Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pictures, Bowling,

Today I received some pictures from Lisa plus an assurance that they were safely back home.

This was taken by the restaurant manager at the Charcoal Steakhouse.Matt and I on the left, Lisa and Geoffrey on the right.

Lisa and I finishing off our wine.

Matt giving treats to their dog Boney (Bonaparte) for whom we both fell like a ton of bricks. Such a cute little dog and so well behaved. We do miss having a dog but not possible these days. I wouldn't mind a cat but Matt is not a cat person.

Lisa, Matt and I - and Boney of course. He doesn't look very happy does he? The dog I mean.

Wednesday we will be having lunch at the bowling alley as it is the end of the season.

I just found a new recipe blog called Melanie Cooks and I thought I would try this recipe tomorrow. Only trouble, I will have to get some black beans. Odd, I usually have some in my pantry, but none there right now. Oh well, I need to go back to the store as they forgot my peaches today.

Easy Instant Pot Chili

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This Instant Pot chili is amazing! Just dump all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and have this mouthwatering chili for dinner 25 minutes later! EASIEST CHILI EVER!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup water
  1. Put all ingredients except water in the Instant Pot. Mix with a spoon until the meat is broken up and all ingredients are combined.
  2. With a spoon, make a well in the middle of the meat mixture so the bottom of the pot is exposed, and pour ½ cup of water there.
  3. Close the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position.
  4. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 20 minutes on High pressure.
  5. When the Instant Pot is done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release (QR) the remaining steam.
If using frozen ground meat, dump all ingredients in the Instant Pot and skip the step of mixing them (since you can't mix a frozen solid block of meat). Add 5 minutes to the cooking time. After the chili is cooked, break up the meat into small chunks and mix everything together.

Have a great day


  1. How sweet!! I am so jealous. I wish I could have been there!! I went to social security to get a replacement card so I can get my passport. I'm coming your way, Jo!!!

    1. Would love to meet you Liz, you know that. I still think you could have crossed with a valid driver's license.

  2. Great pictures! Glad you had a fantastic time with friends! That is a cute dog! Seeing that recipe for chili just confirmed that I'm going to get an InstaPot. That type of meal would be a breeze to put together for sure!


    1. Yes, we really did Betty. You are right, it was a breeze.

  3. Such a cute doggie and so glad you both had a wonderful time. Too bad you can’t get a cat. I was not a cat person and still like dogs better but I love all animals and am so happy to have the kitties in our lives, even Kaspar the disaster

    1. Isn't it although he doesn't look too happy in one picture Birgit. I miss having animals, but couldn't look after a dog these days.

  4. Hi Jo - patience is a virtue I've been behind ... but am here now. Looks you had a wonderful get together - so pleased for the two of you and the boys!! Cheers Hilary