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Charro Beans By Gina

3 cups pinto beans, rinsed

15 cups beef broth

4 slices thick cut bacon

3 garlic cloves, peeled whole

1/2 white onion, halved

1 serrano chile, halved

1/4 tsp oregano

1/8 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp comino

  1. Add all ingredients to a large stock pot
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce to simmer
  4. Cover loosely
  5. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours, or until beans are tender

O the Night

Oh the night your world went black

Not a single soul

To stay the fright

You alone

away from the light

Oh so much pain

Intense dark forces



Dealing for decades

Dark and



Why YOU,  forever a tortured soul???

For you a were a beacon of light

When some were caught in the dark

Was this your calling

To mutter comforting words

To others

Another life gone far too young

Oh my





Gina’s take… Cracker B’s Hash Brown Casserole

Gather your ingredients…

Combine all well. It won’t look too smooth at this point. It’s important to mix the casserole throughly halfway through the baking process.

Bake or refrigerate till morning


  • 1 30oz package hash browns, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of potato soup
  • 8 ounce package grated cheddar blend cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of dried thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  1. In a medium size casserole dish combine all ingredients
  2. Cover dish
  3. Bake casserole for 1 hour, mixing half way through
  4. Take the foil off at the 1 hour mark, bake another 20 minutes uncovered
  5. Take the casserole out of oven and be ready to throughly enjoy this delicious casserole!

In my house this has become a repeated request. I oblige as it is so easy to make and it can be put together day before and baked day of.

* If you’re going to make this ahead remember to take it out of the fridge early or you’ll have to increase the baking time.

Sourdough Bread

I made my 1st sourdough bread today.

It was quite the process overall but worth the effort! Here’s the recipe I used…

Here’s my sourdough sponge. I worked on my starter for about 10 days prior before it was ready to use. It was a somewhat stressful 10 days as I tried to keep with the process and I must admit I was nervous about having a failed starter! The starter peeps were on my side though. As per my read results for my starter… a win!

Chile Roasting 101

It’s my self-declared Chile Roasting Day!

Here’s a how to for you…

Today I’m using Pasilla Chiles, they are a little larger than Anaheim Chiles.

Heat your broiler up.

I set mine to 500

Place your chiles on a lined sheet pan

Place sheet pan about 4-6 inches from the heat source

Set timer for 8-10 minutes

Check the chiles accordingly as your timer goes off

With each check move/flip your chiles around

The idea is to scorch the chiles on all sides

Second side done.

My chiles cooked/roasted in about 20 minutes, 10 minutes per side. Depending on your chile size your roasting might go a lot quicker. When I roast Anaheim chiles they take about half the time.

I like to use brown lunch bags for steaming. Place all your chiles in a bag or two and seal the bags by folding them over a few times near the top

For added steaming lock-in I like to cover and tuck in my bagged chiles with a clean dish towel

Let them steam at least an hour.

Now the are ready to peel and use in the recipe of your choosing.

Have a happy day all. Take care, do what you can to stay safe. g.

As I Lay

As I lay

I am enveloped

The sun

A Comforting warmth

From the ancestors

Tis not the 1st time

But this time

Is it a summons?

A what’s to come

I do not know

But I do so welcome

This loving embrace


Swedish-like Meatballs & Gravy

This recipe is a real winner in my book, so delish.

Make it ASAP and then you can thank me later. 😉 Lol

I served them over mashed potatoes.

Here is the link

I used ground turkey for the meatballs and cut back on the salt by 1/4 teaspoon. The only other thing I did different was to add an additional cup of water for the gravy.

Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.


Stay safe and well friends. ❤️ g.

Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato and Corn Salad

I love this salad, it’s so refreshing. It makes a great side dish or you can eat it alone with crackers or even in a warm corn tortilla.


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 to 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/8 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Pinch of oregano


  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Test for seasoning
  3. Chill
  4. Serve

This is great made ahead and chilled. If you’re going this route don’t add the avocado until ready to serve.