Instant Pot Recipes

I purchased an Instant Pot a week or so ago.  I’ve used it a few times.  I made a roast and a chicken and rice dish and a pot of chili so far. All were really good and easy.  The ‘easy’ part is my favorite.  I’m going to attempt a pot of chicken noodle soup tonight.  I’ve never been able to make chicken soup. It always ends up as a chili-like consistency.  It tastes good but never looks like soup.  

Anybody have any good and ‘easy’ Instant Pot recipes they like?



Las Vegas Strong

The theme for the memorial that sprung up around the iconic Welcome To Las Vegas sign has become Vegas Strong. As a matter of fact, it seems to be the theme of this great city and the people in it.

Hundreds of people are drawn to the memorial site.  

There are 58 wooden white crosses, one for each of those lost in the senseless terrorist act of just two weeks ago.  You can barely see the crosses because of all the signs, photos, and other things left on and around them.

The windows that the shooter broke out on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are now boarded up and a Vegas Strong banner hangs from the top of the hotel.

Police are guarding the gates of the Route 91 Festival site across the street.

A sad day for Las Vegas and a sad day for America.  But the spirit of the people here quite inspirational.



Meanwhile, in Springdale Utah…

The view from outside our hotel room in Springdale UT, at the foot of Zion National Park. 

Our part of softball is done.  Won 3 and lost 2. We’ve moved on after 5 games. The team will finish up on Saturday.

 FYI... The hotel has very sketchy WiFi so I may not be posting much until we get back to Las Vegas on Sunday. 



Dinner with Nevada friends

Barb and Paul who live in Mesquite Nevada and were instrumental in helping with our Las Vegas gathering in 2012 made the 45-minute drive to St. George Utah to watch a couple of games today.  And we won those two games so they’re obligated to continue coming. 🙂  After three games we went to dinner at the Gun Barrel Steakhouse in St. George. 



Show and Tell – Dad goes back to school

Six years ago I posted this video on YouTube and on B&P.  I know the young man doing the presentation as I was a good friend of the subject of the presentation, his dad.  His dad died of cancer and now the son is fighting colon cancer and has been for last year or two. has posted the video recently, unfortunately without acknowledging its source,  and it’s received over 130,000 views.  For those that haven’t seen it before, here’s my friend Tommy doing a Show & Tell for an oral communications class at a local junior college.



My first flight

My first airplane flight was a trip my brother and I made from St. Louis to Indianapolis Indiana on Ozark Airlines. Ozard covered about a dozen Midwest cities.  I was about 13 and my brother was about 16.  Why our mother let us do that I have no idea.  We stayed at a hotel in downtown Indianapolis and did the tourist thing for one day. We flew home the next day.

 The plane looked a lot like this one, a DC-3.  You walked out onto the tarmac and up the rollaway stairs and boarded at the rear door (the only door) and had to walk UP the aisle to find your seat on the prop aircraft. There was no TSA and/or baggage inspection in those days.  That trip fueled my love for air travel. 

Ozark Airlines had a special one summer where you could fly anywhere they served over the weekend for $30.  A friend and I charted out a trip starting on a Friday and had about a dozen stops until we returned on Sunday evening. We spent one night in Minneapolis and I can’t remember where we spent ther other night.  I think I was about 15 or 16 then.  I still love the travel by air even though it is a lot more trouble to do so.



Putting the labor in my Labor Day weekend

We worked all weekend putting down pavers and a brick border in the back yard.  The brick border reduces the need to trim when cutting the grass.We also put in a flagstone path to our backyard shed/garage. We added a new fire pit also.  The weather was hot. I think it got up to 96 on Monday.  Of course, a storm rolled through with a cool front Monday evening.  Temps the rest of the week will be in the upper 70s to about 82. I have places that ache that I didn’t even know I had.  I think I may have mentioned this before, but I’m too old for this sh!t.
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