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Mare’s Mac & Cheese

Serves 8.


4 cups elbow macaroni
1 whole onion finely chopped
1/3 cup butter
½ cup flour
4 ½ cups milk
2 tsp. salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
2 generous cups shredded aged cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups shredded aged cheddar
Bacon Bits (optional)


  • Preheat oven at 350°F.  Grease a 13”x9”x2” pan.
  • Bring large pot of well salted water to a boil.  Add the macaroni and cook according to instructions till it’s al dente.  Strain and set aside in large over-sized bowl.
  • Chop the onion and add to the macaroni.  Don’t bother stirring yet.
  • Chop the Tomatoes and set aside in small bowl
  • Melt 1/3 cup butter in a medium sized pot
  • Make a roux by adding the half cup flour to the melted butter and mix together with a whisk.  The butter separates the flour particles which prevents lumps from forming.  Cook on the stove for a minute or two.
  • Pour in the 4 cups of milk, 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil, stirring continually to prevent it from burning.  After it thickens, continue cooking for 2 or 3 minutes more.
  • Immediately add the cheese sauce to the macaroni and onions, and mix it all together.  Pour half into the greased 13”x9” pan.  Sprinkle half the chopped tomatoes and 1 cup each of the cheddar and mozzarella, saving the rest for the topping.
  • Pour the rest of the mac and cheese mixture on over top and then top that off with the rest of the tomatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  If desired, top all of that off with bacon bits.


Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, till it’s bubbly and set, as you see below.



3 Ingredient Egg and Banana Pancakes.  Super easy pancakes.

3 Ingredient Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Cut down on your sugar intake with a simple nutritious alternative to decadent pancakes!  This recipe is not only delicious, but nutritious and gluten-free!

Makes approximately three 3″ diameter pancakes.

2 Eggs
1 Banana
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or vanilla
Coconut oil or grapeseed oil


Beat eggs in small bowl until slightly frothy.  Mash banana thoroughly using fork or food processor.  Mix into the egg mixture and add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or vanilla according to your own taste.  Drop batter onto hot greased pan and spread with a spoon to form 3″ diameter pancakes.  Serve with or without maple syrup.  Bon appetit!

3 Ingredient Egg and Banana Pancakes

Illustrator – Move an object by smaller keyboard increments

Adobe Illustrator is set up by default to move objects by increments that are too large, making it impossible to place precisely where necessary on your artboard.  All you have to do is change the Keyboard Increments in your Preferences, as you see in the illustration below.


Choose “General” and then change the number where you see “Keyboard Increment”.


Click “OK” and you’re done.  The change is immediate.

Computer Desktop Rotated

Shortcuts to rotate screen on Windows Computer or laptop

Well today, I rediscovered an old trick I used to know and totally forgot about….. the hard way.  There I was, busy editing a picture when I used a shortcut I thought I had always used only to find the entire screen had rotated.  It’s pretty hard to control the mouse when everything has gone sideways!  Haha!  Here is the solution to a rotated desktop screen, like the one below:


  1.  Right-click on an empty spot on your desktop and choose “Display settings” as you see below:
  2.  Just below “Orientation” there is a dropdown menu….. choose “Landscape” as you see below and click “Apply”.
  3. Click on “Apply Changes” and you’re done.

You can also use the shortcuts you see below to cycle through the different orientation options.

Ctrl + Alt + Top Arrow Key – Rotates the screen right side up (toolbar on bottom).

Ctrl + Alt + Bottom Arrow Key – Rotates the screen upside down (toolbar on top).

Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow Key – Rotates the screen right (toolbar on left)

Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow Key – Rotates the screen left (toolbar on right)


Ctrl + Winkey (Windows Key) – Cycles through all your virtual desktops.

Get Media to Upload to WordPress

I had just setup WordPress on my host server, when I discovered that some, but not all of my images were uploading.  Then within days, the media uploader quit uploading images altogether, leaving the cryptic message “http error”.  I scoured the internet LITERALLY for days with no resulting viable solution.  One of them was to change the file and folder permissions on the “wp-content” folder in the root directory of WordPress.  This sadly did not work.  I tried several other options, which I won’t even bother you with as they too did not work.

Then I stumbled on this one, which works BEAUTIFULLY!

Correcting the HTTP Upload Error

  1. Log into your cPanel dashboard.
  2. Using the file manager, navigate to your WordPress site’s root directory.
  3. Locate and open the .htaccess file for editing.
  4. Add the following line of code at the top of the file:SetEnv MAGICK_THREAD_LIMIT 1

  5. Save the changes to the .htaccess file.

If you can’t see the .htaccess file, you will have to enable the view by clicking on “Settings” in cpanel and make sure that “Show hidden files (dotfiles)” is checked and then “Save” it.  You should then be able to make any needed edits in your .htaccess file.

This recipe uses oven roasted garlic & onion soup mix with yogurt & mayonnaise.

Mare’s Onion Roasted Garlic Soup Dip

This is my favourite dip, suitable for dipping potato chips, tortilla chips and all sorts of vegetables.  I have to have this on hand all week for dipping veggies at random times when I feel like nibbling or just plain hungry.


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (use a low fat one that is pure yogurt, with NO ADDITIVES)
  • 1/2 cup regular Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 package Knorr Onion Roasted Garlic Soup mix (41g)

Mix this up well…. and a little warning for you…… normally this takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare, but you will probably wish to taste test it like I do……. Which then brings the prep time to 10 minutes ……… Hahahahaha!


Low Calorie and low carb Cauliflower and Zucchini dish.

Cauliflower and Zucchini Bake

I threw this recipe together using all the ingredients I already love – Roasted garlic & Onion dip, parmesan, mozzarella and cauliflower. It can be served as either a side dish or the main meal as it contains both vegetables and protein.

Candy Crush Saga Screen Shot

Candy Crush Saga Loses Lives after Switch to New Phone

Well, like you, I found out the hard way that switching to a new phone causes you to lose all the extra lives you paid for or collected from your Facebook friends.  But all is not lost……….. all you have to do is continue to play out the rest of your lives on your old phone.  They are all still there even though the phone number is deactivated.  You can also use all the bonus candies you’ve collected.  The old phone can be used to play games, surf the internet, access Pinterest, Facebook and any other sites you’re used to surfing.  

Home page on Samsung Galaxy Tab E changed by Google Now Launcher

Well, of all the things to wake up to on a Sunday morning.  My Samsung Galaxy Tab E looked completely different today……….. and I had NO idea how I had done it!  At some point the day before when I hit the middle home button, I got a prompt to choose which launcher to use.  I had NEVER had that show up previously so I didn’t pay much attention. I clicked on the right hand one just to be done with it, which turned out to be the Google Now Launcher instead of my usual (as I found out later) TouchWiz Home.