Save Your Money | Make Your Own Food | Apple Butter

Homemade apple butter, save money and make your own!

So…

The other day I was given 5 pounds of red apples–which I do not eat.

LadyG is a Golden Delicious type of girl!

But I digress.

Anyway, ever the gracious Southern woman, I did not decline the gift… I kindly offered thanks for the apples while simultaneously wondering what in hell’s bells I could possibly do with these things.

Then it hit me!

I could make applesauce!

So, I shared this wonderfully inspired idea with LadyJ, my daughter and full-time shenanigans partner.

Well, Lady J, with her sardonic personality and mannerisms (Think Daria, the 90’s cartoon character) immediately gasped with fright!

Yeah, she killed my vibe–instantaneously!

So, I thought a bit more about my options; I mean, I didn’t want to see the apples go bad and there was no way that I’d trash them.

Then, my mind began to pitch a few ideas…

What about apple pie?

Oh, hell no, I thought.

Who wants to do all that?

Seriously, the chemistry of it all made that a no go.

Then…

EUREKA!

Old memories took hold and caused me to yell out loud…

Apple butter!

That’s it!

I decided to make apple butter…whether LadyJ liked it or not!

I ain’t scared of her!

And so…

I knocked on LadyJ’s bedroom door and told her that we were going to make apple butter, and, surprisingly enough, she was good with it!

Between you and me, I didn’t give a damn if she was or wasn’t good with it, we were making this freaking apple butter if it KILLED ME!

That’s right, following the dictates of Napoleon Hill, I had developed a “definite chief aim” to make apple butter.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know nuthin’ bout makin’ no apple butter.

My mother never served it.

In fact, I never knew it existed until I met my son’s father–his folks ate it all the time.

Hell, when I first saw it, I thought it was apples mixed with butter in a jar.

Clearly, your girl was clueless!

Anyway, my son’s grandmother educated me on apple butter and encouraged me to try it.

It tasted okay for something store-bought.

Now, let me just add that my son’s father’s family could throw down in the kitchen, but I guess none of them could be bothered with making apple butter homemade–it was much too time consuming.

Enter the instant pot!

Thank God for technological advancements!

Thirty years later and I now have a tool that makes that gig a helluva lot easier!

It still takes time, but not nearly as much as it would doing it on a regular stove–or even worse, a kettle of some sort!

Perish the thought!

Anyway, below, is a video that shows a bit of our apple butter making journey.

If you want the recipe, comment below.

I am on a serious journey to learn how to cook things that I usually buy at the store. That said, food storage and preservation are a priority for me.

If you are interested in tracking your food storage projects, I created a little log for myself that I decided others might want as well.

You can purchase on amazon.

Video time: >2 mins.

Save Your Money By Making Your Own Food: Homemade Guacamole With Steak Fries

LadyG’s homemade guacamole with steak fries

Save your money!

Today’s dish, guacamole and steak fries, is great served as a snack, lunch or even a light dinner.  

Why buy it at a restaurant when you can save your money by making it yourself for pennies on the dollar.

For those who are interested, it is vegan, but, as long as there is avocado, oil and potatoes involved, there’s no honest way to call it low calorie.  

I will, however, say that it is healthy as it was prepared from fresh whole foods.  

The only thing that appears not to be fresh is the pickled jalapenos, but if you’ve been following me, you know that I prepared those myself just last week.  

By the way, they were a hit!

Anyway, as you might have guessed, I cook intuitively– as did my mother; so, there is no recipe for the dishes that I share.

I simply combine the meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and starches that I enjoy– then season them to my liking.

But to be fair, I do consult with recipes on timing or temperature for something that I’ve never cooked before.  I also tend to follow baking recipes rather strictly because–er, um–chemistry, but that’s about it as far I go with recipes.

And so,

I hope you enjoy today’s video and please remember to like, share and subscribe to the blog and to my Youtube channel.

Enjoy the video,

LadyG

Real Good Food: Cook The Food You Like

LadyG cooks PHO

There’s no reason you shouldn’t cook the food you like.

Why would you wait until you can get to a certain restaurant or order take out?

I say poo poo to that!

Go ahead and cook the food you like for pennies on the dollar!

Hey, and If you can, you should also start growing the food you like.

Surely last year has proven that you cannot always rely on being able to access the foods that you enjoy; so get into the habit of growing your own food–that way you’ll have your favorites right there in your own backyard!

In today’s video, I am cooking homemade pho, a Vietnamese dish, with ingredients that I have on hand.

Thanks to my garden, I’ll have more fresh vegetables to add to it next time–I am especially excited about adding my own home grown basil next time.

Cooking Tips, Garden Talk, Juicing Complaints and Spiritual Guidance In Less Than Three Minutes

LadyG’s famous collard greens with ham

Today, I am in a random mood so I decided to cull together a few cooking tips along with some pictures from my garden and a quick talk about spirit.

Peep below to get the goods!

Be warned, there’s a bit of salty talk (cussing) in this video. So if you have delicate ears or you are under a certain age–chile, please move on and know that LadyG loves you anyway.

And now…

Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Meal Prep with LadyG

This NOT my table! LOL!

Today, I’m bringing you guys along with me in the kitchen while I prepare for Thanksgiving dinner.

