These red kidney bean, rice and mince burritos are usually one of Ryan’s dishes, but I decided to give the recipe a try!


You will need
400g mince meat
1 cup long grain rice
1 tin of 420g kidney beans, drained
1 tin of 400g chopped tomatoes
1 cup of cold water
Grated cheese to serve
1 packet mix of chilli powder (I used Schwartz hot chilli con carne)
8 tortillas


Add rice and a pinch of salt (if required) to a large pan of boiling water. Stir once then reduce the heat, cover and
simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

Drain in a sieve and set aside.

Pan fry the mince meat in oil on a medium heat.

While the meat is browning, drain the beans and add to a sauce pan with oil. Add the tomatoes and chilli powder mix with a cup of cold water and stir.

Once the mince is cooked add this to the beans and tomatoes, mix well and leave to simmer. The aim is to evaporate most of the water.

Microwave the Soft Corn Tortillas on full power for 35-40 seconds or heat in the oven following the pack instructions.


I served ours in a large salad bowl, with the grated cheese in a smaller bowl and store bought guacamole and sour cream.


They were very spicy! But we both really enjoyed them.


A quick and easy recipe for sausage and bacon pasta (you could also use spaghetti).


You will need
    250g pasta or spaghetti
    250g bacon, chopped and cooked
    500g sausages
    olive oil for frying
    1 jar (500g) tomato pasta sauce (or make your own)
Mixed herbs


Cook the pasta / spaghetti according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside.

Cook the chopped bacon in a frying pan till crisp, drain the excess fat and remove from the pan. In the same pan, cook the sausages.

Once cooked remove the sausages and cut into pieces, put back in the pan along with the bacon and pasta sauce.
Add herbs (I used Schwartz mixed pasta herbs) and cook for approximately 10 – 15 mins.

Serve with the cooked pasta / spaghetti, I add some grated cheese to the top (not shown in photo).



We bought a new all-in-one printer, it scans, copies, it’s wireless and even prints from my mobile phone, but what it isn’t doing is printing from my laptop!

The print jobs keep disappearing from the print queue instantly, this includes test pages.

HP Deskjet 2542

(Ignore the girly butterfly sheets…)

Here’s a few things I tried to get the printer working correctly after a lot of Googling:-
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Printer: HP Deskjet 2542

Trial 1: Run Printer Troubleshooter

I tried this before Googling for any other answers; the outcome? No known issues found with the device. *sigh*

The Printer troubleshooter will attempt to automatically diagnose and fix your problem.

Open the Printer troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Hardware and Sound, click Use a printer.

Open the printer troubleshooter

Additional reading: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Open-the-Printer-troubleshooter

The device was set as the default printer and ‘ready to use’, but I still couldn’t print / print jobs keep disappearing.

This screen-shot was taken seconds after clicking the print button… 0 Documents to print.


Trial 2. Uninstall / reinstall the printer

Even though the troubleshooter found no known issues with the device, I uninstalled it and then reinstalled the drivers using the disc provided. Unfortunately, this didn’t resolve the printing issue.

Trial 3. Restart Print Spooler service

To restart the Print Spooler service

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

  1. Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services.
  3. Right-click the Print Spooler service, and then click Properties.
  4. On the General tab, next to Startup type, make sure that Automatic is selected… It was!
    • If the service is not already running, under Service status, click Start, and then click OK.

Unfortunately, this didn’t fix the issue. :-(

So, I tried amending the recovery settings for the Print Spooler:-

  1. Right-click “Print Spooler” and select “Properties”.
  2. Click on the “Recovery” tab and change all 3 drop-down boxes to “Restart The Service”.
  3. Make sure the 2 text boxes underneath say “1” in them.
  4. Click OK until you are back at the Services window, close it.
  5. Go back into the properties of the “Print Spooler” tab and be sure to click Start to restart the Print Spooler service and it will restart the service immediately.

I learned that the Print spooler depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service and if this service is disabled it can affect printing. So I searched for RPC using the method above and checked the automatic was selected. It wasn’t so I fixed this and tried printing again… No luck!

Trial 4. Rename the HPBXPSRENDER.DLL file

After uninstalling the printer again, the HP support website itself (getting desperate by this point for a solution) recommend renaming the HPBXPSRENDER.DLL file and then installing the printer.

  1. Click the Start button, and then type %windir% in the search field.
  2. Double-click the System 32 folder, double-click the Spool folder, and then double-click the Drivers folder.
  3. Double-click the x64 folder or the w32x86 folder, depending on your operating system, and then double-click the 3 folder.
  4. Right-click the HPBXPSRENDER.DLL file, and then click Rename.
  5. Delete the DLL suffix, type OLD in its place, and then press Enter. The file name now displays as HPBXPSRENDER.OLD.
    • When the “If you change the file name extension, the file might become unstable. Are you sure you want to change it?” message displays, click Yes.
  6. Close the window.
  7. Now re-install the printer / drivers.
  8. That didn’t work either. :-(

    Hopefully, the above solutions may work for you. They appeared to work for everyone that isn’t me. Haha.

    I’d like to note that I’ve been searching for a solution for the best part of 3 – 4 hours now! All I wanted was to print a letter for my pension provider. 😉

    Since my mobile phone is able to send jobs to the printer and I can use the scanner (to my laptop) and the copier on the printer, I assume it’s an issue with my laptop… Hmm…