Crock-pot – Slow cooker Cabbage Beef Chili ….. Or Not

Crock-pot – Slow cooker Cabbage Beef Chili ….. Or Not

Beef and Cabbage Chili

Beef and Cabbage Chili

I just have a good feeling about Chili and stews in the Fall, nothing better to warm the tummy.  This particular recipe can be changed by substituting or replacing something to your taste. You can cut and prepare the vegetables the night before while cooking the ground beef.  This portion of the meal only takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size and amount of vegetables you are using.

I am going to give you the recipe I made (this time) to give you an idea of the full meal. Just as a reminder; all recipes can be changed to your liking.

Prep Time: 15 minutes  ~ Total Time: 4 hrs 15 minutes high setting, 6-8 hrs low setting.

Cooked ground beef and onions

Cooked ground beef and onions

Vegetable for Chili - Stew

Cabbage and Carrots


1 lb lean ground beef

1 large onion

2 cups chopped cabbage

1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, un-drained

8 ounce tomato sauce

15 ounces stewed tomato OR 15 ounces diced tomato with green chili

3 beef bouillon cube

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin – Optional

3 Stalks celery, sliced

4 carrots, sliced

Terry’s tip ~  at this point you can put the filled inner portion of the slow cooker into the refrigerator until morning when all you have to do is put it in the pot and turn on.

Kidney Beans, tomato sauce, and canned tomato

Kidney Beans, tomato sauce, and canned tomato


  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a pan over medium high heat until beef is and crumbled. Drain fat, and transfer beef to slow cooker.
  2. Add cabbage, kidney beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, bouillon, salt, pepper and cumin if you desire.
  3. Add chopped vegetables.
  4. Cook on high setting for 4 hours, or low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Stir occasionally and add water or beef broth as desired to maintain the consistency you prefer. For thicker consistency you can add 1 6 oz. can tomato paste.

I serve this with biscuits to dunk in the gravy.

Beef and Cabbage Chili

Beef and Cabbage Chili

As you can see there are many options to this meal, add what and how much you want.  After all, recipes are only guidelines not really instructions you have to follow exactly.

Enjoy your dinner and thank you for reading my blog. Come back soon for more meal ideas, and seasonal help around the home.  Bye for now.

Terry Ann  DSCF2900

Quick and Easy Dinner ~ Day Saver


Quick and Easy Dinner ~ A Day Saver 

It’s 6:30 pm, you had to work later than you should have.  Your family is home waiting for dinner and counting on you to fill their tummy’s.  You had something planned but that would take more time than you have.  Oh wait, you suddenly remember that Italian Sausage you fried up after pinching into nickle sized pieces while doing dishes last week. It does not take long to fry up ground Italian Sausage into little meatballs, probably under 10 minuets. You placed it in a freezer zip-lock and stashed it in the freezer for just an occasion like the one you find yourself in right now.

Italian Sausage cooking

Italian Sausage cooking

Once you find yourself walking in the front door and greeted by everyone you seem a little less stressed knowing dinner will be done quickly.  The ready-made pizza crusts sold in grocery stores really aren’t that bad at all.


A jar of pizza sauce also found in the grocery store will be spread over entire crust. After you wash your hands you sprinkle on a little mozzarella cheese, place the precooked sausage and possibly some green pepper, onion and whatever else you have in the fridge.  Bacon, olives, tomato slices and pineapple are just a few food items that you can add.

sprinkle on the Mozzarella Cheese

sprinkle on the Mozzarella Cheese

Looking great already, now you sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of everything and whala you’ve created dinner in just minuets along with smiling faces. Today’s busy lifestyle can always use all the help in the kitchen you can get.


Quick and Easy are just what your prepare for when shopping with simple extras to keep in the pantry, they just might  become the Day photo

If you were lucky enough to get some help with the preparations your time was cut even shorter.  Make sure you cook the pizza following the crust directions and the meat is cooked thoroughly.

~ Terry’s Tip ~

The pizza can be made in advance and put in the refrigerator, and when everyone comes in after trick or treating on Halloween it is ready to go in the oven for dinner.  It will be done about the same time the it takes to change out of the costumes. That would be a welcome trick and an awesome treat.

