#ChristmasGive Challenge

Join Amy + Jacky's #ChristmasGive Challenge to share happiness through delicious homemade gifts.

Jacky’s Lost & Found – A True Life Story

21 years ago, I met my homestay family for the first time. They were the nicest and tallest family I have ever met.

I barely spoke any English, but it didn’t matter. They welcomed me like family.

I was a 12-year old, super shy 4 feet Asian boy, but it didn’t matter to my 17-year old 6 feet 2 homestay brother M. He took me under his wing and showed me how it’s done in the western world.

They taught me so many valuable lessons in life. In fact, they made 1996 – 1997 the best childhood year in my life!

After that year, my mom came to pick me up and moved to a big city.

I still remember a brief conversation with Brother M before I left…

Brother M: “Jacky, you have to come visit us next year”

Jacky: “My mom won’t let me. I will come visit you guys when I grow up.”

Brother M: “It will be very different by then!”

Unfortunately, life got really tough for my family and we kept moving from place to place. Eventually, I lost contact with my homestay family because they also moved away from the small town.

From time to time, I would eagerly search for their names on the internet to no avail….But I never gave up.

Until recently, I FOUND THEM!!! All thanks to Brother M finally registering for a Facebook account.

Amy and I quickly booked our plane tickets to see them.

For the first time ever in 20 years, I reunited with my homestay family. You can imagine the flood of emotions going through each of our minds.

Homestay Dad teaching me how to bike. He is a real life Super Hero, currently on the quest to defeat lung cancer.

They are still super tall. Just like old times, they welcomed me & Amy like family. We even got to meet their 12-year old 5 feet 11 grandkid.

We spent HOURS chatting, laughing at the funny stories, and reminiscing the good old times. Gallons of happy tears were shed in those three days.

Brother M: “Hey Jacky, how much were the plane tickets?”

Jacky: “You are silly. We would come even if they were $5000.”

Hey Brother M, I kept my promise. 🙂 I just didn’t realize it would take me 20 years to grow up.

Happiness comes from the simplest form in life. People & Connections.

Amy & I brought along two Instant Pots and some toys as gifts.Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cookers

Auntie D (homestay Mom) unpacked the Instant Pot and immediately whipped up a comforting bowl of split pea soup for us.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup made by homestay mom

While Auntie D handed me the soup, she said, “Thank you for the gift Jacky. I love it. This pot is so much easier than my old pressure cooker.”

No Auntie D. I should be the one saying thank you. Words cannot describe how blessed I am to be your homestay son. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you have created in my life.

Thank you for the “gives”, my homestay family.

It was so difficult to say goodbye. But we know we will meet again.

We promise we won’t wait another 20 years. 🙂

Jacky has learnt so much from them – their generosity, care & love for others, warm hospitality…

We are deeply touched and inspired by this loving family that keeps on giving. Without them, Jacky wouldn’t be who he is today.

This Christmas, we are launching this #ChristmasGive Challenge to honor this extraordinary family who showed us what it’s like to generously give and love strangers like family.

Happiness is a gift that keeps on giving.
Happiness is contagious, and it multiplies.

What is the #ChristmasGive Challenge?

2017 was a tough year for some of us. Hurricanes, earthquakes, loss of loved ones, illness, the list can go on forever. And it doesn’t help when we’re bombarded with negativity and terrorizing news.

So, we’ve decided to try something new & exciting with you.

For the whole month of December, we’ll publish a series of new Instant Pot Food Gift Recipes.

Our hope is to encourage you to make these delicious homemade gifts for your family, friends, or even strangers.

We don’t know where this will go, but together, we can (and we will!) spread some love and happiness in our local communities.

Come join us! 🙂

Together we can make our world a better place.
Share Happiness One #ChristmasGive at a time

How can I Participate?

1. Think of Someone in Need

It can be neighbors who have families far away, seniors living alone, international students, waitress at your favorite restaurant, delivery guy, nursing homes, caregivers, teachers…anyone you’d like to appreciate.

Just imagine the smile you’ll bring to their faces 🙂

2. Make Them a #ChristmasGive!

Pick a recipe & make it! You can even get creative and host a #ChristmasGive party with your friends.

#ChristmasGive Ideas:

*Note: we’ll continue to update this list as we publish our New #ChristmasGive Recipes throughout December.

Free #ChristmasGive Printable Gift Tags

Decorate your holiday gifts with these adorable exclusive Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags: join Amy and Jacky’s Pressure Cooking ChristmasGive Challenge

We’ve designed some Exclusive Printable Christmas Gift Tags for you to decorate your #ChristmasGive.

Instructions & Download Here: Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

3. Snap & Share Your Stories on Social Media

Don’t forget to snap some pictures of your #ChristmasGive & show the world!

You can share your photos & stories on Social Media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with the hashtag #ChristmasGive or you can email usWe’d love to see your photos & hear your stories!

As we gather your awesome stories + photos, we’ll feature them on this page.

*Note: You can email us if you like to keep your photos anonymous but hope to inspire others with your story. 

Let’s unite as a pressure cooking community &
Spread happiness like wildfires!

Share Happiness
One #ChristmasGive at a time

Want More Christmas Recipes?

Check out our Growing Collection of Instant Pot Christmas Recipes!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Christmas Recipes: make your Christmas holidays memorable with our handpicked collection of recipes!

We wish you & yours a lovely Christmas Holiday! 🙂

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Thankyou for this story. I’ve got your pea snd ham soup in the pressure cooker right now and clicked the link to read up on it.
I have tears running down my face after reading about this reunion. Wishing you many more meetings with your homestay family and meals shared together.


Thank you for sharing. We can all use more positive, uplifting and inspirational stories such as this in our lives.

I bid you peace.

Michelle Rupp

You are both LOVELY in all ways. What a moving story. I feel SO lucky to have stumbled upon your work. This will save me hours and hours of research of the “best,” tested recipes. I have a long line of RV’s down the block from me that house homeless people. I have been driving by and wondering what to do all of the holiday weeks but was TOO BUSY to do anything and I didn’t quite know what! You have inspired me – particularly after my first few recipes with my new Multicooker – so easy and fast and… Read more »


Thank you for sharing your story. It was very moving. I am planning to make your Lemon Curd this week to give to some friends along with scones from my son’s bakery.


Amy ❤️ Jacky, Thank you for sharing how your hearts were touched by this amazing family, and how God used these people in your lives! Your story is beyond inspiring! As I am making Cloud 9 to give away tomorrow, I am asking God to bless you and your homestay family with health, hope, and happiness. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


Having just helped to move a disabled senior I am pressed for a bit of time to make something for family and friends. Just got all my Christmas packages in the mail and still so behind. I think I will be trying several of your Christmas gives ideas. Thank you so much for putting them out there just in time for my big save. Have a wonderful holiday season you are so appreciated.


…and the tears are running down my face…such a beautiful story, and thank you for sharing it. I am entering it into my gratitude journal so that it will continue to inspire me.


And I already have my first ‘Christmas Give’ recipients in mind! Thank you for sharing your wonderfully heartfelt story with us. Bless your homestay family for setting such a terrific example to follow…<3


What a beautiful story. I love your posts regardless, but this one was very special! I am serving dinner for 40 people in our synagogue’s shelter this month and will make your mac & cheese to go with the main dish (my husband’s smoked chicken). I also am making infused honey made in the IP for gifts for neighbors. They’re not done yet so no pics, but I’ll get there! Happy Holidays to you both!

Bonnie Parr

Thank you for sharing you heart and life story to us. It makes me feel like we are family too. With tears in my eyes I wish the twp of you the very best.

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