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Instant Pot Turkey Stock from Carcass

Today I made Turkey Breast. We made the most delicious Turkey club sandwiches with it. I decided to make some stock with the carcass. I tried making it in the instant pot for the first time, it was so fast and easy and I didn’t have to babysit a simmering pot on the stove.

I just put in the carcass and added, carrots, onions, celery, crushed garlic, a bay leaf, parsley, thyme and 10 cups of water. I set the instant pot to 30 minutes and let it naturally release.

After all the steam released, I opened the lid and unplugged the pot and let the stock cool.

I poured the stock through a strainer. I decided to freeze the stock because I wasn’t planning on using it right away.

I wanted to vacuum seal it so this was my method.

I poured the stock into small containers and froze them into cubes.

Once frozen, I was able to seal them in bags. Whenever I need some broth, I’ll just thaw what I need and I have some yummy homemade broth.

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Removing Paint from Vintage Hardware/Cabinet Handles

Here is a quick tip to remove old paint from old vintage hardware.

Use a crockpot that you don’t plan on using for food. Add hot water and a squirt of dish soap. Place hardware in crockpot. Turn on high for a couple of hours.

Use tongs to remove hardware and place on a towel. Be careful, it’s hot! Don’t let it cool completely, as soon as you can handle it, start peeling off paint.

There may still be some residue left. You can the other back in the hot water for a little while then try again.

Use an extra fine 000 steel wool to buff any remaining paint.

This is an almost 100 year old cabinet that we redid. The hardware was perfect!

Here’s the link where you can see how we refinished this cabinet: Check out the before and after pics: 100 Year Old Cabinet Restore

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100 year Old Antique Cabinet Restore/Refinish Before & After

My husband curb shopped this amazing antique cabinet. He knows I love to restore old furniture and thought I would like this piece…well…I LOVE it! We decided it would be a perfect piece for our mud room. We needed a place to put the things we grab on the way out the door. Hats, scarves, mittens, ponchos, dog leashes etc. It is absolutely perfect for the space.

The first thing we did was remove all the hardware and clean it out. The hardware had previously been painted and I wanted to strip them back to their original brass. It was a lot easier then we thought. Here’s how we did it.

I put hot water and a squirt of dish soap in a crock pot that I will only use for crafting. I don’t recommend using a crock pot for cooking food after doing this. I turned the crockpot on high and put all the hardware inside and let it sit while we worked on the cabinet.

We had a lot of fun working on this project together. Look how rough this cabinet looked!

We knew it would take a lot of work to make this perfect so we decided to make it more of a shabby chic, farmhouse style. We scraped and sanded all the loose paint off. We discovered some interesting things while taking this thing apart.

There were three layers of paint. I had already decided on the paint color before we found out what the original color was. I could not believe how close my paint color was to the original color!

I flipped over a drawer while cleaning it and found this date and initials. We figured this cabinet is almost 100 years old!

I painted the year and my initials next to it. Look how close the paint color is..

The original blue.

The color I already had on hand. Annie Sloan paint is my favorite chalk paint.

After we painted the cabinet, we checked on the hardware. They had been soaking for a couple of hours.

The paint peeled off rather easily. There was a little residue left so we put them back in the water for a bit to soak.

We used very fine steel wool to buff off the remaining paint. We were very happy with how they came out. They look perfect on the cabinet.

We decided we didn’t want this cabinet to be perfect. You can see here that there are some rough looking spots. It’s gives the cabinet a lot of character. The hardware isn’t perfect either and I think they compliment each other very well, just like me and my hubby.

Here is the finished product. The handles are not straight, that’s how the person that built it installed them, we just left it just like it was…I am in love with it. I get very emotionally attached to furniture that I redo. Does anyone else?

Here it is in its place. It fits perfectly. I put contact paper in the drawers to finish it off. It is so sturdy and well made, I’m sure we will get use out of it for many years. We are still in the process of decorating our mud room. This is a great addition.

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Pantry Chicken Enchilada One Pot Meal

If Covid 19 has taught me anything, it is to have a stocked pantry! We all remember when the shelves in the grocery stores were empty and if there were anything available, there were limits on how much you could buy. That was a scary feeling to me and I’m sure to most of you.

Me and my hubby have been doing a lot of research and have made the decision to grow our “working pantry.” I’m not talking about what a lot of us did for y2k. Who remembers that? We were prepping like crazy and ended up with nothing even happening! That was a crazy time…No, I’m talking about a fully stocked, working pantry that you are constantly using, not giving foods a chance to expire.

