Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

I know we are heading into Spring, but we have had a few cold rainy days still. So, this cozy stew was perfect! It’s really one of those recipes where anything goes, and if you like more meat or more veggies, whatever you’d like go for it!

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

Really, this recipe is more like a starting place 🙂

I started this recipe with a “block” of frozen stew meat pieces. You can use fresh or frozen.

Dust it with a little flour and saute with some butter in your instant pot. When using thawed meat you can get a nice sear on the meat and it adds some extra flavor. But, even with the frozen this stew ended up being flavorful and tender!

Add a little oil (any you prefer) and add the onion, salt, and pepper. stir. Now just throw in the mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, and butternut squash to the pot!

Pour in 2 cups of beef broth and all the seasonings!

Now it’s time to cook your Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beef Stew

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hand soap

Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Today I am Making My Super Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap!

It only takes a few minutes and a couple of ingredients!

If you’ve been around love and scribbles for a little while, you’ve probably noticed my focus has been on switching out the products we use around our home. Ditching the toxic, chemically laden products for natural, plant based ones, wherever we can!

This Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap is exactly what we need to trade in the (who-knows-what) ingredients in what we use to wash our hands everyday!

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home made liquid laundry detergent

Home Made Liquid Laundry Detergent

I’ve never made my own home made liquid laundry detergent but, have always wanted to. I suppose I thought it involved a lot of steps and mess and just didn’t feel like tackling it, Until today!

And the only reason I even attempted to make home made liquid laundry detergent today, was because I found this awesome ingredients list and instructions that make it a whole lot easier than I ever thought it could be.

First let me tell you about some of the reasons why I want to have my own homemade liquid laundry detergent 

Laundry detergent is one of the most toxic, chemically laden products in our homes.

The Think Dirty app lists most of them as 8 or 9 on their toxic ratings.
listing problematic ingredients such as

  • Fragrance – possible Carcinogen, possible allergic reactions
  • Sodium Borate (also known as Borax) – Respiratory and sin irritation.
  • Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfate – skin irritation.
  • Diethylene Glycol – pregnant women use with precaution. this is restricted for use in cosmetics in Canada and completely banned in other countries. * a note here to say this ingredient is in Tide!! Did you know that? I sure didn’t!!

The last store bought detergent I had been using had over 30 ingredients!! With other leading brands having as many as 45 different ingredients!!!!

Now let’s look at the ingredients I’m using to make my home made liquid laundry detergent.

  • Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer
  • Baking Soda
  • Thieves Laundry Soap – from Young Living
  • Thieves Household Cleaner – from Young Living
  • essential Oils (optional but so great!)
  • Water

And that’s it! Now, not only do I know what is in my home made laundry detergent, but It’s so easy to mix together!!

Continue reading to find out how to make it or you can watch this video ( I wasn’t going to post this video, I’ve never recorded a video with my kiddos “help” and it’s not the way I wanted it to be. but hopefully it helps you see how easy it is to make this! and maybe a peak into real life over here)

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Late For New Years

Happy New Year! I know, that was so last week! hahaha I’m a little late for New Years, But, I’m slowly getting into the groove here.

Do you like the New Year? I get super excited about all the New. But, then I get super overwhelmed by it very quickly!

I love setting goals and getting organized, but I also don’t order a new planner or get any calendars until the first week of January, so I sit here waiting for them to arrive and then scramble to get started using them.

And you know what? It’s ok to be late for New years

And why does it feel like no one remembers how to do the school thing, (even mom) after a 2 week Christmas craziness break? We have been struggling to focus, that is for sure.

But, I won’t let any of it stop me from planning, dreaming, setting goals and even getting my calendar in order… even if it’s mid-January when I do.

I saw a funny meme the other day that said,

Instant pot creamy Italian Chicken and noodles

Instant Pot Creamy Italian Chicken and Noodles

Instant pot creamy Italian Chicken and noodles

Today I’m going to share with you a very special recipe. This recipe has made me famous! Bet you didn’t know I’m a little bit famous huh? Well, to 5 little people that call me Auntie I am, and mostly thanks to this yummy chicken dinner! All because I made it, once upon a time when they (there was only 4 of them at the time) came to spend the night. The result was they loved it and went home telling my sister that she HAD to make aunties chicken!

It use to be done in the crockpot and take 6 hours. But, we don’t settle for that anymore around here, do we? let me share with you my simple, yet amazing recipe for

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elderberry syrup in the instant pot

Elderberry Syrup in the Instant Pot

If you’ve been around at all, you have probably heard about Elderberry Syrup and it’s amazing benefits for boosting immunity. Making my elderberry syrup in the instant pot couldn’t be much simpler. And many have been asking how we do it, so I wanted to just type it out here for you!

This recipe originally came to us from my amazing friend Andi, (you can follow her on Instagram for amazing Essential oil tips) Andi is one of my bosom buddies and has lent her wisdom about a lot of life things but especial the use of essential oils to help my family stay above the wellness line, and I am so very grateful to her for it!

Elderberry syrup in the instant pot

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Instant pot brown rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Every one seems to make their Instant Pot brown Rice a little different. But, this is how I do it and it comes our perfectly fluffy every time!

Start with a cup of water at the bottom of the instant pot and the metal trivet. Instant pot brown rice

 

 

 

 

Next in oven safe bow. ( That fits inside the Instant pot) place your water, rice, and butter.  stir.

 

I love this Pyrex one!

Mine is a 6 cup!  instant pot side dishes

 

 

 

Place bowl on top of trivet inside the Instant Pot. Close lid, make sure valve is set to seal.

 

Set Manual for 19 minutes.

I usually let it Naturally Pressure Release a little bit, mostly because I get busy doing other things. But, if you are in a hurry you can manually release the pressure when it stops cooking.

Fluff with a fork, add salt to taste (and I usually add more butter too!)

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Instant Pot Brown Rice
This is how I make our brown rice and it comes out fluffy and delicious every time.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water for bottom of Instant Pot
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown rice Uncle Ben's
  • 3 1/3 cups water or you could use chicken broth
  • 1 T Butter plus more for serving
  • Salt to taste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water for bottom of Instant Pot
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown rice Uncle Ben's
  • 3 1/3 cups water or you could use chicken broth
  • 1 T Butter plus more for serving
  • Salt to taste
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  1. Place 1 cup of water in bottom of Instant Pot insert with a metal trivet.
  2. In an oven safe bowl (be sure it fits inside your IP) place the rice, water, butter and mix together. Place bowl on top of trivet inside IP.
  3. Lock lid onto Instant Pot. Set valve to seal. Set on Manual (High Pressure) for 19 minutes
  4. You can let it Naturally pressure release for 5 minutes if you'd like. or if you are in a hurry, go ahead and open it.
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my Favorite Instant Pot accessory

This steamer basket is my favorite accessory for my instant pot…

it makes it easy to get veggies or small things out of the pot. you can use it for eggs too really anything!!


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This Steamer basket!!

Today only it’s at a great price!!!  $8.50 (at time of posting) This deal will not last long so hurry and grab one!

 

This one fits your 6 or 8 qrt Instant pots

and you don’t need to use a trivet if you use these ones with the feet on it.

 

 

 

Do you have an instant pot accessory you love?

Happy Pressure cooking,

Deanna Grace