Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Bread (Made In A Forest River Cherokee Trailer)

Perfect for a morning cup of tea or coffee. It’s sweet but not too sweet.

This is the bread that we got 3 slices out of before heading out on a run and to the gym for a workout during which time our chocolate lab Kona helped himself to the remainder. This bread was DELICIOUS. No kidding. I’ve got limited resources here (space constraints) and limited space in the oven.

ALSO: just a Pro-Tip from this Instant Pot girl… I created tons of pumpkin purée using my instant pot. It was too easy not to share. Simply wash, cut into pieces and IP for 15 minutes. Leave the skin on. Toss into a blender or food processor and ON LOW begin to puree it. You can use I t immediately (might wait for room temps) or freeze for later. We have been pouring it on top of our pet’s wet food (great health benefits for them too.). Here is a link to a great article about that

Baking in a trailer is TOUGH. The oven is a tiny thing with ONE line of burners directly down the center. This has been a challenge that has burned plenty of my creations. I think I’ve mastered it and we’re eating yummy baked goods again just like on Monticello with my giant convection oven! Note: you can choose gluten free or not.


Bread pan

1C Oat flour (gluten free)

3/4C Gluten Free Baking Flour

1t baking SODA

½ t baking POWDER

1/4 t salt

½ t nutmeg

¼ t ginger

½ t pumpkin spice

¾ C brown sugar

1 ¼ C pumpkin purée

¼ C coconut oil

½ banana, smashed

¼ c water

¼ c dried cranberries

⅓ c pumpkin pepitas (for the top)

Preheat Oven to 375

Prepare your loaf pan with either parchment, lightly greased and flour or use silicone baking dish (that is what I use)


In a large bowl (if you have that option) combine Oat Flour to Brown Sugar. Whisk it until it is completely combined.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the pumpkin through the cranberries.

One cup at a time, blend the dry ingredients into the wet. Add the next cup once the first is completely blended. Continue until all the dry ingredients are in the smaller bowl.

The mix will be sticky, not runny.

Pour or spoon mixture into baking dish and spread with a spoon.

Evenly sprinkle pepitas on top of bread.

Place in oven on right side, top most shelf. Bake for 25 minutes.

Move to other side (DO NOT TURN…JUST SCOOT IT OVER) the bread and bake for another 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and set to cool (15 minutes). Turn oven off.

Place on a cutting board and take a pic before your family (especially Husband Unit) start carving and devouring it! 🙂

27 October 2017

Forest River Cherokee



Gluten-Free (optional)

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Stayton Acres Bean and Lentil Chili

Stayton Acres Spicy Bean and Lentil Chili12 minutes InstantPot
Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 
I’m inspired to make a chili that will need a Stayton Acre avocado on top to offset the heat. Today is Day 22 for me living in my travel trailer. I’m excited that I’m doing this with little stress really. We are eating healthy meals and having a salad everyday. 
This recipe was created with plenty of hearty protein and vegetables in mind.  
Serve with sourdough, crunched up tortillas on top or corn bread.  
Don’t forget to chop sliced avocado on top.
1 yellow onion, chopped


5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 16oz can black beans

1 16oz can garbanzo beans 

1 16oz can red kidney beans
1 cup orange lentils

1 yellow bell pepper chopped

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 corn on the cob fresh kernels removed

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 14.5oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes


1T cumin powder

1 ½ t chili powder (hot)

2T smoked paprika

1/2t coriander

1t black pepper

3/4t salt

1/2t cayenne pepper powder
Avocado (depending on how many people love avocado…I like ¼ large avocado per person chopped on top).


Celebrity Salad

It’s fancy, healthy and delicious. You will experience what a real celebrity experiences. VIP treatment!

Celebrity Salad photoCELEBRITY SALAD
Makes 4 servings and takes 10 minutes.

Celebrity Salad.pages (recipe in pdf format)

The Base:
1 medium head of Lettuce (chopped to your preference)

The Medley:
¾ cup red cabbage chopped
1 cup carrots spiraled or chopped
¾ cup cauliflower (chopped)
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

The Toppings:
1 cup heated and rinsed Black Beans
4 T dried cranberries
6T roasted sunflower seeds

Rinse lettuce and pat dry before chopping.  Once chopped set aside (back into fridge if you have space).

