Easy Rice Pudding recipe
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Easy Rice Pudding Recipe

I can remember my mother making rice pudding when I was a little girl. Hers involved a bunch of time and a double boiler, and I’m entirely too impatient for that. I took a few recipes and married them together to make my own twist on rice pudding. This one follows my food rules and tastes amazing.  This is great comfort food, or an amazing dessert for entertaining.  Let me know what you think.

Easy Rice Pudding Recipe
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Easy Rice Pudding Recipe


  • 3 C white rice, cooked (I make extra whenever I make rice, just so I can make pudding)
  • 3 C milk (1% works here, so does soy or almond milk - you dont need whole milk for this)
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp good vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided


  1. In a medium sized saucepan with a lid, combine cooked rice, milk, white & brown sugar and butter.
  2. Cook at a low simmer for 20-25 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and 1 tsp of cinnamon mix well, but gently
  4. Pour into a serving dish that can go in the fridge and sprinkle the second teaspoon of cinnamon on top as a garnish.

Budget Friendly, For the Freezer, Recipes

Easy Pueblo Green Chile Recipe

I am a Green Chile connoisseur.  I’m picky about my green chile – it needs chunks of meat, not ground up mushy stuff – I’m talking chunks of browned off pork, pieces of chiles, tomatoes….the works….

I love making this with ingredients from my Bountiful Basket – this is a great fruit and veggie co-op that serves MANY states – check it out and see if it’s in your area.  I get about $60-$80 worth of vegetables every other week for about $18 give or take.  Sometimes I order extras!

I have married and tweaked a few recipes to make one my own, and this is a much-requested recipe in my house…in fact there’s a batch bubbling on my stove right now.  This is a great recipe, and can be canned – if you use a pressure cooker and know what you’re doing.  You can definitely freeze it also – this would be a great huge batch project!

This stuff is great in a bowl with a spoon, on eggs or burritos, or in a great casserole that needs some good Green Chile to make it great.  You can also serve it on Indian Fry Bread – I really love having it this way, it’s a very nice way to get full without a lot of investment! Give it a try, and like all recipes, make your mark and tell me what you changed!

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Pan Fried Pork Chops
Budget Friendly, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Pan Fried Pork Chops – Fast & Yummy

I love pork chops.  On of my earliest remembrances of food include thin cut pork chops fried on the stove top by my mother for a fast week-night meal.  Thin cut, because they were cheap at the time, and 2 thin pork chops made a great meal for the two of us with a vegetable and a baked potato.  Very inexpensive and filling.  We were pretty poor when I was a kid, but we ate well, so it was really not that big of a deal in my distant memory.

Last night I had 5 pork chops, not a lot of time, and not a lot of energy to make something fabulous.  I got out the Crisco and a cast Iron skillet, and dinner was ready in less than 20 minutes.  I paired them with leftover potatoes and a green salad, super fast, really easy.

No – pan fried pork chops in Crisco are not healthy – but they are comforting, and honestly – I don’t EVER remember making chops this way for my family – not in the last 17 years – so once a decade is probably okay.

Lets talk about Crisco while we’re on the topic of unhealthy.  If you’re frying – do it right – use Crisco.   Minnie wasn’t joking in “The Help” when she said Crisco was amazing 🙂

So here’s my recipe for quick pan-fried pork chops.  They’re easy, really tasty, could be addicting, so use this recipe in moderation 🙂

Pan Fried Pork Chops
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Pan Fried Pork Chops


  • 4-5 3/4" or thinner pork chops
  • 1/4 Cup Crisco
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a deep cast-iron skillet on medium-high, melt the Crisco until a drop of water makes the oil pop
  2. salt & pepper your pork chops on one side and place seasoned side down in the Crisco
  3. salt & pepper the other side while it faces up
  4. Cook approximately 7-10 minutes on each side until they're golden brown and cooked through. Pork should be 160 deg on your meat thermometer.
  5. Pull out of the Crisco and drain on a paper towel before serving
  6. Enjoy. 🙂

Spiced Chai Tea Mix Recipe
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Spiced Chai Tea Mix Recipe

My daughter and I fell in love with iced chai at a little coffee shop in Jackson Hole.  I cannot remember the name, but it was just opening, right off the town square, and the guys there were really nice and very happy to give advice on places to heat, etc.  Their recommendation of Snake River Brewing Co. for dinner was spot on.  If anyone knows the name, let me know and I’ll publish a link!

I tried a few different recipes but finally found one for a mix that tastes spot on.  Believe it or not, it tastes a lot like true chai, but is made with instant tea.  The ingredients are easily found, but not necessarily cheap.  The taste is great and the recipe makes a TON of chai.

Spiced Chai Tea Recipe

The recipe is really easy.  The original version i modified included the instructions to blend the dry mix in a blender to make it extra fine.  I don’t find this necessary, the mix is just fine the way it is.  Here’s my recipe, let me know what you think!

Spiced Chai Tea Mix Recipe
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Spiced Chai Tea Mix Recipe


  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 cup French Vanilla powdered coffee creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg or about 20 grates of whole nutmeg


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or canister. Mix very well and store in a cool dry place.
  2. Put 3 Tbsp of mix into a cup of boiling water.
  3. If you'd like iced Chai, I recommend mixing in hot water, then shaking it over ice. The mix doesn't dissolve nicely in cold water.


Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe
Budget Friendly, Holidays, Odds & Ends, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Leftover Turkey Chili

I’m always on the lookout for leftover recipes.  This turkey chili recipe uses holiday leftovers, but you could easily use leftover chicken, like a rotisserie chicken.  It uses canned beans, you could use dried very easily and have no problem at all.  I recommend the white dried great northern beans.  They’re easy to deal with and don’t require overnight soaking.

I served mine with cornbread, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.  We like cheese in any sort of chili!

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K Cups for Constant Comment
Budget Friendly, Homemade Not Storebought

Constant Comment Tea in a Keurig – Problem Solved!

I just got the family an early Christmas present – A Keurig Brewer. We have a coffee pot, but we also have a tea kettle, and espresso maker, and various other beverage detritus laying around my kitchen.  We also have to solve the caffeine problem in the evenings.  Todd drinks caffeinated coffee at night – and i don’t do caffeine after lunch – so we always had a “who made the coffee” conflict after dinner.

Keurig seems to solve this because we can each have what we want, including the kids’ hot cocoa, etc. I really like the machine, it’s actually the Mr. Coffee brand, but my research showed me that Keurig made it, so same diff.

My one issue – no Constant Comment K-Cups. No such thing….I was sad. Then I put my thinking hat on and solved the problem.

K Cups for Constant CommentYou can buy a refillable K-cup for your machine, I bought one called the Eko-Brew. This makes less waste and I can make 1 cup of our regular coffee if I need it, meaning I don’t have to buy K-cups for regular coffee.

I can also brew tea with the Eko-Brew – using loose leaf tea, or tea bags. I just stuff 1 or 2 tea bags in the Eko-Brew, put it in the Keurig, and way it goes. I will say, 1 bag is pretty weak tea. 2 bags is good – and you can make 2 cups with one set of 2 tea bags, so it works well and there really isn’t any waste with using 2 bags.  I tried doing this by cutting the tea bags open, and then leaving them intact.  I found it wasn’t necessary to cut the bags open and dump the tea in the Eko-Brew.  I just stuffed them in there in the bag.  I did cut the strings off.

 K Cups for Constant Comment

So there it is – problem solved – Constant Comment K-Cups.