I haven’t used my crockpot all winter

I was rereading my 101 in 1001 list and realized that #94 will never become realized.  I challenged myself to find 10 new recipes for my crockpot, which when I made my list was a kitchen tool I used all the time.  A tool that has since been moved to the garage because I needed room in the cupboards.

So why, you might ask, has a kitchen tool fallen so far?  Two words…instant pot.

An instant pot is an electric pressure cooker.  There are entire blogs dedicated to this tool and I will admit to anyone that I have not explored all it can do.  But, I have used it a lot and I love it so much.

Here is a picture of my lovely pot working. There was a ham in there.  The one we were supposed to have for Easter until we all got sick.


The beauty of it is that I don’t have to plan ahead for it.  I don’t know how many times I would plan to make a pork roast using my crockpot and forget to do it in the morning, leaving me with the “What in the hell am I going to make for dinner?!?” question that I had tried to avoid with my well-intentioned Sunday planning.

So, I am slightly altering my plan and going to look for 10 new instant pot recipes!  Until then, here a couple that I have tried and really like!

Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Beef Stroganoff (I used stew meat because that’s what I had in the freezer!)


Let’s Get Started! Project 52: Week 1

Here we are, week 1 of 2017.  I almost have all the Christmas decorations put away and the house and daily routines are starting to get back to normal.  I flipped to the January page of my calendar and while it doesn’t look that full right now, I know it is a matter of time before it fills up. Continue reading

Powell’s Books: The Greatest Book Store in the World

Saturday we ventured off to Portland because we had free tickets to The Portland Art Museum.  We enjoyed the museum (some of us more than others) and since I was braving downtown Portland traffic, I figured that it would be the perfect time add on a trip to Powell’s Books.  For those of you that don’t know, Powell’s is what I would consider the greatest book store in the world!  It takes up an entire city block and their website says it has over a million books.  They have the best children’s section ever! We walked from the museum and was so excited to get to the book store that the only picture I have is this one that I took accidentally as I was navigating us.  Thank you Google Maps.

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museum day live!


I was on Facebook earlier today and saw this promotion that one of my friends had shared. I checked it out and just a few minutes later I have two free tickets to visit the Portland Art Museum this coming Saturday! Neither of us have ever been and since visiting new museums in on my 101 in 1001 list this seems like the perfect opportunity.

If you are interested in seeing what might be available around your area, visit here and find out!

101 Days gone…10 things done and 4 in progress!

Today I am officially 101 days into my 1001 days of my Day Zero Project.  The idea is that you pick 101 things you want to do within a 1001 day time frame. If you would like to see my complete list and read some more details about it you can do that here.

I have completed 10 items on my list! Hooray!  We took a road trip a few weeks ago and completed 4 things just in that trip alone! Here is a quick picture that I took when we were on the ferry (number 44) from Bainbridge Island.  If you look really hard you can see the Space Needle, which we had visited the day before (number 47), in the background between our heads. More on the fun trip we had to come!2016-08-09 10.50.17

Here are the 10 that are finished! There are some less than desirable items on my list, but all of these were fun (and delicious) to complete.

  • #23-Visit Olympic National Park
  • #24-Meditate daily for 30 days
  • #35-Plan a family road trip
  • #44-Ride a ferry to an island
  • #47-Visit the Space Needle
  • #55-Take Taelin whale watching
  • #79-Tye dye t-shirts with Taelin
  • #83-Light off fireworks…myself
  • #86-Order cupcakes to be delivered from Georgetown Cupcakes
  • #93-Find a vegetable Taelin likes

I also have 4 goals that are in progress.  I have started all of these but they aren’t quite finished.

  • #8-Take Taelin to 5 different museums
  • #43-Make my scrapbook area actually usable
  • #51-Find 5 new places to hike
  • #100 Complete a reading challenge

Anyone want to join me and make a list of their own?  Head over to Day Zero Project to sign up for a free account!



Planning a Road Trip and Why My Sister is Awesome

Last night I was on my phone with my sister, trying to figure out some details about a road trip that my little family is taking.  We have a few scheduled stops (the places we are going to be sleeping because I don’t want to be looking for a hotel with a tired kid)  but I was freaking out a little about getting around, what we were going to do, how we were going to meet up, etc, etc, etc.  I was making myself crazy.  I want the road trip to be fun.  I want us to enjoy the time together and discover some cool things on the way.   Continue reading


This is the face of a girl that just realized that the delivery at the door contained 12 cupcakes from a bakery across the country that she knows from a reality t.v. show.  She might have been a little excited.

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image by Jodie Crowe

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Salem Harvest! A great organization doing great things!

We are lucky to live in a such a beautiful state with so many wonderful opportunities for finding fresh, local produce.  Taelin and I have picked strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries this summer and after eating our fill, have frozen the rest to use throughout the year.  Fall will soon be here soon enough and apple trees will be drooping with their juicy fruit which means apple cider doughnuts and pie…and homemade applesauce.  But I will admit that every year since living here, I have noticed when driving past orchards on the way to pick up pumpkins that there were hundreds of apples just rotting away and thought about what a waste it was.
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