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Keepin’ Those Resolutions

By Paula Deen
Tags: New Year's

It’s another new year, and that means most of us have made resolutions. If I’m lucky, I’ll stick with most of mine for a few weeks, but this year, I thought I’d focus on just a couple that I feel confident I can stick to.

My first, of course, is to focus more and more on my growing family. One of the best parts of getting older is adding more grandchildren to my brood, and with Bobby and Claudia’s brand-new, beautiful triplets, I now have a whoppin’ 9 grandchildren—7 grandboys and 2 grandgirls. It’s hard with all of our busy schedules, but I really want to carve out more time for the whole family to get together (and I don’t mean just on holidays and birthdays!). The great thing with having so many grandchildren is that they all have so many cousins that are relatively close in age. I want to give those beautiful children as many opportunities as possible to grow up the best of friends, and if you ask me, there’s no better place for play dates than at Guinny’s house.

My second resolution, like many of you I’m sure, is to focus more on my health so that I can live a long, active life. I want to see my grandchildren grow up, graduate, go to college, get married, and if I’m lucky, have children of their own! While I’m not one for exercise, I have learned, as I’ve gotten older and had a few concerns with my health, how to eat healthier. Of course, Bobby has always been a healthy eater and has taught me a thing or two about this. When I first started eatin’ healthy, I ate a lot of salads, convinced that healthy food just wasn’t meant to be delicious. But since I love gettin’ in the kitchen and creating, I found some truly tasty ways to eat lighter. To help y’all keep your own healthy resolutions, I thought I’d share some healthier recipes to aid you in staying on track!

Happy New Year!

xoxo,

Paula

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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