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Apps for your iPhone or iPad

I have to say that I REALLY like both my iPhone and iPad!   I use both devices every day!  They have helped me to organize myself a little more.  Now if they would cook and clean….sigh……

There are quite a few Apps available that are very useful!  I would like to share some I find helpful and even fun!  The app I use the most is MealBoard.

This app helps me to plan my meals in advance, for however long I want.  I usually plan for 3 weeks at a time.  I have inputted a ton of recipes from my cookbooks, AllRecipes and Pinterest.  Some of the recipes I find I can cut and paste into my app, but,  some I had to type in, like the ones from my cookbooks.  This took a while over the summer but it was fine because I knew, in the long run, it would help me stay on a meal plan and not ‘wing’ meals any longer.  It also helps me save on my grocery bill per month because I know exactly what I need to get for each meal and it organizes it into a shopping list for me.  The recipes are categorized however I see best.  I have them in categories of crock pot meals, chicken, breakfast, breads, salads, soups and so forth.  It has saved me the headache and panic of forgetting to take something out for dinner that night and has saved in the monthly grocery bills!  I can even add in daily breakfast and lunch meals.  I’m taking baby steps……I’ll hopefully get to the point where I will plan those meals also!  It also shows a monthly calendar with all the meals planned so I can see what variety I have for the month!  It’s just an all-around cool, helpful app!

I did break down and upgrade to the iPhone 5.  My eldest daughter thinks I am cool once again!  What I like about the 5 is Siri (You see, I came from the ‘not so cool’ 4 (not 4s) and according to my daughter, I was uncool!)  But, I do like the Siri because I can talk to her and ask her to remind me to pay a bill, make a phone call or add something to my calendar.  Now my husband, and probably a LOT of you may say, “Can’t you just manually add it in?”  Of course I can, but why would I when I can have Siri do it for me???  Is it laziness on my part.  Sure is!  🙂  I really do use my reminder and calendar on a daily basis!  We lead such busy daily lives, that it is essential to have another ‘brain’ think for me and tell me it’s time to do this or that!   If I can’t afford a personal secretary I guess Siri is the next best thing!

My camera is great on my phone.  I love that I can take crisp, clear pictures and they will automatically ‘appear’ on my iPad and iMac.  I take a lot of food pictures with my phone for the  recipes I post and they will be on my iMac, ready to upload onto my blog.  How convenient!  HOW did we ever live without such devices??  My husband makes never-ending fun of me for my love affair with these devices.  I say he is only jealous!!  🙂

Because I am so lazy I use my iPad a ton with home schooling!  It would take too much energy to get up and walk across the room to look something up on the desktop!  I look up a ton of videos and Google a ton of pictures on a ton of subjects we are learning about.  One of my daughters and I were learning about Tsunamis and I YouTubed  some videos that were captured in Japan.  It really showed her the damage that can be and was done.  My other two daughters and I have watched many videos on Botany..time lapse videos of flowers growing, bees pollinating a flower, the Venus Fly trap in action and more!  Very educational and fun to watch!

I LOVE having Kindle on both devices.  I mainly use it on my iPad, especially when I am walking on my treadmill.  The words are a perfect size that are easy to see.  I love taking it with me when I am waiting at a ballet class or wherever else I wait.  I have found a ton of free books and cookbooks on Amazon….I think I’ve only bought two .99 cent books so far!  I have recently discovered that you can borrow books from your library and download them onto your Kindle or iPad and read them.  I LOVE that!

My AroundMe app has helped many times.  If I am in an unknown area and would like to know where the closest hospital is, it will show where it is, how close and directions.  We did need this app last summer when my daughter got a piece of food stuck in her throat while we were eating at a restaurant.  We wanted to take her to the nearest hospital and it showed us right where to go.  I have used it many times for stores, restaurants and more.  It will use the location you are currently in and find the nearest places you are looking for.  Cool!

I have  a word processor, called ‘Pages”, and ‘excel’ program, called ‘Numbers”, on both devices.  If I write something on one device, it automatically goes to the other device and syncs with it!  If I am waiting for someone to get out of a class, I am able to work on a blog or take notes or write a document while I wait.

I have a flashlight app that I use quite a bit!

I have a calculator and

dictionary app.

