The Instant Pot is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Machine
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no easy feat, but there is one incredible kitchen gadget that will make preparing a feast for friends and family a whole lot easier. The Instant Pot is so much more than an ordinary slow cooker.
This multi-functional appliance does any job your crock pot can do, and it serves as an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker, egg cooker, sterilizer and warming pot. That’s nine functions in one, if you’re counting.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about Thanksgiving cooking this year, reach for the Instant Pot to tackle these recipes.
Turkey and Gravy
Turkey is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving dinner, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to traditional methods to wow your guests. This Instant Pot turkey breast and gravy recipe beautifully moist and tender turkey every time, so you can stop stressing about your bird drying out in the oven.
Cranberry sauce from scratch is one of the first things to go when Thanksgiving prep gets overwhelming. Instead of reaching for the sauce in a can, make this simple Instant Potrecipe from dried cranberries.
There are few Thanksgiving comfort foods as satisfying as mashed potatoes. The Instant Pot can help you cut your cooking time in half, from boiling for 30 minutes on the stove top to a quick 13 minutes on the pressure cooker setting.
The Instant Pot can even make dessert. Treat your guests to mini-pumpkin pies “baked” on the pressure cooker setting instead of in the oven.
SPOTLIGHT – Cassie Sheets
Posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:12 AM
Why Veterans Day is November 11th
Did you know Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day in the U.S.? That’s because, although the official end of World War I was when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, fighting between Germany and the Allied Nations ceased on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’– Nov 11, 1918. President Wilson first recognized Armistice Day on Nov 11, 1919. It was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, and has become a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Poppies or No Poppies?
Around the world on November 11, you may see people wearing red poppies in remembrance. Why don’t we wear them in the U.S. on that day? Traditionally, red poppies are worn in the U.S. for Memorial Day, as that’s the day set aside in the States to honor all military personnel who gave their lives for their country. Veterans Day is really meant to recognize all military veterans –living and deceased–who have contributed to our national security, so we honor them in other ways.
Reaching Out Over the Holidays
There are a number of different organizations you can work through to let deployed military members, new recruits and military veterans know how much you appreciate them, especially over the upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s reaching out to military members and veterans in your local community through your local Red Cross office through their Holiday for Heroes program, delivering Christmas trees to military families via Trees for Troops, or writing a letter that can be delivered in a care package through Operation Gratitude, there are many ways of getting involved.
Posted on November 10, 2017 at 8:34 AM
Posted in Seahawks, Community, and Windermere Foundation by Shelley Rossi
All of us at Windermere are very excited to kick off our second season as the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks!
Once again, our #tacklehomelessnesscampaign is front-and-center, with the Windermere Foundation donating $100 for every Seahawks home-game tackle during the 2017 season to YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth for more than 40 years. Last year, the Seahawks helped us raise $35,000 through our #tacklehomelessness campaign, and this year we are looking forward to raising even more money – and awareness – for this important cause.
Our partnership with the Seahawks and YouthCare fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign, we hope to be able to do even more.
A “score card” will be posted after each home game that shows how much was raised during that game. You can follow our progress throughout the Seahawks season on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/WindermereRealEstate.
Posted on September 16, 2017 at 9:46 AM
Posted in Community, Perspectives, and Windermere by Jill Jacobi Wood, OB Jacobi & Geoff Wood
Like many of you, our family has a high school student graduating soon who is both eager and excited to embark upon life’s next phase. It wasn’t all that long ago that for graduates, like ours, community service was something they did to pad their college applications, but now this important exercise is a requirement at most high schools. That’s because a common belief is that community service links together the academic, social, and emotional elements of learning while giving kids the chance for personal growth through helping others. And hopefully those same kids will grow into adults who will continue to be engaged, positive citizens in their community.
This is a philosophy that we believe in wholeheartedly at Windermere. That’s why every year our offices close their doors for one day to help make a positive difference in their communities. It all started in 1984 with a handful of agents who came together to help out a local elementary school that needed some TLC. Thirty-three years and more than one million hours of community service later, we’ve continued this tradition through neighborhood-enhancing projects in the areas where our Windermere teams live, work, and play.
We agree that community service shouldn’t end with a cap and gown. Over the years, our team has proven this time and time again by embodying the notion that service to others is not something you do, it is who you are.
On Friday June 9, Windermere offices throughout the Western U.S. will close their doors for our company-wide Community Service Day. You can follow their projects on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/WindermereRealEstate.
Posted on June 2, 2017 at 11:05 AM