The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine — Wine Folly

Did somebody say wine????

One of our favorite things to do is spend the weekend in Fredericksburg with our “wine tasting friends” (you know who you are) and taste wine…..I have to admit that we generally come back with a case(ish) and as I sit here and plan our next adventure there, I found this great article and just had to share.

So on this beautiful Earth Day, SAVE WATER, DRINK WINE!!!!!!

Wine lovers buy bottles of wine. Wine fanatics buy cases. Learn how much is in a case of wine, what it should cost, and how to put together a great mixed case. Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine How Many Bottles Are in a Case of Wine? A standard case in the US…

via The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine — Wine Folly

Instant Pot – 2, Failure – 0

Instant Pot It happened!!!!  Yes, I got my Instant Pot…..well 2 to be exact but that is a story for a different day.

What I will say is that I ordered one from Amazon Prime (remember Prime=hero!!!) and while we were waiting for it to be delivered we heard through the grapevine that the Kroger in Wylie had them for $40.00 less that what I paid for it on Amazon so away we went…We arrived at Kroger and walked the entire store before we found a promising aisle in the middle of the store in the “kitchen gadgets” section. (I know, duh!) There was a young girl restocking things and we couldn’t find the pots at first so I asked.  She pointed to one on a baron shelf and said it was their last one………C’mon now!!!!!  Do you honestly expect us to believe that this is the last Instant Pot in all of Kroger’s infinite inventory of all that is holy????? Of course it isn’t!!!!  So, as I tucked my head and tried to rub the word “Sucker” off of my forehead, I grabbed the box and ran (not walked) to the checkout line….I had already purchased enough food to feed a small army and couldn’t wait to try this amazing “change your life” aparatus…….

I then got home and already started experiencing remorse…NOT because of the Instant Pot but more worried that I had just spent a small fortune on food and what if I tried to use this device that potentially requires a masters degree to use and I wasted all of that amazing food????  Despite my normal fly by the seat of my pants attitude, I decided to dial it back and start small……..

I used an old, stone age technique called a cast iron pan and made sesame stir fry beef…I decided to use the Instant Pot to make some Jasmati rice and although it takes patience and the reading of directions MULTIPLE TIMES the rice was PERFECT!!!!!  It really was as simple as adding water and rice to the Instant Pot and 4 minutes later we had perfect rice…..

Needless to say I was impressed!!!!!  In fairness I have to say that the rice stuck a little to the bottom of the pot but nothing that couldn’t be remedied with hot water and a quick scrub…..

With everything turning out the way it did,  I was feeling a tad bit more confident now and decided that I will try a lunch recipe, chicken wings……..I don’t eat them often but I am OBSESSED with lemon pepper wings from Wing Stop!!!!!  So, this seemed like a formidable challenge…..The recipe says it only takes 9 minutes to cook wings….of course what some don’t tell you is that you do have to wait for the Instant Pot to “warm up” but that took less than 5 minutes and all I did was pat dry the thawed frozen wings, put salt and pepper on them and put them in the pot with 1/2 cup of broth…..  The Pot said “ready” and we were off to the races…..  Sure as the Cowboys won’t make the playoffs in the very near future (Sorry Cowboys!) in 9minutes we had fall of the bone, fully cooked wings…..I prefer them a little crispier so once I removed them from the Pot, I put them on a baking sheet and turned on the broiler to high.  After 5 or or so minutes, I tossed the wings in the sauce and had the MOST AMAZING wings!!!!!!

I really, really wish I had a picture of the finished product but we ate them so fast that it didn’t even occur to me until 5 minutes after I had licked the plate clean of all of the lemon pepper and butter sauce that I messed up but I  am hard pressed to say that I am sorry because they were just that good!!!!!!

Now….on to the next “task”….I am using the bones, some carrots, celery, onion and herbs and going to put the Instant Pot on “slow cooker” mode and make chicken broth to use on another future adventure……stay tuned!!!!

Be  safe out there and be kind to one another!!!!!!!

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People have told me……

People have told me throughout the better part of my adult life that I should write a book because my life is crazy……….I am pretty sure they mean “certifiable long white jacket that ties in the back CRAZY” but after a really long road trip and LOTS of time to think, I decided I would write a blog.  If you have read this far then pat yourself on the back because I am pretty sure no one else has made it to the point 🙂

So, what makes my life so crazy??  I’m not really sure…..I have the “luck of the irish” (look it up on Wikipedia and that will tell you a LOT about me and I am not referring to the gold part of that equation), I have a FREAKISHLY large dysfunctional family that absolutely puts the FUN in dysfunction and perhaps a few relatives (by marriage doesn’t count right??) in prison, I LOVE food and consequently it loves me back to the tune of 25 extra pounds, I have 5 amazing boys (3 of which I raised and 2 that are a part of this crazy town) and I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams 2 weeks ago yesterday…….

The last few years have been a doozy but this year especially has so many POSITIVE changes that have already happened and a couple more that are guaranteed to get another relative or 2 thrown in prison but also will make me the happiest woman ALIVE (and for the love of all that is Holy, NO!  I am not pregnant)….This year promises to be the wackiest and most incredible journey that I am going to be on and if you are reading this and I know you then count yourself as someone who I carry around in my heart ALL of the time.  If I don’t know you personally and you are reading this then take a moment, bow your head and thank Google and/or the WordPress Gods for directing you my way.

It is my goal to share my heart, mind and soul with you and also share some of the things that I love.  As I said before, I LOVE food, I LOVE my family and I LOVE my life.  I will get into WAY more detail with each blog……Can’t share anymore or this blog will be over before it gets started……more to come soon!

Take care of yourself, each other and BE SAFE!  XOXOXO