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Friday, May 26, 2017

Shed Building 101

Last weekend, the husband and I set out on an adventure to finally build the shed we have wanted since we moved in to our home 7 years ago.  It was by far one of my favorite things we have built together and I had so much fun!  Check out how it all went.

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We started this entire project getting approval from our HOA for the shed type and size.  We went with an 8x8 shed kit from Lowe's and decided to put the shed over the area of grass that has been destroyed by our dogs and the terrible runoff we get from all the neighbors.  I swear the rest of our yard does not look this terrible.  The kit was pretty easy to put together as long as you really followed the directions and read and re-read until you were sure. We started with the floor frame and leveling it.  This part went super well!

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After we built the floor, we started on framing the walls.  My biggest tip for anyone building the kit, is to measure twice and make sure to mark and double check everything.  In addition, we borrowed an air nail gun to speed up the process.  The shed kit does come with nails, but it would be hand nailing and ain't no one got time for that.  We were able to really "nail" out much of the framing in just a couple hours!

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My brother-in-law came over to help and while I ran to the store to grab food to make dinner, the boys built the back wall...notice anything just a little off?  It was too late to fix it, but again, measure and re-measure and make those marks.  Had those boys double checked the level (and had I been here lol) that board would be perfectly straight!

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Either way, the crooked board didn't make a difference.  These three walls are very sturdy!  At this point we were about 3 hours in and pretty impressed with our work.  At this rate we would likely have the shed done in a day.

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We started framing the roof and I know all of us were surprised how easy it was to make the roof joists and secure everything.  One thing we did keep talking about is how just adding the metal pieces that you normally see on big builds would make this go quicker, but for the cost of the kit and the relative ease of build, it was just fine using only wood.

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My brother-in-law had to leave before we lost daylight and the husband and I were left trying to finish the main build.  Our goal was to have the roof on.  We had everything done but the roof pieces and thankfully our wonderful new neighbor offered to come over and help us get the roof on before we lost all light.  We called it a night before the entire shed was done and got up the next morning to finish the main build.

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We only had the doors left to put on and about an hour later we were all done!  I think the husband and I were so impressed with how smooth this went and how fun it really was.  We had wanted this shed for so long and finally it was mostly done, without even so much as an argument between either of us. We are not done just yet.  We still have caulking and paint and a ramp to do this weekend and then next weekend we will likely start shingling the roof!  However, we are so happy with how this went and proud of the work we put in!

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I will disclose that the shed kit was $600.00 and that does not include paint, flooring (just the floor frame) or roofing materials.  To have the shed built by Lowe's it would cost almost exactly the same after all the extra costs not included in the kit.  Lowe's builders do put in the roof, paint and shingles and that runs something like $1100.00.  We are pretty sure that we will come right in at that price after all is said and done.  However, for us the experience and time spent together and the fact that we proved to ourselves that we could do this was worth it. 

What do you think?  Would you take on a build like this?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Versatility of prAna #prAnaclub [ad]

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For the past several months, I have posted my growing passion for prAna clothing.  I truly just love it!  This month I am sharing some spring and summer essentials and how I am dressing them up and down to show some versatility with the clothing!

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I am a teacher and I dress up at work nearly every day.  We do have a pretty casual dress code and I wear jeans nearly every single day.  However, I am also that teacher that dresses those jeans up with great blouses, cute shoes and fun jewelry.  My love for jeans is strong, but you guys, I also love dresses and leggings and although I do not wear them enough, I seriously cannot get enough of this outfit that I put together!

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This spring has been incredibly rainy and stormy and honestly we are constantly having to dress for the changes outside.  I love this layered look.  The prAna Amelie Dress is soft and form fitting.  It is sleeveless although you cannot see that in the photos.  It is flattering and so comfortable.  I actually wore this at Mom 2.0 and got several compliments on it as well.  I paired is with a pair of grey leggings and a dark denim jacket.  

