Spanish Rice


Spanish Rice~


  • 1 lb ground beef/venison
  • 1 pint Tomato Sauce
  • 1 pint tomatoes
  • 1 diced onion (Or dehydrated onions)
  • 1 diced green pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • Cheese: shredded Cheddar or grated Parmesan


  1. Brown ground beef/venison.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

Cheesy Easy Potatoes

These potatoes can be a quick dish to make for a pot luck supper.

This past weekend I whipped these up lickety split from ingredients I had on hand to take to a family gathering.

Our new great-nephew was introduced to the family!

I had several requests for the recipe so I thought I’d share with you too!


cheesy easy potatoes


  • 2 lb bag of Southern O’Brien Style Hash Brown Potatoes (Thaw overnight in the fridge)
  • 1 lb plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (any cream soup will do, I just prefer chicken)
  • ½ stick butter, cut up in pieces
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I use Velveeta)
  • grapeseed oil to grease pan


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Use Grapeseed Oil to grease 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Place into the greased baking dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 375° and bake for 30 additional minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Beef Stew

There’s nothing better than a hot bowl of hearty beef stew. I haven’t indulged in this family favorite since eliminating gluten from my diet. {I used to dredge the meat in flour before browning it.} I have been craving this home-style meal since the weather turned cold. I decided to try something different. Guess what? It turned out deliciously!

GLUTEN FREE Beef Stew with


  • Grapeseed Oil
  • One pound beef stew meat
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pint of peas
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 teaspoonful paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoonfuls of Arrowroot powder


  1. Heat a few tablespoonfuls of Grapeseed Oil in a large skillet. Add beef, peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook till beef is browned.
  2. Stir in potatoes, carrots, peas and broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Add paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place about two tablespoonfuls of hot broth into a ramekin. Whisk in in the Arrowroot powder.
  5. Stir the Arrowroot mixture into the skillet. Stir until thickened.
  6. Enjoy!


GLUTEN FREE Beef Stew with

Arrowroot Powder can be found at your local health food store.

GLUTEN FREE Beef Stew with

GLUTEN FREE Beef Stew with

I love cooking with this deep dish cast iron skillet!


Lavender Scented Pinecones

 Bring Fall indoors!

Have you seen the cost of scented pinecones in the stores? Whoa! We can make our own. Let’s go!

Lavender Scented Pinecones with

Gather pinecones from your yard if you’re fortunate enough to have pine trees close by. If not, check around the neighborhood park or ask your neighbors if they have some you could have.

Place the pinecones in a ziploc gallon size bag. 
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Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

{Today my friend, Karen is guest posting a recipe for hummus. Karen enjoys hosting a Cooking Club in her self-designed gourmet kitchen.  Enjoy! ~Kathy}

I love hummus after being introduced to it about a year ago. Although I loved it, making it was something that I didn’t think I wanted to tackle just yet because I thought it had to be somewhat involved. As I was looking through recipes the other day I came across this one. I looked through the ingredient list and had everything I needed except the main ingredient, the garbanzo beans. So, I determined in my head, before my cilantro went bad I would attempt to tackle this recipe. To my surprise, this was so easy! And delicious! This was the best hummus I have ever tasted! I loved it so much I shared it with a friend and now, today, am making my second batch.

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus with Back To

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Simply Sautéed Chicken

 Healthy. Delicious. Meal. In. Thirty. Minutes. Simple.

Simply Sauteed Chicken with

Four Simple Ingredients:

Fried Apples

Looking for a quick and healthy dessert? Here ya go.

Fried Apples with

Peel a few apples. Cut into fourths and remove core. Slice.

Melt real butter in a ceramic coated skillet over medium heat.

Place the apple slices in the hot butter in a single layer.

Sprinkle with ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, and cinnamon. After about 5 minutes turn the apples.

Sprinkle with a light coating of coconut sugar. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until the sugar dissolves.

Very. very. good.

How to Can Apple Cider

Liquid apples all winter long!

 How to Can Apple Cider with

Canning your own apple cider is alot easier than you might think.

“It’s just like drinking an apple.” ~my friend Dana told me. And was she right!

Dana introduced me to canning apple juice a few years back. She took me and my  youngest daughter to an orchard where we collected ground apples and unharvested apples left on trees. Coolers and coolers full. She gave me directions to the Amish farm that has an apple press. Off we went. He pressed the apples and put the juice into buckets and jugs. We canned it into quart jars and it was a hit with family and friends.
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