Streaming video and music from your iTunes to your iOS devices

homesharingThere are many times when you might be around your house and want to watch a movie that’s on your computer, or a song that’s just not on your iPad or iPhone, but sitting not 20 feet away in another room on your computer.  Yes you could load all that onto your devices, but movies take up a lot of space and it’s sometimes just not reasonable to have your entire 20GB music library.  Yes there are some options out there, like iTunes Match to get instant access to your music, but movies still are not available.

So what to do? Home Sharing.  Continue reading

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Italian Coffee

485379_4725617333215_266262846_nAnother nice quick recipe post for all of you!   This was inspired by something called “Italian Coffee” at a local Italian restaurant.  It was rather tasty and I wanted to try to duplicate it.

It combines the sweetness of hot coco, the warm bitters of coffee, along with Armeretto and Kahlua.  All you need is a handful of ingredients and a french press.

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Horseradish Garlic Herb Butter


I’ve been asked about my herb butter a couple of times, so figured it was easy enough to just make a quick little recipe blurb for everyone.  I make it in a large batch, enough to put in the fridge for later use.  A little prep goes a long way.

We discovered this butter one Thanksgiving when looking for something different to make.  That different thing was parsnips which lead us to this recipe over on Simply Recipes.  What was the shocker was the butter that the recipe included.  Tangy, tasty, with just a hint of spice.  Good on bread, melted over chicken, or included in any number of dishes, it because a great addition to my kitchen arsenal. Continue reading

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Low calorie Breakfasts… at work

IMG_6353I’ve been doing this low cal thing for a while, and one of the hardest things to accomplished this seems to be eating breakfast at work.  We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It jumps starts your system, can help you control the hunger at lunch time (since there’s already food in your system), and can help you concentrate and work better in those early morning hours at work.

However, how often do you grab a bagel as you run out the door, or stop for a breakfast sandwich on your way to work?  It’s not like on the weekends when you are home and have your over or all this time to prepare a nice, filling low cal meal.  No, at work it’s rush, rush, rush.  No time (or equipment) to make a nice filling low cal meal.

Well I’m happy to say that when I’m at work I tend to eat quite well with minimal time and calories.  To the point that even though my breakfasts are between 320 and 335 calories, I get comments on how delicious it looks.  And all you need is about 30 minutes prep time on Sunday night, a microwaveable dish (with cover), a microwave at work, and some Tupperware. Continue reading

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Why cable network companies are scared to death regarding à la carte service

TV RemoteI finally decided this holiday season to take the plunge and get Netflix.  Yes, yes, I know.  I told myself I got it for my daughter to watch all her shows, but let’s be honest, it’s a 50/50 split.

However the side effect was that after a few weeks, the TV shows started adding up on the DVR, so I decided to cull it a bit.  And after I did some rather interesting trends started showing up.  Something that might explain why cable channels are so slow to adopt an a la carte model. Continue reading

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Creme Brûlée French Toast

Creme Brûlée French Toast

Creme Brûlée French Toast with Pepper Steak cut Bacon

This is one that always pleases at breakfast time and the ease of making it, is helped that all the prep work is done the night before.  This dish merges french toast with the flavors of dessert.  It even comes with its own carmel sauce so no maple syrup is needed.

It’s even versatile enough that if you get bored that you can start playing with the favors a bit and get even more creative with this dish.  It’s rich flavors allow for other variations to be introduced.

That all being said, this is an incredibly rich dish, and something that you shouldn’t have every day or even every weekend if you want to keep your waistline in check.

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2012 in review

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

WordPress each year puts together an annual report that shows off the most view posts, where people came from… all that fun data statistic stuff.  I’ve made it public if anyone is interested.  Click here to see the complete report.

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