Dinner or Disaster? Only 25 minutes will tell…😎

I’m determined to adapt my favorite recipes for use in an Instapot™️. What, you say, is an Instapot™️? It’s a device that made pressure cooking less intimidating, but it also has other useful features such as making rice, yogurt and even cheesecake.

Here’s tonight’s BEFORE pic, followed by original recipe:

Beef Stew


Soups & StewsPrep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 120 minutes

Servings: 4 servings Source: Keyingredient.comINGREDIENTS2 pounds beef chuck, cubed

3 slices bacon, diced


1 Tablespoon sugar

salt & pepper

1 medium chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic

6 ounces tomato sauce

1 cup beef broth

1 bay leaf

pinch of thyme

½ cup burgundy wine

2 carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 large potatoes, cubed

DIRECTIONS Fry diced bacon in large saucepan. Salt & pepper the beef. Dip beef in flour and brown in the bacon fat, adding oil if necessary.Sprinkle beef with the sugar, add onion, garlic & brown.Add the tomato sauce, beef broth, wine, bay leaf & thyme.Cook covered S-L-O-W-L-Y for one & 1/2 hours.Add carrots, celery & potatoes and cook until tender, adding water if necessary.

Will post shortly if my adaptation(s) were a success. Sure hope so! I’m starved 😎


All I did was to add the veggies so they cooked together with the meat.  Pressure cooked on HIGH for 25 minutes with a natural release.  Sure beats the 90 minutes to cook on top of your range.

Browning it all was a bit of a challenge and  I THOROUGHLY scraped bottom before beginning to pressure cook. 👌🏻


I be jammin’… 🍓🍯

What ELSE would I be doing in a blizzard?

I love my Ball brand FreshTech Jam maker & it’s perfect counterpart, the BALL Fresh Tech canner. It makes an easy task of homemade jam.

I came across my favorite recipe quite by accident. I wanted to make low sugar strawberry jam, but I miscalculated the amount of strawberries I needed. So I added raspberries. Still not enough volume (3.25 cups needed) I threw in the blueberries.

Perfection 👌🏻

Very Berry Jam – it’s the house specialty 💙

You start with 3.25 cups fresh crushed fruit over 3 Tablespoons of Pectin. Add 1/2 teaspoon butter (or margarine) to prevent foaming. Wait 4 minutes for the beep to add sugar – it’s jam in 21 minutes.

All finished with a great vibrant color ❤️


So tired of the men-bashing movement. If I could kick ass and take no survivors when I was kidnapped (at age 17), SURELY one could find it in themselves to REPORT their incidents in a more timely manner. Staying silent until there was a media hashtag for it, created a LOT more victims than there HAD to be.

And THAT makes me bristle at every #metoo 😩

the sound of NO silence…

Lots of people don’t have the luxury of having a brain MRI (like I did a couple weeks ago) to eliminate the possibilities that can keep you up at night. At least I KNOW it’s not caused by a brain bleed, a tumor, or any damage to my ears. I also know it’s not due to any hearing loss (as a local ENT told me) as my hearing’s perfect.

It’s been 5 months and my research tells me that the only true “cure” is to retrain your brain. Medication & white noise weren’t options I’d consider. White noise irritates the snot out of me & no one gets quality sleep while drugged.

My frequency sounds like there’s a 10 pound mosquito in your bedroom at night – only there’s no variation like you’d get from a real mosquito, as it draws close or farther away. It’s LOUD. And it NEVER stops. Never. And it probably won’t. And thinking it won’t leads to bad thoughts. REALLY bad thoughts. Especially someone like me, that until this happened to me, couldn’t function without some silence to my day.

I’d stay up late(r) just for the silence.

So now I meditate. And pray for the strength to ignore it. Oh how I pray. I’m doing much better too. So much so that Ken thought it had gone away. Spouses typically dismiss this affliction because they can’t see the battle within. If ignoring the sound is winning how would they ever be expected to know??

I used to have to read until I passed out to get to sleep. I can usually get to sleep okay. It’s waking up and being too fuzzy to read or meditate back to sleep, that’s hard. It’s really one of those things that you can’t fathom, unless you happen to be one of the 50 million of us that has it. Although this link does a pretty good job.

They say Tinnitus is a symptom of something else. That bit of knowledge causes the most distress early on. I’m one of the lucky ones in that there’s nothing operable in my head that’s causing this. I didn’t know that until the MRI. I might even get luckier still and wake up with it gone one day.

I’d really like that!🙏🏻🙏🏻