Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So I have dove into the use of my instant pot quite a lot lately! Although it’s wonderful for so many different types of dishes, I will have to admit my favorite thing for it is soup! Soup is just one of my favorite things, but soup doesn’t always feel pleasing unless it’s simmered a long time and blended all of its wonderful flavors together.

But with the instant pot, you don’t have to wait two hours for sumptious soup that tastes like its been stewing all day. You literally can pressure cook it for 7 minutes and it tastes like something you would get at a restaurant!

Now, one of my favorite soups of all time is vegetable soup. It just reminds me of home and always makes me feel cozy! It is storming here today, so I decided to whip some up for lunch! After tasting how glorious it is, I decided I would share it with you all!

Now this is a meatless version because honestly its so delicious I don’t think it needs it! It tastes like old fashioned, what your grandma would make you vegetable soup! However, it only takes 7 minutes to cook! You heard me, 7 minutes!

Lets get to it so you can get cooking!

Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

What you will need:

  • 2 cans of mix vegetables
  • 1 can seasoned lima beans
  • 1 can tomatoes, okra, and corn mix
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 1 box of beef broth
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Dry seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed

Directions:

Drain all of your cans and pour inti instant pot. Dice celery and onion and add in. Toss in minced garlic, dry seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Stir everything well!

Put on instant pot lid and make sure to set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal, it won’t pressurize! Then hit manual mode for 7 minutes! It will take some time to pressurize and then you will see the cook time on the front screen!

Once it’s done, quick release the pressure and wait until all of the pressure is released! You will feel tension if its not complete! Omce finished, taste and adjust according to your personal taste! (It was perfect for us).

It’s best served with fresh cornbread, grilled cheeses, or good old fashioned saltine crackers! Now it may seem like an odd set of ingredients, but this is what I have gotten perfected over the last two years! It is the perfect vegetable soup! If you want to make it completely vegetarian, you can use vegetable stock instead! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy homemaking!

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Yay! Christmas time is here! For me that means my husband gets to be off with us and we get to enjoy our favorite time together: mornings! We both love our coffee and a yummy breakfast. When I was pregnant we went every Sunday to Waffle House and I ate a pecan waffle, bacon, hashbrowns, and sometimes even a biscuit too… I can no longer eat so much!

Around Christmas time I like to make special breakfasts for us! This one is one of my favorites! Its packed full of veggies, protein, yumminess, AND to top everything off the colors of it look like Christmas!

This breakfast casserole is a wonderful family breakfast and a fantastic way to sneak vegetables in your kids diet (you’re welcome). So if you’re looking for some breakfast ideas for the holidays or have a brunch you need to bringing a dish to, this ones for you!

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

What you will need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup ham (diced) (you could use ground sausage or diced bacon too)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese (1/4 for mix, 1/4 for topping)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp siracha
  • 2 stalks green onions (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 bag of frozen hashbrowns

Dry seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp creole seasoning (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large mixing bowl, crack eggs and add in milk and siracha. Whisk mixture well and set aside. Dice all of your veggies and add to the bowl. Add in ham, hashbrowns, dry seasonings, hasbrowns, garlic, and 1/4 cup of cheese.

Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray and add in mixture. Make sure to spread out all the veggies and get everything in an even layer.

Bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!

This breakfast casserole is one of my favorite breakfast dishes! It’s also the recipe I use to meal plan for my husbands work meals! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy homemaking!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

With the Holidays coming up, heavy food is definitely on the radar! Sometimes for lunch you may want to take it light in preparation, or just to give your stomach a break!

This salad is my FAVORITE salad of all time. My husband does not like salads and loved this one. I made this recipe based off of a salad I tried at a restaurant that was so expensive. So I wanted to try to make it myself, and I did so successfully!

It has yummy dried cranberries, cashews, sweet peppers, and my favorite, havarti cheese! All topped with a homemade ranch dressing that is easy and delicious!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

What you will need:

  • Greens (I love spring salad mix)
  • 1/4 cup of havarti cheese (diced)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cashew halves

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ranch (any kind)
  • 1/2 milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed

Directions:

Mix in a larger bowl your greens, cheese, cranberries, cashews, and bell pepper.

In a small mason jar (or bowl) add in all of the dressing ingredients wnd shake well (or stir well).

Serve and you’re done! It’s that easy.

This is so delicious I promise! You can use another dressing if you please, however the thin ranch just gives it the flavor that it needs. So try it, I promise!

I also would serve for an appetizer the cranberries, cashews, cheese and peppers dredged in the dressing as like a cold salad! It would be so delicious and has festive colors too!

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does! Let me know what you think! Happy homemaking!

Christmas Pot Holder Handprint Crafts

This is the best craft to do with your kids! All you need is paint, your baby’s hands and feet, patience, and cheap oven mitts or pot holders!

Although little man did not want to cooperate today with the paint, I still got some cute prints out of it! So this craft works even with the ones who don’t feel like crafting and making fun memories!

Doesn’t it feel like sometimes you are the only one who cares about making memories? I don’t know, sometimes I feel like I HAVE to capture moments with pictures, I have to make all of the cozy memories, or it won’t get done!

This probably isn’t true, but it pushes me to do the things that sometimes aren’t easy (like painting a 7 month old’s hand and trying to press it on a pot holder). But they turned out so adorable so I am happy I didn’t give up! And all little man needed was a nap.

