Plaid Blanket Scarf Only $11.99

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I just LOVE a good blanket scarf!! Perfect for those chilly fall and winter days that are heading our way! So many colors to choose from over at Jane.com and priced at only $11.99. Great gift idea too!

Plaid is the pattern of the season and there's no better way to wear it than in the form of a beautiful oversized blanket scarf! Available in a wide array of lovely color combinations, and countless ways to style them. Pick out a few for yourself, your sisters, your mom, and your best friend.

Shipping is only $1.99 for the first item and $1.49 for each additional item.

 

Don't forget these make fun gifts as well!

I even impressed myself with this perfect frugal Christmas gift for teachers and coworkers!

 

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Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

I love a quick and easy craft! Especially when you have all the supplies on hand. This was the case with this Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign. 🙂

If you have 30 minutes to an hour to craft, you too can make this adorable sign too! 🙂

Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

Supplies you'll need:

  • Wooden board – free from our scrap wood, but I've used these before and they are great!
  • Alphabet stencils – similar to these
  • Paint – I used chalk paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Twine

How To Make Your Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

  1. Dry brush your board by adding a small amount of paint to your brush and going back and forth in a light motion over the board. Repeat this until you achieve the desired coverage. I let some of my raw board show through for a more distressed look. Let dry. This takes just a few minutes since your paint should be thin. I used Waverly ivory chalk paint.
  2. Align the stencil to where your word is centered. I traced mine with a pencil to make sure I was pleased with the placement. For the “O”, I turned the stencil sideways so my pumpkin would be wider.
  3. Fill in your letters with the paint color of your choice. I used Waverly hazelnut for the letters and Americana Decor Vintage for the pumpkin.
  4. After the paint was dry, I freehand the stem, polka dots and sections of the pumpkin.
  5. Next, I added a twine bow with a drop of hot glue. Raffia would be cute as well.

Farmhouse Pumpkin SignSo fun! 🙂

Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign

I loved it so much, I made another one that is slightly different – so many possibilities!  ❤️

 

Need a bit more fall inspiration?? Here ya go!!

Fall Paper Garland

DIY Wood Bead Garland

DIY Fall Decor on a Budget (17 Ideas to Fluff Your Home, Frugally!)

 

 

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DIY Wood Bead Garland

You're going to LOVE how simple and pretty this DIY Wood Bead Garland craft turned out - it's a perfect DIY Fall Decor to make on a budget!

DIY WOOD BEAD GARLAND

I just love a good garland! Anyone with me??

This DIY wood bead garland has got to be the easiest and most versatile garland I've ever made. 🙂   (I mean – compared to the 3-hour Fall Paper Garland… whew!  This one was a walk in the park!)

Honestly, this little garland can really fluff up your space. I love moving mine around when I get the hankering for changing out my decor.

DIY Wood Bead Garland

Supplies you'll need:

There are really endless ways to make the diy wood bead garland, but here's what I did.

How to make the DIY Wood Bead Garland:

  1. To make the tassels, wrap the jute around the palm of your hand a good 12-15 times and cut.
  2. Wrap another piece of jute around your tassel (about 1/4″ down) and tie it off once you are pleased with the way it looks.
  3. Cut a piece of jute a little longer than your desired length for the wood bead garland and thread it through your loop. Be sure to tie it off before you start adding your beads.
  4. Start threading on your beads. I found it helpful to wrap the end of the jute with a piece of tape so it wouldn't fray as bad.
  5. Repeat the process for making another tassel. Carefully tie the end tassel onto the garland (make sure to knot the end so the beads don't slip off). Cut the looped end of your tassels and you're done!

DIY Wood Bead Garland

 

DIY Wood Bead Garland

This diy wood bead garland is so simple, but really makes a BIG statement in my decor ~ I just love it!

DIY Wood Bead Garland

Just a few examples of how I've used it in my home… 🙂

DIY Wood Bead Garland

This little guy just makes me smile! 🙂

 

If you're looking for some more DIY inspiration, here are a few of our favorite garlands:

Fall Paper Garland

How to Make Burlap Garland

No Sew Pennant Banner

 

 

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Scripture Pendant Necklaces

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Oh my stars, I love these!!!  Jane has these super cute scripture pendant necklaces on sale today for $9.99 (regularly $18.00).  Scripture pendant necklaces by Ellie & James. Each pendant is handmade, lead and nickel free, and hangs on a 24-inch chain (see photos for length). Necklaces come ready to gift in a clear bag with a scripture card and care instructions.

Shipping is $2.99 for the first item and $0.99 for each additional item. You can snag one HERE!

 

 

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4th of July Decorations: Star Wreath and Kids Firecracker Craft

Looking for some GREAT frugal ideas for 4th of July? These are perfect and your kids will love making them too!

 

4th of July Decorations

You'll love these simple DIY 4th of July Decorations - with options for both an adult and kids to do!

Hey guys, Cheree' here! I just love to fluff up my home a bit as the different holidays roll around. This year I added a couple of frugal 4th of July Decorations that are so easy and fun to make. 🌟

The first one is this Star Wreath. The idea came to me to use paint sticks as my “star” and when I got to Home Depot and found out they had 5 gallon paint sticks, I knew I was on the right track.

Bigger is always better, right???? 🙂

DIY 4th of July Decorations – Star Wreath

4th of July Decorations

Here are the supplies you'll need to make this Star Wreath:

  • 5 paint sticks – you can use the normal size, 5 gallon size, or for a ginormous star, try using wooden yardsticks – these are $.98 for a pack of 3 of the bigger size, so you'll need 2 packs. Or you might be able to nicely ask and get them for free. I used the 5 gallon sized ones.
  • Stain or paint (and brushes)
  • Metal or wooden star (or some other fun decoration to hang from the middle of your star)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • E-6000 glue or wood glue
  • Patriotic Ribbon
  • Red, white and blue berries (I took apart a garland and that worked great)

Directions for making your 4th of July Decorations – Star Wreath:

  1. Stain or paint your paint sticks (I stained mine with some leftover stain we had from our front door). But, I think it would be really cute to use red, white or blue chalk paint. Let dry.
  2. Assemble your paint sticks into a star shape. I started with the tops overlapping like a teepee, added the cross bar and then finished it off with the last two pieces to complete the star. Just make sure all of your little triangles are about equal size and you have a sort of pentagon in the middle and you'll be good to go.
  3. Carefully add a dollop of glue underneath each point. Clamp into place and let dry. I found some mini clamps my husband had and I used some chip clips as well and those worked great.
  4. Tie your little metal or wooden star to hang in the middle. I painted a metal star I found from the Dollar Tree on my first one, but ended up gluing a cute wooden star from Hobby Lobby on my second star. I also added a few ribbons to my star for some fun color.
  5. Hot glue your berries in sort of a fan like fashion and adjust them as needed until you get it the way you like.
  6. I glued one of my stars to a really cute ship-lap board my sweet hubby made me and hung another one from a ribbon on my back door using a command hook.

