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What I’m Cooking: Instant Pot-Ham Bone Soup

No joking…I think I look forward to eating ham bone soup even more than I ever look forward to eating ham.  That says a lot as ham is likely my favorite meat.

When the kids were all home last we had ham.  It was a great bone in ham…my favorite.  No spiral hams for us!!

Long ago I would make Ham Bone Soup on the stove boiling the ham and beans for a LONG time.  It is so much easier with my  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  I have a 6 quart size and can get a ham bone in it.

This is what I did….In the pot I put:
8 cups of water
1 bag of Great Northern Beans
1 larger onion chopped
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of ham broth seasoning
1 meaty ham bone


I have a bean setting on my pot so I locked the cover in place, turned the valve and pressed the bean setting.  Easy-Peasy.

The ham comes out perfect for flaking.


It falls right off the bone.


I put the meat back in the pot.

I then mixed 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch with enough water for it to absorb.  I turned the pot onto saute and stirred in the cornstarch mixture.  Test the soup to see if it’s the consistency you like.  If you want it thicker, mix another batch of cornstarch.  I taste at this point too.  Some hams are super salty and no more salt is needed.  Some aren’t as salty and do need salt added to the soup.  Make it to your taste and liking.

Here’s what mine looked like…. Continue reading

French Bread Pans….

I’ve given you my French Bread recipe in a previous post.  Find it here.

Well not to long ago I was at the thrift store and saw this French Bread pan.  I was intrigued.  I wondered if actually having a pan might make the bread better.

The pan was only $1 so I decided to give it a try….I figured it was $1 worth of entertainment.


I followed my recipe and popped it into the pan.  I had enlarged the recipe so I put one loaf on a baking stone as I previously did.

Here’s how the loaves from the baking pan turned out….YUM! Continue reading

What I’m Making: Homemade Doughnuts

I vividly remember as a kid my mom making doughnuts.  I loved doughnut making days.  I’m lucky and inherited her cookbook….It’s beat up and worn badly.  It’s falling apart.  But I’ve been able to find a good copy at a thrift store and on doughnut making days, it comes out.  My mom’s is retired as there are lots of handwritten recipes stuck inside the book and I don’t want to loose any of them.

On doughnut days I grab this cookbook…..


I flip to this recipe….


But it’s a multi-purpose recipe so I end up flipping back to this page.


I try to make them on days when kids are around be that my own kids…or my childcare kids.  I want to pass on that same doughnut day memory my mom gave to me.  So often people want to “make memories” with their kids and do it by doing big expensive things.  Not me.  Making memories is as simple as making doughnuts.

I didn’t realize this doughnut making day was going to turn into a blog post so I didn’t take lots of pictures…I did catch a few though.

Kneading the dough….


Frying the doughnuts….


…and best of all, the finished product.  Check them out! Continue reading

Instant Pot: Vegetable Beef Soup

I went to the freezer to grab some meat for supper….I came across an oxtail.  Hmm…soup I think.  I never know how much meat is on them and I wanted to make a big batch of soup so I grabbed a package of sirloin steak.  Meat is something we get from the farmer that Hubby works for so using a steak to make soup is something I take for granted far to often.

I ended up putting the frozen steak and oxtail into the Instant Pot. I added 6 cups of water along with 4 Tablespoons of beef soup base, salt and pepper to taste.  I set it on meat for 60 minutes.  I needed that oxtail meat to fall off the bone….and after 60 minutes with a quick release, it was perfect.  I took the meat out of the pot, set it aside to cool, and then added ice cubes.  I always but ice cubes in the beef broth that I cook meat in.  The broth tends to be greasy and fatty.  If I put the ice cubes in the broth the fat adheres to the ice cubes.  Then once the fatty grease is stuck to the ice cubes, I scoop the ice cubes out and the fat comes with.

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While the meat was cooking I prepped some veggies..Here’s what I put together:
1 large chopped potato
2 small onions chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots chopped
1 can diced tomatoes-juice included
2 ribs of celery chopped
1/2 can corn
1/2 can beans
1/2 can peas

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I have the half cans left over from the childcare kids.  Any left over veggies, even if it’s a couple tablespoons worth, I throw them in a baggie and freeze them.  I pull it out and use it for soup or tator tot casserole.

I put the veggies in the pot then deboned and cut up meat and added that too.  I dug through the cupboard thinking I had barley but couldn’t find any so I found some small star noodles and added 1 cup of them.  I added water so it was just below the the “Max level” as seen in the picture below.   I set the Instant Pot for 6 minutes and did quick release.

I opened the pot and this is what I saw…oh my YUM! Continue reading