One of my gifts for Christmas was an Instapot.  I was really excited because I have heard really great things about them.  Then I started laughing and wondering what the hell I was going to do with it.

A couple of things about me, I am a terrible cook and an even worse meal planner.  It is safe to say that I am a hot mess in the kitchen.  Working fulltime and juggling sports schedules doesn’t leave me much time to cook much less be excited to do it.

Despite my loathing of all things kitchen related, cooking has become a necessity for our family.  We have special dietary needs that we need to start to address and it is getting quite expensive going out all the time.  Not to mention there is a certain guilt factor that I am experiencing because frozen pizza, cold cereal, and sandwiches should not be a regular dinnertime meal.

I decided that since I am turning over a new leaf in 2018 that I would bless the Instapot on New Year’s Day.  I am Carly and I am learning to love my kitchen.  I feel like if I say it enough, it will happen.

I pulled this contraption out of the box.  It was a lot heavier than I expected.  Along with this kitchen appliance, a flood of pamphlets and warning labels also come out of the box.  I was immediately scared.  I have a tendency to screw up Macaroni and Cheese and frozen pizza not to mention I am not much of a direction reader.  I was convinced that I was going to blow up my kitchen.

I decided that trying hard-boiled eggs would be a safe bet.  If I ruined them, I would only be out a buck or two.  I found some directions online and followed them.  It seemed simple enough:

  •  Add a cup of cold water
  • Insert a dozen eggs
  • Turn on Instapot

I completed followed the steps and then I covered my head waiting for it to explode.



It took about 5 minutes to heat up and then 5 minutes to cook.  I released the steam after cooking the eggs and thought the thing was going to blow.  I let them sit for another 2 minutes only because I was slightly afraid of what I was going to find if I opened the lid.  When I did, I found eggs that appeared to be hard-boiled.  I scooped them out and put them in an ice bath.IMG_4953.jpg

Because I couldn’t wait, I peeled one and cut it in half.  Yep.  They looked like they were hard-boiled.  Still a little skeptical, I made my daughter try one (she’ll eat just about anything) and she loved it and told me they were “perfect”.

Though the picture below isn’t pretty, they were edible.  I am guessing, they were a little too hot when I cut them.

I am still taking it as a success!


Now I just need to work up the courage to try something else.

Baby steps.

Happy New Year!

Cheers to 2018!

I rang in the new year with family, playing games, watching movies, and painfully waiting for the clock to strike twelve.  Midnight FINALLY hit, we clanked our glasses and then we all scurried off to hit the pillow hard with the goal of sleeping in.

Mission accomplished.

I woke up at 9AM (majorly sleeping in in my book), grabbed a cup of coffee (spiked with Irish Cream of course) and headed back to bed to binge watch Sex and the City.  The rest of the family is off in their own corners of the You Tubing, playing video games, or watching football.  I love this and can’t think of anything I would rather do on this very cold sub zero temperature day.

A quote from Clark W. Griswold is the perfect way for me to sum up 2017

“Hallelujah!  Holy Shit!  Where’s the Tylenol?”

I am reflecting on 2017 and what a great year it was.  I am floored how fast 365 days came and went.  It was a whirlwind!   It was filled with a lot of laughs, great friends, and LOTS of hockey! I had a lot of several first time experiences like shooting a gun, a first family vacation, and finally getting a passport and a mammogram.  We had some heartbreak as well with loved ones getting devastating diagnoses and saying goodbye to my beloved grandmother.  But overall it was a great year.

I am thankful for all of my friends and family.  I am looking forward to what 2018 has to bring.  I am hoping for it to be the best on yet!