Easy Pressure Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken…

The pressure cooker, our generation’s newest addition to electric and nearly completely customizable “take the guess work out of cooking by pushing a single button” gadget.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, don’t worry, you are not alone, as of bout 2 months ago, I didn’t either.. but then I got the Power Pressure Cooker XL.  This operates with the one touch button system and has several designated buttons for different cooking temps/foods/times etc, saving you oodles of time when trying to prepare an AWESOME home cooked meal in a rather a short period of time.

Tonight I decided  that I wanted chicken for dinner…. I had frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs, and knew that would do just fine.  So I scoured the fridge to find something that would make this chicken sing.  What happens next is something sweet, with a little kick !!    Sweet Chili Chicken !  Well… that’s the named I coined for it once it was done.  I figured this would be good enough for our Sunday night dinner before my hubby scurried off to work, my son to bed and not too filling so that I could still get all of my work done that I had neglected throughout the day.

This recipe is simple and quick.


For the pressure cooker-

  • 1 Bag Frozen Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 or 7)
  • 1 Cup Sweet and Spicy bbq Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Chili Wing Glaze (again… here I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup ( I used Great Value Brand )

For the topping (when putting in the oven)

  • 1/2 Cup Sweet and spicy bbq sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Sweet Chili Wing Glaze
  • 1/8 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • Sliced green onions to top




  1. Place chicken into pressure cooker
  2. Mix bbq sauce, chili sauce, maple syrup together, stirring well until completely blended.
  3. Pour over chicken, using brush to coat all sides.
  4. Place lid on Pressure Cooker and press soup/stew button, adjust time to 15min.
  5. Once chicken has cooked, use tongs to remove and place on foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Preheat oven to 350*
  7. Use “for topping” ingredients and mix together well,  brush mixture to coat cooked chicken
  8. Bake in oven at 350* x 15min.
  9. Place on your plate, Eat and Enjoy


This is an original, I hope you like it!

-Cook Away-




His passion leaps as though it was taken right from the pages of Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, or Florida Sportsman.  This kid Eats, sleeps and breathes fishing, the sand and salt water, dark bends and shallow banks.  A pole and a hook and he’s set!  This … is his passion, and he… is mine!

-A Proud Mother-


D.O.W.I.- warm

Today’s D.O.W.I. is the word warm.  Picked by mine truly, he walked outside and then came back in,  he said “see momma, I can come up with a word outside, I felt warm, so that’s my word.”  By all accounts in the English dictionary, the word “warm” means as follows:

1.of or at a fairly or comfortably high temperature.
2.having, showing, or expressive of enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.
3.informal(especially in children’s games) close to discovering something or guessing the correct answer.
1.make or become warm
                However, the word warm, can mean soo very much more than that.. It is a feeling  of safety, the heartbeat of love, warm is the touch of the sun drenching you as you bask in the breeze, as you swing, or sit, listening to the waves crashing around you.  Warm is a cold, cozy place with layers of cushion surrounding you, reading and learning, or
escaping into the world of the unknown.  Warm is the place where time stands still, when your eyes meet, and the spark is  electrifying and rare, and oh so real.  Obvious to onlookers around.  Warm is the innocence, the wonder filled eyes, those that sparkle, of a newborn child. Warm is the nuzzle of a cold, wet nose, of a Max or Mr. O’malley, or a Mojo, who knows.  Warm is a hug, a longing desire, standing in the shadows, burning in the fire.  Warm is content , that you’re doing it right, even though there are questions, every night. Warm is the hug of a child’s laughter, wrapping you up tight, into a happily ever after.  Warm can be anything, anything you can see, warm is defined differently for you and for me.  So make it what you will, one moment at a time,
“Tell me, the word warm, how will you define?”
-Basking in the warmth-

D.O.W.I. – Pretty

Welcome to my D.O.W.I.  (Daily one word inspiration) page! Here I will showcase one daily  word picked  by my son that I will write about.  I am a day behind, but we will start with yesterday. We were riding on the way to school and I asked him to give me a word for inspiration, he is 8 so there is no telling what would come out of his mouth, but he chose the word “pretty”.

Pretty…. What is pretty? Who defines pretty? Pretty good, pretty ugly, pretty smart, pretty funny?  Short, tall, thick or thin? Blonde, red or brunette?? Athletic, slumped, boastful or shy,  discouraged, or full of life, all of these terms describe someone, yet, by no means should it define someone.  Pretty is inside, it is ….intellectual, passionate, driven, and brave.  Pretty is standing up for what is right, and not just going right along. Pretty is letting loose when you find yourself following all of the rules. Or choosing to follow the rules when unlike so many other times, you have broken them before. Pretty is showing you care,  going against the grain, being the inspiration, the exception without even knowing!

