Do you need a last minute gift idea of something practical that you can give a loved one or a friend? Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? You can customize this any way you want too and enjoy coming up with creative ideas for your gift. Here is a simple idea that I put together for a friend.
A fast and quick dinner to make any night of the week when you just don’t feel it!
I came home tonight after a long week of working and I just didn’t feel like cooking. We also have already overspent out eating out funds….so what is a girl to do. Get out the Instant Pot and start cooking.
This recipe is fast, fun and oh so yummy. Here is my version along with the original recipe I found on Jamerrill Stewart website. I hope you enjoy…leave me a comment below if you make it and how you like it!
1 lb. of ground beef
1 box of elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. spoons of Worchester sauce
1 tbsp. spoon of brown mustard
1/2 cups of sour cream
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp of garlic butter
1 tbsp. spoon of dried onions
6 cups of beef broth
1/4 cup of tomato paste
brown ground beef on sauté mode on your instant pot with the garlic butter and dried onions
in a separate bowl mix the beef broth, tomato paste, garlic, and Worchester sauce together
when beef is done cooking turn instant pot off
now add the box of macaroni over the meet ( do not stir)
now poor mixture over the macaroni ( do not stir)
place lid on instant pot ( venting not sealing) and then put on manual for 5 minutes
after 5 minutes do a quick release and take the lid off
The Freezer and Fridge is full and yet you have nothing to eat? Let’s roll up our sleeves and clean out the freezer, pantry and fridge and see what we can come up for with meals for 2 weeks only using our bits and pieces. Money is tight, some foods are hard to find and we want to be as frugal and budget friendly as we can to help us stay on track. Also….did you know that you can get some foods sent to you via UPS with free shipping from Walmart. I have a small Walmart Haul with a few fillers.
This was my first try ever eating lentils and rice let alone cooking them. I found a great recipe using the instant pot. It takes only about 20 minutes from prep to serving it up and it’s absolutely delicious.
This recipe that I made fed my family of three for one meal plus at least 2 to 3 additional meals. So you could obviously stretch this out for 5 to 7 lunches or dinners comfortably if you need to stretch things.
It is warm and delicious and my picky eater even liked it. Enjoy!!!
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
1 package of Lentils or 2 cups
1 cup of rice of your choice (I like white rice)
4 teaspoons of dried onions
6 even cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
2 teaspoon of chicken or beef bouillon
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
2 teaspoon of minced garlic
dump all the Ingredients into the instant pot
give it a good stir
place lid on and turn to sealing
turn on manual for 20 minutes
you can do a quick release or let it release on its own
Right now we are in weird times and everyone is scrambling to find budget friendly meals, and resources for these meals as well. Many people have not had to cook so many meals at home until this virus hit us. On top of having to cook the meals we are now finding that our resources are limited for meats, rice etc. Here are two books I can recommend not only give you a budget friendly recipes but also for alternatives for when you can’t find what you need.
I’ve included a great recipe for a yummy cake. This recipe is basic ingredients that you have normally at home and all you do is change up the extract to create a different flavor every time you make it. I hope you enjoy the show me a cake as much as I do. It’s moist and delicious and great deserve as a snack or dessert at any time. Be creative with the icings and toppings that you use for a different dessert every time you serve it.
Nothing beats homemade meatballs over a big plate of pasta! Meatball subs and sandwiches are always a treat too. I find when I have a crowd over or a large family gathering for the holidays, this is a great thing to serve. This is a simple foolproof recipe that I am sure you will enjoy!
3 lbs. of meatloaf mix (my preference but you can use ground chicken, turkey, or 100% beef)
1 cup of breadcrumbs
½ parmesan cheese
¼ cup of milk
1 – 2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of onion powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
2 large jars of spaghetti sauce (enough to cover the meatballs)
Easy to prepare
Dump everything in a bowl and then mix together.
Roll into the size of a meatball that you prefer.
Easy to cook:
Toss in a crock pot and cover with spaghetti sauce for four hours on high, or six hours on low ( if you find this is the best tasting).
You can bake them in the oven or fry them in a pan first, and then cook on the stove top or crock pot the same way.
For best results, I find letting them cook slow and long will retain all the flavors!
Life is definitely a journey and an adventure if you know anything about me. Every day brings new and exciting things and also some overwhelming moments. For the past two weeks my husband has had two major falls from having seizures which led him to be in the chiropractor’s office 2 to 3 times a week plus having to have physical therapy and wear a back brace.
Because of this we decided to take a quick weekend away that we called a Saturday vacation. While on this vacation he had a seizure, his scooter that he uses to get around in large places died in the middle of the museum. This led to us having to push it out of the museum, to loading it in the car manually, and causing me to be completely overwhelmed and having to have a good cry.
If you asked me is it all worth it I’d say 100%. If you asked me what I marry this man again I would tell you absolutely 100%. He is the man of my dreams and if he comes with an extra package called epilepsy …I wouldn’t change a thing. Now having said all that… I have stated over and over it many times that I have found “my new normal and it’s a moving target”.￼￼￼￼￼￼ so what does all of this mean, for me there is no normal, normal is only for a moment and that changes again. And I am OK with that. I’ve had to learn to be OK with that… Otherwise I would not have survived life and all that has been part of it.
This is made me in the long run realize how precious life is, it is giving me the desire to encourage other women and their walk and their journey, it is also encouraged me to invest in peoples lives whenever I can.
But having said all that… I have a new journey in life and an adventure and that is my YouTube channel. Come and join me and come and visit me and see what this crazy life entails.￼￼￼￼ I hope you will find encouragement along the way, maybe some new ideas that you’ve never thought of before, maybe a few laughs, but most of all I hope that you leave feeling a little bit better about yourself, a little bit more encouraged than when you first started to visit with me.