Friday, 18 August 2017

Instant Pot Monkey Bread





Weekend is here and everyone likes to have something special on a weekend morning! I made this delicious monkey bread for Wee Bear last weekend and shared it with my son and family! Everyone loved it! So quick!

Instant Pot Monkey Bread 

1 can Biscuits ( can use any type you like, I used Pillsbury Southern Grands) 
3/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
6 T butter
3/4 c. dark brown sugar, (you can use light brown too, I prefer the dark)

In a zip lock bag place the granulated sugar and cinnamon, give it a good shake.



Cut the biscuits into 4 pieces and put into the bag in batches...give them a good shake to coat them with the sugar. Divide the sugar coated pieces between two small non stick loaf pans, or spray your loaf pan with Pam.


Microwave the butter for 45-60 seconds with a paper towel over top to melt, or melt on cook top. Stir in the brown sugar. Divide and distribute the caramel mixture between the two loaf pans.



Cover the loaf pans with a piece of foil. 

Add 1 cup water to the Instant pot, put the trivet or rack in. I have a 6 quart instant pot and can just fit the two mini loaf pans in. 



Put on manual high pressure for 21 minutes and do a Natural Release for 5 minutes, then Quick Release.



Serve hot immediately! 

If you cannot serve immediately, you can heat up in the microwave for a few seconds.



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Instant Pot Chorizo Clams



Everyone that know me, knows I love clams! Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I had the pleasure of eating clams on a regular basis. I considered myself very lucky, and still do! My Aunt Gail would have a annual clam fest every Summer. They would actually go out and dig the clams early in the morning on event day. It was amazing! I have a few recipes for clams, this one is Wee Bear's favorite, that I adjusted for the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Strawberry Compote


 By popular demand! I am posting the strawberry compote request for my delicious New York Cheesecake! 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Instant Pot New York Cheesecake


This delicious cheese cake is paired perfectly with Instant Pot Strawberry Compote! So creamy and delicious! Just 4 minutes cooking in the instant pot and 30 minute natural pressure release!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Instant Pot Water Test



Have you purchased and used a "Instant Pot" yet?  Have you even heard of the "IP"? Well, let me enlighten you, if you are not part of this craze!

If you have been keeping up with Wee Bear and I, you know we purchased a motorhome, a 34 foot beauty we named "Aria"! We are planning to explore the United States with our son and family, and anyone else that is brave enough to come along! More on that later......and possibly a new blog in the makings....I have purchased and created the domain name "whereRVgoingtoday"! Stay tuned!

Okay, on to the "IP" ......I was outfitting Aria with her dishes, pots, pans, etc. and read about the "Instant Pot". I was interested, and read more. Basically, it is a programmable pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, warmer, saute and steamer all in one! This is perfect, as any RV owner knows, space is limited in the RV, no matter how big you are! I read reviews and ......well, I dove in! Reading about IP users making their favorite recipes and 5000 other delicious things they have been cooking in their Instant Pot. I have joined several IP groups on Facebook and read about their experiences. This weekend I made my first few dishes, New York Cheesecake with strawberry compote, Crispy Carnita's, Monkey Bread, Spanish rice.....and a few more. All this, after doing the "Water Test".

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Slider Bar Set Up!



Summer is in full swing! Wee Bear and I are having so much fun with our new adventure! Aria our new motorhome! She is a majestic beauty and is taking us to some new places on the bucket list!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Home Made Taco Seasoning


This is a money saving recipe for sure, however, it is a good way to make a taco seasoning that you can adjust to your family's heat preference. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream


Sunday, July 16 is National Ice Cream Day! Yay!
 The day that’s sweeter than basking in fresh summer fruits is coming up on Sunday.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Smash Potato Salad

 

With Summer in full swing, I came up with yet another "SMASH" recipe! This one will work in perfect for the Summer BBQ! The flavors are delicious with the fresh herbs from my garden and I cut the calories using buttermilk!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

S'mores pudding shots!


