Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pressure Cooking


My husband bought me this Wolfgang Puck pressure Cooker a few weeks ago, and I am loving it! 

This is what I made my mashed potatoes in yesterday. You don't have to cut the potatoes up and them boil them in water. 

 All you have to do is wash them, and plop them in the pressure cooker, add a couple cups of water, and push a button. 

When they are done, they can be mashed even with the tongs you use to take them out of the pressure cooker. 

Yes, they are that tender. 

Th pressure cooker really takes a lot of prep out of your cooking, and saves so much time. 

It will even cook beans in 20 minutes, and you don't have to soak them overnight! Yeah!

It is also a steamer and a rice cooker too, so there is no need for more than one appliance to do the same job. 

I have cooked corn on the cob in it, potatoes, fish, and stock.

I will start a pressure cooking recipes section for anyone who is interested in pressure cooking. 

I am not familiar with any other brands of pressure cookers, so I do not know how they compare, but I love this one. 

I got it from HSN.
 I believe it is sold out right now, but it will come back. 

I highly recommend getting a pressure cooker. 

I am not geting anything at all for talking about this, by the way, I just love my pressure cooker!

You can cook a whole chicken in 20 min.! It's crazy! I haven't done that yet, but that's what the book says. 

I have cooked Tilapia, and it turns our perfect.

I will soon put all of these recipes up for you!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Look what I Did!

Yes! "I" did that! And it is all from scratch! Can you believe it?

 I made homemade mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, homemade macaroni, and homemade gravy along with the chicken.

This is the first time I have ever made stuffing or gravy!

My husband only likes the Stove Top stuffing, but it has MSG in it and I can't eat it, so I tried to find a recipe that would taste like it and I did!

He loved it! I loved it too! And I found a recipe that told me how to make the gravy from the chicken drippings too!

This is the second time I made the macaroni. It is so good. it tastes like Furr's!

And the chicken was actually moist this time. I found a recipe from Cooks magazine that told me how to keep it moist.

I cooked the potatoes in my pressure cooker.

My husband bought me a pressure cooker a few weeks ago and I have been loving it. It works so well, and really cuts down on the prep and cooking time.

I am proud of myself. It was all actually really good.

I'll keep you updated on all of the new things I learn to cook, and I'll get you some of these recipes soon! 

What is Homesteading?

Every person might have a different idea of what homesteading means to them, but basically it is about getting back to the basics.

Things like making what you can yourself, growing what you can yourself, being self reliant, buying in bulk or on sale, and preserving it by freezing or canning, saving money, reducing expenses, re-using what you can, and possibly even having your own chickens, goats, or cows.

Each person will do this differently, and if you live in the city, it will be different for you than it would someone in the country.

I am still in the country, but I am learning now as we are going to move soon.

It's almost like I have been doing my own unit study!

I have learned a lot so far, and have a lot more to learn, but I am loving it.

How do you homestead where you live?

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Welcome to my new blog!
I am really excited about this blog.
I have never been one to make my own detergent, or my food from scratch, and never thought I would be, but weird things happen sometimes. lol
I have just recently started learning how to cook.
I was never taught how, and it has been hard for me.
I have been married almost 14 years, and am just now starting to figure it out.
I am on a mission to not only learn how to cook, but how to be organized, and how to save money, and all of that good stuff.
I am sure that a lot of things I write here will be humorous, as I really don't know what I am doing in all of this yet, but I am learning, and I know I will get there.
I hope you will join me in this process.
So, sit back and have a few laughs with me as I venture to be a true homesteader.