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•) 1 pound ground beef
•) 1 large onion, chopped
•) 1 large clove garlic, minced
•) 1 can diced tomatoes, (15 ounces)
•) 1 can red beans, undrained, (15 ounces)
dash (or two) of red pepper
•) 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cumin
•) 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chili powder
•) 1/2 teaspoon salt
•) 1/8 teaspoon pepper
•) Add richness and/or substitute canned tomatoes by adding a 1/2-1 cup ketchup.

In a Dutch oven or stock pot or large iron skillet brown ground beef with onions; add garlic the last few minutes. Drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer, you may have to add a little water to desired consistency, Cover and simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Serve with cornbread or crackers.
Serves about 4. Recipe can feed more people by adding another cans of beans or simply doubling recipe.

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Big White Lima Beans


1 pkg. Large white Lima’s
1 medium onion (I leave mine whole, just peel)
2  or 3 tablespoons of olive oil…
salt to taste
black pepper, opt.

Rinse beans, place in dutch oven/similar size pot that is about 1/2 full of water…peel onion, place in pot…you can cut it up if desired, my boys won’t eat it if it has pieces of onion, so I leave it whole and it just gives the oniony flavor…salt, and pepper….let come to boil on med high-high, lower temp to medium to simmer, cover, let cook for an hour and a half….taste test to see when beans are tender and ready…and the “gravy” has thickened a bit…sometimes I add a little cornstarch mixed in cold water to the beans to thicken right before serving…simple enough…

Cook a pot of rice.

Serve beans over rice with cornbread on the side, and sweet iced tea (of course)!!!

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Chicken & Dressing


1 whole chicken (fryer or broiler) OR chicken backs, or pieces.
Cut chicken up in serving pieces, or have your butcher do this for you.

Boil chicken in 2 quarts of water.. Save broth, set aside chicken. OR Boil chicken backs or pieces, and debone.
In a VERY large mixing bowl I put about the equivalent of two large skillets of cornbread. Start adding these ingredients to the CRUMBLED cornbread:

• 2 cups celery chopped fine or blended.
• 1 cup of onion same as above.
• 1 large or desired amount of green or red bell pepper, same as above.

I always blend these 1st 3 ingredients together in the blender with a cup or 2 of water or broth added…Pour in bowl with cornbread.

Throw these ingredients in the bowl now:
• 2 tsp. poultry seasoning (opt)
• 1 tsp. black pepper more or less
• 2 tsp. Salt more or less
• Dash of red pepper (opt)
• 1 tsp. celery seed (opt)
• 6 raw eggs
• Enough broth to get the mixture moist…I would say about 6-8 cups…For a lighter broth, use half (3-4 cups) water, half (3-4 cups) broth.
• Stir well, pour into greased or buttered large (11×15) oblong baking dish or if you prefer as I do, 2 big iron skillets…
• Press chicken pieces with bone in (take fat off) into dressing OR use deboned chicken…Some women debone the chicken and mix in the bowl with other ingredients, I like it golden brown “on top” of the dressing…Sprinkle lightly with desired seasonings such as paprika, curry, black pepper.
• Bake at 375° until golden brown around edges, and on top…
NOTE: This is a very forgiveable dish, if you should see that it is too dry while baking…You can put it back in the bowl and add more broth…Or pour more broth on top. If it is too moist, just simply bake longer…If you should run out of broth, add a chicken flavored boullion cube (or 2 if you prefer it richer) to every couple cups of hot water. Serve with cranberry sauce.

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Freebies, Free Stuff, Rewards Programs – Enter to Win PERRY WOMAN For Women By PERRY ELLIS

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NEW blog……………

Okay, I’m wishy washy? LOL

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It thrills me that my good friend Traci has nominated me for this award!


I recieved this award a few months ago? I’m just now figuring out how to do this…

Okay, as far as I can tell this is what you need to do:

Now to the award instructions:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/ her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.

So, here are my nominations…

VictoriaMrs. MBrandy,
DanielleDeonHeidi, and Jolene


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