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Month: January 2017

Review of 6 Books Every Parent Needs To Own

You remember that game called Desert Island? (You know — the one where you pretend you’re stranded and can only take three things with you?) I detest playing that game (and not because I think it is a waste of time). Rather, it’s unrealistic. The point of the game is to name your three most precious items you couldn’t live without. But let’s be real: if I’m on a desert island, the last thing I’m really going to want is some precious memento. Give me a knife, a field guide to non-poisonous plants, and Robinson Crusoe to help keep me alive!

But I have given great thought to my book collection. When we recently sold our house, I packed away 90% of our book collection. There were only a few books that got to stay out for 6 months. Which made me think: if I lost all of our books in the move (or worse, we had a fire), what would be the first 6 books I would immediately purchase again? Continue reading

RECIPE: No Drain 10-Minute Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Plus DF options)

Forget the starchy mess of boiling potatoes or burning hands draining the liquid. Make deliciously easy mashed potatoes in minutes with the Instant Pot.

We love mashed potatoes at our house. Like, love love love mashed potatoes.

So you would think that for as much as we love them, we would eat them often. But we don’t — mostly because of the mess it makes.

I’m notoriously bad at letting my boiling potatoes foam over on the stove (and few things are worse than THAT starchy mess). It always feels like it takes forever to come to a boil. And then you risk scalding your hands trying to drain the liquid.

I’ve dumped more potatoes in the sink than I care to admit.

So you can imagine my excitement when I realized that I could make mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot — and didn’t have to drain them.

Less you missed my excitement, let me say it again.

I made mashed potatoes quickly and DIDN’T HAVE TO DRAIN THEM!

No Drain 10-Minute Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Peel your potatoes, dicing them into 1″ chunks. I prefer to use golden potatoes because of their creamy texture. Don’t add more than 8 cups of potatoes.

Add 1-1/2 cups of water, which allows the Instant Pot to come to pressure.

I like to add 2-3 teaspoons of salt (to taste).

Run your Instant Pot for 10 minutes on MANUAL setting. Once the program is complete, quick release the pressure. You’ll notice that all the water has absorbed into the potatoes. Any remaining liquid can easily be mashed in — no draining required!

Add your desired amount of butter and milk. Personally, we are a dairy-free house hold so we use Soy-Free Smart Balance (for butter) and a splash of water or almond milk to get it to the desired creaminess.

Actually, I made my mashed potatoes dairy-free for Christmas and NO ONE in my extended family could tell that they were dairy free. These potatoes are just. that. good.

I use the Oxo Good Grips Potato Masher to mash directly in the Instant Pot. (It’s also fantastic for mashing avocados for guacamole or eggs for egg salad. This masher is one of my top favorite kitchen tools.)

Overwhelmed by all the talk about Instant Pot accessories? Our comprehensive list tells you what you really need AND how to use them.

Instant Pot Accessories and How To Use Them

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Forget the starchy mess of boiling potatoes or burning hands draining the liquid. Make deliciously easy mashed potatoes in minutes with the Instant Pot.

RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot Paleo Mug Cakes {4 Recipes!}

Fighting a sweet craving? Make these four easy Instant Pot Paleo Mug Cakes in minutes! (Or prep the night before for breakfast. Find out how!)I’m always in the hunt for easy, delicious, and healthy treats (like Paleo fudge). I’ve seen videos pop up on social media of making yummy, quick, and personalized mug cakes that you can throw together in a microwave. Continue reading

RECIPE: Paleo Freezer Fudge {with 8 variations!}

Paleo Freezer Fudge - 8 variations!Nothing says let’s ring in the New Year and kick off healthier habits like … fudge?

January is the start of a clean eating plan for many people including Whole30, Primal, Paleo, and many others. Personally, Clint and I (Candie) have been eating Paleo for 3 years. Every once in a while we eat a more traditional diet (usually due to travel or family holiday gatherings) and every time we quickly come back to Paleo. Cutting out grains, sugar, and most dairy makes us feel more energetic, get better sleep, and maintain a healthy weight.   Continue reading

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