So these were so easy and I used pan holders that I bought from the dollar store! That’s right, they were a dollar for a 2-pack of red and brown pot holders. So I got 4 for 2 dollars! So awesome! For the paint I just used acrylic paint and found different colors needed more layers (white for instance).

If you run into the problem that maybe you didn’t capture the full hand or foot print, I just go back over with a small paint brush to make it more solid! The goal should be to try and get at LEAST an outline of your baby’s print so that you can fill it in!

I painted for different types but there are so many things you can do with it! I chose to do a santa foot, a Christmas tree foot, an elf hand, and a snowman hand! You could probably try a reindeer hand, snowman foot, or really anything you can imagine!

1. Santa foot craft

So I loved doing this one! I just painted little man’s foot with white paint and pressed it on the mitt! Then I mixed up a peach color for Santa’s face, used the round end of the brush with some pink for his rosy cheeks, used the end and dipped it in black for his eyes, and red for his nose! Then I painted a Santa’s hat on top! What I love about crafts like this is it really can be tweaked and crafted to your liking! Look at his little toes! I love them 🙂

2. elf hand POT HOLDER CRAFT

Look at his little pinky! I love this one too. I can’t choose my favorite! What I did was actually make a hand print with white paint first. With it being a dark colored fabric I wanted to make sure the color showed up well! Then I painted with peach for his face, green on the three fingers for the elf’s hat, and used the end of the brush to make the pink cheeks, eyes, and nose. It says ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ in dot prints! With some little Christmas lights on the sides for decoration! Just have fun with it! If your baby is big enough, they can decorate them themselves for their Mimi’s and Pawpaw’s!

3. Christmas Tree Foot Mitt Craft

“Oh Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How lovely are your tosies”. I love his little toes so much! I may be obsessed. This one is really adorable and can be extra crafty by adding glitter and other stuff! We went simple with a star on top and some little ornaments! But what I love about this craft is because it’s so easy on your money, you can buy extra and do different variations!

4. Snowman hand print craft

This one turned out so well! I just used some white paint to print it, drew on a hat, scarf, and carrot nose and a snowman it turned to be! “Snow Cute” was so cheesy but necessary! I had to use about three layers of white for it to be clear but it wasn’t too bad.

I truly love these so much! They were so cheap, so easy to do, and I have them forever! The thought of pulling these out every Christmas, even when his hand is too big to fit, just melts my heart and brings a tear to my eye. It really isn’t about perfection with homemade crafts, it’s about memories, and creating something that can stay in your homes forever.

I can’t wait to see what you do with your little ones! Please share with me so I can smile alongside with you! Happy homemaking!

Homemade Tomato Soup (GF)

Finally! It is fall time and we can stuff ourselves with all of the soups. All of them. If you’re gluten free, it is hard to find affordable soups that don’t have gluten in them! And if you can, a lot of the time they are so bland and tasteless! If you’re not gluten free, you probably don’t want all those soups that are high on sodium and preservatives. And let’s be real, organic food is soooo expensive.

I am gung-ho on yummy food that is also easy AND most importantly, affordable! So this recipe is one for you! It’s delicious, warm, filling, delicious, easy, and did I mention delicious? Now, I made this soup in my instant-pot (Pioneer woman because I’m obsessed), so if you do not have one I seriously urge you to invest in one! It is worth every dime! But if you still want to make this recipe just do it on the stove top in a deep pot! I will attach a link to the instant-pot I have, it’s so amazing. I’m just saying. 

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

So here it goes! 

Homemade Tomato Soup

What you will need:

  • 3 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (diced) (Vidalia is my favorite but you can use any kind)
  • 2 stalks of celery (diced)
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper (diced) (I use canned, it’s delicious)
  • 1 tbsp pesto (trust me, it adds THE best flavor)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth (if GF, make sure you get GF broth)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp kethup (again, trust me)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper (I use restaurant grind)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp basil (dried)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar or honey

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sautĂ© mode and add 1 tbsp of butter (I prefer to use butter over oil in soup so that it isn’t oily in your mouth!). Add in diced onion, celery, canned tomatoes, roma tomatoes, roasted red peppers and minced garlic. Stir around and let the veg get soft! Then add in 1 tbsp of pesto (if wanted) and stir around in softening vegetables. Add in chicken broth and all dry seasonings above.

Put on the instant pot lid and MAKE SURE YOU TURN IT TO SEALING! If you do not seal then you won’t build pressure and the whole point is to get a soup that tastes like you’ve cooked it for hours when it’s only in the pot for 10 MINUTES… that’s right. 10 Minutes! Turn off the sautĂ© mode and hit “Manual” for 10 minutes. It will take some time and make some noise as it builds pressure, and all you have to do is chill!

When it’s done, do a quick release (be careful) and let all of the steam stop before attempting to open. Now for this next part you can either use an immersion blender or a counter top blender! But it is necessary for the best texture to blend the soup! When you open the instant pot, you will notice there are still chunks of veggies and it doesn’t quite look like tomato soup! Take the immersion blender and blend until desired texture is found! If you are using a countertop blender, you can ladle in portions of the soup until it is all blended and return to pot. Once blended, you will want to add milk and ketchup, stirring well! At this point it is your turn to taste and adjust according to your family’s taste buds (if you like more salt, add it here!).



The best way to serve is with a grilled cheese with some sour cream and basil on top! If there is any left over, it is good for up to about 3 days!

I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think! (Post pics too!)