not putting too much pressure on myself and not bring mysef down if I don’t check them all off the list. 

October Bucket List

1) The new house is almost ready! I plan on making at least a DIY project like old times.

2) Choose my next travel destination wisely.

3) Write more. To do that, I organized all the tools I need to make it easy on myself. More on that later.

4) Work harder towards my business goals. I’ll need to set a clear plan for that soon.

5) Start baking again.

6) Learn more about coffee brewing.

7) Make sushi at home.

8) Practice what I learnt the past month at Food Blogger Connect and on all the online courses I took.

9) Plan and organize myself better.

I won’t add infinite stuff on my list, but I’ll focus on achieving those first!

What are your goals this month? 

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September Bucket List

I started off the month of august full of motivation and positivism, but I must admit, despite me being a generally positive person, it was the hardest month yet in 2015. Not only was the weather extremely not helpful, but sadly, our country is in the worst state it could ever be. We’ve been fighting for it in any way we can, but I still hope it will all magically disappear (please don’t judge me, I’m not that naive) and we’ll be able to really enjoy the smell of the first rain. August flew by really fast, so I’ll be keeping my previous bucket list and adding the following to it:

  1. Discover new things in London. I’m leaving for London town at the end of the month and I’m planning on uncovering new cool places, so I’ll keep you posted!
  2. Be more organized in terms of time management skills. I’m surely getting better but I’m working to achieve the best ever level of organization.
  3. Online photography classes. I’ve registered to a new course so I’ll keep you posted on its quality and the things I learn.
  4. Hike. I miss the smell of nature and the feeling you get after a long walk in the forest.
  5. Enjoy the great mountain weather in September.
  6. Go camping. We’re going in 2 weeks and I just can’t wait!
  7. Experiment with sweet potatoes. I’ve been spotting a whole lot of sweet potato recipes lately and I’m hoping to try a few.
  8. Remove artificial sugar from my life and vocabulary (except on birthdays and some afternoon teas 😉 )
  9. Start reading again. I haven’t read a page of my book in August so I’d better get back to my favorite activity.
  10. Care less – about being late, about pleasing everyone. It’s simply not possible.
  11. Be patient – exercise patience and meditation.
  12. Stop bookmarking articles and read them on the spot.
  13. Make the most of Food Blogger Connect – so excited!
  14. Go back to healthy.

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August Bucket List

Despite the fact that it’s burning hot, August has to be a month I love given that it’s the month I was born in (YEAY!). Those of you who were also born in August and the other ones who know of a person who was born in August, must be aware of how much we love our birthdays. I thought my love for that day would fade away with time, but I find myself with the same excitement as when I was a kid.  It’s just one of the things in life that make me happy.

This month is full of plans, including lazy days at the beach and barbecues with friends in the mountains. Although I won’t be able to take time off from work, I plan on making the most of the hottest month of summer before everything calms down again and our lives get back to a somewhat normal routine. So here goes.

Breadonbutter’s August Bucket List

  1. Get back into DIY projects. Since we lost my grandma last Christmas, I’ve been trying to keep her values through the things she used to do herself. It certainly were little things but with a huge impact on everyone.
  2. Appreciate the things we have in this country instead of focusing on what we don’t have (which is plenty, grant it).
  3. Get active again on Pinterest. I just love this platform but I’ve been setting it aside lately.
  4. Keep on working hard. My main resolution for 2015 was to work hard and I’m keeping it.
  5. Start working out again. Swimming might be my only option, and on weekends only.
  6. Cook cakes again. I miss baking so much it hurts.
  7. Eat healthy 85% of the time as I have come to really like it.
  8. Drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. It shouldn’t be that hard with the current temperature outside.
  9. Re-focus on my blog. My bad for working too much on other things.
  10. Write somewhere outside the blog.
  11. Create rituals. I’ve been enjoying many simple things lately, like an evening bbq with friends by the beach, so I’m planning on keeping those wonderful gatherings alive.
  12. Plan a kick-ass birthday (Obviously!) 😀
  13. Laugh out loud more often.
  14. Collaborate with more people.
  15. Stay nice. With everything happening around us, we tend to be aggressive and on the defensive. But I won’t let the heat and garbage get to me!

Any plans this August?

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July Bucket List

Today is the 1rst of July and I’m still wondering how Christmas has come and gone. Time does fly, which puts pressure on our goals and the means we use to achieve them. The last week of June has been life-changing career-wise and even though I’m not one to regret any decision I make, I hope I took a sound one. I’ve embarked on a new adventure hoping that it will be a huge step towards my ultimate goal. I’ll elaborate more one day, but for now, all I want is to share a new bucket list.

