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Consumer Cafe: Picnic in a Glass

June 27th, 2014

Here’s another crowd pleaser. Easy and delicious, and no cooking required!

Picnic in a Glass (southernliving.com)

  • 1 (19-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2 1/2- to 3-lb.) deli-roasted chicken, skinned, boned, and shredded
  • 3/4 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped English cucumber
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed pita chips
  • Lemon wedges

For Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 5 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Table salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients and 2 Tbsp. olive oil; stir in shredded chicken. Add table salt and black pepper to taste; let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together radishes, onion, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together cucumbers and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Season each mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Layer chickpea mixture, radish mixture, 3/4 cup Yogurt Dressing, tomato mixture, pita chips, and cucumber mixture in a 4-qt. bowl; top with remaining Yogurt Dressing. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours. Serve with lemon wedges and additional pita chips.

For Dressing stir together yogurt, feta cheese, dill, buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic. Add table salt and black pepper to taste. Let stand 15 minutes. Note: For a thicker dressing, reduce buttermilk to 4 Tbsp.

Total time includes dressing.

Consumer Cafe: Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad

June 20th, 2014

If you are looking for something quick and easy to make for your own crowd, or take to a crowd, here’s the one.

Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad (allyou.com)

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 12-oz. can tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.
  2. While pasta is cooking, combine celery, onion, parsley, carrot and tuna in a large bowl. Add cooled macaroni and toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and whisk. Pour over pasta and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Note:

Add veggies: Toss in chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
Trade pastas: You can use any short pasta shape in this recipe.

Un-Du Adhesive Remover

June 17th, 2014

I’ve recently been assigned the task of scanning all my mom’s photo albums, to put on flash drives and give to my brothers, so we all have a copy of our family photos. That’s fifty years of photos! And my mother loved to “make a memory”. That’s what she always said when taking pictures. It became such a family joke.

So, I’ve blogged before about the great scanner I have. I have scanned my entire set of family photos, and now I’m almost done with my mom’s photographs, and this scanner hasn’t given me so much as a hiccup. The sad thing is, I purchased it for $85, and it’s now $275. I was informed of this huge price difference last Christmas when one of my friend’s husbands wanted to get her one for Christmas. I will give you the same advice I gave him. Look at what else is offered on amazon.com, and as long as the resolution is the same, and the reviews are good, go for it.

Now, back to the subject. I was able to scan all of the photographs my mother kept except for two large photo albums that covered all the adorable baby pictures of my older brother and I. That was back in the day when people actually glued photos to the page. I tried carefully with a butter knife to get it off and could tell I was going to ruin the photo. I love Goo Gone, but knew that would leave a greasy mess, so I researched and found Un-Du Adhesive Remover. It’s just what I was looking for. Acid free, so it won’t ruin the photograph.

You can find it at Michaels, Wal-Mart, or amazon.com.

App of the Week: Appzilla 4

June 16th, 2014

Okay, so I may have blogged about Appzilla 2 and Appzilla 3 before. But now Appzilla 4 is out there, and if you haven’t purchased one already, you need to. It’ s one of the few apps that I will ever blog about that cost money. Not that I don’t pay for apps. I’ve yet to find one that I thought wasn’t worth the price of a bag of chips, but I just like finding free ones. Call me quirky.

So let me make this short and sweet. 200 apps all under one umbrella, for $1. Seriously.

And my favorite part is when you find an app within this app that you really like; you can save it to your favorites, within the app. You can also search apps by categories, within the app. It’s an app store within an app.

From the developer:

The 4th generation of AppZilla has arrived – with more apps than ever – 200!

Appzilla is THE Swiss Army knife of apps and has been updated for iOS 7. Appzilla 4 now includes iPhone 5/5S screen support and adds over 60 NEW additions to the ever-growing app collection.

Appzilla contains hundreds of apps to make your iPhone more useful and more fun! With millions of users worldwide and a top 10 chart ranking since its launch – Appzilla is the go-to app for almost anyone with an iPhone.



AppZilla is packed with utilities, including dictionary, alarm clock, emoji, weather, a QR Code Generator and more! It has amazing photo and video apps, including blur, frame glow and filter effects. Appzilla also has Music & Audio apps, Entertainment apps, and dozens of Games, Health & Fitness apps, Conversion Tools, Finance apps, and Productivity apps to make your phone more useful.

