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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

About a year ago I discovered the Instant Pot, and I was intrigued by all the recipes and blog posts I found online.  After a couple of months of browsing I decided I would buy an Instant Pot when they went on sale for Black Friday.  And I got one!  My husband was a little skeptical at first.  He wondered why we needed an Instant Pot. (After all, we already have a Crock Pot!)  But I promised him, it would be worth it!

Thanksgiving night I was looking online at the Instant Pot and getting ready to place some Christmas orders, when my husband walked in the door with an Instant Pot in hand! (While running out the store, he decided this would be a nice surprise for my upcoming birthday.)  Now I have to admit, at first I got a little intimidated by this contraption, but luckily my husband loves to cook too, and he was happy to help me with the first recipe I decided to cook.  (Since then, he’s been more than happy to experiment with his own Instant Pot recipes!)  And like a lot of things, once I got to working with the Instant Pot, I found it very easy to use!

Today I am sharing the very first Instant Pot recipe I decided to make.  It is Crack Chicken Pasta, or if you prefer Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta.

Why I Love This Recipe

This pasta turned out so great!  Personally I love anything that has Chicken Bacon Ranch in the name, so I was very excited to make this!

And I was impressed with just how easy it is to make this one-pot meal (pictures of the process are below).

I was also happy to serve this to our baby.  He’s eating more table foods now, and he loved it.  I just chopped up some of the chicken and noodles for his portion and then served him some veggies on the side.

Tips and Recommendations

If you wanted to make the whole dish healthier, you could add any vegetables you like; I’d recommend broccoli or perhaps a medley of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

I should also mention that Instant Pot Recipes like this one make a LOT of food, and they are very easy to freeze for later.  (I have a a goal for 2019 to do a lot more freezer cooking!)

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Ingredients:

1-lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 (1-oz) package Original Ranch dressing mix

3 cups dry penne pasta

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup real bacon bits.

3/4 of an 8oz package cream cheese

2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat Instant Pot on Sauté setting; add oil, chicken, and ranch packet, stirring to coat. Cook chicken 2–3 minutes.

Add pasta, broth, and water to pot.

Close lid, lock pot. Make sure the pot is set to seal. Then choose Pressure Cook setting; then set it to 4 minutes. Cook pasta until time is up, then do a quick release and open Pot.

Stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon until combined; let pasta set

5 minutes to thicken. Serve immediately.

http://www.simplysweethome.com/2019/01/instant-pot-crack-chicken-pasta/

 

If you’ve been thinking about buying an Instant Pot and just haven’t gotten around to it, I completely recommend it.  I have the Instant Pot 7-in-1 DUO60. I have the 6 quart, but this same model comes in 3 and 8 quart.  The 6 quart is a good size for our family, and it allows me to make enough food for freezing or to giveaway, and it has all the functions and features we need.

And if you already have an Instant Pot, then I’d love to have your recipe recommendations! Leave a comment here or share with me on social media.  (You can also link up your recipes at our latest Friday Favorites linky party!)

Free Daily Planner Printable for Mom Bloggers

I’ve only made a few printables on my blog, and it has been a long time since I made one! I saw a lot of daily planning sheets and bullet journal pages on Pinterest, but I couldn’t find one that had everything I was looking for in a planning page.

I need a planning sheet where I can write daily goals, but in particular I wanted a page where I could write down plans for my blog and online work.  And I also wanted one where I could write plans and goals for myself as a housewife and mom.  Since I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I made THIS!

At the top of the page, I made a spot for inspirational words and scripture.  Beside this is a notes section.

The next section I will be devoting to business, but the categories could easily fit for personal use:  Goals, To Create, To Write, To Share.

Then I have a section titled To Clean and To Cook.

Finally I have a sections marked To Do and To Buy.  And finally I have a section marked To Teach.  I made this section so I could make notes of things I’ll be teaching my son, but it could be used if you’re teaching an actual class or if you teach things on your blog.

Download Your Free Daily Planner Printable 

The Key to Getting Your Home Safe

Your home is the only place where you live and spend most of your time in. your home is your biggest investment for the whole life which you never want to waste.

It is very important to get this foundation and investment safe.

A person spends its whole life in buying a house and then maintaining it. You cannot compromise on the money that it cost you and neither on the lives of people who live there.

New Houses

If you want to make your home completely safe, then you need to get the foundations strong. If you are building a new house, then, of course, it is a big concern for you, and you pay a lot to just work on them. The architects and other people keep trying to make it so strong that it would be able to hold weights for years. New house, though, is a big investment with a hectic job, it will ensure that you are not risking ours and your family lives in the long run because everything is built newly.