This was the one I made on facebook live here:

This is the one I made after the star from the facebook live dried..

4th of July Decorations

The fairly lights added such a whimsical touch to this star! I just love it! 😍

 

I was super pleased with how they turned out. There are just endless ideas for how to decorate your star. I really even loved it just plain. I'm planning to make some of these around Christmas as well. I think those could be super cute! 🌟

 

DIY 4th of July Decorations: Kids Firecracracker Craft

 

4th of July Decorations

 

If you have bored kiddos at home this summer, this next craft will be something fun to keep them entertained for a bit. These Firecrackers use supplies you might already have on hand.

 

4th of July Decorations

 

Here are the supplies you'll need to make these 4th of July Decorations – Firecrackers:

 

If you missed my facebook live you can watch it here.

Directions for making your 4th of July Decorations – Firecrackers:

  • Cut scrapbook paper into 1-inch strips. Spread mod podge onto the front and back of the strips.
  • Press wet strips onto your cylinder form until it is completely covered; let dry.
  • Trace the opening of your cylinder to make a circle, cut it out and cover with mod podge. While it is wet, poke a small hole in the center for your wick. Carefully press on top of your firecracker and let dry.
  • Cut a small piece of twine (for the wick) and cover with mod podge. Wrap twine around a pencil and let dry. When dry, carefully poke it into the center of your firecracker.
  • Other alternatives for the middle of the firecrackers are sparkly picks, berries, sparklers, etc.
  • Decorate your firecrackers with ribbon, washi tape, stickers, etc. to add more flare.

 

4th of July Decorations

 

These would be adorable to decorate your kitchen table or picnic table for the 4th of July or to use on a mantel or other tabletop. 🙂

 

4th of July Decorations

 

Snap, Crackle, Pop…..these Firecrackers are on fire! 🔥🔥🔥

 

4th of July Decorations

 

These 4th of July Decorations really fluffed up my mantel.

 

4th of July Decorations

 

I'm so excited to celebrate 4th of July with my family and am so very thankful for the freedom we have in America! 🇺🇸

 

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe (SO Good for Summer!)

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

  Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Note from Laurie: my friend Cheree makes this AMAZING Strawberry Pretzel Salad, and I can't wait to try it myself! I'll be honest, I've never quite successfully made this one (I've had a few flops along the way . . . ), so I can't wait to try letting the gelatin cool completely before assembling. Excited to try it! 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

 

This recipe is definitely a LOVE/HATE relationship. 🙂 

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

I LOVE all it's deliciousness, but boy, it can sure test your patience and slide you right over to the HATE side!

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

However, I think I have discovered the key to making a perfect (well, almost perfect)… Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

You need to let your gelatin cool before assembling. Just let it hang out on the counter while you are working.

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

So, there you have it.

 

(but don't hold me to it if your Strawberry Pretzel Salad ends up like so many of mine have and slides right off the plate).

 

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

Here's what you'll need to get started…

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ – 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 Tbsps plus 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-oz) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (6-oz) pkg strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 lb pkg fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the crust, mix pretzels, 3 Tbsps sugar and butter together. Press into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix gelatin and boiling water together. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Add sliced strawberries to cooled gelatin and stir to combine. Pour over cream cheese mixture.
  6. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set. I usually make mine the night before I will be serving it.
  7.  Cut into slices to serve.

 

 

 

You will impress your friends and family with this Strawberry Pretzel Salad – I promise this one is always a favorite . . .  yum!

 

 

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

 

My kids request Strawberry Pretzel Salad for every special occasion or holiday, so I'm happy to say…

 

at least right at THIS moment…

 

I LOVE it. 🙂

 

 

 

Looking for more strawberry inspiration?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs Recipe ~Top Chef Style!

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

If you're looking for recipes to make with hard boiled eggs, this guacamole deviled eggs recipe is a fun new twist on a classic!

Guacamole Deviled Eggs Recipe

If you are like me and have leftover hard boiled eggs from Easter then you will want to check out this Guacamole Deviled Eggs recipe!

This recipe pretty much covers just about any eating style you might be into right now ~ low carb, paleo, keto, clean eating, whole30, vegetarian, even gluten free ~ you get the picture, ha! 🙂

Here's what you'll need to get started…

Guacamole Deviled Eggs~Top Chef Style

Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1/2 -1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced (or jarred diced jalapeño)
  • 2 Tbsps diced red onion
  • 2 Tbsps chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 tsps lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • pinch smoked paprika or chile powder (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Cut the eggs in half horizontally and scoop out the yolks; set aside.
  2. Cut avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out the flesh.
  3. In a bowl, mash avocado and 2-3 egg yolks with a fork; discard remaining yolks. (I mixed the leftover yolks in with my doggies food and he loved it)!
  4. Stir in jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, white pepper, kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Gently mix in tomato.
  5. Spoon heaping spoonfuls of guacamole into the halved egg whites.
  6. Garnish with a pinch of smoked paprika or chile powder and chopped cilantro, if desired.

These really hit the spot and got all thumbs up from my bunch! 🙂

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Natural Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

 Natural Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

This year I tried natural dyed Easter eggs in the Instant Pot and I was AMAZED how vibrant and beautiful their colors turned out!

I hope you've been enjoying all these Instant Pot Easter egg experiments this week!  This is one of my FAVORITES that Cheree has tried for us this week – naturally dyed Easter eggs!

Cheree here!

If you have been following our posts this week, you know I have been having an “eggcellent” time trying different methods of dying Easter eggs in the Instant Pot ! 🙂

Our next method was really cool. If you have never dyed eggs using natural ingredients, I definitely suggest trying a few of these. The red cabbage, avocado and turmeric eggs were my favorites! Who knew that avocado skins turn red???

