Thursday, January 17, 2019
As I’ve mentioned, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. I grappled back and forth for a long time whether or not I wanted one. I already have a rice cooker and crockpot, so did I really need this “10-in-one” appliance? Ultimately the reason I decided to put one on my list was because of the promise of saving time. What takes 8 hours in a crockpot takes 30 minutes in an Instapot*. I don’t use my crockpot as much as I should because of the time it takes to cook things, although I love the crockpot effect. I wondered if it would completely replace my rice cooker – I am still undecided on that. But I kept seeing people make delicious looking recipes in 8 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and since the inception of KERF, “quick and easy” recipes have been my favorite. So for the love of quickness, I decided to ask for one.
*I referred to the Instapot and someone thought I’d made a typo, but that is its nickname!
I didn’t put too much thought into which one I asked for on my Elfster list – maybe I should have? I read a review and got the one the person recommended. It’s the Duo – 8 quarts, so it’s on the big side. That was my first reaction: this thing is HUGE! I’ve gotten used to it though, and I do think that it’s better to have one that can fit more food for the most flexibility.
I was a little intimidated by it at first because I didn’t want to blow my hand off with steam, but I read the instruction manual from front to back and then had no qualms. It’s actually quite simple to use.
First: hard boiled eggs. I followed the Skinnytaste tutorial and had perfect luck. So quick and easy. (Although literally boiling eggs isn’t all that hard, I will admit. But I loved that you can set it and forget it instead of monitoring the pot to boil.)
But the real game changer was making an egg “loaf” !! I followed this recipe.
This was there is no peeling and no ice bath – just nice, firm, cooked eggs for egg salad (or perhaps just for slicing and eating?!) I have heard you can use this same technique in the microwave with a slight risk of exploding your eggs everywhere, which I have done when trying to micro-fry an egg years ago and is no fun to clean up at all. So again, the Instapot doesn’t totally invent this technique, but it makes it super easy.
I started with a Corningwear oven safe dish and buttered the edges. Then I cracked in 8 eggs and put the dish in the IP with 2 cups of water on the bottom and the steam rack.
I cooked them on Pressure Cook for 5 minutes + 5 minutes natural release. The yolks were perfectly cooked. Then I dumped it in a bowl and sliced it up with two knives for super quick egg salad! I dressed it simply with mayo, salt, pepper, and dill. Because the eggs were so fresh, the salad was very fluffy. Loved it!
Served with saltines for lunch : )
Lastly, I’ve tried potatoes twice. First russets for baked potatoes which did not turn out so well. I did Pressure Cook for 14 minutes (I was following an internet recipe) and had to do them on another 5 minute cycle to get them cooked through (and they still weren’t perfect). When I did sweet potatoes the next day, I did a full 20 minute cycle and they were PERFECT!
Again, you can bake sweet potatoes in the oven, but not in 25 minutes to be this tender. So the Instapot wins for time.
I love baked sweet potatoes but don’t make them often enough, so they are on my favorites list now.
+butter + brown sugar! (Reminds me of the ones from the old Eppies! Remember them Cville friends?)
Served with a salad for lunch.
It seems that Skinnytaste and Pinch of Yum have tons of good Instapot recipes – like this soup roundup.
The next few things we’d like to try: a whole chicken, one pot mac and cheese, oatmeal (!) and something frozen. As always, I’d love your go-to recommendations!
from Kath Eats Real Food http://bit.ly/2RXCO8u
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Hi, guys! Happy FRIDAY to you!
I’ve received a number of questions from readers and followers about my favorite casual shoes in the past few weeks. I basically LIVE in sneakers and pretty much wear some sort of casual shoe everyday. I’ve shared a bunch of favorites on CNC over the years, but they’re sprinkled into all sorts of blog posts, so they’re semi-difficult to find if you don’t know where to look.
Long story short, I decided to highlight my favorite sneakers and casual shoes in this Friday 5 round-up. Each of these shoes make regular appearances in my wardrobe, and they all look cute with jeans and leggings! 🙂
TOMS Del Rey Sneaker – These TOMS are probably the shoe that I swear most often because they’re comfy and go with just about any outfit. I also receive the most compliments on them! I mean, how adorable are these sneakers? They’re on sale for just $55 on Zappos.com, and you get free shipping both ways!
Keds Studio Dash – I get questions ALL time time about the shoes, and they’re truly one of my favorites since they slip on and off so easily. They’re super lightweight, comfy, and coordinate with lots of different outfits. And, bonus, they’re on sale right now for just $29!
Brooks Revel – The Revel are a long-time favorite of mine, and they’re an awesome hybrid running + lifestyle shoe. They have an adorable knit pattern on them, so you can wear them out with friends, running errands, etc., but you can totally run in them too. Brooks actually just released the Revel 2, and they are so cute! I actually like these color combos even better!
