I no longer make “resolutions” the word itself seems to set me up for failure. I prefer, ‘Progress not Perfection’. Each year I make a ‘Bucket List’ of things I would like to learn, accomplish and things I need to improve upon.
At the beginning of 2013 I decided I needed to start my own blog. I have been blogging on Allrecipes since 2010 and it was time to build my own ‘soap box’. By August, with the help of a couple of good friends and YouTube, “Baking Nana’s ,Kitchen” became a reality. It has been an experience building this site from the ground up. It still isn’t exactly the way I want it but I have learned a great deal. I am sure that 2014 will bring more ‘learning experiences’. Thank you all for your support and for putting up with my learning experiences!
What is in store for 2014?
My quest to help families get out of the drive-thru and into the kitchen will continue. Moving away from relying on overly processed ‘food like products’ will lead to better awareness and ultimately better health for the entire family. Remember, progress not perfection.
The goal for Baking Nana’s Kitchen is to add a menu planner to help with planning and organizing budget friendly meals. Also, on the horizon is the hope that ‘users’ will be able to add their own recipes. and maybe shopping lists. Wish me luck!
“Good cooks are not born, they are made.”
Being able to create something out of ‘nothing’ makes you a good cook! We will be exploring various methods and techniques ~ from basic to advanced ~ and learning to create wonderful meals without a ‘recipe’.
One thing is for sure, I spend a lot of money on food. I consider myself a frugal shopper, I know prices and can spot a deal when I see it. That said, having a freezer full of ‘deals’ doesn’t do us much good if I don’t put those ‘deals’ to use. In January you will see me cooking my way through the freezer. With the exception of milk and fresh vegetables I am going to attempt to avoid heading to the market. I need to use what I have on hand.
My ‘bucket’ of things I want to learn:
- Smoking – No, not cigarettes! I want to really master the art of smoking various meats. I do not own a smoker so I will be researching those and consulting with a few people who I consider ‘Masters’ in the art of smoking.
- Making Bacon – I have plenty of pork belly in the freezer waiting for me. In 2013 I bought a pig, yes a whole pig. The butcher offered to make bacon for me and I declined as I really want to make bacon. We have worked our way through most of the meat and now I need to deal with the pork belly and the lard.
- Pressure canning – I don’t own a pressure canner. I have been looking at them, researching them and putting off buying one for a couple of years. This is something I would like to learn, I am just not sure how much I would use it. Then I think, freezing is great BUT it would be so much easier to open a jar of soup & heat it rather than defrost (which I seem to always forget to do) and heat it. I would actually use more homemade broth & soups. If you have a chance stop by Petey’s blog, Range to Range. Petey is absolutely inspiring! She is certainly my inspiration to learn to pressure can my own soups and broth. She lives so far from ‘anywhere’ that drive-thru isn’t an option and neither is a ‘quick’ run to the market.
With all that said, what would YOU like to see on ‘Baking Nana’s Kitchen’? What are you hoping to learn this year? What kind of content would you like to see? I would love to hear your goals and expectations.
Wishing you all well, thank you for your support!