Pork Sausage Nachos

Using our delicious and healthy pasture pork sausage (Italian or Pork flavor) you can make a quick, simple and delicious gluten-free dinner, even the kids will love.

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1 lb of Jackson Station pastured pork – Italian or regular pork flavored sausage will both work

1 Bag of Organic Tortilla Chips – yellow or blue corn are both good!

1/2 lb of shredded cheese

1-3 cloves of garlic

1/4 of a large red onion

1 bell pepper (optional – your choice of color or type)

1 can of Organic black beans

We like to buy natural and organic, and use local ingredients when possible.

Cook the sausage, using a plastic or metal spatula to crumble as it cooks. Add a splash or two of your choice of beer (I like to drink the rest) to the meat once it’s almost finished cooking. If you use beef or pork from the store, you’ll need to strain off the excess liquid and fat after cooking, but using our meat, you’ll find it’s lean as can be and won’t need to strain.

Next sauté chopped fresh onion and garlic. If you have any green or red peppers, add chopped peppers to the recipe also.

Open a can of black beans and dump into a cereal size bowl. Season with Chili powder, garlic powder, Himalayan or Sea Salt and cumin. Mix well.

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil for easy clean up. Evenly coat the pan with your choice of tortilla chips. Next add the black beans to the chips (if they’re too wet, they’ll make the chips sauggie and you don’t want that!) Then evenly sprinkle the cooked sausage. Next top will sautéed vegetables. Then top with shredded cheese (our local food co-op has great bricks of raw cheddar we can buy and shred ourselves, but you can also use a bag of pre-shredded cheese if you don’t have access to a better option).

Place in oven and bake at 250-300 (depending upon how hot and even your oven cooks) degrees for about 10 min or until cheese is completely melted. I make myself hang out by the oven so I don’t overcook it. Nachos cook quickly so I recommend not walking away.

Serve with a side of sour cream and salsa at the table. We’ve found that we like the flavor, texture and price of Aldi’s brand of Organic Salsa, that comes in Mild or Medium hotness. Like a little extra heat?  Jackson and Abraham love to top theirs with Sriracha sauce.

Pork Sausage and Black Bean Nachos

 

Made with love and glad to share,

Rock.

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6,000 Miles | Crater Lake, Oregon

The campground we stayed at outside of Crater Lake ended up being quite possibly our favorite site on this trip, also reaching our 6,000 mile mark.

Little did we know that the nite we set up was the last nite the grounds would remain open due to the changing weather. Typically, the weather in this area would have been much more harsh than we experienced.

It was foggy, damp and cold, but we were totally blessed by the previous campers supply of firewood left behind, and surprised by the heated bathrooms equipped with showers!

There was also stellar indoor/outdoor fish cleaning station available. Not even having made it to Crater Lake yet, we were in awe of the beauty of the lake and landscape on which these campgrounds sat.

The next day we packed up to go see Crater Lake, the weather began to turn, the campground closed, and as we drove into the park from the Northern Entrance, we found that after that day, the road to go completely around the lake would also be closing for the season.

Just to illustrate the type of weather they experience in this unique part of the globe, I stood on top of the hood of the Land Rover next to a stake to mark the road for the snow plows. The grace involved in the timing of our visit here was amazing.

[box]Crater Lake is remotely located in Oregon, but we think it should be considered one of the wonders of the world. The lake was formed by a collapsing volcano and is over 2,000 feet deep. There is no water source running in or out of the lake, but it remains filled by rain and snowfall, and recycles due to evaporation about every 250 years. The colors of the lake are the most beautiful shades of blue and it’s surrounding landscape is equally as breathtaking.[/box]

 

 

 

 

 

Northern California | The Redwoods

Have you ever seen a giant?

We got to experience The Redwoods, creation’s great giants, still standing and protected today in Northern California. These are the tallest and most massive species of trees on earth. In the mid 1800’s, the redwoods covered over 2 million acres. Due to miners failing to find gold, men turned to harvesting these great trees. Not until 1918 were some of the parks established to protect the remaining trees. Redwood National Park wasn’t created until the late 60’s, and by then almost 90% of the original redwoods had already been logged.

Photos don’t due justice to the awe that they create. Capturing the size of the tress in a picture is nearly impossible. The closest we got to showing the scale of the tree is the photo below with the Land Rover next the the trees. The most recently recorded tallest standing height is 379.1 feet. These redwoods live an average of 500–700 years and a few are documented to be 2,000 years old, making them some of the longest-living organisms on earth!

If you haven’t been to the Coast Redwoods, it’s definitely something you should put on your bucket list. Stand in awe of creation and feel how small we really are.

West Coast | Oregon

Thanks to God’s provisions, we were able to make the trip from Portland, Oregon down the west coast to the Redwoods in Northern California. We were absolutely amazed at the beauty and uniqueness of the west coast landscape. Driving south, to the left of us were mountains and forest with signs reading “Elk Crossing” and to the right of us were cliffs, beaches and salt water with whales and sea-lions.

Oh, and you can’t drive 101 without stopping at a local market restaurant to eat some freshly caught seafood. Yum.

Bowman Lake | Glacier National Park

[box]“like the dogs, we’re just here for entertainment…and companionship.” -Glen[/box]

Everyone out west seems to have a “Rig.” The rigs out west might just be a heavy duty pick up truck or a vehicle they can hitch a trailer to. Countless times, we’ve been getting comments on our rig at stations, campgrounds, and parking lots, with people saying “hey, nice rig you have there!” Our camp-mates at Bowman Lake had a real solid name for their rig, appropriately named by her color, Sangria.

We met Glen, Amy and Walter (the dog) at Many Glacier campground. We saw they had a dog and offered to help out by watching it if they went for a long hike, as dogs are not allowed on trails. Our camping neighbor John tooke Jackson for a long hike to Iceburg Lake. They ended up crossing paths with Glen and Amy on the trail and finished out the hike as a group. I stayed back because of the elevation and watched Walter and Skyler.

We spent one more day in Many Glacier, then drove the Going to the Sun road as far as it was open. The next day we made it to Bowman Lake campground on the west side of the park, and ended up camping across from Glen and Amy! There weren’t many campers here, as it is now considered the off-season, so we had fun “community camping.” We shared meals, dish-duty and campfires for a few days.

The last morning we were there, the wildlife was ready for us to leave. There was a squirrel in a tree above Sangria, purposefully throwing spiked pine cones at Sangria’s windshield. The days before, we had a “friendly fox” lurking about, scouting out our camp and taunting the dogs. We were warned by the Ranger, not to leave anything out because the fox has been known to steal things when you’re not watching. Despite the guard of the two dogs, the fox continued to attempt and enter the camping area unnoticed. One morning we got up to find the fox had stolen the dish-washing brush, carried it a few feet and peed on it.

Name the Rover

Thanks for all your suggestions and participation in the naming of our Land Rover!

We’ve officially named the Land Rover “Ruth.”

We’ve now driven over 5,000 miles on this trip and she’s been running like a machine. She’s been able to take us on terrain that other vehicles wouldn’t be able to go on, provide solid and safe transportation across the county, and provide enough room for the Saint Bernard. Ruth, with her Turbo Diesel engine, has gotten us 25+ miles per gallon on gas, even with all the luggage we’re hauling.

[box]Did you know? The original Land Rover was designed to be an agricultural vehicle, sized to fit 2 bails of hay and 1 sheep. [/box]