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Instant Pot Three Minute Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Instant Pot Three Minute Steel Cut Oats



Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a good week.  Don't you just love eating oatmeal on a cold winter morning?  I love how it just warms you up.

One of the things that I asked for this past Christmas was an Instant Pot.  It's all the rage right now and people are calling it the wonder pot because it can do so many things in one pot.  It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, it saute's, and it even makes yogurt.

I am so happy with my Instant Pot and I've made a few recipes in it.  I even made enough soup to eat for dinner and then freeze for another time.

Once you read the manual that is included with the pot and experiment a little you will love using it.  I love that I can make oatmeal, soups, and even pasta and meatballs so fast.

The model I received is Instant Pot IP-DUO60 V2.  This pot holds about 6 quarts which is the perfect size to use for my family.

My first recipe I made in it was the Three Minute Steel Cut Oats.  The recipe is available in the Instant Pot recipe book that was included with the pot.


Below is what the oatmeal looked like when it was done cooking.  The oatmeal will thicken up within a few minutes.  I added some cinnamon and almond milk on top of mine.  The second time I made the oatmeal I added cut up apples, and little bit of quinoa to the recipe.  You can experiment and add as much or little ingredients that you like.


Steel Cuts Oats After Cooking for Three Minutes


The recipe makes enough for 4 servings.  My husband and I had enough oatmeal to eat for two times.  I did not follow the recipe completely from the booklet and left out a few ingredients.  I made the recipe to our liking.

If you like oatmeal and have the Instant Pot I'm sure you will love this oatmeal for your next breakfast.




Below I have available the Instant Pot Three Minute Steel Cut Oats recipe that I adapted to my liking.  (Not what was in the booklet).



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Instant Pot Three Minute Steel Cut Oats
This oatmeal recipe only takes three minutes to cook in the Instant Pot.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • to taste cinnamon
  • non stick spray
Instructions
Add the water, milk, oats, and raisins to the pressure cooker. Lock on the lid. Use Instant Pot "Manual" function to cook for 3 minutes. When time is up, let the pressure come down and open the pot. Carefully remove the lid, tilting it away from you. Check to see if the oats are cooked enough. If not, lock on the lid and let sit for 5-10 minutes without any heat, during which time it will continue cooking. The remove the lid. Stir and add cinnamon and anything else you like. Refrigerate leftovers. This will last four days in the refrigerator. You can also feeze this in breakfast sized portions.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings




Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy this easy to make oatmeal recipe in the Instant Pot.  

Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.  Don't forget to stop by our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.





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Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #136 and Features

Monday, February 26, 2018



Moving onto the BIG GREEN holiday...you guys definitely are trying some neat recipes and creating some amazing crafts!! 

 So much fun to see what you all are up to!! 

 KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!




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Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Making a Knit Scarf Using Blanket Yarn

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Knit Scarf Using Blanket Yarn



Hello everyone.  I hope you are all staying warm this winter as it's been so cold and snowy in my neck of the woods.

It's been so cold outside and to keep myself busy for the winter I recently made this knit scarf using blanket yarn.

I decided to knit this scarf using blanket yarn instead of knitting or crocheting a blanket.  This would make a really beautiful blanket but I just don't have the time or patience for making one.


Here is a photo of the front of the scarf.


Front of Knit Scarf 


Here is a photo of the back side of the scarf.  If you notice the stitching looks different on the back side of the scarf than on the front of the scarf.



Back of Knit Scarf


This is a photo the yarn label and you can see that this is Bernat Blanket Yarn in the color Dark Teal.  I knit this scarf using US size 11 knitting needles.  This yarn is great to use because it's machine washable.


Yarn Label


I did not follow a pattern to make this scarf, and I cast on about 12 stitches.  I made this big enough to wrap around your neck once to keep warm.

I loved using this blanket yarn and it was so easy to make using thick knitting needles.  When I use a large knitting needle and thick yarn to make projects it usually knits up fast.  This yarn comes in many colors and it's available in many stores such as Micheals, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Walmart, and online at Craftsy, and Amazon.

I hope I have inspired you to knit a scarf using this blanket yarn too.  I'm making another scarf using this type of yarn in the color black.

I really enjoy making these types of scarves and of course I will be donating this scarf to our church sale.

Knit Scarf Using Blanket Yarn



Have you done any knitting lately?

