Author Archives: Dakotapam

About Dakotapam

Professional fundraiser, Pastor's wife, and mom to six. Some people say I have my hands full, but I say I am living life with both hands full!

My Quarantine Project

I’ve been pretty quiet here lately. Mostly because, like the rest of America–and, quite frankly, the WORLD, I’ve been busy working from home, homeschooling kids (and yes, I know, I know, not REALLY homeschooling, but whatever), and managing our household.

I’ve always cooked for a small crowd. When all of the “kids” lived at home, I was cooking for eight. Now I’m down to cooking for six.

The difference now, is that I cam cooking FULL TIME for six. The kids are not eating lunch at school, and the teens are home for dinner every night. And, while take-out is readily available, it has never really been a natural part of our family dining.

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So, I Did a Thing. Want to Follow my Noom Journey?

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It is no secret that I am a bigger girl. I love food. I love coffee with lots of floofy stuff in it. I have names for all of my gummy bears. BUT, I’m also a wife, and a mom to six wonderful human beings.

I need to be a good steward of this relatively healthy body that God has given me.

I’ve known for a (long) while that something has to give. Perhaps the best motivation is being married to a guy who lost 30 pounds, totally on his own, with controlling his diet and working out a lot. He looks great. Better yet–he FEELS great.

I would like that for myself. But I have a LOT of excuses.

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Instant Pot 101: Get Your Accessories!

An Instant Pot is great. Instant Pot Accessories supercharge your pressure cooker! Read on to find out what the must-haves are for your new Instant Pot!

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my pot. Every recipe I find, I wonder if I can convert it for my Instant Pot.  “But can I make it in my Instant Pot?” is a constant question. The answer to that question is yes, you can convert most recipes, but you might need some accessories.

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot 101: Split Pea Soup Recipe


Split Pea Soup is an ideal first soup recipe to prepare in the Instant Pot. The ingredients are easily accessible and the soup comes together in under an hour!

Welcome back to Instant Pot 101!  I hope your first week of cooking with your Instant Pot went well.  I know that my family has enjoyed hard boiled eggs this week. My daughter was thrilled to try chicken noodles and it is her new favorite food!

As a Lutheran wife, it is ingrained in me that the Lenten season is also Soup season.  Every Wednesday before our Lenten service, our church gathers for a soup and sandwich supper.  I usually don’t make soup, as I’m a 40 hours a week working mom and generally don’t have time for that.

Enter the Instant Pot.

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