Enjoy and have a wonderful time being creative.

Thanks for viewing my blog,

Terry Ann   DSCF2625

Tuesdays Fast Finish Leftover Tips ~ Lunch Anyone

Tuesdays Fast Finish Leftover Tips ~ Lunch Anyone

Casadia’s are one of the easiest quick meals

casidia 4

Casadia’s are one of the easiest quick meals there are to make.  This makes a great appetizer, snack or a fast lunch, you can make it with just about anything you have leftover in your refrigerator. Casidia’s only take a few minuets to cut up what you would prefer to add to it and a short time to cook.  chicken casadia 1

I always have different sizes of Tortillas in the fridge, you can use them in so many ways.  I used one flour tortilla, left over chicken beast (cut up), small onion chopped, shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded Mexican style cheese blend and of course barbecue sauce.

casidia 3

First thing I do when making Casidias is to spread the barbecue sauce over the tortilla with the back of a serving spoon.  I gathered all the items I preferred for the Casidia and cut them into small pieces, chicken, onion, and the cheeses.  You noticed i only used half the tortilla, I am only making this for one  so I simply fold it in half while cooking. For more portions you can also cover the whole tortilla and place another on top. I have also used tomato, green pepper and mushrooms to make Casidias in the past.  It’s so darn easy, whatever you may have in your home can be added to change the flavor to your preference.  Such an easy meal or quick snack for the kids makes this meal a must have for your home.

I found a video on you tube that describes the process and includes different recipes if you would like to know more.

As always, wash your hands often while cooking and enjoy your creations.

Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you will be watching for the next post.

Terry Ann   


Grilled Salmon Fillets For Labor Day BBQ

Grilled Salmon Fillets For Labor Day BBQDSCF2876

2 tablespoons olive oil or butter

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4-5 salmon fillets, 3\4  inch thick

Salmon ready to grill

Salmon setting in butter, dill and lemon juice.

Combine oil or butter with garlic in small microwavable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minuet or until garlic is tender. Add lemon juice, dill, thyme, salt and pepper; whisk until blended.  Brush skinless sides of salmon with half the lemon mixture.


charcole starter

Once the grill is ready, place salmon skin side up, on grid. Grill, covered, over medium high heat 4 to 5 minuets; turn and brush with remaining lemon mixture. Grill 4 to 5 minutes or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.


Terry’s Tip ~ 

Super easy Tartar Sauce

1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

4 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Optional – 1 Tablespoon horseradish

Combine Mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice and horseradish if using in a small bowl; mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with grilled, broiled or fried fish.  Makes about 1/2 cup.



Enjoy your salmon with family and friends this Holiday weekend with your favorite side dishes.  As always, while cooking be sure to wash your hands often.

Thanks for viewing, Terry

have a wonderful day

have a wonderful day



Grilling and Food Safety Tips for Labor Day.

Grilling and Food Safety are as important on Labor Day as they are on any weekend barbecue.

Ham is always great on the grill.

Ham is always great on the grill.

Grilling has become a fabulous cooking technique for an outstanding backyard get together.  Labor Day is one of the many holidays that calls everyone together for the festivities.  To get the best results, it is important that any type of grilling is done correctly and safely.

Grilling Safety Tips

  • Always position the grill on a heatproof surface away from trees and shrubbery. Make sure the grill vents are clear from ashes prior to starting the fire.
  • To avoid flare-ups and charred goods when grilling, trim meat of excess fat.
  • Keep a water-filled spray bottle near the grill to keep flare-ups under control.
  • The best method to accurately determine doneness of meat is to use a meat thermometer.
  • Never use alcohol, gasoline or kerosene as a lighter fluid starter – all three can cause an explosion. I prefer the chimney approach.
  • Hot coals create a very hot grill, grid, tools and food. Always wear oven mitts to protect your hands.
  • The number of coals required for barbecuing depends on the size and type of grill and the amount of food to be prepared.  You can always add coals to an already started grill if needed.
  • Always, Always serve cooked meats and poultry on a clean platter, not the one that held the raw foods.
Soda can chicken

Soda can chicken

It is very important to cook the meat at the correct temperature to kill all the bacteria.  Rest time is an important step in cooking some meats. (see chart below)   “Rest time” is the amount of time the product remains at the final temperature, after it has been removed from a grill, oven or other heat source. During the three minutes after meat is removed the heat source, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful bacteria.

