Let’s Party #9

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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There were a LOT of links last week and I appreciate all the love and sharing! Sadly, because this week is kind of crazy, I’m not going to share what I feel are the most interesting … we finally received a call from MD Anderson Tuesday morning: Mark is not a candidate for surgery so they transferred his records to another department who called that afternoon and would like to see him on Tuesday for 3 to 5 days. So rush, rush, rush, hurry, hurry, hurry and get all the real life stuff done and out of the way!

But I still want to PARTY!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!
We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!



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Meal Preppin’

I’m off on President’s Day (wheee!) and figured, what the heck, let’s get some meal prep stuff out of the way since I have THREE days instead of just two to get stuff done … I’ve been pretty Hangry lately because there’s been a real lack of motivation to really cook anything up with Mark being iffy on what he can and cannot tolerate … certainly a learning curve, that’s for sure!

Hangry   

[hang-gree] adj.  

Anger fueled by hunger.

My goal/plan is to have some grab and go meals in the freezer. Only problem is the freezers … well, they are rather full AND unorganized.

Yeah, that was NOT an exaggeration, was it? Yes, we have THREE refrigerators with freezers. More than any household should have under normal circumstances and trust me, I’m going to have an adjustment period when we downsize to a smaller house (and kitchen!)…

So first thing I had to do was pull out some beef from the main freezer for the Broccoli and Beef dish to make …

sirloin steaks food saver

Chicken thighs for the Mississippi Chicken (and yes, I had to sing the song to type that out)

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It was a good thing that I had pulled out 2 steaks and box of spinach for Saturday night’s dinner … there’s some leftover creamed spinach that I’ll be incorporating somewhere …

I cooked up 3 large baked potatoes in the Instant Pot at 9:30am (they were done by 10am) …

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And then I grabbed a bag of the General Tso Chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s (both from the guest kitchen freezer) with the rest of my fresh broccoli to make me a few Take Out Fake Out Bowls … because I’ve been craving chinese take out lately …

And at the last minute, I decided I want to make a quick Unrolled Egg Roll in a Bowl dish …

EGG ROLL COOKING

I realize that I have not been keeping up very well with transferring my recipes over to this site … I promise, I’m working on it!!

Anyone else using that extra day off for meal planning? It can be such a time, money AND life saver, trust me!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

#MealPrep    #MealPlan    #UsingWhatWeHave    #SavingMoney

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Creamy Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of you may have picked up that we have some stuff going on around here, such as upcoming cancer treatments for Mark … I was hesitant to share to much as I wanted to be sure he told those folks that are close to us what was going on.

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Esophageal Cancer.

Don’t google it. Seriously, just don’t. I know 50% of you will. It’s scary stuff on the internet.  Probably is in real life too but right now we are in the “this isn’t the end” mode. I’ll stay there as long as we can!

Currently, we are waiting for MD Anderson to give us a call for our second opinion appointment. After all, when you are told chemo treatments every two weeks for 3 days each time for the rest of your life you really should seek a 2nd opinion. And yes, we are really traveling to Houston for this. My first response was “we can’t afford to do this” but then I realized, we are in the fight for his life so we CAN afford to do this. By the way, the hospital has since told us the insurance company approved the evaluation.

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So. When Mark made his trip up north to finish up some business since we don’t know when the next time he will be able to head up there, I wanted to make sure he had something yummy to fill his tummy when he came home late Saturday. This is what I made.

It has cauliflower, greek yogurt, potatoes, half and half and chicken broth.

ALL THE GOOD THINGS.

And he liked it.  So did Randi when they surprised us with a 24 hour visit (with baby Nolan!)

It’s easy, doesn’t take long so hey, you should really give this a try! Original recipe comes from The Skinnytaste Cookbook but I modified it quite a bit!

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1 bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower (next time I’ll just use frozen florets)

2 large taters, about 1 1/2 pounds worth

1 carton chicken broth

2 cups half and half

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt

Seasoning of choice. I used Mark’s Special Blend and that Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

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4 seasons

Peel those taters, cut them in quarters, toss in a microwave dish and microwave 5 minutes. Take them out, give them a quick stir and flip and nuke for another 3 minutes.

Grab a large pot. You can see mine was maybe a little on the small side. Story of my life. Toss in the cauliflower and saute for a few minutes. If using florets, add a little water to the pan and steam til soft.

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Cut up the taters in to smaller cubes. Careful, don’t burn yourself. I speak from experience.

Dump the taters, chicken broth, milk, half and half, and your seasoning of choice in to the pot with the cauliflower.  Give a quick stir and let them meet and greet over medium high heat. Allow to come to a  boil and let them bubble for about 10 minutes, giving a quick stir occasionally.