In a separate large bowl add The Medley.  Toss lightly (not too roughly so the tomatoes stay intact).

Place bed of greens on plate or salad bowl.  Add tossed medley split into four.  Place toppings on the side (not everyone likes these).  

TAKE IT EASY on your dressings!  Place 2 tablespoons MAX in a small dish and use as a dip for your salad.



Hearty Italian Vegetable Stew

The Finished Stew
The Finished Stew

InstantPot Pressure Cooker
Vegan, Vegetarian, Low Fat, Protein Packed

Hearty and delicious.  Pair with a warm cornbread or salty tortilla chips!


Stage 1
1T water
6 garlic bulbs chopped
1 onion peeled and chopped
5 celery stalks chopped (tops included)
Stage 2
64oz of vegetable broth
1T parsley
1t thyme
1t oregano
1t sweet did basil
1t crushed red pepper (double if you want this super spicy)
Stage 3
3 carrots chopped
3 yellow potatoes with skins on, diced to bite size

1 small can/cup Great Northern beans
4 giant Lacinato kale leaves, sliced to small strips
3 cups of broccoli florets (bite size)
1 cup of frozen sweet corn


IMPORTANT: Prepare ALL of your ingredients before you begin.

Press ON Saute Mode, add Stage 1 ingredients.
Toss around to get water spread evenly.

Turn Saute Mode OFF.

Add Stage 2 ingredients.  Stir to combine everything.

Add Stage 3 ingredients continuing to stir.

Turn ON Manual Mode, set to HIGH PRESSURE and 10 minutes.

Be sure the release valve is CLOSED.

InstantPot turns on by itself with beeps.  The pressure will build up.  Once it does the “10 minutes” begins.  It will beep when the 10 minutes is up (just enough time to clean up my kitchen, floors swept and mopped or dishwasher unloaded).

You could even use this time to bake HOME MADE CORN BREAD!  See that recipe here.

You can manually release the pressure (USE AN OVEN MIT – IT IS EXTREMELY HOT).  I normally lay a hot pad or towel loosely over the release valve so the steam doesn’t hit the ceiling (which it will).  Let the steam go until the valve pin next to it drops.  You cannot open the lid until that pin drops.

Open and stir.


PDF OF RECIPE:  hearty-italian-vegetable-stew-pages

Garbanzo Bean Black Lentil Stew in 12 Minutes Flat

Black Lentil Garbanzo Bean Stew In 12 minutes flat

More time is spent chopping the vegetables you want to put into this stew than it takes to cook it in the Instant Pot.
I think Instant Pot and recipes like this can inspire our kids to learn how to cook.
You’ll need

  1. Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)
  2. Sharp chopping knife and cutting board (I use a different board for onion and garlic)
  3. 1t EVOO or 3T water (for sauté portion)
  4. 1 diced onion
  5. 6 diced garlic
  6. 6 cups vegetable broth
  7. 1t cayenne
  8. 1/2t cinnamon (optional)
  9. 1t turmeric
  10. 1 bay leaf
  11. 1 cup chopped carrots
  12. 3 celery stalks chopped
  13. 32 oz crushed tomato
  14. 1 1/2 cup rinsed lentils (I used black, any type work – the all turn brown)
  15. 1 cup broccoli chopped
  16. 1 cup cauliflower chopped
  17. 1 large sweet potato skin ON, diced
  18. 3 potatoes skin ON (regular) chop dice-size
  19. 1 can of garbanzo beans (rinsed)
  20. Place all of your ingredients on counter IN ADVANCE measured out.
  21. Turn Instant Pot on sauté mode
  22. Add oil or 3T of water
  23. Immediately add garlic, onion, carrots and celery and toss for 3 minutes (until softer or onions translucent)
  24. Add spices, stir well
  25. Add crushed tomato, stir
  26. Add lentils
  27. Add broth
  28. Add lentils
  29. Add remainder of ingredients
  30. Cancel InstantPot then immediate press MANUAL MODE
  31. Check the pressure knob is on “PRESSURE” setting
  32. Set manual mode to HIGH pressure and 12 minutes and allow pressure to reduce on its own

In a rush to eat? Cook for 14 minutes and release steam (BE CAREFUL it is super hot!)
I put all of these steps to make it easy to follow.

I hope you enjoy!
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Rinsing Black Beans