Instant Pot Christmas Edition

Instant Pot Christmas Edition

Instant Pot saved the day during Thanksgiving, and it can do an even better job during Christmas! If you are like me, you have family and friends drop by on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so there’s a lot of cooking going on. Let’s explore some awesome recipes that will make the holidays much brighter:

50 Christmas Instant Pot Recipes from Amy & Jacky

Food Network’s “Christmas Dinner in Your Instant Pot”

10 Easy Holiday Recipes Instant Pot

31 Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Recipes for the Month of December from Foodie Crush

For my Instant Pot class at Sanford Community Adult Education on 12/17/19, we’ll focus on the following recipes:

Pressure Cooker Cranberry Sauce (so easy & delish!)

Christmas Eve Hot Cocoa (Instant Pot)

Everything But the Kitchen Sink (Leftover!) Soup

Streaming Free (or almost free)

Streaming Free (or almost free)

Once you cut the cord to your cable or satellite tv company, you will want to take full advantage of your freedom. This list is up to date right now, but you’ll want to ask around, and also keep abreast of the latest and greatest free (or almost free) streaming services. I am very wary of questionable sites, so my list is pretty tame.

Sony Crackle – Crackle gets amazing reviews. It allows the viewer to watch high quality tv and movies. It has ads, but they are pretty quick. Check it out.

Vudu – Although Vudu has been known as Walmart’s on-demand movie service, it recently expanded to also offer free content. Here’s a video that explores that free content.

tubi TV – tubi offers a lot for free – once again, you will need to watch their ads, but they are brief. Pretty cool site with no sign-in required.

Hulu (Basic) – Hulu has several subscription plans. One is Live, which includes access to live tv. However, if you are on a budget, or already have other paid subscriptions and just want options, the basic Hulu is pretty darn cool. It is currently only $1.99/month for the first year, then $5.99/month thereafter. Hard to beat.

YouTube – We can’t ever forget the site that started it all. YouTube has a lot of free content – and you just have to watch (or suffer quietly) through their ads. Take another look at YouTube if you haven’t lately. Here’s a video that outlines the top nine free movies.

GooPhone’s List of Best Streaming Sites

Instant Pot

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

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

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

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

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.