Don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries – this method works great on the stove top as well! Scroll down for stove top instructions!

In the perfect world, you could boil your eggs in your ingredients right in the Instant Pot and all the stars would align and the eggs would turn the perfect color. I tried this with the red cabbage…

But, unfortunately that is not the case. So for this one you will need a bit of patience (trust me it's worth it).  I had a rainy Saturday so it was a great day to test these out!

Instructions for Natural Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

Ingredients you'll need (these are what I used)

  • Blueberries
  • Turmeric
  • Coffee
  • Avocado
  • Red Cabbage
  • Green Tea
  • Red Cherries
  • Yellow Onions
  • White vinegar

These are the ingredients that I tried, but use your imagination and try some foods you have on hand. You might just be surprised! I know I was. 🙂

Instructions

The instructions are a bit different for each ingredient, so here is a list of what worked for me.

Blueberries: Cook 1 package of frozen blueberries (or fresh) with 8 cups of water in your instant pot. I did mine on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural released for 10 minutes and then quick release. To cook the eggs, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the blueberry mixture. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These will turn from light purple to a deep plum the longer they soak.

Turmeric: Add 8 tablespoons turmeric, 8 cups water and 1/2 cup vinegar to instant pot. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These turn from a light yellow to a deep maze yellow the longer they soak.

Coffee: Brew 8 cups strong coffee. Add coffee to instant pot along with 1/2 cup vinegar. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These will give you some awesome dark brown eggs!

Avocado:  Cook skins of 2 avocados with 4 cups of water in your instant pot. I did mine on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural released for 10 minutes and then quick release. To cook the eggs, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the avocado mixture. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. This color is AMAZING! These will turn almost a salmon red, just gorgeous!

Red Cabbage: Cut cabbage into strips. Add cabbage, 8 cups of water and 1/2 cup vinegar to your instant pot. I did mine on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural released for 10 minutes and then quick release. I tried to cook the eggs in this mixture and it just didn't work. This one works better to use hard boiled eggs (made in your IP) and let soak until they reach the desired color. The longer these soak the more vividly blue they become. The ones that I did boil with the cabbage did pick up a texture that was cool to see come out as they soaked.

Green Tea: Brew 8 cups strong green tea. Add green tea to instant pot along with 1/2 cup vinegar. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These will go from a light yellowish green to a deeper greenish/brown color.

Red Cherries: Cook 1 jar red cherries with 8 cups of water in your instant pot. I did mine on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural released for 10 minutes and then quick release. To cook the eggs, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the cherry mixture. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These will range from pink to dark pink the longer they soak.

Yellow Onions: Cook the skins from 4 large yellow onions with 8 cups of water in your instant pot. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural release 10 minutes and then quick release. To cook the eggs, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the onion mixture. Add trivet and eggs. Cook 5 minutes on high pressure, natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. Strain to a bowl and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color. These will turn a burnt orange/tan color.

Stove top Instructions

For vegetables and fruits: Boil veggies or fruit in 8 cups water for 20 minutes or until cooked down. Let cool and strain. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to the mixture along with hard boiled eggs. Refrigerate and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color.

Coffee and tea: Go ahead and brew; cool and add 1/4 cup vinegar and hard boiled eggs. Refrigerate and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color.

Spices: Heat 8 cups of water and add 8 tablespoons spice and 1/4 cup vinegar. Cool and add hard boiled eggs. Refrigerate and let the eggs soak until they reach the desired color.

I love, love, love this idea if you have kiddos at home who enjoy being in the kitchen or love to do science experiments! Plus, because you are using all natural ingredients, these are completely safe to eat. 🙂

These eggs are just GORGEOUS!!!

A fun idea is to let the eggs soak at different intervals and see how the colors change. Do them for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, etc. You will get some awesome shades! 🙂

These natural dyed eggs turned out just beautiful! I'm seriously obsessed with them. 🙂

 

 

Looking for some more Easter decorating ideas??? Here ya go! ❤

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Dollar Tree Mason Jar Craft

Easter DIY: No Sew Burlap Bunny Pillow

Dollar Tree Decorating: Easter Fun

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties (In the Instant Pot!)

This is such a cool egg dying technique using silk - check out how to dye Easter eggs with silk ties or scarves!

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties (In the Instant Pot!)

Looking for a new way to dye Easter Eggs this year?  PPP Team Member Cheree spent the last week busily trying out all sorts of Instant Pot Easter Egg recipes – in this one she shows us how to use silk ties (or scarves) to dye Easter eggs in the Instant Pot. 🙂  I love these – they have a bit of Farmhouse charm!

 

Cheree here!

Have you ever heard of the silk tie-dyed Easter egg dying method??? This was new to me and maybe it is to you too…

I've been testing out several methods of dying Easter eggs in the Instant Pot this week. So, when I saw this idea over on Pinterest, I was definitely intrigued and wanted to see how it would work in the Instant Pot.

Oh My Stars, the results were AMAZING!!!

Don't have an Instant Pot, no worries – this method works great on the stove top as well! Scroll down for stove top instructions!

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who recently retired and needed to “retire” some ties as well, haha!  🤗

This would also be a fun outing to search thrift stores for the ugliest ties (those make the best designs). 🙂 

Instructions for Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

Supplies you'll need

  • 100% silk ties or scarves (it must be 100% silk, so check your labels)
  • 1 old white t-shirt, or white pillowcase, sheet, etc.
  • White vinegar
  • Twist ties or rubber bands
  • Trivet

Instructions

  1. Cut the ties and t-shirt into about 6″x 6″ squares.
  2. Bundle the tie square tight around the egg (making sure the most vibrant side is against the egg) and secure with a twist tie. (I cut some chenille stems and used those)
  3. Next, do the same thing with the t-shirt squares.
  4. Place the trivet in the instant pot and carefully add your wrapped eggs.
  5. Cover with water until the eggs are completely covered and add 1/2 cup vinegar.
  6. Lock lid into place and use the manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  7. Allow the instant pot to natural release for 5 minutes. Fill a large bowl with ice water while the instant pot is releasing.
  8. Do a quick release for the remaining pressure and immediately place eggs into the ice bath for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the eggs from the ice bath and carefully remove the fabric.
  10. Enjoy and be surprised by the beautiful designs!

