Instant Pot

Whether you have an Instant Pot sitting in the box, or plan to get one soon, the links in this post will make you an IP pro in no time:

Amazing video tutorial for beginners – START HERE!

Troubleshooting Tips for Instant Pot – Video

My favorite Instant Pot risotto recipe – tried and true!

Best Pot Roast EVER

Arroz con Leche

30 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes (tons of great recipes on this blog!)

10 Best Instant Pot Recipes for Everyone





Instant Pot Thanksgiving

If you have an Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker), you already know you can save tons of time on a busy work night preparing dinner. Even frozen meat can be on the table in no time. So why not make the holidays even more festive by spending less time in the kitchen?

Rather than purchasing a second Instant Pot, I purchased an extra liner for about $25, which has allowed me to finish the first dish and start a second one right away.

I’ve shared some of the best recipes to make Thanksgiving a snap:

Food Network’s Instant Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Breast with Gravy

Delish’s 13 Instant Pot Recipes to make Thanksgiving a Breeze

FoodieCrush’s Instant Pot Butternut Squash

Adventure of a Nurse’s Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

Margie’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

I make this constantly – my family loves it, and it could not be easier in the Instant Pot:

5-6 half-breasts of boneless skinless chicken

1 block of cream cheese

1.5 cups of shredded mexican blend cheese

1/4 cup of sour cream

gourmet black pepper to taste

Set the chicken breasts on Pressure Cook for 15 minutes. Let out the pressure, then add your other ingredients. Set if for another 15 minutes, and this time, let it steam naturally. Shred the chicken, stir it all up, and you are done! Serve in a bread bowl, or with tortilla chips.

Cutting the (Cable) Cord

Just google search the name of this blog post, and you’ll find countless posts and articles about ditching the cable or satellite TV and finding other ways to enjoy your favorite shows and movies. This information will change rapidly, so it’s important to find current information in order to make the smartest decisions.

Check out my google slideshow on cutting the cable cord!

Here is my Cut the Cord Checklist.

Word Processing for Everyone

There is more than one way to skin a cat – or write a letter! Word Processing has grown up quite a bit since the olden days of ’95.  Although Microsoft Word remains the most commonly-used word processing software, there are many more to choose from – including open-source (free) choices. Check out a few of my favorites:







Crock Pot Magic

It’s time to dust off that crock pot and put it to good use – all the time! Check out these awesome recipes that will save you time, money and the stress of meal planning. If you’ve never thought about using that crock pot for breakfast, appetizers and desserts, you’ll be amazed at many of these recipes and ideas:

Biddeford Adult Ed Class on 4/2/19:

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Garlic & Honey Meatballs

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole


  1. 12 eggs
  2. 1 (32 ounce) bags frozen hash brown potatoes
  3. 1 lb bacon, cut into small pieces -cooked and drained
  4. ½ cup onions, diced
  5. ¾ lb shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  8. salt and pepper


  1. Layer the ingredients in your crock pot in this order-.
  2. 1/2 of the potatoes- on the bottom.
  3. 1/2 of the bacon.
  4. 1/2 of the onions.
  5. 1/2 of the cheese.
  6. potatoes.
  7. bacon.
  8. onions.
  9. cheese.
  10. Beat the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour this over the whole mixture. Cook on low for ten to twelve hours.

Excel Essentials

Here are some great links for free Excel tutorials and training:

Using data bars, color scales & icon sets in Excel

Excel Essentials: Raw Data for Pivot Tables

Crash Course in Excel – Video

Understanding Cell References – Video

Working with 3D Formulas in Excel 2016 – Video

Top 25 Excel 2016 Tips & Tricks

Another 15 Excel 2016 Tips & Tricks

Top 15 ADVANCED Excel 2016 Tips & Tricks

Printable Comprehensive Excel 2016 Tutorial

Locking Cells & Protecting Sheets

Training for many software packages, including Excel and Calc – In Pics!

Microsoft Excel Training – broken down by content area

Microsoft Excel 2003 Training

Microsoft Excel 2007 Training

Microsoft Excel 2010 New Features – video

Microsoft Excel 2016 Tutorial

Top 25 Excel 2016 Tips & Tricks

More Excel 2007 Tutorials – includes other Office 2007 Tutorials

Microsoft Excel Chart Tutorial – with voice

OpenOffice Calc Tutorial

OpenOffice Calc Chart Tutorial – printable!

google rocks!

New for 2018:

Google Drive Quick Start Tutorial

Google Drive – Full Tutorial

Google Sheets – 2018 Tutorial

G Suite Learning Center


Here is a brief overview of what Google products have to offer for tech integration in the classroom.


Ten Reasons to use Gmail


All About Google Calendar (printable!)