One Pot Meal-Italian Sausage, Potato & Broccoli

Who doesn’t love a One Pot Meal?I absolute love them because they’re quick, you get to throw everything in one pot and everybody gets full! WINNING!Today I’m sharing a meal that I create in many variations.I hoe you use this recipe to motivate your creativity and of course fill your family’s belly.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sweet Potato Pie FOR DAYS!

Over the weekend we my husband harvest our sweet potatoes.With the weather changing here in the Chicagoland area we were afraid a frost would sneak up on us and ruin our crop.I’m so glad we went ahead and harvest them.Last year my grandmother gave me a call to remind us not to let a frost catch us and this year we beat her to her reminder call.

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Our daughter helped until she saw a centipede. Yeah, she’s not scared of any other bugs, but the centipede made her quit or was it the hard labor?

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We had an amazing, amAZING, AMAZING harvest!  I was so excited as I began to see the bags fill up with BIG sweet potatoes and Jala was so excited to pull this one out the bed.

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Last year we had an okay harvest, we had some big sweet potatoes and a bunch of itty bitty not fun to prep for cooking potatoes.  The reason for the small sweet potatoes was because we planted over 32 seedlings and they weren’t spread out good.  However, this year we planted about the same amount, but they were spread out well.Our original plan was not to plant as many as last year, but after we planted them my grandmother gave us more to plant because someone had given them to her and she wasn’t growing any this year. So, we ended up with just as many as last year, but a better harvest.

After harvesting them my husband rinsed them off and wrapped them in towels to dry.

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Our next step will be placing them in paper bags and allowing them to cure and they should be ready in time for the holidays.

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This is only a quarter of what we harvest and don’t they look yummy?Some of these things looked like the size of a newborn baby…..Well, not actually… But maybe the size of my daughter’s head 🙂

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Did you grow sweet potatoes this year?If so, what’s your harvest looking like?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Fall Planting & Harvesting Potatoes: The Small, The Medium & The Mushy

The summer gardening season is coming to an end and we finally had the opportunity to plant some cool crops and harvest our potatoes.Before harvesting our potatoes I have grabbed potatoes here and there to eat for dinner and to share with family and friends.

One of the raised beds we harvest from had a nice amount of potatoes and we also planted potatoes in a couple of large planters and a wheel barrel. From those planters we didn’t receive a large harvest, but it was enough for a couple of meals and after weighing it, they weighed in at over 7lbs.

7 pound potato harvest
There was a new raised bed that my husband created this year and that potato bed we totally slacked on harvesting from it too. The bed of potatoes wasn’t hidden, but I forgot it was there.In that bed there were a few mushy potatoes.We learned exactly what happens when you wait too late to harvest from our potatoes.You can watch the video below to check out our treasures.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Help Mama Cook- Classic Twice Baked Potatoes

You all know my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of man.  He’d eat potatoes everyday if, I’d let him.  Nope… I cook them in moderation.  His favorite styles of potatoes are scalloped and diced potatoes. He also loves twice baked and I can’t forget to mention loaded potatoes…

Well, here’s my Classic Twice Baked Potato Recipe. Simple, quick and to the point.   Take this recipe and add your special touch or use as is.

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Ingredients:

4 Baked Potatoes
2 tbl spoons butter
2 tbl spoons feta cheese
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican style) you will also need extre cheese to place on top of the potatoes after stuffing them.
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 tsp salt (I use pink Himalayan salt) also feel free to use a bit more to taste or exclude salt all together if you have any health issues.
1/2 tsp pepper

First clean your potatoes.

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Take potatoes and poke holes throughout potatoes and place on an oiled oven safe pan.

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Place potatoes in a preheated oven at 450 for about an hour and a half.  Use fork to test if potatoes are tender by sticking fork in thickest part of potato.

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After removing potatoes from oven cut potatoes in half horizontally. This step I use my fork to hold potatoes in place and to prevent burning myself.

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After you’ve cut potatoes in half scoop out insides of potatoes and place insides in a bowl. Place all of the above ingredients in a bowl by adding the butter first so it melts thoroughly and the rest of the ingredients after that and cheese last. Mix well.

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Fill potato halfs with potato filling that you have prepared and lastly, sprinkle more cheese on top of potatoes before placing them in oven. Add as much cheese as your heart and butt desires 🙂 Place in 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until cheese has melted on top.

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Remove and serve….with the rest of your meal.

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Enjoy 🙂

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Garden To Table: Spicy Shrimp & Dice Potatoes

This Spicy Shrimp and delicious tender Diced Potatoes dish put a smile on my husband’s face.  My husband seems to have a thing for potatoes and I try to cook them in moderation.  The other day I made this dish using some potatoes we harvest from the garden and added some shrimp to spice it up a bit.

 

Ingredients

16 oz. Bag easy peel shrimp (uncooked)

Potatoes approximately 10 -12 medium sized

4 oz. crème cheese

Butter

1/2 Cup water

Old Bay Seasoning

Lemon Pepper

Ground Chipotle

Pink Himalayan Salt (or other salt of choice)

Moroccan Seasoning

 

Prepare Potatoes

Peel, slice, dice potatoes and season with himalayan salt and pepper.

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peeled potatoes

potatoes diced

Prepare Shrimp

Peel, do any extra de-veining and rinse shrimp.  Season shrimp with 1 tsp. Chipotle, 1/4 tsp. Lemon Pepper, 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt, 1/4 tsp. Moroccan Seasoning.

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seasonings for spicy shrimp

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Cook Potatoes

Place 2 tbs. of butter in skillet (feel free to use olive oil if you like) and pour in diced potatoes.

Cooking Potatoes

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After potatoes have cooked for about 15 minutes and have browned to your liking add 1/2 cup of water to complete the tenderizing process ( you may also put a lid on at this time).

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Cook Shrimp

Take 1 tbs. butter and place in hot skillet.  Pour in seasoned shrimp and let cook for 5-10 minutes or until the have all turned pink.  After they are done let set to the side until your potatoes have completely cooked.

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Combine Shrimp & Potatoes

Next add the 4 oz, of crème cheese and stir into your potatoes.

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Add another tbs of butter and then add in your cooked shrimp.

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Combine the two together

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and serve

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Although the shrimp are spicy, they weren’t extremely spicy. I was able to enjoy them and that’s a plus because I can’t do extremely spicy food.  Hope you get to try this and enjoy as much as we did.  Does your husband have a thing for potatoes?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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