Friday, September 25, 2020

Squeeze That Corn

A different way to cook corn is to microwave it for about 3.5 to 4 minutes in the husk.  Instead of shucking it the normal way by pulling down from the silk end, you cut off 1 to 2 inches from the other end, and using a pair of well-insulated gloves, squeeze from the bottom and the cob will work itself out with 99% (or more) of the silk staying in the husk.

We wouldn't suggest this method for eating corn-on-the-cob, but it's great for cutting the kernels off the cob for soups, salads or other recipes.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

IOS 14 Default Browser

The just-released iOS 14 for iPhone/iPad allows several web browsers (instead of just Safari) to be set as the default, and for me, being able to select Google Chrome is great as all my bookmarks, history and settings are only available there.  

You just go to Settings, scroll down the left side until you find the web browser you want as the default and tap it.  That will bring up the Default Browser App selections shown on the right below.  Tap it to checkmark your default.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

No Cable Box Clock

I never expected that our new cable/DVR would not include a digital clock.  Every box in the past has had that and it helped to know when to switch channels to catch a football game, go to bed or leave to go out to dinner.  There are even settings in the cable box to select displaying the time even though that's not possible.

The solution was this small (~2.5" cube), black wooden clock shown below.  The odd thing about it was that it shipped with a USB power cord but no adapter to plug that into an outlet.  No big deal as I had at least three spare ones left over from prior tech purchases.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New HVAC System

Our house had a gas furnace dating back to the late 1970s and a 19-year-old air conditioning system, but it was time to say goodbye.  Just installed were Lennox EL280 furnace and 13ACX air conditioning systems, with the furnace being a fraction of the size of the old one, as shown below.  William Brockman & Sons did the installation, very friendly and professional at every stage.  They even filled out and submitted the paperwork for a $100 DP&L rebate.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Metal Frame Readers

I had Lasik surgery about 23 years ago and traded in being able to read without glasses to perfect farsightedness, and I've loved that, particularly for driving, watching TV, and playing sports.  Reading glasses are part of my everyday life and like most people, I'm very particular on the style I like, in my case metal framed readers.  I've usually bought them at a physical store to know exactly what I'm getting, but decided recently to try buying online and I'm glad I did, three pairs for $13 and they are the best glasses I've ever bought.  Cheapest and best is a great combo.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Salsa In A Blender

This is the best salsa I've ever had and it's so easy to make.  Just load up your food processor with tomatoes, fresh cilantro, red onion, jalapeƱos, garlic, lime juice, and kosher salt and pulse it until you get to your desired consistency.  This recipe made enough for two pints of salsa, which we poured into Ball jars and refrigerated, after pulling out some chips for immediate consumption, of course.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Backyard Barnyard

We spotted this collection of imitation barnyard animals on our way home a few weeks ago and just had to turn around to take a picture.  Makes you wonder what the story behind this could be.  Maybe the owners moved from the country to the city and missed having animals.  Perhaps this lockdown (they are chained) is the result of the COVID lockdowns and these animals would normally be entertaining little kids at fairs and festivals.  Maybe it's their prized collection bought by scouring garage sales for the beginning of a unique nativity scene.  Or perhaps they are just cleverly disguised cameras keeping an eye on the neighborhood.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Farberware EdgeKeeper Knives

Only time will tell if the self-sharpening technology inside the sheaths will actually perform as advertised, but they are decent knives and only $15 total for this 6-inch and 4.5-inch lengths.  Each time you pull the blade out or put it back in, you hear a little grinding noise, just like a sharpening stone makes.  Worth a try.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Recipe Cards

I'm creating recipe cards for one of my retirement projects and decided I wanted to print them out on sturdy card stock.  I found these thick, 4"x6", blank index cards that work perfectly in my inkjet printer, although they occasionally get stuck in my laser printer.  The real trick is taking a recipe and shortening up the verbiage to fit with the larger font I like to use, which avoids needing to put glasses on while I'm cooking.

Monday, September 14, 2020

New TV Remote

Having to swap out a bad cable box/DVR and losing all current and future recordings is bad enough, so when I found out I was getting a brand new box, with a new remote, with a new layout, I was not happy ... at first.  The new remote (on the right) is a bit smaller and has only 34 buttons.  That compares to 63 buttons on the old remote (on the left), and yet everything I need is still available.  It's like an engineer put together the old one and a designer built the new.  So much easier to use.