Monday, April 15, 2019

Severe Weather, Medical, Amazon, Rain

Just been watching all the dreadful results of the tornadoes which hit down South. It seems, from the reports, that the dangerous system is moving to the east coast and I have friends who will be driving up the I 90 for the next couple of days. I just phoned (not realising they were already on the road) and they had heard nothing about it. They had reached Jacksonville, Florida this morning so I am not sure if they will beat the system or run straight into it. Turns out they were OK and the storms were downgraded.

Today I have a quick visit with the cardiologist and tomorrow they start hunting for why I got anaemia. Got to take Matt to get some bloodwork done too some time this week plus he wants a hair cut. It's all go and not much coming back!!

I also have to chase up Amazon about my steamer basket. I sent pix as request but haven't heard any more.

It actually rained on Sunday, that is somewhat better than that white stuff we got recently. There was something else I was going to write about but carried on watching TV and so forgot. Senility setting in.

I made Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese again this weekend. Not only is it very good, but it is incredibly quick and easy, basically chuck the macaroni into the pot, cook it in chicken stock, then add cheese and milk - hey presto, all done. Note 7 is mine because I found the inner pot difficult to clean properly because I left the remainder there til we had eaten. In fact I make mine with Habanero Shredded Cheese and Parmesan as well which gives a nice kick. Of course don't use the Hot Pepper Sauce as well - unless you really are a masochist LOL. I can't remember where I got this recipe I'm afraid.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese is every family's favorite comfort food pasta recipe made easy in the
Instant Pot!  You can have creamy, mouthwatering, homemade mac and cheese for dinner in about 10 minutes!

8 oz Uncooked Elbow Macaroni
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 Tbs Butter
1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 to 1 cup Milk

1. Add the uncooked macaroni, chicken broth, butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and salt to the Instant Pot.

2. Place the lid on the pot and set to sealing.  Cook on manual function, high pressure for 5 minutes.  Then, do a quick release.

3. Stir in the cheeses and milk until smooth.  Season as necessary to taste.

4. Notes

5. NOTE:  The cheeses listed in the recipe have produced the best flavor that I have found.  Feel free to use your family's favorite cheese combination.

6. NOTE:  For the milk, start with 1/2 cup and add up to one cup if you find it needs to be thinned out a little bit more.

7. IMPORTANT: Empty pot before sitting down to eat otherwise it will be difficult to clean as cheese sticks.

Servings: 4

Have a great day


  1. Eight people killed this weekend due to those storms. Really sad. It's north of the Carolinas and Virginia now, so your friends shouldn't have any trouble today driving.

    1. Oh dear, I hadn't heard that number Diane. Dreadful. My friends were in Charlotte last night, they said the storm had been downgraded anyway.

  2. Just wondering if they make liners for the Instant Pot like they do for the slow cookers. When you make something sticky or gooey, you just use the disposable liner.
    Good luck with the docs.

    1. What are they made of Denise? I will check into it, hadn't heard of liners before.


    2. Apparently no one makes anything for the Instant Pot but several folks online talked about using a silicon basket for messy foods.

    3. I seem to remember Ivy (The Happy Whisk) bought a silicone insert for her Pot. I will have to ask her about it.

  3. Hi Jo - hadn't heard about those storms ... but lots of other things goin on. Good luck with getting things organised ... take care - love macaroni cheese - cheers Hilary

    1. As Diane just posted above, 8 people killed. Dreadful tornadoes with 140 mph winds. I hadn't made macaroni and cheese in years.

  4. My daughter's favorite food, mac and cheese. I'll have to let her know about using the chicken stock! Never thought of that before. Bad weather seems to be on the rise these days... Good luck with the dr visits and hair cut!

    1. Funny, and we hadn't eaten it in many a long year Lisa. Yes, the bad weather is ostensibly caused by global warming. Thanks.

    2. All the hot air coming out of Trump should cause much more global warming.

    3. LOL Did you hear what he said to the French Denise, they should use aerial water bombing. Apparently that would damage the cathedral even more.