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!





Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie


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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #135 & Features

Monday, February 19, 2018



We hope you all had one fantastic holiday feasting week, now we're moving on to the big GREEN holiday!! Who's excited?! :) 

 SO much fun to see what you all are working on lately!! 

 KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!




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Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Happy Valentine's Day 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018



Happy Valentine's Day!






Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts, jewlery, and flowers from their special valentine.

How about receiving a HUGE box of chocolates like that box in the top photo?  That sure is a lot of chocolate to eat.  If I were to eat all of that chocolate, it would probably take me a few months to eat all of them.  LOL.

I love receiving flowers on this special day and going out to lunch or dinner with my husband.  We will be celebrating this year by going out to lunch together.

Last year I received the beautiful long stem roses seen in the photos below.





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Many people receive beautiful Valentine's Day cards from loved ones.  I've really loved receiving throughout the years, the homemade Valentine's Day cards my daughter makes for us.  :0)

I also love the old fashioned vintage cards from many years ago.  The photo below has cute cherubs on it.




Children love exchanging cute cards and candy with each other in school.  Do you remember doing that when you were little?  I do and I couldn't wait to receive those cute cards from my classmates.


Some people enjoy making Valentine's Day crafts like banners, wreaths, cards, and baked sweets.  A few years ago I made a crocheted cup cozy with a heart on it for Valentine's Day.


Crocheted Valentine's Day Cup Cozy


I crocheted this cup cozy back in 2015.  I really enjoyed making this for my mug.  If you want to make one too, than just click HERE for the pattern and directions.


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I hope you all enjoy today whatever you do and wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!







Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #134 and Features

Monday, February 12, 2018



We just love seeing what you all are doing for Valentine's Day! 

 So many cute recipe and craft ideas going around...we just wish we had all the time to try out every single thing!! :) 

 Thanks for taking the time to join us this week and share with us what you've been up to! :)





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Hearts, Roses and Sweet Little Cherubs



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Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Winning the Winter Flu Prevention Giveaway

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I'm the Lucky Winner of the Winter Flu Giveaway  



Hello friends.  I hope you're having a nice week.  I'm enjoying the week, but one thing we all have to be careful of this winter is to NOT get sick or get the flu!

It seems like everyone right now has a cold or the flu.  In the beginning of January I had a cold and it's not fun being sick.  I am ok now but I just want to be careful to not get sick again.

Well, in the middle of January I happended to see a giveaway on the blog that Kris from Junk Chic Cottage was doing and I decided to participate.  You can see the blog post for the giveaway HERE.  I was so happy and surprised to see that I was one of the lucky winners of her winter flu prevention giveaway.

I was also a lucky and happy winner back in 2014 when Kris did a giveaway for her Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway.  You can read about that blog post HERE.


If you are not familar with my blog buddy Kris, than you just have to visit her beautiful blog!  She shares her love for home decorating, home decor, and DIY projects that she does with her handy husband.


Please Visit the Blog




Here are the items that I won from the giveaway.  A very cute package of tissues, which are a must with me since I have sinus problems in the winter.  I always carry a package of tissues in my handbag.



Cute Tissues


This is a cute hand sanitizer craft that Kris decorated with pretty contact paper that she found at the dollar store.  She took the sticker off of the hand sanitizer and just cut some paper and wrapped it around the container.  You can see how she did this cute DIY project HERE.


Hand Sanitizer


Kris also added to the giveaway a box of chocolates and a lollipop for Valentine's Day which will be here next week.  Yum!  💝


Valentine Lollipop



I added the hand sanitizer and tissues right away into the little makeup case that I use in my handbag.  I like to use a little makeup case in my handbag so that I can keep things like, tissues, hand sanitizer, lipstick, gum, and I always have tic tacs in my bag.


Adding tissues and hand sanitizer to my handbag



This is one of the reasons why I like blogging.  It's because of the thoughtful and generous bloggers like Kris.  It is so much fun when you can form a friendship with someone that you have never met in person but connect with them like blogging.


THANKS KRIS FOR YOUR YOUR BLOG FRIENDSHIP, THOUGHTFULNESS, AND KINDNESS!


I have met through reading blogs many sweet and nice blog buddies.  I have also been lucky enough to have met some of you in person!!  I would love and hope to meet more of you in person as I continue to blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit Jess and I for our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie

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