Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Nov 19, 18 Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock in glass jars with celery to side and strainer

Using your Instant Pot to make homemade Chicken Stock is a game changer. Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock is gluten free, whole 30, paleo friendly and most definitely easy.

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stock in glass jars with celery to side and strainer

If you ever thought making your own chicken stock was hard I’m here to tell you it’s not. Especially when you use an Instant Pot (pressure cooker). I grew up in a home where my Momma didn’t waste anything. I have a “waste not, want not” mentality ingrained in me. When I roast a chicken, I make stock afterwards. Period.

My Mom didn’t have a pressure cooker and would make her stock the old school way, with a large stock pot on the stove simmering for HOURS. I used to make my chicken stock that way, until I found out I could achieve even better flavor using my Instant Pot.

Making homemade chicken stock is as easy as putting everything into the pot, turning it on and then straining your golden elixir into jars when it’s done. You can use your newfound stock in recipes like my QUICK AND EASY HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nov 09, 18 Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in blue pot

You don’t have to open a can when you’re craving chicken noodle soup. We use leftover roast chicken to make this quick and easy homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s on the table and ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes. When fast and flavorful is what you need, stir up a pot of chicken noodle soup. You can also substitute turkey for the roast chicken for a homemade turkey noodle soup.

Quick and Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in a blue pot with carrots off to side

There is just something comforting about a bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I crave it when I’m not feeling well, when it’s freezing outside or when I’m feeling nostalgic. It’s like an instant mood booster and a warm hug all wrapped into one bowl. Turns out, homemade chicken noodle soup is good for the soul.

When you use LEFTOVER ROAST CHICKEN this soup comes together in less than 30 minutes. To continue with my waste not, want not philosophy, I’ve even made HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK from the bones of the roast chicken to make this soup more flavorful. That color? It’s from the homemade chicken stock.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Oct 08, 18 2 bowls of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with spoons and a tray of toasted croutons

30 minutes of roasting and a whirl around your blender you’ll be on your way to enjoying this rich and creamy (despite behind cream less) Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. It’s vegetarian and dairy free. If you omit the optional garnishes it can also be vegan and gluten free!

2 bowls of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with spoons with a tray of croutons behind

It’s soup season! Are you as excited as I am? There’s just something about a giant bowl or cup of soup to me that makes me sigh. Simple and satisfying. As soon as the temperature drops below 70 degrees here I consider it cold. I know, what can I say, I’m a true Southerner. Always have been, always will be.

This Roasted Butternut Squash is absolutely dreamy. One bite and you would assume there’s cream in there because it’s so incredibly creamy but you’d be wrong. There is no cream or dairy for that matter. It’s also vegetarian. Ticking off all the boxes with this recipe.

Some people are afraid of butternut squash because of their appearance. Here’s where I would tell them not to judge appearances, to put that unconventional beauty in your buggy/basket and take it home. If you’re not as familiar with butternut squash, they’re easier to prepare than you might imagine.

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Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Sep 07, 18 Keto Chocolate Chip Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs. These no bake cookie dough snacks will satisfy your sweet tooth any time of the day or night.

Keto Chocolate Chip Fat Bombs

Me and cookie dough go way back. I’ve been crushing hard since childhood on that sweet dough. I can never yield exactly how many cookies a recipe calls for because I’m forever snacking on the dough. It’s a price I’m willing to pay. If you love chocolate chip cookie dough like I do, I think you’ll love these Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs.

These fat bombs are even egg free, for those that are concerned about eating raw cookie dough. Did I mention they’re NO BAKE? As if they couldn’t get any better they just did. Just a little mixing and scooping and you’ll have snacks that are perfect for grabbing when you’re wanting something sweet to satisfy cravings.

I think I may actually like these a little too much as I’ve made this recipe so many times I can do it from memory now. Good thing they’re high in healthy fat and low in carbs so I don’t have to feel too guilty about it.

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Bourbon Cherry Cobbler

Aug 27, 18 Bourbon Cherry Cobbler

Bourbon Cherry Cobbler is an easy Southern skillet dessert that takes advantage of fresh summer cherries. It’s given a little extra kick in the pants with my favorite brown water, bourbon. I like to serve my Bourbon Cherry Cobbler warm with a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream. How do you like your cobbler?

