Posted in Musing & Stories

A Few Months of Change

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Nosey Rosey #bordercolliemix #halflab #rescuepet

There were several mid May trials that got the best of me. It took time to crumble. More time to rebuild.  In June, I gave myself permission to put the worries & stress on hold; just breathe.  Go be outdoors, plant flowers, play and walk with the pup. I got out of the office; out of the house. Soaked up consecutive days of sunshine… and rain.

Indianapolis Zoo MeerkatIndiana flowers 1IND blue flowers 2

 

 

I binged watched true crime and inspiring documentaries. My wandering thoughts became a sporadic gratitude journal. Orchestrating both chaos and self care continue.

House hunting is tedious business: Meanwhile- in anticipation- I chased cobwebs, sorted boxes and added color to a couple rooms. Bought a new desk and office chair 🙂 Yay!

Be safe and have a Happy Independence Day!!! – It’s early ’cause I have a crazy busy week lined up with drs. and vet appointments; micro jobs and pet sitting…  and of course there will be plenty of meat and veggies on the grill  😉

Indiana CreekWhat are your plans {or summer recipes} for this week, Friends and Confidantes? – Gma Auburn {Jen}

#turned50 #weddinganniversary  #summerrecipes  #midwestlife #bordercollie #flowers #zoo

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Posted in Homesteading

Quick Recipe- One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice

Smoked sausage and rice with beetsWeeknight dinner on the fly! Stove top, one pot meal. Feeds 4-6 people.

Quick tip: hide beets so kids will eat them ;-D

5 ingredients; Total Time: 20 minutes. Total Price: $6.00

  • One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice
  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ to 1 can Beets- drained, rinsed & diced fine [not pickled]
  • 2 cans Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans Water
  • 1½ -2 cups Instant White Rice
  • Optional: 1 can diced Green Chili
  1. In a large fry/saute’ pan {at least 4 qt.} or soup pot
  2. Add: sausage pieces. frying for 2-3 min., med. heat/ Stir. {with a drizzle of oil for Turkey Sausage}
  3. Pour in tomatoes & water. ADD beets. bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice. Plus -1 tsp. Italian seasonings, garlic powder, S&P to taste.
  5. Stir until boiling again.
  6. Remove from heat. Cover & let it set for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Uncover: Mix again. Simmer if it’s a bit watery for 1-2 minutes
  8. or add water by Tbls. if it’s too sticky.
  9. Serve hot with garlic toast or crackers.

Mixed with the tomatoes, you’ll be surprised that you barely taste the beets. Friends and Confidantes, at least that’s one way to use cans in the back of the pantry. –Grandma Auburn

#maindish #onepot #howtocookbeets #freerecipes #quickrecipe

Posted in Homesteading

Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms for Two

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Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms – Free Recipe

Stuffed Mushrooms for Two – Quick, flavorful side dish! ->Total time: 20 minutes. Budget: $2.00 Simple recipe to double.

  • Preheat oven 375F
  • 6 Whole Baby Bella Mushrooms – Separate caps/stems.
    • Rinse. Pat dry, Cut & discard stem tips.
    • Save stem pieces!
  • In a small mixing bowl add: 
  • 2 T. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 T. Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning blend {OR  less than 1/8 tsp. Pesto}
  • Dash: Garlic powder, salt, black pepper
  • Mash with a fork until mixed.
  • Then add veggies…
  • Finely chopped: mushroom stems
    • Plus: 1-2 T. each finely chopped Celery and minced Onion
    • {OR 1 or 2 t. dried flakes.}
  • Stir to combine. Over fill each cap.
  • Small buttered baking pan.

Bake 375F/10-12 min uncovered. {Add 3-5 min for a double batch or large caps.} Serve hot.

  • Summer meal idea-
  • Feed a Family of four: Budget $8.00-$10.00
  • Whole container of stuffed mushrooms- $4.00
  • ADD: a mixed veggie salad -$2.75
  • PLUS: a cup of cream of celery soup – $1.25 {or roasted radishes!)
  • {OR 4- 2 oz portions of thinly sliced steak, add – $2.00}

Thanks for stopping by today! –Grandma Auburn*who is not a food picture stylist 😉   Need more quick and frugal ideas? Follow this blog or Pinterest 

#appetizers #sidedish #familymealplans #freerecipe #foodbudget

Posted in Homesteading

Recipe- Roasted Radishes

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Roasted Radishes

Take advantage of fresh spring radishes. Don’t care for them raw? Try roasting them. It will add a whole new dimension to your weeknight side dish rotation. 

Budget Friendly Side: $2.00. Feeds 4-6 people. Total time: 20-25 minutes.

  1. Tinfoil lined baking sheet  PERHEAT: 425F
  2. 1 or 2 bunches of radishes
  3. Trim ends and rinse. Cut each in half.
  4. MIX: 2-3 T. vegetable oil with:
  5. 1/8-1/4 t. – seafood seasoning or lemon pepper or oregano/thyme blend**
  6. S & P to taste.
  7. Pour over radishes and toss to coat.
  8. Baking cut side down first gives them a little more brown.
  9. 425F/10 min. per side. {12-15 min. for larger radishes}
  10. Done when they feel a little soft to the touch, and the skin starts to wrinkle. Serve hot.

**Notes & Pictures: These were teeny radishes! Seasoned with garlic/Italian blend. Paired with leftovers from last night’s roast: potato cakes, carrots, onions and sliced pork loin.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Need more ideas or a quick dessert? Can’t get the kids to eat veggies? Follow Grandma Auburn here or on Pinterest for more.

Free Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms    #appetizers #sidedish #familymealplans #freerecipe #foodbudget

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Potato Cakes and Pork Loin. Leftovers re-imagined!
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The Adventures of Teddy and Z

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Photo by Wopke on Pexels.com

{Teddy has been with my granddaughter, “Z” since she was a few days old. She’ll be 5 years in the fall.}

Teddy has been slobbered on by dogs, left in the yard, and at the sitters. He rides in her bike basket. He’s been washed, bleached, and re-sewn– though I didn’t do a very good job on his eyeball button; so he’s starting to look a little Tim Burton-ish! HA!

He lost his bow a long time ago; but he’s still her best friend. So her Daddy entered Teddy in the Lysol Teddy Bear Repair Contest.

SO… from recently being in the lost- and found at the local gas station; to NEW YORK! For a makeover from Lysol. I’m as excited as she is! {I really hope all the Teddy Bears make it back home safely!}

Friends and Confidantes, file it under random cuteness – Gma Auburn {Jen}

“I’m gonna give hearts to everybody in the whole world!”- Z