Easy Louisiana Red Beans & Rice

Easy Louisiana Style Red Beans & Rice

We just moved to South Carolina from Louisiana for my husbands job. In conversation with people, I always get asked if I know how to make red beans & rice. Red beans & rice is a staple in Louisiana and its super cheap to make! There are from scratch ways to make it and easy ways to make it. I’m going to show you how to make it cheap and easy. I included links for those of us not in Louisiana and can’t get the ingredients at the grocery store. So now you can have Louisiana red beans and rice anywhere that amazon can ship (lol).  Lets face it, not all of us have the time to spend hours making homemade meals. There is nothing better than a crockpot! If you don’t have one… you are seriously missing out on one of the best inventions know to man or woman (lol). I love my crockpot and I have had it for a long time. If you have a large family like I do, I recommend  this one (click on picture for link):Ingredients:

Camellia Famous New Orleans Red Beans – 16 Ounce Bags (Four Pack)
Zatarain’s Red Bean Seasoning, 2.4 oz (Pack of 12)
~Cajun Country Louisiana Long Grain Rice, 5 Pounds
~1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
~green onions (chopped)( to taste)
~1 pound of smoked sausage
~Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker, Stainless Steel

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For the red beans, you will only need 16 oz but its cheaper to buy in bulk cause I promise you will want to make this again. Same thing with the Zatarains seasoning.. you will only need 1 pack. You can use any long grain white rice or brown rice if you want healthier.

You will need to cook the beans on low for 8 hrs or high for 4 hrs in the crock pot.

Lets gets started:

The night before, you want to soak the beans. This will make the cook time cut in half. Add the 1 pound of beans to a large bowl. Fill up with water. Leave on the counter over night. The beans will swell overnight.

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In the morning, drain the beans and rinse. Add the beans to the crock pot. Add the whole packet of the Zatarain’s Red Bean Seasoning, 2.4 oz (Pack of 12) ( just use 1 box). Fill crockpot with water until its about 1 inch over the beans. Mix the water and seasoning well. Now add the chopped onions, green onions and sausage.20170420_105552

Once you combine everything. It should look like this:

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Cover the crockpot and let cook: 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low. Do not open lid until closer til done.  You want to check the beans. You want them soft but not too soft or mushy. Once beans are done, cook your rice.

For rice: I cook 4 cups of rice with 4 1/2 cups on water (for white rice) and for brown rice I do 4 cups of rice 5 cups of water. We have a family of 9 with 2 being small kids that don’t eat much so this is plenty. Add rice and water to the rice pot and cook it.

This feeds 9 people and depending how hungry we are.. sometimes we have left overs.

Add beans over rice and ENJOY!!

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Cable: What a waste!

As a mother of 7, I rarely get time to watch t.v.. Heck… I don’t know how I find the time to blog lol. As most of you with kids know, the kids occupy the t.v. more than the parents do. Except for NASCAR and Football seasons.. hang it up kids.. dad’s got the t.v.. So, why do we pay for cable when most of us parents don’t watch it and when we do it’s for a few episodes of ” Just Us” or some “Grey’s Anatomy” . A year ago, I started paying attention to which the kids watched more: Cable or Netflix. Well Netflix won by a long shot! So as soon as our contract with Directv was up.. we canceled it! What about dad? We couldn’t dare leave dad out so we bought this awesome antenna, which is on sale for $23.99.
 Its not the best but it works for what we need and that’s dads sports! And for $23.99, dad can live without the ultra HD channels.TV Antenna, Vansky Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier Signal Booster, USB PowerSupply and 16.5FT High Performance Coax Cable – Upgraded Version Better Reception


I know you have probably heard or seen people talking about the Amazon Firestick. So what is an Amazon firestick?

