Beef stew

1 lb steak bites

2 lbs potatoes

1/2 lb carrots

1 can kidney beans drained

1 can 5 bean mix drained

Whisk together:

1 pinch red pepper flakes

2 beef bullion cubes

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

4 cups water

Cook in instapot on chicken for 1 hour

Works good puréed for baby too

Husband says it needs doughboys

Serves 2.5 twice and a week of baby mush


Bacon wrapped chicken

Line pan with foil

Lay out 4 pieces of bacon

Add chicken breast

Top with handful of mixed cheese and handful of mushrooms

Wrap bacon around chicken cover loosely with foil

Cook at 350 for 45 min then broil for 10-15 uncovered until internal temp is 83c

Serve with rice or potatoes

Douglar’s tomato soup

In large pot

1 large can Diced tomatoes

2 cloves pressed Garlic

1 large can Tomato sauce

1 Diced Onion

1 tbsp Rose Mary

1 tbsp Paprika

Ketchup 1 cup

Boil vigorously

Add pre cooked diced bacon

Any veggies (frozen peas work well)

Boil until veggies cooked

Add 1 L whipping cream (35%) and simmer on low

Add pepper to taste at the end.


Makes 7-9 larger pancakes. Or double this and use a large cookie scoop to make dollar cakes for your commute.

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoons MAGIC Baking Powder

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon white sugar

• 1 1/4 cups milk

• 1 egg

1 banana

• 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Splash of vanilla

Butter the pan for extra butter flavour

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Bank set the wrong date?

Sometimes when you download bank statements into excel you get weird dates, particularily January to September for no apparent reason. This vba helps with converting them. Not recommended for dates in the first decade of this century.


ok so there’s a lot in this one….

=Text([Cell in Excel],”dd-mmm-yyyy”) takes a cell and forces the date format to be like 03-MAR-2017

Year – pulls out the year in a date

day – pulls out a day in a date

month – pulls out a month in the date.

=if(year([Cell in Excel])-year(now())>=-1,..,..) this one checks if the year of the date you’ve provided is more than a year different from the year of the current date. This helps in catching those dates formatted in the mac standard (the stuff showing as 2008).

Date(Y,M,D) takes numeric values for year, month and day to create a date.

The rest of this repeats the formulas above to essentially reformat any dates appearing more than a year out.

A2 is the transaction date in your

Cream of chicken plus

1/2 cup onion mix

5 cubed chicken breasts

4 cups water whisked with 2 chicken oxo packets

1/3 diced cooked ham

3 chunky cut Russet potatoes

Pinch of red pepper flake

Tbsp garlic powder

Tbsp dried chives

Instapot on keep warm 4 hours

2x chicken setting

Add 250ml half and half, 1 cup milk and tbsp corn startch.

Simmer until thick

Cool and bullet for baby 😉

Served with quick cook biscuits

Cream of potato

5 large potatoes peeled and diced

1/4 diced onion

Sprinkle of oregano

Sprinkle of red pepper flake

2 packs chicken oxo

3~ cups water

3 large slices cooked ham diced

Stir and instapot soup

500 ml half and half

1~tbsp corn starch


Pour into soup base

Chop up 1 brick cream cheese

Whisk and cook in open instapot on soup until cream cheese is creamy keep whisking periodically

Everyone loved this including the baby. May try adding a cup of corn next time

Learning vba

One of the easiest ways to learn Excel macros is to record them then edit the code to see what you've recorded.

This does not however work as well with Access macros – creating macros doesn't let you into the code.

Improved chicken wrap

This is a weekly prep kind of idea:
2 shredded chicken breasts
2 thick cut slices ham diced
Toss in 1-2 cups bbq sauce
Shake and store

Spoon 3 tbsp onto tortilla with
Splash of ranch
Sprinkle shredded cheese
Heaping tbsp diced onion and mixed pepper
2 strips cooked bacon
1 handful spinach.

Even better grilled.