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Monday, January 1, 2018

We arrived safe and sound...well, kinda!

We arrived early Friday afternoon to sunny Florida!  Dogs were as happy as Bob was! They are on watch already! 

 Two and one half days of driving gets old...or  maybe it's just because we're getting old!  Either way, Friday was hitting the ground unloading the car, putting items in rooms (to be put away later), then off to grocery store for me and down to the club house for Bob!  After dinner, we unpacked suitcases and space saver bags.  Other than the 'sewing/spare room', it looked like we never left!  The spare room is another story!  Empty suitcases, art supplies, sewing  supplies...but I have four months to put away and then pack up again.  HA

I felt like I was getting a sore throat Friday night but thought it just sinus...then the hot flashes, chills started in.  I only had runny nose and sore throat but no real cough...thank goodness.  Got 'drugs' on Saturday and just sat most of the day even though it was in the high 60's!!  I sat with a turtle neck and sweater and wrapped in a flannel quilt. 

But in between resting, I read instructions for using my InstaPot my Dawn (daughter) and daughter in-law, Kris gave me for Christmas!  I am thrilled with it!!!  Thank you girls!!!!
 I made chili and it was delicious and I didn't have to get up out of the chair to stir the know how critical stirring is when your chili is simmering...if you don't, it sticks to the bottom of the pan.  Well, the InstaPot took care of that for me!!!  I never had to get up once to stir!  Even Bob said it was the best chili I've made! 

That  same night I made the girls their brown rice for the turkey meals that I freeze.  Wow!  It took only 20 minutes and was perfect!  Normally, it takes at least 45-50 minutes and even then it may need more cooking time.  Well, I couldn't stop there so yesterday (Sunday) I made chicken parm and spaghetti squash!  This might not look so appetizing but it was delicious!

Normally, it is so hard for me to cut the squash but with the InstaPot all I did was put 1 cup water in the pan, lay the squash on the trivet, pierce the squash about a dozen times and set the timer for 15 minutes!  Quick release and it was perfect as well!!!  Another great dinner!! 

At least I'm cooking, because I'm sure not doing anything else...just feel wore out and yucky...better each day but now Bob said his tummy isn't so great!  Our weather has turned cold, which is a good thing..Bob won't golf for a few days due to cold and rain predicted.  I think we both need the rest. 

Our weather turned cold last night and as I write this post it's 41 degrees and overcast, which is unusual for us.  But weather here is normally cooler in January, which is fine with me.  I like this weather for walking the dogs but poor things haven't been for a walk in weeks!  With minus degree temps back home and not feeling well we are just couch potatoes!  Speaking of potatoes...I'll have to look up some InstaPot recipes for potatoes!


  1. Rest and Comfort Food is definitely what you need for feeling better and being 100% Ready for an amazing 2018 of creativity! Healing Energy for you and Bob...<3

  2. Hopefully you're on the mend and will soon be running around outside and soaking up that sun!

  3. Sorry you are feeling punk……rest up! I have to admit, even with all my interest in cooking, I wasn’t familiar with Instantpot. We use a Sous Vide….and believe it or not had a standing rib roast for New Years Eve….cooked for about 8 hrs. Finished it off on the smoker….best I ever ate. The negative about Sous Vide cooking is messing with sealing the vacuum bags. Perhaps I’ll look into the Instantpot….

  4. Glad you are here. Sounds as if you needed some recovery time from the trip and the whirlwind leading up to it! Sure hope you both feel better soon. I'm so interested in your Instant Pot. I've been watching various posts about them. You may need yet another blog on your recipes for the Instant Pot. The other thing I saw was a neighbor who has a Ninja cooker. Stove top and slow cooker in one. She had us over for the traditional southern New Year's dinner- black-eyed peas, pork roast, rutabagas, turnip greens, corn fritters. I'd not had a dinner like that and it was terrific!

  5. Glad you arrived safely in Flordia.. Sounds like you
    Had the same thing as I. Waste of a good week.
    Only thing to do was snuggle in a warm blanket.
    Enjoy Flordia.

  6. So glad you made it before you got sick! It just hit me this morning, and I am getting ready to hunker down for the duration. Not to mention we've got negative temps this week!!!

  7. Glad you made it safe and sound. Sorry you are sick though.

    I'm glad you posted about the Instant Pot. I caught up on back news papers and found an article on them. So off I went to spend part of my Christmas money but everyone is sold out. Back in stock on Amazon on January 10. Did you get any recipe books too?

    Happy New Year.
    xx, Carol

  8. Been thinking of you and the long trip to Florida...glad you made it safe and sound....I'm going to read up on the Instapot...never heard of it but am making Chili today and yes...stirring every 15 mins...Hope you're feeling better.