Friday, July 12, 2019


My wife whips together bunches of basil with garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil (our best one) and pine nuts to make the pesto that's been featured in several of these "Foodie Friday" recipes.  She then freezes it in ice cube trays to make a handy size, then puts three cubes (about ten ounces) in individual bags for up to a year in the freezer.  With this year's bumper crop of basil coming from our raised herb garden, we'll have plenty for (don't say it!) those cold winter months ahead.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Android Notification Log

I get tons of notifications on my Pixel 2 and every once in a while I flick one out of existence by accident or after I look at it I wish I could find it again.  Fortunately, there's a widget for that, specifically the Settings widget.  As the directions at the link explain, you press and hold on an open area of the home screen, select Widget, scroll down to Settings and press and hold that icon.  After it's dropped on the home screen, the Settings shortcut menu appears.  Tap Notification log and you're done.  Like the picture below, you now have a nice shortcut to find all your past notifications.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Kikkerland Rainbow Coasters

We first used these colorful coasters on our recent trip to Turks and Caicos and just had to buy a set.  They solve one of the most annoying problems coasters have, that being lifting off the table with the glass.  The soft, rubbery-like material will stay put on smooth surfaces like our patio table while doing its primary job of keeping water drops off the table.  Eight coasters in eight different colors, for ten dollars.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Fusilli with Arugula Pesto and Crispy Pancetta

When it's time to give in to your carb-craving desire, make it count with this delicious recipe like this one.  The pesto is made with a two-thirds arugula, one-third basil combination that's blanched to give it a deep green color.  My wife used cubed pancetta instead of slices and, of course, this is the time to use a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil.  This is as tasty as it is beautiful!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wet Umbrella Wrapper

Our trip to the Apple store at The Greene this week was a rainy affair, and we were greeted by this sweet wet umbrella wrapper just inside the entrance door.  Put your umbrella in the slot at the top, it slides into a light plastic wrapper, and then pull forward.  Your umbrella won't get the floor wet, which can be quite a slippery danger.  The slot on the left is for a short umbrella, the one on the right for full-sized.  Is that smart or what?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Diet Ginger Ale Plus

On these hot summer days it's nice to quench the thirst with a cool beverage, but I'm not a fan of zero-calorie diet drinks, certainly not a big sugar-bomb soda and water only gets me so far.  My in-between solution is to mix a little bit of either Daily's mix or Monin flavored syrup with diet ginger ale, giving me a 50-60 calorie refresher.  My favorites, so far, are peach, blackberry and strawberry flavors, but there's lots left to try.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


In all these years as a techie kinda guy, I never knew that the BASIC computer language was actually an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.  This article discusses the language's beginnings and the historical marker along New Hampshire Route 120, near Dartmouth College, commemorating the language's two inventors.

Monday, July 1, 2019


Added some home security with this wide-angle, motion-sensing, smartphone-alerting EZVIZ camera.  I also installed a micro-SD card so it can make recordings for later playback.  I also pan to add one to monitor the water heater, furnace and washing machine.  One thing I learned is to make sure the batteries in the smoke alarms are fresh, because that low-battery chirp will fire off an alert every single time.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Will Return

I got tired of writing notes about when I’ll be back from running a few miles, so I bought this sign.  Now I just dial the hands to the proper return time and lay it on the kitchen counter, where it can’t be missed.  I guess I could have found a more techie way...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Crispy Panko Topping

Here's a great low-carb replacement for potatoes that my wife has made multiple times and we love it, aside from the smell of boiling cauliflower, which she is sweet enough to forewarn me.  The cheeses are the stars here, a combination of Pecorino, a firm, salty cheese made from sheep's milk, and Gruy√®re,  a hard yellow cheese made from dairy cows.  The top layer of Panko, fine slivers of crustless bread, are baked to a nice crunchy golden brown.