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Chicken Monday – And Other New Year Traditions

It is New Years Day

Gosh I love a new year.

A time for a fresh start.

A time to reflect on the year that has been and to strategise the year ahead.


Mark and I are planning some time away in early January to do this formally. To frame up together what we want to achieve this year personally, together as a couple. We talk about personal values as well as practical outcomes. We discuss personal goals and things we want to achieve together as well as the strategies we need to obtain that. We go over all our prophesies. The beginning of the year is a year to realign ourselves and reassess. I love a new year.

We then aim to have three monthly reassessments to see how we are achieving these goals!

It is always astonishing to me that we can spend months planning a holiday, but often wont take a day to plan our lives.

We have to be intentional. Doing this is life changing. I would love for all of you to do this with us?!

a lot of the above will be personal and private between Mark, myself and God, as well as very close friends. But there are some which can be made more public. Here are two of the traditions which I intend to incorporate into my 2019 year! They are both new traditions which I am excited to start and continue through possibly for the rest of our lives.


Chicken Monday!

I got this idea of Ina Garten who is well known and loved in the culinary world. For those of you who don’t know her, she is this gorgeous chubby chef who is the author of countless cookbooks and the host of the Food Network Program Barefoot Contessa. She married her husband Jeffrey in 1968 and have been married for over 45 years. When I watch this gorgeous pint sized cook on her show Barefoot Contessa, she often features her husband eating her food. The thing I love the most about her is that she and Jeffrey absolutely adore each other. In fact she wrote a book that called Cooking for Jeffery which was one of the highest selling cookbooks of 2016! All about the recipes she loves to cook for her husband.

One of things she introduced within her marriage was Chicken Friday. Every Friday she makes chicken. She makes an event of it. She sources organic chicken, often going to the farm itself, and dreams up an exciting recipe. Every Friday Jeffery knows he is going to get a deliciously cooked chicken dish! He also gets so excited and through the years they have made it a Garten tradition. I loved this.


As we all know by now, I would love to live a mostly plant based lifestyle. However one of my biggest learning curves of 2018 is that while I am an extremist, my husband is not. And it is not fair or practical to expect him to dance to the tune of my plant based life. Moreover learning that his flexitarian ways does not indicate a lack of support for me, but rather a difference in priorities and taste. Hence finding somewhat of a happy medium is something that we are still working out. He is slowly adapting to eating more plants and actually enjoying a mostly plant based lifestyle. However there is one thing he loves with a deep passion, always has and always will.

It is chicken. He loves chicken. He just loves it so much.

SO, inspired by my beautiful Ina who does chicken Fridays for Jeffrey, I am going to make Chicken Mondays a tradition in our family. We have done this for a month now, and goodness me, Mark has taken to it like, a duck to water. He loves chicken Monday. He will start talking about it days before Monday. In fact he will start to talk about it the Tuesday after the Monday. He also loves to get on board on the preparation and the marination. Which is great as I don’t even like to touch the chicken.

On Monday, he plans his whole afternoon around the roasting or cooking of the chicken. Lately on a Monday we have had the privilege of writing all day and going for a long walk in the afternoon. Well the walk home is at the speed of lightening as Greenie has chicken on his mind, and he cannot wait to devour it. It is annoying and adorable all at the same time.


He eats the whole chicken smothered in hot Nando’s sauce, like a little boy at sizzlers for the first time. You remember the first experience at sizzlers where you haven’t yet figured out that the food will always be there and will continue to be refilled. That is what Greenie is like on chicken Mondays, and I have to do all the talking and reminding on numerous occasions that there is no competition, his plant-based wife was not going to eat his chicken. It would be okay if he slowed down, took a breath and even said a sentence or two.

His childlike enthusiasm over the chicken is one of the things I love about Mark. He is in many ways, delighted by the simplest things. I hope he never changes. I love setting Greenwood traditions, and the comfort and joy it brings to have traditions within the family which bring familiarity, joy and comfort.

Chicken Mondays will be a tradition to stay in 2019. Thank you Ina.

Intentional Prayer

There are so many things that I am believing for. With my writing, business ideas, things in our personal life, within our marriage, friendships, finances and family and friends. There have also been very distinct prophesies or prediction for my God given destiny which has been spoken over me.

This year for 2019 I want to write a big list of the things that I am believing for in my life and that of others and intentionally speak over them in faith every day. I want to pray over them intentionally. I want to partner with the prophesies which have been spoken over Mark and I and believe with childlike faith that they will come to pass. I really want to make my prayer life more intentional 2019.

There is two of my habitual desires for 2019!

What are two of yours? I would love for you to leave a comment of what traditions or goals you would like to set in 2019.

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Until next time,

You are deeply loved and richly cherished

Christine Greenwood

The Healthy Hiccup

2 thoughts on “Chicken Monday – And Other New Year Traditions

  1. Sharon says:

    My number 1. Is to cook a Christine Greenwood recipe once a week and my number 2. Is to sit with my journal every day and wait to hear was Father has to say

    1. Christine says:

      Oh this is SO lovely Sharon, thanks for sharing!

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