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I’m the kind of person who drags her feet for any new kind of technology. I’m also married to a technology nut who loves gadgets of all kinds. So when Mr. Johns got all excited about an Instant Pot he saw on sale, I wasn’t convinced I’d ever even use it. I mean, I have a Dutch oven, a stove and a teapot. I hardly see the use for some new fangled pot. 😉

Mr. Johns had a convincing argument, though. He pointed out that with all the writing I do, it might be nice to cut down on some the work in the kitchen, and he was pretty sure this thing would make my life easier. And the real cincher? He said he’d figure out how to use it, too, and do more cooking! SOLD!

Anyway, Mr. Johns was right. An Instant Pot does have a learning curve, but it makes a lot of cooking a LOT easier.


While I make a fantastic chilli at the best of times, this chilli was even better than my usual. 😉

However, the most exciting part of this newfangled gadget is the air fryer lid. I have a weakness for potato wedges, and cooking them in the oven takes a long time and requires a bit of supervision. I tried some potato wedges with a gluten-free BBQ seasoning on top with the Instant Pot air fryer… SO good! And fast. Like, taking-a-break-from-writing-and-I-need-some-carby-goodness fast! 🙂



I saw these decals online, and I’m tempted to get this particular one, just because it makes me laugh. 🙂 Mr. Johns won’t get the humor because he isn’t a Star Wars fan. Our son will probably grant me an eye roll. But it still might be worth it. 😉

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Anyone else an Instant Pot convert? Any favourite recipes you just can’t live without now? I’d be glad to get some new ideas!

And while I note the incredible irony that I’ve got an Amish release coming out while I tell you about my electronic cooking gadget, please do check out my upcoming release! All the women in that book cook it the old fashioned way. 😉


Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .