Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow

Well mine grows in raised beds, buckets and in the ground! Finally got everything in the garden that I bought and still have room for a bit more :0)

7 different tomato plants have been put in buckets (they don’t like my raised beds), 1 cubanelle pepper, bok choy, Swiss chard, 5 different cucumber plants, artichokes, 3 different kinds of carrots, 3 different kinds of beets, 3 different kinds of radishes, butternut squash, a melon that I can’t recall the name of, two kinds of pop corn and a variety of herbs! That should keep me busy for the summer!

Then there is my mother in laws house where there are 6 more beds and pots of tomatoes and potato’s!

I’ll add more photos of her beds next time!

Gardening is a great work out! But man not having spring weather is hard on a person. Thank the lord for a cool shower and ice water! For muscle relaxers and the heating pad!

Now we water and wait!

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Where has the time gone

I can’t believe that it’s been three months and 17 days sense my last blog….oppppps guess I should do better!

Lots of things going on. Training for my next 10k, garden is getting started and seedlings are growing more everyday. Going to be starting a new live Facebook chat in the next few weeks talking about my garden and how easy it is to have one :0) Well I think it is. My cousins think so too :0)

Spring brings out all the could be’s. Everything in the yard is waking up, the birds are singing there songs and I for one am filled with hope of a great garden season :0)

Here is what I’ve been up too the last few months…cold weather, Photography, learning my dulcimer, cooking, celebrating family bdays and Mr P. I’ll share the garden with you later :0)

Here’s too new adventures!

Chicken and dumplings in the pressure cooker

I must admit I was very skeptical about making chicken and dumplings in a pressure cooker. After seeing all the new people in a Facebook group I belong to post recipes I was like…hmmmmm…I have everything I need to make that let’s try it so I did.

Pulled up the site https://www.southernfamilyfun.com/instant-pot-chicken-dumplings/

Got all the ingredients together

• 2 cups chicken broth

• 1 cup water

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• 1-1/2 lbs chicken breast, cubed

• 1 tube (16oz) refrigerated biscuits

• 1 cup chopped carrots

• 2 teaspoons oregano

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon basil

• 2 cloves minced garlic

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon pepper

The recipe on line called for a cup of peas but Im not a fan.

I also didn’t use the garlic cloves and just used garlic powder with my chicken…a teaspoon.

Then I really did follow the recipe

  1. Chopped the biscuits before I cooked the chicken so they were ready to go
  2. Cut my chicken breasts in smaller square pieces and sautéed in the olive oil till they were done
  3. While chicken is cooking throw in the spices and brown the chicken
  4. Turn off cooker and add broth and water.
  5. Add the carrots
  6. Add the biscuits
  7. Stir it all together and put the lid on.
  8. Seal the lid and set on manual for 5 minutes. It will take 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  9. Once 5 minutes is up so quick release
  10. Open lid, stir and serve

The flavor was really good! I think I would have liked a little more liquid so I’ll add a bit more next time but really good meal. Enough for two bowls of left overs after feeding three people!

From scratch hamburger helper in the pressure cooker

Like some of you I am addicted to Pinterest. Now that I have a pressure cooker I have been searching Pinterest for different quick meals. I came across a homemade hamburger helper recipe. Thought I would give it a shot!

Ingredients are:

1 Pound of ground beef

2 cups of broth

16 oz of cheddar cheese

4oz of American cheese

1 tbs of onion powder

1 tbs of garlic powder

16 oz of elbow macaroni

8 oz of milk

First up is to sautée the ground beef along with the garlic and onion in the pressure cooker until the hamburger isn’t pink anymore. Pour in the broth, the elbow macaroni and milk. Hit the rice/risotto button and let it come up to pressure…recipe says 4 minutes my pot says 6 left it at 6 and the results are….pasta is


Perfect! Add the cheese and serve.  I made some green beens to go with it!

And dinner is served! Could I have made this in the stove? Yes but I must say I only have one pot to wash! I also didn’t have to babysit the meal!

We will make this again!

Pot roast in the pressure cooker xl

Hey everyone! So today I decided to make a roast in the pressure cooker.

I bought a bottom round roast 1.78 pounds some carrots, celery, onion, garlic. I raided the cupboard and didn’t find any beef broth so I used vegetable broth (just a cup) and some water


Cut up the veggies


Seared the roast on both sides with some garlic powder on it in the pressure cooker (put in a little olive oil in the bottom of the pan) and took it out. Then sautéed the onion celery and garlic for a little bit.

Turned it off and added the carrots and potatoes to the bottom of the pot. Put my meat on top of that. Put some salt and pepper on it and sealed the lid! I then hit the cook time selector and made it go to medium.

Set the pressure cooker for 40 minutes and crossed my fingers (this is only my third meal in the pressure cooker.)

Timer beeps, I slowly let the air out a few times,  then let it all out. Take off the lid and the results:


Then to plate it…..


Good stuff! We will so be having this again!

Pressure cooker….OMG

I see it has been a bit since my last blog. Life gets busy quick as most of you know. How ever I have been seeing on FB and on Pinterest all these really cool things you can make quickly in a pressure cooker. Then last Sunday we were watching tv and an infomercial comes on with the pressure cooker xl and all the cool things you can make with it. Got the Curiosity up a lot and while out shopping this week I picked one up. 

Read the manual (yes I do do that), and went to the grocery to pick up ingredients for my first attempt in joining the pressure cooker family. 

Washed the pressure cooker before we started, figured the good Lord only knows how long it’s been in the box and all that :0)

So we are having chicken tenders with carrots, celery, garlic and herbs! I’m also making some dressing on the side to add to the dish.

Ingredients 


4 stakes of celery, Half of a yellow onion, 4 red potatoes, clove of garlic, a generous portion of carrots, 1 1/2 pounds of chicken tenders and a cup of chicken broth. Threw in some Italian seasoning, rosemary salt, little garlic salt and ground pepper. Just enough rosemary slot and pepper to cover the tenders.


Cut it up and threw it in the pot….put the lid on and hit the chicken button…fingers crossed…so it took 10 minutes for it to come up to pressure, but things started smelling good. My pot says 15 minutes..so we wait…

After the 15 minutes I let the pressure out a little at a time like 6 times then released it all the way. Took the lid off to see if everything was done…


This was the most tender chicken I have ever eaten! I’m in love with a pressure cooker! 

I think turkey breast is next on the cooking front!