Saturday, April 21, 2018

A New Instant Pot in the Kitchen

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I got a new Instant Pot the month. Very Impressed with it! I have always used Pressure, Slow  and Rice cookers,  and  Yogurt makers in my Life. They are the most time saving devices in my opinion.
Now I am ready to let go of the single devices. This Instant pot is amazing!!  Now you can replace all of them with this one.

First thing I made was Mac and cheese.  What a  success, all the family love it. It was ready in 10 minutes. Unbelievable! Then I  did Rice, that had a learning curve. However, I figured it out and it took about 10 minutes also. Chicken breast was next.  Cooked it from  completely frozen. It took about 25 minutes. The Chicken  was shredded for a meal.  Last night I cooked Pork chops from frozen. I found them a bit dry. I will have to work on that item. We did soft boil eggs. Wow I was surprised, they turn out perfect.

Yogurt is the next thing to try. In my opinion this is a great kitchen addition to have . Even thinking about get a 3 qt one for smaller batches.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Tech House: Amazon Smart Devices

I love New Technology things. Gadgets for the Kitchen and Readers, computers, Surface to tablets. I seem to acquire several things. My Husband started me on  computers in the early 90's. He had been working with them awhile before then at work. However they started to appear more and more in the households. My parents had one. So I learned the DOS system and started on my Journey. Today there are over 100 smart items in our home. A Smart Home? Not yet! However my  Holiday gifts included some smart Switches and a couple more Echos.( one for each floor).

This review is on the Amazon Echo's. First one received one year ago it was a Alexa Echo. There was a learning curve to it. Did not appear to be a plug it, turn on and go, as sold. We had to log into the Amazon account and add it to an account. Dad didn't have an account so we had to create one. Next thing was to set up a list of things though the Alexa App. You have to have a  Amazon Kindle or IPhone/Pad product to load it. the App does not work on the Microsoft Operations or Androids Phones. The Alexa App is downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Once we downloaded the app to his Kindle fire, we were able to set up his desires. From News groups to Music. We also were able to activate  Fire TV  control. Now For an aging adult ( 83) this was a good thing. He could just tell it what he wanted to see. Dad had a Stroke over a year ago and suffers from Aphasia. So it is hard for him to remember sequences to work a remote. Speaking is much better. So as you can see these items are a good thing.

Over the Summer I found out I could link the Alexa Echo Device to my account. We could change accounts on the device by a simple phrase " Change accounts" This a great cause there is a lot more one can do  with a Prime account.  This allowed me to play more with the device. I enjoyed asking for drink recipes and stay up with the News. Also listening to music. Although I really did not like the Amazon Music in the early stages.

So, I purchased anTap and Echo Dot . Love them both! This time they were Purchased through my Amazon and they both came set up to my account! I did not have to link them. Just turn on and play. A lot better than before. I also purchased Amazon Music for the Tap/Echo/Dot. Just to try it out. I have to say I liked it! I was able to make my a stations and listen to music choices of my choosing. We have Sirius XM, Pandora Plus, and Spotify. Listened to Pandora more than the others. With that said, now in the home the Amazon has become the music of choice. just might upgrade soon.

The Tap is a 360° Speaker, Blue tooth. It does not require a Name Shout Out first and works with a tap  button on the device. You can ask it anything like the Alexa Echo and Echo Dots. It responds in the same voice. I have a Bose mini speaker, which I love. However the Taps speaker is great also. You can link any Blue Tooth speaker to the Alexa or Dot. I use the Bose upstairs link to the dot there. Use the Tap on the main floor. Found that the sound is better if the Tap is use directly not through the Echo dot. Just something about the linked sound quality. Might have to experiment more with that.

The Echo Dot is a small device. Sets nicely out of the way. Not in your face. Folks do not even see it. So, I like that! Just wake it up with a Name and she is ready to go. The sound on her for music is not great. Talking is okay. So Getting the New is great on her. I like that.

I have not set up the light Switches  yet. I will post later on that service.

Overall I like the Tap, Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. I think they have done a great job in updated the devices programs. Look forward to more things added in the future.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Purchased this camera earlier this year.  I wanted a new SLR camera, However most of them are so big and I really needed one that was small and easy to use. Decided to try the Samsung
Galaxy Camera. It is a smart camera, with WIFI and a user friendly view pad. Similar to a I pad. Found that I could easily load apps through Google Play. that makes it very easy to pair all my google play  devices. this camera allows one to upload to several social medias. Facebook, twitter, e-mails, Dropbox, OneDrive and many more. How easy this was to send photos to my blogs or friends. Sharing photo to other devices is easy also. One thing I notice after signing in and starting the camera up, all the photos I had put online media and photo storage programs all appeared on the camera gallery icon. Love this, make is a cinch to show photos to folks.

There is a HDMI connector for viewing thing through a Monitor (HD TV). Love it. Had a bridal shower  and used the video on the camera to video the groom. Was then able to use the HDMI cable to play it on the Large HD TV.  The Video was crystal clear. It really amazes me how this new technology make it really hard to tell what kind of camera one uses.

