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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 8/15/18


Oh so yummy especially with some spicy brown mustard!


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage

Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage
Here is a meal that is not only easy to fix but budget friendly too. When cabbage is marked down to 49 cents a pound, I take advantage of it so I can make this recipe I’m about to share. I do use cabbage for other things, but this meal is a popular request. My husband loves eating cabbage this way. He jokes about me needing to buy several heads of cabbage at once to fix plenty of this because he could eat it everyday.

Fried Cabbage with Smoked Sausage

Ingredients:
1 medium to large head of cabbage
1 lb. Smoked Sausage, sliced into 1” rounds or moons
1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 stick of butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (or distilled white)
1/4 cup. chicken broth

Directions:
Pull off the outer dark green leaves from your cabbage and discard. Give the cabbage a good rinse and pat dry. Cut cabbage (with a good sharp knife) into smaller sections (ex: fourths) to make it easier to handle. You don’t want to use a dull knife to cut the cabbage. That could be dangerous. Do be very careful with that sharp knife as well. After you get your pieces into smaller sections you can handle, cut the core out of the middle. You can discard that or save it to use with other scraps to make a homemade veggie broth. I’m a firm believer in homemade broths and stocks. I believe that contributes to why we hardly get sick in our home (twice a year is the most). Slice your cabbage into shreds and sit aside.

In a large skillet heated on medium high heat with a little olive oil, cook your sliced smoked sausage to brown on both sides. Remove to drain. In that same skillet add your onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Cut off a good chunk of your butter and add to skillet to melt. It’s time to start adding in your cabbage shreds a little at a time. As it cooks down add in more cabbage and remaining butter. Keep doing this until you have used it all. Now you can add in the garlic cloves. It will seem like a lot of cabbage at first. Don’t worry because it will cook down. That’s why I like using a large cabbage so that we can have plenty. My mom told me it’s best to use the large one as well unless you have only 1-2 people to feed. She also said the whole stick of butter is necessary to cook the cabbage because it needs the fat. Believe me you won’t be sorry when you taste it. Add in the sugar, seasonings, vinegar, and broth. Cover your skillet and turn the heat down to low. Let that simmer about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!

Fried Cabbage with Sausage
Notes: We eat ours with tomato pie (see pic above) and a slice of homemade cornbread (sorry not shown). If you don’t want to do this in the skillet, you can also do it in a pressure cooker. It has more of a smothered cabbage texture to me when done that way but it’s still delish! You can also swap out the smoked sausage and use a pack of bacon.

Fried Cabbage and Smoked Sausage

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Monday, August 6, 2018

TSW Daybook {8/6/18}



For Today: 8/6/18
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Looking out my window
I see a drizzle of rain coming down. It has been sunny for most of the day, and our high for today is 90 degrees.

I am thinking
About how odd it feels to not be starting a new year of homeschooling. I only have one child whom is now a homeschool graduate. *Bittersweet sigh*

I am thankful
For the sweet memories of learning alongside my son and all the fun adventures we had.

One of my favorite things
Raspberry Iced Tea :-)

I am creating
Some scrapbooking notes in my journal.

I am wearing
A white shirt with Jesus written in pastel letters and yellow capris.

I am reading
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"God Schooling” by Julie Polanco
Review coming next week on my other blog @

I’m listening to
The T.V. playing in the background.

I am hoping
I’m able to buy some Elderberry Syrup on my next trip to the Farmer’s Market. The lady that sells it was not there last time :(

I am learning
How to utilize Instagram. Trying to see what all the hype is.

In my kitchen
I'm planning to make some Chicken and Sausage Gumbo real soon.

Board room

We tried some Cheeseburger Quiche that was very tasty!
 https://www.pinterest.com/pin/61291244913586710/

Post Script
Have you ever tried journaling through the Bible? I'm not that good at drawing so I love looking at others creations.

Shared Quote
“Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it”.
-Unknown

A moment from my day
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Aprons brings out the homemaker in me ;-)
Taking care of the Home-front. I love being domestic.

