Turkey Bacon… Made Bacon-y. Er. đŸ„“

There are a host of reasons one might prefer turkey bacon over the porcine variety: taste, fat, religious beliefs, in my case, pork allergy.

Over the last few years, my family has really taken to turkey bacon. At this point, they actually prefer it.

I DO gussy it up a bit, though.

Here’s how:

Add 2 tbsp butter to a cast iron skillet on medium-high (my fave being a Lodge, which you can pick up easily at Village-Bakery.

That helps crisp it up, and adds a bit of fat back in (assuming fat isn’t what you were avoiding in the first place).

On top of that, those red specks? That’s a few shakes of Smoked Paprika, which I looooove. Nice, smoky flavor, not overwhelming, and a dry alternative to liquid smoke, when needed.

You’re all done, and with a ton less splattery mess to clean, to boot!


Mmmm… Monday: Aldi ‘Ham’ & Beans | Love

I promised recipes. Here’s one that costs about $4.50, and takes 15 minutes, 20 max.:

Pick up one of those turkey hams from Aldi, about 2 lbs, and a whole $2.49. It legit tastes like ham, but isn’t. Which is important when you have a pork allergy like me…


Image Source: http://www.mashupmom.com 

While you’re there, buy a can 2 cans of Canellini or White Navy beans. A can of Garbanzo’s, as well.


Here’s what you do:

Dice up that ham according to how much you’d like in a pot of beans. Freeze the rest. Future dinner. Yay.

Get a skillet out (preferably cast iron, but whatever), add some olive oil, and cook up the ham. Personally, I like it kind of crispy-critters, but that’s your call.

Once that’s done, add all your (rinsed) beans. As well as:
about 3/4c water
tbsp salt
2tsp pepper (black… if you use red like me, a LOT less, like, 1/2 tsp)
tbsp onion powder
tsp garlic powder
1tsp liquid smoke (smoked paprika would also work).

Simmer on stovetop for ~10 mins.

Remove from heat, and hand-mash about half the pan. Stir back together. This gives you that nice thickness of ‘gravy,’ but still texture–especially with those garbanzos! That’s why I use them.

That’s it! Obviously, adjust seasoning to you’re liking.

Some others you might try and see how you like it: paprika, ground mustard, marjoram, allspice, and of course, something mild and green, like spinach, kale, or parsley would work.

Mm-mm-mm Monday: Lemon-y Peas | Love

It’s summer, so I’ve been terribly derelict in my blogging duties. That said, we’re rounding the corner, and I’m excited to get back into a routine (the whole family is). That’s just the way my family thrives.

So, to jump start that “routine” mindset, I’ve decided to present a recipe, along with its source, every Monday. I don’t know about you, but on Monday’s, I need all the nudges, hacks, and breaks I can get.

Sometimes it will be MY recipe, sometimes it will come from elsewhere, but always something I’ve tried.

Who doesn’t love PEAS? Especially when presented alongside this adorable, retro graphic from Good Housekeeping of yore (scroll past the Giant to get to the good one.)?!


Source: Jolly Green Giant Image


Here’s a yummy side dish to serve with a very basic main dish–be it deli sandwiches, on top of a chicken salad, or with a veggie burger:

Side note: this recipe calls for Lemon Vitality oil–and that certainly provide the most flavor per drop–but you could certainly use 2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice concentrate from the store, which I have also done! 

Source: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/when-life-gives-you-lemon/

Safer Than Safe: Thieves and… SCIENCE! | Love & Oils & Humor

If you know me, (and you very well may not) you know two things:

I want our home to be as safe for our kids as possible, by reducing the amount of toxic sludge in and around their little bodies–AND–I don’t peddle bull chips.


The second is so true it’s been a bone of contention at some point in almost all my relationships, if I’m being honest. Turns out, most folks like a little dishonesty buffer in their lives! Who knew? #ThingsImWorkingOn …

So, I’m incredibly stoked to discover that when it comes to Thieves products, there is #TRUTH in advertising. Turns out, the good Lord above DID grant us the ability to clean ourselves and our homes without poison! #Winning #PlantJuice

This lady, Kirsten, (below), has done some incredible sleuthing for the restCheerfullyimperfect.com_-683x1024 of us on her blog site, “Cheerfully Imperfect.”  (And, she IS cheerful; oh, my)!

She goes through it ALL, y’all. The cleaner, the spray, the sanitizer, the laundry detergent, the dish detergent, the soap, the toothpaste, and on and on. Didn’t know there WERE that many Thieves products? Oh, my dear, there are. Check ’em out here.


Take a gander. She truly lays out the safety concerns one might have, thoroughly. Even folks who aren’t “oily” should look into Thieves products. The way these products can create a safe haven in the home–which we all crave–is incredible. #SmellsLikeChristmas


The detox can start right away with a whole Thieves kit. Swapping is easy! Gotta get some Thieves in your life (and crud out)? Give me a holler and/or try it out on your own with this info.