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Oct 12 / bryn

Dear the Internet,

You’re not working right now so I had to update from my phone (which sounds horribly pretentious).

Instead of a post, I will be reminding everyone to checkout yesterday’s post for a chance to win a $50 credit from shutterfly!

Happy Friday!
-b

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Mar 26 / bryn

879. How to sync iPhone with new mac

I got a new mac back in November.

I plugged in my iPhone to my new mac and learned that even Apple has its faults.  Annoyed, I decided to put this off for some time…

I spent Sunday cursing Apple under my breath as I tried to figure out how to sync my iPhone with my new {sort of} mac.

I didn’t find Apple that helpful….but I did find a nice blog article at OSX Daily

Here’s what it says:

1.  Quit iTunes on both Macs and disconnect the iPhone from both Macs

2.  Open the Home folder and copy the iTunes directory from the old computer to the new one, located at:

~/Music/iTunes

3.  Now open the user library directory and copy the backups from the old computer to the new one, located at:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/

4.  To be certain everything is in order, copy over iTunes Preferences files as well:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iTunes.plist

5.  Now connect the iPhone to the new Mac, launch iTunes, confirm that everything is in order, and authorize the new computer

NOTE:  Lion has hidden the Home folder from the user, so in order to find it, open a new finder window and search.  COMMAND + SHIFT + G and search “~/Library”

Before you do all of this, be sure to back up your phone on your old computer.  Right click the device in iTunes and select backup.

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Feb 6 / bryn

880. How to make simple caramel brownies

I made some tasty caramel brownies {from scratch} the other day.  They were delicious but I wanted a way to make them faster and easier {and maybe cheaper}.

Thank you, Betty Crocker!  That woman is amazing.  And her family size chocolate brownie mix is a decent {inexpensive} option for brownies in a pinch.

I get it at Target for about $1.50 – it’s about half the price of Safeway.  Also get yourself a bag of caramels.  I tried the caramel bits, but I think I like the wrapped caramel squares a bit better.  The bits are easier and the brownies were still quite popular, so I think it’s a personal preference.

Recipe

Betty Crocker, Family Size Chocolate Brownie Mix
1 Bag of Caramels
1 Tbs of Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1.  Prepare the brownie mix per the directions on the box and split in half.

2.  Line an 8″x11″ pan with aluminum foil and spray with pam (or grease with oil)

3.  Pour half the batter into the pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350.

4.  Meanwhile, prepare the caramels.  Mix 1 bag of caramels with 1 Tbsp of cream and heat over medium heat in a saucepan until combined.

5.  Remove brownies and cool for 20 minutes.  Poke holes in the brownies using a fork or skewer after about 10 minutes.

6.  Once cooled, pour caramel over the brownies and spread evenly.

7.  Pour remaining brownie batter over the caramel and spread.

8.  Return brownies to 350 oven for about 25-30 minutes.  Betty Crocker brownie mix can overcook a bit and still be tasty, so don’t worry.

9.  Cool completely and enjoy!

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Jan 24 / bryn

881. How to make a Bellini Bar

This is a complete double post from my other blog.  But it’s THAT good.

We went to a party on Sunday and they had a Bellini Bar!

 

 

Recipe

Pureed Fruit (Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach)
Sparkling Drinks (Prosseco, Champagne, Perrier, Sprite)

You could probably add some fruit slices to add as well.

I’d also throw in some fun straws, like these!  They make for convenient stir sticks!

 

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Jan 23 / bryn

882. How to make pot stickers

I got ambitious.

I decided to make pot stickers for Chinese New Year.  What can I say?  I was feeling nostalgic after our trip.

I looked up a bunch of recipes online but I learned that are kinda all similar.

Pork, Napa Cabbage, Garlic, Ginger, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Green Onions stuffed in a wrapper.

I had leftover wonton wrappers and used those.  I think they were  a little thin compared to normal dumpling wrappers, so I had some trouble with breakage.  Otherwise I think they turned out well and were slightly “fresher” tasting than the frozen kind purchased at your local warehouse store :-)

One of the “new” ingredients for me was napa cabbage.  It’s Chinese cabbage.  It’s similar to bok choy (in my opinion).  We found it at Safeway.

