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What Makes a Good Dad?

This Father’s Day we celebrate the men in our lives for being Fathers. When we think about the importance a Father has in a child’s life it is immeasurable. I think one of my favorite memories of my husband was when he was on the phone with one of his friends and he has said, “being a Dad is the best thing I have ever done.” The fact that my husband was on the phone in the first place was a miracle and the fact that he was explaining how much his kids meant to him was priceless. We often talk about what being a good parent means. It is something we struggle with often. How do you balance love with responsibility? How do you encourage your children to become and do more? My husband makes his point that it is our relationship that will most influence our children. It is what we model that they will take with them when the move on to having a family of their own. It is his job to put us first and make sure we have everything we need. It still warms my heart that every night he comes home from work and the kids climb into his chair with him and he reads them a book.

The fondest memories I have of my Daddy are of us laughing and hanging out. Yup, still call him Daddy well into my 30’s. I know I have a lot of the same traits as my Daddy. I defiently have the same desire to make people happy and buy in bulk. My Daddy also does everything big or not at all. I remember we had the idea to make cookies. We went to the store and he bought the ingredients to make enough cookies for a small country. I am pretty sure we made cookies with those ingredients for a year. I also think back and now realize how your decisions were made based on our best interest. It is funny prior to having kids you never realize how much you do for them.  I know that my Dad and my Mom gave up a lot to give my sister and myself what we needed. They often went without to make sure we had.

I have to say if there was a recipe for making a good Dad it would include all the elements that make up my Daddy and my husband.

Father’s Day Tradition

Gifts for Dad

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Easy Patriotic Strawberries Recipe

Easy Patriotic Strawberries Recipe

Patriotic Strawberries

Looking for an easy way to add a patriotic flair to your Memorial Day menu? This Easy Patriotic Strawberries Recipe is perfect for you! I love finding any way to show my love for what I consider that greatest country in the world, the US! This recipe takes just a few minutes to make, and is easy enough for the kids to get involved in. Let’s check out how to make it:Continue reading

Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe

One of my favorite things about spring is getting together with family to enjoy the nice weather, each others company, and some sweet treats. While watching the news over the weekend I saw that our local berry farm was open for business and it was time to go pick some fresh berries! If you have one of these types of farms in your area I highly suggest you check it out. Nothing compares to the taste of a fresh berry right off the vine, trust me! And one of my favorite things to make with fresh berries is Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake.

Easy to make and oh so yummy Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe

This Weight Watcher Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe is as sweet as a traditional cobbler while being weight watchers friendly. Can’t beat that right!? Plus its only 3 ingredients so it’s super easy to make. My daughter (who is 6) made the one below all by herself. If you love this recipe make sure to check out more of our favorite Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes with Points Plus.

Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe

Here is how to make this Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe:

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Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Easy and so delicious banana nut bread recipe. You can make this in the oven or even in the pressure cooker.

My daughter begged for a huge bunch on bananas last week, with promises that she would eat every single one of them. Well, 6 days later, guess what? We had 4 very ripe bananas left, that were not going to get eaten. I hate wasting money so I had to think of something to do with them! It occurred to me that I have never tried to make banana nut bread! Now I have to admit something, I am NOT a baker. I don’t have a fancy mixer (although I do stare at them longingly in the store..) and I love my cakes from a box. When I looked up banana nut bread recipes a lot of them called for “cutting in cold butter” and other things that just weren’t going to work for me, and I got to thinking that it probably doesn’t for a lot of other people either, so I wanted to share this Super Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe with you guys! It takes about 5 minutes of prep, and 25 minutes in the oven, that’s it!

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Homemade Canned Peach Butter

Homemade Canned Peach Butter

Homemade Canned Peach Butter

I wanted to start canning my own sandwich spreads for my kids to lessen the cost of store bought and to give them better quality food so with peach season in full swing I thought, What better than Peach Butter? It’s a lot less sugar,no preservatives , and none of the “other stuff added”.  Besides, you cant just buy a jar of peach butter like you do apple butter..so here we go!

Peach Butter

First, make sure you have all the materials necessary for this project. You don’t want to get to a step and ..oops..forgot to get this!

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Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

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I hope you are hungry and you want a  healthy stuffed pepper because I have a treat for you. These are so good my kids ask me to make them. I know it is hard to believe but when you make them not only will you look like a gourmet cook but you will fall in love with stuffed peppers.

It gets even better not only can you make stuffed pepper in your oven. I will tell you how to make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.

These healthy stuffed peppers make a great quick dinner or a Freezer meal in a jiffy. I loved that I was able to use Jimmy Deans Sausage Crumbles. They really sped up my prep time and increased the flavor factor to an out of control “YUM!” Jimmy Dean was kind enough to send me free products coupons which were a good thing because I made several batches to freeze for those nights when I want something healthy and hearty but I do not want to actually “cook”. I am a pop it in the oven kind of gal. These also look amazing when you have a party and serve them. I am spoiling my secret sharing how easy they are to make especially since Jimmy Dean cooked the meat and that is usually the hardest and most time-consuming part.

You will need the following ingredients for your very own quick, healthy, and easy to prepare meals. Yes, you can freeze this just put it together and do not cook it until you are ready to eat it.

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jimmy dean ingredients (1 of 1)

 

1 bag of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles or sausage

2 cups of Spanish rice (cook it according to directions on the box, can, or bag)

5 Bell Peppers with the seeds removed

Salsa ( I used Peach Salsa)

Olive Oil

Cheddar Cheese or a Mexican blend

Toppings:
fresh cilantro

Instructions:

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Cut the pepper and remove the top

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Remove the seeds from the pepper

spanish ricerice

Add the Spanish rice that you cooked per the recipe on the box, bag, or can

jimmy dean sausage

Now add in the Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles…..  and pretend you cooked for hours..

salsa in peppers

I add in a mango salsa but your favorite salsa will do nicely

sausage stuffed peppers

Another layer of our secret ingredient the Jimmy Dean pork sausage crumbles

rice stuffed peppers

Another layer of the Spanish rice

water into baked stuffed peppers

Add another layer of salsa and then fill your dish up 50% of the way with water. This will help keep the peppers tender. I put in a tablespoon of olive oil into the water.

baked stuffed peppers

Bake for 20 minutes and then bake the cheese until it is melted.

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Serve!

It is hard to imagine these tasty ingredients created this gourmet meal in minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil and pour in some water into the pan to keep them moist then roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.

If you chose to freeze them do so before cooking, then you will then need to do the above instructions, but you will have to cook them for an additional 10 minutes.

*Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro

This is how you make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.

Pressure Cooker Stuffed Peppers Recipe

*** Use your stuffed pepper recipe and follow these cooking instructions.

Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of your pressure cooker make sure that your pan is in there. I know a lot of people forget that part and ruin their unit. Then place a steamer or ramekins in the pressure cooker.

You will then place your stuff peppers in the Pressure cooker.

If your pepper is stuffed with precooked meat, then you will cook them for just 5 minutes.

If your stuffed pepper has uncooked hamburger meat in it, then you will need to cook your peppers for 15 minutes with a 10-minute natural release. Natural release means to open the vent and let your stuffed peppers sit in the pot.

I found that the ramekins help the peppers keep their shape.

These are a couple of my must-have accessories for your pressure cooker.

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Trivet 

Set of everything you need for a pressure cooker

Can You Make Bread in a Pressure Cooker

Now that you have two ways to make healthy stuffed peppers. You will need to know What Goes Good With Stuffed Peppers

 

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