Instapot Chicken Cacciatore

Chris and Dillon LOVE Chicken Cacciatore…. they devour it every time I make it lol… not that they complain about what they are fed or anything… it is just one of their favourites.

Make it in the Instapot is a great time saver and the flavours seem amplified cooking it this way! A delicious meal in a fraction of the hands on time!


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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Yes, I do know it is not yet summer/ice cream weather but I had a hankering and this recipe for ice cream is actually fairly good for you. I would usually use a heavy cream, but since I didn’t have any, I used regular cream in it. It obviously wasn’t as creamy as usual but it still has lots of flavour!


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Day # 4 – Playing with my new Sewing Machine

Yes, more sewing lol! I’d like to start by saying my Craft Room is a complete write off! 😳 Before my sewing machine arrived I had started some painting projects. While I did manage to get my fence board Home signs done, that was it. So not only do I have fabric, stabilizer and thread everywhere, I still also have the folding table Dillon bought for me set up still with my painting projects.

But… I still can’t tear myself away from the sewing machine when I go downstairs to “play” lol!

I’m sure I mentioned in an earlier post how I ordered a bunch of embroidery patterns online from a place called Designs by JuJu…. I wasn’t sure how difficult the process of getting these patterns from my laptop to the sewing machine. Dillon decided on Saturday that he would help me (I honestly think he just wanted to play too lol). Well, it was even easier than I expected!!! The process of transferring the patterns is pretty much just selecting the pattern you want, selecting the correct size for your hoop and “sending” it to what is considered a “removable drive,” which is the sewing machine. The sewing machine is hooked to the laptop via a USB cable provided with the machine.

When we opened up the PE Design software I downloaded, it was even easier because it has a send option that list includes Send to Sewing Machine.

All of that said, here is the first pattern I tried this way!


I chose the pattern I wanted, sent it to my sewing machine, lined up my threads in stitching order and started to embroider!

This is the pattern I chose, shown after stitching.

I stitched it on a square of plain white broadcloth.

When the stitching was completed I sewed the two squares of fabric right sides together, leaving an opening for turning it right side out and to stuff the pillow form in.

I clipped the corners, turned it right side out and stuffed the pillow form in and then pinned the opening closed.

I sewed it closed on my machine and ended up with a cute little display pillow with a nice Family theme!

I swear what is left functional in my brain is going a mile a minute thinking of all the possibilities of things I can make as gifts and decor!!!

Roast Beef in the Instapot

For whatever reason, Chris has gone off of luncheon meats. Doesn’t matter what kind, he just doesn’t want them right now… meaning I have had to get creative with what I make for his lunch lol.

So far he has been given egg salad, tuna salad, turkey breast meat that I’ve cooked in the Instapot as well, corned beef and even something as simple as PB and banana for his sandwiches.

I hadn’t tried cooking a roast beef in the Instapot yet so this gave me the perfect opportunity to try it!


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Parmesan Roasted Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

That is a big title for an easy but delicious recipe lol! This recipe I made again the other night for dinner and wanted to share it with everyone.

It is quick to prepare and roasts in the oven in 20 minutes so your “Side” is ready in no time at all! I added a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction to the top and plates were almost licked clean lol!


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Day #3 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Is anyone getting sick of seeing the pictures I am posting of the things I am doing with my new sewing machine lol? I can take it if you are. I just can’t seem to help myself… it has become like an addiction. I swear when I get up in the morning one of my first thoughts… after lots of coffee… is what can I do on my new sewing machine today lol.

I did have to take a day away from it to get some cleaning done around here… while our house is always tidy, it still needed some vacuuming and dusting and such so I had to use all the willpower I could muster to get it done and not spend my day in the craft room “playing!”

This time I decided to play around with a canvas tote I bought as part of a set of 3 when Dillon and I were in town last week and went to Walmart.

Again I wasn’t sure I would even be able to hoop it in such a way that it could be embroidered, but I managed and it really wasn’t all that difficult!

I did an embroidered picture, played with the automatic button holer, a different font and then did some regular stitching to add some trim. I figure the more I play, the more I will learn the ins and outs of my new machine!


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Gluten Free Banana Bread

Has anyone else been having issues getting into Editor to write your posts?  Yesterday I couldn’t get into it at all… today I can only get in to write/edit posts through Chrome for some reason…. and I never use Chrome.

It meant I had to go “post-less” yesterday!!!

Below is what I was supposed to post yesterday!

Here is another gluten free recipe I tried. I have to say that this banana bread smells even better baking than my regular recipe does for some reason lol? This time I added raisins to the banana bread but you can skip that or add nuts or chocolate chips or whatever else you like in your banana bread.

It was thoroughly enjoyed by the recipient and something I will keep making but it might be a good idea to slice it and freeze it in individual slices. A whole loaf of banana bread would be difficult for one person to eat on their own!

Somehow I completely forgot to take pictures of the banana bread after it came out of the oven.. too many things on the go I think but it is delicious regardless of pictures.


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Mexican Lasagna Rolls

I didn’t know what to actually call these.  I started thinking about them after I made Lasagna Rolls and finally made them last week. Between using enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, salsa, refried beans etc., I couldn’t decide on which ingredient to base the name on so I settled on just calling them Mexican Lasagna Rolls lol!

This recipe makes quite a few of these, but they freeze and reheat great and were a big hit with “the boys,” even Chris who isn’t a big fan of refried beans!


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Day # 2 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

I swear I was going through withdrawal having to wait until Monday to get back to the sewing machine and play some more!

Luckily Saturday night I was well distracted playing/babysitting my beautiful little granddaughter lol!

I played around again with fonts and a different sort of project/fabric. I did a couple of little dollar store hand towels and just did another sort of monogram. I obviously still need some practice and experience to get the right tension, stabilizer and such but that will come with time. At least now I have a whole selection of colours after receiving the box of 40 colours of embroidery thread Friday. I ordered them from Amazon and they are number matched with the Brother chart which makes things much easier!

Here are the little hand towels I did. Nothing fancy but still cute and still a learning experience!

Next I decided it was time to try out one of the “built in” embroidery patterns from the sewing machine memory. Again I didn’t start slow or with a less intricate pattern lol. This is the pattern and colour chart I decided on.

While I didn’t choose an easier pattern, it honestly didn’t matter. That’s how easy it really is! Other than me not being able to see straight, making some of the things I’ve made off centre or full on crooked, all that was required from me other than changing the colour of thread was to push the start button!

I chose to try this pattern on the Sewing Machine Cover I made when completing the Craft Room!

This is the machine in action sewing the first colours…

And this is about mid way through.

This is what the pattern looks like when I removed the hoop from the machine.

I trimmed the threads and rehooped it… I figured if I was doing this much that I might as well add my name too lol!

This is how my sewing machine cover looked after adding the embroidery!!!

I am having so much fun lol! Kim asked me the other day if Chris was going to come home from work and find everything labeled lol!