In this video, you’ll watch me prep my cornbread for the dressing.

Sorry, there’s no “stuffing” in this Georgia kitchen.

LOL!

Check out the video to see what else I’m doing.

Comment below if you have any questions.

I may upload a follow-up video to show next steps–we shall see.

Enjoy!

Real Good Food: The Way to a Man’s Heart?

Beef short Ribs
Braised Short Ribs with Yellow Rice, French Cut Green Beans and Sliced Tomatoes

 

The trademark orange bowl!

LadyG is cooking again!

YAAASSSS!

Anyway…

Today, let us consider the old adage:

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Hmm….

Well… I don’t know if it’s true in every case, but it sure did work for me and Mama.

Just kidding!

But not really…

No, seriously folks, while the quote points to the way to a man’s heart, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee arrival–not to mention–a permanent stay.

Am I rambling?

Probably.

 

Maybe this whole thing is a non-issue…

An old wives tale…

Low level philosophical nonsense!

Pseudo-intellectual fodder…

But…maybe there’s some truth to it…

Or…maybe not.

Alas…

The debate continues 🙂

Have a wonderful week my friends!

Love and light to you all!

LadyG😘

What do you think ladies and gentlemen? Feel free to comment below!

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Real Good Food: Sunday Comfort!

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Sunday Comfort: Homemade Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes/gravy, English Peas and Vegetable medley

Yep! Lady G’s been up since 7:00am EST!

Cooking in the kitchen!

It’s about sunday comfort!

Oh yeah, Daddy is here to help Lady J and I with the garden project that I blogged about last week!

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are his favorite…sooo…

Voilà!

But ya know what?

It’s raining cats and dogs here in Georgia and Lady J says it’s not supposed to stop until next Sunday!

Curses!

That’s not what I wanted to hear!

Let’s just pray that she’s giving me 11-year-old hyperbole!

LOL!

Stay tuned!

By the way, here’s a picture of Daddy during his days in the United States Air Force-circa 1965.

Daddy US AirForce

Daddy spent a whole bunch of time in Germany!

Hence the word “Germany” tacked up on his Military Police Beret.

If you’ve been following this blog, you probably already know that I’ve always wanted to go there.

My son says that when I’m about 90 years old he plans to sit me on his future back-porch, point to a bunch of trees and say, “Hey mama! Look at all that Germany back there! ”

He swears I won’t know the difference! LOL!!

Kids!

Anywhats….Have a great week my friends.  I promise to keep you posted about the garden:)

Love, light and Sunday comfort to you!

LadyG

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PS:  Ron Brown! I’m saving yet another plate for you Cuz! 💞

Real Good Food: “Melted Mozzarella Clumps…”

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Stuffed Green Peppers topped with Mozzarella Cheese

Right after I posted this picture on Instagram, my brother, Tack, commented, “Looks like melted mozzarella clumps on top of whatever is underneath, LOL!”

Like that’s a bad thing.

I say bring on the cheese-albeit with a touch of hesitancy.

You see, milk products don’t seem to like me very much anymore.

But I’m taking my time with the break-up 😔

As for the stuffed green peppers, or “bell peppers” as we call them down South, I simply browned up some ground beef, added tomato sauce, seasonings, a smidgen of sugar then double-crammed that beefy goodness into four verdant par-boiled vegetable containers.

As you can see, I topped each pepper with a rather thin slice of mozzarella (I added a bit of grated parmesan prior to that).

So there little bro!

Clumps of mozzarella?

The nerve of that dude!

Anyway, here is a before and after:

 

Oh yeah, I had two extra slices of “mozz” so it turns out that I used 6 slices but who are you to judge me?

Whatevs!

This little “Fun with Mozzarella” endeavor started with the crab stuffed mushrooms from last week, and continued on with the peppers before concluding with the Portabella Mushroom Pizzas pictured below.

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Ah…but all cheesy things must eventually come to an end so I decided to go to an old standby–Baked Chicken Florentine.

YAAASSS!

This sistah ain’t NEVER been to Florence, or any other part of Italy for that matter, but that didn’t stop me from piling spinach on top of some chicken and calling it Florentine!

LOL!

Florence, Georgia!  Wherever that is!

Much respect and love to my Italian followers 💋

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Behold

 

 

What do you think about the peppers and pizza?  Too much cheese?  No pun intended! LOL!

Much love and light to you all

Lady G😘💋

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Real Good Food: Pan Seared Chops

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Pan Seared Pork Chops

 

Yessir!

Can you get with these?

Pan seared pork chops seasoned with oregano, crushed red peppers and salt.

No words spoken!

Just a whole lot of lip smacking and finger licking!

All pretense aside!

At my house, when something tastes good, you’ll know it because we all become completely silent—well, with the exception of the aforementioned lip smacking and finger licking.

So, here’s how it went down:

So that was that!

Oh, by the way, one of my dear followers had the audacity to send Lady G this mess as a submission for “Real Good Food”:

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The culprit’s first name starts with ‘D’ and rhymes with ‘arryl’

Say what??????

But, Lady G shall disregard it!  LOL 😂

Which meal looks better?

You tell me!

Holler at me in comments.

 

Have a fantastic week 🙂

Love and light Lady G 😘💋