Closing Notes
Thanks for letting me share another little peek into my simple life with you. You too can join in, or read other ladies posts by heading on over to the host site
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 8/1/18

What a bargain at only .99 cents each!

These tastes good on just about everything y'all!


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
Being from the South I grew up on and love eating these during the Summer months. They are so easy to make. I personally choose to go to the Farmer's Market looking for green tomatoes just to have these every year. Don't buy the tomatoes at the grocer store. They are way too pricey :(

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients:
3 medium Green Tomatoes (plus salt to drain liquid- see directions)
1 Large egg
1/2 c. buttermilk (can sub with whole milk and 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice- see note)
1 c. All Purpose Flour (divided)
1/2 c. Cornmeal
2-3 tsp. Cajun or Ole Bay Season (can sub with just 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper)
Oil (for frying tomato slices)
paper towels
clean plate

Green Tomatoes
Directions:
Line a baking sheet (or any dish of choice) with a thick layer of paper towels. After washing and drying off tomatoes, cut each one into 1/2” slices. Place each slice in a single layer on top of paper towels on baking sheet. Sprinkle a good amount of salt on each tomato slice. Flip them over and do the other side. Let these sit for 15-30 minutes while they release their liquid. While you are waiting on those prepare 3 bowls or container of your choice.

In one bowl put 1/2 c. of the flour. You can leave this plain but I like to season with 1/4 tsp. of my seasoning mixture. In another bowl crack your egg and lightly beat. Add in buttermilk and mix all together to create an egg wash. In your last bowl combine the cornmeal, seasoning, and the other 1/2 of the flour.

Heat up your oil. I normally use my deep fryer to cook the tomatoes but you can do them in a deep skillet with 1/2” or so of hot oil. Cast iron works well for this. Once your tomatoes have finished draining, take a slice or two and coat it in the flour only bowl. Next dip the coated slice in the egg wash mixture. Be sure it’s completely covered on both sides. I like to use a fork to pick it up so that my hands don’t get wet for the next step. Now shake off the excess egg wash and put the slice in the cornmeal and flour bowl. Shake off excess and lay the slice on a clean plate to rest. Continue until you have a plate full. Carefully drop in slices in hot oil. It’s best not to overcrowd the skillet or fryer so do a few at a time. Cook on each side around 2 minutes or brown to your liking. Drain on another dish covered in dry paper towels.

While you wait on those to cook you can prepare more slices following the same steps above. Throw away the wet paper towels and use clean dry paper towels to drain cooked tomato slices. These can be enjoyed as is or with some Remoulade or a Spicy Sauce of your choice :-)

Notes: If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, I learned you can just sub with 1 cup of whole milk mixed with 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes to curdle and it’s ready to use.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday~ 7-25-18

Those beautiful green tomatoes will be featured in an upcoming recipe :-)




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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Got my 3rd Walmart Beauty Box!

Walmart.com Beauty Box
I’m back to share with you another Walmart Beauty Box. These boxes only come seasonally and is subscription based online for a total of $5. Once it arrives there is plastic with your shipping address wrapped around that colorful cardboard box you see above. The box measures 5 3/4” x 8 3/4” long. Once opened up this is what you see inside:

Walmart Summer Beauty Box
First (pic on the left) is a colorful print card that says “celebrate you beauty” on it. When you open the box the card sits on top of a colorful/decorative paper that’s fit for the season. Next when you open that (pic on the right) you can see all the contents inside. Let me take you through a closer look at the contents inside this box.

