Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Homemade enchiladas using the Instant Pot

Yesterday was one of those days that I knew ahead of time was going to be crazy. We seem to have a lot of those lately! I had to appointments in town that overlapped, then I needed milk before heading home added to the hour travel time and once home we needed to re-package the 80 pounds of ground beef we had picked up.  I am thankful that I had planned ahead for dinner!! Not only did I use my meal plan for the month but I used my Instant Pot to cook frozen chicken in only 16 minutes!! After dropping the 3 older kiddos off at school I threw the chicken in the Instant Pot, and then did a couple of chores around the house while the chicken cooked. After letting the pot naturally release pressure I mixed my chicken with the other ingredients, rolled in tortillas cover and put in the refrigerator until dinner time. After finishing up the ground beef and getting it into the freezer it was only 30 minutes until we were eating a hot meal! I had made some Mexican rice the day before so I just reheated it to go with my enchiladas. Hunter asked if there were more enchiladas after the first bite! He then said he loved enchiladas more than sushi, and sushi more than pizza!! That is saying a lot!! :-) And he asked if we could have them everyday!! (Maybe I should mention that this hillbilly girl never made enchiladas before!! LOL) I am sure they will find their way back in my monthly meal plan!!

Easy Instant Pot Enchiladas

Put 3-4 chicken breasts, thighs or even ground beef
1cup broth (chicken, beef or veggie) or water
1 small Onion, sliced thin
salt, pepper, and minced garlic
Into your Instant Pot, put the lid on, turn valve to "Sealing" select Manual  for 8 minutes, 16 if frozen. After the timer beeps let pot sit for about 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure. Remove chicken from the pot and shred it in a large bowl,

Add 1/2 c red or green enchilada sauce, 
1/2 c sour cream,
about 1 cup of your favorite Mexican cheese
and mix well. Warm 8 (I used 12) tortillas until they are pliable. Spoon 2 TBSP chicken mixture to middle of tortillas and roll like a cigar. Place rolled tortillas in a 9x13 baking dish that has 1/2 c enchilada sauce placed in the bottom. After all of your enchiladas are in the dish cover with remaining sauce, sprinkle with Mexican cheese (I used a lot for my boys, I think they are part mouse as much as they like cheese!! The girls on the other hand just had a little sprinkle of cheese! LOL)
Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes. (If refrigerated bake for 30 minutes or until heated through before removing the foil.)
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I have been feeling so unmotivated since Thanksgiving! Right after we celebrated Thanksgiving we got our first snow storm, and then another and another! Between the 3 storms we have piled up a considerable amount of snow, may 50". It is hard to measure because of the wind! And then there is the cold, windchill was -40* this morning!! I love snow, but even I have had enough now that Christmas is over! The kids are not able to get out and play very often, and even if they could there is not much to do outside! The snow does not pack well so snowmen are few and far between. The swing set is buried, only the top couple of inches of the slide is visible and the swings are hidden in the snow.
Hubby is hoping to hit the ice and do a little fishing this weekend. We will see how that goes, if the weather will let him.
I haven't accomplished much of anything lately. I was hoping once the kids went back to school after the new year I would be able to check a bunch of stuff off of my ever-growing to do list. I am starting to think I packed my motivation in one of the Christmas decoration boxes. LOL I would much rather be working in my garden but instead I have this.......

 Our A/C unit. This was taken a couple of weeks ago, it is now completely snow covered!

 This pile of snow is where my husband cleared out our driveway, again this was a couple of weeks ago and is much larger now. And yes, it is almost as tall as our garage!

This is a beautiful sundog. It looks like a rainbow around the sun caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere. They really are pretty cool!!
Oh well, spring will be here before I know it, right? And just maybe it will bring my motivation with it!!
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~Until later!

Friday, December 30, 2016

A peek into my Pot technique #1

Lately it seems that every time I log onto Pinterest I see a ton of Instant Pot recipes. After a little research I learned that the Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. AND I soon found out I could cook quick meals using frozen food!! Remembering to thaw something for dinner is my biggest problem, well, that and being very busy!
 It didn't take long for me to ask hubby for one for Christmas. Due to a "Snow storm" dumping nearly 2 feet of snow followed by a Blizzard dumping 10" more our mail has been delayed quite a bit and my Instant Pot arrived on December 27. I did the water test and then Made the easiest to peel boiled eggs ever.
 The eggs slid right out of their shells!

