Episode #286: Instant Pot and the Clutter Free Kitchen

Episode #286: Instant Pot and the Clutter Free Kitchen

Kathi is talking Instant Pot on today’s podcast episode. She loves her Instant Pot and has saved a ton of space in her clutter free kitchen as well as time and money since implementing it in her home. She gives us her 5 (plus a bonus!) favorite recipes for basic Instant Pot cooking in this episode. These are great recipes for any size family and will get you comfortable with using your new favorite kitchen appliance.

If you have been on the fence about getting an Instant Pot or have one and don’t know where to start, this is a fun and helpful episode. And Kathi isn’t getting paid for her endorsement! She just loves her Instant Pot and wants all of her friends to know about the benefits she has experienced while implementing hers. Check it out on Amazon for more info on getting one here. {affiliate link}


What’s your favorite Instant Pot beginner recipe? Give us the name and the link or instructions in the comments below for your chance to win a copy of Kathi’s book, The What’s for Dinner Solution.

*Open to US residents only.


Hard Boiled Eggs- The Prairie Homestead

Perfectly Baked Potatoes in 10 Minutes- The Intentional Mom

Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Onion Gravy- The Kitchen Whisperer

How to Freeze Brown Rice- The Kitchn

Whole Frozen Chicken- Retro Housewife Goes Green

Yogurt- This Old Gal

More at The Instant Pot Community Facebook Group

Eps #243: Clutter Free Kitchen: Tips to Loving Creating in Your Own Home

Eps #243: Clutter Free Kitchen: Tips to Loving Creating in Your Own Home


Kathi and co-host Erin MacPherson discuss Clutter Free Kitchens.  When your kitchen is clutter free you can cook more and find everything. They also share the tools they use that they can’t live without.  From the instant pot to the ninja coffee maker they each share their favorite kitchen tools.

This post isn’t about things you should run out and buy.  You don’t need more stuff, but this about you having things that make you happy and your life more enjoyable.  Kathi talks about purchasing tools, not trinkets to make your home a better place to be.

Share with us your kitchen tool that you can’t live without in the comments.

The List of Kitchen Tools:

Below is a list of the kitchen items Kathi and Erin can’t live without.

Victorinox Swiss Classic 3 1/4″ Paring Knife, Spear Tip, Serrated, Red

Instant Pot $99

Aerolatte Original Electric Hand Held Milk Frother, Satin 19.99

Ninja Coffee Maker $138

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2017: Every Recipe from the Hit TV Show with Product Ratings and a Look Behind the Scenes Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Spicy shelf stack Organizer

Kitchen Prep for the Overwhelmed Cook

Kitchen Prep for the Overwhelmed Cook

by guest Kelsee Keitel

“I am really not looking forward to cooking dinner tonight. In fact, I’m kind of dreading it.” I had become an overwhelmed cook.

I never imagined those words would come out of my mouth … at least, not yet.

At 23, I expected cooking dinner for my new husband would be a breeze. After all, we’re young and energetic, and cooking is one of my favorite hobbies.

But night after night, I found myself overwhelmed at the thought of starting dinner.


Before I could even begin to make dinner, I had to conquer a messy (and often hectic) kitchen. That extra work felt so overwhelming.

Did I mention I can get a little hangry? When I want to eat, I want to eat … not clean the kitchen.

The more overwhelmed I became, the longer I procrastinated making dinner, and the more likely one or more of the following outcomes would happen:

  • My husband and I would BOTH get hangry. Not fun.
  • I’d eventually cook while feeling stressed and pressured. Also, not fun.
  • I’d feel a little like a failure. Not fun either.
  • We would opt for fast food instead. Not healthy.

One night, after snapping at the hubby while hangry and agitated, I decided to clean the kitchen before bed. It turned out to be a solid move because I wasn’t nearly as stressed when it came time to cook dinner the next night!

After that successful evening, I made it a goal to tidy up the kitchen every night before bed.

Now I’ll confess I can be a little of a perfectionist. I was tempted to do a floor-to-ceiling scrub at first. But then I decided to simply make the kitchen manageable for tomorrow night.

For me that meant wiping down the counters and reloading the dishwasher.