I found this chart on

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature.

Remember, you can’t tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it. Any cooked, uncured red meats – including pork – can be pink, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature.

Why the Rest Time is Important

After you remove meat from a grill, oven, or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During the rest time, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful germs.

Category Food Temperature (°F)  Rest
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb 160 None
Turkey, Chicken 165 None
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Steaks, roasts, chops 145 3 minutes
Poultry Chicken & Turkey, whole 165 None
Poultry breasts, roasts 165 None
Poultry thighs, legs, wings 165 None
Duck & Goose 165 None
Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird) 165 None
Pork and Ham Fresh pork 145 3 minutes
Fresh ham (raw) 145 3 minutes
Precooked ham (to reheat) 140 None
Eggs & Egg Dishes Eggs Cook until yolk and white are firm None
Egg dishes 160 None
Leftovers & Casseroles Leftovers 165 None
Casseroles 165 None
Seafood Fin Fish 145 or cook until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork. None
Shrimp, lobster, and crabs Cook until flesh is pearly and opaque. None
Clams, oysters, and mussels Cook until shells open during cooking. None
Scallops Cook until flesh is milky white or opaque and firm. Non

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend with friends and family.  Be sure to watch for some tempting grilling recipes coming right up.  Thanks for visiting, your always welcome here.

Danielle Steel, A Little Something.

Danelle Steel

Author Danielle Steel


Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. She is published in 69 countries and 43 languages. Her many international bestsellers include Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. In 2002 Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters and in 2014 was named “Chevalier” of the Légion d’Honneur, its highest honor. She is the mother of nine children and lives in Paris and San Francisco with her two Chihuahuas, Minnie and Blue.

Cleaning Spots

We had just bought our home and had Stanley Steamer come out to clean and sanitize the rugs.  There was one spot they said would probably come back. The bad news is the professional was right, the good news is that he did tell me  how I could remove it if it did.

Spot on the rug.

Spot on the rug.

The only items I needed to clean this terrible spot at the entry to the master bedroom was found at the local Dollar Store.

Items needed for cleaning the rug.

Items needed for cleaning the rug.

You will need a spray bottle which I used an old Windex bottle.  I labeled my bottle and reuse the same one for the same thing.  I would definitely suggest using clean white cloths so no color is transferred onto your rug, and I could actually see what was coming out of the rug. I bought the

Rug cleaned

Clean Rug

white washcloths in a bulk bundle at the Dollar Tree.

There are directions on the back of Totally Awesome for the recommended dilution for cleaning everything.  Spray the solution so that it covers the area you are cleaning and soak or rub it up immediately after spraying. The area of the rug that I was cleaning was fairly large so I did it in sections and repeated the procedure three times. The right bottom corner is a shadow from the dresser, I think it turned out great.

This cleaning project took me about fifteen minuets and just look at the results. I sure hope this inexpensive and easily finished Tuesday Tip helps. If you have any tips that you would like to share please do in the comments, would love to hear from you.

Terry DSCF2772

Help With Mobility Issues in the Garden.

Raise the garden to any height you prefer.

Raise the garden to any height you prefer.

Mobility issues can come in many types. Multiple Sclerosis, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, back problems and arthritis are only a few of the medical conditions which create difficulties for those who love to garden. My own issue is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and here are ten tips which have helped me enjoy my own garden. Some will require help to set up and others can be done alone.

1) Best Height – Try to have your garden at a height higher than ground level. In the vegetable garden, this can mean planting in raised rows, simply raking the soil to the center of a row from each side, creating a running mound you can plant in. However, this can be taken further into a deluxe model if someone can build you a raised platform two to three feet off the ground, bounded by a mini-wall of 4×4’s. Even six inches can make a difference, but of course the higher the planting area, the easier it will be, particularly if it is built so that you can sit on the edge to weed and still reach the entire planting area. The idea is to prevent you from having to bend to the ground in order to reach your plants. Instead, your plants are brought up more to your level.

