Amazon has updated their app to add some pretty awesome new features!
1) Snap n' Search Camera: Take a picture of something and search for it on the Amazon website. For instance, if you're at a friend's house and see a great pair of boots, snap a pic, find it on Amazon and order it right from your phone.
2) Barcode Scanner: If you're an avid Amazon shopper, you no doubt have numerous boxes piling up on your front porch. Which one is the box you really need to hide from the kids? Just use the barcode scanner to tell what's inside each box, without having to open it.
Amazon's Black Friday sale is going on all month, though the best deals will be on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
With the election behind us and, depending on how you voted, the stress of the results ahead of you, here's an app that was voted the Top Mind and Body App of 2014 by doctors. Relax Stress and Anxiety Relief.
It leads you through deep breathing exercises and guided meditation. It has soothing music, pictures and animations to help you shed the stresses of the world and spend a few moments relaxing.
Here's an app that is intended for carpenters, engineers, designers, handymen, and cooks...but...it wouldn't be a bad app for some students too. Quickly add fractions so you can stop using your tape measure as a slide rule. The keypad is set up like a fraction. A set of numbers 0-9 on the left as whole numbers, a second keypad of numbers in the top right for the numerator and a third keypad in the bottom right of the screen for your denominator.
Click in the fraction and add, subtract, multiply, or divide with a second fraction and your answer is spit out in both fraction (in its simplest form) and decimal form!
Makes 12-16 servings
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (such as King Arthur brand)
2 tablespoons Instant ClearJel or cornstarch
¾ cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons espresso powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1¼ cups water
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1½ cups peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ cup milk
½ cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/3 cups chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour (or grease, then line with parchment, then grease again) two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans.
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla, beating until smooth. Gradually add the water, beating until smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake the cakes for 35 to 38 minutes (a bit less if you use a 9-inch pan), or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn them out of the pans to cool completely on a rack.
Mix the sugar, peanut butter and vanilla till crumbly. Add the milk and mix till smooth, adding more milk if necessary to make a spreadable filling.
Divide the cooled cake layers in half horizontally, to make four layers.
Place one layer on a serving plate, and spread with filling. Repeat with the next two layers. Top with the final cake layer.
Combine the chocolate chips, cream, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave till the cream is very hot, and the chips are soft. Stir till the chips melt, and the mixture is smooth.
Spread the icing over the cake, letting it drizzle down the sides.
Adapted recipe from P.J. Hamel, baker and blogger for King Arthur Flour.
If you want to stream the World Series, you have two options: Look for someone streaming their TV on Facebook Live or Periscope...OR...use Fox Sports Go. The official Fox Sports app allows you to watch the game on your mobile devices, but there's a catch. Its no good for cable cutters. Why? You have to have a cable subscription.
*This is also the app to use if you want to stream Cavs games from Fox Sports Ohio.
Makes 2 Quarts
1/4 lb. Bacon, diced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups Clam juice
1 cup water
1 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 bouquet garni (parsley thyme black peppercorns Bay leaf)
1 cup potato, diced
1/2 cup cooked clams, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
In a heavy bottom soup.pot render bacon until crisp. Sprinkle in flour and stir to toast flour and make a roux. Gradually stir in Clam juice and water to make a smooth base and allow to simmer. Add vegetables and bouquet garni and allow them to simmer until soft. Add clams and heavy cream and allow them to cook 3-5 minutes. Season to taste.
If you feel like you're in a funk, here's an app you might find useful. Daylio is a mood tracking app. Every day, select the mood that best describes you (from “rad” to “awful”), and take notes about the activities you did that day, like biking, work, out with friends, or cleaning. Then, at the end of the month, you can look back and see how your moods tracked. Is there a pattern? What was your average mood for the month? Do certain activities lead to certain moods? Are there days of the week when you're more productive or more stressful?
You're also able to keep a daily diary, set reminders and events on the calendar and back it all up on your Google Drive.
¼ cup Port wine from Portugal
2 cups light brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour a 9 by 9 pan and set aside.
In a small, non-reactive saucepan, bring the port and cherries to a boil. Reduce liquid in half and allow cherries to plump. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla extract. Add cherries with remaining port and mix together.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet until mixed.
Placed into pan and bake in oven 30-40 minutes. If you insert a toothpick, the brownie crumb can bemoist but not runny.
Cool before slicing.
There are crowdsourced apps that track the weather, traffic and the news...now here's one that tracks and maps the cold and flu season. SickWeather scans social media and user accounts to determine what illnesses are showing high numbers in your neighborhood. The map shows areas in town where people are sick, a home-screen widget for Android users shows a sick-o-meter with color coded warning signs, Apple Watch users can also install a companion hand washing timer app. Sign up to receive alerts when the Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, and 20 other illnesses are in your neighborhood.
1 lb. Rotini pasta, cooked all dente
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. Bulk chorizo sausage
2 cups butternut squash, peeled diced
1 cup Brussel Sprouts, quartered
1 zucchini, diced
2 cups mushrooms
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large saute pan, heat oil. Saute sausage, squash, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are caramelized. Add zucchini and mushrooms and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock and spices. Allow stock to reduce in half. Toss in pasta and cheese and stir to combine. Adjust spices to taste.
This is a new social networking app for students who don't want to eat alone in the cafeteria. It was created by a 16 year old girl who was bullied and forced to eat alone every day. She made the app for students to make friends, feel included, and create a warm, welcoming community at school.
Sign-in to the app, type in the name of your school and it gives the user a list of students who are willing to have a new face join their group at the lunch table. There is also an option for students to be designated “school ambassadors” and host open lunch events from time to time where anyone can join the group.
Just like other social apps, students can add their friends, favorite lunch groups, and message each other.
Sit With Us is free on iTunes
12 medium red sweet apples (Macintosh, Roma, Gala)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
Wash, quarter, peel, and core apples. Place them in a large cooking pot, and add the water.
Over medium heat, cook the apples until they are nearly soft. Add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Put contents in a food processor or blender, return to pan.
On a low heat, stirring often, continue to cook apples under mixture reduces in size to apple butter consistency and turns brown. Add more cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
Can be re-blended for more smoothness.
If you're sick of getting robo-calls, this is the app for you! You already have the AdBlocker extension on your web browser to filter out pop-ups and video pre-rolls...now get the same thing for your phone to weed out telemarketers, bill collectors, fund raisers, scams and … political campaign calls!
The app is backed by the world's biggest directory of over two million telemarketer's phone numbers and automatically blocks the call when they try to reach you.
And you can customize which calls are blocked, for instance, if you prefer to let scammers and pollsters through and never get another call from another charity again, you can do that, if you want to get calls from everyone but telemarketer's, you can do that too.
The app costs $4 in the AppStore.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg. dry active yeast
1 cup warm milk, scalded & skimmed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. salt
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced small
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
Dissolve yeast in warm milk.
Cream together sugar, butter, eggs, and salt. Add flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
Place in a very lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from draft from a minimum of 1 hour until dough as nearly doubled in size. Can be refrigerated overnight.
When dough is ready, in a separate bowl mix brown sugar and cinnamon and apples.
Punch down dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 1/4” thick. Spread the softened butter, from the filling, evenly over the surface of the dough, and sprinkle evenly with apple cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up the dough like a jelly roll.
Cut the rolled dough into 1 3/4” slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, allow about 1” of space between each roll. Put rolls into a warm place and allow to double in size, approximately 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 25 minutes until lightly golden. Ice the rolls when still warm.
Cream Cheese Drizzle
2 sticks butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Whip together all ingredients. Drizzle over warm buns.