Stove top Instructions

Follow wrapping directions above and place the wrapped eggs in a large stockpot. Fill with water 2 inches above the eggs. Add 1/4 cup vinegar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Carefully remove eggs with tongs and lay on paper towels. Let cool to room temperature and unwrap. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to display your beauties!

Unwrapping the eggs is a big surprise

every

single

time…

This was seriously so cool!

WOWZA!!!

It was so interesting and fun to open each bundle to see what you would get – like eating a box of chocolates, ha! 🙂

Have I said that this is COOL?!?!  Even my engineer husband was impressed! 🙂

I read that you can apply some type of acrylic coating to the eggs so you can keep them from year to year. I skipped this, but would love to hear if any of you have done this and if it works. I have had mine out a few days and they are doing just fine!

I'm really digging the farmhouse vibes that these eggs have.

***Also please note that the silk dying process involves chemicals so these eggs are not safe to consume.

Looking for some more Easter decorating ideas??? Here ya go! ❤

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

Dollar Tree Mason Jar Craft

Easter DIY: No Sew Burlap Bunny Pillow

Dollar Tree Decorating: Easter Fun

Dollar Tree Easter Wreath

 

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Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

I was curious if you could make Easter Eggs in the Instant Pot... so I gave it a try. Well my Instant Pot Easter Eggs turned out beautifully!

Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

If you have an Instant Pot, you may have already found out how handy it is for hard boiling eggs.  But maybe you haven't thought about dyeing eggs in it as well!  PPP Team Member Cheree spent the last week busily trying out all sorts of Instant Pot Easter Egg recipes – here's a traditional Easter egg dyeing method adapted for the Instant Pot. 🙂

Cheree here!

I was curious to see if you could really dye eggs the traditional way (with food coloring) in the Instant Pot. Turns out, you can!!

I'm so excited to share this with you because being new to the Instant Pot, I had no idea. Don't have an Instant Pot, no problem – you can use the dying steps with plain ole hard boiled eggs as well! 🙂

Instructions for How to Dye Easter Eggs in the Instant Pot

Supplies:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Vinegar
  • Ramekins
  • Instant Pot Trivet (this should come with your Instant Pot)

Instructions:

  1. Place the trivet in the bottom of the instant pot and add 1 cup water.
  2. Place an egg in each ramekin and add 10-12 drops food coloring and 3 tablespoons vinegar to each ramekin.
  3. Fill ramekin with water to cover egg; repeat steps for up to 6 ramekins per batch.
  4. Place ramekins in the instant pot (3 on the bottom and another 3 stacked on top).
  5. Lock lid into place and use the manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  6. Allow the instant pot to natural release for 5 minutes.
  7. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  8. Do a quick release for the remaining pressure and immediately place eggs into the ice bath for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the eggs from the ice bath and allow to dry.

These were super easy! This technique has instant results just like traditionally dying eggs. If you prefer darker colors, you can let the eggs sit in the dye for a longer time. Be creative with mixing the food coloring to create some fun and unique colors! 🌷

Looking for some more Easter decorating ideas??? Here ya go! ❤

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs In The Instant Pot

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties (In the Instant Pot!)

Dollar Tree Mason Jar Craft

Easter DIY: No Sew Burlap Bunny Pillow

Dollar Tree Decorating: Easter Fun

Dollar Tree Easter Wreath

 

 

 

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DIY Hoop Wreath

DIY HOOP WREATH

DIY HOOP WREATH

Note from Laurie ~ I absolutely LOVE this wreath and brought the supplies home to make one myself (since the wreath made up wouldn't fit in my suitcase on the flight home!) I'm so thankful for such a sweet group of ladies to work with every day, and absolutely adore this cute craft we made together!

 

Laurie and I thought it would be so fun for our whole PPP team to do a group craft when we were recently all together in Nashville. (This was the very first time for some of us to meet and we had soooo much fun, ate waaaay too much chocolate and stayed up much toooo late!) 

Anyway, we needed something that could be made quickly and with minimal supplies. 🙂 So, when Laurie mentioned she had been wanting to make a DIY Hoop Wreath, I thought that would be the perfect project for our sweet PPP team.💗

If you missed our facebook live you can watch it here.

 

Here's how to make this DIY Hoop Wreath:

DIY HOOP WREATH

DIY Hoop Wreath Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Spray paint your ring and wording in any color you choose. We used gold for the hoop and glitter gold for the words.
  2. Cut your greenery into desired lengths and lay on your wreath (moving them around until you get the look you want). We all kind of went for the asymmetrical look with our wreaths.
  3. Next cut some floral wire or sticks into about 3 or 4 inch pieces.
  4. Start wiring your greenery onto your ring, wiring as needed every few inches. Tip: wire your greenery on one side and then go ahead and find your ending spot and wire your greenery where the greenery (not stems) are facing out on the other side. Continue until you meet in the middle. Depending on which type of greenery you use, you may need to clip a few pieces and hot glue them to cover your stems and wire for a more finished look.
  5. Decide how far down you want your word to hang and cut the fishing line to the desired length. Attach your word to the hoop by tying on the fishing line using small knots. Cut away excess fishing line after you tie your knots.
  6. Finally, add a piece of ribbon to use for hanging your wreath. I attached mine to my back door using a command hook at the very top of the door and letting my wreath hang from it.

DIY HOOP WREATH

As you can see, everyone's wreaths are a bit different. This DIY Hoop Wreath really has endless possibilities to customize to your personal taste.🌺

DIY HOOP WREATH

We all ADORE how Shannon's turned out! I mean seriously, that is one cute wreath and even cuter kiddo! Shannon surprised her daughter Faith with her own personalized “faith” wreath and she was thrilled!  😍

DIY HOOP WREATH

This ended up being a really great group project! I feel so very grateful to be a part of such a sweet bunch! We figured our total cost per wreath was about $7 and that made our penny pinching hearts happy! 🙂

DIY HOOP WREATH

Jamie decided to put a different spin on hers with a St. Patrick's Day theme. How cute is that?? I sent her home with another wooden word so she can change it out after the holiday. Such a fun idea!

DIY HOOP WREATH

 

I just LOVE how all the girls on the PPP team put their own unique style on their wreath. We had so much fun making this DIY Hoop Wreath!

 

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3 Quick and Easy DIY Valentine Crafts

These 3 quick and easy Valentine crafts will help fluff up any room for the holiday!

