Friday, February 24, 2017

Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are having a blessed New Year. We had a wonderfully low key Christmas. We stayed home and played games and cooked. Just our immediate family. After Christmas we did have family visit through the New Year. There wasn't any snow and it's been unusually warm on and off here. It's been in the seventies and it's February. Too crazy. Have you all gotten much snow? I'm hoping we'll get at least one good storm.
Look at this ooey gooey filling.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 School Lunches 45-57

Happy Take it Tuesday! My goodness is the school year almost over? Can I hire a lunch packer? I actually can have the kids pack their lunches also, but I would still have to have the food available. But really I do like packing lunches, just some days I get so burnt out. Today is just one of those days I guess. BUUUUT here we are, lunches so far!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Instant Pot Vietnamese Chicken Curry (Cà Ri Gà)

Vietnamese Chicken Curry (Cà Ri Gà)
This is the same recipe that is posted here, I just adapted it for cooking in my Instant Pot. I'm using the same picture because I forgot to take a picture before dinner. The picture below, is what's leftover from last night. Oops. It's leftovers from dinner and leftovers from after packing my kids lunches. Just not as pretty a picture is it, no carrots, etc? I will say though that it tastes even better today! No complaints here on flavor.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Roasted Stuffed Bell Peppers

Instant Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers
There are some meals around here that I only make once in a blue moon. One of those is stuffed bell peppers. Besides me, there's only one other person here that likes them. How sad is that? They are so yummy. It's just one of those recipes I don't make often because when I do, I make two meals. Which is something I rarely do, who has time for that? The good thing is I can make a double batch
The original recipe I was given for these uses minute rice. I never have this on hand. I usually have to buy rice just for this. Which isn't wise, because this would be the only recipe I use it in. I asked around about using regular white rice. Some people said they used raw rice, some used under cooked, some used cooked that was day old. Because I like to keep the meat raw and not precook it in a skillet, raw or under cooked rice works best. Fully cooked rice gets a bit mushy. I also discovered that we much prefer the peppers roasted first. The flavor reminds me of roasted Hatch Green Chile. So good, and there's no skin on the peppers which I don't really like. It's perfect.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash season is practically over! I hope to enjoy them more before they are all gone until the next season. One of the easiest ways to cook these is in the Instant Pot.

Spaghetti Squash (Instant Pot Method)

  1. Wash the outside of the squash.
  2. Cut each squash in half.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.
  4. Put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot.
  5. Put the trivet or a steamer basket into the liner.
  6. Place each squash half into the Instant Pot liner.
  7. Cook on MANUAL, HIGH/MORE, for 4-6 minutes.  
  8. Once the cook time is over, do a quick release and test each squash to make sure it is tender.
  9. Add more cook time if needed.
You can also cook these whole in the Instant Pot. You'll have to cook them for about 10 minutes though.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 School Lunches 36-44

Happy Tuesday!! Got some lunches for you all. Never anything fancy but they sure do get fed! Hope you all are doing well. My youngest was sick this week, just one day. Poor baby, it didn't last long which was such a blessing. We had quite a few short weeks recently I'm getting rather spoiled. I prefer short weeks.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How To Cut A Pomegranate

 How to cut a pomegranate in three easy steps and avoid wasting any of the precious seeds. So simple, and easy.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Instant Pot White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
Look at this little beauty. Perfect for Valentine's day, Christmas, Saturdays... you know any time. This pepperminty treat is creamy and so good. I make this in the Instant Pot, but also have a recipe for the oven below. I'm planning on stocking our freezer with a few different cheesecakes for a get together in the Spring. Cheesecake freezes so well, and making these smaller 7 inch ones means more variety and flavors. The great thing about it is that you can use any flavor candy you like and switch it up. It's the Girl Scout cookie season, so Thin Mints would be a great crust and crumble in a cheesecake. Oreo crust and cherry cheesecake? Sounds perfect to me! What are your favorite cheesecake flavors and combinations?
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