Reduce the heat, grab your nifty immersion blender and go to town blending til smooth. NOTE: Next time, I’ll scoop some stuff out so we have a little more texture. FYI … Mark’s mom had given us that same blender years ago for Christmas … one of my favorite kitchen wonder gadgets!

Stir in your greek yogurt and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 more minutes.

Taste, add more seasoning if needed (I did) and then dish up!

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I topped ours with shredded cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

NOTE: The next day, when Mark and Randi had it for lunch, Mark added almost a whole carton of broth again as the soup became very thick. Again, I think if I hadn’t blended it all, it would have been fine. Either way, it was still delicious!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Let’s Party #8

Hey, who’s ready to Party??

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m curious how many of you will be doing something special today, mid-week, to celebrate?

We won’t be … and tomorrow you will find out why when you come back to check out this awesome Potato & Cauliflower Soup I made over the weekend. The soup is great, the news, not so much.

Again, we had some awesome shares last week! Suzi at Just Simple Somethings shared her trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan … being a midwestern girl who has never crossed the bridge, I feel like I need to go now!

Then we had Sarah at Cook With Sara sharing how to make a Creme Brulee Cheesecake  in the Instant Pot! Uh, hello … I think I might need to give this a try!

And what about those 3 Workout Tips That Produce Results from Chris and Megan? Chris shares a lot of great tips and his preferred workout routine … I’ve bookmarked this to give a try with Mark in the near future!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Pressure Cooked Chicken Wings

Want to make chicken wings without a mess?

Wings? In the Instant Pot?? Count me in!

Ok, up front and center:  These only cook for FIVE minutes, BUT they do take time to come to pressure AND do their natural release.  And then you should really toss them under the broiler to give them some color.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Instant Pot Chicken Wings

So, yeah, they cook “fast” but not 5 minutes, eat and be done, ok?

I just hate when I see something that says FIVE MINUTES and then you see all the extra time involved 😉

Now, a little background on me … for years, I h. a. t. e. d. wings … like, ew, get those out of here.

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Now? I LOVE THEM! So much so that I’m always making them different ways to find the most efficient and best results!

I think the pressure cooking thing is it. I mean, heck, the clean up is minimal … they certainly will NOT be splattering all over your oven …

Ready to do this?

Grab yourself a cup of water. And your wings, however many you’d like … I did 15 (!)

Put water in the bottom of the pot and insert that trivet.  We covered this before, go find it!

Instant Pot Trivet
Instant Pot Trivet

Season up your wings with whatever seasoning you’d like. I opted to use Mark’s Special Seasoning Mix. Be generous!

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Add the wings on top of the trivet. The purpose of that there trivet is to keep the wings OUT of the water!  I did not stand them on end, and yes, they were touching each other, stacked up on each other. Whatever.

Put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure your little knob is flipped back to “pressure”.

Hit manual and set for 5 minutes (high pressure).  Walk away and you’ll hear it beep in a few seconds and it will say “on”.

After about 10 minutes, you’ll hear it beep again and now the number 5 will be on the display and it will start counting down! Whee!!

After the 5 minutes are up, let it release on it’s own for about 10 minutes. NOW you can flip that knob forward and let the rest of the steam out.  Go ahead and turn on your broiler now (oh, hey, check open that oven door and look inside BEFORE you turn on the broiler, ok? I’ve had a pizza box smoking before! Whoops)

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Take the lid off carefully, it’s HOT!  Remove the wings to a parchment paper lined baking tray. I just re-used the tray that I had roasted some broccoli on earlier for meal prep work! No need to waste resources!

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See how pale they are? THAT’S why you want to broil them a little!

If you’d like, brush some sauce on those babies.

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I opted to broil mine naked and THEN added sauce on afterwards … I’m not a big sticky sauce kind of girl, you know?

These were really good and I think may be my new way to make them forever! There’s minimal fuss and mess to deal with!  Go ahead and give them a try! Up next will be the salt & vinegar wings … or maybe lemon pepper wings … or maybe ranch wings! The possibilities are endless!

Looking forward to sharing at some of these great parties … go check them out!

#ChickenWings   #InstantPot   #PressureCook   #Appetizers

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Let’s Party #7

Who’s ready to Party??!!

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This week I’m sharing a pic of these awesome wings that I made in the Instant Pot on Super Bowl Sunday … it was just me and Jamie at the house as I really was not in the mood to be celebrating … can I just tell you how awesome these are? I’ll share how I did it on Thursday so come back and check it out!  Mark’s up in Indiana for the week and I’m excited to make them for him!