 

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

 

Note from Laurie: my friend Cheree has been at it again, and I LOVE her cute (easy!) DIY Valentine ideas! Take a peek . . . 

 

I wanted to fluff up my home a bit for Valentine's Day this year and just had to share with you these 3 Quick and Easy Valentine DIY Crafts that each take about 30 minutes (or less) to make! Yay! 🙂

3 Quick and Easy DIY Valentine Crafts

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

1. Painted Chipboard Heart

 

Supplies you'll need

Instructions

  1. Paint the heart and the love sign and let dry.
  2. Glue the love sign in the center of the heart. Let dry and give it another coat of paint.

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

I hung mine on a rustic board and I'm really pleased with how easy and cute it turned out. The total cost was less than $4.00 because I got the chipboard for 50% off at Hobby Lobby!

 

2. Pom Pom Garland

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

Supplies you'll need

  • Craft needle
  • Twine or embroidery thread
  • 1 inch pom poms (I used 3 colors, but you could use 2 or more for your desired look) 🙂

Instructions

  1. Cut your twine to the desired length. I did mine about 7-8 feet because I wanted it to swag from my mantle.
  2. Thread your needle with the twine and make a knot at the end.
  3. Carefully weave your needle through the pom poms and alternate the colors. I added a white pom pom between my colors for interest and also left about 1 inch between each color.
  4. When you have it to the length you want, knot the other end and adjust your pom poms.

 

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

The heart garland was a bit of an afterthought. I had gotten a bundle of felt hearts from Target for $3 and some mini clothespins on clearance at Michael's for $0.77. I used the leftover twine and just clipped them on a couple inches apart. I think it turned out pretty cute! 🙂

The garlands were less than $4 each! 🤗

 

3. Pom Pom Pillow Covers

I saw this Love pillow over at Pinterest and thought it was just adorable.

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

Supplies you'll need

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

Instructions for this super easy DIY Valentine craft:

  1. Lay your pillow cover flat and insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillow insert.
  2. Write out the word Love (or I think XOXO would be super cute as well).
  3. Starting at the beginning of the word, carefully hot glue your pom poms over your tracing. Continue until the whole word is filled. So easy!

I really “LOVE” this one! 💕

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

 

and because I had leftover pom poms from my garland I decided to do another pillow cover of a heart! For this one, I made a template of a heart out of posterboard. ❤️

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

I traced it onto the pillow and then hot glued the pom poms on one color at a time following the same steps as above. 👆

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

So, so fun!!!

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

These pillow covers costs me about $5 each to make (of course I used the 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby). So, for about $22 I have some really cute Valentine decor that I can reuse for several more years!

You'll fall head over heels with all three of these quick and easy DIY Valentine crafts!

 

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DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheree created this DARLING Dollar Tree Candy Jar, and I just love it! Thanks so much for sharing Cheree ~ I can't wait to make this one myself!

I've seen several variations of this cute candy jar over at Pinterest, so when a friend also shared it with me, I thought I would give this one a try! You should be able to find most of the supplies at your local Dollar Tree or Walmart.

 

Looking for a great Dollar Tree DIY? Look no further than this great candy jar! You can even change it out to match the holiday! Perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter and Christmas!!

 

Here are the supplies you'll need to make the DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar:

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

  • 4-inch Terra Cotta flower pot like this one
  • Terra Cotta flower pot saucer like this one
  • Wooden knob (from the craft section at your favorite store)
  • Glass bowl
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint (I used chalk paint because I had it leftover from another project)
  • E-6000 glue and glue gun (I used the glue gun to add the ribbon and decorations)
  • Ribbon and any other embellishment you want to use (I pretty much used what I already had at home)
  • Favorite candy

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar Instructions

How adorable is this DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar?Instructions:

  1. Glue the wooden knob (using the E-6000 glue) on the bottom part of the flower pot saucer and let dry.
  2. Paint the flower pot and the saucer and let dry.
  3. Turn the flower pot upside down and glue the glass bowl on top (also using the E-6000 glue)
  4. Add ribbon, other embellishment and of course, candy!

 

This craft was so easy and is super flexible to be able to change with the different holidays or seasons. 🎄💟

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

There are just so many possibilities! I think gumballs would look adorable as well! 🙂 My father in law was a pastor and he always had a gumball jar on his desk, so this got me thinking that this would be a thoughtful gift for a pastor, secretary or teacher. I love that! ❤️ 

 

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

 

I would love to see your DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar!  If you decide to give it a try leave a picture in the comments! 🙂

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DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath

Looking for the perfect frugal winter decoration? This DIY winter pinecone wreath is easy and will look SO beautiful in your home. This wreath is sure to fluff up your home in winter or any month of the year!

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheree made this GORGEOUS pinecone wreath, and I just love that she shared it with us! Here's what she did . . . 

DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath

I saw a darling flocked pinecone wreath in a store recently, but it was $50!! I was sooooo tempted by it, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much.

 

So, I started collecting pinecones……

 

and collecting…….

 

and collecting. 🙂

 

The perfect DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath!

 

Here are the supplies you'll need to make a DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath:

 

 

 

 

 

Directions for making your DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath:

 

The first thing you will need to do is to collect your pinecones. Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any pinecone trees. I found that people will gladly let you come and clean up the pinecones out of their yard, haha!

You will need the smaller pinecones for this project, so keep that in mind when you are scoping out where to get your free pinecones.

Gather a ton of pinecones and once you think you have enough, gather more!!! You will need them I promise!

I did end up buying 2 little bags of the smaller pinecones from Michael's that were $3 each. I happened on 2 more bags after Christmas at Target that were 90% off making them just $.50 each! Score!!  Those had some larger ones in them too that I can use later. I may or may not be hoarding pinecones over here!

 

Now, you will need a bit of patience for this part. If you find bugs in your pinecones, bake those critters right out on a foil lined cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for about an hour. Let them cool and hang out for a day or so.

 

Finally, start the wreath! Take your ribbon and completely wrap it around your wreath form. I intended to use some burlap, but got the wreath halfway wrapped and ran out, yikes! But, fortunately I had some “linen type” ribbon leftover from Christmas that worked perfectly! Just hot glue or use some long straight pins to secure the ribbon.

At this point, I actually added another piece of long ribbon that the wreath will hang from.

