Instant Pot & A Real Rodeo

Posted by on July 24, 2016

Have you heard of the Instant Pot?  I saw some friends on Facebook post about it a while back and did some research and thought it sounded like it would be a nice piece of equipment to add to my kitchen but they’re pretty pricey so I didn’t get one right away.

An Instant Pot is and electric pressure cooker with the ability to also be used as a crock pot, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and saute pan…among other things.  I thought that with our limited space in the coach having one item that took the place of several others would be a good thing.

Steak Soup!

Steak Soup!

Last week on Amazon Prime day they were selling the Instant Pot for $69.99 and I decided I couldn’t pass it up!  The pot cam on Thursday and I made our first meal in it on Sunday.  I made Steak Soup…which was originally a crock pot recipe that I converted to be used in the Instant Pot and it turned out wonderfully well!  The meat was super tender yet the egg noodles were perfectly done as well.  Click HERE for the recipe.  I can’t wait to try my next Instant Pot recipe!

Wednesday of this week was a jam-packed day.  Michael had an appointment at the DAV to start a claim for sleep apnea and to request a percentage increase for his back and neck issues.  The appointment went smooth and quickly and we were done by 10:45.

He also had an appointment in Audiology at 1:00 pm so we walked next door and had an early lunch at the Corner Bakery Cafe…kinda similar to a Panera but not nearly as yummy.  We enjoyed our lunch and wasted time surfing the internet and then walked across the parking lot to the clinic, hoping that they’d be able to squeeze him in early…no such luck so we just read until he was called.

Trying hard to understand what was being said during his hearing test

Trying hard to understand what was being said during his hearing test

His appointment went well…hearing hasn’t changed at all.  The Audiologist made some adjustments on his hearing aids and hopefully that will help and he will wear them more.  This new set he was given in February of 2015 just don’t seem to be up to the same quality as the ones he was given while on Active Duty.

“Shaggy” was in dire need of a haircut so we made a quick stop and got that taken care of, as well as a beard trim and he now looks presentable, once again!

Zoe's stool....a work in progress

Zoe’s stool….a work in progress

For each of our grandchildren, Michael has made a wooden stool with their names routered into the top. At that time, we had access to a nice wood shop at Maxwell Air Force Base where he was able to do the work.  Since then most of the wood shops have been closed on the bases and now it’s not so easy to get a stool made.

Our fifth grandchild, Zoe, is due a stool and Papaw is finding it a bit tougher to get the stool made.  Thankfully, Zack has several pieces of equipment that Michael is able to use.  So yesterday we stopped at Zack and Kelsea’s and Michael got the pieces roughly cut out.  Now he just needs to make a few more cuts, sand the pieces, do some routering and then stain and varnish the completed stool.

We visited with Kelsea, Paityn & Cameron for  short while when they came home from school/work.  Zack is still in Wisconsin with the Army but will be home soon.  It’s always so nice to get hugs and kisses from our babies if it’s just for a short while.  Next week we’ll be able to visit longer.

Bucking bronco!

Bucking bronco!

We topped the day off with a trip to the Ogden Rodeo.  We’d been to a rodeo while in Montgomery, Alabama several years ago but it didn’t really measure up to this one.  We both really enjoyed ourselves although it could have been a bit cooler when we arrived as it was 95+ and all seats were directly in the sun.  Thankfully, we keep a couple of umbrellas in the truck and used those to make some shade.

Team roping

Team roping

We had good seating that allowed us a good view of the entire area.  I really enjoyed the bronc riding with and without a saddle and the bull riding.  However, I can’t say that I’m a big fan of steer wrestling or calf roping….it just looks too ‘mean’ to me.  As I’ve gotten older my heart has grown more tender I guess…not that I’m gonna join any animal cruelty organizations.

Calf roping

Calf roping

The last ‘act’ of the night was 4 guys on dirt bikes that did a bunch of stunts on a large jump…no hands, flips, upside down, sideways, inside out, backwards, forwards…you name it.  Once again…not a fan…my heart was racing and I had to cover my eyes several times…just way to scary for my liking!  One guy nearly lost his bike twice while high above the stadium.  Not cool.  Although it sounded like the rest of the crowd really enjoyed their stunts.

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