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I love the pattern on this aquamarine beauty and the versatility of the dress.  You can wear it anywhere and do do anything.  I could easily do Yoga in this or dress up for a night on the town.  It is perfect and as always the sustainable materials that go into making every piece of prAna clothing is a huge selling point for this science teacher.

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Ok, before I share some details on these fun shorts, I totally have to tell you that what you hardly see in this photo is that I was standing in the pouring rain and trying to dodge the raindrops.  What a crack up it must have been for my neighbors to see me posing in shorts and a tank in the pouring 40° rain.

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I have tried a couple pairs of pants and sweaters from prAna and I wanted to start on my summer outfits now.  I ordered these Tess shorts in gravel and was really happy with the fit and ease of movement in these.  Most shorts are not a great fit on me.  They are either too long or too short and, lets be real, I got a booty, so I almost always get a gap at the top of the shorts which makes working in the shorts a real pain in the butt.  However, these fit great.

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I could totally see me doing a lot of yard work and chasing the kid around in these.  They are very comfortable, fit well and are just the right length.  I really like the color of these as they pair well with many different clothing items as well.  These are also made of organic cotton and have a stretchy component to them as well.

prAna is quickly becoming one of my go to clothing brands.  I love how the clothes fit, how they are made from hemp and organic cotton, sourced with sustainability in mind.  The versatility of the clothing is fantastic as well.  You can find anything to fit your style and really make these clothes work for a day working in the yard or a busy day at the office.  

If you want to learn more about prAna and why using hemp and organic cotton matters, you should definitely click here and watch some short video clips.  They really are changing the face of clothing manufacturing and I think it is awesome. 

If you want to try prAna, you can use my exclusive discount code (17PCLUBLF) to save 15% through June 16th, 2017!  

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour Hits Denver!

If you are excited about Cars 3 and you are in Denver then you totally need to make plans to check out the Road to the Races Nationwide Tour!  It hits Denver next weekend and you can bet we will be there!  Check out the details below.

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EVENT DETAILS

Disney∙Pixar’s CARS 3 ROAD TO THE RACES NATIONWIDE TOUR
Dates: Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28
Times: 10:00AM – 4:00PM Saturday & 11:00AM – 4:00PM Sunday
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Aspen Grove (7301 S Santa Fe Drive Littleton, CO 80120)
Website: Cars3Tour.com

Activities:
  • Alamo Rent A CarSM is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir.  Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world. 
  • Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.
  • Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.
  • Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit www.dole.com/Cars3.
  • Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.
  • Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars.
  • In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR.  
  • Mack Trucks, Inc. will transport the life-size character cars on the coast-to-coast tour.  

About CARS 3:
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. New Designs!

Hey Denverites!  I am just poppin' on to let you know that there is a fantastic Spring Market happening at the Denver Design District tomorrow May 18th, 2017 and an awesome designer, Ryan Schlaefer, is featuring some awesome and a bit retro pieces that you might just fall in love with!


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Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. just released their 'thirty three' line with some great designs inspired by vinyl records.  you can see the beauty in this high-end cabinet above and the items below. The doors above are casted bronze and the furniture has stunning detail.
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The inspiration for this furniture came to Ryan when a client requested something in his music room to store his vinyl records.  You can see that inspiration come to life in these pieces.  This furniture is high end and available to see at the Spring Market at CARTER INC. in the Denver Design District now.

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Head out tomorrow, meet Ryan in person at CARTER INC. and check out these stunning pieces in person!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Making the Most of Spring #SoHoppinGood #BlueBunny #ad

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Springtime in Colorado is always a gamble.  We can have a day where it is 85° and clear skies and then 3 hours later we are experiencing torrential downpours or even a huge snowstorm.  You have to be prepared for anything and be ready to make the most of spring with crafts and treats to entertain everyone. 

