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Turkey Apple Sausage

Turkey Apple Sausage

I really like lean meat… It’s not because I am trying to limit fat or that I think it is more virtuous somehow…. I just don’t like fatty meat! It feels weird in my mouth. So I have always preferred chicken breast, fish and lean […]

Garlic Chili Edamame

Garlic Chili Edamame

A friend in Hawaii owned a restaurant with her husband that served these wonderfully garlicky and spicy edamame. It was my first introduction to this unique little bean, but my first taste made me a die-hard fan. A lot of people like them plain, but […]

Party Bean Dip

Party Bean Dip

Gather around the table, the back porch, or the football game and dig into this perfect-for-parties Bean Dip!

Quick and easy to make and full of flavor…. So whip it up and pile it on your favorite chips, crackers, veggies, burritos, tacos… really, anything begging for some creamy, cheesy flavor!  It works great for the stove top or you can make it in a crockpot to keep it warm all though your party and clear though the 4th quarter.

bean dip-2This recipe is so simple, my little guys love to make it up for a fun-at-home lunch.  A few veggies and a big glass of our fresh raw goats milk and it is a meal I can feel pretty good about.

Love,

Becky

Party Bean Dip

January 17, 2018
: 15
: easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 can of re-fried beans
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • tortilla chips
Directions
  • Step 1 Option 1: Combine all ingredients in a mini crockpot and heat on low for about two hours, stirring every 1/2 hour or so until hot and bubbly. When hot, reduce temperature to warm for serving.
  • Step 2 Option 2: Heat all ingredients in a medium size saucepan on medium heat, stirring often until hot and bubbly. Transfer to a slow cooker on warm for serving if desired.
  • Step 3 Serve with tortilla chips, veggies or use as a filling for your favorite Mexican dish.

Recipe Notes:

this can be made with all cheddar cheese (8 ounces) if you don’t have monterey jack.

For our THM friends, this dip calls for all plan approved ingredients but is a crossover.  Make sure to use baked blue corn chips, veggies or an on-plan cracker for a fun party treat.  bean dip

Creamy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup

Creamy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup

We have the privilege of living next-door to my parents for half of the year, so my three younger boys have grown up knowing their “Papa” well. As I was running around the kitchen the other day, out of the blue my 8 year old […]

Tuna Rice Salad

Tuna Rice Salad

This is a behind the scenes look at Thousand Mile Food Stories. I recently starting reminiscing a lot about a recipe that I hadn’t made for years… and years. It was introduced to me by my Step-Mom BJ a couple of decades ago and I immediately made it to […]

Lamb & Kale Soup

Lamb & Kale Soup

This Lamb & Kale Soup was inspired by the stew our friend Michele makes. Her recipe has the perfect flavor combination of the lamb and spices but I was wanting something that was a bit faster to make and a tad easier on the budget. Plus I needed to swap out a few of the ingredients to fit with the AIP guidelines that I am embarking on.

Imagine my surprise and delight when I was at Aldi yesterday and found that they are now carrying Ground Lamb at a very nice price! That was the start and this recipe was the finish! It is every bit as amazing as our other Savory Lamb Stew recipe but I love having this option to fit within some of my dietary goals and I made it in the Instant Pot which made it quick and easy and did I mention that the flavor is amazing!

Really, that is all I have to say about this! No fancy story, just really good soup!

The squeeze of fresh lemon on top is the perfect compliment and the optional feta cheese adds a nice flavor boost.

Our THM friends are also going to love this one since it is a straight S meal. It also uses everyday ingredients but tastes like something special!

Love,

Rohnda

 

Lamb & Kale Soup

December 19, 2017
: 6 to 8
: 30 min
: 30 min
: 1 hr
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 Lbs Ground Lamb
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1.5 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 cups celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can coconut milk (reg or light)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 2 to 3 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 1 fresh lemon for garnish
  • feta cheese for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 For the Instant Pot, turn on to Sauté, add the ground lamb and brown.
  • Step 2 Add all other ingredients except the kale, seal and set on manual for 22 minutes.
  • Step 3 Once it is done and the pressure has released, add the kale and stir.
  • Step 4 Replace cover and allow it to stay on “Keep Warm” for at least 10 minutes or until ready to serve.
  • Step 5 Squeeze a fresh lemon wedge into each bowl and top with feta cheese if desired.
  • Step 6 For stove top, simply brown your meat first and then add everything but the kale.  Cover and cook till all veggies are tender and flavors are melded together, About 45 to 60 minutes.  Then add kale and keep warm until it is soft.

Recipe Notes:

~If your are following a low carb or the THM diet, this soup is a perfect S meal, no adjustments needed!

~My husband loves a good meaty soup so I opted to use the 2 pounds of lamb for this…. I am much less of a meat eater, so 1 pound would have been plenty for me… but you choose how you like it and let me know.

