I had a yard sale yesterday and it was interesting to say the least. I personally love yard sale shopping, but it brings out some mighty strange characters.  One guy ripped into the driveway with an overflowing truck full of junk. He looked like Uncle Fester and talked in a gruff voice like he had a mouth full of marbles. He handed me a plastic cup with a Taco Bell dog on the front and asked me for black coffee. “No coffee here,” I said. Then he proceeded to tell me how pretty my smile was and he would like to take me home. I told him I come with a husband. Then he went around and made a huge pile of stuff (including a box of nursing bras) and struck a deal with me. He said he would come back with the money. He didn’t, but he left his dog cup.

Another young girl asked if she could just buy a whole tub of baby clothes for $25. I told her I wasn’t ready to sell it like that, but if she came back at two pm I might be feeling generous. She came back and by that time all the clothes were mixed up in the various tubs. I told her she could go through them and make a big pile of items she wanted. As she worked on her pile, she told her friend she didn’t want coats, anything over 12 months, and nothing stained. She made a pile and asked me how much. I said, “$20?” (There were 38 pieces of clothing.) She said, “Well, I thought I was gonna come back here and grab a tub for $25.” I said, “Well you can add more clothes if you’d like to your pile and pay $25.” She was really stuck on grabbing a tub. I asked why she would want to grab a tub of mixed up clothes when I’m letting her pick the pieces she wants. Again, I told her she could add more clothes to her pile and still pay just $20. She said, “But I only brought $11.”  Um, ok. “Alright, you can have that pile you picked out for $11 then.” She said, “But I thought I’d be getting a tub full,” she said. I replied, “I’m trying to follow your logic. You wanted to grab one of these tubs ‘as is’ and pay $25, but you only brought $11. And now, I’m letting you pick the clothes you actually want instead of a tub full of junk and agreeing to accept $11, and you clearly aren’t happy. What do you want exactly?” She said, “I don’t know. I just thought you said you’d be feeling generous, so I would get a tub.” She was pretty ticked off, but she gave me the $11 and took the clothes that I let her hand pick. Her friend later came back to buy something and told me that she was upset because she felt I misled her. I am still mystified by the whole thing. I truly thought I was being generous by letting her hand pick the clothes she wanted rather than take a random tub of mixed up sizes and conditions.

Anyway, I do understand that money is hard to part with, especially when you only have a little. For that reason, I’m sharing a cheap and easy Instant Pot recipe that is tasty and versatile. You can add hot sauce, top it with chicken or smoked sausage, or roll it up in a burrito. It will makes several meals, and stretch your hard earned dollar so that you can buy more at your next yard sale.

Here is a video to see how I did it:


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Modern Day Fox Instant Pot Smoky Rice and Beans
Cheap, fast and easy! This smoky dish can be paired with smoked sausage or chicken, rolled into a burrito, or eaten as it!
Cuisine American
Seasoning Mix
Rice Mix
Cuisine American
Seasoning Mix
Rice Mix
  1. In a small bowl, combine seasoning mix and set aside.
  2. Set pot to Saute and allow to heat.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water and garlic. Saute for 30-45 seconds.
  4. Add green pepper and onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes until onion is translucent.
  5. Add seasoning mix and saute for one minute, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Turn pot off.
  7. Add brown rice and stir well to combine with vegetables.
  8. Add broth and make sure rice is completely submerged.
  9. Replace lid on Instant Pot and set vale to Sealing.
  10. Set pot to 22 minutes high pressure. (Remember, if you are not using brown rice then you should check the proper cook times for your preferred rice. This instruction is specific to BROWN rice.)
  11. When the timers goes off, allow ten minute natural release.
  12. Release any remaining pressure and remove lid.
  13. Drain and rinse kidney beans. Stir into hot rice. Add additional salt, hot sauce and/or seasoning to taste preference, if desired.
  14. Serve and enjoy!
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Written by Jaime Fox