New Year's Resolutions


January 8, 2022

Denver Potato Casserole Ingredients

It's that time again...the annual promise that 2022 will be the best year ever!

While these yearly ambitions are exciting and motivation is high at the beginning of the year, by month two, many of these goals tend to trickle off. If you even make it to month two! But don't worry, you're not alone!

New Year's is also a time for reflection. People like to spend the day thinking about the past year and making resolutions for the year to come.

Of course, some years, we're ready to move on and not look back! And that's certainly the case with 2021, at least it is for me! I've never been quite so ready to flip the calendar to welcome a new year and be hopeful about the months to come.

Regardless of what your New Year's Eve plans were like this year, I hope you took some time to celebrate, because we all made it to 2022!

Speaking of resolutions, the top 5 in the U.S. are:

• Lose weight.

• Eat healthier or change diet.

• Get fitter and get more exercise.

• Spend more time with family and friends.

• Be more aware and take care of mental health.

I think losing weight is always and probably always will be the number one for a lot of people. I'm over that one. It never works for me. I like food too much!

Although I did get one healthy habit after my heart attack. I now crave oatmeal EVERY night. I guess oatmeal is better than raiding the house for any snacks I can find.

A New Year's Resolution I thought would be fitting for my house is: whoever decides what should be for supper, the other person should have to cook it. I think that sounds fair, but Kyle didn't agree.

I enjoy cooking, but deciding what to make every night is a chore for me and "someone" never knows what he would like for supper.

I guess I should be thankful he will eat anything I make and doesn't complain.

Another resolution for me is to travel more. I guess I have traveled quite a bit the past few years, but in the travel category more is better to me!

The five most unusual resolutions were:

• Get your photo taken in five interesting places.

• Learn a decent party trick.

• Break a record.

• Make a new friend a month.

• Develop a good relationship with your body.

I like the one to take a photo in five interesting places. I would just edit it to be: take a photo in five different places in the U.S.

Sarah and Brian, are you ready for a few camping trips and Kyle, are you ready for a winter getaway!? I've got a resolution to work on and if people usually give up after month two, I need to get started!

I did see a resolution that was live life to the fullest. I think that is definitely a great way to live your life. Tomorrow is never promised, so get out there and live!

I hope everyone is off to a great start for the new year!

I want to thank Garrett and Bethany for the great interview. I meet a lot of people in the newspaper business, but some stand out a little more than others.

Garrett and Bethany are definitely two great people, and I wish them the best of luck in their DQ adventure!

Denver Potato Casserole


4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced

8 ounces cooked ham, cubed

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart square baking dish; layer half of the potatoes, half of the ham, half of the green pepper, half of the onion, and half of the cheese in prepared baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ham, green pepper, and onion. Top with the remaining potatoes.

Bake, covered, in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Jokes of the Week

• On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well, it was kind of embarrassing. As the clock struck, the bartender was almost crushed to death.

• There are eleven people hanging on a rope that comes down from an airplane. Ten of them are blonde and one is brunette.

They all decide that one person should get off because if they don't, the rope will break and everyone will die. No one can decide who should go, so finally the brunette delivers a very touching speech ending with the words "I'll get off". The blondes are all very moved by her speech and start clapping. Problem solved.


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