Kelli's Stovetop Turkey and Rice

Sometimes a few simple ingredients can come together and make a beautiful flavor...this is one of those times.  This easy turkey and rice dish is made on the stovetop, and is bursting with flavor.   With both ground turkey and ground turkey sausage sauteed with peppers, onions, and fresh corn, this dish provides a hearty and healthy dinner when paired with brown rice.
This recipe was born out of the need for a quick and easy dinner that was hearty enough to satisfy my hungry teenagers, easy enough for a busy weeknight, and flavorful enough to become a favorite. 
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound ground turkey sausage
1 Tablespoonful Canola Oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 ear fresh corn, kernels cut off cob (or may use frozen--equals about 1 cup)
1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
4 Cups Cooked Brown Rice  ( I start with 2 cups uncooked brown rice, and prepare per package instructions.  I substitute chicken broth for water when cooking the rice for this dish, along with 1 teaspoon salt.)

In a large skillet on the stovetop, brown the ground turkey and ground turkey sausage together until cooked thoroughly.  Set aside.
In same skillet, add 1 TBSP canola oil along with peppers and onions.  Saute until vegetables start to soften.  
Add corn and petite diced tomatoes (do not drain) to peppers and onions.
Add cooked turkey mixture to vegetable mixture and continue to cook for a few more minutes until mixture is heated thoroughly.
Serve on a bed of cooked brown rice.  
Makes 6 generous servings.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I love to make stuff.  Maybe it's the pharmacist in me, but I find it quite thrilling to put different ingredients together to make something laundry detergent.   This project has been on my to-do list for quite sometime, and while doing some grocery shopping this morning, I decided today was the day.   

I found a recipe that I wanted to follow on a post at: 

My recipe ended up differing a bit, but not too much.
 Here is what I used. 

1 box 20 Mule Team BORAX (4lbs 12 oz)
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lb 7oz)
4 boxes (1 lb each) of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 
2 cups Oxi-Clean (I used the perfume and dye free version)
3 bars Colgate OCTAGON All-purpose soap.

I grated the Octagon with an old cheese grater. Grating the soap was a bit time consuming, so I just grated while watching TV. It probably took about 30 minutes, but I would stop for a bit, and come back to it.

In a large container, I mixed all the ingredients together. 
I divided the detergent into large plastic containers so it would store more easily, and filled a smaller container for daily use.
I also bought an inexpensive set of measuring spoons, and put the TABLESPOON in with the detergent to use as my scoop.  I am using a heaping tablespoonful per load.