 

 

Now, the fun begins ~ fiire up the glue gun and start adding your pinecones! Once you add a few, you will see that it is really like a puzzle where as you keep adding, they fall into place. I did the front and middle section first, saving the outside for last so it was easier to manage. You will definitely have to be a bit creative near the end to complete the bottom section. I was so glad I added the tie since I ended up hanging it and sitting on the floor to finish off the bottom!

 

 

I absolutely loved how it turned out in it's natural state! Honestly, I almost kept it this way and really went back and forth on whether to flock it or not!  You can definitely stop here and leave it natural and it will be gorgeous!

 

 

But…..

 

 

I WENT FOR IT!

In the end, the pretty winter-white is what I wanted for my January decor so I went with the DIY WINTER pinecone wreath after all 🙂

I actually hung this baby from a tree outside and lightly sprayed several coats of the flocking spray until it was covered in snowy goodness!

I spent about $15 for my wreath, and I think it is just as pretty or even prettier than the one I originally saw that was $50! 

 

 

 

 

OH MY GOODNESS, I just love, love, LOVE it all snowy and sparkly!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I think this DIY Winter Pinecone Wreath is a perfect addition to my winter decor, and you really can make it on a penny pinched budget.

 

 

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An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!

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9 of the BEST Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

Note from Laurie: My friends Cheree and Staci pulled together this amazing list of Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes and I thought it was such an amazing idea ~ I loved that they pulled together some of the PPP teams favorite recipes, and can't wait to try these out myself too. 

We thought it would be so fun to come up with some simple side dishes prepared all in the Instant Pot to make your Thanksgiving dinner a winner and relieve some stress too!

So, PPP team member Staci has been super busy testing out recipes in her Instant Pot for us and I think you'll be thrilled with the results. Here are the 9 Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes she tested out on her family to make sure they were easy, tasty and holiday-worthy too. 🙂

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

 

This cornbread dressing is a Thanksgiving favorite from PPP team member Staci's family . . .

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Momma’s Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of cooked cornbread (best from an iron skillet) – my grandmother, Momma, always said to use the recipe right on the Martha White cornmeal bag.
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Crumble cornbread into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cook celery and onion with butter in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Add to the cornbread.
  3. Add all ingredients to the cornbread and mix well.
  4. Place into a 6 cup bundt pan and cover with aluminum foil poking a hole where the hole is in the bundt pan.
  5. Pour 1 cup water into Instant Pot.
  6. Make aluminum foil sling for the bundt pan and lower into Instant Pot and onto trivet.
  7. Cover and cook on high pressure 15 minutes.
  8. Quick release and remove lid carefully.
  9. Brown in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, if desired.
  10. Flip out of bundt pan and onto serving plate.

 

We love our cornbread dressing down here in the south, but also included a savory stuffing recipe for you stuffing lovers too. 🙂

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Savory Bread Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 loaf bread, cubed and toasted
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cube and toast bread. Use a pizza cutter to cut the bread into ½-inch cubes. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes at 350°F.  Stir at 10 and 15 minutes. Place in a large bowl to cool.
  2. Cook vegetables. Place butter, celery and onion in a skillet. Melt and sauté until vegetables are cooked through.  Add chicken broth, salt, sage and pepper and stir well. Pour over the bread cubes and mix well. Stuff into a 6 cup bundt pan. Cover with aluminum foil poking a hole in the middle where the hole of the pan is.
  3. Pressure cook. Pour 1 ½ cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place the trivet into the bottom. Make a foil strip sling and use it to lower the bundt pan into the pressure cooker. Fold the strips of the sling down so that they do not bother the closing of the lid. Lock the lid into place. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Use a quick release. Carefully remove the lid when ready.
  4. Remove the bundt pan and flip it over onto a sprayed baking sheet. Cook in a 350°F oven 5-10 minutes to crisp up the stuffing.

 

Of all the recipes we tried, I this one was the most surpring (and fastest!) recipe. This cranberry sauce pretty much takes center stage!

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 

Sweet & Tangy Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsps honey
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash cranberries; remove stems and discard the soft, discolored or wrinkly ones.
  2. Pressure cook the cranberries: Combine orange juice and honey. Pour into the Instant Pot. Place 10 ounces of cranberries into the pressure cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute. Let the pressure natural release and do not do the quick release. Open lid carefully.
  3. Make the cranberry sauce:  Turn the heat to medium (Instant Pot- click cancel and sauté button). Using a wooden spoon, stir and break the cranberries. Add in sugar and remaining cranberries. Stir and the heat will melt the sugar to form a thick cranberry sauce. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.

 

We were so surprised to get the taste of southern styled green beans with this recipe ~ they truly taste like they have been cooking all day on the stove top!

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 

Southern Style Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Snap and rinse green beans.  
  2. Add all the ingredients into the Instant Pot.
  3. Set the cook time for 25 minutes on high pressure.
  4. Do a quick release.
  5. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

 

Even your pickiest eaters will gobble up these carrots. 🙂

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

 Brown Sugar Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs carrots, peeled and chunked
  • 1 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsps brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot.
  2. Place chopped carrots in a steamer basket into the pressure cooker.
  3. Close lid and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  5. Remove the carrots and dry well.
  6. Place the carrots into a bowl. Use either an immersion blender or hand mixer to blend the carrots to desired consistency.
  7. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

 

Of course, no Thanksgiving (especially not an Instant Pot Thanksgiving!) would be complete without a BIG bowl of homemade mashed potatoes!

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into nice sized chunks
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ – ½ cup butter

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot and place potatoes on top of the trivet. Pour in 1 cup water.
  2. Close lid and cook on high pressure 7 minutes.
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  4. Place the drained potatoes in a bowl or the bowl of your mixer.
  5. Beat potatoes with hand or stand mixer until all broken up.
  6. Pour 1 cup milk and ¼ cup butter into the bowl and mix. (tip: warm the milk and melt the butter to keep the potatoes warm)
  7. Continue adding milk and butter until your desired consistency is reached.

 

 

 

NOTE– to save time you can place eggs on top of your potatoes while cooking to make boiled eggs for deviled eggs.

 

 

Kid Approved Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 7 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Paprika, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot and place eggs on top of the trivet. Pour in 1 cup water.
  2. Close lid and cook on high pressure 5-7 minutes.
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove the lid.
  4. Place the hot eggs in a bowl of cold water to halt the cooking process.
  5. Peel eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Put yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Mash yolks with a fork, then add mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Fill egg whites with the yolk mixture and garnish with paprika.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

This corn recipe is a Thanksgiving tradition for one of our PPP team member Cheryl, and it worked out perfectly in the Instant Pot too.

