Some kinda gumbo

Fajita chicken sausage and shrimp were what we had in the fridge. And carrots, celery, and onions. Sauté the veggies in butter with garlic, add a little whole wheat flour, meats, and broth. (I used beef and vegetable broths. They were opened in the fridge already) bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, a pinch of curry powder, pepper, and cayenne. Brown rice. A bit of parsley. Hope this turns out well. Just trying to use up our perishables.

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Last week, we had lots of produce in the house, but my hubs was craving spaghetti. So, we made it a very veggieful one! Yummo!

This is what I was working with.

Oh yeah- and these.

sauteed and browned

Threw in some parsley at the end

plated with some garlic toast

and finished with fruit. ( I've turned into my grandma! )

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Missing Jamaica today….

I had very little in my fridge. Half an onion, garlic, and a package of chicken… But I also had some of this spicy sauce we bought on our honeymoon in Jamaica. So I put it to work! I had some frozen veggies in the freezer, and an emergency pack of seasoned rice. Presto! Baked spicy chicken with steamed veggies and rice. 🙂

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Loaded sweet potatoes

I never thought to load up a sweet potato with all kinds of toppings, but I am so glad my hubby suggested it! Uh-mazing!

We sautéed onions and bell peppers with garlic, piled on sour cream, butter, and bacon bits. He had sun-dried tomatoes. I had some chopped raw onion. Wow. It was surprisingly tasty, easy, and something we will definitely do again. maybe this week…


nice and neat

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A night of sticky goodness

We went over to the neighbors’ house for a chill night by the fire pit. Of course, we made s’mores. We also had vodka infused gummy life savers. yum!

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Fajitas and Beer

We went out for dinner and drinks after a quick game of disc golf.

We ate at Duckworth’s, and shared chicken and steak fajitas for two. It’s so hard to pick just one beer there, as their huge beer list has so many that sound amazing. So naturally, when it was time to order our second glass, we each decided to go for a sampler of 4 different beers instead. 🙂

Chris’ paddle had better beers than mine did. I guess I was just off that night.

I absolutely loved Olde Hickory’s bourbon barrel seven devils, and the Highland thunderstruck- which tasted like coffee. I already knew I had a liking toward the bourbon barrel beers, as there is another I love, called Dragon’s Milk. Knowing that, I sampled another bourbon barrel beer, the Heavy Seas Bourbon barrel below decks. I did not care for it at all. It was high gravity, (as are most bourbon barrels) at 10%, and really sweet and bitter. It tasted like cough syrup and bourbon. yuck.

Some others I didn’t like:

  • Lost Coast Winterbraun- too hoppy for my tastes
  • 21st amendment fireside chat- tastes like burnt gingerbread, Heavy spices, really fragrant. Starts like gingerbread, but finishes charred. High Gravity at 7.9%

I thought these were OK:

  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Coco Mole- it was super complex. Spicy and smokey. Good, but I couldn’t drink more than one glass of this.
  • New Belgium Smoke Screen: Chris loved this one, but to me it tasted like Lox (smoked salmon)
  • 21st Amendment Back in Black- It looked and smelled great. The head lingered and it was smooth and creamy. It went over great at first, but finishes a bit too hoppy for me. I was let down. 😦

So… yeah. There’s my opinion. I’m no beer expert, but I know what I like, and figured I’d share it with you. Cheers!

Dark beer! This was the Olde Hickory and the Thunderstruck.



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red velvet cupcakes

We have new neighbors, so I got my bake on!

I bought the batter at the dollar store....

I was shocked at how RED this stuff is!

freshly iced with cream cheese icing, of course.


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