Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

A few years ago, I made my own Vanilla Extract. It took a few months (anywhere from 3-6 months) for the vanilla beans and vodka to blend into an aromatic extract that I could use in my baking!  I also made a few bottles for Christmas presents, but that meant planning ahead several months in…

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Instant Pot Cheesy Ranch Chicken

We had our first cold snap this morning, temperatures were down to 33 degrees!  I love fall and the brisk mornings that I can turn on the fireplace and have my morning cup of coffee!  I was up before daybreak and I enjoy the quiet time in the morning, don’t you?  Sweetie Pie is our Peach-faced…

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Sunday Pot Roast in the Instant Pot

Sunday dinner at my grandma’s was always Pot Roast and it’s still my “favorite” meal to eat! Honestly, if I was asked what my last meal would be I’d ask for pot roast.  I used to do it in the oven like grandma, then I started using the crock pot, putting the roast in frozen…

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Ham, Green Bean and Potatoes in the Instant Pot

My husband had a garden this summer and when the first crop of green beans were done, he decided to try a second crop, something he’s never tried before.  Today, he went and picked them, this time before the deer got to them!  I decided to make ham, potatoes and green beans for dinner tonight.…

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Elderberry Jelly in the Instant Pot

When my husband and I were first married in 1972, I can’t believe that was 45 years ago, he would go out into the woods where we lived and pick me elderberries.  I would make jars of elderberry jelly to see us through the long, winter months– almost sounds like an episode from Little House…

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Happy Fall Y’All and Instant Pot

I can’t believe it’s September 22, 2017 already- First Day of Fall.  This past year has gone by so fast and it’s been 9 months since I last wrote a post. Holy Smokes! A lot has happened, in April I was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  That meant having a complete hysterectomy, which was done laparoscopically…

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Mom’s Date Balls

Here it is December 10, 2016 and 15 days until Christmas!  Have you started your Christmas baking yet?  I haven’t done any serious baking, but last night while it was snowing, I decided to make these quick and easy date balls.  I think these cookies are really my favorite. Either you love dates or you…

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Decorating a Mantel for Fall

Hi there, This October 31, will be our one year anniversary of purchasing our retirement home.  We moved in officially on May 9th of this year and I am really enjoying this retirement life…even though I still work part-time from home, it’s nice to have my hubby around all the time.  People told me it’s…

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Painting a Bird House using a Wax Technique

Hello, Wow, it’s been months since I’ve been able to write a blog post and I’ve really missed doing them. I have been so busy with packing and moving into our retirement home. We (hubby and me) have done some really exciting remodeling, with the help of our handy man/carpenter/jack of all trades.  I hope to share some…

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Decorating a Prim Dough Bowl for Easter

Hello everyone, wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog. I think the last time I posted we were in the process of buying our retirement home!  We have done some remodeling and each week we come here, we load our van with “my stuff”.  At one point we had a mover bring up…

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