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For our family, that truly means that we keep a stocked fridge and freezer and craft supplies on hand to enjoy whatever the weather throws at us.  One of our family's favorite snacks is ice cream and recently on a trip to Walmart, we found that Blue Bunny® has released some new flavors that we just had to try!

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PB 'N Cones™, Mint Cookie Crunch and the individual Bunny Snacks™in salted caramel pretzel, were the flavors we grabbed and took home.  The 2017 Blue Bunny® line up of ice cream flavors and treats brings in new flavors, some seasonal flavors and some bite sized treat snacks.  For more than 80 years, Blue Bunny® has offered delicious ice cream with fresh ingredients and adding a little playfulness to any occasion.  This was just the sweet snack our family needs on hand to enjoy time together!

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We got the treats home and my daughter immediately requested ice cream lasagna.  You guys, this is one of my favorite treats to make.  It combines the delicious, creamy, ice cream flavors with scrumptious, crunchy sweets layered in.  I got to work.

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First, I created the waffle cone crust and pressed it into the bottom of the dish.  I was inspired to use waffle cones because PB 'N Cones™ is a decadent mixture of peanut butter swirled in vanilla ice cream with chocolate dipped cone pieces throughout.  I then layered in the PB 'N Cones™ and placed it in the freezer while I prepped the next layer.

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My kids love whipped cheesecake and so it was an easy grab and go to mix up this tasty layer and add our own flair to the lasagna.  A little cheesecake pudding mix, some whipped topping and a little milk and sugar and this layer was ready to place on top of my PB 'N Cones™ice cream layer.

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However, I needed to add more to this and so we crunched up some more pieces of waffle cone and chunks of peanut butter cups and spread those atop the cheesecake layer and added some chocolate syrup.  I repeated those layers one more time and froze overnight.  The result is probably the most delicious PB 'N Cones™Cheesecake Lasagna.

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I know my readers love a good recipe, so here is a great printable option for you!  The lasagna only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and then needs to freeze for about 6 hours to serve 9-12 people. 



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PB 'N Cones™ Cheesecake Lasagna
A delicious blend of Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™ Ice cream, waffle cone pieces, peanut butter cups, whipped cheesecake and chocolate syrup
Ingredients
  • 8 Waffle Cones
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1 container (46 oz) Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™
  • 4 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1.5 oz Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 10 cups Peanut Butter Cups
  • To taste Chocolate Syrup
Instructions
To make the Waffle Cone Crust:
1. Use a food processor to finely chop up 6 waffle cones
2. Add in 1 TBS of sugar and the melted butter to the processed waffle cones.
3. Spread in the bottom of a lightly greased casserole dish.

To make the Cheesecake layer:
1. Mix the cheesecake pudding mix, 1 TBS of sugar and 1/4 cup of milk together until dissolved.
2. Whisk in the whipped topping until mixture is fluffy.

To create the lasagna:
1. Press the waffle cone crust at the bottom of the lightly greased casserole dish.
2. Scoop 1/2 the container of PB 'N Cones™ into the casserole dish, atop the waffle cone base and spread evenly. Place in freezer and prepare the cheesecake layer.
3. Bring the casserole dish out of the freezer and layer on the whipped cheesecake layer. Spread out evenly.
4. Cut up 5 peanut butter cups and break 1 waffle cone into pieces and spread those evenly on top of the cheesecake layer. Then pour some chocolate syrup over that.
5. Add the last 1/2 of the PB 'N Cones™ on top of that and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
6. Top with the last 5 peanut butter cups, 1 waffle cone and some more chocolate syrup.
7. Serve and Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 9-12 servings


In our world, having a sweet treat is great, but having entertainment that we can create inside and use outside as the weather permits is critical!  Our fun this past weekend was making bubble wands and bubble blower tubes.

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The bubble wands are super easy to make!  Just grab some pipe cleaners and twist them into whatever shapes and sizes your little hearts desire. We did reinforce the handles of our bubble wands by winding another pipe cleaner around them, but they worked perfectly.  To make the bubble blower tubes (not pictured), take a used paper towel roll or toilet paper roll and dip them in bubble mixture then blow.  My kids left ours sitting in the bubbles too long and they disintegrated which is why I don't have them photographed.