The S'more is known as a Summertime treat. Some of us, learned how to cook our first S'more over a campfire. No one seems to know where the S'more originated, but, I like to think it originated with my Dad, on a camping trip under a starry sky. Other's like to think it originated with the Girl Scouts of America when a recipe was published in a 1927 version of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. No one is real sure of who or where it originated, but, everyone is sure it is a delicious treat that aligns with great memories!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Strawberry Cream Cupcakes

If you are on the hunt for a great fourth of July dessert, look no further!
These light fluffy cupcakes are a sweet addition for your 4th of July celebration or any Summertime get together.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lemonade made with Stevia blends



There is something about a pitcher full of lemonade that gets me excited!
Nothing shouts Summer more than  LEMONADE! I can remember hauling the table and chairs down the lawn, with my neighborhood friends and out onto the street to sell our lemonade. I'm pretty sure we charged a nickel a cup, which we would get a few takers, mostly neighbors! Hahaha! But, we were entrepreneurs at 8 years old!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pasta, Pea and Bacon Salad



I highly recommend this Pasta Salad for your Fourth of July celebration- and any other time you want a quick to make crowd pleaser!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Teriyaki Mushrooms


 This is the perfect accompaniment for your steak or mushroom burger! Add chicken for a stir fry one pot meal. Very quick to make and flavor packed!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Brussel Sprouts with pancetta




Brussels Sprouts

They are like the proverbial stepchild of the vegetable world.  Some people run  in horror when you speak their name while others hesitate in the realm of distrust when the words “brussels sprouts” are uttered. I don’t know and haven’t quite determined why or why not some adore and others detest this tiny cabbage-like vegetable, but I know one thing – I love them!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Not so SECRET Sauce!



Just in time for memorial day weekend! This is the sauce you love at that "World Famous Burger place"!  This ideal secret sauce for burgers is a carefully balanced, creamy blend with just enough acid, spice, smokiness, and sweetness. This was developed especially for a burger, but it works just as well as for fries, onion rings, sandwiches, deviled eggs (instead of mayo), and more. I think this concoction is just right, but it's easy to adjust the proportions according to personal taste to create your own house secret sauce.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Cilantro Margarita!

Cinco de Mayo-
The commemoration of the Mexican/French battle is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico. However, all public schools are closed nationwide in Mexico on May 5. The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, where the Battle took place, and also a full holiday (no work) in the neighboring State of Veracruz.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Crispy Cheddar Smash Potatoes!




These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish to any meal!  They're cheesy, buttery and so flavorful!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

How to make 'Crispy Smash Potatoes"



Barbecue season is here in Arizona, however, just around the corner- for those in the northern states. I say this, as this potato is a great side with burgers, steak and chicken! You make these in the oven, so actually even if you are not ready to fire up the "Q", you can make this easy delicious side!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chicken Tarragon Salad




 There are many things I like about this recipe...first off is the fact that I made it, instead of getting it from a store.  That's not to say that there's anything wrong with chicken salad from a store, but I always like to have control of my chicken pieces, which equates to no fat, grizzle or bones.  I just love all the flavors in this recipe, the apples and celery....yum! The second thing I appreciate is that it's not overly "dressed", which translates into a lot of mayonnaise.  I think you will really like this dish, and if you look closely, you will see the almonds, tarragon, celery, apple, red onion, and dried cranberries! Do you like my Mom's baker?  It is a Guardian circa 1950's!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Tablescape





One of the guarantee's of an unforgettable Easter holiday, is to set the right tone for your Easter dinner tablescape. When you are planning to host your Easter dinner, the first thing to do is to remember that it is Spring now, so the best options to decorate the table are fresh flowers, green grass and porcelain rabbits and eggs. To create a beautiful tablescape or tablescapes for your guests, you don’t need to spend large sum of money. Instead of paying a fortune for decorations of your dinner table, maybe you can choose to DIY them. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sweet Potato Pancakes



This week I am on a wonderful retreat to my favorite spa with my daughter! Pearl Laguna is a retreat I have been going to for a little over seven years now. It is a hiking, yoga and cleanse retreat. Fits me perfect! Work hard from 7 AM to 1 PM with morning yoga and a rigorous hike, followed by a 20 minute weight session or a pool class. Then its lunch and relaxation with a different mask each day and a luxurious massage. In between, I use the infrared sauna, take a nap or lay by the pool. After a relaxing afternoon, we do a evening yoga class and dinner. This year I brought my daughter with me and she is really enjoying revitalizing after having two children over the past 3 plus years.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooksters



Think- thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just blow your mind!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Bailey Irish Cream Tiramisu- eggless





It's almost St. Patrick's day and I have a easy recipe that you will love!!

This is a quick Tiramisu Recipe and is perfect for any occasion!  The  ladyfingers are soaked in Baileys and coffee then layered with mascarpone whipped cream. It will be your new favorite no-bake dessert! Twenty minutes of preparation time and then just pop it into the refrigerator over night or at least 6 hours!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Herb Vinaigrette -Jamaica Inn's Chef Maurice




We are back from our island paradise in Ocho Rios, Jamaica....boo hoo! I love it there so much! Wee Bear says it's the only time in the year, I truly relax. He is right, I sit and sip coconut water in a lounge chair and stare lazily out to the sea. I enjoy watching the fishermen go by, the "Big Birds", who land in our tree and dive into the ocean right in front of me to catch a fish. I love taking my raft and heading down our stairway to the ocean and floating along with the waves. I love getting massage on our veranda, going to the local salon for a pedicure and manicure and talking to the locals about life in Jamaica. One of my very favorite things to do while in Ochi (local talk), is "Releasing the Sea Turtles". We were lucky enough this year to participate in the release. They are usually being hatched in August and September, but, this year there was a late group of 94! I wrote more about this below today's recipe. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Woodland Baby Shower ideas!

