Chicken Enchilladas


The bar and grill in town here always has Mexican night on Tuesdays.  I like Mexican food so it’s always tempting to go.  Finally I decided that why not try to have Mexican night here on Tuesdays a little more often.  So that’s what I did this week.

It was all made much easier with my my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I’ve told you I love it and use it all the time…I use it so much that I often don’t even realize I’m using it.

Today I popped a whole chicken in the pressure cooker.  I wanted to cook it up good so that I could de-bone it easily.  I didn’t add spices as I just wanted the meat for a couple different dishes over the next week.  Pushing the meat button gets 30 minutes….I wanted the meat to fall off the bones so I set it for 45 minutes.  That was perfect.

Previous to the  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker I would have cooked the chicken on the stove and worried if there was enough water or if I needed to add more.  This is so easy.  I just put the lid on, set the timer and it shuts off itself.  I can be in the garden or taking care of the childcare kids and I don’t have to worry about being right there to shut it off.  I love that.
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Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken


I’ve been trying to be a little better with my eating…well, not really.  I’ve just been trying to balance out a few of the “bad” meals with a few good meals.  I’m always looking for things that aren’t loaded with carbs.  As a diabetic carbs are something I’m suppose to limit.

I saw a recipe for Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken and thought to give it a try…only problem, Hubby does not like cabbage.  There are very few things he doesn’t like but cabbage happens to be one he doesn’t.


Lucky for me I have a tribe of little ones that eat lunch at my house everyday.  Being I am part of the “food program”, one of the requirements is that I try new foods occasionally.  Well sauteed cabbage is something I don’t think my childcare kids eat at home on a regular basis so I thought I’d try it with the kids.

Here’s the recipe.
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BBQ Green Beans

image_pdfimage_print read it right…BARBECUED Green Beans.  Everyone is familiar with baked or barbecued beans but giving that flavor to green beans isn’t something we typically think of.

When I saw the recipe I knew I have to give it a try.  It has turned into one of my favorite ways to eat green beans.

This year they are even easier to make with my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I didn’t use the pressure cooker setting for these but did use the saute and the crock pot setting.

I started out by sauteing 4 strips of bacon and a medium chopped onion.

After that I added 3/4 cup ketchup, 2 Tablespoons of mustard, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 quarts of green beans.

I stirred it up then set the cooker to crock pot setting and put in on for 2 hours.

I loved using my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I can saute and then slow cook all in the same pot.  Less dishes is always a winning combination.

Give the recipe a try….it’s a nice way to use up garden beans and also a way to keep some heat out of  the kitchen.

That Kramer Crazy Cake


If you’re ever been to our house, there’s a good chance you’ve had “that Kramer Crazy Cake”.  We’re known for it.  Honest, we are.

Here’s a picture of our son Karl showing it off.


Years ago my mom made it.  It’s a cake recipe that doesn’t use eggs or milk.  It’s super dense and everyone here loves it.  Traditionally people make it in a normal 9 x 13 pan but here, it’s always made in a bundt cake pan….ALWAYS.  Our theory is that the cake is moister that way…  (yes, we even make theories about the cake)

Karl has taken my recipe and perfected it.  I can make it..he can make it.  His is always better.  One of the kids for their graduation party didn’t want bars or boughten cake.  They wanted this…and that’s what we did.  We made 8 of these cakes.

When Karl was in high school a friend of his came over.  She asked me if the cake was real because there was ALWAYS a cake in the cake take.  I said yep…it’s real.
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