Today the girl's schools were on a 3 hour delay due to some icy areas, so it set back my schedule of plans quite a bit. :-) However today was a blessing of slowing down a bit as I was able to spend quality time on the phone with my Aunt Nancy. We were able to talk for awhile and remember the good times with my uncle Steve (whom recently passed away around Christmas) and my mom and how much we missed them and how much they had enriched our lives. My aunt and uncle were married 63 wonderful years!
Then the day enhanced even more when my dad called to see if he could stop by for awhile as he had just dropped his dogs off to be groomed near where I live. I said of course and we spend several hours of quality time together. Going over Ancestry and working on our geneology together. I let him know I was making the beef stew for dinner and invited him to stay; so when the girls got home from school Hayley went with him to pick up the dogs and then he came back for awhile and had dinner with us. :-) So I wasn't able to get a video today, but still want to share the dinner we had. Girls should be back on a normal schedule tomorrow and I have lots more planned.
This was a hearty beef stew I made for Jerry, the girls and my dad and they really enjoyed it. I don't eat red meat so I had some leftover food I made from the other night. All ingredients are from Aldi and the spices and garlic I already had on hand. I found this recipe on the website Instantloss.com that I recently found after hearing how she had lost weight just by cooking healthy, clean recipes in her Instant Pot. :-)
1-2 pounds beef stew meat
1 large onion diced
1 large sweet potato or 2 cups red potatoes. (I used the red potatoes, they are one of Jerry's favorites)
2 cups carrots
2 cups celery
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your Instant Pot using the saute button until it says hot.
Season your meat with the pepper and salt as you wait for the pot to warm up.
When the panel lights say hot, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pot and saute the meat till brown on all sides.
Add the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on and lock into place and be sure the vent valve is in the sealing position.
On the display panel press cancel to stop the saute function. Next press MEAT/STEW button (should automatically come up set at 35 minutes) Step back and let it heat up to cook.
When the time is up, open the quick release tab to release the pressure and add some salt to taste.
Well they were all enjoying the aroma so much, that they were quick to scoop up their bowls and eat so I forgot to get a picture of how full their full bowls were, lol. However I did manage to scoop up some of the remainder of what was left to share with you all. ;-)
It was a big hit and they all said how much they enjoyed it. Super easy clean up too with only the pot to scrub and the bowls and cups went into the dishwasher.
Over the weekend we joined the YMCA again. It's been a few years since we were members due to all our moves. The girls were really happy and after we worked out Kathleen and Jerry enjoyed some swimming while Hayley and I hung out. The YMCA always has a lot to offer families and it's a nice facility. Getting back on track feels good! I think the smiles on their face say it all.
If you missed my last post and recipe here's the link