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August 19, 2017
Instant Pot Taco Pasta from Jo's Country Junction


I recently joined a Facebook Group that is for Instant Pot users.  It’s called Instant Pot Recipes Only.  You can find it here.  I had gotten in a bit of a rut making the same things over and over in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  I thought the Facebook group might be just what I needed to get me out of the rut.

I followed the group for several weeks.  People were making chicken in MANY different ways….ribs…soups….I had tried all that and had recipes that I liked for it.  Then one day I saw a ...

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August 12, 2017
What I’m Making: Blue Cheese Chicken via the Air Fryer from Jo's Country Junction


Here’s what we had for supper.    Blue Cheese chicken from the Philips XL Airfryer, melon, corn and beets from the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  A bit ago Kalissa had tried chicken in the Philips XL Airfryer and loved it.  I hadn’t tried making it but was determined to give it a try too.  I tried her way and Hubby declared it to not be spicy enough….well I can remedy that.  We tried it again…he loved it.

I’m going to apologize in advance….I just put some ingredients together and didn’t measure.  That’s how ...

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August 11, 2017
Strawberry Pie from Jo's Country Junction


After I showed you this picture of the strawberry pies that Kelli and I made when Ragbrai (the bicycle tour across Iowa) through, I got a few questions.


One comment was that the person had never heard of a baked strawberry pie.  Most pies that are strawberry usually are not baked.  There are glazed strawberry and also jello strawberry pies.  For us, we did baked strawberry and I think it’s really good.

Another reader asked for the recipe.

This is my recipe.  Long ago I used to clip recipes out of the newspaper Iowa Farmer Today.  They always had ...

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August 5, 2017
Pumpkin Cheesecake from Jo's Country Junction


I did it again….I know I’m not suppose to buy cookbooks but I love them like a book.  I take them to bed and read them and then sometimes…I even make good things from them.  In my defense, I was at the thrift store and the book was only $1.50 and remember me saying that Hubby collects fireman related things…well this is from a fire department….that makes it all okay, right?

That’s what I told myself.


…and I did follow through.  See my pumpkin cheesecake?

Hubby adores cheesecake.  I have yet to find ...

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August 1, 2017
Mock Zucchini Apple Pie from Jo's Country Junction


So a bit ago I came across a recipe for Mock Zucchini Apple Pie.  Here’s a link to the recipe I saw on line.  I didn’t know if I dared to give it a try….but with the counter covered in zucchini, I figured “what the heck”.

Mock-Zucchini-Apple-pie-1 look at that sweet innocent pie.  Who would ever suspect that it wasn’t apple?  Hubby that’s who.  I asked him how he suspected it.  He said that I was lamenting on how to use up all the zucchini.

I asked him how it tastes….his response, it doesn ...

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July 31, 2017
Alfresco Dinner Party from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Mr. Romance and I have always enjoyed entertaining Alfresco style. My favorite thing is to come up with a menu, pare it with good wine and good friends and sit outside enjoying a lovely summer night.
I came up with the menu and then started building the guest list, which included dear friends and family.

I bought a simple bouquet from the grocery store, added the green hydrangeas from the garden and some basil flowers, put it all in a basket and it became the perfect centerpiece. Not much more was needed since the backyard was used as the main ...

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July 29, 2017
Rhubarb Cobbler from Jo's Country Junction


Recently a friend of mine brought me some rhubarb plants.  She had bought more than she needed so passed these along to me.  I went to plant them and noticed that my rhubarb plant had shot out and was growing after the rains we had.

I’m so excited about these!!  Anytime anyone wants to share rhubarb, I’m you girl!!

I picked some rhubarb and went to the house to make something with it.  I like trying new recipes and Hubby is a great food tester.  He’ll try anything.  He’s a real trouper and finishes most everything ...

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July 24, 2017
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes from Adele Mogavero

Lemons + poppy seeds + whole wheat = a delicious yummy breakfast!

mmm, what’s not to love???
lemon poppy seed pancakes
These have become one of our Sunday Breakfast Favorites! Top it with some blueberries and real maple syrup.

With a nice hot cup of coffee on the side – it’s just heaven!

Quick to make and delicious to eat!

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Yield: 6 medium size pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes


1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp salt

1 1/2 Tsps poppy seeds

1 cup whole milk

1 egg

1 Tsp. vanilla

2 tablespoons real Maple Syrup

Zest ...

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July 23, 2017
Day 4 of our Christmas in July Celebration! Specials, Recipes & MORE! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

It's Day 4 and The Basin "Elf" couldn't resist picking this AWESOME Timber! Lumberjack to give away on Day 4 of our Christmas in July Event!  He's just soooo cool!  He comes in 4' & 8'!  Congrats to Kathy E. for winning the Hot Cocoa Mug Mat pattern yesterday!  Please call the shop at 763-792-0638 with your name/mailing address!!!!!  
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The next "puzzle piece" is also on our site!!!!  I can't wait for you to see the complete design!!!

We also added some great pattern deals on our website!  And I'm sharing ...

