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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Microwave Coffee Cake Mug Cake

When you are short on time and need a quick dessert, mug cakes can be a life saver. Mixed up quickly and “baked” in the microwave, you can have a warm dessert in less than 5 minutes and keep the masses happy!


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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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Planning a First Birthday Party

I honestly do not know where the time has gone but in less than a month my/our granddaughter is going to be One!!! While I hate that the time has flown by, I do look forward to joining Kim in planning and executing the party.

I actually spent the afternoon with my granddaughter yesterday after my Dr’s appointment and even though I spent the night babysitting her 2 weekends ago, it is amazing how much she has learned since then! She must have spent an hour “reading” to her Grandma yesterday lol… at least that’s what I think she was doing because I have somehow forgotten over the years how to translate baby talk …. it was either that or she was cursing me out, so I prefer to think she was telling me a story since she Was holding a Care Bears book while she “talked.”

We have decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme for her First Birthday party! And as you can imagine… Pinterest has provided us with more ideas than we will ever need. Today I chose to highlight some of the ideas we are thinking of implementing!

Something as simple as how you lay out the (paper) plates can significantly add to the theme of a party. We found a picture that shows 2 sized of black paper plates displayed in such a way that they look like Mickey/Minnie Mouse.

Or even using construction paper, craft foam or even Bristol board to add bows to the plates to fancy them up a bit!

Even the cutlery and how it is displayed can help carry the theme to the food tables. I found 2 great examples of this… we just haven’t decided which one to use…. yet! I think we will use the first example to decorate the glass beverage dispenser I have to fill with some kind of pink punch!

I found a really cool way to display “through the first year” photos showing everyone how much she has grown.

Free Printables to add Minnie Mouse “Bows” to anything and everything lol….

Even ways to decorate plain white bows to carry the theme throughout.

Kim has some Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cutters we are going to use to shape the sandwiches and maybe cheese for cheese and crackers…. there are hundreds of cute cupcake ideas… and I found the cutest pink Minnie Mouse shaped meringue on sticks.

We found some cute… and what seems easy to make… table decorations.

And finally the cake!!!! I think we have decided on one similar to the one in the picture below to make the cake.

We have so many ideas in our heads… and saved on Pinterest… that should make this First Birthday party something she will remember for years… if only through pictures she sees later in life lol!


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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