September Goals Setting

In my last blog I used to constantly keep goals and update them.  I had stopped doing goals recently due to life getting in the way.  We are doing some remodeling, my son is starting a new school, and I’ve gained a lot of weight due to a medication change because of my migraine problems.  So needless to say, everything has gone south quite a bit.  So for August and September I’m going to combine both months with goal setting.

So for these months my goals are to:

  1. Start exercising again.  This means walking the dog Monday – Friday. (My husband walks her on the weekends) and seeing a trainer again.
  2. Drinking more bottled water.
  3. Finish 2 books.
  4. Finish xeroxing my cookbooks.
  5. Get photos printed.
  6. Put everything back in order after (hopefully it will be completed) our renovation.

It doesn’t sound like much I know.  However, with school starting and having us finishing up construction is all I can handle. What are your goals for the upcoming month?


10 Cooking Terms to Know

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Are you a cook?  I must admit, I’m not.  I can make things and they are edible, but no one will ever say to me “That’s a great meal.”  I never grew up in a cooking family.  So everything I know is self taught or down to a cookbook.  Any recipes you find on this blog are tried and true on my own family several times.  Still sometimes I wonder, what does this term mean when I read a cookbook. As a result, once a month I will do a short article on various cooking terms that I run across.  I think it will be fun for us to learn together.

Al Dente- Tender but firm to the bite.

Blanch- To Blanch something is to put it into boiling water from a few seconds to minutes.  Then removing it and placing it into ice water.

Caramelize- To cook something slowly until it becomes brown and sweet.

Deglaze- To deglaze a pan you moisten then scrape up the brown bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan.

Dredge- To dredge something is to create a crispy coating on the outside of meat by coating it in flour or cornmeal etc. It is more commonly known as breading.

Flambe- Meaning “flame” in French, flambe is when you add alcohol to a hot pan to create a burst of flames.

Gratin- A dish that has a slightly browned crust usually made of breadcrumbs or cheese.

Meuniere- A sauce of brown butter, parsley, and lemon.

Scallop- A well known term for any type of common saltwater clams.

Basmati Rice-  Basmati is Hindi for “fragrant.” A long a slender form of rice found in traditional Indian cooking.

Are there any other terms that you would like me to define?  Is there a cooking term that you think others should know about?  Leave it in the comments below.






Recipe: Bratwurst and Veggie Soup


Here is the first recipe I’m recommending.  It’s for a Bratwurst and Vegetable Soup. Since fall is right around the corner I know you will want to stock up on some delicious soup recipes for the new season.

I’ll be honest. I’m not sure where I got this recipe from.  I think it was from an old soup only cookbook.  My husband and I love this soup.  I look forward to hearing how you like it too!


1 Tsp. Caraway seeds

1 Medium Baking Potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 ” pieces making 1 cup.

3/4 cup fresh green beans (about 4 oz) cut into 1″ pieces. *I use frozen.

1 cup baby carrots

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 tsp pepper

2 cups reduced sodium beef broth

4 smoked beef brats cut into 1/2″thick slices (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 can 15.5 oz great northern beans, drained

1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained



In a saucepan cook and stir caraway seed for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat until toasted.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Increase heat to high t boiling.  Then reduce heat.

Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Enjoy with a salad or rolls!

Let me know how this went!