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The bubble wands are a blast and create some amazingly huge bubbles.  We made a big heart and star and then a couple small wands and the bubble tubes and played for a few hours Sunday while the weather was nice.  

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We adjourned inside and the kids had to try the Bunny Snacks™.  I love the lasagna, but you guys, these salted caramel pretzel bites are going to get me into trouble.  They were so good and I am going to admit that we might have nearly eaten the entire bag.

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Spring in Colorado is really my favorite season.  We are always ready for whatever is thrown at us and I am so glad that even if the weather keeps us in, we have fun activities and treats to get us through. 

Make sure to grab your favorite Blue Bunny® treats which are available at Walmart stores nationwide.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

I Love #Minted and their Foil Art!

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A few weeks ago, a beautiful print arrived at my doorstep and immediately went on our wall.  I am a huge fan of decorating with photos, which is why Minted is my go to art photography prints, but when I found their foil pressed wall art collection, I had to get my hands on a piece!

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This family of Colorado natives is proud.  Both my family and my husbands families have been in Colorado for over 100 years.  We love our state and often take many staycations to see the beauty and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.  I had to get my hands on this beautiful foil art print of Colorado for our family room area.

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The frame is strong and I loved that I was able to pick a frame that matched my style and home decor. I really like this distressed black frame.  I also like that the frame is square.
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The foil pressed art is perfect.  It stands out and even the littlest details are visible.  I love that it is gold too because of Colorado's rich history in the gold rush!  You can find any state as well as many cities featured on Minted's site with a variety of options for frames as well.  
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With graduations and weddings coming up, getting a beautiful foil art print as a gift would be awesome for the newlyweds or the graduate in your life.  I love that Minted can personalize the foil prints with the vows or another quote to share.  I also love that they have photos that you can add foil art too as well as just beautiful art like the leaf details you see below. 

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There are so many options on Minted and the quality is amazing.  You can get custom foil art completed as well.  It is simple.  If you are looking for a specific city to focus on that is not featured on Minted, submit your address and they will send you a proof to review and order!  

Make sure to check out their current sales and order your gifts or location based foil art now!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Reasons we are Choosing Family Health #FollowYourGut #HealthiestDaysAhead #WeaveMade #ad

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This year we have a huge focus on our family.  Not just mentally and emotionally, but physically as well.  We are a very busy family, with opposite schedules and a lot on our plates.  Energy can sometimes be low, but we have some solutions to combat that!

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I had a huge wake up call with my health and found out that I will be having a hysterectomy this July and just this past Friday, we found out the husband will also be needing surgery.  We have both battled with our health and much of it stems from bad eating and not taking care of our bodies.  We do not want these very preventable issues to affect our children.  This is why we started the kids on Hyperbiotics Pro-Kids formula.

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Our kids are very active.  This morning, I woke up at 6:45 am and by 6:50 am, my son was up, dressed and outside playing in the backyard.  The littlest was ready to ride her bike early as well and no Sunday is complete without roller skating.

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Nutrition has been a huge focus in our house as I combat my diabetes.  Knowing that more than 80% of the immune system resides in the digestive tract is something that I really need to focus on.  Our immune system is so critical to our health and we truly need to make sure that the foods and supplements that we take into our body support strong gut health.  By replenishing our digestive tract with Hyperbiotics we can balance and restore immunity.

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Fostering gut health is critical to keeping my kids healthy and active.  Our youngest frequently complains of tummy troubles and can have some very hard and painful bathroom moments.  Her preschool teacher even called me one day because she was so worried.  That was when I realized that I needed to make sure that both kids the digestive support that they needed.

