Things That Make Life Easier

No matter the plans we make, life can always throw the curve balls.  Right when you think it’s all going well, something else comes up and there is another problem to be solved.  That’s ok, it’s pretty much expected, right?

If you have a small business, there is a danger of letting it totally derail you when there are curve balls – I know, because it has happened to me.  In the past year or so, I have found a few things that make my life easier.  One of them is Flylady.net.  I have been following her principles for longer than a year now, maybe more like five years.  I can say that my life would not be the same if not for her.

Another principal that I practice is meal planning.  I used to not meal plan.  I’m not really sure how I managed back then.  I had three children at home, a full time job, and sometimes, I was alone, without the help of my husband.  I actually can’t even remember what I did.  I think we ate spaghetti without sauce quite often, as well as hamburger helper and pizza.  I pretty much knew the pizza delivery guy by name.  I would sigh in relief when the pizza arrived, knowing that dinner was here and I was off the hook.

I meal plan and have for years.  I do it religiously and I stick to it the entire week.  I usually have a few freezer meals put aside as well for emergencies.  One thing that has helped me tremendously is my Instant Pot.

Sure, there is a learning curve, just like with anything.  There’s an excellent group on Facebook that posts recipes and ideas.  There are many bloggers who post recipes and one of my favorites is www.365daysofcrockpot.com.  She posts recipes for crockpot and instant pot so you can pick.  Her recipes are usually good and my family likes them.

Because even with meal planning, there are days that life is so hectic, and time is short.  The instant pot cuts down on kitchen time and you do not have to watch the pot, so to speak.  It cooks quickly and safely.

If you have an Instant Pot, let me know.  I would not be able to live without mine and if something were to happen to it, a replacement would be on it’s way that day!

Lately, I have been making yogurt and homemade granola.  Yum!  The Instant Pot has a Yogurt Function, rice, soup, etc.