An Instant Pot Thanksgiving: 9 Recipes You Need To Try In Your Instant Pot This Year!!

Cheryl’s Cheesy Corn and Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs frozen corn
  • 2 Tbsps butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 poblano chile peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Place corn, butter, peppers, salt, cumin and black pepper into the Instant Pot and add ½ cup water.  
  2. Cover and cook on high pressure 20 minutes.  
  3. Quick release. Carefully remove lid.
  4. Stir in the cheeses.
  5. Put the Instant Pot on sauté and stir to melt the cheeses and heat thoroughly.

So, remember when we said that the cranberry sauce took the stage, well now you know why! Who knew??? Cheesecake in the Instant Pot? .YES, PLEASE! 

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New York Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 10 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 4 Tbsps butter, melted
  • 2 tsps brown sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsps cornstarch
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Mix all the ingredient together with a fork.  
  2. Line the sides and bottom of the cheesecake pan with parchment paper.
  3. Pour in the graham cracker mixture and gently press down the crumbs with the bottom of a jar or spoon.  
  4. Place pan in the freezer while you mix the other ingredients

Cheesecake:

  1. Mix cornstarch, sea salt and sugar together in a small mixing bowl.
  2. In another mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese 20-30 seconds on low speed with a hand mixer.
  3. Add in half the sugar mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated (less than 30 seconds).  
  4. Scrape down the sides of the mixer each time a new ingredient is added.
  5. Add the remaining sugar mixture and beat on low speed for another 20-30 seconds.
  6. Add sour cream and vanilla. Beat just until mixed (less than 30 seconds).
  7. Mix in first egg (less than 20 seconds).
  8. Mix in in second egg (less than 20 seconds).
  9. Scrape down sides and beater. Fold over a few times with your spatula just to make sure everything is well mixed.
  10. Pour cheesecake batter into the pan.
  11. Optional: tap the cheesecake pan against the counter to let air bubbles rise and burst them with a toothpick.

Pressure cook the cheesecake:

  1. Pour 1 cup of cold water into the Instant Pot with trivet.
  2.  Make an aluminum foil sling and lower the cheesecake pan into the pot.
  3.  Close the lid and cook on high pressure 26 minutes.
  4.  Let the pot do a full natural release. Open the lid carefully.
  5.  Remove any condensation with a paper towel.

Cool and chill:

  1. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature with the lid open or place it on a wire rack to cool.
  2. Once the cheesecake has completely cooled, place it in the refrigerator for at least 4-8 hours.

 

 

Instant Pot and Accessories we used:

Instant Pot

Vegetable Steamer Basket Set

Aluminum Round Cheesecake Pan

6-Cup Bundt Pan

Instant Pot Mini Mitts

 

 

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Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

Note from Laurie: my friend Cheree made this DARLING sign for Christmas and I'm completely obsessed with it! Here's how you can make it too. 

 

I've been searching for a farmhouse style craft for the holidays and found just what I needed on Pinterest ~ I was just in love with this idea!

So, I headed to Hobby Lobby and bought a pre-made board, but realized I really wanted it a wee bit bigger!

Thankfully, my sweet husband mentioned SHIPLAP, and I realized that was what I wanted, so off we headed to Home Depot.

 

Now, if the idea of cutting and nailing involved scares you, just skip on over this part and get yourself a pre-made board like this one right HERE.

It's okay to give yourself a little grace on that part. 🙂  

Here's what you'll need to get started for the Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign: 

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

Supplies:

 

My husband cut the SHIPLAP into 4 equal pieces and did the same for the 1 x 2 piece.

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

 

Piece your shiplap together (you'll need to cut off one end where the shiplap has a little tongue groove so the board will be even).

 

Turn it over and place your 1 x 2 inch pieces evenly across the back and start nailing. Be sure to hold the board tightly together so it will be straight.

 

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

 

Next, give your board a good 2 coats of chalk paint (or acrylic or whatever type you prefer).  I used some chalk paint in an ivory color that I already had on hand.

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

 

Learn from my mistake here and wax or dry brush on a darker color at this point BEFORE you stencil on your J and Y.

 

Trust me on this (especially if you are using wax). Wax and acrylic paint do not mix, just fyi! I used dark wax I had leftover from another project.

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

I made my own stencil letters out of poster board and it worked ok, but not great. I ended up having to really clean up my letters after I stenciled them. (I wonder if a Silhouette Cutting machine would come in handy for those letters???)

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

For the wreath, I happened upon a piece of grapevine on clearance at a local decorating store. You might be able to find something similar at the Dollar Tree. I really LOVE this little wreath, it just makes me happy!

 

 

I cut the grapevine and formed it into a circle and hot glued in a cute Christmas pick I found at Hobby Lobby. I wired on a simple bow and an adorable jingle bell ornament, hammered in a small nail and hung the wreath.

 

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign

I'm just tickled with how this Easy Farmhouse Christmas Sign turned out!

 

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Ladies AND Girls SUPER CUTE Leggings!!!!

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Such a GREAT price on these super soft and ADORABLE leggings! Just $8.99 for the ladies and $6.99 for the girls! So fun!!

Jane.com has a bunch of super cute patterns available for these leggings!

 

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Y'all, the little girls ones are just tooooo cute!

 

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Wow! Holiday Leggings $8.99!

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Oh my stars, how cute are these???  Sooooo many fabulous holiday patterns to choose from and a steal for just $8.99!!

 

These best selling ultra soft print leggings are a must-have for your holiday wardrobe! Head over to Jane.com to pick your FAVORITE holiday leggings!

 

 

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Raglan Sleeve Ultra Soft Hoodie

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Can I have one in ALL the colors, please???  This ultra soft hoodie is the perfect addition for fall weekends and priced at only $19.99 over at Jane.com.

 

Looking for the perfect fall hoodie?  Look no further!  This ultra soft hoodie with contrasting raglan sleeves is sure to turn heads!  Fabulous detailing including, knit rib cuffs and waistband, raw edged bottom, large front pocket and contrast draw cord!  Paired with jeans or your favorite leggings, this hooded sweatshirt will quickly become your favorite go-to this season!

colors:

  • ash/charcoal
  • blue/charcoal
  • coral/charcoal
  • jade/charcoal
  • lilac/charcoal
  • pink/charcoal
  • sand/orangeade
  • sand/seastone

sizes:

  • small
  • medium
  • large
  • xlarge

 

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Fall Booties 54% Off!!!

