April 19, 2019

$50 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to our $50 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card Giveaway!

Do you love steak? I have great recipes but cooking every day can be tiring so from time to time we take a break and eat out, it’s our way to relax and bond with the family. One of my family’s favorite restaurant is the Outback Steakhouse! Known for their juicy, tender and flavorful steaks, Outback Steakhouse also serves a lot of other great dishes including their famous Bloomin’ Onion. It’s the perfect restaurant for the whole family. So here’s the awesome news, because we’re giving away an Outback Steakhouse Gift Card to one lucky reader.

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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

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Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

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And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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April 14, 2019

Things to Do in El Paso

What are the Fun Things to Do in El Paso Texas?

I had a great time and I fell in love with #ElPaso! Check out my list of Things to Do in El Paso #sponsored

El Paso means to pass through. What if passing through wasn’t that simple what if you couldn’t just pass through and remain unchanged when you left? That happened to me. I was on a press trip visiting El Paso. I thought it would just be another city in Texas. I was wrong.

Things to Do in El Paso

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April 13, 2019

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation

What do you get when you have 17 items on a list and someone asks to fit something else on? What happens when three people ask you to drive them three different locations all at the same time?

Eventually you burn out, get angry, or you take control and cancel everything so you can make room for you. That is why the new trend of mom vacations is taking off. I decided to take one with my friend Dana at www.DanaVento.com.

What is a mom vacation and why do you need one?

Mom Vacation – (noun) It is a trip where you plan nothing except who you are going on the trip with and the dates. You may want to plan lodging and you may not. You just go to a location and relax, eat when your hungry, wake up and go to bed when you want. Get this you do not have to worry about anyone.

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation
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How to Cook a Ham in the Pressure Cooker

How to Cook a Ham in the Pressure Cooker

Note: This recipe is for a precooked ham. I buy those all the time to save time. They still take about 2 hours to cook in the oven. That is a long time that you need to plan for before eating dinner. I never have two hours unless it is the weekend but I often crave ham so I figured out how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker.

Cooking ham in the oven can take 2 hours so I decided to make it in the pressure cooker. Learn how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker for just 10 minutes in this easy recipe tutorial.

It is actually very easy. You will need the following items.

    1. Precooked ham 6-7 lbs
    2. Packet it comes with for glaze (Or 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2 tbs of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg)
    3. Can of pinapple rings
    4. Water
    5. Foil
    6. Sling made with the foil or this thing is the best. The blue meatlifter. This is my favorite pressure cooker accessory pack.
    7. Water
    8. Pressure cooker – I use a Power Pressure Cooker XL

Optional Potatoes and herbs if you want to cook your meal together.

1. If you are cooking your potatoes with your ham. The put in the potatoes first.

2. Pour in the 1 cup of water (Whether you have potatoes or veggies or not.)

3. Place a large sheet of foil on your counter (It must be big enough to wrap your ham)

Cooking ham in the oven can take 2 hours so I decided to make it in the pressure cooker. Learn how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker for just 10 minutes in this easy recipe tutorial.

4. Put your ham in the foil. Do not wrap the top. You will leave it open to pour in your sugar and pineapple mixture once it is in the pressure cooker.

5. Mix the packet ingredients or the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg with 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple. You can use the pineapples later or put them on the ham in the pressure cooker. Our kids like their pineapples not cooked with their ham. I like mine cooked so I do half and half.

6. Then put down the trivet. If you do not have a trivet the sling made of foil or the silicon one will work. If you do not know how to make a sling. This is an excellent post How to Make A Sling

7. Place the foil wrapped ham on top of the sling

8. Make sure the foil will contain the liquid you are about to add.

9. Pour in the liquid mixture.

10. Close the Foil

11. Shut the Pressure cooker

12. Turn it to 10 minutes for your pre-cooked ham that is 6-7 lbs

13. Let the pressure release when it is done

14. Use your mitts to take off the top

15. Unwrap your ham and let it cool

Cooking ham in the oven can take 2 hours so I decided to make it in the pressure cooker. Learn how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker for just 10 minutes in this easy recipe tutorial.

I do this during the week so I can use the ham to make other recipes. These are some of my favorite recipes with ham.

Cooking ham in the oven can take 2 hours so I decided to make it in the pressure cooker. Learn how to cook a ham in the pressure cooker for just 10 minutes in this easy recipe tutorial.Ham Recipes:

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

Amish Ham Loaf Recipe

Leftover Ham and Cornbread Casserole Recipe

Sweet and Savory Ham Sandwich Recipe

Homemade Egg McMuffin Breakfast Recipe

Leftover Ham Recipes: Harvest Salad

Slow cooker ham

Easy Recipes Kids Can Make: Ham and Cheese Sushi Rolls

Recipes for Ham Roundup

Must Have Instant Pot Accessories

These are my favorite pressure cooker accessories. I find the one I use the most is the Silicone starter pack. I use it for every meal I make in the pressure cooker or outside of it.

