Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pineapple Pulled Chicken ~Pressure Cooker Recipe

My Pineapple Pulled Pork is a huge hit in my house but its not always convenient to get an organic pork butt.  You can use boneless chicken thighs and make this in no time.  It is just as good.
This is great to have in your pressure cooker on keep warm for your football, birthday and holiday parties.

Pineapple Pulled Chicken (pressure cooker version)

Toss this all in the pressure cooker

3 lbs Boneless Chicken Thighs
1 C ketsup
1/3 C cider vinegar
1/2 C packed brown sugar (more or less, I am a junkie)
a handful of paprika
1 T pepper flakes
4 T worcestershire sauce
4 T drived minced garlic
1 C pineapple juice or pineapple necter (goya)
1 Can crushed pineapple (you can use fresh and hit it in the food processor)
1/2 C molasses

Pressure Cook on on high for 25 minutes
Open the pressure cooker and pull chicken apart

Serve on a roll with coleslaw or eat it as is.

Now go put your feet up and have some tea....your family will think you cooked all day.

My favorite Pressure Cooker, at the time of writing this post, is the Instant Pot. Its affordable and has a stainless pot instead of non-stick crap..which is very important to my family.

I started about about a decade ago when my friend Deb Murray who was working for Wolfgang Puck sent me one of his models to try out, because I ran a Rice Cooker Group for him.  I immediately started a pressure cooker group and had 7000 active members.  We all shared recipes and learned so much together over the years.
I make a quick lasagna from raw noodles in no time, make mashed potatoes in it, in 8 minutes and they stay hot in there for everyone to come back for seconds..and hard boiled eggs in 6 mins that even eggs laid that day will slip out of the shell (and don't tell me your tricks to get eggs to peel..I have chickens, this is the only thing that works).  I will post these recipes coming up.  I have really been slacking.  My husband asked me last night, if something was on my blog because someone requested a recipe..I hadn't blogged yet.
Sorry..I am gonna try to be better about blogging them.
Please take my recipes and run with them.  You can make buffalo chicken barbq in this..which is like a buffalo chicken wing on a bun...just subbing out and in ingredients in this recipe.  Use your imagination....that is when the best recipes are created!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bujo~ Bullet Journaling: How to get started

Bullet Journaling aka BuJo

 For anyone interested in bullet journaling, here is a tutorial for beginners. You can get way more (or less) detailed than this, but its a starter for anyone who never heard of it.
Check out you tube and pinterest for ideas and lay outs.

What I like about bullet journaling is the commercial planners that I have purchased in the past, don't really cater to the subjects I would use and there are pages in commercials planners I never use. I have bought some really cool planners but still don't use 1/4 to 1/2 of the pages or scribble our their heading to make use of it.

You can make it as detailed as you like. If you enjoy it, and take your time, you can consider it a sort of meditation.

If you don't have time, you can buy one. There are many for sale made by some very creative people. Here is an inexpensive one and a great gift idea for the kids.

Unless your kid is creative (all kids are, aren't they). In this case, they have how to books.
Click to check out some great books.

I find making my own more fun, but to each, his own.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Baked Crab Poppers (or salmon or tuna or even chicken)

recipe modified from original recipe source: Just a Pinch 
 This recipe originally uses crab meat, but for a poor man's version use tuna or salmon packets or even chicken.

Baked Crab Poppers (or salmon or tuna or even chicken)
Recipe makes 32 poppers
 Prep:20 Min
 Cook:10 Min

1 c unseasoned Panko bread crumbs
1 c corn, canned
3 small mini red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper chopped (optional)
1/4 c green onion stems, finely chopped
16 oz jumbo lump crabmeat, drained (tuna, salmon and chicken work great too)
3/4 c Duke's mayonnaise
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 lemon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cups of mini-muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle cups with 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs, gently tapping and rotating to coat.

Finely chop bell pepper using the food chopper or manual food processor. Blot mixture dry with paper towel. Finely chop onion tops setting aside 1 teaspoon for garnish.

Combine corn, bell pepper, remaining onions, crabmeat (or chicken, salmon or tuna), 1/2 of the mayonnaise, egg, black pepper, and salt in the batter bowl. Mix well but gently to not break up the crabmeat too much. Sprinkle lightly with remaining Panko crumbs.

Divide mixture evenly among cups using the small or medium scoop. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven. Cool in pan 2 minutes and then remove from pan to stackable cooling rack.

Meanwhile juice lemon for sauce using lemon juicer. Combine juice, cayenne pepper, and remaining mayonnaise and mix well. Brush tops of crab cakes with sauce using chef's basting brush and top with reserved finely chopped onion tops.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

More 30 Second DIY Hairstyle Videos

This is the Tails Up Style and was featured on my last blog post. Still my favorite and my favorite Flexi.

Welcome back. There are new videos on my webpage  but I decided to put them here for your convenience. See below and don't forget to check out my previous 30 Second DIY Hairstyles blog post with more videos.