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Oh my stars, how cute are these???  I seriously love them in all 3 colors!

 

Hurry over to Jane.com for these ADORABLE booties while they are 54% off!

Just $27.99 for these ON TREND fall booties!

 

Colors: 

  • Black
  • Cognac
  • Taupe

Sizing: 

  • 5.5-11 (Fits true to size)

 

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Pocket Tunic in Fun Fall Colors just $14.99

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This just might be the PERFECT tunic….it has pockets and priced at just $14.99, WOW!!

 

This pocket tunic has soooo many fun fall colors and would be GREAT on GAME DAY! It comes in 3/4 and full length sleeves! You can snag this over at Jane.com.  At this price, I'm tempted to get a couple of these adorable pocket tunics!

 

 

3/4 Sleeve Colors:

  • Dark Rust
  • Fuchsia
  • Mustard
  • Hunter Green
  • Khaki
  • Nature Green
  • Red

Full Sleeve Colors:

  • Blush
  • Burgundy
  • Ash Grey
  • Black
  • Olive
  • Dark Mustard
  • Navy
  • Charcoal

 

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PRICE DROP Buffalo Plaid Vest $12.99 (GREAT Gift Idea!)

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I AM IN LOVE!!!

This plaid vest is soooo on trend right now! I am totally imagining myself wrapped up in this one in front of a cozy fire, hmmmm…. Head on over to jane.com to see this super cute and cozy buffalo plaid vest! 

These stylish and comfortable plaid vests are perfect for Winter! Pair it with jeans & boots or wear it over a fitted dress and you are sure to turn heads every time.

SIZES 

  • Small 0-6
  • Medium 6-10
  • Large 10-14

 

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Grateful Heart Tees Only $13.99!!!

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These tees are soooo stinkin' cute!!  Head over to jane.com for these ADORABLE grateful heart tees! 

 

Show everyone what you are Grateful for with these SUPER CUTE Grateful Heart Tees! You will love the way these look and feel! Wear them with your favorite flannel or cardigan, jeans, and boots for the perfect outfit!

 

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DIY Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

 

DIY Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheree put together this super cute fall wreath. Such a fun way to fluff up your front door for fall, and you can swap it out with other colors of ribbon and decor for other seasons of the year!

 

I have wanted to make a deco mesh fall wreath for a long time, but honestly, I was a bit intimidated. Then a sweet friend showed me how and it was much easier than I anticipated!

 

Here are the supplies you'll need to make a DIY Fall Deco Mesh Wreath:

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

 

Directions

Cut 24, 9 inch lengths of deco mesh of EACH color. You might need more or less depending on the size of your wreath.

 

For each section of the wire wreath, twist on 6 chenille stems (3 on bottom and 3 on upper rings).

Or use a wire wreath that already includes the twists (that's what I used and then added a few chenille stems as needed).

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

Next, take all 3 of your 9 inch deco mesh strips and sort of roll them inward and stack together. Don't stress over this part, it is so forgiving once you start adding all the deco mesh to the wreath.

Place your rolled pieces in the center of the chenille stem and tightly twist the stem to secure the mesh. Repeat until the whole wreath is filled.

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

 

My wreath wasn't as full as I wanted, so I made 4 bows out of some cute wired ribbon I had on hand. I just randomly placed those where the wreath sort of looked bare. You could use something similar to this. 

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

Now, cut all of your chenille stems off being careful to not cut too close to the deco mesh or it might unwind. I suggest using wire cutters for this if you have them.

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

Next, add a fun floral stem if you want. Be sure to secure it with some hot glue so it will stay put!

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

Finally, add a cute sign or monogram.

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

I was able to weave a chenille stem through my sign and secure it to the wire wreath.

 

DIY Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

 

This was such a fun wreath!! I'm so excited because there are so many cute ideas using deco mesh and now I know it's really not all that hard. If you make a similar fall wreath I'd love to see your pictures ~ share them on the PPP Facebook page when you're done!

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Mexican Street Corn Recipe (from Nacho Libre)


MEXICAN STREET CORN RECIPE

 

Note from Laurie ~ my friend Cheree made this Mexican corn, and goodness, it looks fabulous! Here’s how you can make it too . . .

 

 

My husband and I were in Atlanta a few weeks ago and had Mexican Street Corn for the first time at a restaurant in midtown. It was fabulous!

 

So, this week we were sitting down to dinner and eating our first corn-on-the cob of the season and started telling our son about that wonderful corn in Atlanta. I asked Luke, who’s 17 and growing up waaaay too fast, if he’d ever had that type of corn.

 

He hadn’t had it, but said he’d heard of it. He was like, you know, from the movie Nacho Libre. Well, this started a crazy conversation where my husband says that I should write a cookbook on foods from movies and tv shows. You know, Nacho Libre, Aunt Bea, etc…….. But, that’s a whole other conversation!!!

 

Anyway, this got me craving that corn, so I did a quick search on Pinterest.  Lo and behold what did I find, but Nacho Libre Mexican Street Corn. I was cracking up and knew I totally had to try it!

Mexican Street Corn Recipe  – PRINT

 

Recipe:

  • 4 ears corn on the cob, shucked and rinsed
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled (or to taste)
  • Ancho Chile Pepper (regular chili powder will do)
  • Lime

 

Instructions for Mexican Street Corn:

  1. Grill corn evenly until all sides brown a bit (about 10-15 minutes).
  2. Mix the sour cream and mayo
  3. Brush the cooked corn liberally with the mayo/sour cream mixture.
  4. Roll each ear of corn in crumbled cotija cheese – this is kind of a Mexican feta, you can sub for feta if you want.
  5. Season with ancho chili powder – or regular if you have that handy.
  6. I sprinkled mine with chopped fresh cilantro for presentation and because we love cilantro!! (Totally optional also – some people HATE cilantro)
  7. You can also squeeze lime juice over the top for an extra zing – but we went without that.

 

 

We all loved it and it really was super easy!

Do you do your corn a similar way?  I've even read somewhere that people use Parmesan cheese instead of cojita – that would make this even less expensive and easy!

 

 

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