Hoppin’John instant pot style! 

Hoppin’John is a lucky new year meal and with my new instant pot it’s easier than ever to make! 

Hoppin’John is a simple recipe consisting of blackeyed peas, ham, and rice. A southern dish that originated in the Carolina’s. Although it’s said to be a lucky dish for the new year, noone really knows why. I even consulted with my good friend Google, and no answer as to why this is lucky. But, I’m not taking any chances! Here’s my instant pot recipe for Hoppin’John! Happy New Year and Enjoy!! 

1 bag black eyed peas soaked and rinsed

2 cans chicken broth

2 boxes Rice A Roni Long grain and wild rice

1 can diced tomato drained

1lb thick cut ham steaks

Add beans, rice, seasoning packets from the rice, tomatoes, and broth to the pot. Top with the ham steaks. Set for 30minutes on the beans and lentils setting if your pot has one. That’s it! Once cooked, shred the ham and give it a stir! Enjoy!! 

Remember those resolutions? 

So last January, I blogged about my new year’s resolutions. I’m not really a resolution kind of girl. Its not typical of me I should say. I had a few specific goals…

1. Become a morning person 

2. Stop procrastinating

3. Do more of what I love! 

Well I’m happy to report that I have done a pretty good job of at least two of these things. I have taken more time to do what I love. I have cooked, blogged, decorated, crafted, and done so many things this year that I really love! I hope you did too! Also I have done a better job, although not perfect, of stopping my procrastinating ways and trying to get things done right away! It makes a huge difference! 

Now about that morning person thing….How do you people do this!! I hate getting up early, and I can’t seem to force myself out of bed until the very last warm snuggly minute lol! I’m open to advice here folks! I still think I could make an early morning routine work for me. I’m open to hearing your ideas!

 I might try setting some new resolutions for 2018. I’ll keep you posted!

I think I’m in love with my instant pot! 

So, I received a really nice gift from my mother and father in law, an instant pot! If you’ve never heard of this it’s simply a multi-functional cook pot that resembles a slow cooker. Instead of a crock though the inner pot is coated aluminum, and the lid has a gasket that allows steam to trap inside the pot like a pressure cooker. But besides slow cooking, and pressure cooking, you can steam veggies, cook rice, cook beans and lentils, saute meat, and can be used for canning! 

The nice part about this handy kitchen gadget is it can cook foods that are frozen an it’s FAST! 

I’ve already made chili using frozen meat, and tonight I cooked an entire stuffed chicken in less than hour! It’s amazing!! I feel like a Ronco commercial lol!! Set it and forget it! 😂

So if your looking for a tool that will really make life a little easier in the kitchen consider an instant pot! You’ll love it, just like I love mine! Happy cooking everyone! 

Monkey Bread

After a wonderful holiday weekend I’m enjoying a nice day of reflection. We had several wonderful family get togethers, full of food, laughs, and fun! I hope you all had a wonderful celebration this year as well, full of all of the most important people in your life. 

When my family gathers we no doubt do some cooking. Ham, crab dip, shrimp, and treats of all types. Including monkey bread.

Monkey bread hails from the State of California, first developed in the 1940’s this sweet treeat was made from a yeast bread dipped in butter and sugar. The loaf was made free form and baked directly in the oven without a pan. I can’t even imagine cleaning that mess up later lol. Today there are a number of variations in the recipe some include fruit, or raisins. Others incorporate nuts. I like to keep my version simply styled, and easy to make for holiday ease. Here is my receipt for monkey bread, enjoy! 

2 cans Pillsbury biscuit dough

1/4c sugar

2tsp cinnamon

1/2 stick of butter

1/4c brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c raisins (soak in water for 1 hr prior)

Preheat the oven to 350°F grease a small Bundt pan and set it aside. Cut the biscit dough into bite size pieces and toss to coat in the sugar and cinnamon place in the Bundt pan add raisins in with the dough. In a small sauce pan heat the butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Once thick and bubbly pour evenly over the dough in the pan. Bake 20 min or until dough is cooked through. Remove from the oven and turn over immediately onto a serving plate. Allow to cool and enjoy! 

Mantles with Mirrors Oh MY!!

Strolling through Instagram recently I’m seeing this fabulous trend of mirrors on mantles. I love the added architecture, and open feel it gives each room. Here are a few of my favorites, however the geometric mirror shared by @zevyjoy is to die for!! What do you think? Which is your fave?

My blog in update format…

I hate when I fall behind and have to blog in updates… I haven’t posted in a couple months as things have been crazy as usual so here it is the big update.

We hosted our annual Halloween party and it was a blast! We had a steampunk carnival theme and I was the ring master. A lot of fun was had by all and next year’s theme…drumroll…masquerade! I can’t wait! Here are a few pics from this year’s party! 

Once past Halloween, my bff Amber and I had a couple of bff craft nights, we made college football themed door wreaths and in gearing up for Christmas we made gingerbread houses! 

The garden center has been busy too! We hand make a huge selection of holiday wreaths and decorations! It’s my favorite season because the creative limitations are lifted! 

I’m now in full blown Christmas panic trying to get everything finished before Christmas next Monday! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic holiday season! Here is a picture of the front porch decor, our visit to the community Christmas tree lighting, Nite Lights, and of course my Christmas tree. I’ll be posting more over the next several months! Happy Holidays everyone!