Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

True confession: I bought an Instant Pot a few years ago. But, I was terrified of it blowing up so I returned it.

Then last year my daughters Kylee and Courtney each bought an Instant Pot and they love theirs! They started posting Instagram stories about making the most delicious healthy meals, so I got re-inspired to buy another one.

But once again, mine sat in its box for months. Ha! I was still terrified. Plus, it’s hard to get motivated to change your ways, you know?

Using my Instant Pot for the First Time

Anyway, I finally asked my daughter Kylee to help me learn how. I documented her showing me how to use it on my Instagram stories (if you follow me there you already may have seen it)! If you missed it, I saved the videos in my story highlights so you can WATCH HERE. She had lots of helpful tips!

All in all, my Instant Pot lesson was a SUCCESS! I made black beans, so nothing fancy, but nothing blew up. (And they were delicious, and so much better for you than canned beans!).

Next up, maybe I’ll try rice! Or a one pot meal … or WHO KNOWS! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! Well, I’m still afraid of it, to be honest (haha), but I’ll be rewatching our Instagram video and definitely will give it another try. Or at least ask for another lesson. :)

This is the closest Instant Pot to the one I have.

Two questions I’d love to have you chime in on in the comments.

Do you use an Instant Pot?

What do you make in yours (and why do you love it)?

Would you want to see more of my Instant Pot adventures/recipes … haha?

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1. Create a New Mood with Color

It’s important to consider how the natural light and other architectural features impact the feel of a space. Incorporating a moody color palette (like in this Modern English Country kitchen) can play up a dramatic ambience for your home!

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2. Paint an Old Wood Floor!

Painted wood floors can look amazing and solve flooring problems, too. In our own home we have several areas of wood floors that don’t match the floors in other rooms. Maybe paint is the answer!

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3. Double the Impact of Creative Storage

Lidded baskets are among my all-time favorite storage pieces. People often ask where I keep extra pillows, blankets and seasonal decor! Baskets are my go to solution. Double the potential storage space and design impact with two baskets behind a sofa, under a console or near chairs.

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4. Divide and Conquer the Room!

I love this solution for a small room or a long wall. This is another idea I’ve considered for my own living room. Freestanding bookcases add character and storage, break up a long wall (or long room) and create a cozier niche for furniture.

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5. Be Bold with Blues

While I love the classic look of navy blue and white, I think utilizing several shades of blue brings a fresh modern coastal feel to a space.

What ideas are inspiring your home lately?

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