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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:49

Geek of the Week: Fast Scanner

This app turns your phone into a scanner! Take a picture of a document, receipt, notebook, schedule or white-board and convert it into a PDF. Add your signature, make minor edits and mark-ups just like you can with any other PDF, then print, share over email or sync to the cloud. The free app is a must-have for salespeople in the field, contractors, business trips, or even the classroom.

Available for iOS and Android.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:55

Broccoli Bacon Salad

2 heads frech broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size flowerets, blanched and cooled

1/2 cup roasted corn kernels

1/2 cup dried golden raisins

1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds

1 cup crumbled crispy bacon

1 cup shredded fresh spinach

 

Dressing:

1 1/4 cup real mayonnaise

4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

salt and pepper to taste

 

Whisk together dressing and toss with salad ingredients

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:46

Geek of the Week: Room

There are times when a video conference is necessary but not everyone has access to a video conferencing suite at work, and not everyone has Facetime or Skype. Whether its for a presentation, for a class or a training session, or even so the boss can be in the weekly staff meetings even while he's on vacation...sometimes you need to video conference. Room puts you together with your friends, family or co-workers for free with no downloads. Simply go to Room.co, click “start video meeting” and you're off and running. The computer uses your web cam and microphone to create the feed, and give you a link to email to 3 friends. All they do is click the link and join the meeting...there's nothing to download or install and they don't have to sign-in or create an account.

Don't have a PC with web cam? No problem, there's also a free app on iTunes and Google Play.

Friday, 02 September 2016 05:24

Blueberry Bundt Cake

Serves 12

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend

1 cup  fresh whole blueberries

Powdered sugar for garnish

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter and dust with flour a large Bundt pan. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

 

Sift together dry ingredients and mix into batter.  Be careful not to overmix.  Fold in blueberries.

 

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

Dust with powdered sugar to serve. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:06

Geek of the Week: Walls & Balls

This is an addictive game for iPhone.

The goal, get the ball in the hole. But...the ball comes in from the side of the screen, it isn't aimed at the hole, and it won't stop. You have to draw lines (or "walls") to make it ricochet into the hole. You get a limited number of available walls on every level...and on some levels, there is a level up the ball needs to hit before going into the hole.

When you're bored at work, give it a try.

Free for iOS devices.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 13:37

Geek of the Week: GotIt!

Just in time for back-to-school, here's an app that helps your student with the homework that seems to be beyond your abilities. It's called GotIt. Students take a picture of their physics, chemistry, or math homework problems and then they're matched up with a tutor (who has a degree in that field) to help them figure out the problem, and understand how they arrived at the answer.

For more information about GotIt! go to their website: gotitapp.co

Its free for iOS and Android.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:50

Geek of the Week: Google Duo

This week, Google released their answer to Apple's FaceTime: Duo. A 1-to-1 video calling app that works on both Android and iOS devices. It uses the contacts list in your phone, so you don't have to sync or create accounts; The calls are encrypted on both ends for security; It automatically adjusts the video quality to compensate for changing signal strength without dropping the call, and it switches between 4G and WiFi during the call.

And here's the coolest part: it has a feature called “knock knock” which lets you answer the call before you actually answer. It lets you see the image from the caller's camera before you answer the call so you can see what kind of mood they're in.

The app is free on GooglePlay and the AppStore.

Friday, 19 August 2016 05:27

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 3 dozen small cookies

 

½ cup unsalted sweet butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 ¾ cups chunky peanut butter

2 ¾ cups AP flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon large crystal white sanding sugar (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

 

Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

 

In a kitchen stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Add peanut butter and vanilla bean paste and allow to mix until incorporated.  Stir baking soda into the flour and add flour.  Mix until flour is incorporated.

 

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop cookie batter out onto cookie sheet leaving a 3 inch radius around each cookie.  Slightly flour your hand and gently press down cookies.  Using a lightly floured fork, press with fork to leave a crisscross (hashtag) pattern on top of the cookie.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.

 

Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges of the cookie are light golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow the cookie to cool on the cookie sheet.

Friday, 12 August 2016 05:24

Vanilla Bean Gelato

One quart

Ingredients:

5 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2 cup heavy cream

2 cup whole milk

2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste

 

Instructions:

Place egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until mixture is pale yellow and thick.  Set aside.

 

In a medium saucepan, heat the cream, milk, and  vanilla bean paste, until it just simmers.   Remove from heat, and allow to cool 5 minutes.

 

Gradually whisk warm but not hot cream mixture into the egg mixture, adding slowly and whisking constantly to prevent cooking the eggs.  Return mixture to saucepan and cook gently, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.  Do not boil.

 

Strain mixture, cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until completely cold.

 

Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:47

Geek of the Week: 3 iPhone Time Wasters

Here are a few free time-wasters to help iPhone users get through the day:

  1. Super Stickman Golf. This is a golf game combines the power and club choice of regular golf, with the angles, bunkers and bank-shots of mini-golf.

  2. Mindvision. Perfect for parents who feel like they've always got several balls in the air at once. The game starts with a simple game, then adds a second...so you're playing two games at once. After you master that, it adds a third game to the screen, then a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. See how long you can keep all 6 games going at the same time!

  3. Crying Jordan Meme Generator. We've all seen the crying Michael Jordan memes that circulate after any upsetting defeat in sports, politics or life. This app lets you apply that face to any picture on your camera roll or any picture you download.

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