Appliance Review: Instant™ Omni™ (Air Fryer) Toaster Oven

Much more than just a toaster oven!

If you’ve read my food posts, you know I’m an Instant “Pothead”. But I don’t just buy small appliances based on branding – I look for excellent performance and good value, too. When it comes to air fryer ovens, options abound…but if you’re looking for a great air fryer oven that also toasts well, read on.

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Pressure Cooked: Low Carb Cauliflower “Hamburger Helper”

I’m not a big fan of what this dish is called, but the name does describe it better than something like “beef and cauliflower casserole”, right? Regardless of the name, it’s tasty, simple, and pure comfort food. Make it yourself for a one-bowl meal that keeps the carbs low and satiety high: a delicious melding of protein, fat, and fiber.

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Drawn: Melana’s Horse

Is that a bit of an overbite?

I doodled this bust of a horse on my whiteboard a while ago, inspired by a new friend I “met” virtually. It’s a bit cartoon-y, but I’m glad that it at least resembles a horse. Perhaps it can serve as a baseline against which future drawings may be compared – with future efforts (hopefully) demonstrating improvement!

I used to draw horses all the time as a youth, nursing fantasies of getting my own horse. I devoured novels about horses, learned about breeds and colors, and was firmly convinced that I would have my own horse (Arabians were my favorite). And maybe, someday, I will.

Farm Life: A Very Chilly Christmas

When the weather app says it’s 15 degrees out but feels like 1, you know it’s cold out there…ok, not Minnesota cold, but cold for this area. And it’s a white Christmas – a dusting of snow overnight was followed by snow showers today. Given the precipitous drop in temperatures, it’s a good thing we wrapped all the tractors yesterday.

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Pressure Cooked: Calming Congee

To my low carbing friends: look away. This dish is rice-based, and I’m not even going to pretend that it could be made with a low carb rice alternative (like cauliflower or shirataki “rice”) and still taste as good. Because it won’t. But, for those who are ok with straying off the low carb path once in a while, congee is comfort food you won’t forget. And, made in an electric pressure cooker, it’s quick and easy!

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