Anything can happen at anytime, not being scared, just prepared, ( that’s my new slogan lol) is the way I want to be. So, I have been stocking up on a few staple items that have a longer shelf life. Every time I go for groceries, I just pick up an extra thing or two to place in my pantry. I’m learning to write expiration dates in sharpie on the item and place new items to the back and push the older items forward. We don’t have a bunker lol but we do want to have enough to last for a few weeks or even months if it was necessary…you just never know.

We are actually having some fun with this. I decided to start making some meals using only what I have in my pantry. I figure if anything does actually happen and we can’t get to the store, I want to have some tried and true, go to recipes.

This recipe is a recent one and it turned out really good! So, I wanted to share it with you. Hopefully you like it as well.

These are the ingredients I used for this meal. Everything with exception to the cheese came from my pantry. I did have the cheese in my fridge already and I am starting to freeze small batches of cheese for future use.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chicken breast chunks
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 15 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 small can green chilis diced
  • 3/4 cup rice, I used med grain
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 8 oz mexican shredded cheese

I made this all in one deep iron skillet.

First, bring the broth and chili powder to a simmer then add rice. Stir and once it starts to boil, reduce to simmer, cover with a lid and let cook on low for 15 minutes.

Once rice is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients, drain corn and chicken. Stir together and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.

The chicken will shred and disperse as you stir. The last thing you do is top with cheese and place lid on for about 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

This is a hearty meal and goes a long way! Just the two of us ate and had lots of leftovers. You can freeze it if you like.

We had homemade corn tortillas with ours and it was so good!

I will link the recipe for those here: https://thethriftyjewell.com/food-recipes/thriftyblogwriter/2021/10/56/41/4892/

I encourage you to begin stocking your pantry with extra foods but not only that, sticking foods that you can make full meals with!

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Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Gluten Free

This was my first time making tortillas and I could not believe how easy it was!! I will continue making my own. They are quick and so fresh.

This is the main ingredient. Masa corn flour. I got it at Walmart and it was less then $1.50 for this bag!

I bought this tortilla press from Amazon, it was around $15. I recommend having one for this. It makes them the perfect size and shape.

All I did was mix equal parts flour and water and a little bit of salt…that’s it! Mix it until it looks kind of like play doh.

Next I rolled them into approximately 1” size balls. You can cover them with a damp towel to keep them moist while working.

The directions recommend you use plastic sheets on both sides of the dough ball when pressing so I cut a zip lock bag into two sheets and used that.

The fun part, press down and…

A perfect tortilla!

All you do is cook them on the stovetop. I used a non stick flat pan. Cook for 30-45 seconds on each side.

I stacked them while making more and I kept them covered with a damp cloth.

They came out amazing! Next I’m going to try flour tortillas 🙂

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Dollar Tree Pizza Pan Easter Religious Crosses Craft

This is a quick, fun Dollar Tree craft you can make for Easter. I made it from a round pizza pan, some craft paint, three wooden crosses, three bags of moss and flowers, all found at Dollar Tree.

First I painted the pan. Two coats of the yellow and orange, blending at the line.

I felt the colors were too bright so I took some waverly brown paint that I had on hand and lightly brushed it over the colors after they dried.

I was satisfied with the more muted color scheme.

Next I used the same brown paint and mixed it with a little water to create a “stain” to use on the crosses.

I then glued the crosses in place with hot glue and then, layer by layer, I added the moss until it was a secure. Then I glued the flowers and the twine onto the back and added the white strip of fabric that I cut from a handkerchief.

And here it is.

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Wood Conversation Hearts Sign Valentines Day Decor

These are cute little Valentine’s Day signs I made. They are inspired by the little Valentine’s Day candy conversation hearts.

I am new to using power tools so I haven’t been taking photos during the process for my blog, but these are simple and here is the supplies I used.

  • 1×6 common board
  • Stain
  • Cricut vinyl

I cut the boards to 5-1/2” then sanded all the edges. This made them 5-1/2” squares.

Next I stained them. I am loving this stain color! I bought it because the name was interesting lol.

After the boards dried, I did a little distressing with my sander.

I made the vinyl decals on my Cricut, applied them and used a coat of mod podge over top of them to make sure they stayed on.

That’s it! This was a really easy project and has given me even more practice with my new Ryobi power tools!

I promise to start taking step by step photos soon!

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The Ultimate Comfort Food; Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings

I saw a slow cooker recipe for chicken and dumplings where you use canned biscuits for dumplings and although there is nothing wrong with that recipe, I decided to make my own version with homemade dough, in the Instant Pot.