Bourbon Cherry Cobbler

I’ve often wondered how many cobbler varieties there are, apparently I got sidetracked every single time because I still don’t have the answer. Something shiny on Amazon was probably the culprit. I happen to love cobbler and love experimenting with different flavors.

Cobbler is a down home dessert that’s easy to put together, goes with almost any meal and is perfect for feeding a crowd. The first cobbler I fell in love with was my MOMMA’S PEACH COBBLER. It’s the standard that I measure all cobblers from. It’s also the base for this bourbon cherry cobbler recipe.

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Boozy Smoothie Popsicles

What happens when a cocktail collides with a smoothie? You get Boozy Smoothie Popsicles! 4 ingredients are all you need to be on your way to enjoying these pop-tails! Perfect for poolside, deck side or just because you feel like a little something extra.

Stack of Boozy Smoothie Popsicles

This post is sponsored by The Frozen Garden. Opinions are my own. NOTE: In case it wasn’t obvious with the word boozy in the title these popsicles are intended for the 21 and over crowd. If you’d like to make a family friendly version you can omit the alcohol.

Smoothies are something we’re all familiar with. They’re delicious and filling. Problem is though, sometimes you just don’t know how much of which ingredients to combine together to create that perfect combination. It’s all about balance.

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Best Ever Juicy Burger

Are you looking for the best ever juicy burger to grill up this summer for your family and friends? Look no further. This burger has TWO unexpected secret ingredients mixed in that make this burger extra juicy and delicious. Come see for yourself.

Two Cheeseburgers stacked on plate surrounded by toppings

Post Sponsored by Mirum. Opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is just getting fired up and that means so are the grills! Yes grilling season is in full swing. I for one couldn’t be happier. There’s just something about food cooking on the grill. The smell wafting through the neighborhood. The not heating up the kitchen, and using less dishes to cook … Dreamy.

Our friends over at The Best Meals Happen At Home are adding new recipes (like this Best Ever JUICY Burger) to inspire you to get together and get outside! Head over to your local Publix to shop and save on ingredients, then invite your friends and family to enjoy all the good food.

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Beet Panna Cotta with Honey

Apr 27, 18 jars of beet panna cotta on a baking tray

Beet Panna Cotta with Honey is a decadent pudding-like dessert with an absolutely gorgeous color. It comes together in about 15 minutes then it simply needs to chill for a few hours to set up. Making it a perfect make ahead dessert option.

jars of beet panna cotta on a baking tray with spoons

This post is brought to you in partnership with Aunt Nellie’s. Opinions are my own. 

Just beet it! You knew that was going to happen. C’mon. This week is Aunt Nellie’s Beet Week to celebrate the versatility of beets by creating new and innovative ways to enjoy beets all day long. Aunt Nellie’s beets are so incredibly versatile. They work in most recipes, or straight from the jar or single- serve cup (because tasty), which makes them a fit for most any meal category from breakfast to dessert.

Yes even dessert! Hence beet panna cotta with honey.

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I Love Ice Cream Cakes are an Easy Dessert Treat

Mar 21, 18 oreo ice cream cake on white cake stand with festive tassels and green plates surrounding

Thank you I Love Ice Cream Cakes for sponsoring this post. Make I Love Ice Cream Cakes the centerpiece at your gathering and find an ice cream cake in a grocery store near you!

I Love Ice Cream Cakes are an Easy Dessert Treat for any festive gathering. They’re not only convenient, they’re delicious.

oreo ice cream cake on stand with happy easter sign and tassel decorations


Easter is right around the corner. I can hardly believe that we’re just a few short weeks away. This year is flying by. I have to admit, I’m just in the beginning stages of planning what my menu will be. Face palm. Every year I say I’m going to be better about menu planning and every year here I am.

What I do know for sure is that I’ll be focusing the majority of my time cooking the meal itself so having a delicious and convenient treat already prepared for dessert is such a weight off my butcher block so to speak.

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Alaska Cod With Lemon Butter

Mar 05, 18 pieces of cod in a black cast iron skillet with potatoes and lemon wedges

Alaska Cod with Lemon Butter. It’s an easy and delicious 30 minutes or less weeknight meal that the whole family can enjoy.

pieces of cod in a black cast iron skillet with potatoes and lemon wedges

This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I happen to love seafood. Did you know that wild-caught Alaska whitefish varieties, such as halibut, sablefish (black cod), sole, Alaska pollock and cod, are a delicious and easy way for the whole family to eat more seafood.

