Instant Pot Applesauce

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It’s that time of year…Apples are in and there are so many that who knows what to do with them all!!  With all of my childcare kiddos here I thought applesauce might be a great idea.  I have some wonderfully sweet apples so I wouldn’t even need to add any sugar.  PERFECT idea.

I’ve told you before that I cook without recipes all the time.  Experience and a sense of experimentation take me lots of place that recipe books don’t.  Getting my  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker has also encouraged me to try different things.  This is an  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker but I am sure can be modified.

I put 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot.  I peeled and quartered a pot full of apples.  I sprinkled 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon over the top.  I set it on manual for 7 minutes.  I did a quick release and opened the pot to find this….

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I popped the immersion blender in, mixed and in seconds had applesauce.

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It was so easy with the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  I didn’t have it boil over.  I didn’t have the water boil out.  No troubles no mess.  So are you curious as to how much that made?  This much… [Read more...]

What I’m Baking: Blueberry Lemon Cake

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I’m a HUGE blueberry fan.  Back in April when I had to go through the low-iodine diet when I had to go through my thyroid testing I ate blueberries all the time.  Even off the diet, I eat them often.  When asked many people would pick cherry pie over blueberry pie….not me.  I’m a blueberry girl.  So when I see blueberry recipes I want to try them all.

Recently in my Facebook news feed I saw a recipe for Blueberry Lemon Cake.  Here is a link to the recipe.

It was easy to make and quick.

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It is a really pretty looking cake….my photography skills don’t do it justice at all.

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Hubby and I both enjoyed it.  BUT….although the cake was good, I would rather use my blueberries to make this blueberry pie or this Zucchini Blueberry Cake.  These two recipes are favorites of our family and I would rather eat either of these.

Baking is my hobby and I’m always looking for new ones to top the favorites and sometimes the old favorites are better.  This was one of those times.

What I’m Baking: Bacon Bread

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I was reading through an old recipe book that I bought at the thrift store and saw this recipe for Bacon Bread.

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Our family loves all things bacon.  If it wasn’t so expensive I think we might even declare bacon as a food group.  Anyway, I wanted to give it a try.  (Ignore the picture of my oven.  My true confession is the reason I can get so much sewing done is that I ignore my oven-no joke)  Anyway…it made a really thick batter.

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…and baked, it turned out like this…. [Read more...]

What I’m Making: Bacon Pickle Wraps

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In my Facebook news feed I saw an idea for Bacon Pickle wraps.  They sounded interesting.  I thought I’d pick up some bacon the next time I was in town and give them a try.  They were super easy so, why not give them a try.  In the summer I don’t cook a lot of potatoes and heavier meals.  Supper is often a burger and a salad.  I thought these would be perfect to add as an appetizer for a light meal.

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There really isn’t a recipe.  I just wrapped the bacon around the pickle and cooked it in the oven until the bacon was done.

So the verdict… meh.  Hubby and I both decided we like our pickles cold and crisp and we like our bacon hot and crisp.  I likely won’t make them again…but Kalissa, she loved them and will likely make them again.  It’s all a matter of taste I guess.

When I was at the store buying the bacon I about had a heart attack.  $5.99 for a pound of bacon?!?!  I didn’t know bacon price had gotten so high.  I have to marvel at what advertising and publicity do to such a lowly product.  For those of you who don’t know bacon is the a product of the under belly of a pig.  For the most part, as far as meat quality goes, it’s worthless.  I think long ago, people came up with the idea of bacon as a means of not wasting any of the pig.  Years ago, bacon was fairly inexpensive but the food industry has made bacon a staple product.  How many things aren’t bacon/chicken/ranch flavored?  How many dishes have bacon sprinkled over the top?  Growing up bacon was primarily a breakfast food and occasionally on a burger or for a BLT.  Besides that, bacon wasn’t really used.  Now days bacon is everywhere.

Along the same lines, years ago when Hubby and I were first married chicken wings were dirt cheap.  We didn’t have a lot of money.  We’d be invited somewhere and I could buy 20 chicken wings for $2.  I’d make BBQ wings and take them whenever we were getting together with friends.  Everyone loved them and they were always a hit.  Now days…chicken wings are expensive.  Again, industry took an undesired piece of meat and made it into something that is now SUPER popular.  Back then, there was no such thing as “wing night”.

I’ve explained this to my kids before and they all look at me a little strange.  They can’t imagine life without bacon flavored EVERYTHING..or wings.  Can you think of other foods that have really changed over the years?  I’d love to share the list with my kids.

As far as the bacon wrapped pickles go…try them.  I’d to know if you’re on Kalissa’s side and love them or me and Hubby and can live without them.