Ruth’s new parking spot 4.0

After lots of adventures all across the country, Ruth (our Land Rover Defender) is glad to be back in Leelanau County. But she’ll be even happier when she’s in good working order again and can get back on the road, cruising along M-22 and the many scenic seasonal roads she loves in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore.

She’s been tucked into the pine trees since our return to Northern Michigan, at Coastal Storage in Cedar, MI. It seems lately our whole life is here at Coastal Storage. We have most of our belongings tucked away into two units, plus Madre and I also have been renting temporary studio space in the loft upstairs over the garage. Although our living situation has become quite transient, our businesses are thriving and we needed a reliable place to go get work done, no matter where we lay our heads at night. We’ve been more than pleased with studio work accommodations and are sad to see that coming to an end.

While working here, I often think that there could be a reality TV series based out of this storage unit property. Scotty, the owner and his dog Prince are friendly and welcoming – chatting with those who come through. You never know who you might run into here. From trust fund brats, famous actors who have a vacation home here, to retired GM execs with a place in the Hall of Fame.

Down in the garage below, Scotty is always putzing with a vehicle, whether it be his mother’s golf cart, his son’s tractor, one of his sports cars, or a “project” that a buddy has dropped off. After Jackson had a recent conversation with him, Scotty offered to take a look at the Rover and pull her into the garage.

“Any vehicle lucky enough to enter this garage always comes out better than it entered…”

Meanwhile, we’re still looking for temporary housing and long-term property, and now new studio space. Let us know if you know of anything!

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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.

Ingredientscooking pork sausage - New Belgium Snow Day beer

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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