Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FO: Sedge Wash cloth

I feel like cotton yarn as of late is not as absorbent as it used to be. I bought some cotton yarn online from Knit Picks to see if it is any better

Saturday, April 22, 2017

PC Mac and Cheese #5, #1 PC recipe

This is the first new Pressure Cooker recipe of 2017 I tried. We happened to be watching the infomercial for the Pressure Cooker XL (the one we own) and we watched them make Mac and Cheese in it. So I promptly went out and bought the ingredients. I believe I made this 2/15/17. 


It's a combination of 2 recipes.
This old gal blog is the main recipe and this blog
The main thing I took from the other blog was I used chicken stock vs water.


While I was prepping and cooking the mac and cheese, I put some bacon and chicken in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes to add protein to the dish.

There is a topping recipe on the blog that I did not use.

Ingredients
Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 pound Cavatappi (or other Pasta)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Mustard Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Kosher Salt (or 1 teaspoon Sea Salt)
  • 4 cups Fresh Water
  • 12 oz Evaporated Milk (Heavy Cream, Sour Cream or Homemade Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Cheddar Cheese (Sharp, Mild or Extra Sharp
  • 1 cup Oaxaca Cheese (Monterey Jack, Gruy√®re, Smoked Gouda, or combination of melting cheese)

Instructions
  1. Add pasta, butter, mustard, hot pepper sauce, salt and water to Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
  2. Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.
  3. Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes.
  4. When Beep is heard, allow a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release and then carefully do a Quick Release.
  5. Open lid and stir in the the heavy cream or evaporated milk.
  6. Turn off Pressure Cooker and then select Saute or Browning and mix in the cheese in three parts, mixing well before adding more. When desired thickness is achieved, turn off Pressure Cooker.

amount of cheese is a personal preference, so start with the lower amount and add more, until desired amount is achieved.
Use any of your favorite kinds of cheese and be creative.
Any pasta shells will work. Rule of thumb is to cook pasta for 1/2 the lesser cook time stated on package and then subtract 2 minutes

My Notes: I didn't add hot sauce and we used a colby jack and mozzarella. After tasting hubby suggested adding some velveeta.  I think I used the heavy cream as well. The pasta was cooked perfect- I really thought that it would be not enough but the 5 minute natural release must help after the only 3 minutes of cooking.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FO: Shell Stitch Blanket

I accidentally deleted the draft of this post! So I wanted to make sure to get this finished. I just used the left over yarn I had from the ripple baby blanket I made in July- See post HERE. It's not for anyone in particular- I just wanted to have something on my hook I could work on when the opportunity presented itself.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

#4- Cannoli Cake, with recipe, 2/4/17


Apparently I am seriously out of order with recipes. I really wanted to get those lemon cookies posted though- such a great spring recipe. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8# Anginetti- Italian Lemon Cookies 3/5/17


I have been reading a series of books by Cleo Coyle called the coffee house mysteries. There are recipes throughout the books and this one caught my attention. I guess these are big at holidays and Easter so I thought I would post them before Easter in case anyone was interested. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

#7 Fried Rice 3/1/17

7th new recipe of 2017! We like hibachi fried rice so I did a google search to find some recipes and techniques. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Double Chocolate Biscotti, #3


I made this also in January- 1/28/17. January was a big month for new recipes to try...I don't believe February had quite as many. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lasagna Soup, 1/28/17

Yes we are still on January recipes haha.

A favorite in dinner rotation- Lasagna Soup made it's first appearance of 2017 already. 2 batches of it. We were going to see the Q at OSU and I wanted to make some for he and the roomies. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dinner Rolls, #2

I found this recipe on OneHundredDollarsaMonth.com. Go check out her blog- she posts tons of recipes and tips.
 It was so easy (with my stand mixer) and Hubby and I enjoyed them. I made them to go with the Cheeseburger soup. 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, #1

In 2016 I think we determined I made about 28 new to us recipes. 
Let's see if I can keep it up in 2017! 

Look at that kitchen...I love it. So much room. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More February Animals


Huggie toting his ring around

Sister Dog




What a poo poo face- He get's mad when Hubby comes to bed... lol

Friday, March 3, 2017

FO: Pony Tail hat

A coworker asked if I could make her a Pony tail hat...I never really heard of one but I said I would try. When I googled it, it's apparently a big thing this winter. It's also called a Messy Bun hat.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Cookies, #28


This was the last new recipe of 2016. I documented 28 new to us recipes! I feel certain there might have been one or 2 that slipped through the cracks.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hot Chocolate Cookies, #27

Hot Chocolate Cookies- from the jar. Can I just tell you the only place I could find these was at Walmart. I went to a few places and NONE were to be found. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Copycat Bob Evans Chicken Soup, #26


I like this more than Bob Evan's soup. Make sure to get the noodles suggested in the recipe. I think it makes a big difference. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FO: Ripple baby blanket


I made a baby blanket for hubby's coworker at the end of last summer.

Started: July 2, 2016
Finished: July 31, 2016
Yarn: Caron One pound in White and Iris, RHSS in Shocking Pink
Hook: K hook
Size: 35 inch square

Monday, February 13, 2017

Random Animals



1/21/17
Look at his FACE


He thinks he's so hot...

Mini and her BFF





I even got a huggie pic!

Just hangin' around



In case you didn't know, my cat plays Nintendo...


"MAAAA turn the game on!"

 Does anyone want a cat? She will fit well in this bag apparently.



"MAAA you are really going to let him DO this to me???"