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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.

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Potato Cakes and Pork Loin. Leftovers re-imagined!
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Posted in Homesteading, Musing & Stories

Recipe- Beefy Hash Brown Bake

Beefy hashbrown plate 1Beef up your mealtime potatoes! The whole family will want generous portions.  Budget: under $9.00 total/Feeds 4-6 people. Total Time: 30-45 min.

  • Pre-heat oven: 400F.  2- 8 or 9 in. square or round baking dishes. Buttered or sprayed.
  • 1 pkg. Frozen Shredded hash browns–
    • Thaw. Squeeze excess water out. Divide in half.
    • Press evenly into bottom of both baking dishes. Set aside.
  • 1 lb. Ground beef– cooked, crumbled, drained.
  • Return to the skillet.
  • Add: 1 med. Onion- chopped
  • 2 sm. Cans Mushrooms, drained.
  • 1 pkg. powdered Beefy soup mix [or Lipton onion soup mix]
  • PLUS: 2.5 to 3 c. Water.
  • 1/2 tsp. each garlic and onion powder. S&P to taste.
  • Bring to a boil. Stir frequently. Then reduce heat to simmer for 6-8 min.
  • Make the SAUCE: In a small bowl combine until smooth:
    • 2 T. each flour & milk.
    • Then add: 1 T. of the hamburger soup broth. Mix well. Set aside.
  • When hamburger broth has reduced by 1/4, remove from heat.
  • Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture into soup.
  • Yet more stirring! Pour more… Repeat until there’s no lumps.
  • Re-heat to a low boil once more. Stir 2-3 min longer.
  • POUR: equally over hash browns; Spread mixture evenly to edges.
  • BAKE: 400F/15-18 min. Uncovered. Sauce firms & edges get crispy!
  • Last 3 min: Optional-Top with Shredded mozzarella [pictured] or cheddar.
  • Serve hot – with peas or salad with radicchio. 
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Flashback: Foraging Morels -Indiana

TRADITIONS!

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Picture: LaPorte County – Circa 1997 My Dad teaching shroom hunting to my daughter, the ginger, and her BFF.  – Now at 85, ‘Papa’ will soon be teaching his great-granddaughter as well.

  • Cut ’em; don’t pull ’em
  • carry a mesh bag
  • toss the paper bag back in the woods
  • soak ’em in salt water

#oldfarmers #shrooms #foraging #traditions #Indiana

Picture 2: Last year- my sister took our Dad. 2018 – Hendricks County, IN.

Northern IN, I think, is much better hunting ground than Central Indiana. – Grandma Auburn #greys #teachtheoldways

Posted in Musing & Stories

Saving Money to Move (with totals) and More Nostalgia

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Moving & Saving: Part 2 – In the 70’s there was a gas shortage in the U.S.  “The line is around the corner.” Mom said to Dad as we three sisters sat quiet, unbelted in the back seat of forest green Dodge Dart. (Back then, if you needed belted, Dad would do it. HA!)

Though the folks both worked, we also stood in line for butter and  cheese in the early 80’s. Mom was creative in many ways, but not so in the kitchen. The staples were boiled potatoes, gravy made from the grease of the meat she fried well every time, and fresh or canned veggies. (depending on the season) As far as spices, we were true Hoosiers; salt, pepper and ketchup. 😉 We camped and fished. Wandered the woods. Dad taught us to till the ground and care for plants. Taught me to drive at 14… an old blue Chevy half ton, with a load of fresh cut firewood in the bed. 

—Some time later, my husband and I taught our daughter to appreciate country life, too. But we’ve missed it for over a decade. Now, after clawing through 5 rough years, we have a sense of direction and a time frame. 

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-> Finally, a homestead!! 10 months to a year away hopefully.   (and 10ish years until retirement.) As the budget gets tighter, I’m researching economical Prefab home kits under $35K here.

Money Saving Totals:  These are some examples of consistently cutting back, in the past 80 days–

  • $24/mo. Husband found a shorter route to work.
  • $12/mo. I’m making all DIY household cleaners.
  • $78/mo. Groceries/Eating out: Cut our trips in half. Found closer places. Continue to use coupons & sales ads. Used GoodRx app at Kroger.
  • $20/mo. Stock Up: on frozen veggies- which we seem to eat more and waste less than fresh or canned.
  • $40/mo. Fewer Gifts- giving & receiving: With extended family, we are pitching in to give gifts that are longer-lasting, durable and functional. We’ve asked for restaurant gift cards in return. (b/c we don’t need more ‘stuff’)
  • $40/mo. General Purchases: Secondhand store first. (clothes, office chair) Spending freeze on Amazon & home improvement stores.
  • $12/mo. Utility bills: We light & heat the room, not the house. Smaller lamps.  Shorter showers. Unplugged cords not in use. Lightweight laundry dries flat or in front of the heater.
  • TOTAL $226.00/mo. additional savings so far this year. Not too shabby!
  • Mindset & Replacing Old Habits: Enjoying free or cheap activities together-  Crafts, games, books and movies we already bought. Take walks around the neighborhood.  We hold planks together on the living room floor.  We’re also trying new cooking styles & spices. He helps wash dishes and cooks on Sundays.
  • Things we decided NOT to do… to save money: Didn’t pick up gym memberships in January. Didn’t buy state park passes. No bikes, appliances or fancy boots. Decided not to get cable TV or buy a new recliner. No vehicle loans, but maintained the 2 that we own.

It’s encouraging to see that incremental numbers DO add up over time. Saving 3 bucks a week doesn’t seem like much by itself. But get a little momentum going and it becomes $2500+ a year toward debt, retirement, or a replacement transmission sometime down the road.  (HA!)  –Have patience and be thrifty, Friends and Confidantes -Gma Auburn

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Oven Roasted Acorn Squash and Variations

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If squash is difficult to cut raw; Roast it whole.

PICTURE AND RECIPE: {from my TinyTrailer Kitchen 10/18 jsm}

Whole or Halves- Roasted Acorn Squash

1. Preheat oven to 425-450 degrees F. 

2a. Wash Squash. Cut off stem end.  Cut in half from point to stem (lengthwise)  and gut seeds  – Place on a cookie sheet. The bowls facing up; lightly score the inside with a knife.  then add…

Step 3. Into each half  ** 1 to 2 Tablespoons of almond milk or apple juice.  [water with raisins], **1 tsp. butter, **1/2 tsp. of cinnamon **1/8 tsp. vanilla.  **Optional additions: brown sugar, syrup, pecans or dates . See step 4 to ROAST…

OR  Step 2b.  {Roast Whole} – NO CUT METHOD- Poke 12-15 holes all over the squash-it’s OK if some water seeps out.  See Step 4 to roast.  THEN; Let cool somewhat before cutting and discarding (or roasting) the seeds. FINALLY-> scoop the warm squash into a bowl and mash. See Steps 3 & 5 to incorporate the milk and mix-ins}

Step 4. ROAST at 425-450 F [you know your oven. Mine runs a little hot]: for HALVES place on baking sheet on middle rack in oven for  35 to 45 mins .  –>Whole: -50 minutes to ONE HOUR {Maybe 65 minutes}; depending on the size of squash.  TEST FOR DONE: Skin will wrinkle slightly at the edges, Slide a spoon next to the skin or poke through with a knife in a few spots. Should pierce easily. Orange insides turn a shade darker.

It’s scoopable- like mashed potatoes.

Step 5. SERVE:  in the skin as is – or scooped into bowls and add fruit and yogurt for breakfast.  FOR KIDS: Try acorn squash mashed with banana and honey on toast.

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