sausage egg rolls with orange soy sauce sesame oil dipping sauce

sausage egg rolls with orange soy sauce sesame oil dipping sauce

  First of all, before we get started on the sausage egg roll, and orange Asian dipping sauce ...

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3 bean chocolate chili inspired by Paula Deen ya'll

3 bean chocolate chili inspired by Paula Deen ya'll

Well, FINALLY, the holidays are out of the way and hopefully I can get back to something re...

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The cutest easiest christmas ornament to make with young kids

The cutest easiest christmas ornament to make with young kids

If you are like me you have taken advantage of the great deals you can get online with coupon c...

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Another soap box sermon about being thankful

Another soap box sermon about being thankful

The holiday season has had me busy with T-shirt and decal orders and I haven't posted in some ...

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sausage egg rolls with orange soy sauce sesame oil dipping sauce



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  First of all, before we get started on the sausage egg roll, and orange Asian dipping sauce recipes I want to say that I loooove these little dishes.. The the white dish was given to me by a friend, who is always so encouraging, and tries to stay upbeat even in the darkest of times. Bless her heart, her family just recently lost their home to a fire and even with losing her home to a fire only 10 days before Christmas, she has still managed to make me smile every day.  I hope that if I am ever faced with a situation like the one she has been in that I can maintain even half as much of a positive attitude as she has been able too. That said, the second dish is the little cup with the orange sauce, is actually a measuring cup from an adorable little set of measuring cups my daughter picked up at Ross'. This cup is the 1/4 cup measuring cup the other 3 cups are different colors but look exactly like coffee cups.. Isn't it the cutest? I searched for a link I could share to either piece and was unable to find anything but if I do I will be sure to post it because everyone needs these dishes.

Now.. let's talk sausage egg rolls, and home made orange dipping sauce. I had just quit cooking for a while. My son had 2 jobs and wasn't getting home until midnight every night so he would have already eaten by the time he got here, my daughter working night would usually grab something on her break and not be hungry when she got home, my 14 year old son was perfectly happy to eat MC Donald's or hot pockets every night, and had a habit of coming into the kitchen to microwave something WHILE I was cooking supper and then not be hungry when food was ready, and hubby just pisses me off.. So there really hasn't been anyone here to appreciate my efforts, so I stopped. Well.. Deer season is over so son is not skinning deer every night any more, and the others gained a new appreciation for what Mom was no longer doing for them, so I am no longer on strike and back in the kitchen, and the sausage egg rolls and orange dipping sauce were a success.

I call meals like we had tonight, "appetizer night" I cooked several appetizer type foods and filled their plates with them, and no complaints, in fact I even got compliments. But this sausage egg roll, with orange Asian dipping sauce was the star of the show with the grown folks...

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The entire menu was this.. I made the Hormel chili, Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta slow cooker dip over tortilla shells, I did the sausage and cabbage egg rolls, with the orange dipping sauce, and I did pepperoni and cheese egg rolls with marinara sauce for dipping. Something for every taste bud in the house, and being a home full of carnivores there was no lack of meat in the menu.

I wish I had gotten pictures of the pizza egg rolls and dip but I didn't. I wasn't even planning to mention them but here I am mentioning them. So let me just lay it out there as simply as I can...


Pepperoni pizza egg rolls

  • 4 or 5 pepperoni per egg roll
  • approx 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese per egg roll
  • dash of basil per egg roll

roll up and fry until golden brown and serve with spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce for dipping


Cheesy Chili tomato slow cooker dip


  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes, 
  • 3/4 block Velveeta cheese, 
  • 1 can Hormel chili, 

put all in crock pot and simmer until ingredients are melted together.. serve over Frito's, Doritos, tortilla chips, over baked potatoes, over french fries, over tater tots, or any other way you can think of.. The sky is the limit on this one...

  As for the pizza egg rolls, my 4 year old granddaughter came to me today and she said, "I like your food, and I want more, but its all gone." Bless her heart if I had had the ingredients to make a second batch I would have just for her. I think this is very similar to pizza rolls, minus the sauce, but I offered sauce for dipping,and satisfied the 4 year old in the process because she just likes her pizza plain. When we order takeout pizza we have to order a special pizza for her and me) no sauce extra cheese cuz we just aren't into sauce.

I guess by now, you are wondering why I'm rambling on about all these things you didn't come here for instead of getting down to business... Well.. OK.. OK.. Let me get to the reason you came here.. Those yummy sausage egg rolls with that Delicious orange dipping sauce.

I was worried that using just sausage in my egg rolls might make it a little breakfasty, and I didn't want that.. I toyed with the idea of mixing my jimmy dean mild sausage with ground pork to cut the sausage flavor, but I ended up not doing that and am pleased with the results. When I added the onion powder, the cabbage mixture, the chopped garlic, and the salt pepper and sesame oil it really didn't leave much of a breakfasty sausage flavor to the egg roll. It was just yummy good goodness. In fact I got very little "sausage flavor" to the egg roll at all.