June’s felt like a year rather than a month. Summer is definitely on with bbqs and long summer days. I started my Whole 30 challenge, which has been quite a ride until now (you can read about it here and here). We had the chance to meet Michelin-starred Chef Greg Malouf (read more about him here), and we discovered new recipes and ingredients. I also worked a lot on my photography skills, which made me happy, and last but not least, we’ve been watching a whole lot of sunsets.

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Breadonbutter’s July Bucket List

  1.  Work hard, even though it’s July, a month that screams vacation
  2. Read more instead of watching TV and scrolling down my phone
  3. Cook more without giving excuses – I know I’ve been short on recipes lately and I promise to make it up
  4. Finish my Whole 30 and reintroduce various food groups while controlling my cravings – it has been hard sometimes, I must admit
  5. Watch at least one old movie – because I love old movies and I think they enrich our souls. My favorites are Cinema Paradiso, La Vita e Bella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Louis de Funes’ Pouic Pouic
  6. Discover a new place in Lebanon
  7. Bake more cakes
  8. Be more organized
  9. Run more often
  10. Discover new music
  11. Eat at 2 new restaurants

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June Bucket List

This month, I’m 2 days late with my bucket list. Without making excuses, May was really hectic yet interesting and I’m proud to say I can cross off most of last month’s things I wanted to achieve. I collaborated with two of my favorite bloggers: Maya from Playing with Fashion, and Hisham from Cook in 5m2. With Maya, we collaborated on a guide for the perfect picnic. Maya showed you what to wear and I wrote about a picnic checklist. We even talked about it on BBeirut on LBC Sat (you can watch it here). With Hisham, we had fun making hundreds of Croque Monsieur for a hungry crowd at the Beirut Street Food festival. I met great people like Cyrille Najjar. I didn’t make homemade bread but homemade grissinis, close enough! And I discovered Carob Honey, which is a local produce that has loads of health benefits. We also enjoyed a lot of sunsets (Click here for places to have sunset drinks in Beirut).

A new month is here with new goals and objectives. Here goes.

Breadonbutter’s June Bucket List

  1. I’m going to one of Cyrille Najjar’s organized workshops for Beirut Design Week. It’s a Photography workshop with the one and only Thierry Van Biesen! My plan is to make the most of it and improve my photography skills.
  2. Attend a concert – there are so many I still haven’t decided which one yet.
  3. Swim more.
  4. Take up tennis.
  5. Get to my next goal on Nike Run.
  6. Master the ultimate Croque monsieur.
  7. Film more videos.
  8. Be more innovative with my salads this summer.
  9. Meditate by the sea with the Calm app.
  10. Find the most perfect kitchen style for our new house.
  11. Watch as many sunsets as I can all summer (a continuous summer item on the bucket list).
  12. Walk more, drive less – even if it’s burning hot.
  13. Plant herbs to cook with.
  14. Cook more creative dinners.
  15. Discover new designers and ideas during Beirut Design Week.
  16. Find the best coffee shops to work in during summer in Beirut.

 #MakeItHappen. What’s on your bucket list this month?

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May Bucket List

I’ve really come to enjoy those monthly bucket lists as they give me goals I feel I should achieve. Coming up with goals requires you to dig deeper and think about what you’d like to do and accomplish in this life. I know they’re small things but they contribute a lot to the bigger picture, and they keep evolving into different areas as you grow older.

In April, I found myself reaching more goals than in March. I started Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage but didn’t finish it yet as I rarely sat down to read. I made the last stew of the season (click for the coq au vin recipe), I went out for drinks more, hiked 2 times in Wadi Qannoubine and the Cedars of Tannourine – stay tuned for more details, we had loads of BBQs, I enjoyed taking snapshots of people’s faces and expressions, we cooked healthy meals like this strawberry salad, and tried Liza’s restaurant and the newly opened La Creperie (stay tuned for more details as well) which I had never gone to before.

This month, I also have plans. Here they are.

Breadonbutter’s May Bucket list

  1. Go camping, enjoy the stars and great talks with friends “à la belle étoile
  2. Discover more local produces and research the organic food mania more
  3. Discover “new food”, i.e. not only limit myself to ingredients I have always known but discover new twists and combinations
  4. Plan a getaway in Lebanon, aiming to discover more of that country of ours
  5. Start making Breadonbutter videos that you’ll be able to watch on the Breadonbutter Youtube channel
  6. Make our own ingredients at home (like spicy olive oil , nine spices and caramel)
  7. Watch more sunsets as you get to make wishes and it makes you happy
  8. Discover new Design brands for the home like ferm living
  9. Work out more (I’m currently obsessed with Blogilates and Tabata workouts)
  10. Uncover the different recipes and combinations that can be made with coffee beans
  11. Collaborate more with other fellow bloggers
  12. Finish Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage!
  13. Try and make ice cream. Oh, and homemade bread!
  14. Meet at least 2 new fascinating persons
  15. Find 1 hidden gem that the crowd hasn’t consumed yet