Perfect boiled eggs!
I used what is called the 5-5-5 method, Manual pressure 5 minutes, once cooked let the pot sit for 5 minutes before releasing the stem and then putting the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wood and Wire Veggie Hod

Early this spring I jumped in and planted my garden- I have 6 raised 4'x4' beds. And then we had a big freeze and I thought my tomatoes had died. So I waited and replanted my plants, and was quite surprised when most of my tomato plants came back. And then the neighbor's cat and 3 big hail storms took a toll on my garden! This has been the worst year ever for growing fresh veggies for our family! I barely raised enough vegetables for one person, let alone enough for our family of 6!  But,  I have already taken steps to improve my harvest next year!
One of my homestead projects this year was to make a veggie hod to use when I harvested dirty things like potatoes, carrots and radishes. The openness allows you to give things a quick rinse with the garden hose before taking them in the house.

I had found the link to the DIY on Pinterest (HERE) and really wanted to make one. I ended up needing a lot of help from my sweet hubby to get it constructed, not because the design was difficult but because I lack power tool confidence! The hod is plenty big enough to hold lots of goodies and  is very sturdy. I could take my basket along to the farmer's market instead of using my fabric bag that leads to squished bread. LOL
So, bring on the garden fresh veggies next year, I am ready!!
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Until later~

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ohio State Buckeye door hangers

We may live in North Dakota but our roots run deep in Ohio, especially for my husband! He was born and raised as a Buckeye, graduated from The Ohio State University and was on staff there for 15 years!! To say he gets excited watching Buckeye football would be a HUGE understatement!! And yes, I believe he bleeds scarlet and gray, and will until the day he dies!!
Living so far way from Ohio the only way to get Buckeye gear is to order online or make it myself, and that is just what I did for our new door hangers. I bought my wood blanks from my new favorite shop on eBay and got down to business. First up was the football.

 I was going to take a before picture, but jumped the gun and started painting and then remembered the picture! :-) By the time hubby got home from work I had the entire football painted reddish brown and had drawn circles all over it. After all the kiddos were tucked into bed I painted all of my circles gray- that is when hubby took one look, rolled his eyes and said, "You must have a plan." Yes, yes I did have a plan.... I wanted polka dots, and some vinyl lettering, a bow and a ribbon hanger- if it is going on the door it is going to be "cute!"

And now my "plan" is hanging on our front door, which left the back door naked!  And seriously, the Buckeyes' helmets have got to be one of the easiest helmets to paint, so that was my next project.

 Ooops, I didn't learn from my past mistake and didn't get a clean before picture!
I had hubby mark my the face guard and strips for me. I was surprised how quickly this one was to finish. The sooner it is finished, the sooner it is hanging one the door, the sooner I can move on to another project! Win, win, win!

After the paint was all dried I added the buckeye helmet stickers. No bow for this one, but a little chevron ribbon hanger finished it off nicely. Are you ready for some football?? Go Bucks!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gone fishin' wood door hanger

Just when I think I will be posting here on a more regular schedule life throws a curve ball! Since my last post my husband's mother passed away and he went back to Ohio for a week, my vehicle blew up and I had to buy a new one, my computer crashed, we managed to get away for our first family camping trip, kids went back to school and all  those other busy life happenings.
I have found a few minutes to jump on this new kick of making aDOORaments for our home. So far they have all been super easy and very quick and inexpensive to make and a ton of fun!! Funny thing is I hung this one and we have not had  any time for fishing! haha Maybe soon! :-)

I order this wood blank from eBay-> Fishing Bobber. Because it is on my door and not out in the elements I just painted my bobber with cheap acrylic paints and then added some vinyl lettering cut with my Cameo. I added a wire hanger and a burlap and ribbon bow before hanging it on our door.
 I smile every time I pull into the driveway and see this cutie, I just can't help it!! I am anxious to paint the next one!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Until later~

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Precious memories of Granny

Some of my fondest memories while growing up were the summers spent with my grandparents in the hills of West Virginia. I ended up spending more time at my Granny Wilson's and that was quite alright with me! Granny was a hard working, people loving, woman of God. She was a homesteader before homesteading was cool! She was a much needed positive role model and I am thankful for every minute spent with her!
 Granny taught me many things, not so much with words but by the things she did. One being how to care for others. I knew I would be working along side her while she went about her daily chores. Harvesting from the garden was one of my favorites! She would grab her big enamel bowl and off we'd go picking beans, digging potatoes, picking lettuce and anything else that was ready to be eaten.
I sure do miss the time spent with my grandma!
 Over the years I have grown up and moved on but those memories still bring me great joy! It was too long ago that the vintage shop in town posted pictures of some of the "new" items for sale. My heart skipped a beat when I spied a colorful enamel bowl just like granny's!! It was a couple of weeks before I was able to stop by Vintage City and have a look around. It took a little while but I found it! The bowl is half the size of granny's but now I have my own Granny bowl!!

My Granny bowl

 Since buying my bowl we have made a couple of trips to the garden. I can't help but think that granny is right there with me! This was my most recent happy harvest!
 I hope one day that my kids will remember the stories I've shared and harvest their own gardens using the Granny bowl!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~