I’m so happy to see you here today to enjoy Family Joy Blog Link Party #52 with us. We are going to have so much fun!
One of the things I really enjoy each week is being able to look through all the fantastic links that are added here. The posts are so much fun to read and I feel like I get to know you all a bit more each week.
If you are new here, this is the place where you can share all your Family Friendly posts including Recipes, Homeschooling, DIY projects, Crafts, Sewing, and more! If you’re not a blogger, this is a great place to find new blogs to follow. There’s something for everyone!
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I can’t wait to see all the new posts that are added this week!!!
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Slowcooked Instant Pot Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
As you may know I am over the moon with my new Instant Pot that I got for Christmas. Today I created Slowcooked Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo in my “magic” pot.
But first, let me back up to yesterday. We were at Sam’s Club and you know how they always have a lot of samples on Saturdays? Well, usually, I am not a fan of much of what they are serving, but yesterday, I found my new favorite sausage of all time! Unfortunately, according to the sausage lady, it’s something new and seasonal that they will not carry for long. So I bought a couple of packages. It’s taking all I have not to go back and buy a case right now. I’m afraid if I don’t I’ll never have another chance to taste this delicious delicacy!!!
Well anyway, inspired by this delicious sausage I decided that our Sunday Dinner would be Slowcooked Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. So I picked up a Rotisserie Chicken in the deli section and the sausage and started planning the recipe in my head.
This Slowcooked Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo went together so fast and was so easy. I started by sautéing the onions and garlic in the oil, then adding half a jar (8 oz.) of Roux to the onions. I then turned off the pot so the sauté would stop while I incorporated the roux into the onions and garlic.
Next, I added 2 cups of boiling water to the pot, stirring until all the roux was dissolved. Next the 32 oz of chicken stock and 2 cups of water was added.
Last but not least you will add the chicken and 2 links of sliced sausage. Are you wondering what is so special about this sausage? Well, it’s Pork sausage with red beans and rice inside. The flavor is amazing! So we are really having a combo Chicken and Sausage/Red Beans and Rice Gumbo today!
Next, the slow cooker was turned on low for 6 hours, but it was done in 4. If you are in a hurry, just put the pressure cooker on low for 60 minutes. Just one more reason to love the Instant Pot.
1 cup of very dark Roux-I used 1/2 jar Cajun Creole Roux
2 cups boiling water
32 ounces chicken broth or stock
2 cups water
1.5 to 2 cups cooked chicken
2 links sausage-I used Polk's C'est Bon Cajun Style Link-Pork, Red Beans and Rice sausage
Salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning to taste (Tip-if using Cajun seasoning, be sure and start with a teaspoon at a time, adding sparingly to taste-don't use salt if using Cajun seasoning as it may become too salty)
Season to taste with Tobasco Sauce
Turn the Instant Pot to the high saute function
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the onion and garlic, sautéing them for about 2 minutes until softened
Turn the instant pot off once the onions are soft and add the roux, working it into the onions/garlic until smooth and no longer lumpy.
Add the 2 cups of boiling water and mix well until all the roux is dissolved.
Add 32 ounces of chicken broth/stock plus 2 cups of water to the pot.
Add the sliced sausage and chicken.
Cover and turn the Instant Pot to Slow Cook for 4-6 hours.
Serve over rice and season it with Tobasco Sauce for a little spice!
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My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017
My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017 is a combination of old and new, but mostly old and just repurposed directly from my Christmas Mantle.
I just love the colors of Mardi Gras! It’s such a fun time in the Southern US and in many other parts of the world. While Mardi Gras is famous in New Orleans and is certainly associated with debauchery, heavy drinking, overeating, and generally overindulging in many areas, it can also be a really fun family friendly time. Mardi Gras is definitely not just what you see on Bourbon Street!
Children look forward to the parades and catching beads and Moon Pies in our neck of the woods. Yes they throw Moon Pies off the floats in Alabama! It’s a really fun way for families to get together. Everyone lines the streets, waiting for all the colorful floats with their fancy costumed occupants who throw handfuls of goodies out to the crowds. It’s so much fun to watch the children collect their loot in bags to take home and play with.
