Pressure Cooker Rice

Pressure Cooker Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups white rice
  2. 1 qt. chicken or vegetable stock
  3. 1/2 onion, diced
  4. 2 tbsp. butter
Instructions
  1. Place inner pot into the electric pressure cooker.
  2. Press Rice/Risotto button. Add butter and onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and coat it in butter.
  4. Add chicken/vegetable stock.
  5. Place lid on cooker, lock lid and close the valve.
  6. Press warm/cancel button.
  7. Press Rice/Risotto button.
  8. Once timer has reached 0 and rice has finished cooking release valve to release steam.
  9. Remove lid and serve.
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Pressure Cooker Creamed Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Creamed Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. Russet potatoes
  2. 1 – 1 ½ cups milk
  3. 1 Tablespoon butter
  4. salt
  5. pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel & wash potatoes.
  2. Cut each potato into large chunks.
  3. Add 1 cup of cold water to the bowl of the pressure cooker.
  4. Place potatoes in pressure cooker.
  5. Pressure cook on soup/stew for 7 minutes.
  6. Once pressure has been released, open the pressure cooker, remove potatoes and set aside.
  7. Heat milk in saucepan on the stove.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the milk. Heat milk to just below boiling (being careful not to scald)
  9. Mash potatoes gently by hand using a potato masher.
  10. Once potatoes have been mashed add part of the hot milk. (repeat until you have the desired consistency)
  11. Once complete add salt & pepper to taste.
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Seventeen!

On January 21st Emily turned seventeen. SEVENTEEN! I have been a mom for seventeen years! Oh, my goodness! I’m supposed to still be seventeen!  winter 2016 (19 of 36)

We had a pretty low key day since she had to work and we were expected to get hit with snow. She got up and opened her presents from me, David, Audrey & Sarah then they all headed into work with David.  The staff ended up going out for lunch to celebrate her and another man’s birthday. Her favorite…… Japanese food. I remember being told when the girls were little, the days are long but the years are short. I never realized just how true those words are until this year. Two drivers and the baby just hit double digits. Wow.  24513514331_6d471115fb_z

Emily is not a big cake eater so we got a Baskin-Robbin ice cream cake. I can’t believe how expensive those things are. But after having a slice, worth.every.penny. Yum!  Untitled                           She had to humor her momma and pose for a birthday picture.          

Snow Day!

A week or so ago we had a pretty nice little snowstorm come through. The first couple days we were pretty much stuck at home because the roads were so bad. As soon as we were able to get out the girls were ready for some sledding! 

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And what good is a snow day if you can’t start a snowball fight with your sister. 

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I love the snow but I love it so much better when it is gone! 

Hello, Blog! It sure has been a while

So, here I am again, back to the blogging scene. I’m forever saying, I’m getting back to it, but it just never works out. I really need to more of an effort into it. I love going back and reading old posts and remembering those times. 

So, here’s a little bit of what’s been going on the the Tuck house. Bullet style. These are mostly pictures from my phone, or ones I stole from David, so the quality may not be the best since I’m still learning how to edit, upload, and post those.  

We have a new driver! Audrey got her permit back in August. She is finally getting to where she wants to drive. Slow going at first. But when you have an older sister as your taxi driver, is there really any need?

 
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We took a little trip to the beach back in the fall. By far it was one of our best trips. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I could find. But hey, who doesn’t love color.

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 I finally got around to making homemade strawberry icing. ohmygoodness! It seriously is the best thing ever! 

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The girls each came up with their own Halloween costume. I’d say they pretty much rocked it! 

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Sarah wanted a little room makeover for her 10th birthday. We put up bunkbeds, painted, bought new things for her to hang and painted this super cool chalkboard on her wall. Love it!  Untitled  

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The girls have fallen in love with crafting. Emily has really gotten into hand lettering, Audrey makes the most awesome wreaths, and Sarah just kind of does her own things, whatever she is in the mood for that day. 

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Christmas wreath by Audrey   

 

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Wooden plaque by Emily  

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Painted sign by Sarah 
(She is currently on the local swim team )

That’s pretty much what’s been going on around here. And school, of course. This year we have an 11th grader, 10th grader and a 4th grader. Yikes! I remember when the hardest thing for them to do was count to ten! Now we’re into all the hard stuff that is waaaayyyy over my head. 

Looking forward to catching up with y’all! 

 

Sharing the Gospel

My what hidden treasures I have found while going through almost nine years of blog posts.

Audrey has always had a heart for others and it has been amazing watching her faith in Christ grow. As I read this post I couldn’t help but think how much I have grown these past several years as well. Although it is still out of my comfort zone, I do find it easier to reach out to people than I once did.

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“Where do people who are not saved go, when they die?”  That is the question  Audrey asked me last night as I was cleaning up the kitchen. Audrey is very emotional when it comes to things like this, especially right before bed ~ so I really did not know how I should answer her. (She will not be able to sleep and will have bad dreams) After thinking on it a minute, I was very honest with her and explained to her that people who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior would go to h*ll. She thought on that a minute and looked at me with tears in those big eyes and said, “I’m glad I’m saved” I told her that we needed to pray for the lost, so that one day they might ask Jesus into their hearts. Later on she came back and was very concerned for Sarah, because she could not talk and ask Jesus to save her. We had a nice little chat last night; one I think will remain with me for a while. 

 

The more I think about our conversation, I can’t help but wonder how many Christians out there say “I’m glad I’m saved” but with a very selfish attitude. No, they may not say it out loud, instead by how they live their lives.  Not caring about who hears the gospel or not ~ only concerned for themselves and maybe their families. I will be the first to admit that I do not get out of my “comfort zone” much when it comes to this ~ I am very open about salvation when it comes to children, I do not have a hard time asking them if there was a time in their life when they asked Jesus to come into their heart. I can talk to them about living a life that pleases God. But you put me with another adult and for some reason I shut down, it’s almost like I have forgotten how to talk!  I often think to myself, oh I wish I had the boldness of such and such. Do I really? Have I prayed and asked God to help me be bolder? Do I really believe that I can do all things through him?  Starting today that will be my prayer! It amazes me how God can take a 10-15 minute conversation with my daughter and show me many things in my life that I need to change. The first being that I need to have that same love & concern for this lost and dying world that she has for Sarah!

 

Much love, 
Michelle 

 

 

Graphic credit to Lise’s Garden Gallery

 

 

On Homeschooling

I get asked a lot about homeschooling. How we go about our day, what curriculum we use, what outside activities the girls participate in & if I think I will homeschool until the girls graduate. Those are just a few of the ones that stick out in my mind. 

So, quick post here on our homeschool, Trio Academy 🙂 

We are very, very relaxed. Like really relaxed. I do not have set hours for the girls to do school. They do not have reports to turn in or science projects to complete. Heck, sometimes I can’t even get these girls to read a book! I imagine some of you are cringing right now. 

We had an episode a couple months ago where one of the big girls had a breakdown over civics. The “teacher” part of me was like, well, sorry you are just going to have to tough it out and try harder. But thankfully, the momma part of me took over and was like, oh well, we can always try again next year. So, civics was taken out of her daily work.  I was so tired of her crying and getting upset over schoolwork. Life it too short! I remember in that moment thinking I’d rather see her smile, be her happy self, laughing and playing, just being a big kid than for her to struggle everyday over something that, come next year, she will have forgotten anyway.