This Thanksgiving App Could be Quite Helpful Year-Round

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 7.42.03 PM“Butterball” is practically a synonym for “turkey.”

Therefore, when I stumbled across this app, I was quite sure it would contain turkey recipes. And yes, it does. But it also has much more, and since the price is FREE, it is well worth the download.

This app has hundreds of recipes represented by delicious looking photographs. Recipes that will be helpful all year round, not just at Thanksgiving.




It also gives you some TOOLS, including a very large substitution chart. I often seem to be missing just one ingredient, so I’m anticipating using this pretty-darn-inclusive list (a lot!).



Butterball Cookbook Plus is available FREE for both the iPad and iPhone in the iTunes store

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Apple’s App Store Adds a New Category …… Shopping!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 6.19.21 AMI’m actually surprised it took so long for Apple to make “shopping” its own category. Until now, any shopping app was buried within the Lifestyle group….. but no longer.

I’m pleased. There are actually several of these apps that I wanted to try (but I forgot) and now, with their own category, I see them and I’ll be downloading a few before the day is over. (And of course, if I find something share-able, I’ll post it, here.)



When I look at myself as an ordinary-person example, I would have to say that on-line shopping has greatly increased over the last decade. Last year, when the holiday season was over, I surprised myself when I realized that a major portion of my shopping was on-line. A quick google search this morning showed me that the e-commerce continues to gain traction year after year, all over the world.

On-line retailers continue to make the deliveries quicker and the returns easier. Someday it’s likely that this trend of on-line shopping will level off, but for now, it continues to grow. Many of these retailers offer special perks, such as free one-day shipping, percentages off your purchase and/or free merchandise.

I use Amazon a lot, but there are many other sites that I enjoy using, as well. I’ll share a few over the next several weeks. How about you? Do you have any favorites? I’d love to know. :)

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Stickyboard 2 on Sale for …… FREE for your iPad

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 6.06.51 AM FREE is good!

FREE is now ……. but I have no idea how long this sale is going to last. Regular price: $9.99.

The reviews for this app are excellent, and so I downloaded it onto my iPad to look it over.

And I’m delighted!

Imagine a big white board and magic sticky notes at your fingertips.

It’s so easy to use. Just double tap the white board to add a new note. Slide them around with your fingers. Move the entire board with 2 fingers.

You can color code your notes, easily arrange them, even email entire boards.

An awesome tool for all kinds of planning.

When you first download it, you’ll get this screen, full of tips on “how to”. Within minutes you’ll be posting your notes.


I like to plan and organize and arrange my thoughts, so I intend to give this app quite a workout. I thank the developers for making it FREE. :)

Stickyboard 2 is FREE in the iTunes Store (for your iPad)

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Reminder: Occasionally Close your Apps …. Completely!

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 7.07.32 AMYou’d think that since I write this “tech” blog for us everyday folks that I would be a do-er of the things that I recommend.

You’d think that.

But I don’t. :shock:

A great example happened this weekend, and when I was told to do this in a chat with tech support (for another device) …… I felt more than a little foolish.

Although this didn’t solve my problem, it was an action that I should have done before I contacted tech support. Actually I should do this regularly. As I have suggested that you do. But…. I forgot.


So here’s OUR reminder:

Occasionally CLOSE all your apps on your iPhone. If you used them…. they are still running in the background. You need to shut them down.

To force-close your apps, double-click the home button.

The screen that appears after your double-click will show you your open apps. Move to the left and right to see all the open apps.


To close each app, put your finger on its screenshot and flip it up. Whoosh! Gone.

Keep flipping. If you haven’t done this in a while (like me) you’ll probably have a bunch of open apps.

Doing this regularly will keep your iPhone running smoothly. (and prevent embarrassment when talking with a young tech-support helper) :roll:

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Identify the Autumn Leaves with Leafsnap

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 8.02.03 PMI love this time of year. Crisp mornings and long walks among colorful trees.

But as I walk, I wonder. What kind of a tree is that? The one that makes bright yellow leaves? and …… What kind of a tree is the one over there with bright red leaves?

This app, Leafsnap, helps answer those questions. It’s not perfect, but the price is right (FREE) and it’s not b-a-d, so……

This app was developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. It contains a few games to help you learn (matching leaves to names of plants) and a pretty significant database of leaves (pictures of leaves and names of plants/trees).

It also gives you the opportunity to take a picture of a leaf (hence the name, “Leafsnap” :) ) and upload this picture to get the name of the tree. (This feature is not well-received, and I didn’t have any luck with it myself, but it’s a great idea that hopefully some day will be improved.)

I’ve primarily used this app to confirm what I think a leaf might be. But I’ve also played the game a few times and came away just a wee bit smarter.

Leafsnap for the iPhone or iPad is FREE in the iTunes store.

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No More Starbucks Lines?

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 8.13.41 PMI’ve had the Starbucks app on my iPhone for many months, now (maybe years? Time goes so fast!).

I don’t use Starbucks often, very seldom, really, but when I do, I use my Starbucks app to pay for my order. Before the app, I would have to hunt through my purse for a gift card which I usually had hanging about. But with the app, any received gift card just gets loaded into the app and gets used directly from my phone. (and I will admit that since I use Starbucks so rarely, I never remember exactly what to do. Kudos to the very harried but helpful baristas who always politely take my phone and hold it up to whatever machine works its magic and pays for my coffee.)

This week, Starbucks has updated their app. Apparently you can now ORDER and PAY IN ADVANCE directly from the app on your phone. This means that when you arrive at the store, your order should be waiting for you.


I may not be a Starbucks regular, but I love this idea. Each experience I have had at this store usually involved considerable time standing in Starbucks lines, and wouldn’t care to make that a regular occurrence.

So for city-dwellers or Starbucks regulars, this could be a real time saver. I’ll be interested to see how it works out in real life.

My understanding is that this is now available across the USA and also in many Starbucks stores in London.

Starbucks app is FREE in the iTunes store.

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Google Keep is now available for iPhones and iPads

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 7.44.21 PMI love my iPhone and iPad, but I’m not a person who is wed to Apple-only devices. I’m a Kindle person (never liked the whole i-Books thing). And I enjoy Google, too. I prefer Google maps to Apple maps, and I use a Google calendar to run my life. Fortunately, Apple, Google and Amazon seem to be playing together nicely because somehow it all just works.

And now … another treat from Google! They have recently made their Google Keep app available for our Apple devices. Yay! (It’s been around for a while on those (boo!) Android thingys :wink: )

Google Keep is a note-taking app that lets you keep everything in one place ….. and syncs flawlessly across your devices. (My Google Calendar has never let me down, and I’m expecting the same performance from Google Keep.)

I installed it on my iPhone, and added a few notes (both typed and verbal). Then I installed the app on my iPad. When I opened the app on my iPad, everything that I had done on the iPhone was there waiting for me. Synced. Flawlessly.

And it’s beautiful. I love the way the notes appear on the page (notes can be color-coded). You can also set reminders with this app by both time and/or location. You can make lists, add photos … it’s really all around goodness.

Please excuse my screenshot of this app’s screenshot, but I was so excited I have already filled my Google Keep app with far too many personal items to share the screenshots on this blog!

Google Keep is FREE in the iTunes store

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