As it is for any holiday in the South, a new wreath on the front door is a must and quite a few folks leave their Christmas trees up and change out the decorations from Christmas to Mardi Gras.
This year, I repurposed my Christmas Mantle into a Mardi Gras Mantle with just a few changes here and there. I did make a quick trip to the Mardi Gras store down the street and Hobby Lobby to pick up a few new items, but all in I think I spent under $50.
Ideas to help you create your own mantle
You can create your own Mardi Gras Mantle with a few items I bet you already have around the house or can easily get online. Have any beads left over from last years parades or do you have family members that live in the south? If you live in a “No Mardi Gras” area, ask your southern friends and family to mail you a few dozen beads over the next few days. (Most southern households have stockpiles of beads from past years parades.)
Add some sparkly and fun, purple, gold and green stems to a tall vase. Have any candlesticks laying around? Add some taper candles in Mardi Gras colors, draping some beads around the candlesticks. Or if you have a lantern that holds a larger candle, you could add some beads or balls or colored confetti to the inside around the candle. Or just fill a vase with beads. Really the shinier and “sparklier” the better!! Glitter is great. Fleur Di Lis anything is awesome.
I found some window stickers at the local Mardi Gras store and put them on the old window below and added some Purple ribbon on the top of the green bow I had up for Christmas. And of course the left over beads from last year, fit right in!
And I also updated my Wreath this year with some left over ribbon from the mantle. I think it turned out really pretty and bright!
Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the good times roll!!
Hello everyone! I am so glad to be back this week with my co-hosts to showcase some of the fantastic links that were added to our party last week and to see all the new links that are posted this week!!
We are so thankful to all of you who share your posts every week here at the party. The quality of these posts never fail to amaze me and I have so much fun going through them and finding new bloggers to follow, recipes to make and projects to conquer.
You are all the best and I want you to know how much you are appreciated!!
If you are not a blogger and just checking us out, you’ve come to the right place! Check back daily to find new posts from bloggers across the world who are sharing their content at the party. You’re sure to find a recipe, diy project or blog post that speaks to you just when you need it.
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Welcome to Pasta Heaven
If you’ve been following my blog at all you might know a little tidbit of information about me. It’s that I LOVE PASTA!! The other day, I tried out this little Quick and Easy Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe because I had a craving for something a little creamier than my usual pasta lunch.
And you know what? You only need one pot and a colander to drain the pasta! It’s made by stirring the ingredients into the hot pasta so there’s no reason to take out a second pot to make the sauce. Super easy, super quick. It’s perfect for lunch or a nice weeknight meal after a long hard day. You could even add some grilled chicken for a full meal!
This Quick and Easy Fettuccine Alfredo is a bit lighter than the traditional version but does use heavy whipping cream, butter and good ole’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil so I wouldn’t call it diet food. But, every once in a while don’t you deserve a good, creamy, rich plate of pasta with a glass of wine?
If you are a fan of pasta, as I am, you are sure enjoy this easy Fettuccine Alfredo recipe.
I’d love to hear what you think about this super quick, easy recipe. Leave me a comment and let me know!!
Wow, January is passing by us super fast! I can’t believe we are already to the middle of the month.
Mardi Gras season is in full swing here in the South and so are great Cajun recipes and lots of purple, gold and green decorations. I went straight from a Christmas mantle to a Mardi Gras mantle that’s super festive and colorful. I love it!
It’s Party Time!
I’m so happy to see you back to visit us again and if you’re new, welcome! I hope you enjoy this party and all the fabulous posts that are added each week and that you will want to visit week after week!!
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Learn To Make Homemade Dinner Rolls Using Mimi’s Best Yeast Roll Recipe
Do you ever shy away from using yeast in recipes, baking breads and using dough in general? I admit, it can be pretty scary, but with the right recipe and a little practice you can do it. I am going to show you how to master this skill using Mimi’s Best Yeast Roll Recipe!
Mimi’s Best Yeast Roll dough is crazy versatile too. You can use it to make Cinnamon Rolls or King Cakes. (By the way you can get access to my cream cheese filled king cake recipe by signing up for my email list!) You can even make sandwiches stuffing the dough with seasoned ground meat and baking for a fabulous dinner that your family will love. Recipe featured on:
Grandma’s House DIY and the House of Hollingsworth
Over the next few weeks, I will be showing you how to use this recipe to make these goodies and more so stay tuned. Like this one. ↓
But first, let’s get this recipe down because it’s the base for all the others. Are you ready? Let’s go!
