Instant Pot – Hamburger Soup

There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter night than a simple bowl of hamburger soup. Simple because it has a simple, soothing flavor and simple basic ingredients.

It is very quick to make, especially if you use an Instant Pot. Yes, it can be made on the stove top, but the Instant Pot makes the job so much quicker and easier.

Hamburger Soup Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef (preferably grass fed if available) – ground turkey work great as well
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 3 small potatoes, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth OR 3 teaspoons beef bullion and 3 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can stewed chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Instructions

1- Chop potatoes, celery, carrots into uniform 1/2 – 1 inch pieces.

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is this veggie chopper. I use it all the time for cutting up vegetables when I make soups, and salads. It saves so much time and saves your fingers! I tend to cut my fingers a lot when I am chopping up veggies. Especially when they are small pieces. This little gadget works like a charm! I have gone through several different kinds, and this one seems to be a good one. It has very high ratings on Amazon and I have been very pleased with it.

The chopper I featured in the video below is another brand. It didn’t end up holding up so great. It cracked after a short time. However, you will get an idea of how these choppers work.

2-  Choose “Saute” on the Instant Pot

3-  Add ground meat and chopped onion to the pot

***If you are using ground turkey or a very lean ground beef, you may need to add a little olive oil or avocado oil to the pan.

Saute the meat until it cooked all the way through.

5-  Add the rest of the ingredients

Give it a stir. Place the lid on the pot and flip the valve away from you to pressure.

6-  Turn off the Instant Pot and press the “manual” button on high pressure

Adjust time to 5 minutes.

Cooking time ends up being about 15 minutes.

7-  When the beeper sounds, flip the valve to release pressure.

8-  Open the lid and serve.

Instant Pot – Hamburger Soup

There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter night than a simple bowl of hamburger soup. Simple because it has a simple, soothing flavor and simple basic ingredients.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
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Ingredients

    • 1 lb. ground beef (preferably grass fed if available – ground turkey work great as well)
    • 2 large carrots chopped
    • 1 small onion chopped finely
    • 3 Small potatoes chopped
    • 2 Stalks Celery chopped
    • 3 Cups beef broth or 3 teaspoons beef bouillon
    • 1 Cup frozen beans cut into 1 inch pieces (optional)
    • 2 Teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
    • 2 garlic cloves minced
    • 1 Can stewed chopped tomatoes
    • 2 Teaspoons onion powder
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INSTUCTIONS

1

Chop potatoes, celery, carrots into uniform 1/2 inch pieces

 
2

Choose “Sauté” on the Instant Pot

3

Add ground meat and chopped onion to the pot

***If you are using ground turkey or a very lean ground beef, you may need to add a little olive oil or avocado oil to the pan.

4

Sauté the meat until it cooked all the way through.

5

Add the rest of the ingredients 

6

Give it a stir. Place the lid on the pot and flip the valve away from you to pressure.

7

Turn of the instant pot and press the “manual” button on high pressure.

8

Adjust time to 5 minutes.

Cooking time ends up being about 15 minutes

9

When the beeper sounds, flip valve to release pressure.

10

Remove lid and serve

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DIY Sweater Upcycling – All You Need To Know

Making something out of a felted wool sweater is the BEST!  Most of you know that sweater upcycling is something I get excited about and love to do.

Since my last post about it, I have made one of my upcyling sweater classes available through YouTube.  Although this class is a free class on Skillshare, you still have to go through the hassle of joining and all that jazz.

It is now available through my TEACHABLE platform as well. Here you DO NOT  have to sign up for anything. I am excited about that! I wanted to make it accessible to more people and make it easier to access.

In this sweater upcycling class tutorial, I will show you how to:

  • ONE: How to choose the right sweaters for your project
  • TWO: How to felt/shrink wool sweaters
  • THREE: How to disassemble and store your sweaters
  • FOUR: Project ideas and how use different parts of the sweater

So, here it is.

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This is a great time of the year to find an old sweater and make some fun Christmas gifts. There are so many fun things you can make. In this post you can get the written version of all the details.

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Sewing patterns can be accessed in my Etsy shop, Craftsy shop and some are available here in my shop. (If you don’t want to go through Etsy or Craftsy and you don’t see the pattern you want in my store, send me a note and I will list it for you).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun sewing!

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    The Power of Feeling Grateful

    Grateful

    This is just a quick post this morning to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I could go on and on about the power of feeling grateful, but I won’t today. However, I do want to throw a few things out there for you to chew on and ponder.

    The mind is very powerful and when we are in a state of gratitude and feeling grateful, amazing things happen. Not only does feeling grateful change our emotional state of being, there is proof that it can effect us physically as well.

    I am going to throw out a link to a QUICK video of one of my most favorite mentors, Joe Dispenza. Give it a look and see what you think. Hopefully it will help you THINK a little differently and steer you towards some of Joe’s other good nuggets.

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    If you want to hear more about the power of your mind, this is another great video to watch.

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    Some of his books to check out

    Here is some information about his free mini course as well.

     

    Enjoy your day, love the ones your with, be present and simply be GRATEFUL!

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      Quinoa Harvest Salad – A Healthy Bowl of Flavor!

      quinoa harvest salad

      This quinoa harvest salad is full of color and flavor! With quinoa as the base ingredient, you can pretty much add anything to it and come up with a tasty dish.

      Quinoa is chuck full of nutrients and protein. If you haven’t tried it, you can read more about it here. I keep a batch of quinoa made up and in the fridge or freezer. It comes in handy for a quick lunch or dinner. Throw in some beans, olives or whatever else you have kicking around in the fridge. Add some dressing and you’re good to go.

