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AFTER THE SHOW: Porch Pirate

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Murphy and Jodi had a Porch Pirate — 2 days after getting a doorbell camera!

How to go retro for your older sibling’s gift

Fun ideas for a different family Christmas card picture this year.

Murphy and Jodi really have a porch pirate!

 

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AFTER THE SHOW: Is the Hot Dog a Sandwich?

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Is the Hot Dog a Sandwich – You’ll ‘relish’ Murphy’s answer.

Jodi’s cooking in an instant pot again this weekend.

More gift a day ideas including the odd ones for the funny ones in your life.

How to keep a cat or dog away from your Christmas tree.

 

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Pork Roast in the Instant Pot

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1 pork roast

2 cups water OR chicken broth ( I used 1 cup of each)

1 & ½ tsp salt

1 & ½ tsp pepper

1 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp. olive oil (divided)

1 small onion, sliced into quarters

About 3 garlic cloves –sliced or minced

In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, & onion powder.

Rub pork with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with the salt mixture.

Put the rest of the olive oil in the IP – then select Saute.  When “Hot” is displayed – add the roast and sear on all sides.   For me, it was about 5 minutes a side.

Remove and set the roast aside.  Add the water/broth (scraping any bits from the side with a wooden spoon.)

Place the trivet in the bottom on the IP, and arrange the onion and garlic slices in the liquid mixture.  Place the roast on the trivet.

Select the Meat/ Stew OR Pressure Cook button and set cook time for 30 minutes.

When the cooking cycle is finished, allow the pot to sit (and slow release) for 10 minutes.  Then do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.

Optional:  To crisp the roast, put it in a pre-heated oven (425) for a few  (5-10) minutes.  Use a roasting pan.

Move the roast to a cutting board, and slice.

Next – (BEST PART!)  I turned on the Saute button and added some flour to create a gravy with that broth and drippings.  Keep stirring it!   Just saute a few minutes until a nice gravy is formed.  Then turn the IP off.  You can pour the gravy over the roast – OR put the roast back in the IP to “swim” in the gravy.    We thought it was SO good.  It was my 1st roast in the Instant Pot!!

-Jodi

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AFTER THE SHOW: Christmas Pets

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Need to keep pets AWAY from your Christmas tree? Jodi’s bestie has figured it out. 🎄🐶🐱🐕🎄

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Kicking off the 12 Dips of Christmas today!

The Christmas movie that Jodi is afraid to watch

More Gift a Day ideas and today, these gifts are good for teenagers.

 

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The 12 Best Dips of Christmas Past

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1. Santa’s Sweet Smores Dip

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups marshmallows, divided
  • graham crackers for serving

Combine chocolate chips, milk and 1½ cups of marshmallows in a sauce pan. Heat over medium low and stir until melted and smooth.

Pour into an oven safe dish and top with remaining marshmallows.

Broil 1 minute or just until marshmallows are lightly toasted.

Serve warm with graham crackers.


2. Murphy’s Cheeseburger Dip

  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup cooked and chopped bacon
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sesame Seeds for sprinkling

Cook onion and ground beef together in medium skillet until ground beef is cooked completely. Drain off any excess grease and set aside.

In medium bowl, combine cream cheese may, ketchup, bacon, cheddar cheese and salt. stir until well combined.

Stir in ground beef mixture.

Pour into an 8×8 pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.

Sprinkle some Sesame Seeds over the top prior to serving for a fun cheeseburger look!


3. Jalapeno Popper Dip

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Corn chips, tortilla chips or assorted crackers

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar, chilies, peppers and 1/4 cup Parmesan until blended. Spoon into an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, oil and remaining Parmesan. Sprinkle over cheese mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 min. or until golden brown. Serve with chips or crackers. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).


4. Fruit Dip 
1 (8 ounce) package of strawberry cream cheese
1 container (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
Mix it together till smooth and ENJOY with any fruit you love!