So Smile to a stranger, laugh out loud, extend a hand to someone falling, and fail a time or two. Let go of the control, and see where it leads you, or take the reins for once in your life and drudge up ahead of the rest! Whatever you do, break down the barriers, the walls of disbelief, let your soul SHINE!! And I promise you, whether it is the courage to just bask in the sun, and do nothing at all, or rise up and lead the world, opening every door, I’m pretty damn sure you will do alright. And the “pretty” will keep you souring, like a beacon of hope, a ray of faith, a shining light for all to see… for eternity.


-Forever Soaring Pretty-


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies



Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


                    A tantalizing odor wafts through our home on this late summer afternoon.  My husband’s favorite, and mine too! Oatmeal raisin cookies…  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m often a little pinch here, a little pinch there kind of cook, however, with baking, there seems to be a call for a more precise, more delicate method for making the most of these mouth watering goodies.

In my experience, cookies have NEVER turned out so well for me.   The dough, turns out INCREDIBLY OH SOO DELICIOUS!!!           SEE ~~~~~~~~>>>>20160125_182312.jpeg

However….. when the cookies set, lets just say I could knock you out with one throw…  And so that was the end of my cookie attempts!!! Or so I thought– Until…. My dear hubby loudly proclaimed one day that he had to eat these not the best in the world oatmeal raisin cookies from the store because his lovely wife would not bake him any.   I for one think the Soft Baked Pepperidge Farm Santa Cruz cookies are pretty mouthwatering, but that’s just me.

Anywho, here goes nothing…. before I could get started I had to make sure my butter set out a little longer than before, as this is the reason I had convinced myself my cookies would not spread and would harden too much…I set out my butter with plenty of time to soften and blend to make the most scrumptious cookie I could.  I gathered my ingredients and got to work.



  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Cups oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 Cups raisins
  1. Wisk together dry ingredients, set aside.  Mix on low speed wet ingredients , then increase speed to cream together until fluffy with lighter color.
  2. Next, I removed the bowl from the stand mixer and with a spoon, stirred the flour mixture into creamed mixture slowly a little at a time until all ingredients were combined.
  3. Then add the raisins and the oats, stirring slowly just until incorporated.
  4. Scoop the dough with a tablespoon x 1 1/2-2, form your dough balls and place 2″ apart on a light colored, cookie sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Bake 11-13 min at 350* until golden and still moist.  Remove and move to wire cooling rack

NOTE:     *** Be careful to not overmix cookie dough***


>To solve my not spreading out dilemma, easy peasy, just take the back of the tablespoon and spray with non-stick spray and easily spread until you have the thickness you desire.

>To solve my “hard as a rock” problem, just place cookies in zip lock bag with 2 pieces of bread overnight and voila! Soft baked cookies!!

These cookies were moist, soft and delicious! A delightful go to easy cookie for anyone baking at any level from expert to beginner. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family and I did!

Credit for original recipe goes to:    http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-35813



-Happy Baking-


Write what you know…

Write what you know” they say…. Well,  what I know is I woke up this morning with a pounding headache.. baseball evaluations are tonight, work is never-ending, did I take the dog out?!, and this blog thing has been preoccupying my every being the past 2 days.  Tasks consume my daily routine, I am a mother, a full time PTA, a part time PTA, a wife, a chauffeur, a butler, the chef, and organizer, the maid, the scatter-brained hopeless at times, and exhausted yet professional multi-tasker, With a few moments of ” Hey I’ve got it all under control!!” thrown in there a time or two.  With that being said, there is always time to make for something so fierce that it drives you beyond the unimagineable, through sleepless nights, through frustration and hands being thrown in the air.  It gives you that PUSH you need along the way.  Reading and learning, trying and failing, then comes appreciation and success!! THAT… That is where I want to be.  And even though this will be hard, ARDUOUS even, “Nothing in life worth a damn is easy!”.  :: SIGH ::  So join me on this journey, will you!  One day at a time, one step in front of the other, in hopes I can inspire someone to laugh, or cry, to smile, or give some cosmic understanding of something we don’t yet know.. Here’s to the future I hold so dear…

— One step in front of the other–





Fail… and then see where you go.

Someone once told me, FAIL… and then see where you go.. So here goes nothing.. Welcome to my life! Crazy hectic, sweet, fun, tempting, yet boring…. one of a kind ride where nothing and everything happens all at once or never at all..  Food, photography and a way to just cope sometimes is the story of me! You’ll find recipes, reviews, flour fights, stress, humor, tears, laughter, questions, answers, serenity and a bit of crazy all rolled into one.. Ohhh yes.. and of course there will be WiNe!!!