One of my favorite things to do is challenge myself to make something from the freezer, refrigerator and pantry without involving a trip to the grocery store. It’s the same as challenging myself to make something from fabric scraps in my sewing room.  I guess it is all part of the creative process that I enjoy.  I’ve been on a quest for the past two years to manage the stuff I accumulate and either find a use for things here at the house or find a new home for clothing, furniture and accessories. Managing clutter, wherever it is, makes life so much easier and that applies to my pantry and refrigerator as well.

We had house guests for the weekend and I decided to make something for brunch from goodies I had on hand.  After looking through the pantry and refrigerator, I came up with a sweet potato hash, grilled sausages, eggs and tomato relish. I had frozen cookie dough in the freezer and served freshly baked cookies for dessert.  Best thing about this menu… trip to the grocery store.  Sometimes my “made up” recipes are the best and become standards.  I will be repeating this combo in the future.  It’s a pretty healthy brunch if you skip the cookies, but nobody did.


We like our hash, eggs and tomato relish served with a little Sriracha, a side of grilled sausages, and toast.  All in all a very nice brunch fare.







This chocolate chip cookies recipe has become a new favorite at the Jensen house.  I try to keep some dough in the freezer so that I can make small batches of fresh cookies when needed which came in pretty handy this weekend.  They also make great ice cream sandwiches.  Sorry, they were gobbled up too quickly before I could snap a picture.

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2 Comments on USE IT OR LOSE IT

  1. Dean
    February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am (5 years ago)

    I think you mean “lose it”, not “loose it”. 🙂

    Can’t wait for the “Christmas Remembered” collection!

    • thimbleberries
      February 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm (5 years ago)

      WOW…Can’t believe I didn’t catch this. Thanks.


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