I love cooking in my Instant Pot. I have not used my slow cooker since I bought mine a couple of years ago.

So, here is what I came up with and man is it delicious!

I started out by chopping about 1/2 cup of each, carrots, celery and onion.

I drizzled some olive oil in the instant pot and added a tablespoon of butter and turned it on saute.

I sauted the veggie trio for a minute or two, then added garlic.

I sauted them for about 4 minutes, until tender. I added salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

While that was cooking, I cut up two boneless skinless chicken breasts into chunks.

Then I turned off the Saute function and added the chicken to the pot. I also added four cups of chicken broth and one can of Cream of Chicken soup, gave it a stir and sealed the lid and set the cook time to 10 minutes.

While that was cooking, I made the dough for the dumplings. I use self rising dough and I like to sift it because it makes the dumplings more fluffy. I use a strainer with a handle to sift with.

I added two beaten eggs, sour cream, salt and water to my flour and gently mixed it into a dough.

I use a cookie dough scoop to scoop my dough so they will be similar in size.

The chicken cooked for 10 minutes then natural released for 20 minutes. I opened the pot, turned off the cook function and turned saute back on and started adding my dough.

The dough cooks very fast in the hot liquid. I left saute on while I gently pushed the dumplings under the liquid, allowing them to cook all around. This only took 5-6 minutes.

Last thing I did was sprinkle some parsley on top and closed the lid and turned the instant pot onto the warming function, Lo, until they were ready to serve.

This is a very delicious recipe and the homemade dumplings make it extra special. Here is the ingredient list.

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • 1 T Butter
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 3/4 t pepper
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

Dumplings:

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Start out by chopping about 1/2 cup of each, carrots, celery and onion. Drizzle some olive oil in the instant pot and added a tablespoon of butter and turn it on saute. Saute the veggie trio for a minute or two, then add garlic. Saute for about 4 minutes, until tender. Add salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. While that is cooking, cut up two boneless skinless chicken breasts into chunks. Then turn off the Saute function and add the chicken to the pot. Also, add 4 cups of chicken broth and one can of Cream of Chicken soup, give it a stir and seal the lid and set the cook time to 10 minutes. While that was cooking, make the dough for the dumplings. Use self rising dough and sift it because it makes the dumplings more fluffy. Add two beaten eggs, sour cream, salt and water to flour and gently mixed it into a dough. (I use a cookie dough scoop to scoop my dough so they will be similar in size.) Cook the chicken for 10 minutes then natural released for 20 minutes. Open the pot, turned off the cook function and turn saute back on and start adding scoops of dough. The dough cooks very fast in the hot liquid. Leave saute on while you gently push the dumplings under the liquid, allowing them to cook all around. This takes 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve.

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Produce Storage Wall Hanger ; Woodworking

I have a new hobby! I’ve always enjoyed crafting but my hubby bought me this nice set of Ryobi battery operated power tools for Christmas and I’m obsessed! This tool set is great for beginners.

I have already made a few items.

I made this big wood sign for my office..

And this small sign. I made a couple of these and I’m trying my hand at selling them here: Loved farmhouse wood sign

The one I’m most proud of so far is this produce storage wall hanging. I made it from one 1x6x6 common wood board, one 1x4x4 common wood board and two wire baskets I got from Walmart. I will be blogging my future projects from now on. I was so excited I forgot to take step by step photos.

I have requests for the produce hanger, so when I make more, I will be sure to blog how I made it. Be sure to subscribe!

I just received this Black & Decker 425 Work Bench to assist me while using my tools. I can’t wait to get started on my next project!

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I Made My First “Farmhouse Sign”

I have been tinkering around with some small wood crafts and when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, my response? Power tools…

He did not disappoint. He bought me a Ryobi cordless power tool set. This set is perfect for what I do. I don’t do very heavy duty projects and I have issues with my wrists so I didn’t need heavy duty tools. I can handle these quite well. I’m so excited to make projects with these!

I made my first project, a farmhouse style sign for my office. I used a precut thin sheet of plywood and a 1×2 6ft board. I painted the sign and made the vinyl letters with my cricut. With my husband’s help, I have a few things to learn, I measured and cut the 1×2 board to fit around the plywood. I stained them after I cut them. Then I used my new Ryobi air strike brad nailer to attach the boards to the plywood. I stapled through the back. I added a little metal picture hanger and hung it up.

I love how it came out! It’s a perfect fit for the wall above my desk. I am on to my next project!