Feeding your spirit, soul, and body!

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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Camping Vacation!! Where Else Would I Be??

This is another camping vacation for hubby and me.  It is the same, yet different!  I have never cooked on a gas stove or with a gas oven, so today I decided to undertake it.  I have lived to tell about it!  :)  I let hubby light it because I was a tiny bit scared.  I guess you could say he lit my fire and I was cookin’ with gas!  HAAA!!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist…must be the fresh air.

It is cold!  For us, anything in the 20s is blizzard conditions.  Hubby went out to look at the lake and the dock was icy.  He did get to hear the duck hunters hunting in the distance.  I didn’t see anything but my eyelids…sleeping in is half the fun!!  I finally felt guilty that hubby was outside in the cold and decided to rouse myself from my beauty sleep.

The morning had begun and I started with yummy bacon!  All southerners MUST have their pork in the morning!!

bacon at camp

How good does that look??  Thick slices of smoked, yummy goodness!

gracie waits patiently for her piece of baconGracie waits for her piece of bacon.   How sweet is that??  She knows I can’t resist that wagging tail and expecting eyes…I am such a softie!

It took longer than I expected.  I thought gas stoves were supposed to cook faster than electric, but we got there.

eggs at campFresh eggs straight from…Wal-Mart!  :)

daryl eating breakfast at campAnd a happy hubby!  I guess it turned out pretty good!  Hey, I didn’t blow us up with the gas stove!!  We ate and live to tell about it…YAY!

Have a great day, precious reader!


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BREAKFAST RECIPE-15 Minute Apple Cinnamon Rolls

15 minute apple cinnamon rolls




I found this by accident on a blog that is no longer managed.  I was so sad to see it abandoned!  It had this picture, but the webpage could not be found!  I went in search using google and http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/10/easy-15-minute-apple-cinnamon-rolls.html came to my rescue!  I love this site and encourage you to visit it!  They have some REALLY neat stuff!!  I am going to do this when we go camping!  This with a hot coffee in 27 degree weather sounds divine!  Enjoy!!

Ingredients: 1 can apple pie filling 1 tube package cinnamon  rolls (found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store- mine had 8  rolls) frosting (included with the cinnamon rolls)

Directions: Open package and place cinnamon rolls 2″ apart in a  lightly greased 9×13″ baking pan. Scoop a large spoonful of apple pie filling on  top of each cinnamon roll. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (time will  depend on your oven, so just check often). Remove from oven and drizzle with  frosting while they are still warm.

Read more at http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/10/easy-15-minute-apple-cinnamon-rolls.html#QTwrpYkxJ1UV6fii.99

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Holiday Recipe-Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip

shrimp dip




This quick and easy shrimp dip is a time saver and a great for when you need something yummy and pretty in presentation.  It consist of just 3 ingredients.   Place those ingredients on a pretty crystal or decorative plate and surround with crackers and you have a hit!  You will definitely be asked for this recipe!  Enjoy!!


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese                             

1 (4.5 ounce) can small shrimp, drained                        

 1 (8 ounce) jar cocktail sauce

Crackers for dipping 


Place the cream cheese in the center of a serving platter.   Drain the shrimp well.  Pour shrimp evenly over the top of your block of cream cheese.  Pour cocktail sauce over the top of the shrimp, covering the meat thoroughly.   Refrigerate until serving.  Enjoy!!


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Thanksgiving Recipe-Perfect and Easy Cranberry Sauce!

homemade cranberry sauce


Hello, precious readers!!  Make sure you check out all of my Thanksgiving recipes!  I have “How to Brine a Turkey” that tells you how to make the most delicious and moist turkey ever!  I have “Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes“!  They are incredibly creamy and buttery!!  I also have “Juliana’s Turkey and Dressing“.  What is Thanksgiving without the dressing??  I will also have a green bean recipe coming soon, but today I want to share this incredible Cranberry Sauce with you!  It is delicious and makes your kitchen smell divine!  Pour it right over the dressing, if you like.  Enjoy, dear readers!!


1 cup water                               

 1 cup white sugar                               

1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries                               

1 orange, peeled and pureed                               

1 apple – peeled, cored and diced                              

1 pear – peeled, cored and diced                               

 1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit                               

1 cup chopped pecans                               

 1/2 teaspoon salt                             

 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                               

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.


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