Old Houses

When we talk about the old houses that you have bought from someone else at a second hand, then you need to take several precautions to fix it. The basement of them is often not fit anymore to hold a lot of weight, and if any kind of problem ever occurs, it can result in something a lot devastating. It is very necessary to check the condition of the foundation of a house before you buy it. It can, later on, cost you a lot if there is a lot of work to be done.

Not only the body of the house, but you need to see and find out the quality of the foundation of the home that you are going to buy.

If there is not a lot of work that has to be done on it, then you can buy it and get this work done easily at low rates.

Some people often ignore the problems if they are not major which is the wrongest that you can do to your home and yourself. If you do not get it all repaired just in time when it is not troubling you much, then it can cost you way too much later.

Even if it was your home previously and it is now old, you must keep checking the conditions of your foundation to make sure that you are safe and don’t have anything to worry about. The unknown risks are the riskiest.

Repairing the Foundations

Your home is your responsibility, and you need to take care of it. Getting it repaired whenever needed and also the foundations are all different ways if how you can take care of it. If you are currently residing in Hamilton and have any such sort of problems, then many Foundation Repair Hamilton near you provide the greatest services with the least rates.

A lot of people like to perform such actions on their own which is not a very good idea as they are compromising the security of shelter that they have.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 458

Please support and follow our lovely blog party hostesses:

Jerri at Simply Sweet HomeTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Lisa at Condo BluesTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

Penny at Penny’s PassionTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Kelly at Under a Texas SkyTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst | BL

Jennifer at Busy Being JenniferTwitter | FB | Pin | Inst

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Katie Daisy Planner Review

Disclosure: Today’s post contains affiliate links. The images are from from my Katie Daisy planner. I do NOT own these images and am merely sharing them for my review and recommendation purposes.

With a new year comes a new planner!  I love getting new planners…the empty pages are so clean, and there are just so many possibilities ahead to fill them!

In the past I have a bought a lot of Blue Sky Planners.  They always have very simple, clean, and pretty designs available.  And they have a variety of sizes and formats.  But last year I went a different route. And for the second year in a row, I’ve chosen a planner by Katie Daisy. These planners are just beautiful! They make me feel so energized and inspired! Let’s check it out!

Format

The planners are 5×7 sized.  (I do wish they came in a standard notebook size. That is what I’ve always purchased in the past, but these are so pretty I can deal with the small size.)

They have a front pocket and a page marker for you, which can be very convenient.  They also have a full monthly calendar followed by weekly pages, which is the format that I like.  (If a planner doesn’t have this 2-page month calender, I’m not in to it!)  It’s also a 7-month calendar so you can buy these toward the end of the year and go ahead and start using it!

Artwork, Quotes, and Notes

Now what sets these planners apart from others I’ve purchased is the beautiful art work, inspired quotes, and places for you to make notes and journal.  I decided to share the above page. It is one of my favorites from the planner and a great example!

I find these note pages are great for making lists and notes about what is going on.  They can also be great for journaling and writing notes to yourself to get you motivated.

 

I decided to end this post with a photo of one of the quote pages.  I think if we woke up with this quote in mind each day, our day would be much brighter, happier, and more productive.  (Don’t you agree?)

If you still don’t have a planner for this year, I invite you to check out the Katie Daisy planner, as well as the Katie Daisy Wall Calendar.

5 Tips to repairing your boiler in London

Boiler breakdown is very common especially if the boiler is used often. In the event that your boiler stops working knowing a few repair techniques can come in handy. Learning how to carry out boiler repair London can save you money and time. Here are a few repair tips which may come in handy the next time your boiler stops working.

  1. Check the pressure gauge

Once you realize that the pressure gauge is not working you need to check the boiler’s parts to determine what isn’t working correctly. In most cases when your boiler pressure is low then this makes the pressure gauge stop working. Check to see if the pressure is as it should be and if you see that the gauge is indicating low pressure then the first step is to concentrate on fixing this. The solution to this is to top up the pressure and this is usually straightforward once you consult the boiler’s manual.

  1.    Reset the Boiler

Every boiler has a timer and if you have recently had a power outage then you need to check the timer and reprogram it as necessary. Each boiler has a different type of timer and when you realize it’s not working then you need to consult the manual. Once you find the reset button for your boiler what you need to do is press the button for like 10 seconds. After that, the boiler should work.

  1.    Check the thermostat

Another area which can become faulty is the thermostat. Before calling an engineer, check to see if the thermostat is broken and if it is then you may need to replace it. To check the thermostat, start by ensuring that the temperature is configured to the right degrees. You may also need to check if the batteries are adequate and if not replace them with new batteries. Low battery signal will always display on the small LCD screen.

  1.    Check to see if your pilot light is on

The pilot light is another area which you need to check to make sure that it is on. If the pilot light is not on then your boiler will not work and you may need to consult the manual for directions on how to fix it. In the process of relighting the pilot light, it’s very important that you follow the manual instructions carefully as to not damage the boiler or cause a fire.