 

 

Korean Beef

Korean Beef

Sunday afternoons in Hawaii would often find us at Kaimana beach with friends, new and old and a big order of Gina’s Korean food to go!  After church the kids would all get a nap in and then we would pick up food and head […]

Lentil Kale Stew

Lentil Kale Stew

Have I mentioned that I love Kale? It was not always so… My first introduction to this thick, green, leafy vegetable was during my first pregnancy. A friend had given me a bunch of her old Fit Pregnancy magazines to look over. I found them […]

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

Childhood memories are such an amazing thing.  As we sift though the timeline of life in our mind, it is so interesting to see how we remember events and seasons.   My mom recently came for a visit and it is always so nostalgic to hear her tell the same old stories again.  I always pick up on some little detail that I had remembered differently or had completely forgotten.  But sometimes, memories are more than details and events.  There is a feeling attached to those memories and when all the specifics have faded from view, I can still recall the emotions like it was yesterday.

 

Thanksgiving is done, and Christmas is just around the corner.

The smell of fresh baked butter & sugar and flour is filling the air and mom’s hands are busy rolling and sifting as puffs of powdered sugar fly all around her.  She is working hard and teaching me as she goes and I soak up the feeling of holiday joy as we work.

I am sure my mom had extra stress over the holidays.  I didn’t know it then, but money was tight and there were 5 kids to feed and clothe and presents were often home-made offerings that were many hours in the making.

The cookies pile high on the counter.  There were Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies and several others that would be neatly arranged on foil lined plates with a stick-on bow and passed out to neighbors and friends. That is the feeling I remember!  My mom always demonstrated the joy of giving and I would grow up to discover the depths to which her generosity would flow!

I don’t remember the gifts I got for Christmas every year…. What I remember is the feeling that I had when we passed out plates of homemade cookies and the laughter we enjoyed as we made our nativity set from clay each year and the love that I felt from parents who where PRESENT.  That gift stays longer than anything that can be wrapped and put under a tree.

 

So make memories!

And make Russian Tea Cakes!

This recipe is the one my mother made every year.  It was passed down to her from my grandmother who got it from her mom who had this recipe tucked into her belongings when she came over on a ship from Germany.  I don’t know where my great grandmother got it from and it doesn’t even matter anymore.

And it may look the same as other recipes that go by the same or different names.  But to me, this one is special.  It has been lovingly passed through the generations of hard working women who knew how to create holiday memories that would last a lifetime.  

 

 

Today is my moms 75th Birthday.  We live half a continent apart but when she recently visited, we made this old family favorite together so that I could take a few photos of her beautiful, memory-making hands as they rolled that powdered sugar over the warm cookies.  I am so thankful for this amazing woman who, not only showed me the way around a kitchen, but taught me the value of hard work and generosity.

Love,

Rohnda

 

Russian Teacakes

November 30, 2017
: 30 min
: 12 min
: 42 min
: intermediate

This is the stuff that Holiday Memories are made of!

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar + more for rolling
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or nut of choice)
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Step 2 Place butter, sugar & vanilla in mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  • Step 3 Add flour & salt and mix to incorporate.
  • Step 4 Add nuts mix well.
  • Step 5 Shape into 1.5  inch balls and place on uncreased cookie sheet.
  • Step 6 Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes (or until slightly beginning to brown)
  • Step 7 Roll in powdered sugar while still hot.
  • Step 8 Let them cool completely and then roll in powdered sugar again.

 

 

 

Beef and Black Bean Slow-Cooker Soup

Beef and Black Bean Slow-Cooker Soup

I know there are a lot of evil Step-Mother stories out there. This is not one of them. When I was still in my teens, my beloved mother passed away.  Needless to say, my family and I were devastated at our great loss.  My father […]


My Diary

Hello world!

Hi… and welcome to our little corner of the internet.  We have a lot of lofty goals and ideas with this site and we hope you will come along for the ride…. It may be a slow ride.  You know, like a Sunday drive where you know where you want to end up but you are taking the scenic route.  For us, that scenery consists of lots of kids and jobs and animals and running, always running to and fro about town but ever so thankful for the view!  Hope you will stick around…

Love,

Rohnda & Becky


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Garlic Chili Edamame

Garlic Chili Edamame

A friend in Hawaii owned a restaurant with her husband that served these wonderfully garlicky and spicy edamame. It was my first introduction to this unique little bean, but my first taste made me a die-hard fan. A lot of people like them plain, but […]

Party Bean Dip

Party Bean Dip

Gather around the table, the back porch, or the football game and dig into this perfect-for-parties Bean Dip! Quick and easy to make and full of flavor…. So whip it up and pile it on your favorite chips, crackers, veggies, burritos, tacos… really, anything begging […]

Creamy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup

Creamy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup

We have the privilege of living next-door to my parents for half of the year, so my three younger boys have grown up knowing their “Papa” well. As I was running around the kitchen the other day, out of the blue my 8 year old […]

Beef and Black Bean Slow-Cooker Soup

Beef and Black Bean Slow-Cooker Soup

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Vanilla Cream Breakfast Bowls

Vanilla Cream Breakfast Bowls

As Newlyweds, 25 years ago (!) my husband and I journeyed from our home in Hawaii to visit my dear sister and her family in Southern California. For breakfast in the morning she served us this amazing vanilla cream. She layered this wonderful, sweet, full […]