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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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Super Bowl Menu By My Guest Blogger and Daughter KATE! :)

pizza roll ups

Super Bowl is February 2!!  We all know that is the ‘Black Friday’ of football season where snack foods are concerned.  Being at a total loss for my Super Bowl menu, my lovely daughter stepped in with a great suggestion!

Let me go ahead and preface this with I do not want to hear from health food fanatics this year about how unhealthy ONE DAY out of the year may be, because I did have ONE last year!  This is Super Bowl and if you want to celebrate it with ‘health’ food, please move on to a health food blog!   Now on to our SUPER BOWL FAN BUNCH, and my daughter will take it from here!!


You will need:

1-2 cans crescent rolls

spaghetti or pizza sauce (whichever you can find)

grated cheese, preferably mozzarella

1 package pepperoni

This is what you do:

Preheat oven to whatever it says on the package of crescent rolls.  Roll out on a greased baking sheet.  Spread the sauce evenly.  Add pepperoni, or meat of your choice.  Sprinkle cheese on top of the meat and roll as usual.  Bake for the amount of time it calls for.  Goes great with Ranch dressing for dipping or marinara!  Enjoy!!

Dips of any kind are always popular at this time.  I say make it easy on yourself and do a Ranch dip or an easy cream cheese with crab and cocktail sauce…yummy!



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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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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!!


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)



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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