Are you familiar with Alaska seafood? Sometimes cold is really good thing. Alaska’s cold pristine waters produce the purest, high-quality seafood. Its wild fisheries contribute nearly 60% of all seafood harvested in the United States. Impressive isn’t it?


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Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs

Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs. A fresher alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs.

zucchini noodles and meatballs on a brown plate with fork

This post was sponsored by Green Giant as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I do love pasta, but, sometimes maybe because of dietary restrictions or maybe you just want something lighter you’re looking for a fresh alternative to pasta. We’ve got an alternative for you. Green Giant® Veggie Spirals are a new take on noodles.  They’re 100% vegetables so they’re gluten free! Veggie Spirals have up to 90% fewer calories than pasta*, making them the perfect swap-in.

The veggie spirals come without any added sauce or seasoning so you can serve them exactly how you would like them. They’re perfect as an entrée, a side dish, or in soup. 

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Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies

Feb 05, 18 whoopies pies on a plate topped with a birthday candle

momma's old fashioned whoopies pies on a silver cake plate topped with a birthday candle bottle of vanilla extract and flour sifterMomma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies.

Who remembers Whoopie Pies? These are my Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies and I could never resist these soft chocolate sandwich cookies filled with a layer of fluffy white frosting.

My Mom would make these for my sister and I for special occasions like our birthdays, sports events celebrations or because I would beg her to make them until she finally caved. Probably just to get me to zip it. Regardless, my eyes would always get as big as the whoopie pie when I saw them.

I came across her recipe while going through my treasured recipe box. All the memories flooded back. The smell, the way they tasted, her raised eyebrow when I would inevitably try to sneak one. It’s so incredible how food is intertwined with memories. I made a new memory when I made these to celebrate her birthday this year. I piled them up and topped the whole thing off with a candle a la a very nontraditional birthday cake. I cried the whole time, not gonna lie, but I’m glad I made them. They were just as delicious as I remembered.

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How To Make Bourbon Chicken

Have you ever wondered How To Make Bourbon Chicken? It’s easier than you might think. A quick marinade and then into the skillet it goes. You’ll have plenty of time to whip up a batch of sticky rice to serve it over for a complete meal.

How to Make Bourbon Chicken over Sticky Rice #chicken #bourbon #bourbonchicken #stickyrice

No need to order take out. We’re going to show you How to Make a tangy sticky bourbon chicken meal at home.

I get obsessed with ordering certain foods when I go out. I’ll keep ordering them each time until I’ve eaten it so much I just can’t do it anymore. I know, quirky, but that’s me. When I like something I REALLY like something. In comes bourbon chicken. A few months ago I ordered bourbon chicken at one of my local pick up places. It was absolutely AMAZING the first time I ordered it.

Went back a second time, and eh not as good as I remembered. Was it them or did I build it up in my head? Who knows.  I ordered a third time and though it was pretty good it still wasn’t as I remembered. I decided I could make it as good as my taste buds remembered. After a half dozen goes around the skillet, I’m pretty tickled with my fake out take out bourbon chicken and I think you’ll be too.

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Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake

Jan 22, 18 Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake #cheesecake #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #desserts #turtlecheesecake

Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake #cheesecake #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #desserts #turtlecheesecake

Instant Pot Turtle Cheesecake. You need this in your life. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a 7″ spring form pan to make this recipe. I tried 4 stores and couldn’t find that size locally so save yourself some time unless you live in a metropolis of bake ware stores and order it online. Gas is expensive. You’re welcome.

I have to admit, I have had my Instant Pot for over a year. I bought it on Black Friday because it was on a super sale and ERRYONE in the blogosphere was talking it up. I’ll admit, I was hesitant. Did I really NEED another gadget that would take up precious counter space. Would I even use it? Not to mention, the whole idea that pressure cooking kinda scared me.

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Momma’s Apple Pie

Dec 19, 17 Momma's Apple Pie with measuring spoons to side

Momma's Apple PieMomma’s Apple Pie.

