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Easy Instant Pot Recipe: Pot Roast

I love pot roast, especially when I can make it fast and easy in my instant pot! I adapted this recipe slightly from one I found on Youtube.

I used a pork half butt roast because it is substantially cheaper than beef, but this will work with either. This recipe will last us a couple days for leftovers at dinner and lunch so it’s very cost effective!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup beef broth

1/2 cup pepperoncini juice

Pepperoncinis- as many or as little as you prefer 

1 packet brown gravy (my husband has a gluten allergy so I used this  GF version but you can use the regular if gluten isn’t a problem!)

1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

Pot Roast

1/2 stick butter

Any veggies you would like

First I added the beef broth to the pot, then I added my roast. Next, add the pepperoncini juice and sprinkle the brown gravy mix and ranch dressing mix right on top of the roast. Then I added 6 pepperoncinis and lastly the butter.


I used the manual function for 60 minutes, let it depressurize naturally for 15 minutes, then I added some baby carrots to the pot. After I added the carrots I once again did the manual function for 20 minutes, then let it depressurize for 5 minutes. I removed the meat and carrots and added a little bit of corn starch to the remaining liquid in the pot on the saute function to make gravy. I served it with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. This was a delicious and filling meal that is easy and inexpensive!

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2018-A Reflection of the Year

2018 was a busy, stressful, fun year. My first child turned one, I found out I was expecting our second, we moved into a beautiful new home, my husband started a new job, and today, we are celebrating 7 years of marriage!

Next year will also be fun, busy, and stressful! I will be turning 30, I’ll be having my second baby, and who knows what else is to come!

I don’t make resolutions but some goals I have for the next year are:

spend less time on my phone/computer

get outside more

read more

try new recipes

worry less

organize my attic

Now, with a newborn coming halfway through the year and having a very adventurous toddler, I am not sure how many new recipes or books I’ll be able to read! But that’s why they are just goals I simply desire to achieve and I won’t beat myself up over missing the mark!

Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2019? Share them with me in the comments!

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Just Another Manic…Tuesday? A Day in the Life

Today was ROUGH.

My 14 month old was pretty cranky and fussy pretty much the entire day. He didn’t nap until 3:30 in the afternoon, and even then, it was only for about an hour!  He’s busy and active, and in to everything, so it’s hard to get chores done around the house while he’s awake because he wants to “help” i.e pull things out of the laundry basket after I’ve already folded them, close the door to the dishwasher while I’m still loading it, dump the dog’s food and water bowls over, you get the picture.

But, as I sit here writing this, I’m watching him on the baby monitor and thinking back on our day. He’s been in bed for almost 3 hours. *PRAISE HANDS*  I’m grateful he wants to help mommy in his own little way. Was he really fussy all day? No, not literally, it just seemed that way. When he was happy, and we were playing in his playroom, I was teaching him shapes. He can say “circle” now! That causes me to reflect back on all he’s learned. He is so smart, and he learns so much every day. He never ceases to amaze me. He knows some sign language-he’s able to tell me when he wants more, and when he’s all done. He knows what sound a cat, dog, truck, and rooster make. He knows what “ball” and “car” are, can say the words, and can bring me those toys when I ask. He’s getting more teeth, and his current favorite past time is climbing on things he shouldn’t and standing on them. So, what does all of this mean? Well, while he is smart, and toddler-like, he’s still very much a baby. He can’t tell me why he’s fussy and upset, but he is LEARNING new words, new skills, constantly, and I’m sure that is stressing his little body and brain out. I say all that to say this-I need to give myself and him a break for acting the way we did today. And, if you’re in the same boat, keep these thoughts in mind and remember tomorrow is a fresh start!