Stuffed Pepper Soup? Yum!

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I love eating stuffed peppers!

Being ‘soup season’ this recipe allows me to enjoy both the flavors and the comfort that a bowl of warm soup brings on a chilly evening!

With ground beef, peppers and rice, this soup stands on its own!

No need to pair it with a side, unless of course you want a crusty bread for dipping!

However, truth be told, I have been known to add some Sour Cream and Cheddar Cheese as a topping!

And, make sure you check out my Cooks Tips section below to see some other ideas you may want to try!

So, here we go!

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 cups homemade beef bone broth
  • 1 can (28oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 can (28oz.) diced tomatoes, do not drain
  • 2 cups chopped green peppers
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked long grain or brown rice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Let’s put it all together:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch Oven, cook and stir the beef over medium heat until there is no pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain if necessary.
  2. Stir in the next 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until peppers are tender.
  3. Next, add in the cooked rice and simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  4. If desired, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve.

Cooks Tips:

  • Make sure you use dark brown sugar as it has more molasses. This gives the soup a much bolder flavor! Don’t like the bolder flavor? No worries, simply use light brown sugar!
  • Give this soup a twist by using sausage, turkey or chicken – just make sure you use chicken bone broth instead of the beef bone broth. Don’t have any on hand? Water will do!
  • If you love garlic, try adding a couple of minced cloves when browning the ground beef!
  • Want a little more kick to your soup? Try adding in some Cayenne pepper or use a can of the diced tomatoes with chilies.
  • For some added color to your soup, try using other colored peppers such as red, yellow or purple!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s a chilly day here on the homestead, and it’s raining!

Feeling a little under the weather, I thought it was the perfect time to make my favorite comfort food – homemade Chicken Noodle Soup! It’s so hearty and comforting – just like mom used to make!

Chicken Noodle Soup is a meal in and of itself, so you don’t really need to pair it with anything – unless you like to add some saltine crackers in your soup!

However, if you feel the need to add a little something extra, try pairing it with a crusty French baguette for dipping. Or, you could pair it with some toasted garlic bread.

But if you really feel like going the extra mile, you can combine it with a grilled cheese sandwich!

So, let’s get started!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 medium onion, sliced and diced
  • 1-2 celery stalks, sliced and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2-4 medium carrots, sliced (about 1-1 ½ cups)
  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped and cooked
  • 8 cups homemade chicken bone broth
  • 5 oz. dried wide egg noodles (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried thyme leaves
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Let’s put it all together:

  1. Melt butter with oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, garlic and carrots and cook until veggies are fork tender.
  2. Next, add the chicken broth, cooked chicken, egg noodles, salt and thyme. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until pasta is cooked to your liking.
  4. Add parsley to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Cooks Tips:

  • Try using basil and oregano for a mildly different flavor.
  • Instead of cooking the chicken beforehand, you can cook the chicken in the broth and build the soup from there. This makes the broth a bit richer and the chicken more tender.
  • You can also try using turmeric to season your soup, which is great for digestion.
  • This recipe can be made in the slow-cooker as well, simply wait to add the noodles until the last 20 minutes before serving.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Eat What Heals You!

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I grew up in a household where there were no restrictions on what we could eat. In other words, snacks were not always healthy… chips, soda and cupcakes were a childhood favorite!

However, no restrictions did not allow me to dictate to my mother what I would or would not eat at our family dinners! In other words, if I didn’t like what mom made for dinner, she was not about to make something else just to appease me! If I didn’t eat what she made, then I would just go hungry until the next meal!

Actually, most of the time, mom did make good and tasty meals, though usually our meals focused mainly on meat and potatoes and oodles of noodles!

Yet, looking back to the beginning of time, I find that we were originally meant to be vegetarians – eating only foods that came from seeds… meats weren’t actually introduced until after the flood of Noah!

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So, with this thought in mind, I was definitely willing to experiment with a vegetarian eating plan, however, my doctor advised against it due to my digestive disorders.

Still, I want to eat healthy, and I want to try to heal my body with the food I eat.

Doable? Yes!

Am I willing to stay the course to bring about said healing? Yes!

So, what shall I be eating?

I plan to eat 5-6 smaller meals during the day, and focusing on eating REAL food – nothing processed here, unless I am processing it by cutting, dicing and slicing!

Foods will include the following:

  • Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil and animal fats etc. All butters, such as ghee (clarified butter), coconut butter, and nut butters, olives, nuts and seeds, avocados and coconut milk.
  • Proteins: fish, eggs, chicken, beef, turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fresh and dried herbs and spices
  • And some homemade pantry staples such as my homemade bone broths which you can find out how to make here.

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My plan is to start this coming Sunday at sunrise.

Still, any time we change our eating habits, our bodies react – and sometimes not in a good way! So, to minimize any withdrawal symptoms, over the next few days, I will stop cold turkey of all sweets. And, I will drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day. This will help to flush out any toxins and minimize the withdrawal side effects.

I have to admit, I am looking forward to getting healthy again! So, here’s to eating what heals me!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Looking Forward to Our Spring Garden

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This morning, my focus seems to be on food. Especially the seed-bearing kind!

From the time that earth began, man was created to take care of the land… so essentially, we were meant to be farmers!

Therefore, this longing I have is proof that I am meant to get back to a traditional homestead! Growing my own food is in my genes!

Yet, while I currently do not have a traditional homestead, with campground permission, I can have a small container garden! This allows me to keep my hands in the soil and grow at least some of my own food!

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It may only be January, but I am already prepping for what I will grow this year… this time I have a larger space, and there will be lots of sun!

I’ve already pulled out my seed packets to see what I have… and what I will need to purchase!

I’m also looking forward to upgrading the type of container as well, thus allowing me better control of watering and feeding the soil!

