World’s Best Rueban

World’s Best Rueban

If you were not previously aware, Rueban sandwiches are the best sandwiches ever. And in case there is any debate, they originated in Omaha. The exact “Reuban creation story” is up for debate, but we Omahan’s take our Reubans very, very seriously. And ours are the best. Just sayin’.   Start by tearing up your corned beef so it’s sort of shredded and lay it out flat (or put in in a bowl). Then sprinkle a bunch of mustard powder and allspice on it, and toss it all around so it’s evenly coated. Then toss it in some hot oil to fry it until it’s all hot and sort of crispy. And then you assemble the sandwich (with the corned beef, thousand island dress, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese). And butter the outsides of the bread the grill it. And then you grill it (like grilled cheese) until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and crisp. And then you put in on a plate and quickly devour it. It’s the best with some beef broth for dipping.   Here’s the printable recipe card! (By the way, this recipe makes two sandwiches, so you can divide or multiply it as you need to!) World’s Best Rueban Recipe Type: Sandwich Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 2 Ingredients 1/2 pound thinly sliced corned beef 2 slices swiss cheese 1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained and heated 2 tablespoons thousand island dressing 4 slices of wheat sandwich bread Butter (for frying) Allspice Mustard powder Canola oil Beef broth (optional) Steak...
DIY Natural Deodorant

DIY Natural Deodorant

I made my own deodorant tonight! I’m super proud of that, haha. And waiting for it to solidify now so I can use it. (I shall update you on the results after a few weeks, I swear. However, I’ve been assured that it will work, so I’m confident.) Update (1.5 weeks later): It works really well! I ended up melting it down again and putting it in an empty deodorant container, since I got tired of using my fingers to get it out and apply it. But so far, it’s working about as well as any store-bought deodorant.   And it’s only 4 ingredients, took me less than 5 minutes to make, cost next to nothing, and it smells really good! (like coconut and tangerine). So below I shall share the recipe with you! Along with why I made my own deodorant, and also the benefits (besides cheap and easy) of doing it yourself! The Story I’m becoming kind of “hippie-adjacent” in my old age (crunchy, if you prefer). I don’t know why or how, it just sort of happened. You know how they say when you get older you become more and more like your mom every day? Well, I become more and more like my grandma every day. Except I’m worse. I maybe wouldn’t call myself a “health nut”. Certainly compared to most of the people I know, I am. But I just do the best that I can. I can’t afford to eat all-organic produce, and I think (ethics of Monsanto, and pesticides aside) GMO’s are fine, and I don’t drink raw milk. But I do...
OMG I’m Sick Soup

OMG I’m Sick Soup

Before we start, I’d just like to point out that this soup tastes fine anytime that you want to make it. It’s great if you’re sick, but it’s also good if your just lazy, or cold, or feeding a crowd. And I’ll apologize now for the lack of pictures, but hey, I was sick, so I’ll let it go. Actually I only ended up with one good picture, haha. The most recent time I was sick, I had a head cold and I was trying to clear out my sinuses so I made the soup extra-extra spicy. I think I almost gave Joel (who wasn’t sick) third degree burns in his throat. But it worked for me pretty well until I accidentally did something stupid and ghost-pepper level hot soup came out of my nose (oops). Anyway, you don’t have to be like me, you can make it regular spicy, or not spicy at all. But this soup is very healthy, really cheap, super easy, and actually tastes good. It only takes about 10 minutes to make, and it makes a few days worth, so it’s more efficient than canned soup. AND it freezes well, so you can make a bunch now while you’re feeling well and freeze individual portions to defrost in the microwave later when you’re sick. Here are some of the ingredients and why they’re in the soup (besides that they’re tasty): Paprika – Paprika is a non-spicy, mildly smoky spice made with dried and finely ground peppers. It’s often used in chicken dishes or to add color to recipes. It is touted to be an antioxidant,...
3-Ingredient DIY Laundry Soap (Borax Free)

3-Ingredient DIY Laundry Soap (Borax Free)

So, I’ll tell you a secret  about me. (Maybe it’s not really a secret. Probably you’ve already guessed.) I never do my laundry. I let it pile up for weeks and weeks and weeks before I ever actually do anything about it. And this weekend, our bed smelled like old sheets and I was out of clean t-shrts, so it was time to do my laundry. But alas, I was out of laundry soap. So instead of just going out and buying some more, I decided to invest upwards of an hour researching the best ingredients to use to make my own soap, then went to the store and bought said ingredients, and then came home and watched TV while Joel and I grated soap for half an hour, all to make my own soap. But actually, I’m glad I did for 2 reasons: 1. I’m allergic to everything so I have to buy special allergic-people soap and it never has a scent. And this doesn’t bother my allergies AND if I buy scented soap my laundry can be scented. So how great is that? 2. It’s super cheap to make, it lasts forever, and it works really, really well. I’m always covered in mud, and with this stuff I don’t even need to worry about it. In other words, it’s awesome. Oh, and it’s all natural made at home, so you know exactly what’s in it. Which is important, since my allergies as evidence, the stuff that you wash your clothes with can really absorb into your skin and potentially cause harm. So what, exactly, needs to go into...
Day Off Breakfast Scramble

Day Off Breakfast Scramble

This could also probably be named “Hangover Breakfast Scramble”, but I wasn’t hungover when I made it, so I’m going with Day Off Scramble since it tastes just as good when you slept until noon and woke up hungry, haha. I actually made this twice yesterday. I made it the first time, planning to save some and share it with Joel when he got home. Buuttt, I ate it all. So then I made it again for him so he didn’t starve, haha. It’s probably better anyway since he doesn’t like the sausage I used in mine, and I also forgot to put cheese in it the first time. Which is probably a sin. Who forgets the cheese? I was ravenous, so I ate mine straight out of a bowl. Joel turned his into a breakfast burrito though, so you could do either, haha. I forgot to take a picture of the burrito form because I have the attention span of a gnat. Oh well. First you start by dicing up a potato, and heating some oil in a frying pan. Then you throw the potato into the oil. Or, you know, delicately place it in the oil since you don’t want to melt your face off with hot oil. When the potatoes are all golden and crisp, you can dice (or if you’re like me, rip apart with your fingers) some bacon and toss it into the pan. You can also add some diced up breakfast sausage. I used vegetarian sausage because I’m weird and I like it better. When the meat is all done and the bacon...