  • Amazon Fire TV supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. Watch high-definition 1080p streams on Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more, even without a 4K TV.
  • Enjoy over 10,000 apps, games, and Alexa skills including access to over 300,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and more.
  • Launch and control content with the included Alexa Voice Remote. Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond instantly. Plus, play music, find movie show times, order a pizza, and more—just ask.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch the best of live TV and sports from AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FOX, and others with a subscription to DIRECTV NOW, or top-rated primetime shows with CBS All Access.
  • Find the best way to watch with universal search results from over 140 channels and apps including Netflix, Showtime, and Amazon Video
  • Includes 75% more processing power than the previous generation Amazon Fire TV, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, 2 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage and expandable storage of up to 200 GB
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, featuring thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. Plus, members can add over 100 premium and specialty channels like HBO and SHOWTIME—no cable or satellite subscription necessary.
  • Play current favorites or quickly discover what to watch next directly from the Home screen

I copied this from the Amazon description, which can be found here :

Amazon Fire TV | Streaming Media Player this version is $89 but you get more storage and way better quality. They have a cheaper version for $39. Its a good quality too. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player. With both of these you MUST have WIFI. Most of the ones you see people selling the firesticks that are jailbroken are the $39 ones and they are charging $90.

What does it mean to have a jailbroken firestick? Well it basically means that you will be able to watch shows for free that normally you would have to pay for. There is a video on how to jailbreak it yourself… no its not illegal to jailbreak them if that’s what you are thinking. Here is a link to how to jailbreak your firestick:How to Jailbreak your firestick

Instead of paying for cable and basically wasting money, here are two good options. I personally don’t own a firestick cause we are happy with our little antenna. But I have tons of friends who absolutely love their firestick and swear by it. It saves you a ton of money that you could be using on date nights (lol).

Happy Shopping 🙂

~Ambra~

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Lularoe… Game changer

So before we even get started, this is not a rant about Lularoe or anything like that. I actually love Lularoe and own a few outfits. But lets face it.. Lularoe is pretty expensive. Like i said.. I own a few but reality how do people afford to keep buying it? $60 for an outfit.. ouch! Let me just say, Lularoe has some really cute patterns and I LOVE the wild pattern designs. I know I’m not the only one who loves Lularoe but can’t afford it. Being a stay home mom of 7 kids… yeah.. our budget gets pretty tight some times. And if we are being really honest…. I much rather spend $60 on a babysitter for a night out or heck, I’ll even take a night out a Taco Bell as long as its quiet. LOL

This post is in no way shape or form saying do not buy Lularoe. If you can afford it, buy it! I’m all about supporting local businesses. There are a lot of people out there supporting their families from selling Lularoe. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people.

Ok..Ok.. so here is the kicker. I really love the style and designs and I mean, hey… we all want to be in style so… I went on a mission. To find leggings and designs that look like Lularoe but affordable. Best place…. yep you got it..www.amazon.com Honestly, I find the best deals and its kinda hard to beat the free shipping! Just a note: I would NEVER recommend anything that doesn’t have good reviews. I do my best to find the best!

Let the fun begin!


I found this SUPER cute shirt that I would say is a mix between an Irma and perfect tee. Get this… its ONLY $14.99!! Its comes in 41 different colors and ranges from Small to XXX-Large. If your a Primer… FREE shipping!ALL FOR YOU Women’s V-Neck Flare Tunic Top Mint X-Large

These leggings… yall!! They have the CUTEST paisley print!! Along with 41 other prints! And guess what.. they are only $12.99!! These are super soft just like Lularoe!Printed Leggings (Purple White Paisley)

Here is some of same prints in plus size  Lularoe leggings are $25.. with these kind of savings, you can buy more!!PLUS SIZE Printed Brushed Leggings (Dreamy Uprising)


Just like the Carly but also comes in long-sleeve! These comes in 10 colors which are plain but… they offer long sleeve as well as short sleeve. I love that cause during the winter, I had to wear a jacket with my Carly. If you work in a office that loves the AC being on full blast (lol), now you can get you one in long sleeve instead of bringing an extra jacket with you. Only $18.99!!They come in Small to X- Large MOLERANI Women’s Short Sleeve Summer Swing Tank Sundress

I still have some research to do and will add another blog post with more options and links. I hope yall enjoyed reading and shopping. Just remember, you don’t have to go broke to look cute and stay up the newest trends.

Much Love~

Ambra

 

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