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INSTANT POT CHILI MAC AND CHEESE Courtesy of www.ehow.com
1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons cumin 3 cups broth or water 28 ounces canned tomatoes 14 ounces canned kidney beans 12 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese toppings: cilantro, parsley, sour cream
INGREDIENTS : 1 pound ground beef, turkey or chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 green bell pepper 3 teaspoons garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
DIRECTIONS: 1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the olive oil, onion and green bell pepper. Mix gently with a spatula to coat the vegetables in oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and spices. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until brown and no longer pink. Use a wooden spatula to break up the meat. Once cooked, turn off the Instant Pot. 2. Add 1/2 cup of broth or water. Mix well. Add, to the center of the pot, the macaroni, kidney beans and canned tomatoes. Then pour in the remaining broth or water. Make sure the macaroni is completely covered with liquid. Set to “Pressure Cook” on HIGH for 4 minutes. 3. When done, add 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted. Serve warm. Top with the remaining cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro or parsley. Enjoy!
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– January, unlike other months in the calendar, was not named after a number, but after the Latin word for door – “ianua.” – The Roman calendar initially had only 10 months, excluding January & February. – In January 1789, the first Presidential election was held in the US. – The BBC started broadcasting its first programs on the 1st of January, 1927. – In leap years, January always starts on the same day as April & July. Courtesy of https://factcity.com/facts-about-january
RENOVATING ADVICE FROM FIXER UPPER’S JOANNA GAINES Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip have made a name for themselves thanks to their HGTV show Fixer Upper, where they take the worst house on the block and turn it into the best. Here are some of their tips: On how to create the best layout for your home: Gaines believes the ideal layout depends completely on the person or family who lives in the home. If you live with your spouse, perhaps converting a bedroom into an office with space for two workstations makes sense. If you have a family with young kids, a large playroom can be a blessing. On how to organize a space while keeping it looking stylish: Make your storage solutions do double- duty. A coffee table ottoman acts as a centerpiece in your living space, but can hide away blankets or toys. If you don’t have the room or budget for furniture with storage, keep an eye out for unique baskets or crates, which will add a designer element while keeping your home neat and tidy. On the best weekend projects for your home: Switch out light fixtures, install a new kitchen backsplash or give your trim a fresh coat of paint. On adding curb appeal: Wrapping dated columns in a nice wood or new siding can really take a home’s exterior up a notch.
On what to look for in a fixer upper: As Gaines says, every home has potential, but investing in a home that needs work depends on how much it ’s listed for and the size of your budget. Always get an inspection before making an offer as some issues can be way too big to fix.
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