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Chili – pressure cooker


This is now my go-to Chili recipe.

CHILI with dry beans in Instant Pot Ingredients

1 cup each  dried pinto & black beans

2 lbs ground beef

1-2 onions chopped

1 red & 1 yellow bell pepper chopped

2 Tbsp garlic minced

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp dried oregano

2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp salt or to taste

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 tsp beef broth concentrate

Add after cooking:

1 can (14 oz.) diced […]

Chicken & Rice – pressure cooker

I have purchased three books with my pressure cooker and collected a number of recipes online. My GO TO weekly recipe, however is this one which I always made the rice on the stove top and had to cook the chicken separately.I am adding it here in its Instant Pot version. I prefer brown […]

Crab Cakes!

Melissa DunlapMay 11 at 9:44 PM

The Crab Cake Story. A dear couple, family, Ray & Lindy Jones of Rohnert Park, CA, harvest crab every year in Oregon and send Marilyn pint jars in a care package once or twice a year. My baby brother, Bruce, took me to his favorite restaurant downtown Seattle […]

Amish Bread Starter recipes

COVID 19 pandemic is the cause of many shortages. Apparently, one cousin could not score yeast in stores. Seems like I should begin keeping starter in the fridge and bake on a regular basis again. Thought I’d save a couple of recipes here for starter. The first one is dairy free. 

Amish Friendship Bread […]

Instant Pot Cooking!!!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Super easy and super fast classic spaghetti with meat sauce.

A great way to use your Instant Pot and clean up is a breeze! It may just become a family favorite!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 5


1 tsp olive oil

1 lb. 92% – 96% lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)


Kenzie’s Crepes

Kenzie asked for crepes so we had to make them this morning. She is becoming adept with the cast iron waffle maker and at making lovely scrambled eggs. She likes adding shredded cheddar to them. too. Tonight the chicken in the crockpot didn’t get done in time so we made broiled steaks with mashed potatoes, […]

Meal Planning – Solved

I found this web surfing late one night recently and was motivated to make it for us. Now that mom is here she needs to be able to contribute and meal preparation is a no-brainer. BUT one has to be able to PLAN the meals in order to share the preparation responsibilities. Well, problem solved […]

Artisan (No-Need-To-Knead) Bread

Artisan Bread

The “6-3-3-13” rule. To store enough for eight loaves, remember 6-3-3-13. It’s 6 cups water, 3 teaspoons salt, 3 tablespoons yeast, and then add 13 cups of flour. It’ll amaze your friends when you do this in their homes without a recipe!

Original article and link below. However, already, I have decided […]

Choke Cherries

These are native plants in Montana. My neighbor, Vivian, showed me the fruit and explained that the seed is nearly as big as the cherry so the only way to use them is as jam or syrup. We have a little bit growing next to the house and found some loaded branches hanging over the […]

Gardening 2nd Year

Mom was here again this year and helped us pick out flowers. We have many lovely things growing and are planning bigger and better for next year, including more inground spaces and a small greenhouse.

Zucchini and flowers

Angel Eyes, pansies, petunias, cosmos and the tall purple blooms.

Other […]