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July 19, 2017
Snickerdoodles from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I'm sharing an oldie, but a goody today. I've been making these for over 20 years and I made a double batch last week to take to the Safari Club Picnic. They're nothing new and I imagine everyone has a recipe for Snickerdoodles. but I wanted to add them to the recipes I've shared here. They're an especially sweet treat with a cup of coffee and yes, I'm saying that even though I don't drink

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July 15, 2017
Almond Joy Cookies from Jo's Country Junction


In my Facebook feed I saw a recipe for cookies.  They were listed as almond joy cookies.  Well Almond Joy candy bars are my very favorite candy bar so I thought to give them a try.  Well after reading the ingredients I could see that I wasn’t going to make them.  The ratio of ingredients seemed a little off like there might be a typo in the recipe.  I decided to google and see if I could find a different recipe for them instead.

I did google and I did find a recipe.

The cookies only have four ingredients ...

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July 12, 2017
Roast Spread from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Being that we ranch, we always have a ready supply of good ranch raised beef in our deep freeze and although we do change things up with chicken and pork and fish, beef is on the menu often. We have it cut to order which for us means very lean 2# packages of ground beef, big 5-7# roasts, 2 steaks per package, lean stew meat, trimmed briskets, tenderized round steaks, ribs, and skirt and flank

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July 8, 2017
Beer Can Chicken from Jo's Country Junction


I was at the grocery store the other day and whole chickens were on sale.  I am a person who completely plans our menus over what is on sale so I bought two chickens.  I sure wish I had bought more as it turns out they were only about $4 each!  I’ve told you we don’t buy a lot of meat as we get lots of beef via Hubby’s job on the farm…but chicken at this price is a treat to the palette and a treat for my pocket book too.

As I was driving home ...

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July 1, 2017
What I’m Baking: Pumpkin Bars from Jo's Country Junction


South of where we live there is an Amish community.  Periodically I go and visit their shops.  They have a great General Store, Dry Goods place, and of course bakeries. In the last five years or so the thing they have started opening is “bent and dent” stores.  It’s a store for primarily groceries.  All of the things in the store were gotten via over stock or damaged products-meaning there is a dent in the can.  Dented cans don’t bother me.  Occasionally there are things that are past their “sell by” date.  I don’t buy those things ...

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June 24, 2017
What I’m Cooking: Ground Beef Grand-Style from Jo's Country Junction


We don’t eat fancy here at all.  Simple, tasty, food is my goal.   This is complete that…simple and tasty.  Not real good looking but definitely tasty and best yet, EASY!  Here I paired it with asparagus.

This is a meaty almost thick gravy type bottom with a biscuit over the top.


One of the reasons I love this recipe is that I can make the bottom part over the weekend or the night before then put it in the refrigerator.  On the night I want to serve it, I add the biscuits to the top and toss it ...

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June 10, 2017
The Microwave Incident – Microwave Apple Crisp from Craftcore

Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest.


I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so ...

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June 8, 2017
Never Too Old for a New Experience from Jinny's Corner

I sat down this morning to write a blog about another of the projects I designed using my new mini-stripe fabric…the Route 7 Table Runner.  The pattern is a free download and features five different colorways. It is interesting to note that all the strips, including the ones with the mini-stripe are all exactly the same width. The illusion because of the stripe just makes it seem more complex and narrower.


Mini Stripe Composite


Route 7 TR -Composite

However, just as I sat down, the tree service people arrived.  They were going to do some pruning of some large trees and the removal of a dead ...

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June 5, 2017
Must Try Recipe: Sassy Sow from Jo's Country Junction


Over the weekend Kelli, Kalissa, Carver and I headed south just a short ways to the Market at White Barns.  A family opens up the barns for sales by all sorts of vendors.  Kelli is planning a blog post to tell you more about it.  I’m here to tell you about the food.  Barn Yard BBQ was set up there and we decided to eat….we all had the Sassy Sow.  Amazing!!


I forgot to take a picture of the food…but I can say this, we all loved it so much that I decided to replicate it at ...

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June 3, 2017
Instant Pot: Chicken Alfredo from Jo's Country Junction


I’ve told you before that I don’t really use recipes and make things up on the fly as I go.  People always ask how I get so much done…one thing I rarely do is look up recipes.  I use my kitchen as a place to conduct experiments with cooking.  This is another of those recipes.  It was an experiment that turned out tasty.

I made this in my  Instant Pot.  I’m sure it could be replicated without one as well.

I put four large chicken breast pieces into the Instant Pot.  Then I added these ingredients ...

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May 27, 2017
French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot from Jo's Country Junction


Last week I told you that I’ve been wanting to make French Onion Soup But then I got sidetracked and made French Bread first.  (Find the Homemade French bread and Garlic Bread in my Philips XL Airfryer post here.)  Well today I’m going to tell you how I made the French Onion Soup.

I did make this with my Instant Pot .  It could easily be made on the stove too.

I started with TWO packages of dry onion soup mix.  I put them in the  Instant Pot  along with 8 cups of water and 3 large diced onions ...

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