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

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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 Musing & Stories

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 

Posted in Musing & Stories

View from the Truck Pictures Louisiana pt. 2

viewfromthetruckBRIDGE1Some pictures I’ll go back an tag, as I don’t recall the place right off the bat. However, I can tell you Louisiana is unmistakable. The flooding” August 2016 – We took a load of generators in to the relief effort. #proudtruckingmoments

Also – Truckers love their food! And when I finally got a salad made the way I asked, I took to a pic! [and gave them a nice online review.]

 

All images © Grandma Auburn/jsm

Posted in Musing & Stories

View from the Truck- Pictures pt. 1

Samantha - our navigator - says "100 miles to Indy!" YAYA bit of background. My husband drove 53ft dry van OTR [Over The Road] for two years. [This was the second time for him. I stayed home the first time to raise our daughter.] We put everything in storage and I rode shotgun. I didn’t drive, but he called me his ‘Nag-a-vator” [instead of navigator! HA!]  And I learned real quick how to stand outside the truck and back him into a spot; without getting run over.

We came back roughly every 4 weeks- for 3 days. Homebase was my Dad’s back porch. Those were some trying times. But we had some good adventures, too.

I have so many pictures and stories from around the USA… I thought maybe you’d like to see my scrapbook. PS: If you are contemplating trucking as a career and want some ‘no nonsense’ guidance, feel free to ask me in the comments. Also, the forums on truckersreport.com is a good start.  #truckerswife Trucking for 15 years.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends and confidantes- Get used to seeing that side view mirror –oh, and cats ears, too!- Grandma Auburn