      This particular combination that’s in the quinoa harvest salad is yummy with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

      You can really add whatever ingredients you want, but this is what I recommend.

      ingredients

      • quinoa
      • butternut squash (cooked and cubed)

      Sometimes you can find it already skinned and cubed at Costco.

      • pecans, walnuts, or slivered almonds
      • roasted corn
      • green onions (chopped)
      • raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
      • cooked beets (cubed or sliced)
      • avocado
      • kale (stems removed and chopped finely)
      • balsamic vinaigrette dressing

      TIP: If you plan things right, this salad can be a total breeze. During the week, have one of the items to the salad with every meal. Double whatever you make so you will have extra for the salad. So, makes beets and squash and cook extra.


      quinoa harvest salad Preparation

      1 – Cook the quinoa.

      You can cook it on the stove top or I highly recommend using the INSTANT POT, of course. It not only saves a little time, you can do other things while it’s cooking instead of babysitting (like chopping vegetables). Here are the instructions for making quinoa in the Instant Pot.

      2 – Cook the squash and beets if you haven’t already.

      Here are instructions for cooking beets in  the Instant Pot.

      3 – Roast the corn

      Roasting frozen corn is really easy. Preheat oven to 400 °. All you do is toss the frozen corn with some extra virgin olive oil, and salt (Redmond Real Salt is my favorite!). Spread the frozen corn on a baking sheet lined with heavy-duty foil, and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes until those frozen corn kernels are nice and sweet and slightly toasted.

      4 – Chop green onions

      5 – Chop kale

      I don’t have the kale pictured in the salad photo, but it does taste really good and gives the salad a boost in nutrition.

      6 – Dice avocado

      7 – Add a balsamic vinaigrette of your choice.

      You can mix everything together in a bowl and serve, or put all the ingredients in separate bowls and let everyone construct their own salad.

      There you have it, a healthy bowl of flavor.

      Enjoy!

      Quinoa Harvest Salad – A Healthy Bowl of Flavor!

      quinoa harvest salad

      This quinoa harvest salad is full of color and flavor! With quinoa as the base ingredient, you can pretty much add anything to it and come up with a tasty dish.

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      Ingredients

        • quinoa
        • butternut squash (cooked and cubed)
        Sometimes you can find it already skinned and cubed at Costco.
        • pecans, walnuts, or slivered almonds
        • roasted corn
        • green onions (chopped)
        • raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
        • cooked beets (cubed or sliced)
        • avocado
        • kale (stems removed and chopped finely)
        • balsamic vinaigrette dressing
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      INSTUCTIONS

      1

      Cook the quinoa.

       
      2

      Cook the squash and beets if you haven’t already.

      3

      Roast the corn

      4

      Chop green onions

      5

      Chop kale

      6

      Dice avocado

      7

      Add a balsamic vinaigrette of your choice.

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      Emotional Freedom App – The Coolest Meditation App Ever!

      I have come across the coolest app ever! For those of you who are familiar with tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) you are going to love this. If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, you are going to want to know what EFT is all about, and you’ll want to get the Tapping Solution App. You can find more about Emotional Freedom Technique right here.

      Do any of you have issues with stress, anxiety, fears, or depression? This SIMPLE technique is something I use with my clients all the time. I use it daily myself and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

      What is Emotional Freedom or tapping?

      Emotional Freedom Technique, is a powerful holistic healing technique that has been proven to effectively resolve a range of issues. It is based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.

      The basic Tapping technique has you focus on a negative emotion that you are experiencing – a fear, a worry, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While focusing on this issue, you use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times on 9 specific meridian points of the body.

      Tapping on these meridian endpoints, while verbally or mentally addressing the root cause of distress, sends a calming signal from the body to the brain, allowing you to feel relaxed and in control.

      Nick and Jessica Ortner are some of my favorite mentors.  I have posted about Nickt before and often refer to his work. Well now he has come up with an app that takes EFT to another level.

      How does the tapping solution app work?

      Nick and Jessica have recorded a big handful of meditations that you can choose from. Here is just a sample of some of the topics available on the app.

      • I’m Stressed About…
      • Motivate me to… Exercise
      • Releasing… Self-Doubt
      • Heal Your Body: Headaches
      • Relationship Support: Clearing Negative Energy Picked Up From Others
      • Sleep Support: Quiet My Racing Mind
      • Turn Your Day Around: Release General Anxiety (I have used this one with GREAT results)!
      • Emotional Support: Critical Self Talk
      • Intimate Relationship Support: Opening Up To Forgiveness
      • Pregnancy Physical Support: Full Body Relaxation

      Could you use help with any of these topics?

      Most of the meditations are just 8-12 minutes long. Now you can squeeze that into your day, can’t you?

      The Tapping Solution app is a FREE download

      There are ten free meditations (one for each category – and they will be adding new categories each month).

      If you upgrade (which is a NO BRAINER) there are over a hundred other tapping meditations available. I am not getting any kick backs by mentioning this app, I just want you to know about it!

      They are currently offering the annual price for the whole library for 50% off. Less than the monthly fee of $11.99.  It ends up being only $4.19 a month with tax when you get the discounted annual option.

      Right now it is only offered for iphones, but they are working on getting it for androids.

      When it comes to feeling good, and overcoming some of these debilitating issues, the price is NOTHING! You can cancel at any time.

      At least check it out! If you know someone else who might benefit from this woo woo stuff, pass on the info.

      Here is the scoop

      Happy tapping!

       

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