- Optimized for iPhone 5/iPod 5 Screen 
- App Category Views
- Auto-Launch App System
- Dot-Lock Protection for apps
- Mark apps as favorites for quick access 
- Hide/Unhide/Reorder apps
- English and Metric Units
- App Search



—— AppZilla™ Apps ——

(NEW!) Blur Camera
(NEW!) Bracket Master
(NEW!) Breakker
(NEW!) Calling Codes
(NEW!) Checkers
(NEW!) Cheer Horn
(NEW!) Code Buster
(NEW!) DJ Booth
(NEW!) Earthquakes
(NEW!) Emoji Banner
(NEW!) Filter Camera
(NEW!) FingerFlo
(NEW!) Fireplace
(NEW!) Fish Flip
(NEW!) Flash Cards
(NEW!) Flip Book
(NEW!) Food Alerts
(NEW!) Frame Camera
(NEW!) Slam Van
(NEW!) Gift List
(NEW!) Glow Camera
(NEW!) Grocery List
(NEW!) Guitar Tuner
(NEW!) Hearts
(NEW!) Enforcer
(NEW!) Jigsaw Puzzle
(NEW!) King’s Corner
(NEW!) Leet Speak
(NEW!) LOLCat
(NEW!) Margin Calculator
(NEW!) Medicine Alerts
(NEW!) Minefield
(NEW!) Monster Booth
(NEW!) Mood Tracker
(NEW!) Num Convert
(NEW!) Nut Guide
(NEW!) Mosaic Camera
(NEW!) Packing List
(NEW!) Photo Jot
(NEW!) Product Alerts
(NEW!) Protein Calculator
(NEW!) Pure Tones
(NEW!) QR Generator
(NEW!) SAT Vocabulary
(NEW!) Savings Calculator
(NEW!) Scanner
(NEW!) Shorten URL
(NEW!) Sketch Camera
(NEW!) Slide Puzzle
(NEW!) Speedometer
(NEW!) Speak It
(NEW!) Squeak Toy
(NEW!) Star Chains
(NEW!) Static Camera
(NEW!) Sudoku
(NEW!) Sunrise
(NEW!) Vehicle Alerts
(NEW!) Thimblerig
(NEW!) Timer Tiles
(NEW!) Tire Alerts
(NEW!) Train Lanes
(NEW!) Weather Radio
(NEW!) Yield Calculator

Age Calculator
Alarm Clock
Angle Finder
Area Code
Atmosphere
Auto Camera
Battery Life
Big Button
BlackJack
Toon Camera
BMI Calculator
BMR Calculator
Book Lamp
Bubble Level
Captionator
Censor Camera
Census
Checklist
Chronoclock
Coin Flip
Color Detect
Color Pick
Color Strobe
Contact Clean
Contact Share
Cook Timer
Countdown
Crystal Ball
Currency Converter
Date Calculator
Days Until
Decibels
Dice 12
Dice 6
Dictionary
Distort Camera
Dog Clicker
Drum Set
Face Warp
FDA Alerts
Flashlight
Game Buzzer
Geo Minder
Glow Paint
Group Email
Hearing
Heart Rate
Holidays
Horoscope
Interval Timer
Jokes
Journal
Language Translator
LED Banner
Lighter
Loan Calculator
Locator
Lottery
Loud Mouth
Lullaby
Magnifier
Massager
Match It
Max Rep Calculator
Media Vault
Meditation
Metronome
Moon Phases
Morse Code
Motion Alert
Movie Timer
Night Camera
On This Day
Parking
Passwords
Path Tracker
Photo Cloak
Photo Filters
Pitch Pipe
Plumb Bob
Police Scanner
Price Calculator
Protractor
Punch Clock
Quotes
Random Fact
Random Num
Reverse Dictionary
Reaction Time
Recall
Rhymes
Ruler
Salary Calculator
Sale Price
Secret Camera
Secret Microphone
Sleep Sounds
Snake
Solitaire
Sound Box
Space Cows
Speed Test
Spin Pick
Sports Radio
Stink Bomb
Surface Level
Synthesizer
System Info
Tally
Teslameter
Text Cloak
Thesaurus
Tip Calculator
Unit Converter
and more!