Strange But Good~June 28

My head is currently swimming around at the thought that I’m having a Yard Sale on Saturday as part of our community wide yard sale.  I want to and I don’t want to.  I’ve always been wishy-washy this way but I think it gets worse as I get older.  I’ve got a lot of things together and ready.

However, I need to get it all out of the basement and to the back yard.  The issue is that with all of the rain we’ve been having you never know what’s going to happen.  It’s all in plastic containers, or will be when I finish working on it today (Thursday)  My thought is to take it all out tomorrow (Friday) and hope that the plastic bins do their thing and hold back any deluge we get.  Then Saturday, I’ll only have to move out the things that can’t be in bins, like my signs and some small pieces of furniture.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I need to get rid of this stuff!  Recap of the yard sale to follow next week!

On to one of my favorite things…Strange But Good hostessed by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table.  As it seems to many times, this meal also qualifies for my own category, Couldn’t Be Quicker.  What do you think?

Sprint 2 the Table

As is the case a lot lately, I’m working with what I’ve got on hand.  Just a few things can easily turn into dinner.



A can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, a cup of home-made crock pot pinto beans and a half cup of cous cous.  Regarding the cous cous, I’m reminded of something my Grandmother used to say…I’m always a day late and a dollar short.  I had bought this cous cous at Big Lots.  They had a 2 pound box for $2.00 which I thought was a great price.  I had originally bought 4 boxes and am now on the last box.  I was so sad when I went there last week to see that they don’t carry it anymore.  That’s the only problem with shopping there, few things seem to last.  I’ll find it somewhere else, I’m sure.

So, simple as can be.  I heated the tomatoes and beans in a sauce pan with a little extra water to give the cous cous somewhere to cook.  When it was boiling, I turned it off and stirred in  the the cous cous.  In about 5 minutes…



Topped it with some Romano cheese and I was all set.  This was really good, mildly spicy from the green chilies.  If I’d had some sriracha sauce I would have added it to give it a bit more kick.  Very satisfying, very cheap, very Strange but very Good!

Don’t forget to check out the fun going on at Sprint 2 The Table.  Be sure to leave some comments.

Happy Friday!

12 responses to “Strange But Good~June 28

  1. I like simple! 🙂 Looks great.

  2. Good Luck with the yard sale! It will feel SO good to clear out all that extra stuff and it moves you a step closer to NM!

  3. This is so creative, Fran! I used to eat couscous a lot (Trader Joe’s makes a great whole wheat version!) but I haven’t had it in awhile! I’ll have to dig it out from the back of my pantry 🙂

  4. i need to buy the GF couscous so i can make this! YUM!

  5. Do you eat quinoa? I bet that would be good here too. I can get it on the cheap in bulk bins here. Love this idea – as always. And YES to the sriracha add. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up! Have a wonderful weekend and good luck with the garage sale!!!

    • Laura, I Love quinoa, just never remember to make it in advance, then I’m starved. That’s where cous cous comes in handy. I should just get back in the habit of making the quinoa in advance and then it’s ready! Yard sale was ok…beautiful day, not many shoppers. Ah, well…

  6. This is pretty inventive Fran. I have some couscous in the kitchen and I’m thinking about mixing him up with some veggies. I like the addition of the hot chili’s.

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