Introducing: MY INSTANT POT…Mabel is her name

Last week, after months of watching video, reading recipes and lots of thought…I took the plunge and purchased an InstantPot!

And then, I spent the rest of the week watching MORE videos (check-out my YouTube Watchlist) and trying to decide if I made the right decision. And even more time trying to figure out what recipes I would start with.

Now we begin.
My first recipe was Hamburger Stroganoff and I decided on it because:
#1 I had the ingredients
#2 It seemed pretty easy-like I probably couldn’t f-it up.
#3 and most importantly…identified with the story Julie shared in her post.

I left my full-time job 3 years ago to be a part-time freelancer and I miss full-time work. And over the last year things completely changed.
My husband's job moved all their engineers 3 states away and he (along with all the other engineers in his office—decided not to take the move offered to them, therefore he was out of work for 6 months looking for a new job), resulting in taking my youngest daughter out of full-time daycare and turning me into a SAHM, resulting in me not able to take quite as many freelance jobs and both of which mess with my sanity.

I keep asking God for direction as to what to do next. For my purpose.
I feel that being a part-time freelancer and a full-time SAHM for my youngest daughter has not be the best situation for either of us and I'm not very good at either of them, because I feel like my life is missing something.

I just have no idea what that something is, although if I could make a living crafting all day…I'd do it. And I am praying that this summer, I will get the chance to do it.
Maybe rebooting my blog time-my me time is that I need.

Let's talk recipe-nitty gritty

#1 up there: turned out not to be as true as I thought. Luckily I have wonderful neighbors and one of them let me go raid her garden for an onion.

Which was a adventure all of it’s own. I couldn't find a bulb onion.…resulting in me pulling a couple carrots and then finding these scallions on steroids. After shoving what I pulled back into the ground, she came over and helped me. Letting me know that those scallions I thought were on steroids were really…Walking onions.

Learn how to make one of the newspaper boxes by watching
Asian Beauty Secret's video 8 Asian Life Hacks.
This cutting board is: Epicurean Non-Slip Series Cutting Board, 14.5-Inch by 11.25-Inch, Natural/Brown
And I feel that that is the only place the recipe wasn't as good as I'd hopped-the onion flavor was missing.

But they did provide me with a lot to add to my homemade composter.

Although I wasn't completely happy with the seasoning, I think it turned out great!

It was honestly, the perfect first recipe. You use a lot of different functions requiring you to figure things out.

I probably tried to start the high pressure cook function timing about 4 times—don't judge me! :) It wasn't as easy as I thought and it required me to get familiar with all the buttons and the display.

I'm really grateful that I chose this recipe for my first InstantPot meal


Life is full of stranger things

Honestly…it really is. full of stranger things.

Not stranger thing like the show—stranger things that are unexpected, unusual but always interesting.

Honestly, my life has been full of them and I'm kinda waiting for the next one.
I need one.

I chalk strange coincidences up to God and his ultimate plan.
Which is sometimes easy to do years down the line: Hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20.


Love is Back!

If you've been here before you know that I really like TV.
Lots of TV…and movies. I have had a couple of post ideas in my head that I desperately need to work on—Sorkin-love being my #1 idea.
But today, I am going to talk (again) about the Netflix original LOVE (previous post here). I saw the trailer for it last night, and I could not be more excited!


Last Minute Valentine

Sometimes holidays just creep up on you. Especially if you have kids and you are dealing with all their school valentine responsibilities, your home valentine celebration can get thrown to the side.
Here is a super easy valentine gift/project you can do with your kiddos today.
1. Decide whom you'd like to have them give this too-dad, grandparent, aunt, friend—All of the above!
2. Print (you don't even have to download).
3. Ask your kiddos the questions (or have them read them).
4. Record the responses (have them write them).
4. Laminate. Don't have a laminater, skip this step.
5. Have your kiddo give it as a gift.
6. Go grab a glass of wine cause you just won Valentines day!


Budget Crafting: Valentine edition

Valentines Day…hearts and flowers…pretty pink (and red) paper…a holiday for children…and sickeningly sweet lovers that wont last. But valentine crafts are for fun!
And since it is all of those things I will decorate. I will fill the house with a little more love then there was in January and a little more then there will be after February 14. Which really—when you think about it—is sad.