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I cooked my filling the night before and then put it into a colander inside a bowl over night wrapped in tin foil in the fridge. I'm a cat napper so I was up several times in the night and stirred it around and this gave it both time to cool, and time for any access liquid to drain out of it. So if possible I would recommend cooking your mixture over night and storing in the way until time to cook.

So, here is the sausage and cabbage egg roll recipe.. read on for the orange sauce recipe..

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Jimmy Dean mild sausage egg roll recipe


1 tube Jimmy Dean tube sausage fully cooked
2 packages dole coleslaw mix
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (I use the pre-chopped stuff in a jar)
1 handful ( approx. 1/8 or 1/4 cup) very finely chopped white onion
salt and pepper to taste (I used Hawaiian black salt cuz my Hannah bought it for me for Christmas but you can use whatever salt you have on hand)

add your ground sausage, onion, and garlic and cook until sausage is browned. add 2 packages of coleslaw mix and and all other ingredients and stir frequently for 1 to 2 minutes. Cut off heat and allow to cool in cooking pot. When cooking pot has completely cooled remove mixture to colander and place colander in a bowl large enough to allow for drainage and place covered in fridge for at least 2 hours.. over night is best. roll up and deep fry in approx 3-4 inches oil until golden brown.. server with dipping sauce of you choice or recipe that follows this one..

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Orange Asian dipping sauce


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame seed
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1/3 tsp more or less to taste red pepper flakes
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp ginger powder

add all ingredients to pot simmer until mixture bubbles and orange marmalade is completely melted, then cut off heat and allow to cool 15 minutes before replacing to storage container and refrigerating over night.

The orange Asian sauce was a hit, I caught hubby not only dipping but trying to pour the sauce into the egg roll so.. that's a good sign ya'll, and I served him two each of the pepperoni pizza egg rolls and the sausage and cabbage egg rolls and he went back for a third on the sausage egg rolls, with the sauce. I won dinner tonight friends..

As I have said before I think egg rolls are an awesome vessel for anything you want to put in them, much like tortilla wrappers, and when I told my friend what I planned to cook, she had a brilliant idea for breakfast egg rolls that I plan to try so look for that recipe here soon.. Sausage and egg and cheese egg rolls. How yummy does that sound?
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What do you put in your egg rolls? Would love to hear all about it in comments..











3 bean chocolate chili inspired by Paula Deen ya'll



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Well, FINALLY, the holidays are out of the way and hopefully I can get back to something resembling normal life.. I get the holiday funk, Im not much of a people person, and the holidays require way too much peopling for me. Brings up bad feelings, dealing with annoying family members, it's just not the most wonderful time of the year for me.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad, I guess more mentally exhausting than anything. But it's over and here I am ready to share a new recipe with you guys.

This one is adapted from a Paula Deen recipe for chocolate chili. Mine isn't exactly like hers, but it was inspired by Paula Deen. But I always consider a recipe more like a suggestion list not an instruction manual anyway. 

Thanks for the suggestion Paula, this one is a keeper.

The family liked it, the whole pot was eaten and it was a huge pot. 


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My normal chili recipe is more tomato-y, I used canned diced tomatoes and it usually has lots of yummy chunks of tomato. But I didn't want that this time, which is what sent me searching chili recipes for inspiration. That's when I found Paula Deen's chocolate chili recipe.. I love Paula Deen, she is a Southern girl like me. Infact Savannah is only a short drive from me. We are practically neighbors.. So I was sold. Chocolate Chili it would be tonight. 

So I got to googling Chocolate chili, and was surprised at the number of chocolate chili recipes there are. So after reading some of them and looking at tons of images of these different chocolate chili recipes. I sat out to create my own version, not really sure how well chocolate was going to lend itself to a tomato based dish with pepper.. But i remember seeing these fancy chocolate candy bars sold in a shop once that were chocolate and chili peppers, and, well, Paula Deen ya'll..

Like I mentioned.. I didn't want a chili with chunks of tomato today, today I wanted something rich and thick and for lack of a better word I guess I'd call it masculine. There is nothing dainty and feminine about the flavor in this chili. I don't really know if that is right either.. Let me try again. If I had to liken this chili to something. Id liken it to a warm summer afternoon on the end of a lake dock fishing and sipping a beer as the sun goes down.. Yes ya'll its that good.

Here is the recipe...

3 bean Chocolate Chili


1lb ground beef
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can rotel tomatoes with green chilis
1 can red kidney beans with juice
1 can black beans with juice
2 cans chili beans with juice
2 ounces semisweet bakers chocolate broken into squares
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup brewed black coffee 
1/3 cup chicken or beef stock
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped
2 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp (or to taste) cinnamon
pinch of cayenne pepper
a small pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp cumin
pink Himalayan salt to taste

add ground beef, chopped garlic, and chopped onions, to cast iron skillet and cook over medium heat until beef is browned then drain

add beef mixture and all other ingredients to large pot and simmer over medium low heat stirring frequently for at least 30 minutes before serving.

