Instant Pot - My Instant Pot is the kitchen gadget that I thought was just a fad, but I would try it on a whim and now I can't live without it gadget. (How was that for a sentence?) I really, really, really love this kitchen gadget. Why? It is my go to tool on those days we get busy with school and errands and I forget to pull the meat out of the freezer. You can put frozen meat in the Instant Pot and still get dinner done in 40 minutes or so. It was also so convenient to have when we were in the middle of moving because the lid locks. I would throw our dinner in it, we would jump in the car and drive to the new house, I plugged it in and set if for the time it needed, and we would work until it beeped. Then we would get dinner and keep working. You can cook boiled eggs, soup, meat, rice, veggies, desserts, and more in it. I would say that I do 40-50% of my cooking in my instant pot.
2. A Membership to MyFreezEasy - In the past I have thought about freezer cooking a lot. That would be so handy to pull a meal out and just have to heat it, but my drawback was the day spent prepping and freezing all the food. Then I tried MyFreezEasy and I was hooked. She makes it super easy to pick the meal plan that works best for your family, gives you shopping lists, and tells you everything to do step by step. I am planning on a big freezer cooking day over Christmas break and I will be using my MyFreezEasy membership to get it all done. I so need freezer meals for gymnastics night because lessons are right around dinner time. So either we eat way early or way late. If I had a freezer meal, the boys could eat at normal time and us girls could eat as soon as we got home.
3. A Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com - I normally say if you are a homeschool family this site is for you, but you know what if you have a child that is school age this site is for you. We use it a ton because we homeschool and there are HUNDREDS of lessons on here that the membership gives us access to. When I really think about it, public school kids could use this site too for extra work in subjects they need help in, to work ahead, or just to explore subjects they don't get in school. In addition to the hundreds of different lessons, SchoolhouseTeachers memberships now include access to World Book and this is huge. There are tons of great lessons in World Book (as in the encyclopedia) and they are lot of fun. SchoolhouseTeachers also has tons of amazing parent resources and lots of encouragement. I use our membership all the time.
4. A Salon Gift Certificate - I know I am not always great about pampering myself, but I always feel better after a hair cut or I get my nails done. It just cheers me up and makes me feel good.
I am sure there are a lot of other practical ideas out there, but these are my top choices. I could also come up with a great list of wants for you, but that's not today's post. What is on your Christmas list this year?
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