  1.    Bleed radiators

The first step is to check which radiator is not warm and this can be caused by air that has been sucked in. Listen for a hissing sound to determine if the gas is escaping. Make sure that all the gas has escaped, then close the radiator valve. Turn on the radiator and if you no longer hear any hissing sounds then it means that all the air has escaped. It’s important to check the pressure gauge because bleeding the radiator leads to a drop in pressure so it’s important to fill it up.

Free Printable 2019 Goals Planner

 

 

In the past, I’ve always enjoyed this time of year for blogging.  It is a great time to look back at the past year and talk about goals and projects for the coming year.

Since the baby was born, my blogging hasn’t been very consistent, so as I consider my plans for next year, I’ve been coming up with ideas to get more things done and to get my blog back on track with a regular posting schedule, and I’ve been coming up with ways to make get focused in all areas of my life, including my businesses online.

 

A couple of years ago, I created this year in focus printables set for 2017, and this year I decided to revamp the files for 2019.  The set includes a “year in focus” page, where you can write your Word for 2019 and all of your top goals for the year.

Additionally there is a page for each month where you can list top goals, events, and projects.  There’s also some additional note pages in the set.

Download your Free 2019 Goals Planner.

4 Things To Know When Replacing A Water Heater

Upgrading your hot water heater is a solution that comes to the mind of homeowners when planning to upgrade their facilities. The reason for this is that a facility with a constant supply of hot water is easier to rent or lease out. Hiring an affordable technician will help you to have this job done in a few days. As a homeowner, you must make up your mind and choose between tankless vs. tank water heaters. This article looks at some of the things you need to know when you decide to replace the existing water heater.

  1. Heating Hard Water Results In Sediments

When you heat hard water, sediments build and get deposited at the bottom of your tank. After some time, the sediments reduce the efficiency of the heaters. These sediments insulate the water from the heating source. This is why it takes longer times to have the water heat up. It implies that the heater will take longer to warm any given amount of water. It results in higher bills and will lead to the mechanical failure of a water heater. With time, continued use of the heater damages water tank because of too much heat. But this could be avoided if you choose to install a tankless water heater.

  1. It Is Necessary To Inspect the Anode Rod Regularly

The rod is normally made of aluminum or magnesium. Its job is to ensure that the tank does not corrode or rust. When you start experiencing water heater flushes, have the rod screws inspected. If the inspection establishes that the anode is corroded consider replacing it immediately. If it does not damage the anode it many ruin the tank. It may need that you replace the water heater immediately. Luckily, all these troubles could be avoided if you install a tankless water heater.

  1. Installing a Tankless Water Heater Is Better

Although installing a tank water heater is cheaper, it may not give you an unlimited supply of water. Also, you end up paying more on electricity. This is not the case with the tankless water heater. It is expensive to install but it is the best if your facility has unlimited demand for hot water. The tankless water heater is cheaper compared to any other water heater. It allows you to only pay for the hot water you use. The tank has an efficiency rate of more than 80 %. Note that a tankless water heater requires less space. It is the most ideal when you have an unlimited number of guests at your facility.

  1. Signs That Your Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced.

Most homeowners may not tell when to replace their water heater. But it is as simple as 1, 2, and 3. When the water heater is taking too long to heat the water, it means that it is inefficient and must be replaced. Secondly, when the existing water heater has served you for more than 8 years, it must be replaced. Also, when you notice that the heater is not able to provide enough water, upgrading it may be necessary

Of course, there are hundreds of facts you need to know when replacing a water heater. But knowing the right time to do so is important.

12 Favorite Posts from 2018

It’s that time of year! Time to look back on our year and see how things went as we prepare for the next year. I always like to look back and then share some of my favorite posts for the year. This year has been very busy for me at home, and I haven’t done nearly as much writing as I normally have in past years, but I still managed to find 12 posts that I thought were worth sharing again for this year end post!  We have a few recipes, cleaning posts, health, fashion, and even a pet post.  I hope you enjoy!

(Please find the link for each post underneath the featured photo.)

Grilled Hot Wings + 6 Tips to Make Your Summer Cookout a Success

College Football Spirit with Dr Pepper® + DIY Photo Booth Tutorial

12 Tips and Must-Haves for Postpartum Care

5 Tips to Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape for Your Family (and Your Cat)

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Panasonic HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera Review and Giveaway

6 Baby Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season

Fashion Reivew from prAna

Mama’s New Helper: DEEBOT OZMO 610 – Robot Vacuum Review

Homemade Dill Pickles

Cleaning Up with Rejuvenate® Click n Clean™ Multi-Surface Spray Mop System

Christmas Pajamas for the Family Review

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my 12 picks!  And if have a similar post, I’d love for you to share it with me!