Your Aura is Blue
Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life. You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships. The purpose of your life: showing love to other people Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)


Adventures in Pressure Cooking

The most wanted item on my Christmas list was a pressure cooker.  Yeah, I know I am weird, but we all knew that!  I've heard what time savers they are.  Time is more precious to me than just about anything else.  We do our share of eating out, but I really do try to cook as much as possible.  This can be quite time consuming.  Sometimes, after spending nine hours at the office and 80-90 minutes per day commuting to and from the office, preparing a meal is not at the top of my agenda.  I am sure you can relate!

 Santa heard my wishes, and brought me an 8qt. anodized model, along with a new cookbook to get me started.   $7 a Meal, hmm . . . really??

I was a little apprehensive to give this a whirl, having heard horror stories of exploding pressure cookers.  I read the directions over and over.   It seems these new models are equipped with safety features that will prevent any major explosions.   With that, I decided to first make corned beef, a family favorite!   I placed the meat, along with one bay leaf, a glove of garlic and some pickling spices in the cooker, then covered it all with water.  How simple!

 So far, so good ~ no explosions!

A little over an hour later, that corned beef came out so tender I could cut it with a butter knife.  I was impressed!  We piled it on some onion rolls along with cheese and mustard ~ Mmmmm!! 

1 comment:

jacjewelry said...

Wow... that looks SO good! Do keep us posted, as I am curious what you think of it as time goes on. My mom (and everyone else I knew, really) used a pressure cooker while I was growing up, but I don't own one myself.