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When Emily approached me about partnering with her to give "Sweet One", my daughter-in-law a baby girl shower....I instantly said, "Yes"! From there it just went "Wild"! Emily and I had so much fun creating a animal forest scape throughout the living, dining and family rooms! Here is how we did it!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Pork Tenderloin in Lime Sauce

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 This is one of Wee Bear and I favorite dishes! And, I recently had requests by two of my adult children to make this deliciousness for them! I had no idea that Tink loved this dish and TT requested me to make while we are on a our annual ski/snowmobiling trip this year. It is really pretty simple to make, and I was surprised it wasn't already on the blog! 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentines Day Lunch Box






The countdown to Valentines Day is on — and one of the things Mom or Dad can do to celebrate this love-filled day is make a special lunch for her/his tot. Whether you're packing a lunch box or serving your little one at home, these sweet Valentine's Day lunch ideas will have your kiddo head over heels by lunchtime!

When Valentine's Day is on a school-day, send your little Valentines out the door with a sweet lunchbox full of love. Plus, hopefully surprising them with some fun, but healthy, Valentine's lunch options in their lunchbox will help to counteract all of the sugar they're sure to have at their class party!


 Whether your little one likes proschuitto and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, you can cut the bread into a heart shape and make his/her favorite sandwich. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Chocolate Shortbread Hearts




Years ago this recipe was taught to me in a Eva Kenly class. I have made them nearly every year since for Valentines day. It's been my go-to recipe for Chocolate Shortbread Cutouts ever since. It's the easiest recipe ever and the taste is heavenly! Now, years later, my daughter, and now my grand daughter is making these delicious hearts...this pictorial is my daughter Tink(Holly) and grand daughter, Madison Lee (my name sake). Four ingredients, very quick to make and bake!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hidden Heart Pound Cake- JJ's


 

 A whimsical treat, easy to bake!

 

How cute is this? I just start smiling as I am cutting through, giddy about how every time it turns out perfect ! This cake is solid and moist, heart is as plain as day and the color not compromised.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Coconut Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A friend of mine, and fellow golfer/sewist told me of this recipe, she said it was her favorite cookie. I thought it sounded a lot like a Mrs. Field's cookie I once had and liked. I asked her to email it to me! 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Superbowl Wingfest- 5 preparations for wings!





Americans eat 1.33 Billion chicken wings at Superbowl 50......yes, that is 1.33 Billion with a B!  With the second most important eating day upon us there is no hotter time of year for chicken wings!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cinnamon Fireball Wings!

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 Your favorite Cinnamon Whisky and chicken wings? Football never tasted soooo good! Cinnamon whisky tastes great in a mixed drink, or even straight up.....but, I'm not here to tell you how to drink your whisky. I'm here to give you the most epic football "hot wings" you will ever serve at a big game!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Franks Red Hot Healthy Wings


A few years ago my daughter, Tink, made us a pizza using Frank's Hot sauce. She marinated the roasted chicken in Frank's and used the marinated chicken as one of the toppings.... I loved it!! Hense, this healthier recipe using Frank's! Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Teriyaki Wings- Healthier

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The play off games are beginning for professional football....and we want to have our favorite wings! But, we made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier. I have the solution! This is the third recipe in my "Healthier Wing Series"! Get the Wet One's out, or at least some damp paper towels, these oooey goooey wings will delight your taste buds!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Baked Tuscan Bread Soup

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Wee Bear and I have spent a lot of time over the years in Europe on vacations, whether it be skiing, cruising, road trips or just renting a house for a while. By far our favorite soup is a Tuscan vegetable soup. In Tuscany it is called Ribollita which in Italian means reboiled or reheated and simply refers to it as left over vegetable soup. It is delicious in cold weather and light enough in calories that I can safely put it into the "Figure Friendly" category, sans the bread! The recipe looks humble, however, this recipe blew us away! Just look at these pictures! The soup is gently simmered and baked and the bread ends up almost like a dumpling, breaking apart in the savory broth. Wee Bear had to stop between spoonfuls and proclaim how much he loved it!