Juneau, July 4

Oh, Juneau! So full of whales and eagles and wonderful people! What a magical city! We sailed into port on our nation’s holiday to a town full of celebration. They had their fireworks at 12:01 am before we hit port. I asked someone if it was dark enough and they said it was kind of…

Ketchikan, AK, July 3, 2018

We cruised into port at Ketchikan at about 7:00 am. What a beautiful town! Again it has a temperate rain forest climate so they get an incredible amount of rain. One tour guide told us it rains an average of 350 days/year with a total accumulation of over fifteen FEET of water. That is a…

July 2–Day at Sea

I should introduce all of our traveling party. This trip was to commemorate our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary. My parents’ 60th is also this winter and my sister and her husband’s 34th is coming up in a few months. What great reasons to celebrate! My parents are Chuck and Letha Kimball, My sister Janet Douglas…

Vancouver, July 1, 2018

The first stop on our great adventure after a long day of flying was Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I’ve heard a whole lot about Vancouver and watched different TV specials about the city in 2010 when they hosted the Winter Olympics. It is a beautiful city! Full of energy and vibrant people with all sorts…

North to Alaska!

I hope you will indulge me while we go a little off-topic of cooking.  We are embarking on the trip of a lifetime this week and I am going to share some of my experiences with you. I am certain there will be a great deal food involved!  We flew in to Vancouver yesterday and…

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon. Chicken. Olives. Artichokes. Sun-dried tomatoes.  These are a few of my favorite things!  How could putting them all together be a bad thing?  I had originally planned to do this in my magic pot but once you see the pictures, you will understand why I couldn’t. I get my chicken and bacon from Zaycon.  That…

Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!

We are a bacon-loving family around here.  Especially this time of year when we are enjoying wonderful home-grown tomatoes.  Nothing goes with bacon as well as tomatoes, lettuce and mayo on toasted bread!  We were talking about bacon at lunch the other day and I discovered not everyone knows about BAKING bacon.  It is my…

Tastefully Simple Chicken White Chili

Do you like spicy?  I’m not much of a spicy fan.  The great thing about this soup is you can make this really spicy, with a kick or with just a little nudge! I cut 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite size pieces.  I added it to the the Instant Pot along with 6…

A Roasted Rainbow of Veggies 

My poor overworked Instant Pots needed a night off!  This is a really quick post to show you my favorite way to make veggies! I rinsed and chunked up some Brussels sprouts (if you have never tried fresh ones roasted, you don’t know Brussels sprouts!) along with carrots, red onions and bell peppers.  I tossed…

Smothered Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

Let’s talk pork chops!  How do you like them?  I like thick cut boneless and those are HARD to find.  So what I generally do is buy a pork loin when they are on sale and cut my own.  That’s what I did this time.  I cut half into chops and left the other half…

Chicken and Quinoa Stew in the Instant Pot

Ever just throw stuff in a pot and hope for the best?  That’s kind of what I did with this recipe!  I wanted a hearty and healthy stew packed with nutrition to ward off all the evil sick-bugs that seem to be attacking from all sides this winter!  This really fit the bill.  It was…

Chicken Sausage and Bean Soup in the Instant Pot

I seem to be stuck in a soup and stew rut.  It’s just so cold and dreary–soup hits the spot!  And, I’m feeding a crowd these days and a big pot of soup goes a long way!  This one would be super simple and quick done on the stovetop since I used a precooked beans….