Below are a few more hairstyle videos to try out with our awesome hair jewelry.
Have fun and enjoy.

These stay in your hair, and don't poke you in the head when you put your head on your head rest in your car, lay down to exercise, etc. They don't harm your hair like an elastic band does and you can pull it out fast and easy by pulling the pin to release it.

Here is the messy up. Looks great but takes very little time

Half-up Knot

Celtic Knot with Hair Sticks

Pony Roll with U Pins

Half Up Knot with Bobbies

Partial Braid

Braided Up with Hair Sticks

Half Up Braided Bun

Loose Braid

Braided Up & Down

Bobbies Side Braid

Visit my previous blog post for more 30 second styles or visit my webpage for more under sizing and styling videos.

Want to know what size you wear?

Get yourself some hair jewelry.  You will love the ease of use.  The flex is one piece so you can't lose the pin. Our Flex is made with Piano Wire and is very durable and flexible.  You can adjust the size slightly if you want to tighten or loosen the fit.

Be sure to check my site often for new styles being added every month.

They are always willing to swap it out if you order the wrong size. Be sure to call the home office right away and they will work with you to get you the right fit...their phone number is listed on your order slip.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

30 Second DIY Hairstyles with How-To Videos

I discovered this awesome hair clip that won't harm your hair like an elastic band and won't hit you in your head when you rest it on your head rest in your car, lay down to do pranayama in yoga or even take a nap.
I even wear it under my motorcycle helmet and it stays put so my hair isn't a wreck when I take my helmet off.
Its by Lilla Rose and there are 7 sizes and oodles of varieties to choose from and you can do many different styles with this one clip.

Click here to see them, click here 

What size or sizes fit you?
Watch this short video for sizing info. They make them for every hair type.

Here are just some of the styles you can do using the Flexi-clip

Traditional Pony Tail

Tails can have your hair up in this, in 30 seconds. Its my favorite style.

Half Up

French Twist

Up and Down Style

Half Twist

Drop Bun

Extra Long Hair

For more styles see pinterest and you tube. The possibilities are endless.

Some other products they have...


Hair Sticks Pencils can be dangerous so be careful, or get one of Lilla Rose's awesome and beautiful hair sticks. 

Lilla Rose also has beautiful bobby pins to match their other products and some badge holders that you can slip your reading glasses through to carry those around also.
There are so many more varieties available. Check the out. 

How about getting one for your dog?

There is so much more to see. Visit my site today.

Disclaimer: Some styles may take a minute or two, depending on your level of urgency.  The dog style may take longer. ☺

Thursday, August 11, 2016

One Pot Taco Sketti

I will keep this short and sweet. I use organic when I can. You can or don't have to.
Pics below. Its a nice change up to traditional spaghetti.
Serve with margaritas, with or without alcohol.

One Pot Taco Sketti

I doubled this so that we would have leftovers. It should serve four but everyone will want seconds so you might as well double it also. ;)

1 lb ground beef
½ onion
5 cloves garlic
½ c sweet peppers
1 hot pepper

1 can tomatoes
1 T tomato paste
3 C water
8 oz uncooked spaghetti
¼ C taco seasoning

½ c shredded cheddar cheese

taco sauce

Start browning the ground beef in the RockCrock Dutch Oven on medium to medium high heat. I like to use the Bamboo Spatula to cook on the stove top a lot because you can leave it in the cooking vessel and it won't melt or get hot.

Meanwhile in the Manual Food Processor, chop the onion, garlic and peppers to desired consistency. This is a personal preference, fine or course, whatever you like. Add to ground beef and continue to brown until cooked through.

Add the next 5 ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and turn down to simmer and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When pasta is finished, turn off burner, open lid, add cheese and close lid another 3-5 mins until cheese melts. Stir and serve.

My family loved this.

This was excellent served over a bed of lettuce with fritos on top, like an open faced taco salad, drizzled with taco sauce

Tip: Freeze the leftover tomato paste.  You won't use the whole can and it freezes nice, you can cut off as you need it and refreeze again.  No wasted tomato paste.  It freezes nice in sandwich baggie rolled up and stashed on the freezer door.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Herbal Brown Sugar Scrub Cube (so easy and convenient)

These little cubes are great because you are not digging your wet hands into a container in the shower to scrub.

You can sub out many herbs to make your favorite herbal sugar scrub.

Herbal Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes

2 Tbsp Cocoa butter
1½ Tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp of your fav herb, dried (chamomile, rosemary, lavendar, rose, mint etc, or even coffee grounds or green tea)
½ Tbsp raw honey
¼ C brown sugar

Place a glass measuring cup or mason jar into a saucepan with water (makeshift double boiler). Heat on low heat and add cocoa butter, coconut oil and herbs until melted. Add honey and brown sugar. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
Remove from mold.  Store in a ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
Use one cube in the shower to scrub away.
You can add some salt in place of the sugar if you want a salt scrub. Salt is healthy for the skin but can be drying so go easy.

