Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cheesy Chicken and Rice


Pressure cooker to the rescue. Cooked enough for supper and planned leftovers for two more meals.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Copycat Hostess


Homemade Hostess cupcakes -- man are these good!

Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks



I have learned a new rug making technique.  Well new to me anyway.  This is my first Amish toothbrush rug. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Canning Around


Canned 7 pints of cinnamon applesauce



Experimented with canning carrots. I had never used these before, but have tried them since canning these and I really like the ease.



Homemade barbecue sauce 



White grape jelly -- this is so good!



Mandarin oranges for fruit salad.



Plain applesauce.


Black bean and pinto mix.





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pressure Cooker Food Storage Meal


Egg noodles, dried beef, dried peas, dried mushroom, dried onion, bouillon, water ..... Pressure cook for 6 minutes. Not bad for a quick meal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chocolate Cheesecake (Pressure Cooker) Recipe








An experiment to see if we could make a lower carb chocolate cheesecake in the pressure cooker.  The answer was a resounding yes.



Crust of your choice. I didn't do one.

Beat together 3 softened cubes of low fat cream cheese with 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp of Splenda sugar blend. Blend in one cup of light sour cream. Blend in 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 2 1/2 tbsp of AP flour. Blend in 2 tsps of vanilla flavoring. Blend in three eggs -- one at a time. 

Put in pan. Cover with foil. For a 10 inch cake pan I cooked it for 40 minutes on high in the electric pressure cooker.  It was firm, but this is how I like my cheesecake. You could do less if you prefer a creamier texture.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pressure Cooker St. Patrick's Day Meal


We couldn't all get together until today so we saved our meal for lunch today.

I pressure cooked the roast, then added the rest. Total time from pressure was 75 minutes.  Not bad at all.  

The brown Irish soda bread was delicious.  Simple to make.  Fresh ground spelt, a little AP flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk.

Baking Around our House


Pizzas using up leftover ham.


Cinnamon buttermilk and spelt muffins


Spelt potato bread


Chocolate chocolate chip muffins made with buttermilk and spelt flour


Buttermilk cheese scones

I always feel like we go through a lot of baked goods at our house, but I rarely buy chips or things like that. I also prefer homemade breads and to be honest, I just like to bake,






Turkey and Kale Soup


Once again the pressure cooker came to the rescue. A quick and easy turkey soup. Really other than the garlic and the homemade broth, all the ingredients came from Aldi.  I used half a bag of the kale, two stalks of celery, and a tablespoon of garlic.  


We had a nice meal and I packed two pint jars for my husband to take for lunches.

Lasagna (company dinner, a gift and one for the freezer)



I love how easy the electric pressure cooker is to use. I found a great sale on ground beef and wanted to stretch it. Lasagna always feels like a treat to me, so I decided to make one. Well actually the equivalent of 4 pans.  I made a 9x13 for company dinner....first time meeting my sister's new beau so I wanted a nice meal.  (Ended up with half a pan left so leftovers for the week and some for my husband to take with him.) 



The 8x8 pan was wrapped securely and frozen to save for a day when I needed a pull from the freezer meal.  The disposable pan was a gift for my sister.




One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta



The sausage was leftover from another meal. Toss it all in and add a little water. 6 minutes on high and a yummy, quick, frugal lunch.  My sweet sister comes to eat lunch with me most days and the pressure cooker comes in handy for quick prepared meals.

I used a couple of Italian sausages, some bell pepper, a jar of home canned sauce, Italian seasonings, half a box of whole wheat spaghetti noodles, and water.




Childhood Foods Revisited

While my husband and I were drinking our morning coffee, we were reminiscing about favorite elementary school meals. We both agreed tha...