That is really good to know! I'm sure our old rice cooker is about to bite the dust and I love it - so I'll definitely look into your recommendation!
Oh wow! We're only a family of 5, (hopefully soon 6) and I'm really only homeschooling my 8 and 4 year old. (my youngest just turned 1 last week :) )
Can I just sit at your knees and learn for a bit?
I feel like my life is constantly divided between either cleaning/cooking/teaching and rarely can I get all three done the same day.
I'd love to see how you organize your days!
Right now we're using mixed curriculum but mostly Christian Light Units and All About Reading, my second eldest is working through her kindergarten books, but loves sitting and doing "school" with her big sis! Lol ;)
I doubt that you'd be all that impressed with how I organize my days. We are very much a little here and a little there type of home educators. We go year round, sometimes hard at the books, but most of the time pretty soft. I'm a back to basics type of lady, so I mainly just teach the 3r's and let them follow some of their own interests. I use Rod and Staff as a base and I also really like Phonics Tutor and Readmaster Plus (ACE). We do a lot of homesteading and farm related stuff. Cook mostly everything from scratch. Promote reading and working with your hands (sewing, woodworking, building fun things like tree houses, etc.). Provide them with instruments (which they teach themselves to play) and we have group singing. My husband has a talent for singing and music, so it's an "inherited" blessing that they are musically talented. Anyway, we are really eclectic in our approach. I have four sons who have already "graduated" (you never stop learning, right???). Two of them are carpenters (foremen), one is a professional cabinet maker (he works for a small company that does custom builds, but wants to have his own shop one day), and the youngest is an electrician. They all make good money, but most important to my husband and me (as far as working is concerned) is that they all have really good reputations for being excellent, hard workers, with great attitudes. :)
I'm sure you are doing just fine. Just keep on encouraging a love for learning and being available to them when they need help. Try to have a good attitude and try to include them in almost all of your adventures (Instant Pot cooking is an adventure, no? LOL). :) That's all the advise that I have... told you that you wouldn't be impressed lol :)
Back to the topic at hand...
A few years ago, my crock pots were my best friends, but I actually very rarely use them to cook in these days. I only use them to transport cooked (in the IP) food places for carry in meals or if we are having a lot of company and I need to use my IP to make more than one thing, I'll empty the contents of the IP into one of my crocks to keep it warm. Oh and I use them to make apple butter. :)
@Dan I really liked my 8 qt (when it was working) but if IP started offering a 10 qt pot, I'd buy one today. :) It was nothing for my crew to eat their way to the very bottom of the 8qt at times, especially if chili was in the pot. :)