These trays are excellent for making these.  You can pop them out when finished and keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for grabbing before your shower. They make it easy to remove the cubes.
Peppermint and coffee are great for circulation! 
Go ahead and use essential oils when your herbs aren't in season or freeze a bunch to get you through winter. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Arthritis? Memory Loss? Wrinkles? You aren't drinking enough water!

I am reading an excellent book by a doctor named Don Colbert called The Seven Pillars of Health. In the first chapter he discusses water intake. You can search inside this book here.

You need water! If your body doesn't get enough, your organs will steal the water it needs to function from other body parts.

"Cartilage is about 5 times slicker than ice, and that cartilage is made up of 80 percent water.If the cartilage is robbed of fluid, the joints will eventually creak, crack and pop, like a door on a rusty hinge. The increased friction causes them to degenerate quicker, eventually leading to arthritis."
Makes sense!

When he gets a patient complaining of arthritis, He tells them to drink water. He recommends 4 quarts a day.  You should at least be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. So if you are 200 pounds, 100 ounces of water!
I drink that but am hard on my body with working on warehouse floors and exercising, also having been a gymnast in my younger years, and I had a car accident where I was hit head on, my joints are shot!  I am going with his 4 quarts theory and it has helped. I don't believe in masking ailments with pills. I don't take pills. If I had to, to save my life, I would probably break down and take them, but for pain and suffering, I have always looked for alternatives.

Another of the many ailments caused by not getting enough water is wrinkles. Your organs will take it from your skin too.  He says we are born about 80% water and whereas older people are less than 50%. Why is this?

As we age, we sometimes lose that sense of thirst. We ignore it so often, that the urge disappears, or we are trying to quench it with junk that robs your body of the thing it needs most!

Drinking enough water can help with so many ailments, things like, join pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, digestive problems, asthma, Water helps revive your cells, helps you lose weight and increases memory.

Of course, your quality of water matters, you don't want chlorinated, fluoridated water. Pesticides, chemicals, none of that!  If you live in a place that puts this into your water and most people do, you want to get yourself a water pitcher that filters it.  Or better yet, a whole house filter system.

I am lucky to live in an area where we are still aloud to have wells. I live high on a hill and the farms are far below us, no fluoride or chlorine, but we still have a ultraviolet light on the well and two house filters before it reaches our faucets.  Our water tested great and the woman that was born in this house sold it to us at age 91, still living a healthy life. But due to pesticides the neighbors may be using, we filter it as best we can.

Can you believe we need a permit to replace an existing dilapidated fence in our yard, but they can freely spray their yards and shrubs with crap that the landscapers have to wear masks to apply?  Something is seriously wrong with society!

This is an amazing book where he not only touches on water, but also sleep, living foods, exercise, detoxification, nutritional supplements, your body's pH and coping with stress.

It is written in a 50 day journey that you read one entry per day. It only takes a few minutes and it will change your life for the better.

Make this season all about eating clean and healthy!

Make this the season you clean up your eating! Lots of fruits and veggies in our diet will slow down the aging process and make you feel great!
Make this Pad Thai Salad, quick and easy, with the right tools!
recipe below

If you can't afford the Veggie Spiralizer, we have an inexpensive veggie strip maker that you can make due with until you decide to splurge on the spiralizer. Less than 15.00!!!

And don't forget to check out the outlet before check out. New things are always being added. Check our the veggie strip maker here, there is a video of it in action. It cuts in both directions!

This recipe can be made with the Veggie Spiralizer or the Veggie Strip Maker. (the strip maker is the special this month, in case you want both!)

The top selling spiralizer on amazon is awkward...I have a video here of how ours compares to the one they show in this recipe link. (Ours is gravity fed, theirs falls off the plastic spikes)
Watch the comparison here....
Don't forget to get your recommended water intake...your body weight, divided by 2 in ounces! Get your infuser before they are gone. Right now they are only being sold until the end of summer. It hasn't been decided if they will sell through winter or be a summer thing. Flavor you water with some mint leaves from your herb garden for a natural and healthy wake up drink. Add lemon, oranges, grapes, star fruit, whatever ya like.

Pad Thai Salad (low carb)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spiral Carrot, Beet and Apple Slaw

Spiral slice on course shred:

1 beet (scrubbed, skin on)
1 carrot (scrubbed, skin on)
1 cored apple (skin on)

Toss in a bowl  with 1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds

Lemon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 C Oil of choice
juice of 2-4 slices of lemon
Dip fork in honey and use it to stir hard, using the fork as a whisk
(that is how much honey I use, use more if needed, but its supposed to be heatlhy)

Services 4

I love my Veggie Spiralizer.  It's on the of best out there and you can spiral slice bigger produce in this one, compared to most spiralizers on the market. To get yours and a free veggie spiralizer ebook, click here.
You can view a video in action of it on the site.