The Samsung Galaxy  Camera also has a SLR setting area on it, with a 4.1-86.1mm 1:2.8-5.9 23mm lens. I have use it and found that it works very well for  telephoto shots as well as macro views. At a wedding I was able to telephoto to get great shots from the audience. One the other hand I was able to get great shots of Bees feeding on the  Flowers.  Both were crystal clear and the images sharp. Very nice to use.

there is also a edit app that one can use right away. Love, Love that! What a great way to edit the photo and post right away.  So user friendly there was very little user curve on it. for uploading photos there is no cord needed. It is all down through the WiFi. Notice that the picture remains sharp and the picsal  did not change.

By Samsung making this Camera an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS it opens a whole new world to Cameras. One is able to make deposits in Banks, use it for grocery shopping by using a Scanning program for products and being able to scan scan bars for shopping info on line. Yes you can shop on line with the camera. There is really no limit to what one can do with the Android part of the camera.

I could go on about  this Camera due to every day I learn a new thing it offers. One thing is  this is a very good choice for me. It was a good purchase and will be a great addiction to my collection.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A New Reading Tool-The Nook

It was time to try out a new tablet. I was going back and forth between the Kindle Fire and the Nook. The cost for both was around the same. However, the Kindle does not support Google play and I had several apps from Google Play. Like my Cable TV app, Hulu Plus and Catalogues. The Nook also has a SD slot, which allow me a way to store more movies and things. Giving me about 96 GB on the Tablet. 
Even though I am a  Kindle fan, the Nook has giving me some different options. One thing I have notice is that the books and magazine in the nook store are pricier then Kindle store. I still use my Kindle and thinking of getting a Fire HD at some point.
Nooks also has a mic, which I do like. One thing I am missing is the camera. Can not Skype with it. Kindle Fire HD does have the camera. I also get Amazon Video which I can not get on the Nook. For now I will use both. Still deciding if I will invest in the Fire HD.
I did get a book that was the same cost as the kindle. Just to see which one a enjoy reading on. Will have to let you know about that. I am enjoying the magazines and catalogues. Love the way I can snip and scrapbook things. Buying items from the catalogues is easy also. All the catalogues are free. I enjoy looking and reading them. Just think no more paper bulky ones. On the Nook you can jump around easier and find the things you are looking for. Information about items online straight from the catalogue with one click.
Today I downloaded a Entertainment magazine and was able to view some movie clips from with in the magazine. Loved it!
 Believed I made a good purchase until hubby told me that Nook is not going to continue putting out the Nook! Wow is that true, I need to investigate that. One thing I wish the Nook had is 3G or 4G. It only has WIFI and found out that when on the road in the car I can not log on. That is one thing I like about the Kindle being able to log on in the car. So I might just have to get a Kindle also.
Yes the two do have some differences and as you can see the difference are worth having both. I haven't taking the Nook to a BN store yet to experience the in store  mode. That I will need to do.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Book: Stop the Wedding by Stephanie Bond

Now with my daughter away at college, I have started reading again. My Love for books is still alive.
Not too long ago I joined the Amazon Prime. The subscription included a lender library with I get on the Kindle. Decided to  borrow a Comedy Romance book titled  "Stop The Wedding". The reviews seems to be highly favorable.

Stop the Wedding!I started reading it and could not put it down. Sat in the Solarium in my PJ all day and read it to the end. Now I haven't done that for years! The Book was that good.

My Review: The story is about a Widow who has met a Movie star of man  from her youth and they are getting married. She calls her daughter to be her witness. The Daughter lives in another state. She is very concern about this move her Mother is making. Feeling that he is a gigolo and will bleed her mother dry and leave her. Not only that but also Her father has not been gone that long. How could her mother love another man so fast? So she feels she has to hurry home to Stop the Wedding!

Now the Man has a son, he works out of country. Learning that his father is going to marry again from a friends of his father. He also feels this is a gold digger girl and he is heading back to buy her off and send he on her way, away from his father. Without his father finding out! He has done this before and feels this is the way to control his fathers shenanigans. So he too is headed to Stop the Wedding!

The comedy was mixed in the book. I read some reviews where folks said they did not get the comedy part. Well my take is the comedy is subtle and dry. The kind one has to be in the frame of  mind of the writer and characters. I did pick up the humour in her writing. However if you are not formilar with the Americana slangs of old or the Americana old humour, one might not read into it and miss the humour of the situations. My advice is to allow yourself to be in the writer shoe. Try to imagine you know the story and the characters are just finding out.  The Two children are really trying to achieve the same thing. Although they do not know it. They are tripping over each others feet. Both think they know the other, but truly do not. So the humour is in the acts that they do and the things that they think.

The tale  has so much drama and humour that I was on pins and needles the whole book. Even to the end. Really did not want it to end. It is truly a Romantic Comedy book. I think you would enjoy the read.

Let me know if you read it and what you think.