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).


Good Stuff (actual quote)

If you don't have something nice to say SHUT UP

Just wanted to post this awesome quote because it is so true.

Today, just now, I stopped to think of all of the people that are in my life and how I treat or speak to them.

When I turned 30 I made a conscious decision to not participate in rumors, negative comments, spreading anger, sharing information I didn’t see/feel/hear with my own ears or eyes.

I won’t tolerate it and will tell the person sharing it with me I’m not interested.

For 19 years (almost 20) I’ve been practicing this.

I guess it helped me feel better.

Who knows if it is directly related to reducing the stress in my life and then, in turn, helping me out of an awful sickness that was probably going to kill me.  Some of my friends might remember the awful blisters I would get that filled my mouth (every surface), went down my throat, into my ears and nose.  I’m happy to say they are GONE.

WARNING: The photo here is in 2011 during an extreme blister breakout.

One day I will write about exactly how and what happened.  They began in February 2005 and I haven’t had them for going on 3 years.  Coincidentally when some seriously negative people “unfriended” me. Along with these two they took their like-minded “friends” with them.   They did me a HUGE favor!  I’m sure it contributed to my health (mental and physical) making a turn for the better and stabilizing.

Blisters 2011

Anywho… be part of a movement that spreads only nice words.  Be consistent.

I’m not talking about being sensible and giving advice that might not be what someone wants to hear.  I’m talking about the type of people that thrive over bad news, share rumors, create drama, make things difficult…ON PURPOSE.

Eventually, when you stop “dealing it” yourself you’ll find out how many people enjoy your company and those that do not. 

Sunshine smothers drama!

Gotta run now.

Have over 10,000 photos to get scanned in before we move!



Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce: 4 Minutes Flat

Don’t throw out “old” or “tired” apples.  Make applesauce instead.  You can use applesauce to replace oils, sweeten a recipe naturally or just have as a snack.  

5 apples, cored (not peeled)

1t cinnamon

2T butter 

  1. Place all of your ingredients on the counter before turning on the InstantPot.
  2. Chop apples in medium slices. 1 apple should net you 6 cuts. Remove stem and seeds plus seed shells. If you really only have 4 minutes, cut apple into 12 chunks. Chunks should be same size.
  3. Set InstantPot to SAUTÉ.
  4. Add butter then count to 4 while it melts and add apples.  
  5. Stir butter and apples until they begin to sizzle (about a minute).
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon in and stir.
  7. Place lid on InstantPot.
  8. Reset to MANUAL mode.
  9. Timer at 4 minutes.
  10. Let pressure release naturally (if possible). If not, cut the apple chunks into equal smaller sizes (so one apple getting you 12 cuts for example).

I use a dry erase marker to indicate when I make a dish.
5 apples made this much chunky applesauce.

Apple sauce can be chunky or smoother. It can be used to replace oils in recipes and also sweeten food naturally.  
For a less chunky applesauce, place finished apples in a blender and pulse until you get the consistencies you are looking for.
Store in a air tight container.
Use before 3-4 days – it if lasts that long!  

Black Beans From Scratch Recipe

finished-product-black-beansCurrently cans of beans run 4 for $5 to .99 each.  EXPENSIVE and the quality is not the greatest.  I’ve tried many brands, probably every brand available at Whole Foods, Lassen’s Sprouts, Pavillion’s, Vons and Stater Bros.

I have begun the quest to make my own black beans (stove top) and failed about 4 or 5 times over the past 8 years.  They were ALWAYS crunchy.  We wasted so much time and money (and anticipation)!

The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker has saved the day for me and I am happy to present a recipe to make some seriously DELICIOUS black beans in 40 minutes.

This is a variation of a few recipes I read online and my many failures.

The flavor of these beans: salty and savory.

Set these items out before you begin.


  • a Pressure Cooker like Instant Pot
  • 2 cups Dry beans (preferably organic) rinsed and duds/dirt picked out
  • 8 cups veggie stock
  • 1 yellow onion cut in half (take off outer shell)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1t cumin
  • 1t sea salt
  • 1 orange cut in half


  1. Place all ingredients in Instant Pot.
  2. Set on HIGH.
  3. Cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Let is release on its own for the best results.
  5. Open lid according to instruction and serve up!