Again, we had some great shares last week! Becoming Alice shared her Vegan/Dairy Free Strawberry Muesli Parfait … I have everything except the sugar but can use coconut sugar if necessary because I know how to improvise!

And then we had Trick and Treat sharing this awesome Easy Sour Cream Cake … I want to try this with plain greek yogurt! Yumm!!

And lastly, we all want to save a little more money, right? Saving Sarah shared 32 Awesome Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen. Uhm, with 32 tips, I’m sure there’s one or even two that would benefit all of us!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Pots O’ Chocolate Gold

This is an OLD recipe by our standards … I made it a few years ago for Valentine’s Day to share with some friends when we had a little surf and turf dinner …

I had this recipe tagged in my cookbook since Christmas morning. It was one of the FIRST recipes I flagged when I opened the box and saw the book! Then I got the weekly email update from Michelle and said, heck, I should try this … so I rooted around in my chocolate stash and had exactly 6 1.2 ounce bars of bittersweet 72% cocoa bars … score! That made everything I needed available in house which made me decide that I needed to make it right then and there!!

Continue reading “Pots O’ Chocolate Gold”

Let’s Party #6

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Who’s ready to Party??!!

This week I’m sharing a pic of Sweet Little One, aka Kitten, Witch Cat, etc. She’s not really sweet unless she wants something. The rest of the time she’s “No Touchy” and can be a little nippy and swatty … hence the nick name of Witch Cat as well. But she sure is pretty, isn’t she? Disregard her nose. She’s constantly getting in to stuff outside …

Again, we had some great shares last week! There was the Wynwood Walls which is pretty cool … not that far from my backyard and yet I’ve never been there … now I want to take a road trip!

Then there was the French Onion Soup … I might have to put that on the menu as we do have a little cold front coming in again!

And with all the stuff going on around here, we might need to make this Chicken and Gravy just for the comfort food factor!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Simple Side Grillin’ Dish

Every time I do this, I kick myself for forgetting how good it is.

And then, every time someone ask how it’s done, I kick myself for forgetting how EASY it is.

Yeah. Really.

GRILLED VEGETABLES

Onions and Peppers …

Grilled in the grill pan. On the gas grill (although, I’m certain the charcoal grill would be awesome too!)

Cut your onion in half (root end to top) and then cut in thicker chunks. Toss in to a large bowl.

Deconstruct your peppers: push the stem down and pull out, shake out the seeds and cut in half (bottom to top) and again, cut in to thick chunks. Toss these in with the onions.

*Optional, if you like, you can add chunks of squash as well, which is what I’ve done here, but 90% of the time it’s just onions and peppers in my household!*

Grab some olive oil and add a bit to the bowl. No measuring allowed on this recipe. You don’t want them swimming in oil, but lightly coated.

Take some salt, pepper, and any other kind of seasoning that makes you happy and sprinkle over the veggies. I use my boirsion stuff which is a coarse ground seasoning mix, or a blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

Let the bowl sit there on the counter. Stop by and say hi to the veggies as you do your thing in the kitchen.

When ready to cook, get a grill pan (you know the ones, open holes or grates?) and toss it on the grill to get hot and then toss the veggies in the pan. Leave them alone for a little bit and then go mix them up some … you want them to get a little ‘dark’ around the edges, but as I always tell Hubby, fine line between COLOR and BURNING so keep an eye on them once they start to get a little color.

Once the color is to your liking and ready, go ahead and remove them from the fire and serve. Yummy.

NOTES: I use whatever type of onions I have on hand. As for the peppers, I almost always have the sweet mini peppers from Costco so I just cut them in half and toss in. Of course, IF I have regular peppers, that’s what I use.

Also, I started using my Fire Wire Skewers to do this as well, however, the threading the pieces on is a little more time consuming … you can check that method out here.

There you have it, an easy make ahead side dish that can easily be reheated in a skillet while your protein is cooking, or it can used for a quick stirfry, or added to an omelet and so on!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

 

Let’s Party #5

Hey! Are you ready for another party??!!

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The wine of the week is 19 Crimes 2016 Red Wine … interesting and tasty. It’s been a favorite of mine for about a year and when it goes on sale for $9.99, you better believe I pick up TWO bottles!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to those of you who came by and shared last week! There were some pretty interesting shares … pamecrement wrote a pretty moving post about God’s Sufficiency  … it really hit home this week and I think there was a quiet hand that had her share that this week.  And then there was the COOL cups by Hoopla Palooza … so very neat and some great cups were used! Makes me want to run to Bed Bath & Beyond to pick up some! AND then, over at Craft Beering we are showed how to make a Porter and Onion Gravy! With this new “soft food” diet that Mark is on, this will be golden! You bet it’s pinned and ready to give a whirl real soon!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!