You are going to start by getting the yeast ready. Always make sure you have fresh yeast and that it gets foamy when you let it dissolve in the warm water. That let’s you know it’s still good. A word of warning from someone who took “warm” water to mean “hot, boiling” water. Don’t do it! Really just use warm tap water. If it’s too hot, it will ruin your yeast. True story, it happened to me!
While the yeast is getting ready in a separate bowl you are going to cream the Crisco (use solid shortening, not Crisco Vegetable oil) and then add the boiling water. Mix it with the mixer until all the sugar and Crisco is dissolved and it becomes clear. Next you are going to add your eggs and yeast mixture following the directions as noted below.
Once you add in all your flour and mix it, the dough will be sticky, that’s ok. Don’t worry, just follow the rest of the directions and then cover it and put in the refrigerator!
You will want to eat these right out of the oven slathered with butter, I promise!
PS-Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this or any of my other recipes by leaving a comment below.
Happy New Year! We are so glad to have you join us for the first Family Joy Blog Link Party of 2017!
I don’t know about you, but even though the holidays are over, I’ve been as busy as ever planning for the new year.
The Christmas décor is down, and the Mardi Gras decorations have taken their place. I live in the south and Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal around here, so Valentines Day decorations just don’t have a chance!
I am really excited that our short Link Party hiatus is over, so I can see what you’ve been up to over on your blog over the last few weeks.
We welcome you to share all of your Family Friendly posts including Recipes, Homeschooling, DIY projects, Crafts, Sewing, and more!
Please be sweet and follow all your hosts on social media and have fun going through all the wonderful posts!
I can’t wait to see all the new posts that are added this week!!!
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Instant Pot Lemon Thyme Slowcooker Chicken
Without even having to ask for it, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas from my mother. I didn’t even know I wanted one until I got it. So, as the impatient soul that I am, I knew I had to create a new recipe ASAP! What resulted was really tender, juicy and delicious Instant Pot Lemon Thyme Slowcooker Chicken!
Now, to start, I’ll be honest and say I was a bit leary. A pressure cooker? What in the world did I need that for? I’d never used a pressure cooker before. What if the pressure builds too much or I burn myself? So I did the prudent thing and read the directions. And guess what? It was not so scary and hard after all!
All in all, it was pretty easy to use and I am crazy in love with the saute feature. One of the things I don’t like about traditional slow cookers is that you have to brown the meat and vegetables on top of the stove, then transfer it to the Crockpot. If you don’t brown the meat first, the flavor is just not as good.
But not with the Instant Pot. It sauté’s, slow cooks and pressure cooks! All in the same pot! And as I’ll show you with this recipe, I did a little of all three.
The Super Simple Recipe
You will start with a whole chicken seasoned with course salt, Thyme and Lemon slices. Next sautéed it in 1 tbsp. butter with one large clove of garlic until browned well on all sides. Cover it and turn the slow cooker function on for 4 hours.
Since this was my first time using the Instant Pot and the first for this particular recipe, I found that 4 hours of slow cooking wasn’t quite enough. It was almost time for dinner and I didn’t have 2 more hours to slow cook so I started the pressure cooker and let it cook for an additional 30 minutes. See? This Instant Pot is amazing!!
Season a whole chicken with course salt and thyme.
Insert lemon slices under the skin on all sides of the chicken.
Turn the instant pot on the saute function and add 1 tablespoon of butter with a large sliced clove of garlic.
Add the chicken to the butter and garlic and brown on both sides.
After it's browned, turn the slow cooker function on, cover and set it for 4-6 hours.
(I cooked mine for 4 hours and it wasn't quite as done as I wanted so I turned the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker function on and finished cooking it that way for about 30 minutes, but you can also just slow cook it for a longer period of time to start with)
When it's done, remove the chicken and add 1 tablespoon of flour to the gravy in the pot. Whisk well until all the lumps are dissolved. If it is not thick enough add another tablespoon of flour and whisk.