Beauty Box Contents
Here’s a list of the contents:

* A box of Rembrandt 3 Day Whitening Boost Kit (and $2 off coupon for a 1 week Whitening Kit).
* 0.40 FL oz. Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat + banana extract (1 minute hair mask)
* 0.169 FL. oz. Garnier Skin Active Soothing 3 in 1 Moisturizer (Day/Night Mask made with Rose Water)
* 4 Nair Wax Ready-Strips (w/$1 off coupon inside)
* 0.34 FL. oz. Palmer’s Natural Fusions clarifying shampoo and a hydrating repair conditioner (made with Rose Water)

I don’t use wax strips so I will have to get brave enough to try that out. I have used the Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat in my hair after shampooing it. I love the scent but there was not enough of the sample for me to use all over my head. I have long and very thick hair so I would need an extra sample to get the full use. I did like how it made my hair feel in the sections I used it on so I may just have to go out and buy the full product. I will use the Palmer’s shampoo and conditioner on my next hair wash day to see how that goes. I have never used a whitening product on my teeth. It should be interesting to use it :)

I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in the Fall beauty box. Hopefully I get great things for my skin and hair to help with the changes in seasonal weather and temperature. I hope that by sharing this it will help anyone who may be wondering if it is worth the $5. Thank you for reading. Until next time have a blessed day.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Oven Roasted Carrots


Oven Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:
2 lbs.baby carrots (or whole carrots peeled and sliced)
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher or Sea salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  I usually give my carrots a rinse and pat dry if they are still wet (you can just use them straight from the bag if you prefer).  Place carrots on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over them, then sprinkle on as much salt and pepper to fit your taste.  Give them a toss to make sure all the carrots has a good coating. Roast in hot oven for about 25-30 minutes (I give it a turn halfway through).

**Another variation is to add a light drizzle of honey plus a Tbsp. of Balsamic vinegar over carrots when done cooking. That kicks the flavor up a notch. It's really good so don't knock it til you try it. Here is how it looks done that way:



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Monday, July 16, 2018

TSW Daybook (7/16/18)

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For Today: 7/16/18
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Looking out my window
I see a little breeze from the wind. It is sunny out but we are supposed to get some rain. Our high for today is 89 degrees.

I am thinking
About going to the Farmer’s Market this coming weekend.

I am thankful
To have gotten a chance to go see family and had fun over this past weekend.

One of my favorite things
Having a date night (lunch, or snack & errand time) with my hubby :-)

I am creating
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Read by my hubby and son

A draft for a review going up on my other blog next week @ https://crossrhodesacademy.blogspot.com/

I am wearing
A brown shirt with Khakis shorts

I am reading
"The Fulfilled Family” by John MacArthur

I watched
Finally finished watching all 6 seasons of Downton Abbey. *sniff  *sniff I really do enjoy those types of things.

I am hoping
It does not rain this weekend. I really want to go to the Farmer’s Market, but it has to be a pretty day out.

I am learning
How to test in my hand palms whether or not hair products pair well together :0

In my kitchen
We’re having leftovers for dinner. Yesterday for the first time, I made pulled pork in my Instant Pot. I was amazed at how tender it came out. It was really yummy with some good ole Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce!

Board room
Wanting to make some of this Southern Peach Iced Tea https://www.pinterest.com/pin/380835712229346427/

Post Script
Why is it hard for wives to respect their husbands? I love reading from those sharing sound biblical answers to matters such as this.

Shared Quote
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.” -Barbara Bush

A moment from my day
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It's hair spa day!

Closing Notes

I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into my simple life. To join in or read other posts, head on over to the host site
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Glazed (Candied) Carrots


Glazed (Candied) Carrots

Ingredients:
2 lbs. whole baby carrots (or regular carrots peeled and sliced to 1/2" thick rounds or sticks)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar- packed (could replace with 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
ground pepper (dash)

Directions:
Place carrots in a pan or skillet and cover with 2" of water. Add in 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil gently for about 15-20 minutes until carrots are crisp-tender. Drain and set aside. In the same pan or skillet, heat butter, brown sugar (or sweetener of choice), nutmeg, salt and pepper until melted and bubbly. Immediately pour the carrots back in. Stir to coat. Cook about 5 minutes or til glazed. Serve as a side dish.

*Note: This makes a great tasting side dish for the holidays, other special occasions, or just any ole day of the week :-)


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