So cheers to May! 😀

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April Bucket List

It’s been two bucket lists since 2015 and since I’m sharing them with you, I find myself making an effort to follow them. In March, my bucket list was quite short and easy to follow. I made a flour-less cake but it didn’t puff up ;), I planned my trip to Paris and made lists of new places to visit and things to do, I walked around Beirut quite a lot, and I cooked an Ethiopian ethnic meal (recipe here). This month, let’s hope I achieve more of my list.

Breadonbutter’s April Bucket List

  1. Start (and finish!) Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
  2. Make a 5-layered cake for my mom’s birthday end of April
  3. Make the last stew before summer and hot weather hit us
  4. Go out more for drinks and happy hour (I’m loving Badaro Street and its new bars)
  5. Do more outdoor activities like hiking and camping
  6. Have more BBQ gatherings like this one, with friends, the sunset and nature
  7. Find new and talented Lebanese designers
  8. We almost bought a house so I plan on making amazing finds to decorate it really well (like these beautiful ceramic tiles)
  9. Take more photos of people, capturing their unique personalities
  10. Cook more of those delicious healthy meals
  11. Find new ingredients to add flavor to our dishes, like these
  12. Watch The Darjeeling Limited , Birdman and Waitress
  13. And of course, try at least 2 new cool restaurants in Beirut

Here’s to making it happen! 🙂

What are your plans this April?

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March Bucket List

In February, I shared my decision to write a bucket list every month of 2015 and promised to try and follow it. You can read my February bucket list on this link. I tried to achieve everything but succeeded in only doing some of the items on my list, like cooking Ramen, and healthy dishes, I tried Spin the Hen and Prune Bistro so that’s my 2 new restaurants to try out, I went to yoga class as much as I could, discovered new songs (new playlist coming soon), I discovered a new ingredients (soon on the product of the week series), planned a trip (but to a place I’ve already been to – sneak peek), and watched the theory of everything (awesome movie!). So this month, I’m keeping some of the things I didn’t do on my list and adding new ones as well. Here goes.

Breadonbutter’s March Bucket List

  1. I’m going to Paris at the end of the month. I’ve already been there tons of times, but I plan on discovering new things I’ve never even seen in this city.
  2. Try a no-flour cake (and make it puff up)
  3. Go someplace new in Lebanon – Any suggestion would be most welcomed
  4. Develop my photography skills with the help of these cool videos
  5. Discover at least one of Beirut’s hidden gems
  6. Walk around more instead of taking the car everywhere
  7. Drink more smoothies as afternoon snacks
  8. Start Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
  9. Cook an ethnic meal (maybe Ethiopian)
  10. Try to make giant meringues (with success)
  11. Make homemade donuts
  12. Watch The Darjeeling Limited , Birdman and Waitress (both recommendations of Beirutista and Nouchaline) – I’ve been so hooked up on series that I don’t make time for actual movies anymore

Any other suggestion? 🙂

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February Bucket List

Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I always stumble upon things that inspire me. I always jot down my flowing ideas and I end up with notes everywhere – on my phone, on my desk, on my bedside table, in my Moleskine, or even on a supermarket bill in the car. So to channel those plans and thoughts, I decided to put everything in writing, on an organized list every month. Now that list might not be very realistic or achievable, but a life without dreaming is a life without meaning 😉

Breadonbutter February Bucket List

  1. Plan a trip to a place I’ve never visited before
  2. Cook Ramen
  3. Cook healthy dishes
  4. Try a no-flour cake (and make it puff up!)
  5. Eat at 2 new restaurants
  6. Do more yoga at Nok Yoga Shala
  7. Go someplace new in Lebanon – I’ve never been to Ehden and I hear it’s beautiful
  8. Hike and ski more – I’ve become quite sedentary lately and that’s wrong!
  9. Have a fondue night somewhere cold before the hot weather strikes again
  10. Discover new songs and compile a new and fresh playlist (you can check previous playlists here, here and here)
  11. Be more productive
  12. Discover a new ingredient – just like we discovered Sriracha
  13. Discover new neighborhoods in Beirut – you think you know everything but you don’t
  14. Watch The Theory of Everything and The Darjeeling Limited
  15. Read at least 2 chapter of the Baking Basics & Beyond e-book

Anything you can relate to? 🙂

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