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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…
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…
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…
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First Christmas in my new home

My new home is decorated for Christmas, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  The living room mantle is my favorite spot because it includes two of my best snowmen including one (on the left) which was made by my Aunt Connie.   The living room: It was fun to decorate this year since it meant figuring out where everything fits in the new place. (I've always wanted a tree in the…