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I chose Hyperbiotics Pro-Kids for several reasons.  First, you can get it at Target and the price is well within budget.  Second, The tablet is tiny, easy to swallow and kids 4 and up can take it. In addition, it is sugar free with zero artificial colors or sweeteners.  Hyperbiotics encourages better digestive health, improves immunity and can improve energy as well.  You can visit hyperbiotics.com to learn more!

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My kids use a lot of energy and need their bodies to keep up and keep them healthy.  Our schedule is busy.  We are at baseball 3 to 4 nights a week and practicing most days in between.

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The littlest is a dancing diva and spends hours twirling, practicing and never stops moving.  We are often out the door at 6:00 am and not home until 8:00 pm.  Life is busy and we just need to ensure that we are not only providing the enriching needs of our children, but that we are taking care of their tiny growing bodies the best way possible. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Easy Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

I have yet to post about my love of my Instant Pot.  You guys, I love it.  I bought it last year during the summer and basically it is a my go to kitchen appliance.  I cook with it 3-5 times a week and I am convinced that I can make anything in it.  One of the recipes I had to try were Cabbage Rolls that my grandma used to have during our Christmas celebrations.  Check out that easy recipe below.

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I started by sautéing 1 TBS of butter, 4 cubes of chicken stock and 1 cup of water in the instant pot.

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While that was going, I steamed up cabbage leaves and rice.  If I were to make this again, I would use whole grain rice instead of jasmine rice to make sure that it was better for my diabetes. I steamed 12 cabbage leaves and 1 1/2 cups of rice.

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While sauteing and steaming those ingredients, I prepped the ground beef.  I just mixed the beef (uncooked) with some garlic salt and seasoning salt.

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Once the rice was done, I mixed it in with the ground beef until it was a uniform mixture.  I think next time only 1 cup of rice would be perfect.

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As the cabbage leafs finished steaming, I laid them on a plate and filled them with 2 TBS of the meat/rice mixture and then rolled them up.  I made sure to tuck the sides in well so that the mixture did not spill out during the cooking process.

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Once all cabbage rolls were prepared, I moved them into the instant pot.

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The broth was ready by this time.  I placed the trivet in the bottom and then placed the cabbage rolls atop the trivet.

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12 cabbage rolls fit perfectly in my instant pot.  The broth smelled so good and I was so excited to sink my teeth in these babies!

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I set the pot on manual, high pressure, sealing for 5 minutes and let it do its magic.  What I love most about the Instant Pot is how quickly it cooks food and how delicious the food always turns out.  I can put frozen roasts in and they cook in 40 minutes along with anything else I put in.  You can cook sweet desserts and savory soups.  Anything that you can make in a slow cooker is made better and faster in the Instant Pot.  It is my favorite kitchen item!

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When the alarm went off and the pot finished its natural pressure release, I opened the lid to find the perfectly cooked cabbage rolls, just the way I remember them from grandmas.

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You guys, my kids ate these!  I mean they were that good.  The meat was cooked perfectly and everything was delicious.  If you would like to make this here is a quick recipe card for you to download and print!


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Easy Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
Simple recipe for a quick and delicious cabbage roll meal in the instant pot
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 TBS Butter
  • 4 cubs Chicken Bullion
  • 12 leaves Cabbage
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • to taste Garlic salt
  • to taste Seasoning Salt
Instructions
1. Combine water, chicken bullion and butter in the instant pot. Set on Saute setting.
2. Steam cabbage leaves and rice in separate pots.
3. Combine raw beef, season salt and garlic salt together in a separate bowl.
4. Once rice is cooked, mix it in with the ground beef mixture.
5. Take 1 leaf of cabbage and place 1.5-2 TBS of the ground beef mixture and roll the cabbage leaf around the meat.
6. Once all rolls are made, place them on the trivet of the instant pot, in the broth.
7. Place the instant pot lid on, set lid to sealing and the pot to manual, high pressure for 5 minutes.
8. Natural pressure release and remove and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 rolls

Try it and let me know how it goes!

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