I use my clock app to set an alarm, the timer to time spelling and a stopwatch to see how long one of my girls takes to jump on one foot!!

I can check Facebook, email, Safari, Pinterest, WordPress, Groupon, LivingSocial, play Pandora or YouTube, check the weather, even live radar, check out Google earth and so much more!  They are amazing devices for as small as they are!  I can even print from both of them if I desire!  I can make movies, play awesome games, like Plants vs. Zombies or Angry Birds, check next year’s calendar to see what date Easter falls on, translate my Japanese friend’s sentence, convert units of measure, record a voice memo and so much more that I probably don’t know I can do!

Can you tell I am excited?  In all seriousness though, I have used them both for keeping myself a little more organized, educational purposes and even for a little fun!  If you have a cool app you would like to share, feel free to do so.  Most of the apps I get are free, with the exception of a few.  I like free!  I may add a few on this blog, here and there, as I learn about new one that I like.

I hope this humored and educated you a bit on the benefits of owning a smartphone or tablet of some kind.  I understand that these devices are not for everyone (my husband for one) and some really think they are a waste of time and money.  I respect that!

Have a great evening everyone!

 

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Free Recipe eBooks on Amazon

If you have a tablet, such as an iPad or Kindle, here are some free cookbooks to enjoy! Make sure you double check that they are still free when you get on Amazon! Always check before you click ‘buy’!!

http://www.amazon.com/Cookbok-By-Ted-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B004V9HDRE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352937233&sr=8-1&keywords=free+cookbooks

http://www.amazon.com/Pennsylvania-Dutch-Cooking-ebook/dp/B004SQX4G4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1352937233&sr=8-4&keywords=free+cookbooks

http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Cakes-ebook/dp/B004JN0GAS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1352937233&sr=8-5&keywords=free+cookbooks

http://www.amazon.com/Dinner-Party-Cookbook-Free-Sample-ebook/dp/B00818J1IA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352937233&sr=8-3&keywords=free+cookbooks

http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Five-Dinners-Families-Classic-Reprint/dp/B008LD98EC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1352937233&sr=8-9&keywords=free+cookbooks

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Freezer Meal Day

I am not very good about keeping up with writing!  I can’t believe 3 weeks have gone by!  I have been keeping very busy.  Three girls are practicing for The Nutcracker they will perform in at the end of November and beginning of December.  One in our downtown Opera House and the other two with their studio (which they will be performing at their grandma and grandpa’s Living Community!).  They are super excited!  This is on top of their normal classes 5 times a week!  It’s all very exciting!

I basically ran out my freezer meal and started more.  I want to share how I do my meals.

I start out with an App on my iPhone called MealBoard.  I plan about 2-3 weeks of meals and then check my grocery list it generates for me to see which items I need to purchase.  Have I mentioned that I love this App?  I plan my meals according to the type of day I have.  On days that are particularly busy I plan a meal I can plop in the crock pot or pull out of the freezer and whip up quickly.  On days when I have more time, I may cook something that takes a little more effort (it may be a freezer meal but takes a little longer to cook up).

After  I check my list and see what I need, I then get my groceries and split up the cooking into sections and days.  I cook all the meat for the meals one day and then another day may cook the breakfast items.  One day I will cook the sides, etc.  I find this helpful and less tiring to split it up!  Yesterday I took a 6lb pork tenderloin and split it into 3 sections and froze them with a very good balsamic-rosemary marinade.  It’s really delicious!  I also made my taco meat, chili meat and meat with sauce for my crock pot lasagna (which is so tasty!!).  I also cooked up 4 lbs of bacon and then cooked hamburger on a cookie sheet for 18 minutes and cut them into squares for cheeseburgers the girls can warm up in the microwave.  Today I made 4 batches of cinnamon pancakes and 15 egg burritos.  Somehow I squeezed everything into my freezers!  I think I may have to break down and buy a chest freezer to have more room!  For the sides, it depends on what it is as to whether I make it up ahead of time.  Most of them can be made that day as I know I have the ingredients and can whip it together.  If you would like some of my recipes I use, check out my Pinterest page under Shelly Boynton.  I have accumulated a lot of recipes from there and AllRecipes.com and then from my own cookbooks!  If you would ever like some recipes i will be happy to share them!

Happy cooking!

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