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Bowl of chicken enchilada soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

  Hi all! Just popping in to share a recipe, this one made with my kitchen gadget du jour, the Instant Pot!  This recipe is from Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today... it's her awesome and EASY recipe for chicken enchilada soup.  This soup literally takes moments to throw together and is ready to eat in half an hour. Rather than repeating her recipe here, just pop over to her site to check it out. But…
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I’m getting on the Instant Pot bandwagon!

  'Fessing up in advance here... I am easily lured by the siren song of a new kitchen gadget.  If a gizmo claims it will save me time or effort or will outperform another gizmo, then tell me more! And so, of course, the new Instant Pot craze captured my attention.  I resisted its appeal for a few months, but as of last week, it won. If you've been living under a rock and aren't…
My Budget Kitchen Makeover
Home Sweet Home

Kitchen update: new tile backsplash and more

  Hello, all!  Today I'm sharing with you some long-overdue pictures of a DIY budget kitchen makeover that I finished earlier this year.  If you recall, my condo needed LOTS of cosmetic help when I bought it (over two years ago now!).  In addition to being the Crayola Condo (it seemed as if it had 64 different paint colors), it was also very dated.  Updates are happening little by little as the time, energy, and…
Recipe reviews and tried and true recipes from my kitchen
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Gonna Eat That: Black bean and jalapeno soup

What's for dinner? I came home from work tonight, tired and hungry, and there was nothing premade in my fridge.  So, on the verge of blowing $20 and calling for pizza delivery, I decided to throw a bunch of stuff in a soup pot and see if I could scare up anything edible.  And the result turned out to be deeee-licious.  Do you like black bean soup?  If so, give this version a try! By…
Life After Divorce

Painting with acrylics

One of my goals for this year is to take a class, and I believe I'm going to start with an acrylic painting class.   A million (27) years ago, I studied fine arts in college and have always had an interest in the arts and art history.  So I'm looking forward to resurrecting that creative part of me and spreading my artistic wings this year. Classes and Resources There's a great cultural arts organization…
Miscellany

How Vitamin D has improved my life

I haven't been sick in 14 months. For me, that's a pretty big deal.  And I owe it all to vitamin D. Let me give you a little bit of history.  In December 2014, just before Christmas I got wicked sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis which lasted for about a month.  Sick as a dog.  Missed almost a week of work.  Then, about six months later in July 2015, I got it AGAIN.  This…
Positive Living

2017 goals… looking ahead to a good year

According to "The Internet" and practically everyone I know, 2016 sucked.  And I can't say I disagree... I think we're all hoping for a better year ahead. Recently I was listening to a podcast by Dave Ramsey, and he was talking about how to plan your financial future. Dave's life is dedicated to teaching people how to find financial peace and personal wealth, and his method is very simple: give every dollar an assignment.  Don't…
Pecan pound cake
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Pecan pound cake recipe

Oh. Em. Gee.  You have to try this pecan pound cake recipe from AllRecipes.com.   It's everything that a cake should be - moist, sweet, and delicious.  I omitted the butter flavored extract simply because I didn't have any, but it was amazing anyway.  I shared this cake with several friends, all of whom were as excited about it as I was. My girlfriend Ginny's husband loved it so much that he asked if he…
The Beauty of Midlife
Life After Divorce

A year of firsts and lasts

Election season is finally over.  The nation is either celebrating or grieving the selection of a new president, and I've just put a big project to rest: for the past few months, I've been volunteering my time as the co-chair of a local levy campaign.  The levy would have funded road repairs and improvements in my town - but it didn't pass.  City officials heard much public input over the type of levy they put…
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Home Sweet Home

What’s Blooming Now

It's a cool, shady morning on the patio, and lots of things are in bloom here - the perfect spot for drinking my coffee - and I thought I'd share some flower photos with you. When mom was here in early May, we planted some flowers together over Mother's Day weekend.  Mom planted a big pot of zinnias and coleus right by my front steps, and they are going gangbusters now!  A few weeks ago,…