Strawberry, Pineapple and Banana Compote

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We’ve been having chillier weather here in the north, thus making me hungry for some pancakes.

I could use my favorite maple syrup, but then I remembered that we have a surplus of freeze-dried fruits in our pantry! So I decided to try this recipe and it was a hit!

This ‘oh so easy to make compote’ can be used to top pancakes, crepes, and desserts such as ice cream!

Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana Compote

What you need:

Let’s put it all together:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan and boil until thick and syrupy (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Yields about 1.5 cups

Hope you enjoy this as much as we have!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri


Memories of my first time fishing!

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The other day at work, a few of my coworkers got to talking about fishing at the campgrounds pond… this reminded me of a time when my best friend took me fishing for the first time…

It was a beautiful day outside! My best friend John was taking me out to his favorite fishing spot! He was going to teach me how to fish!

I remember the walk to the creek. He’d found a place to park off the road. And as we walked through a cornfield, I stumbled into a gopher hole. John had to help me climb out!

We finally reached the creek, and as he pulled out all his fishing gear, he showed me how to put the bait on the hook!

Since I don’t really like anything creepy, crawly, I was proud of myself for being able to bait the hook.

I even felt honored that he allowed me to use his brand new rod!

We talked quietly as we waited for the fish to bite, and eventually one bit!

I followed his instructions to the tea!

When I pulled the line out of the water, I saw a small bass on the hook!

John told me to grab the fish to unhook it!

Without thinking, I put the rod down. The fish wound up back in the water, along with Johns brand new rod!

He yelled “MY NEW ROD!”

He jumped into the creek to save the rod, and came out soaking wet!

I can’t understand why he never invited me to go fishing again!  (LOL)

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Comfort Food in a Can

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Comfort food – food that provides a sense of well being; typically associated with childhood memories or good old-fashioned home cooking!

With less than 3 weeks till we hit the road again, I find myself feeling very stressed! And to anyone who truly knows me, this can lead to stress eating!

I find myself craving comfort foods… my favorite happens to be mashed potatoes and gravy!

There’s nothing more enjoyable than the creamy smoothness of a great bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy! That warm fuzzy feeling you get as you enjoy the taste of the gravy… and every once in a while, finding that delicious lump of real potato!

If you’ve ever made mashed potatoes from scratch, you know exactly what I mean!

But sometimes, in this busy world we live in, making mashed potatoes from scratch is not an option! So, once again, I dug into my pantry of freeze-dried canned goods to make this oh-so-delicious meal of mashed potatoes and pulled pork gravy!

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Mashed Potatoes and Pulled Pork Gravy

What your need for the potatoes:

And for the pulled pork gravy:

Let’s put it all together:

  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add green onions, salt and butter, Quickly whisk in sour cream and mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in black pepper.
  • In another small saucepan, melt butter and stir in pulled pork. Add gravy powder, water and whisk. Allow gravy to simmer until it thickens, stirring occasionally.
  • Scoop mashed potatoes into a small bowl and pour gravy over the top.
  • Enjoy!

This savory dish is great for lunch or dinner or any time you crave a delicious comfort food meal! It only takes about 20 minutes to make using the freeze-dried foods found here!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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