In celebration of January being National Soup Month, I've been cooking up batch after batch of soup in my Instant Pot. Man, am I glad I splurged and bought myself one. Do you have one? Honestly, I don't know why I bought it. I had no idea what it did or why I needed one, I'd just seen an ad for it, probably on Facebook or someone's blog and I suddenly HAD to have one.
Anyway, I bought one and have been 110% in love with it since the day I opened it. I got it back in September and with the exception of holiday gatherings, I can count the number of times we've eaten out on one hand since bringing the Instant Pot home. Now, instead of doing that "Darn! It's 6 p.m. and I forgot to thaw anything for dinner. Let's go out to eat" thing, I simply toss a frozen chunk of meat or a bag of dried beans into the Pot and 20 - 30 minutes later, Presto Magic! Dinner is ready!
|photo courtesy of medicalnewstoday.com|
So, that was a very long winded way of saying I made black bean soup today. I got the hankering for it and off to the pantry I went. I tossed a bag of dried black beans, a bunch of celery, an onion, some garlic and a chicken bouillon cube into the pot. Next I added enough water to cover everything, set it for 20 minutes and went to the laundry room. I loaded the washing machine, turned it on and.... Yep! I was eating black bean soup before the washer even started it's rinse cycle! Damn, I love my Instant Pot!
And no, I'm not an Instant Pot affiliate. I'm not affiliated in any way. I'm just 110% in love with my Pot.
Something else I created recently was a cowl made out of the left over yarn from my Ocean Stripes shawl. Sorry. I know that photo is horrible. The natural light in our house during the winter is simply nonexistent. Despite the bad photography, I love the way the cowl turned out.
Each time I changed colors, I knit the first row in a *K1P1* pattern which produced those little blips of color.
I've finished knitting several other things that I'd like to show you but I don't have photos yet. Have I mentioned that the light in my house is horrible? I should probably also mention that I've been a little busy binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. Good grief! With the amount of tears I've shed, I don't know why I'm not dehydrated, but somehow, I seem to have gained about 25 pounds from stress eating while I watch. Good grief!
But enough about me. It's Makers' Monday. Tell me all about what you're making.