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Carnitas…..Tortas and rice

Multipot and my rice-cooker to the rescue! Spanish rice and pork carnitas made in about an hour…and voila, tortas and rice!! It was so yummy! 😋

Rice was easy….in the rice cooker, add amount of rice (I used 2 cups and 3 1/2 cups water), pieces of an onion (I have to keep them big to fish them out of hubby’s and sons serving…they are so soft and yummy I eat them up!), a heaping tablespoonful of tomato bouillon with chicken flavor, and either some garlic powder or some crushed garlic

Making the carnitas, I used my multipot on sauté on high and browned the pork in oil, (1 1/2lbs of chunks of carnitas) adding spices as I go. I added many spices, cumin, garlic, salt & pepper, oregano, adobo seasoning…whatever you want. Follow the pots instructions…I add a cup of water and set on pressure cook on high for 55 minutes.

So soft it can just be mashed with a spoon to be shredded up.

Toasted bread (badillos) on the griddle, bottom has refried beans, meat, avocado, tomato, lettuce, traditionally mayo on the top part of the bread, I like sour cream.

Sooo yummy!! 😋

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Been busy….

I’ve been busy since I last posted. Here are some things that I have done while away.

Here is something I love to make but my stomach hates me for eating too much of when I do. This is what I call barley risotto, it has onions, mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, leftover roasted chicken and yes barley.

Unfortunately my daughters kitty, Bruce, got down and sick, come to find out he has some chronic illness that if stressed enough will bring it on. Poor thing was sick for about a week and really loved medicine time…we mixed it with wet food. He is such a character.

We adopted this cutie, the stressor to kitty :(. Ended up being too much for our whole family, other critters included so we had to give him back. ;(.

Our sweet momma dog, Cleo, left us a few weeks after we got crazy dog. It was very hard for my hubby and I, especially my hubby since he had had her since a pup.

Our sweetie, Dexter, passed away a few weeks ago. Come to find out since ferrets have so much inbreeding they don’t live very long due to tumors or other illnesses. We think he had a tumor on his pancreas.

We got this cutie, Nutmeg, seeing that our other ferret baby seemed to be lonely and depressed due to his brother passing. She is alot of fun and crazy in a very little package. Lol

WIPS and projects is progress…

Will explain them more later! Bye for now!

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Lentils recipe…my way

I saw a recipe for lentils and liked most of it, minus the soy sauce, but adding a few more ingredients.

It was called Canal House Lentils recipe, but I made it my own.

Sauté leeks (that are chopped how you like and cleaned well), minced garlic, and chopped mushrooms in butter.

After about 5 minutes or so, add a tablespoon of tomato paste and sauté for a few.

Add a cup of lentils and 2 1/2 cups water and simmer until done. The directions say 45-55 minutes, mine didn’t take 30, Im still getting used to my stove.

Due to the over doneness of the lentils I added cream and a cup of cooked barley (cooked in 2 cups chicken stock until it adsorbed it all) to add depth and flavor.

I had seconds. Adding some cooked chicken would make it a whole meal.

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Fridge Fresheners

With all the different food items, it’s only natural to have a smelly fridge, right? Well, not anymore! These easy to make fridge refreshers are a simple, natural way to deodorize your refrigerator. Just place one refresher in your fridge each month for a fresh and clean scent every time you open up your fridge.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups baking soda

½–1 cup water

15 drops Purify

Instructions

1 Combine baking soda, ½ cup water, and essential oils into bowl.

2 Stir together.

3 Note: If needed, add more water until thick paste forms. The mixture should resemble damp sand.

4 Divide mixture equally into silicone mold.

5 Allow it to rest 2–3 days or until mixture hardens.

6 Once hard, place in refrigerator to help eliminate unpleasant odors. Store additional fridge refreshers in an airtight container until ready to use. One disk will last up to a month in your fridge.

Tip: Place under sink, in the shoe closet, or behind the toilet for additional freshness.

Fridge Freshness

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Homemade Marshmallows

These are definitely something for a patient person to make. I also will have everything prepared more so than I already did. Recipe stated that in total to make them it would be 4 hours and 45 min….45 min of actually making and atleast 4 hours of sitting and cooling. Mine sat overnight. This is what they looked like, powdery. Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

My Texas themed cutters I got from our Tx store nearby….we live in Tx why not!! Lol

All done, packaged and ready to be bagged up with my homemade cocoa.

I wish I had taken a picture of the when all was done. Sorry!

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Pork Roast w/ Rice

Last night this is what we had for dinner, pork roast with rice, granted we were supposed to have it Sunday night but…. I put the crockpot on warm instead of high. I mean who does that? Apparently me!

Well I put the roast in, 1 cup chicken stock, 1/4 cup each of chopped onion, mushroom, bell pepper, and celery. It was falling apart. I put that over rice, it was yummy.

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White Hot Chocolate Cocoa Recipe w/ essential oils

Winter White Hot Chocolate

Servings:

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Difficulty:Easy

Ingredients:

• 1½ cups almond milk

• ½ cup canned pumpkin puree

• ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

• 1–2 drops Clove essential oil

• 1–2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

• ½ teaspoon vanilla

• Pinch of sea salt, optional

• 2–3 ounces roughly chopped white chocolate

Instructions:

1 In small sauce pan over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin, and spices.

2 Stir constantly until just simmering.

3 Remove from heat and add chocolate; reserve some for garnish.

4  Just before serving, top each mug with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Serve immediately.

White Hot Choco Cocoa Recipe

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Cooking with essential oils

So, yes I sell DōTERRA essential oils. I love essential oils and make lots of things with them. For example, body butter, neosporin, lip balm, air sprays, etc. I like to show the fact that not only can you use them in diffusers, but you can use them in skin products and cook with some too!

I will be posting some more recipes as time goes by, for cleaning, kid friendly, cooking, etc.

Granola Bars

with Tangerine essential oil

Servings:5–6

Prep Time:15 min

Cook Time:12–15 min

Difficulty:Easy

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of quick oats

½ cup rice crispies

½ cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips

¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ cup coconut

⅛ cup flax seed

⅛ cup sesame seed

⅛ cup chia seed

⅓ cup coconut oil

¼ cup honey

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 drops Tangerine oil

Instructions:

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Mix all dry ingredients together. Set aside.

3 Mix all wet ingredients together. Melt in a sauce pan over medium heat.

4 Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix uniformly.

5 Allow wet ingredients to absorb into dry ingredients.

6 Line cake pan with parchment paper. Pour in mixture and pat down.

7 Bake for 12–15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Tips:

If mixture is too dry, add more coconut oil or honey; if too wet, add more oatmeal.

Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

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Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe

Ok so here is the link to the recipe I used, and will continue to use from now on! This batch was great!!

**I did omit cinnamon, I don’t ever add it to my banana bread and I couldn’t find it in my spices. **

My kids are fiends about banana bread to, can’t keep their paws off it! One loaf already is gone…2nd will be gone for breakfast! 😁

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Banana bread then Crochet

The house smells amazing even with it so hot in the house 🏡 since the ac went out last night so now I’m dealing with renters hell….🙄. The office is full of unpleasant women. I know they deal with some or over half of the crappiest of society I get it, but don’t answer the phone with that attitude towards everyone! Rant…over….

Anyway, yet again I changed my mind on what I crochet. So far so good on this shawlette , I’m liking this a whole lot better.

Here is the link to the shawl I am making has both written and chart instructions, free pattern on Ravelry.

The Lydia Shawl.