Friday, January 12, 2018

Five Question Friday 01.12.18

For several years, I played along with Five Crooked Halos doing Five Question Friday. It was a fun way to share a little more about yourself and always gave me a blog topic on Fridays.

I first found it in April 2011 and kept up with answering those 5 Q's pretty much every Friday until it fizzled out in 2014. 

I'm bringing 5Q Friday back by digging in the archives PLUS I'll be starting my own linky party that hopefully others will join in for and link up!

Five Question Friday 01.12.18

(1) When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook? 

April 2011 - A few days ago. I use a checkbook and register, but go online every few days to bring it up to date.

January 2011 - I still bring it up to date every few days or at least once a week, however, since the holidays I haven't been as faithful. Yesterday, I brought out my home binder and updated it for 2018 as well as starting a new check register which I'll bring up to date today.

(2) Are you a shower or long bath kind of person?

This hasn't changed at all over the past 7 years.....I take a bubble bath EVERY night!! 
(and while we are talking about of my favorite products is Neutrogena Rainbath)

(3) Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after snoozing several times?

April 2011 - I'd like to say I get up as soon as the alarm goes off, but I don't. DH gets up...tells me to wake up, he gets dressed....tells me to wake up....feeds the cat and brushes his teeth.....tells me to wake up.....finally, I get up:(... but I'm definitely not the morning person he is!!

January 2018 - I think this is one of the biggest changes I've made
 since then. First, Peter now commutes to work 2 weeks out of each month then home the other 2, so when he's home there is no need to alarm the clock. Secondly, a few summers ago, I became a morning person and absolutely love getting up early, before the day gets chaotic! So, to answer the question, I wake up naturally between 5:30 and 6:00 without the alarm. :O)

(4) When was the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?

May 2011 - About 2 years ago. It's a really pretty set from the Martha Stewart line- the colors are mocha & light jade.  (here's a pic right before the bedroom makeover in 2014)

January 2018 - I switched to this white duvet after we did the little makeover in our bedroom.
I love the crisp white and adding pops of color. I'm still using the yellow and grey but have plans to update our bedroom soon!

(5) Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal?

November 2011 - This one's easy.....I just "hide" stuff in our bedroom and close the door. Shhhh...don't tell anyone! LOL

January 2018 - I'd still say our bedroom, although I've mellowed a bit over the years and try to keep things real.....a messy house is real life...most all of us don't have magazine perfect homes all the time! LOL
(And you do know nobody ever "pops over" when it's looking perfect! LOL--NEVER)

Hope you will link up and share your answers to my new (revived) post thread 
Five Question Friday!! :O)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Blogging ----> Year 8

and so begins year number eight....

I can't believe I've stuck with blogging so faithfully, then again it's one of my most favorite things! I love looking back on past years and the different things I wrote about, and pictures I'd forgotten I'd taken. I've changed my style a bit through the years, and feel like I've gotten a bit better at blogging. One thing that hasn't changed, my food pics and posts! Some of my first posts were about food and I thought I'd share my first recipe/food pic.......

After looking at it, I realize I haven't made another Shepherd's Pie since! LOL I must have been so unimpressed!

I've made some really delicious recipes over the past 7 years, I've done some fun projects, documented the accomplishments and milestones of my family, and most recently bombarded you with pictures of my grandchildren. LOL

Sometimes, bloggers go through dry spells where they either can't find the time to blog, or feel like they have nothing to write about. To add a little spark to my blogging, and because I'm starting yet another year at it, I'm going to dig into the archives and find one topic per day to blog about by going month by month through my entire blog. I'll do a recap of an old post and do an updated version of it too. I'm excited to look back through my blog and I hope you will enjoy seeing some of the old posts too. This should be fun!

