2.24.2017

Instant Pot Jambalaya

As you know, I am currently obsessed with my Instant Pot.
I am having so much fun creating new recipes and converting old recipes to make them Instant Pot recipes.
Next week is Fat Tuesday which always reminds me of Mardi Gras....I've never been to Mardi Gras, but I have been to New Orleans.
I went to New Orleans in 2006 for a week with our church to do Hurricane Katrina relief....it was an amazing experience re-buliding homes for people who lost theirs.
While in New Orleans, I had Jambalaya... & Louisiana is known for it's delicious Cajun food, including Jambalaya.
Since Fat Tuesday is next week, I decided to convert my Jambalya recipe into an Instant Pot recipe...and it turned out amazing!
Here is what you need:
Andouille or Kielbasa sausage link, sliced
Frozen chicken tenderloins (4 or 5 of them)
2 cups of shrimp (I used frozen cooked shrimp, you can use fresh shrimp or frozen raw shrimp)
2 tsp  Creole Seasoning
2 tsp dried thyme leaves
2  tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 celery stalks, sliced
2 cans diced tomatoes with peppers & onions, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup long grain white rice

Chop up the sausage...
In the Instant Pot push the "saute" button. When it gets hot (the display will read HOT)  Add a splash of olive oil and the sausage and saute for 3-4 minutes:
While the sausage is sauteing, chop up your celery, onion & green bell pepper:
Add the celery, onion,  green bell pepper, minced garlic & 2 cups of shrimp. Saute for another 3-4 minutes.
Add the Cajun seasoning & cayenne pepper and saute for another 2 minutes.
It will look like this..Yum!
Add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes (I use the diced tomatoes that have celery, onion & peppers), frozen chicken tenderloins, chicken broth & rice.
Give it a big stir:
Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:
Turn to high on manual setting and cook for 10 minutes. 

When time is up, let it do a natural release for 10-12 minutes. If there steam left, do a manual release.
Open the lid and this is what it will look like.....
Because I am a freak about cooking safety, I always have to check the chicken to make sure it's cooked. The chicken was perfect! You can easily slice/cut the chicken tenderloins with a fork after they are done cooking.
Serve & Enjoy!
This meal is so flavorful. You can adjust the cajun/cayenne pepper to your liking to make it spicer if you want.
My Jambalaya has sausage, chicken and shrimp in it. If you don't like one of those meats, you can leave them out.
It took less than an hour from start to finish. It was my first time using the saute function on the Instant Pot, which was fun to try out...it works so great.
I call this recipe another Instant Pot win!
I am making this again on Tuesday in honor of Mardi Gras.
If you don't have an Instant Pot yet...get one! They are $100 right now....worth every penny!
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

2.22.2017

What's Up Wednesday :: February 2017

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
 Monday: Slow Cooker Ribs & Mashed Potatoes:

Tuesday: Chicken Taco Soup

Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night

I also made a batch of my Grammy's Split Pea Soup for me to have for my lunches this week.

Other treats I am making....
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies


What I'm Reminiscing about.....
  15 years ago on February 15th Kevin and I got engaged!
Look how young we were....babies!!!!


 What I'm loving.....
I'm loving my Loving Lately series!
Once a month I post about things that I am Loving Lately.
 
In January, my Loving Lately had a silver/grey theme...check it out HERE
In February, my Loving Lately had a pink theme.....check it out HERE

What We've been up to.....
Go to Tahoe! We've been going almost every other weekend since Christmas.

We went this past weekend despite the crazy weather...our kids are becoming quite the skiers this year & it's so fun to ski with them. Kevin and I are doing our best to raise "non-wimp" California kids when it comes to the weather :)
The snow has been INSANE this winter. So pretty!!
We needed it so desperately, but WOW...I didn't think we would get this much rain & snow in California. The past 6 weeks have been crazy!
Rain & snow are good....the flooding, power outages, road closures & evacuations are not good.

What I'm Dreading.....
The orthodontist....It's that time when our girls need to see the orthodontist....we got a quote for braces...YIKES!! I am dreading those bills for sure!


What I'm Working On.....
Creating recipes for my Instant Pot.
Seriously. I'm obsessed with converting my favorite recipes to Instant Pot recipes.
I need an intervention.
I have already posted my Korean Beef, Grammy's Split Pea Soup, Teriyaki Meatballs, Chicken Taco Soup. I have 2 more Instant Pot recipes that I converted & need to post here....stay tuned for a Jambalaya recipe  & my Rosemary Beef Stew recipe! 


