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Hillbilly Livin’ and Smoothies

 Since we sold our house, we have occupied a travel trailer until the quest for our new home is over.  I have noticed some unexpected things with our new lifestyle and one is, I am not getting the nutrients I need.  I noticed I was craving  vegetables and fruit.  This got my attention because I don’t like fruit!

Since my pregnancies, 25 plus years ago, I had heard you crave what your body needs.  If you are craving something, your body is missing a key nutrient found in that food.  I have heard a great deal about smoothies lately.  Soon I became so preoccupied with the ‘smoothie’ idea,  I  decided to research it.   I found smoothies offer a full days supply of vegetables and fruit and give you many key nutrients with just one serving.  

Today is my second day, and I must say, I do feel a difference for the better.  I don’t feel anything earth shattering, but I do feel I have more energy and I have noticed a considerable reduction in stomach acid and much less acid reflux.  This does surprise me!

This is my recipe, if you would like to break out your blender, too!

ingredients to smoothieI start with half of a banana, 1-2 large strawberries, 1 cup packed spinach, 1/4 of an avocado, and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.  I do use a small amount of bottled water to make sure it is smooth and not a chunky consistency.

end result of smoothie

 

This is the result of my nutritious blend.  It is good, not spectacular.  I still have some experimenting to do.  I am not a big fan of bananas, so they will probably be replaced soon with pineapple.  I will let you know how it goes as I go!  Just feeling better is enough for me to say, ‘Bottoms up!’  :)

Blessings, dear reader!  See you soon!!

 

 

 

 

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Easy, Perfect Bacon Every Single Time!

fried bacon

EASY, PERFECT BACON EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Bacon has never been so easy!  If you can read this recipe, you can cook perfect bacon.  I have seen and tried many of the “easy”, “perfect”, “can’t miss” bacon approaches and this one is my favorite.  Simple and foolproof!

What you do:

  • Line a baking sheet with foil. This will make cleanup easier later.
  • Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack of a cold oven  (Don’t preheat it).  Close oven door. Turn oven on to 400 degrees.
  • Check the bacon 17 to 20 minutes later. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the bacon slices, and also on how quickly your oven reaches 400 degrees.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the bacon a plate or platter lined with paper towels to absorb the fat. You can pour the liquid fat into a heat-resistant container to save for other uses.  I usually use a glass jar with a lid.

Fun tips!

Sprinkle bacon with brown sugar or freshly ground black pepper before baking.  Yum, yum!!

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French Fry Dipping Sauce

french fry dipping sauce

 

This is so easy.  Three ingredients and you are done!  Makes fries even yummier!  Enjoy!!

Fry Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup ketchup,1/4 teaspoon white vinegar (the secret ingredient)

Mix together and dip!

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Momma’s Stove Top Round Steak

fried round steak

My grandmother had a special gift for cooking.  I believe she could make shoe leather taste divine if she had to!  My mother picked up her secrets and she definitely got the ‘cooking gene’!  This is my grandmother’s special round steak recipe.  It is one of the best steaks I have ever tasted.  Enjoy!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Round Steak

1 cup flour

Tex-Joy Steak Tenderizer

Lawry’s Season-All Salt

Garlic Powder, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Vegetable Oil, (about as much as you would use to fry chicken)

hammer

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

First, you will beat the steak with a hammer, not a mallet!  Beat both sides until you can almost see through the steak.  You will then season with the tenderizer, salt, pepper, and garlic powder both sides of the steak.  Marinate for one hour.  After marinating, you will dredge the steak in the flour on both sides.  In a frying pan, let your oil heat up on medium high heat.  Add your steak.  There should be a slight sizzle.  Fry on medium heat for about 20 minutes on each side or until it is brown and when a fork is inserted, no blood seeps out.  You want your juices to run clear.  Enjoy!

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Momma’s Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Steak

 

 

I took notes while I was on the phone with Momma today.  This is haphazard but I will explain it the best way I can.  Momma cooked steaks for Daddy and herself.  Daddy was craving Maw’s ‘stove top’ steak.  and her steak on the stove is the best I have ever had, hands down!  She has been gone for over ten years and this is one thing I didn’t get to learn before she got sick.  There are two steaks.  A round steak cooked on top of the stove and a ‘flat iron’ steak cooked in the oven.  I am going to give you the directions to the steak cooked in the oven first.

YOU WILL NEED:

Reynolds Wrap Grill and Oven Bags

Flat Iron steak

meat tenderizer (Tex-Joy)

garlic powder

Lawry’s Season All Salt

1/4 cup water

flour

purple onion (optional)

HERE IS WHAT YOU DO:

 Season the flat iron steak to taste with the seasoning salt, garlic powder and the meat tenderizer on both sides and rub in well.  Make sure you season the sides of the steak, as well.  Marinate it for one hour.  Put your steak in your grill bag and follow the directions on the package.  Add purple onion to the top and cook in the oven on 425 for 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy!

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