When it comes to Android apps that purport to provide me access to the digital resources of my local library, I’ve learned to not set the bar very high, if at all. All of the apps I’ve tried, and still struggle with, have slowly improved over the last couple of years, but whenever possible, I avoid using them for the same reason I only purchase audiobooks from Downpour: no proprietary software required and no DRM applied.
Three weeks ago I finally decided upon an Android tablet to buy to replace the Nook Color that was stolen from me while touring Europe last May. I took my time selecting one that was reasonably priced and provided most of the features I wanted in a tablet. My highest priority was readability. As you probably already know, I read, a lot. In fact, I read almost any chance I get. News, magazines, blogs and ebooks. A larger screen means less scrolling for me and more time devoted to actual reading.
My most recent order from King Arthur Flour (taking advantage of one of their frequent free shipping promotions) included their Pizza Dough Flavor. Since I wanted to take advantage of this new seasoning, I didn’t use my standard pizza crust mix found in King Arthur’s 200th Anniversary cookbook. Instead, I searched through the recipes available at King Arthur’s website and decided to try the one listed above.
I cut the recipe in half, just like I do the one from the cookbook, because my husband and I don’t need to make two or three large pizzas. One large one is plenty for a couple of meals. I also don’t let the dough rise but for a few minutes, long enough for me to heat the oven up to 450 degrees. Terry and I prefer thin, crispy crusts so rising is never a necessity.
On the last day of August, my husband found an interesting recipe article via his Flipboard app on his smartphone. He handed me his phone and wanted me to write down the recipe. I rolled my eyes. Instead, I used the share feature of either the Flipboard or Firefox for Android app to e-mail a link to him (and me, since it would be preserved forever in my email sent items).
Since that time, I purchased an air popper to pop popcorn, with the express intention of trying out the aforementioned recipe. While I’ve popped popcorn several times with the air popper, I have yet to actually make caramel corn. So I can’t vouch for the veracity of the recipe, nor for its claim to lack of difficulty in execution.
All of this is neither here nor there. A couple of comments and reminders from my husband this past week, with him nudging me to e-mail this recipe to our daughter because she was interested in trying it, prompted me to go digging through my sent items to locate the lost and forgotten caramel corn recipe article link. Instead of forwarding the e-mail to my daughter, I thought I’d preserve the link here at my blog where I (and anyone else) can easily search for it in the future.
Now everyone can find it, not just me and my email out box.
I have an older plasma HD television (Panasonic 51″) that was highly rated by Consumer Reports at the time I purchased it (early 2008). However, it was not a ‘smart’ TV and didn’t come with WiFi. My AV Receiver is also showing its age (a Denon AVR 1508). My biggest hangup with the Denon is the lack of HDMI inputs (only two) and the fact that it doesn’t repeat the audio signal supplied via the HDMI cable. Next year I plan on upgrading to a better AV receiver with more inputs and functionality.
I am also a DirecTV subscriber, and have been for nearly as long as I’ve owned my plasma. But I find myself watching less and less shows and channels provided by the hefty subscription cost (over $100 per month). Too much crap and not enough quality. I am also a Netflix subscriber (both DVD and streaming). I decided a couple of weeks ago that I’d had enough and decided to risk some pocket change (less than $40) and purchase the Chromecast.