August 10th, 2017

Adventure, food, Just things, pictures, Uncategorized

Well, the process of moving always sucks but this hasn’t been too bad other than the heat. My stuff is in my storage unit only about a mile away so that makes it easy. Most everything has been moved now. All that is left is getting a few pieces of furniture – a table to eat at and chairs for it, some form of a couch/futon to sit on, bed, desk, and dresser, and a couple of shelves. I guess that is more than a few! I still have some organizing to do, but it’s a bit difficult until I get some of these items.

Yesterday I got a TV stand, along with new plates, cups, bowls, and glasses. I decided to go with thrift stores for all my kitchen wares. I don’t need matching things, and I was able to get items with some bright, fun colors to liven the place up. I got some bright planters and a few houseplants too.

The apartment gets pretty warm during the day since there are no blinds on four of the five windows (but only four face west – one faces north and looks out over a staircase. Strange indeed.). Adding to the heat is the horrible air quality mostly from the fires in Canada and wherever else it is coming from. I went shopping for thermal curtains yesterday but not much to choose from where I went. I have put cardboard in the windows for now to block the heat and light (privacy is easy – don’t be naked in front of the window with the lights on…or just don’t care!). No, it’s not pretty at the moment but it is helping quite a bit. I almost bought some to get by for now, but for the price I didn’t want to do that. Mighty expensive band-aid.

Last night I made my first meal here – Italian beef in the Instant Pot. It really turned out quite good.

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Italian Beef

It was the recipe I posted a few entries back. The only things I would say about the recipe is it calls for a can of beef broth. I wasn’t sure if it was big or small cans so I added two small cans. It should be one small can. I had to add more seasoning to make it right. Also, I feared adding the giardiniera would be too hot (plus I have always seen it as a garnish) but it wasn’t too spicy. I DID have double the broth though so I would add only half the jar to start with.

I guess I should get rolling today and go find more of the aforementioned items. Maybe a bottle of wine too!

TTFN!

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