This is the ultimate one stop shop Instant pot pack 

I use these all the time
Silicone starter pack

This is my go-to cookbook. I also love this one for my Pressure Cooker XL.

This is the pressure cooker I have.

Steamer

When I make eggs I use just my pot but people swear by this egg stand
and this one with the silicon molds that they also use to make egg omelets in.

I love my steamer basket

When I am trying to do an entire meal at once I love this
Stackable Basket


and everyone needs one of these make sure you look at the size of the unit before you buy this cake pan.

Steamer basket

Non-stick Springform Bundt Pan

This is the best storage option I love my Rubbermaid containers you can microwave them and refrigerator food in them. They do not stain!

For more instant pot recipes check out these cookbooks

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker

Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot®

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 550 Recipes for Any Budget. Simple And Quality Guide For Beginners And Advanced. Vegan Instant Pot Recipes.

Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

Weight Watchers Instant Pot Smart Points Cookbook: The Complete Weight Watchers Instant Pot Cookbook – with 60 Healthy & Delicious Instant Pot Cooker Recipes

Cook perfect meals using your pressure cooker by making sure you time them perfectly. Print our instant pot pressure cooker cook time cheat sheet.

Print Our Pressure Cooker Cook Time Cheat Sheet

Instant Pot Recipes

You have to try this simple instant pot pressure cooker salmon recipe. It's easy and so tasty. A healthy meal that your whole family will love.

Try my Instant Pot Salmon Recipe

instapot swedish meatballs

Simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe

You have to try this easy instant pot pressure cooker chicken cacciatore recipe! It's easy to make and so tasty. A healthy dinner recipe for the whole family.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Instant Pot Beef Roast Recipe

Instant Pot Beef Roast Recipe

Hearty Beef Stew Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipe

instapot baked apples recipe

Instant Pot Baked Apples Recipe

Fast and Easy Instapot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Instapot cinnamon applesauce

Easy Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

Instapot Pot Roast Recipe

Instapot Pot Roast Recipe

Drool-worthy instant pot dessert recipes that you should try now!

Did you know that you can make desserts in your instant pot? See my list of drool-worthy Best Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Desserts

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

This easy one pot chicken pot pie recipe is pure comfort food. Everyone in the family will surely love it and best part is it's so easy to make in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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How to Cook a Ham in the Pressure Cooker
 
Ingredients
  • precooked ham 6-7 lbs
  • Packet it comes with for glaze (Or ½ cup of brown sugar ½ tbs of cinnamon, ½ tsp of nutmeg)
  • Can of pinapple rings
  • Water
  • Foil
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Pour in the 1 cup of water (Whether you have potatoes or veggies or not.
  2. Place a large sheet of foil on your counter (It must be big enough to wrap your ham)
  3. Put your ham in the foil. Do not wrap the top. You will leave it open to pour in your sugar and pineapple mixture once it is in the pressure cooker.
  4. Mix the packet ingredients or the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg with ½ cup of the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple. You can use the pineapples later or put them on the ham in the pressure cooker. Our kids like their pineapples not cooked with their ham. I like mine cooked so I do half and half.
  5. Then put down the trivet. If you do not have a trivet the sling made of foil or the silicon one will work. If you do not know how to make a sling. This is an excellent post How to Make A Sling
  6. Place the foil wrapped ham on top of the sling
  7. Make sure the foil will contain the liquid you are about to add.
  8. Pour in the liquid mixture.
  9. Close the Foil
  10. Shut the Pressure cooker
  11. Turn it to 10 minutes for your pre cooked ham that is 6-7 lbs
  12. Let the pressure release when it is done
  13. Use your mits to take off the top
  14. unwrap your ham and let it cool

Simple Hard Boiled Eggs in Instant Pot Recipe

Simple Hard Boiled Eggs in Instant Pot Recipe

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Whether you are making deviled eggs, egg salad or just like eating simple hard boiled eggs, make it easy and simple by making hard boiled eggs instant pot with this recipe. Perfect eggs every time. No mess or fuss or worrying about over or undercooking them ever again! Just make sure to follow all the steps because you would hate to have an egg explosion…not like that has ever happened to me. Try and error right! These few but simple steps will give you perfect Hard Boiled Eggs every time.Continue reading

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