~ Monthly Goals?!

Hi Y’all!!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and are content… I surely am and this blog post is courtesy that!

We had a wonderful long weekend with our friends from Virginia Tech who were visiting us from Indianapolis. It was a perfect mix of laid back and adventurous and what was heartwarming was seeing Lil Miss K loving her time with Chacha Chachi. We relaxed at home, watched movies, played games, tried various cuisines, explored Austin and gave them a taste of Hill country when we went swimming at one of the beautiful natural swimming holes, Krause Springs.

This past weekend was one which leaves you happy and positive, and there’s nothing like old friendships!

Today’s post is brought to you by my positive mood and happy soul. In this post I will be talking about the benefits of having a monthly goal and what mine are for September, so read along!

Categories:

You can divide your goals into different categories for better managing them, some categories for example are:

– Health / Fitness

– Work

– Personal / Self Care

– Relationships

– Finances

– Fun

Lately, I’ve been so on-the-go that I am looking to sit back and relax and take it easy. I’m excited to be home for the next couple of months and really just enjoy a routine, once I set one. While my focus is on just renewing and refreshing my energy, I do not want the month to slip by and hence setting up some goals.

I am a meticulous planner and checking off a to-do list or a goal list gives me immense pleasure. I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get once I have tackled a task or achieved a goal. Since I am not really looking to do much this month, my list is pretty simple and not complicated this month. Read on to know what’s on my monthly goal list for September 2018!!

My Goals for September 2018:

– Health and Fitness:

Go for a walk atleast 4 times a week – enough of sitting around doing nothing! Time to get on track with a fairly easy fitness routine!

– Work (which for me is my blog)

Post atleast 1 blog post a week – really hoping to get back to some kind of blogging schedule, let’s see how it goes 🙂🙃 With the amount of half written drafts and notes I have to complete them, you’d think this task should be fairly simple, but with a little one in the picture, the day flies by and I hardly find any free time to give the much needed attention my blog needs!

– Personal / Self Care

Schedule some me-time everyday, even if it is just half an hour – I feel like a little bit of time set aside for yourself can really boost you up and give you the much needed and well deserved break from the otherwise busy schedule we have every single day, be it one of a stay at home mom or a working woman.

– Relationships

Mommy n Baby: Take Lil Miss K to library story time and other fun/educational play dates.

I n Hubby: Binge watch a show on Netflix, do more of the things we enjoy!

Friends n Family: Have them over for games night or just to hang out otherwise.

– Fun

Try 2-3 new restaurants this month – We are usually creature of habit and seldom try new places. But I want to be a little more adventurous and try new restaurants / cuisines!

See 1-2 new things in/around Houston – I love how much Houston has to offer.

Hopefully start a new book – Gosh! This is definitely one thing I miss doing, reading!!

Arrange the house and set a routine – I have been so on-the-go lately that I haven’t had a single weekend just free to rest, relax, renew and refresh while enjoying our new home!

I am keeping my list straight forward this time around coz I don’t want to burden myself, I want to use this list of goals to enjoy September all while taking it easy.

Hope you enjoyed this post… Do you have monthly goals?! I’d love to hear!!

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~ Dal Makhani…

Dal Makhani is a Punjabi delicacy, one that the hubby always orders at an Indian Restaurant.

Off late since we’ve been trying to be healthy about our choices and eating more at home, I decided to give this much loved Dal of the hubby, a try, and after a few tries, got it perfect, atleast from the hubby’s standards and that in itself makes me happy! So I thought of sharing my happiness with y’all and hence here is the recipe that works wonders for me every single time!

Ingredients:

1 cup whole black urad daal

2tbsp Red kidney beans

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 tomato finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

2-3 green chilies finely chopped

1 cup chopped coriander leaves for garnish

1/2 cup whole milk (healthier than using fresh stirred cream)

2tbsp ghee and 1 tbsp oil

1tsp cumin seeds

1/2tsp turmeric powder

1/2tsp Garam masala

Pinch of red chili powder

1 tbsp dhania powder

Salt to taste

How to make dal makhani :

• Soak rajma and dal together in the same container, in water overnight.

• Add water & little salt and pressure-cook Rajma and urad dal till soft (usually about 30-45 minutes).

• Now in kadhai heat ghee and oil, splutter cumin seeds, add ginger garlic paste and fry till it is light brown. Now add the onions and fry till golden brown.

• Once onions are done, add green chilies and tomatoes and fry till tomatoes soften.

• Now add all the dry masalas and fry again till well mixed in together.

• Add the dal and rajma, and stir on medium flame and add in the milk. As soon as it starts boiling, cover and cook on slow flow for 15 mins.

• Garnish your dal makhani with coriander and it’s ready to serve!!

It goes well with Naan, rice and just about anything if you ask the hubby!! Haha!!

If you try this recipe, do let me know how you liked it in the comments below!

Until next time… Keep cooking up good stuff!