Extra Reading: Make This Your Best Year Yet!

A Toronto Star article from a few months ago reported on an apartment developer who has eliminated the stand-alone stove from all of the kitchens.  That’s right – not one of the units contains a stove. 

They are apparently targeting a demographic that doesn’t cook.

Although we do cook, my husband and I actually considered ditching our stove and using the space for a chest freezer in our tiny apartment.  We cook almost everything in one of our small appliances – convection toaster oven, induction hot plate, Instant Pot – and very rarely use our oven.  We haven’t done it yet, but we’re still on the fence.

If you are empty nesters like us, how have your cooking habits changed? Or, do you eat out more often?

white kitchen

Changing habits is a top resolution at the beginning of the new year.  Are you still hanging in there, or have you given up already?

To help you get back into the game, here are some of my favourite articles to help you make this your best year yet.

Your money

Your health

  • We’ve had some wicked weather already this winter.  Boost your immune system with these 25 Vitamin C-rich foods that will help you beat seasonal colds and flu.
  • We sometimes have trouble getting a good night’s sleep.  Here are 33 tips on how to sleep better.
  • Do you think humans could potentially live to 200 years of age?  Susan Williams ponders what might be in place to support this longevity, such as wearable technology that monitors our health and medical needs.

Retirement living

Some other interesting reading

  • Here’s a list of the top retirement trends of 2019.  They include continuing to work and delaying retirement to after 65 and changing the way we live.  Do you fancy retiring at sea, or in an RV?  Or multi-generational living with your extended family?
  • There’s going to be a big shift in the age of our population in the future.  Ben Carlson takes a look at the implications.

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2 Responses

  1. Phyllis Peters says:

    We are empty nesters but still live in a big house and host large family events often enough to warrant having an oven and cooktop but we have gone to a 24” oven which is ample and don’t have a huge fridge. Now that we’ve gotten used to cooking less food we really enjoy cooking for one or two. We eat out less often and are enjoying simpler foods – less rich sauces and more raw fruits and veggies. When we downsize I think I would still have an oven if I have space for it but could easily manage with a few of the wonderful small appliances that are available today. Thanks for the great article and links to some interesting reading.

    • Marie Engen says:

      Hi Phillis. Thanks for your input. We used our oven quite a bit over the holidays so I probably won’t get rid of it. It’s still handy for some things. When we have to replace it I’m considering getting one with dual ovens. We also cook a lot more simply. eating more salads, vegetables, and fruit. It’s too bad though that we live in an area full of farms and orchards and we’re still importing produce from the US.

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