It might be something different for you. Think of this mini cleaning session as a part of your prep-work for the next night’s meal.

One Small Win: Commit to tidying up the kitchen each night, and you’ll relieve those “It’s too much! Where do I begin?” feelings before they ever hit.

Overwhelmed cookKelsee is a graduate student and blogger, living in Indianapolis, IN with her newly wed husband. She is passionate about cultivating sisterhood through vulnerability and introducing young women to the freedom and abundance of life in following Christ. When Kelsee is not snuggled up with a book and sipping tea, she can be found experimenting in the kitchen or chatting with her mom.

You can read more about how Kelsee experiences divine moments in the midst of ordinary life over at kelseekeitel.com or on Instagram and Facebook.

Episode #216-The Basics of Canning with Melissa K. Norris

Episode #216-The Basics of Canning with Melissa K. Norris


ListenNowDoes the idea of canning your own food scare you? What do you need? What CAN you can? Will I give someone botulism and kill them????

Today I talk with Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made from Scratch Life, about how to get started with canning. We talk about which foods get canned using different methods, what the basic equipment needs are and did you know there is a difference between Pressure Cookers and Pressure Canners??? Melissa teaches us about all of these things and more!

Let’s all give canning a try and post pictures in the comments!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Online Canning Course: Live Home Canning Class

Presto Canning Kit

Melissa’s podcast: Pioneering Today Podcast

Win a copy of Melissa’s book The Made from Scratch Life by leaving a comment telling me one step you are going to make towards homesteading!

Episode #211-The Made from Scratch Kitchen with Melissa K. Norris

Episode #211-The Made from Scratch Kitchen with Melissa K. Norris


ListenNowEver dreamed of being like Laura Ingalls Wilder, living off the land? Or at least being able to grow your own tomatoes without the squirrels getting them before you do?

Today I talk with Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made from Scratch Kitchen, about living the pioneer life in modern times.

Even if you are a city girl, she shares tips for gardening, cooking, and cleaning with wholesome ingredients that you can make today.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Melissa’s podcast: Pioneering Today Podcast

The $64 Tomato (book)

Win a copy of Melissa’s book The Made from Scratch Life by leaving a comment telling me one step you are going to make towards homesteading!

Recipes to Crave: Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipes to Crave: Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches

Star-spangled ice cream sandwiches

Just in time for 4th of July celebrations, I wanted to share one of my favorite summer time treats with you. Enjoy!!!

Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 28 sandwiches*


56 of The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever (recipe to follow)
1 gallon of your favorite vanilla ice cream
patriotic sprinkles


Once cookies have fully cooled, place one to two scoops of ice cream on half of the bottom side of the cookies. Press the bottom side of each of the remaining cookies onto the ice cream scoops to form sandwiches. Use your finger or a knife to spread the ice cream evenly around the sides of each sandwich. Wrap the sandwiches individually in plastic wrap or place in a large dish and cover. Freeze at least 30 minutes before decorating. Place patriotic sprinkles in a shallow dish. Remove sandwiches from freezer and roll each sandwich in the sprinkles until covered as desired. Enjoy!

*The original blog post for The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever was for a cookie dough exchange and makes a large number of cookies. The Star-Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe is based upon the halved recipe of The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever. If making the full recipe of cookies, you will yield 56 ice cream sandwiches and need two gallons of vanilla ice cream to make them.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

The following recipe is by far the best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe we have ever made at home. There is something about that blended up oatmeal that makes these cookies about the moistest (is that even a word?) and chewiest CCC I have ever had the delight of eating. Oh, and the dough freezes perfectly! On to the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 112 cookies (recipe may be halved)


2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
24 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla


Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

If freezing cookie dough, decide if you want to freeze into pre-scooped balls or ready to slice logs. Flash freeze scooped balls on a cookie sheet before packaging it. It will make it easier to handle and keep its shape better if you are freezing a lot of packages on top of it. For logs, wrap in plastic wrap and form into a log about 2 inches around.

I package my dough in large Ziploc bags. Put the dough in the bag and write the baking instructions on the bag. I like to experiment with the cookies and find out what the baking time and temp is for frozen dough as well as thawed dough.