serve with chives, cheese, and sour cream


*** Recipe notes ***

  • I love chili because it is such a versatile recipe. You can cook chili 7 days week and have a different dish every single time.
  • You can change the meat, the seasoning, the type of peppers, the beans, you can add cheese, or.. well.. the sky is the limit. Here are some things you could do different than what I did..
  • This recipe would work with ground chicken, turkey, pork, a mixture of any of the above, or with stew beef meat
  • If you want a thicker chili you could substitute any of the beans above with a can of refried beans, or add them in addition to the ones listed
  • if you like a spicier chili you could add jalapeno peppers or any other pepper you like
  • This chili would be great served over Fritos, or tortilla chips, or even baked potatoes and served with cheese and sour cream and chives
  • canned pumpkin is also a great addition to any chili recipe as a thickener and adds great, not weird flavor to your chili.
  • cocoa powder can be used in place of bakers chocolate squares, use 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • leftover chili goes great on hotdogs, burger, fries, baked potatoes, nachos, pour cornbread mix over the top and cover in cheese for chili pie, add rice and corn and roll up in a burrito with cheese, top with mashed potatoes and cheese for a shepherds pie, put egg roll wrappers in muffin tin, fill with chili and cheese for chili cups, I could go on and on...
  • Pink himalayan salt can be substituted for another type of salt to taste if you'd like


you may want to omit the cinnamon, or cut the amount. The trick here is you don't want to over power your chili with a cinnamon taste you want just the tiniest hint of cinnamon flavor, that makes warms the palette and leave them guessing what was that flavor. It's like the secret ingredient. I have also used nutmeg in place of the cinnamon with great results.

Chili is one of the things I tend to toy with often so check back for more chili recipes and tips in the future.

If you try this recipe let me know what you think, if you have a great chili recipe share it in comments.. Id love to hear from you guys...



The cutest easiest christmas ornament to make with young kids



If you are like me you have taken advantage of the great deals you can get online with coupon codes, and the honey app, and you probably find yourself with some cardboard boxes in full supply this season. Even if you haven't ordered online cardboard is a surplus situation in daily life, when you empty those cereal boxes, and cracker boxes, or whatever else everything comes with some cardboard doesn't it? 
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I am a big fan of recycling what I can, and I love crafting with the grandbaby. She is going to be 4 in January so she can do a few different things, and this craft idea was perfect in so many ways. It helped us decorate our tree, and the ornaments we made together I think makes it even more special. It recycled those cardboard boxes, and it gave us an outlet for those scraps of wrapping paper you really don't know what to do with, except throw away. 

The only thing we actually spent money on for this craft was some raffia, but I had that on hand from another project so even that was a non-expense as pertains to this craft project.

Everything we used was on hand, and most was recycled.

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Here is our supply list
  1. cardboard squares
  2. scraps of wrapping paper
  3. baling twine from a hay bale bought for the chickens
  4. tape that was actually bought for wrapping gifts
  5. and raffia that was bought for a different project


This project is versatile.. I had some amazon boxes that packages have been shipped to me in, but this could be done just as easily with recycled cards, cereal boxes, eggo boxes, whatever you have on hand. Instead of the rafia, you could use ribbon from gifts, minature christmas bows, crochet yarn, or whatever you have around.. You could even curl ribbons from a sales paper if you wanted.. In place of bailing twice which we used for hainging the ornaments, you could use sewing thread, crochet yarn, ribbon, Heck if you want to you can draw your own wrapping paper if no scrap paper is available..

This was the perfect craft to do with the almost 4 year old grandbaby, she was big enough to tear the tape from the dispenser and stick it on the wrapping paper when i folded it, and big enough to cut the ends on the raffia after I tied the bows.

This craft was quick and kept her engaged, it wasn't something where she had to wait a long time for her part of the craft.. I cut the squares of cardboard, and the wrapping paper to the size we needed before hand and so she was fully engaged the whole time.

When we were all done she got to hang them on the tree, and she is very proud of the ornaments she made. I think we will go on a nature walk today too and see waht else we can find to make our tree magnificent with.. Tomorrow I think we will be breaking out the glitter and glue.. Fun Fun Fun....






Another soap box sermon about being thankful



The holiday season has had me busy with T-shirt and decal orders and I haven't posted in some time now. But today I want to just say...


I hope you all take a look at the bigger picture this holiday season.. Don't be sad cuz you can't buy that high dollar gift, don't have that perfect life.. I have a friend who just lot her house and everything she had in a house fire just 10 days before Christmas, and a girl my kids grew up with and went to school with just lost her life to a drug overdose and her family will be spending their first Christmas without her. Children are supposed to bury parents not the other way around.. I have an aunt who is battling cancer and coming to terms with the fact that this could be her very last Christmas with her children and grandchildren, and her still living mother coming to terms with the fact that she too may be burying a child which is something a parent shouldn't ever have to ever do..
These are REAL problems.. These folks are thankful for what they have left, each other, one more day, one more hour, one more memory. So those of you angry cuz you can't afford that one more gift, you dont make enough money, you dont have enough time, You really should be be thankful for what God has given you.. not angry for what you don't have because God could so easily take away the blessings in your life in an instant. God is a parent, and like any other parent.. If you dont act right he might take your toys.. So act right... Not saying that is the case with the people suffering loss, butjust saying everything good in your life could be stripped away in a moments time... GIVE THANKS!!!!



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