What are you looking forward to this spring?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Goals are Dreams with a Deadline

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For a while now, I have been dreaming of being back on a more traditional homestead. More and more, I find myself missing… and even longing to get my hands back in the soil, and raising chickens!

However, without a defined time, my dream is only that… a dream!

So, as of today, I have given myself to the end of the year to find the homestead of my dreams!

This is going to take commitment!

For one thing, it’s going to take money! And for that, I have decided to put more effort into my food business, which you can check out here!

And, I have become more specific in what I am looking for in our future homestead.

Not only am I looking for the basics – such as enough land to grow a garden – but I also need that land to be large enough so that I can free-range my chickens!

I will also have to make sure that land will allow me to have/raise chickens! Not all areas are chicken/rooster friendly!

I would also love to have a large pantry to store our preserved foods!  And a personal must-have is a covered porch! That way I can sit outside and chat with the neighbors, even on a warm, rainy day!

My goal is a BIG one! It’s going to take commitment! But I believe with determination and a whole lot of prayer, it will happen!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

No Horsing Around Here

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It’s was a busy weekend here at the campground! Lots of guests come in with their horses, looking forward to spending time on the trails and celebrating the new year with friends and family!

The horses came in all sorts of shapes and sizes and breeds, but one thing they all had in common: they were all beautiful!

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One young boy however, had some unexpected excitement!

While he was on his horse, it decided to rear up on its hind legs!

He cried out to make his family aware of what was happening, and his mother flew to the rescue! Handling the young horse with confidence and skill, she got her boy to safety. However, the young horse was not through being feisty!

She mounted the horse and as she continued to deal with its attitude, it was clear the horse was not having it and kept trying to nip at her legs.

It was obvious though, that she was used to handling a temperamental horse and was quickly adept at getting the horse to settle down.

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In the background, the boy stood nearby, physically upset at what had just happened… but his aunt who was with them, told him that she was proud of the way he handled the situation. He wanted to know what she meant and she told him that he now holds the title of best cowboy on earth, and that he should be proud and feel very good about how he handled the situation by holding on and not letting the horse get the better of him!

Through his sobs, you could hear him say, “I didn’t know what to do, I just held on for dear life!”

Between you and me, I say kudos to this young aspiring cowboy! I think he did very well in such a scary situation! Lord knows I would have been thrown off and had to change my underwear!

Happy New Years everyone!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

New Years Resolutions…

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With 2022 coming to an end, many people are making new New Years Resolutions! Whether those resolutions are to eat healthier… travel more… spend more time with family… we all have one thing in common… we view the new year as a chance for a fresh start!

I too, have made some resolutions… some of which are to feed my soul spiritually and strengthen my faith in God… to focus more on eating healthier… and to get in some much needed exercise… but I also plan to write more…. and to encourage others… and finally to enjoy this life that God has given me!

So what resolutions do you have for the New Year?

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

See you in the New Year!

~ Sheri

Challenges with Food

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Do you have challenges with food?

I sure do!

I find that since I decided to get back to a healthy eating plan, I am sorely tempted with foods that I should not eat!

Especially sweets!

But how do I avoid those temptations?!?

First, I keep healthy snacks on hand in my pantry…

One person I know keeps healthy snacks in her workplace, purse and even her car!

I also keep ingredients on hand for quick and easy meals…

And although it is a struggle for me to plan a weeks meals ahead, I do try to plan for at least a few days in advance. I find this helps me to know what I will be eating for the next day or two. Plus it gives me options when temptation comes knocking at my door!

So, how do you keep from breaking your healthy eating habits? I would love to hear about them!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

Driving On Sand is Like…

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Here in the south, you will find lots of sand!

Not only is it at the beach, it’s everywhere! Even the roads at the campground are packed sand! Well, almost all of them!

Guess who found the one area of loose sand – and guess who got stuck!

Thankfully, my vehicle comes with 4-wheel drive!

Once I realized I was stuck, I flipped it into 4-wheel drive and followed the same principles as when I’d get stuck in the snow back home!

I kept rocking the vehicle back and forth until I felt one of the wheels had found solid ground and turned into it…

It took a few minutes, but eventually I was able to get my truck out of the loose sand and unto solid road!

My little adventure became the talk of the campground. I even impressed a few people, having been able to get ‘unstuck’ without having to be pulled out!

And it’s not so different after a rain…

The roadway becomes softer… almost like driving on packed snow… you know, after it starts snowing, and the snowplow has yet to clear the roads… sort of like that!

However, there is a big difference! It doesn’t get so cold in the south… at least not yet!

Since having dealt with driving on sand, I have come to realize one thing – I’m thankful for having learned to drive in the snow!

Sand and snow – it’s almost the same thing! Just not so cold!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

We’re Houseless, Not Homeless

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Some people just don’t understand…

Recently, I was talking with someone who was curious about our lifestyle…

It soon became evident that she thought we were homeless and started treating us very differently… as if she were better than us, and also pitying us… she even went as far as to give me a phone number to a local womans shelter!

I was offended!

We are houseless, not homeless!

I work for a living… I have a home… my home just happens to be on wheels!

I simply choose to travel from job to job as openings in campgrounds arise! And, I take all the comforts of home with me wherever I go!

It sure beats staying in hotels everywhere, or staying in the same place all the time!

Yet while I was offended by her words and actions, I did not react as I was feeling!

Our conversation reminded me of how our friends and family reacted when we decided to leave the city to live on a farm!

They didn’t understand our desire to grow and raise our own food!

It’s the same way with our choice to live on the open road!

People just don’t understand our desire to travel!

Not everybody gets it… and that’s okay!

I don’t always understand other peoples choices!

We walk to the beat of a different drum!

It’s what makes us unique and interesting as people!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels

~ Sheri