For me, this is the end all to apple pie recipes. I’ve been eating this pie my entire life. It was served at just about every holiday get together, and if it wasn’t well you definitely heard about it. It doesn’t get any better than this recipe because as the title implies it’s my Momma’s recipe. It’s taken me almost two years to be able to make this again, it’s still not any easier but it’s helping.

If you like classic, homemade, rustic pies that are piled so high with filling you practically need a bowl to eat them, you’ll love this recipe. Not that eating pie in a bowl is a bad idea, because a la mode is the way to go if you ask me.

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How To Make Bourbon Balls

Dec 11, 17 Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls.

Bourbon Balls

Balls of bourbon-y goodness are what these are. Plain and simple. Depending on where you’re from in the country your version of bourbon balls might look a little different. i think there’s room for all the variations and I’m happy to taste them all. If you’d like to mail me some just drop me a message and I’ll get my address right over. Kidding. Kind of.

There was always some type of boozy ball treat at every holiday dessert table for as long as I can remember. Rum balls, vodka balls, liqueur balls and my favorite – bourbon balls. There was also inevitably one relative that over indulged thinking these were harmless. Um, yeah.

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Lemon Cranberry Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle

Dec 07, 17 Lemon Cranberry Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle

Lemon Cranberry Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle
Lemon Cranberry Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle. Brought to you in partnership with Dixie Crystals.

If you’re a fan of all things lemon like I am, you probably already love lemon bars and they don’t need an introduction into your lemon loving world. Well we’ve taken the classic shortbread bottomed treat and topped it with a few twists. Cranberry sauce. Yes, I said cranberry sauce. Just like you served up at Thanksgiving to compliment the turkey.

While fresh cranberries are still in season it’s the perfect time to mix up more of that tart of a side dish. Cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving anymore people. Oh no, go ahead and break that mindset. History wasn’t made by well behaved people now was it?

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How to Make Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Dec 04, 17 Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats on a baking sheet tied with twine

Dog Treats

How to Make Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats


We have many cookie recipes on the site, there weren’t any for our fur friends. Did you know that, yes you can make dog treats yourselves right at home. I’m a dog person through and through. I’ve had dogs for as long and I can remember and I can’t imagine a time I won’t have one.

On Thanksgiving we added another fur baby to the family. A 12 week old German Shepherd named Tilly. She joins her 5 year old brother a beagle-hound mix that is the laziest lovable dog on the planet. Unless you open the back door.

He’s been an only fur baby for the longest time so he wasn’t thrilled at first sniff. He’s come around, as long as she keeps to her own food bowl I suspect they’ll be best buds. Right now I’ll settle for them being in the same room.

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How to Make a Holiday Simmer Pot

Dec 01, 17 Simmer Pot

Want a clever, all natural and inexpensive way to make your house smell amazing during the holidays? Make this EASY Holiday Cranberry Spice Simmer Pot.

Simmer Pot

How to Make a Holiday Simmer Pot.

While we’re all thinking about gingerbread cookies, giant mugs of hot chocolate, wrapping presents and chair dancing to blaring holiday music (hello Mariah Carey Christmas – don’t act like that’s not the guilty pleasure holiday album of the century.) don’t overlook the power of scent this season. The nose knows.  There’s a reason that fresh Christmas trees and candles that smell like freshly baked holiday cookies are high on the must have scent list. A lot of those candles though are made using artificial scents.

We’ve got an alternative. A simmer pot is a clever, inexpensive and all-natural way to make your home smell amazing. It’s as easy as putting all of the ingredients into a saucepan, adding water and letting it SIMMER (hence simmer pot). Adding water as necessary (typically every 30 minutes or so). That’s all there is to it.

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Heavenly Hash

Nov 26, 17 Heavenly Hash

Heavenly HashHeavenly Hash. Made and brought to you in partnership with Dixie Crystals.

We’re throwing it way back with this one. Chances are if you had this your Grandma and/or Mom made it for you growing up around the holidays. You could’ve also stumbled across a recipe in an old church cookbook (you know what gems you can find in those.) Maybe your crazy Aunt (insert appropriate family name here) brought it to the holiday potluck.

However you were introduced to this dessert, we can all agree it’s pretty stinking delicious. Did I mention it’s also NO BAKE?

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