Cauliflower Relish – Canning

A few Christmases ago we were gifted some preserves from a neighbor and one of the jars contained some Cauliflower relish.  Chris went nuts for it so I had to ask the neighbor for their recipe. I substituted the all green peppers in the recipe and added some red peppers for a bit more colour and prepared 7 jars (I don’t know how I keep ending up with odd numbers lol) to put away for our Christmas Preserves Baskets!

While technically it took 2 days to make this relish, the majority of the time was spent waiting while the vegetables sat in the fridge over night lol!

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Pumpkin Spice Jelly Roll Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling

Phew!  That title is sure a mouthful!!!  Wednesday was the Maple Leafs first regular season hockey game. I always make Chris a special dinner and dessert for the occasion lol.  This year I made this Pumpkin Jelly Roll cake and while he asked me what it had to do with the Leafs (nothing other than the association of fall meaning falling “Leafs” lol), it sure didn’t stop him from enjoying it!

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Instapot Goulash

When trying to decide what to make for dinner the other night, I realized I had yet to try anything in the Instapot with ground beef.  I decided to go full on with this recipe by starting with frozen ground beef because I remember reading somewhere that the Instapot could do ground beef quickly as well as it’s other benefits!

Chris took a look at his plate last night and asked if I made hamburger helper lol, I told him no, it’s Goulash…. Dillon damn near licked his plate and then told me it was “Goulashicous” lol!

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Pickled Beets – Canning

I am back, after a long weekend.  We tried a new Chinese food restaurant on Friday night and have all been sick and suffering ever since.  Not sure we will be going back there again!!!

Friday during the day… before the onslaught of Chinese food illness… I made a big batch of pickled beets.  We all LOVE pickled beets and they make a great addition to our Christmas Preserves baskets! What possessed me to buy 12 lbs. of beets to pickle is beyond me 😦

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NOTE: I double the recipe to use ALL 12 lbs. of the beets!

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Instapot Creamy Tomato Soup

After how good the Potato Soup turned out in my Instapot, I decided I wanted to try a different type of soup and it ended up being a tomato soup.  And it was/is delicious!  For whatever reason, I have been in a soup sort of mood so don’t be surprised if I end up posting more soup recipes made in the Instapot!

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French Onion Beef Casserole

I completely forgot about dinner the other night. It was about 2 hours before and I still had no clue what I was going to make.  I had a look in the freezer and on the pantry shelf and came out with ground beef, macaroni noodles and French onion soup mix and decided to combine them with some green onion, minced garlic, broth and grated parmesan for a casserole that had both Chris and Dillon cleaning their plates!

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INSTAPOT Honey Garlic Chicken

Earlier this week I decided I wanted to try something else in the Instapot for dinner.  I knew I had a package of chicken breasts in the freezer so I grabbed them and made this delicious Honey Garlic Chicken that I served over rice, well, rice for Chris…. Pasta for Dillon lol!

No matter what it was served on this was a definite clean their plates kind of meal!  They both really like that sort of meal!

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Pork Tenderloin with Gravy

Again, this isn’t a summer meal but I cooked it anyway.  I so prefer cool/cold weather cooking… casseroles, slow cooked roasts, and that sort of thing.  There are so many comfort foods that are more suited for the cooler weather and I can’t wait to get back to that kind of cooking.

While the crock pot produces some wonderful meals without heating up the kitchen, I find you still don’t feel like eating anything that “heavy” during the summer months. I think this recipe qualifies as that type of meal but it didn’t stop Chris and Dillon from digging in!

I use this same recipe to cook a beef roast because it always comes out tender and very flavourful.

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INSTAPOT Cheesy Potato Soup

Yesterday was a very bad day.  We had to have our dog of 12 years put to sleep.  As all of you dog lovers out there, you know they are more than just dogs… they are family. Kita was such a good dog, right from the start.  She was a rescue dog we got as a puppy and was never anything but a loyal, well behaved dog that loved everyone she met. It didn’t matter who showed up at our house, in Kita’s mind, they were there to visit her!

It is going to be very difficult not having her in our lives everyday but as Kim told me last night… Kita had a very good life, especially considering her beginnings, and we have a lot of memories of her to comfort us once the initial grief starts to subside. Hopefully Kita is now somewhere with no pain and she can go to the L-A-K-E every single day and play with the ducks!!!

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Kita “helping” me to garden!

I could write a huge post singing her virtues, although not without a lot of Kleenex,  but I still wanted to share this soup recipe I made last night in my INSTAPOT.  None of us felt like eating, but knew we should.  Potato soup is my go to comfort food and that is exactly what we needed last night.  It is the favourite thing my grandmother makes for me when we visit and whenever I make it I can feel her right alongside of me cooking!

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Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Need I say more than what the title says lol.  I know some of you think it’s too early for pumpkin recipes…. not naming anyone lol… but I think we should be able to eat anything pumpkin all year round! I love just about anything pumpkin, right down to roasting the seeds!  There is nothing quite like the smell of something pumpkin spice baking in the oven!  That is one of my comfort smells!

Apparently it is also so for Dillon because I almost had to take a wooden spoon to him to keep him from taking the whole plate of warm rolls and eating all of them lol!

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