Recipes from my Kitchen

Seasoning and Freezing Yer Beans 

Hello All! 

I’m so glad to finally be back blogging! I’m so sorry it takes me forever to post! Between completing hours for my degree and home making, things get busy! 

So I bought a whole bag of fresh, dried black beans at a local grown and organic grocery store in Orlando called Freshfields! I love that place! ❤️ The bag was a little over 3 pounds of dried beans! I bought this naively thinking it wouldn’t take long to cook dried beans it’s gotta be similar to rice right? False! Big false! 

After researching several other blogs on the subject I found out it’s a near all day process! But it’s very important to my husband I that we try our best to eat as organic as possible! By that I mean making our own food. So by making these beans and seasoning them myself I avoid preservation chemicals and copious amounts of sodium! Not really complaining on that though! 

So when you begin you want to soak the beans overnight in cold water. Or soak them for at least 10-12 hours. They soak up a lot of water and it starts to clean the outside of the beans as well. 

You’ll want to add enough water to cover at least 1-2 inches above the bean line because they do soak up a lot of water. However, I think I might have added a little more water than I was supposed to, but it didn’t damage the beans. 

After the long soak…you wanna add them to a big flat bottomed pot, this could be a Dutch-Oven or a pot like this. Turn the burner on high and add the beans, cover with water enough to be above the bean line, add in a quartered medium size yellow onion, 2 cloves of garlic (I used garlic paste–I don’t know how well this will be after the fact), and two bay leaves. 

Let it boil for a sweet minute because it’s a big pot completely full of beans. This will take about 15-20 minutes. 

As you can see during the boiling process there’s foam that starts to come to the top. Just scrape it off as it comes up. You can leave the beans uncovered and after boiling for about 20 minutes turn the burner to a low setting and let them simmer for about an hour. Then check periodically until they are done and a little soft, but not mushy like retried beans. I cooked them for two hours on a low setting and the last hour I put a lid on the pot partially open so the steam would continue to cook them a little more. This definitely helped soften the beans up! 

After that’s done, I turned the stove top off, let the beans rest and cool to room temperature so you can bag them. Just remove the onion chunks, if you use full garlic cloves without shredding them down, remove them too and remove the two bay leaves. But don’t drain the beans, I read in another blog that it causes the beans to shrivel up and taste no bueno. I used quart sized ziplock freezer bags, because well, this is all about freezing yer beans! 😉


I managed to get 4 almost full bags of beans. I still have about a pound of dried black beans left to season, cook and freeze. But this is my final product! They can freeze for up to 4 months so they can last a whole season. It’s fabulous! When you do use the beans, let them completely unthaw and drain the water and rinse them before you put them with your next meal! 
That’s it for now! I hope y’all enjoy this “how to” post! Let me know in the comments below if you try it, if you use other seasonings and how it works for you! 
Happy Cooking!

Katie H 

Recipes from my Kitchen

Chicken & Waffles 

Hello Fam and Friends! 

It has been such a sweet minute since I’ve been on here! We all know I’m all about creating easy meals that are delish and delightful! I also absolutely love finding things and using things already here in the house. So today after church I stopped by good ol’ Publix! And I picked up some chicken tenders that are already pre-made, hot and ready to devour and some strawberry syrup! I already did some grocery shopping earlier last week so I had frozen waffles…I don’t own a waffle maker…but one day I will. So I put the waffles in the toaster oven and cut up some tenders. I spread a little butter on each waffle and put the chicken on top of one waffle and poured some syrup on top and put the other waffle on top. Made a sandwich out of it. 


Let’s be honest! Doesn’t it look so adorable placed on this Mickey Mouse plate?? 😍

Oh and that syrup…it’s local from Georgia and only has 3 whole ingredients! That’s right! 3 ingredients from the creators at Blackberry Patch! Look em’ up! You won’t be disappointed! 


And this is what it looks like with syrup on it. Y’all! Praise God for the South! 

Feel free to adapt this to the way you want! Use all from scratch ingredients if you want and please let me know all about your experiences! 
Have a good rest of the weekend y’all!

-Katie 

Personal Thoughts on Life, Recipes from my Kitchen

Valentine’s Day Weekend 💘

Such a late post, but I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day awesomeness with y’all! My sweet hubs and I don’t usually celebrate big on Valentine’s, not because we don’t love each other by any stretch, but we just don’t make a big stink about it. However this year I decided to make a wonderful dinner and continue with our 14 days of Valentine’s cards tradition! (Can see that in a former post) 

We are obviously plant people because I got him this 👆🏻 and he brought me home these 👇🏻😍

Mostly I wanted to share my dessert recipe with you! I was so proud of myself for this creativity! 


I used store bought, pre-packaged dessert shells which is just a sponge cake. I used a pound of strawberries, but that can really be to your discretion. Lastly I used limes. I cut the strawberries into slices and put them into a saucepan added a couple tablespoons of water and sugar to sweeten them. And that was my mistake, I should have just left the strawberries solid instead of becoming mushy in the saucepan. Oh well, but then I added the berries into each shell, drizzled the syrup onto the top and squeezed a little lime juice onto each dessert shell. It was tart, but very delish! 

Happy Cooking Y’all! 

Oh and the day after my sweet hubs bought me a brand new vacuum cleaner and I was so overjoyed! I can certainly say I am getting old because I got excited about a new appliance! 🙈😂

Recipes from my Kitchen

Oven Baked Shrimp 🍤 Fajitas 

Howdy Y’all! 

I’m so very excited to share a new recipe I’ve been wanting to make for quite a while! I’m not very big on fish naturally, however I do enjoy shrimp! I’ve seen so many Instagram posts and Pinterest ideas of shrimp tacos! I thought I’d create a little something different. I found a recipe on Pinterest for Shrimp Fajitas! I love chicken and steak fajitas, so why not try Shrimp! 

I started by slicing my veggies! I used a red onion and two bell peppers. I sliced each veggie thinly and kept them long! Then I added the Shrimp to my mixing bowl after I washed them off. Next I added my spices. I used paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and cumin. And of course salt and pepper. Then so that the spices would stick to the veggies and shrimp I added olive oil. 


Next I placed them on a sheet pan that’s been sprayed with Pam butter spray. Bake them for 8 minutes then broil them for 2 minutes. Then you will need to bake the fajita tortillas so they are warm. After the shrimp are finished squeeze fresh lime juice over them. 


Recipe: 

– 1 1/2 pounds of Shrimp 

– 1 package of fajita seasoning or you can use 1/2 a teaspoon of the spices in the pic.

– 1 red medium red onion

– 2 bell peppers of any color

– 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Then follow the directions listed above! I hope y’all enjoy!