Instant Pot Recipe Sources

I often get asked where I find my recipes for the The Instant Pot.  In fact my friend, Ellen, asked me a few minutes ago.  It’s been on my list to post so thanks Ellen for the motivation.  For someone who was timid about using the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker over a year ago and sat 20 feet away while I did the water test, it now has a permanent place on my kitchen counter.  I started with the brown rice, quinoa and steel oats recipes from the cookbook that came with the appliance. Soon I wanted a little more and begin branching out into blogs which then led me to some amazing cookbooks.  There are times I’ll take two recipes from different sources and tweak it to my palate.  

Here are two of my favorite instant pot cookbooks.  Also be sure to check out their websites – there is a lot of valuable information and recipes. 

Cookbooks

Instant Loss

This Old Gal’s Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Websites

This Old Gal

Instant Loss

Facebook Closed Groups 

Instant Pot Community

Instant Loss

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Appliances are only as good as the recipes going into them.  Pictured below is Chicken Tortilla Soup from the Instant Loss Cookbook.  This recipe is quick and delicious because everything goes into the pot  at once and 13-15 minutes later it is done.  I am a big fan of homecoming because unlike going out to eat – the cook is in control of what ingredients and how much of those ingredients go in.

 

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Small Linen Closet Makeover

It’s been almost 3 years since we downsized our home.  The list of home projects is becoming smaller but there are still a few to be tackled.  Two on this list are to organize our small hallway linen closet and also our kitchen pantry.

I’m happy to say that over the holidays, I accomplished the linen closet with the help of Dollar Tree.  I bought an assortment of different storage containers, watched a couple of YouTube videos and pulled a set of chalkboard tags I’ve had for a couple of years and set to work.

Here were some of the steps I utilized.

  1. Choose a color scheme to act as my guide:  blue, brown, white, gray and black.  
  2. Sort through towels.  I kept 8 bath for the closet because there were already two towels in each of the bathrooms.  I kept 5 wash clothes and 5 hand towels.  The rest were donated.
  3. Sort through over-the-counter and prescription drugs and dispose of them by town/city guidelines.  Create storage container with drawers for small items and a tiered storage area for larger supplements.  (I have a storage box that holds 30 days of my prescription and supplements.  This is in one of the drawers which makes a lot more sense from where it used to sit – on top of my sugar container with my baking supplies.)
  4. Use a container for toilet paper so we don’t have to retrieve from garage.
  5. Roll up beach towels and placed in a container on the floor.
  6. Create a cleaning container.
  7. Create two more storage containers of cleaning supplies.
  8. Create a storage area for lightbulbs.
  9. Create a storage container for batteries.
  10. The blankets on the left side of the top shelf were placed in pillow cases and tied off with ribbon which gave a cleaner look.

I took a side by side picture as I made progress – what a transformation and encouragement to keep on going.

Here is the finished project.  I couldn’t be happier with it.

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Banana Cake

 
This is one of my family’s favorite desserts.  It is easy and goes together quickly plus you will no longer throw away ripe bananas.  This cake also freezes beautifully.  My son-in-law especially likes it when the cake doesn’t bake evenly in the center and there is an extra thick layer of frosting.  Because of food sensitivities in our family, our cakes are made with white spelt flour and almond milk but an unbleached white flour and dairy milk will work as well.
 
This weekend I made a banana cake decorated with rainbow sprinkles with a two-fold purpose.  One was in honor of the 2018 Noah’s Kindness which begins in October.  I am blessed to work with Angie and below you will find in her own words what the event she and her husband Jarrett created is all about.
 
Announcing the Celebration of “Noah’s Kindness Project” 2018: Showing Love, Kindness, and Generosity on October 6, 2018 As many of you may know, our son, Noah James Haskovec, was born to us on June 13, 2015 following a week-long stay in the hospital. We spent the next twelve days with him in the NICU at the hospital before he passed away on June 25. Our blog documents his short but meaningful life with us here on earth. This October, around Noah’s expected due date, please join us in celebrating his life and legacy. Please take some time out of your day to do something nice for someone, to help someone in need or in distress, to volunteer or support a cause important to you, to pray and reflect, or to just make someone’s day unexpectedly better. The act of kindness is really up to you. Our goal is to have as many people as possible participate. Your act of kindness can be as simple as holding a door or as generous as giving of your time and money to help. All we ask is that you do it in memory of our son. We will provide Noah’s Kindness cards that you can print out and leave with your act of kindness. Our goal is to get as many people involved as possible and to spread kindness across the world. To see how far-reaching Noah’s Kindness Project can reach, we ask, once your act(s) of kindness is done, that you report back and post something about your experience. Please use the hashtag #noahskindnessproject on Twitter, Instagram and join our Facebook group “Noah’s Kindness Project”. Take pictures, share Noah’s Kindness cards, and encourage everyone you know to participate. The world needs more love and concern for others. Noah and his story brought it out in so many. We ask you to please join us and be a part of Noah’s Kindness Project. Please visit our blog for more information: http://haskovecstwolittleangels.blogspot.com/p/noahs-day-of-kindness.html
 
What I love about Noah’s Kindness –
  • This is an easy way for all of us to spread a little kindness into our community and families.  
  • If you are local, there are many organized events you can join in
  • You can choose your own act of kindness to perform no matter where you live.  It doesn’t need to be anything grand.  Maybe you make a banana cake and surprise someone.
  • It is such an example of a family taking some of the pain the loss of Noah brought and turning it into an event that is positive and honoring
  • Knowing this sweet family
  • A reminder of how important each act of kindness is and helps me practice a character in myself that I want to grow.

But after a few cream puffs with strawberry whipped cream were added, this cake was delivered to my daughter and her family to mark a very special occasion – the addition of a new sweet grandchild adopted through foster care.  This was especially meaningful since my husband is adopted.  I have included my daughter’s blog post below because she can speak to this topic much better than I – HERE

Here are a few takeaways I took from this experience – 

  • It is a journey to reading what the bible guides us to do in the subject of caring for others and actually letting Jesus walk you through the steps of doing it.  I will admit that when Tamara and Josh shared their desire to do this, I had a lot of questions.  I really appreciated them giving our family the freedom to ask and answer to the best of their ability.  
  • Watching what stability and care can provide on a daily basis is like watching a withering flower being brought back to its beauty with regular watering.  It was a miracle playing out in front of our eyes.  Every milestone we continue to delight in.
  • I remember one day coming to the truth that I wasn’t being asked to be the mother but the grandmother to another little one and that seemed completely doable and worry seeped away.  This has been a growth to my faith and character.
  • My heart is a house with many rooms and there is a room in my heart for our new addition who I love dearly and can’t imagine our family without him.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
 
Banana Cake
Serves 6
An easy cake that is ready in no time.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Cake
  1. ½ cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. 1-1/4 cups White Spelt flour or flour of your choice
  6. ¾ tsp baking soda
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. ¾ cup mashed ripe banana
Frosting
  1. ½ cup butter, softened
  2. ¼ cup milk
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Fold in banana.Pour into a greased 8-in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Beat in the milk, vanilla, salt and enough powdered sugar to achieve a spreading consistency. Beating this frosting for 3-4 minutes will produce a silky smooth icing. Spread on top of cake.
Notes
  1. Freezes beautifully.
Adapted from Taste of Home Recipe
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