Welcome 2018....year 8 of blogging....2,047 posts and counting!! :O)

Instant Pot Recipe: Pressure Cooked Pork & Potatoes

~Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Pork, Potatoes, & Carrots~


6 - 8 pork chops
1 cup water
1 onion
4 - 6 medium potatoes - quartered
4 carrots 
3 T steak sauce
1/4 cup butter
salt & pepper

Brown chops using the saute option in half the butter (salt & pepper).
Have potatoes, onion, and carrots ready and after browning chops remove with tongs and set aside.
Add remaining butter, onion, carrots, potatoes, then pork. Pour water and steak sauce on top.
Put the lid on, close steam valve, and set pressure option to 15 minutes.
Use the regular steam release method when done.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

{snow babies}

*Snow Babies*

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early morning snuggles

#morningthoughts #quote  Enjoy the little things
My favorite time with the grandchildren is early mornings when no one else is up.
Those first sounds, first smiles, the quiet time with no distractions, just snuggling them in your arms, rocking them, feeding them, just staring at each other, content and happy. 

When Kamry first came home from the hospital, I spent lots of time with them, trying to help out and be company for Lindsey. I think the biggest thing for both of us were the early mornings. Lindsey was exhausted and needed rest, and I was up early anxious to do morning duty! Post link {HERE}.

That summer, I became a morning person!! Since then, I haven't slept in past 7 and if I do I feel like I've missed the best part of the day. I love the quiet time, and I love it even more if it's quiet time with my grandchildren!

When Rowen came along last fall, I was so happy when I got to do morning duty with him!
It was under different circumstances this time, but I loved that I was able to not only help my other daughter-in-law, but I got many hours of quiet time with my new grandbaby. 

I pulled out my good camera again. I miss using it. I snap pics with my Ipad but I love getting good pictures with my camera. I need more practice but I snapped these yesterday morning, and I love them!!

They won't remember our mornings together, but for me, these early morning snuggles are priceless, precious moments that I will never forget. 


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

top ten + pin it tuesday: instant pot recipes

10 [Pinterest] Instant Pot Recipes that are on my to- try list!
( Click on blog links below for each recipe)

(1) Chicken Fettucini Alfredo from Heather Likes Food

This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is a game changer! It's a super simple and quick recipe that puts everything into the Instant Pot and turns out tender chicken and flavorful sauce. Move over, Olive Garden, the Instant Pot is in town. :)

(2) Turkey Breast from Crunchy, Creamy Sweet

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe - juicy turkey breast cooked in pressure cooker in just 35 minutes! The best way to save time preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

(3) Glazed Carrots  from Eating On A Dime 

(4) Teriyaki Chicken from Chelsea's Choices

Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki

(5) Hamburger Stroganoff from Julie's Eats & Treats 

Instant Pot {Pressure Cooker} Hamburger Stroganoff ~ Only One Dish to Clean and You Have an Easy Dinner Recipe! ~

(6) Mississippi Roast from Simply Happy Foodie

Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast is a classic pot roast made in the electric pressure cooker. With ranch, au jus, butter, and pepperoncinis for amazing, rich flavor. #instantpotrecipes #instantpotpotroast #instantpotmississippipotroast #mississippipotroast #pressurecookerpotroast

(7) Cubed Steak & Gravy from Adventures of a Nurse


(8) Honey Ham from Adventures of a Nurse

Instant Pot Honey Ham

(9) Salsa Chicken Tacos from Cooking Classy 

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos - Cooking Classy

(10) Baby Back Ribs from I Wash You Dry

SUPER EASY Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs! These things are falling off the bone in just 25 minutes!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cheesy Bacon Potato Rounds

These cheesy bacon potato rounds are an easy-to-make version of the classic baked potato skins.

A delicious, quick side or the perfect party food, these yummy potato rounds are DELISH topped with bacon, cheese, and a little sour cream. I never met a potato I didn't like!

Here's how to make them....

Cheesy Bacon Potato Rounds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Scrub 3 - 4 potatoes and slice into 1/2" thick rounds.
[Russet or Yukon gold are best, but any will do]

Put on a foil lined and sprayed baking sheet. 

Melt 3 T butter and brush over potatoes.

Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way.

When done, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese 
bacon bits 
[2 slices - fried, drained, and chopped]


Five Question Friday 01.12.18

For several years, I played along with Five Crooked Halos doing Five Question Friday. It was a fun way to share a little more about you...