Going in the Garden.

Handy seat with compartment for tools.

2) Sit down – Weed from a stool instead of bending over or kneeling. I use a small aluminum folding stool purchased at my local hardware store. This stool has an attached canvas bag with pockets lining both front and sides. Because of these pockets, all my gardening tools, including my gloves and my seed packets are kept with me. No more need to get up and go get anything once I start weeding or planting. I move this stool around as I need to and weed between my legs in the front. Since I started using this method, it has been such a strain reliever.

3) Recycle – If you need to get rid of a lot of weeds, try newspaper. This method requires you to save a lot of newspapers. This should not include the colored papers or the slick magazine pages. Only the black and white newspaper sections. To kill the weeds, you need to lay down at least six layers of newspaper and these should be then fully soaked. Put a thick layer of mulch on top of these wet papers and then wet the mulch. The newspapers will block the weeds and eventually disintegrate, adding a composting material to your soil, much like the mulch will. This also aids in reducing the amount of weeding you will need to do.

4) Steady your walk – Clear paths where you will be walking free of any debris or uneven ground. It is much more difficult to walk through a garden that does not have level walking areas. Particularly those of us with balance issues need easy paths to get around. Keep the mounds in the beds, rocks in the rock garden and not on the paths.

5) Easy watering – Use a soak-er hose to water your garden. These can be laid down at the beginning of a season and hooked together long enough to water your beds. This prevents you from having to drag a hose around or move in and out of the garden in order to move sprinkler systems. Put that hose down where you need it, hook it up to your outdoor faucet and then simply turn on the water when you need it. Another advantage to this: soaker hoses put the water where the plants need it instead of wasting it on the leaves. Using this method also reduces problems with fungus and mold.

6) Downsize your tools – If normal garden rakes and wheelbarrows are too heavy for you to manage, try the smaller tools and a dumping dust pan instead. We purchased a small six inch rake, almost like a child’s rake and then salvaged my old dustpan built attached to a handle that you could easily dump what you sweep up. I use the small rake to get piles of weeds I’ve pulled, raking them into the dustpan, which then tilts closed so nothing spills out. Because these are so light I can easily do small amounts at a time, dumping the weeds into the yard waste area. Think small, light tasks instead of large, heavy ones.

7) Timing is everything – Garden in early morning or evening. The hot, mid-day sun can often wreak havoc with many mobility limiting illnesses. Getting overheated or too much sun can affect balance, increase fatigue and in the case of Multiple Sclerosis, often bring on additional symptoms. Early morning or early evening can still give you enough light to work but not so much sun or heat that you over do it. For the same reason as above, keep a bottle of water with you. Making sure you keep yourself hydrated during outdoor activities can keep you more alert and less fatigued.

8) Good soil the easy way – Instead of a compost pile, try trench composting instead. For more information, see my article, This method is the one I use instead of trying to turn a compost pile. It works well, requires little strength and is easier on the back.

9) A mobile garden – If a large garden is still too much for you, try container gardening. Pots can be used for a variety of plants, including vegetables. They make very light weight planters now out of plastic and something else akin to Styrofoam. These are light to initially set up and if you place them on wheeled coasters can be easily moved around your patio even after you’ve added your plants. Another advantage to container gardening is the height. The planters raise the plants for you, similar to the first suggestion in this list. Of course you also have the added advantage of dealing with fewer weeds in the first place.

10) Enjoy your efforts – Finally, make sure you have a bench or swing in or near your garden. After all the work you do in your garden, you should have a place to sit comfortably, rest and enjoy your work. When the work becomes too much for you, sit on your bench, watch for butterflies, listen to the birds and simply enjoy being outdoors. This one thing in the list can be very healing, both emotionally and physically.

Mobility issues need not keep you from doing everything you enjoy. The key is to think light, think portable and take fewer steps.  Happy Gardening my friends!