What I'm Excited About.....
As you can tell, I am excited about my Instant Pot.
My goal is to convert all my Slow Cooker/Crock Pot recipes to Instant Pot recipes.
I never thought I would love a kitchen appliance more than my Crock Pot.
It is just so amazing....things that would take hours & all day in the Crock Pot take 30-45 minutes in the Instant Pot.


You need one in your life. Trust me.  I had a dream the other night about creating recipes for my Instant Pot.
LOL! I just love it!

What I'm Watching........
Switched at Birth



 This is Us:


Grey's Anatomy

Scandal
How to Get Away with Murder
And, of course I am watching The Bachelor.
Ugh. Not a fan of Nick, but I've watched every single season of this show....why stop now?!?!

What I'm Reading.....
Here are the books I read this month:
The Women in Cabin 10
4 out of 5 stars...good suspenseful book!

In dark, dark wood

 This was also suspenseful & a page turner.
4 out of 5 stars

Friends We Keep

 Book 2 of the Girls of Mischeif Bay series...it's a good "fluff" or beach read!
3.5 out of 5 stars

Things You Won't Say

I read a few of Sarah Pekkanen's books last year & liked them a lot and this was good as well.
4 out of 5 stars

The next book I am starting is:
The Perfect Neighbors



What I'm Listening to..... 
 Today's hit on Pandora...one of my new favorite songs is
HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums

What I'm Wearing.....
My rainboots are getting tons of use because of all the rain!
 
When it's not raining, I am wearing These booties....absolutely loving them....so comfortable!
And, not too big of a heel #tallgirlproblems


They are on sale right now, you can save 20%
They come in 8 colors. I have 2 colors, check them out here.
What I’m doing this weekend.....
We have some fun things going on this weekend.
Claire has a basketball game, we are going to Disney on Ice & Kevin and I are going to the Banff Mountain Film Festival viewing with friends.

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
 March Madness! I love college basketball and that time of year.

 I'm also looking forward to our school's Kentucky Derby themed auction!

What else is new.....
I started using a new mascara:

I just started using it a few weeks ago and I love it!
You can get it HERE.

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite beauty product?
I can't just pick one favorite beauty product, so I am going to highlight 4 beauty products that I can't live without!
 Rodan + Fields Multi Function Eye Cream:

This eye cream is THE BEST.
It combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles.


 My next favorite product is our Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. This has been a life saver for me this winter.
We have been in Lake Tahoe every other weekend since Christmas which means my skin has gone from mild temperatures here in the Bay Area to freezing, snowy conditions in Tahoe...and the wind on my face while skiing has not helped. I have been using this paste 2-3 x a week and it has saved my skin! 
Micro-Dermabrasion Paste is a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to help promote maximum gentle exfoliation. Use intermittently to visibly improve skin tone and texture. It smoothes away rough spots.

 Overnight Restorative Cream:
Oh, how I love this overnight cream. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is so incredibly soft.
Our Overnight Restorative Cream is an ultra-moisturizing cream that replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors while you sleep for visibly firmer, less-lined skin in the morning.

  Lash Boost
 Get lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with Lash Boost.
This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours.
I am obsessed with Lash Boost...it is my current favorite R+F product....the results are incredible.
Here are my friend Caroline's lashes:
 Aren't her lashes incredible?

I need to update my close up before & after photo of my lashes...but here is what they look from a distance like as of last week:

 So, if I could only use 4 beauty products for the rest of my life these would be them!
Eye cream, Micro derm paste, overnight cream & lash boost!

 I know so many of you who are curious about R+F products, but are nervous to take the plunge!
Guess what? Now is your chance!
I am placing a BULK order of these 4 items next week on February 28th.
I am offering these at my CONSULTANT PRICE!

Eye Cream - $60
Micro-Dermabrasion Paste -$68
Overnight Restorative Cream - $62
Lash Boost - $125

The eye cream, paste & overnight cream each last 5-6 months.
Lash Boost will last 4 months

Send me an email or leave a comment if you would like to order any of these items.
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
Prices include tax and shipping!
This is a great way for you to try one (or some) of our amazing products at a discounted price.

All products come with a 60 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee so you have nothing to risk by trying them out!
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