Instant Pot Review

Instant Pot Love-2I had said I would let you know what I thought of my new Instant Pot after I’d used it a bit… The week after we got it, I used it every day to try out each feature and program… And have been using it a couple times a week since then.

And I love it!!

Since owning it we have used it to pressure cooked a couple things, browned meat before pressure cooking stew, steamed spaghetti squash (that saves a lot of time!), used it to crockpot chili, made several batches of rice and I’m now using it to make my yogurt!

Double crock pot day
Double crock pot day

I am impressed with the overall quality. Several little details that are built in are genius- a spoon rest, the handles holding the lid for you, and a cord minder.

Instant Pot Love-1I also like that it has a stainless steel cooking pot, and it is indeed a very nice pot. It has a nice thick bottom disk , so I’ve haven’t had one thing stick or burn! And it’s super easy to clean.

The programming and settings can be a little confusing at first. There is a lot of them! But they send a user manual, cookbook and quick reference sheet. I taped the quick reference sheet on the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet doors, so it’s always handy when I’m programming it. 

I’m definitely looking forward to using it more, and finding new ways to save time on food prep! 😉

Chili
Chili

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Cheyenne Mountain State Park – Road Trip 2015 Day 13 Part A

Campsite #6
Campsite #6

We woke up for the second day in Cheyenne Mountain State Park

The day before, before we left to go site seeing, we’d gone to see if they had a place for us to stay the second night. They did have a spot opening up, and it was arguably a better site! Since it was already empty, we were able to get moved and then head out for the day. 

So this morning we took our time, and enjoyed the very nice campground a little before we needed to leave. We made some breakfast, sat around in the sun, and admired the scenery… Little more camping, little less road trip. 

Camping breakfast
Camping breakfast
Catching up on sunbathing
Catching up on sunbathing

After breakfast and chilling out, we got things ready to go. Filled up water tanks, packed things up, and hitched up. And one last shower! 

We really enjoyed this campground, and you can see why it’s so hard to get in here! (Reservations can be made online) The campsites were spacious and spread out. Staff was very nice. Bathhouse is huge, quiet and very clean. Showers are nice and hot, but do cost you some quarters. All for $26/night 🙂

Norris Hot Springs – Road Trip 2015 Day 9 Part B

We went back to Norris Hot Springs!!

On our way to the west coast, we stopped here. But we ended up getting in really late, and leaving early because we had a long drive ahead of us… And that didn’t leave us with a lot of hot springs sitting time…

Same spot!
Same spot!

We pulled in a little after 4pm. Which was perfect! We got everything set up, changed into swimsuits… and got on wifi!!! Last time we were the only (not permanent) camper. This time we had a number of neighbors, including a rather new Airstream.

Nachos & hard cider
Nachos & hard cider

After setting up, we went and staked out a table and started eating food! Nachos were first. And I had a trout dinner, which was very fresh and cooked perfect. And I didn’t take a picture of it before eating it… 🙂 My PB really wanted to have pizza, so I didn’t steal any of his… But he had some leftovers in the cooler to snack on for a couple days. 

Dessert
Dessert

A little later we took a break from hot spring soaking, and went back to feed the dogs. And since I was dying to break into some blueberry cheese I brought from home, we dug out the Glutino Cinnamon Bagel Chips and has us a little snack. I of course can’t remember what kind of cheese that was… but it was supposed to spread. However, when it’s cold… it doesn’t. And when you’re sitting in ice… you’re cold. So we had bagel chips and little crumbly slices of cheese. Which was fine with me, I like hard cheeses.

We went back to soaking in the hot springs, drinking a couple hard ciders, listening to the live music, watching the stars… Pretty much perfect.

A picture couldn’t capture it.

We stayed until they started draining the pool and kicked us out…


We woke up to the light breaking over the hill right behind us.

Good morning!!!
Good morning!!!
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Sun bathing after breakfast

We took our time getting ready. Once the sun came up it warmed up nicely, plus it was much warmer than the week before! We showered and I washed my hair.

They have a very nice bathhouse. Definitely one of the nicer ones I’ve used at a campground! Probably a little rustic for some, but everything functions and if feels more like being at home than a locker room shower. And it’s always warm, which is really nice on chilly mornings! 😉

One more dip...
One more dip…

We waited long enough the pool opened up for the day! So we got in a quick dip and some light lunch before pulling out…

If we lived anywhere near here, we’d be here on a regular schedule. We are still trying to figure out an excuse to come back! And next time we come west, this will be a stop!