Monday, June 17, 2019

Soft Touch Discount Days

One of the financial enjoyments of retirement is finding discounts, typically weekdays, and that includes the sweet 25% off at Soft Touch Car Wash.  Ladies get that discount on Tuesday's and gentlemen on Wednesday's.  You can't beat the fantastic job they do, even on my Jeep that gets every form of lawn scrap, including mulch, dirt, leaves and bush trimmings, in the back.  Believe me, this guy is earning his nice tip.

http://softtouchcarwashdayton.com


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shrimp Scampi

Marinating the shrimp in garlic, salt and oil for 30-60 minutes, using the best shrimp available (in our case, Foremost Seafood) and the addition of a 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes makes this dish over-the-top delicious.  We opted for some angel hair pasta, instead of bread, and added a Caesar salad to complete the meal.  The 65-second video included in this link to the recipe below will show you how absolutely simple this is to make.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-scampi


Home Depot Expedited Checkout

When the checkout lines at Home Depot Garden Center started to backup, a couple additional employees started moving things along by using mobile scanning devices to record everything in your cart and then linking that to an Expedited Checkout card like the one below.  When we got to the cashier, they only needed to scan the card and we only had to pay.  That line really zipped along using this service.  Thanks Home Deport!

https://www.homedepot.com


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bluetooth On Fire TV Cube

One of the best features of my Amazon's Fire TV Cube is its Bluetooth support, which includes the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) profile for high quality stereo audio and HID (Human Interface Device) profile for devices such as mice and keyboards.  I've now connected my Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones (so others can enjoy their quiet) and 1byone wireless keyboard/touchpad (for quicker searching).  Roku needs this badly.

https://www.cordcutters.com/what-you-need-know-about-amazon-fire-tv-cube-and-bluetooth-devices


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

4-Port USB Charger

We're up to five devices we travel with (Pixel 2, iPhone, Apple Watch and two iPads) and a two-port charger no longer cuts it, plus those charging blocks with the prongs built in are often difficult to fit into hotel outlets.  Both issues are now resolved with this four-port USB charger with its 5-foot cable, which packs a nice 40-watt, 8-amp punch.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OT6YUIY




Monday, June 10, 2019

Jungle Jim's

A trip to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio is as much entertaining as it is overwhelming in its selection of .... well, everything!  Their international food departments alone represent over 70 countries and over 70,000 items.  Huge displays like the one below provide helpful directions and some chuckles.  If you go (pun intended), you simply must check out their restrooms, which won the 2007 Cintas Best Restroom in America contest.  You're in for a big surprise.

If you're feeling a bit nostalgic for Campbell's soup, check out this classic black and white commercial on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mloB8XYJFTE


Friday, June 7, 2019

Armenian Lamb

After buying these eight beautiful lamb chops at Costco, we needed an equally great recipe and who else to turn to than The Kitchen's Geoffrey Zakarian.  This unique sauce combines olive oil, white wine vinegar, dill, mint, parsley, garlic, shallot and surprise, a red serrano chile!  Just sear the chops for 3 to 4 minutes each side (or to your desired doneness) and let rest before serving.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/armenian-lamb-and-grilled-vegetables-6593475


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

RCA 4-Device Big-Button Remote Control

The holy grail .... one remote to control them all!

Highlights of our new remote are:

  • Bigger and fewer buttons
  • Backlight button
  • No system power cycle button (i.e. turn everything on/off at the same time)
    • Never served a purpose other than mess everything up
  • Controls our TV (Vizio), cable (Samsung), Blu-ray (Sony) and Roku
  • Only $14
The AUDIO-SB button had to be reprogrammed to control the Roku, which the instructions explain how to do.  Then we had to figure out which buttons do the special Roku features.  They are:

  • INFO_OPTIONS is the Roku Asterisk button
  • Both MENU and GUIDE+HOME map to the Roku Home button
  • GO BACK maps to the Roku big Left Arrow button
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXDIPVS


Monday, June 3, 2019

Airport Mailers

You've checked in, got your boarding pass and are proceeding through airport security only to find you've left your favorite pocket knife (or any other prohibited item) in your carry-on bag.  Your choices are not necessarily limited to forfeiting the item or missing your plane.  A better option is to mail the item to yourself (or a friend) using Airport Mailers, a service at the twenty-two airports listed below.  Just pick up one of their 6" x 9" plastic pouches and follow the directions to complete the payment and shipping form.

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Akron,  Boston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth,  Dallas/Love,  Denver, El Paso, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Pensacola, Rochester, Raleigh Durham, Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco, San Jose, Oklahoma City
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http://www.airportmailers.com


Friday, May 31, 2019

Perfect Filet Mignon

When you splurge for Filet Mignon, the last thing you want to do is cook it too little or (gasp!) too much.  This recipe is simple and straight-forward, just follow the instructions to the letter.  That includes two of the most important cooking tips we repeatedly hear on The Kitchen.  First, set the meat out until is reaches room temperature.  You simply can't expect to get even cooking when the middle of the meat starts out cold.  Second, and much harder to do because as humans we just have to fiddle, is leave the meat alone when it's cooking.  Just put the utensil down and step away. 

https://www.floatingkitchen.net/how-to-cook-the-perfect-filet-mignon/