5. Cheddar Onion Dip
1 (1/5 oz) envelope dry onion soup mix
2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped pimento
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

In a medium bowl, blend soup mix, sour cream and then add the remaining ingredients; mixing well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with chips or veggies!


6. Creamy Baked Crab Dip
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (6 oz) crab meat or about 1 cup
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon finely sliced green onion, for garnish


7. Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Olive oil cooking spray
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup hot wing sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
3 cups chicken salad from the deli
1 1/4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
assorted dippers, such as celery sticks, bread sticks, and/or tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, wing sauce, sour cream and ranch dressing mix, stirring until smooth. Fold in chicken salad and cheese. Transfer to prepared casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until heated through and bubbling. Serve warm with assorted dippers.

This recipe is from Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals. Click here for more from Sandra Lee.


8. Roasted Red Pepper Dip
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 drops hot sauce
1 jar (7 oz) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper
assorted fresh veggies (if you use green ones likes cucumbers and celery it will be very Christmasy!)

In a small bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Stir in the roasted red peppers.  Cut a thin slice off one long side of sweet red pepper; remove seeds.  Spoon dip into pepper cup.  Serve with vegetables.


9. Holly Clegg’s Eight Layered Greek Dip
1 (10 ounce) container roasted red pepper hummus
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, reconstituted
1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese or crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Spread hummus on 9-inch serving plate. Sprinkle evenly with remaining ingredients, refrigerate until serving time.

This recipe is from Holly Clegg’s Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook!


10. Simple Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.

This recipe is from Alton Brown on The Food Network.


11. Santa’s Chunky Avocado Dip
5 avocados
3/4 medium onion, chopped
1 tomato, peeled, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
7 tablespoons (heaping) mayo
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce, or to taste
Bag of corn or tortilla chips

Chop the avocados and place in a bowl; do not mash. Add the onion, tomato, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper and mix gently.  Fold in the mayo, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce.  Chill covered for 2 hours or longer. Serve with corn or tortilla chips!


12. Warm Cheesy Corn Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups Spicy Chipotle ranch dressing
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Tortilla chips
In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, corn, dressing and 1 1/2 cups cheese.  Place mixture in 2 quart baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until bubbly. (I actually used the broiler for about 5 minutes at the end to make it bubbly)

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AFTER THE SHOW: What’s in the box?

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Who’s Dad had an inappropriate Christmas ornament?!

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We’ve got holiday ideas for you if you need something quick to make and take to an event. Make it Take it on our website.

More ideas for gifts for your friends and family. One new idea every day.

What kind of trouble is Murphy and Jodi’s daughter Phoebe having with her new braces?

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AFTER THE SHOW: Sam’s Hesitation

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Why does Jodi want Sam to call and apologize to him Mom?

 

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Hit us with your Christmas traditions! Let us know which ones are already underway for you and your family.

How to make hosting a Christmas party easier if you’re the host.

We have some really good toy ideas for gifts for younger and older kids! Check out our Gift A Day post on the MSJ website.

 

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Ham in an Instant Pot

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How to Heat Fully Cooked Ham in a Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Bone-In Ham
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium and mix the ingredients well
  2. Place the ham in a pressure cooker, cook for 15 minutes according to your cooker’s guidelines and use a quick release
  3. Transfer the ham to an oven safe dish and baste liberally with the glaze
  4. Under a broiler, allow the glaze to caramelize and just slightly char on the edges (this will happen quickly)

 

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AFTER THE SHOW: It’s a Family Thing

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Find out why Murphy & Sam keep telling the same stories over & over – and why Jodi still listens.

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How to do a ham in the instant pot (you’re not going to believe how good it is.)

We have more gift a day ideas for you good for any dude on your list; straight from Murphy’s mancave.

Don’t forget you can send your emails straight to the North Pole on our website! Email Santa with all your Christmas wishes and curiosities.

 

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AFTER THE SHOW: Thanksgiving Scare

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Murphy & Jodi had to call the police over Thanksgiving break – here’s why.

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Gift Ideas for you every day until Christmas

How to stay safe online Monday

Email Santa with all your Christmas wants

 

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