Brooks Bedlam – Super cute, right?! I just blogged about these last week, but they deserve another mention. Besides being stylish, these sneakers are light-weight, supportive, and perfect for everyday activities as well. The Bedlam are definitely a new favorite!
Sperry Seaside Perforated Sneakers – These Sperry’s are a long-time favorite as well, and I still wear them a ton. They’ve held up really well over the years. And, right now, they’re on sale for just $52!
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Have you ever though about becoming a Beautycounter consultant? If not, please just skip this post. I swear, you won’t hurt my feelings! 😉 If you’ve considered it (or wondered how much a Beautycounter consultant makes), I have a helpful Q & A that might make the decision easier for you. And I promise that becoming a Beautycounter consultant is SO different from other “sales-y” opportunities out there. Plus, the products are AMAZING!! Read on for details!
How do I sign up to become a consultant?
Anyone interested in becoming a Consultant can sign up by going to beautycounter.com/join and selecting “Join Now” to enroll.
Does it cost anything to sign up?
Yes, your initial $98 investment includes an Enrollment Kit, which includes a personalized website, access to your back office, customized training platform, and everything else you need to start your business strong. Beautycounter gives you a ton of tools to be successful!
What are the perks of becoming a consultant?
Beautycounter Consultants enjoy many benefits, including the ability to purchase products at a 25% savings. You’ll receive up to 35% commission on retail sales as well as bonuses and override commissions. Consultants also have the ability to earn special incentives, including trips, exclusive Beautycounter items, and access to invitation-only events.
Do I have to sell a certain amount each month?
There is not a monthly minimum; however, you do have sell $1,200 every 6 months, with $250 of that being New Volume (people who haven’t purchased from you before). The $1,200 (minus the New Volume) does include your own purchases.
I don’t like to sell, and I’m not a salesperson. How would I find this fun or rewarding?
Beautycounter isn’t just a beauty company, they’re part of a movement. Consultants educate and advocate more than just sell. Personally, I want people to learn how to make safer choices, and the products are so amazing that they will literally sell themselves. I enjoy teaching others about the need for safer beauty and giving them a safer option to try. Additionally, I love it when I hear that Beautycounter’s products are helping women to have the best skin of their lives, a child’s eczema has disappeared, or that cleaning up a skincare routine has helped clear life-long acne. It makes every single minute of this work worth it. I don’t know of many other jobs that allow the freedom and flexibility to do work that really matters in pockets of free time while having such a great impact!
Is there a discount for consultants?
Yes! Consultants get 25% off retail pricing, which, if you already love the products, is an amazing perk!
How do you learn about the products if you don’t have them or can’t afford them?
Beautycounter has some really great training sessions that start as soon as you sign up. You can learn all about the products straight from the creators themselves. This is another area where our team can really help grow your business. If you’re unsure about something, you just have to ask. Someone is always willing to jump in and help!
That’s it for now. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m more than happy to chat on a quick phone call to give you additional details – just let me know! I’d love for you to be part of my team!
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The makings of a morning:
I usually gather everything I need onto the table before eating breakfast – there are a lot of things! Breakfast bowl of a strawberry Fage yogurt with chopped pear and homemade granola.
Stitch Fix has branched out a bunch since it began, including maternity, men’s and kids! I am excited to start my fixes back up this year now that I’m very close to my usual size. In the meantime, Stitch Fix sent us a box for Mazen!
I filled out his profile with an emphasis on comfortable play clothes, animals, shoes, and “cool” outfits. I was more than impressed with what they sent! They aren’t paying me to write this post and I was under no obligation to write about it – I just thought everything was super cute and wanted to share!
The dino slippers were a huge hit.
Especially with the complete dinosaur-themed jump suit! Mazen loved it.
He made me put on his shark sweatshirt and we had an animal battle.
I loved these Sperry sneakers for nicer occasions.
He got two pairs of Hatley pajamas, which are very nice fabric and always needed.
And a cute little outfit complete with a stylin’ jacket.
I would love to do a box for him every season, and since you can order them on demand, there’s no commitment. Everything in our box totaled $165 with the buy-all discount, and since everything fit we kept it all. I thought the prices were pretty good for what we got, nice shoes and brands included. Stitch Fix has kids sizes 2T to 14 and they send 8-12 pieces. Try it out!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Anyone else get stuck on food kicks? Right now, I’m all about this super simple homemade peanut sauce that I’ve been making non-stop lately. I just whip up a big batch at the start of the week and then pour it on EVERYTHING! I swear, it makes a so-so meal taste amazing!
Easy Macro-Friendly Peanut Sauce
- Author: Tina
Combine ingredients and eat! I highly recommend tripling or quadrupling this recipe and storing in the fridge for later! ⠀
- Serving Size: 1
- Fat: 1.5
- Carbohydrates: 6
- Protein: 5
Keywords: peanut sauce, macro-friendly
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