10 Essential Items for Mom Survival

These 10 items are absolutely essential for mom survival. Motherhood is hard work, but these 10 must-have things will make toddler or baby mom's life much easier!

I’ll be the first to admit that #MomLife is HARD. Like, way harder than I anticipated.

I mean, I obviously never expected it to be easy. But I didn’t know it would be this hard.

Like, dig-yourself-out-of-cement-with-a-plastic-fork hard.

But in my 18 months of experience (read: not very much), I’ve picked up a few essential tools for survival. The jackhammer to your plastic fork. These are the 10 items I actually couldn’t survive motherhood without: Continue Reading

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne

This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker strikes again! This Italian Sausage Penne Pasta was the very first thing I made in it, based on a recommendation from a friend. I’ve since made it about 10 times, tweaking it slightly each time, finding the right cook times, measurements, and seasoning mixtures.

And finally – it’s perfect. Or at least as close to perfect as one can get with a toddler running sprints around the kitchen while she cooks. Continue Reading

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes is all it takes for delicious steel cut oats in the Instant Pot.

{Feeling hangry? Jump to the recipe.} You guys already know about my love affair with my Instant Pot. At this point, I’m using it at least 3 times per week, for breakfast, dinner, and even dessert. That’s more than I’ve used… Continue Reading

Instant Pot Meatloaf with Potatoes, and Carrots

This one-pot meatloaf with potatoes & carrots in the Instant Pot is so simple!

The Instant Pot strikes again! The more I use this thing, the more I love it. It’s very quickly becoming a staple in my weekly menu planning.

One thing I’m trying to get the hang of is the “pot-in-pot” method, where you cook two different things at the same time by putting one item in the bottom of the main pot, and then a second item on a trivet, in a smaller pot (or a makeshift aluminum foil “bowl”) above it.

Fewer dishes + faster cook time = 🎉🍾🙌 Continue Reading

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken

This Crack Chicken is a perfect Instant Pot starter recipe!

All right y’all, get ready for the Instant Pot hype machine! The husband got me one of these electric pressure cookers for Christmas, because he knows he can pretend it’s a gift for me, when really it’s the gift of more home-cooked meals for himself. I’m okay with it.

I was really intimidated by this thing at first. It cooks differently from anything else I’ve ever used, there are all sorts of different modes and techniques and terminology, plus there was that whole concern that it might explode. Continue Reading