Be The Boss Of Your Health

Black Bean pasta artichoke avocado salad tomato carrot Dinner LunchThankfully the internet can prove anything you want.  Seriously.

Our (Randy and I) education in healthy and fitness covered thorough exploration and EXPLANATION of how our food is made up of energy – aka CALORIES.  From actual text books, not promotional websites.

This week I am going to give you some stunning news: no amount of alcohol is helpful in any weight loss or fat loss dream.  NONE.

That is the tip of the iceberg on how disastrous alcohol is for our bodies though.

Carbohydrate (complex and simple) provides 4 calories per gram, protein provides 4 calories per gram, and fat provides 9 calories per gram.  Alcohol has 7 calories per gram!

Why is this significant?

Because, if you are trying to fill your body with NUTRIENTS to work harder, build muscle and get stronger you need to consume nutrient-dense foods!

What does “nutrient dense” mean?  Simply put:  calories that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals!  They are foods packed with VALUE that will help your body, not take away from it’s natural processes (or tax them).

Without getting too detailed, you can find nutrients in complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, peas), fats (mono and polyunsaturated are what you should go for like avocado, olive oil, corn oil, peanut oil, some fish) and proteins (lean meats, green vegetables like kale, broccoli).

The lists of NUTRIENT DENSE and NUTRIENT FILLED foods is enormous.

BUYER BEWARE. Read labels.  Marketing has invaded our market (grocery) and the definition of buzzwords like “healthy” “wholesome” “natural” “organic” “lite” “Low Fat” “Low Calorie” “artificial” are just a FEW the packaging will contain yet behind the curtain you’ll see a list of ingredients you might not actually understand.  DON’T GIVE UP!

Nowadays when we shop we look at ingredients.  They do list them in order of quantity within the item which is great.  We go for the least words we don’t understand and even better 100% words we understand!

A quick example of how many ways you will and can see a SWEETENER in an item.  For the record, these are not all bad or man-made!  Treacle, for example, is another word for molasses , sugar and corn syrup combined (and just happens to be one of Harry Potter’s favorite treats).

I found 44 different words you might see on a label:

agave nectar
barley malt extract
brown rice syrup
brown sugar
corn sugar
corn sweetener
corn syrup
crystiline fructose
dehydrated cane sugar juice
evaporated cane juice
evaporated cane syrup
fruit juice concentrate
golden syrup
high fructose corn syrup
invert sugar
malt syrup
maple syrup
raw sugar
rice syrup
sorghum syrup
turbinado sugar

You have control over what you put into your body and you are RESPONSIBLE for it too.

Go for the least amount of processing done on a food as possible.  Additives can ruin what you think is “healthy”.  Sodium is “natural” but you need to watch the amount you consume!

“Healthy” should be defined as filled or packed with nutrient-rich ingredients in my world.

The healthier we eat, the better our bodies should work.  It’s not a miracle.

Alcohol contains no proteins, minerals or vitamins.  When we consume it our body manages it like it would FAT and converts alcohol sugars into fatty acids.  To make it worse, alcohol inhibits the absorption of important nutrients our body needs:  thiamin, b12, folk acid and zing.

Just looking into thiamin (or vitamin B1) ALONE is shocking.

According to studies published by the National Institute of Health  low levels of B1 were present in the following diseases:  diabetes, alzheimer’s disease and heart failure!!  Three of the TOP KILLERS in our world right now.

Forget trying to lose fat: how about STAYING ALIVE and living a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE?

Let’s stay focused on trusting the process:  eat healthy and exercise daily – keep moving across the planet.

Removing alcohol from your diet will only make your body happier from the inside out.

Daily intake, in my opinion, is harmful to your waistline as well as your health.  That would be called a HABIT and it is tough to break habits.

Maybe a glass of wine once in a long while, in the perfect conditions you can make (for me, sitting on our back porch with the pets or kids around), with the highest quality or favorite bottle you can swing would be a better plan.

That’s my new plan.  I’ve got to start hunting for a bottle of  Opus One.  Camp finishes June 10th for a week off and the SoCal evenings are the best in June!

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