All the ingredients for the “sauce” that you mix with the cabbage and pork.

Making them into dumplings.  It’s not hard, it just takes some time.

All fried up and ready to eat!

Recipe (adapted from Steamy Kitchen and All Recipes)

1.25 lbs ground pork
3/4 of a head of Napa Cabbage (normal cabbage is probably fine)
2 cloves of garlic
1.5″ ish piece of ginger (I like ginger)
1/4 cup green onions
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs Sesame Oil
1 Egg
1 package pot sticker or dumpling wrappers (wonton wrappers worked ok for me)

1.  Separate the leaves of the cabbage and pulse in the food processor until minced.  Empty into separate bowl and sprinkle with about a tsp of salt salt.

2.  Put the ginger, garlic, green onions, soy sauce and sesame oil in the food processor and pulse 4-8 times.  Make sure the ginger and garlic are finely chopped.  Hopefully you peeled the ginger :-)

3.  Mix the ginger/garlic mixture with the pork and egg.  Squeeze the liquid from the cabbage and add it to the pork/garlic/ginger/egg mixture.  I grabbed small handfuls and squeezed as tightly as I could.  You want it as dry as possible.

4.  Spoon about 1-2 tsps worth of the mix into the center of a wrapper.  Moisten half of the edge of the wrapper and fold over the other edge (probably makes more sense in picture form).  Take care to remove as much air as possible and fully seal the edge.

5.  Once you’ve made all your dumplings, drop them into a pot of boiling water for about 7 minutes.  Spoon them onto a cooling rack (I put a towel under the rack).  At this point you can refrigerate or fry.

6.  To fry, put about 1-2 tbs of olive oil in the bottom of a pan over med heat.  Once hot, add around 8 or so dumplings and wait a few minutes until they begin to brown.  Once brown, flip and continue browning the second side.

7.  Serve with soy sauce (some people like to mix a little red wine or rice vinegar with the soy sauce).

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Jan 16 / bryn

883. How to store pantry items.

I’m sure you’ve seen these before.  They are food storage containers made by OXO.  They are called POP Containers and can be found everywhere from Crate and Barrel to Bed Bath and Beyond.  They seem kind of spend for what they are.  But let me tell you, they are well worth it.  I use them for flour, sugar and other baking ingredients.  If you are careful and pay attention to the sizes, you can fit an entire bag of flour or sugar into one of them.  They allow you to dip measuring cups easily and they have an airtight seal.  I love them.  I need more!

** Photo courtesy of OXO

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Jan 13 / bryn

884. How to keep track of your wine glass!

Sure, those stem charms are cute, but here are some other ways to help your friends keep track of their drinks at your party.

1.  Vacu Vin Football Friends

2.  Stemmarkers from MOMA

3.  Scrabble tiles on Etsy

4.  Wine Lines by Fred

5.  Window stick-ums!  Good idea, real simple! Find them on Amazon!

6.  Or, forget the tags all together and get different colored wine glasses on Uncommon Goods

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Jan 12 / bryn

885. How to protect your clothes from your shoes when traveling

Do you read Real Simple?  It’s one of my favorite magazines.  Very useful.  One of my favorite sections is the “new uses for old things.”  This one was particularly applicable!  Use the free shower caps that they give away in the hotel to cover your shoes while packing.  It’ll keep the germs and dirt off your clothes!

**Photo from RealSimple.com

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Jan 11 / bryn

886. How to split your english muffin.

I feel like the title says it all.  For the person with everything.  For the person who leaves a crumby mess on the counter after splitting their english muffin.  This little guy is for you!  Can be found on the Kind Arthur Flour website.  You know it’s legit if it’s on King Arthur Flour!

**Photo from Kingarthurflour.com

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Jan 10 / bryn

887. How to eat pasta and sushi with one set of silverware!

Knife, fork and chopsticks!  An uncommon goods find, these little puppies are a perfect item for the food savvy!  They are actually cheater chopsticks.  You assemble the fork and knife and get a spring loaded pair of chopsticks.  There’s a video on the uncommon goods site.  Sure, it’s not customary, but you’ll look like a champ (until an eagle-eyed grandma takes a closer look).

** Photos from uncommongoods.com

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