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Allrecipes.com – Find those old family recipes and even some new ones

So you’re at this dinner party and your hostess has served this great dish.  You’ve simply got to have it since it will be perfect to make for another function you’re attending next month.  You ask for the recipe but, instead of taking it as a compliment and saying they’ll write it down for you later, you receive a coy “it’s my aunt’s secret recipe, I can’t give it out” in response.  Aside from excusing yourself to go to the restroom and doing a stealth visit to their kitchen to rummage through their recipe cards, what can you do?  Well, their closely guarded secret might be have already been divulged on allrecipes.com.

The allrecipes.com website is a mixture of a comprehensive database of recipes with a dash of user ratings and reviews.  Recipes can be searched for by name, category, or even by some key ingredients.  This last option can let you find out what dishes you could make with what you have available at the moment.  I have personally found it difficult to not find a recipe that fits exactly what I’m searching for; this includes certain people’s secretive aunts.

Once you find a recipe you like, you can adjust the quantity in case you need to prepare more or less than the standard recipe serves.  Printing recipes is straight forward and can be formatted for different sized recipe cards or booklets.  Make sure you read the comments to recipes since they offer great tips or offer some reasons.  Some people have suggested tweaks to recipes.

Using allrecipes.com doesn’t require a logon,

but you can set up a user account.  With an account, you can save a list of favorite recipes and also participate in reviewing.  You can also build, organize, and share your recipes.  If you try a recipe onsite, even if it isn’t yours, you can show off your pictures of the finished dish.  Who knows, you might even find a recipe that you’ll have to tell a certain friend is a “family secret.”

FTC Mandated Free Credit Report

By law, the Federal Trade Commission requires the three credit reporting agencies to provide free access to your credit report on an annual basis.  Unfortunately, these companies have used the promise of a free credit report as lure to charge consumers for additional financial products.  You’ve seen the commercials on television and the advertisements on countless webpages.  What should have been a free report ends up costing money if you go through the websites they advertise.  Don’t fall for it!

Via the FTC’s Website, you can find a link to the proper site:

annualcreditreport.com

After going to that site and starting the process, you will be asked for to fill out a form. After submitting that form, you will receive instructions on how the steps will proceed through the three credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax).  Each site will ask a few questions pertaining to your banking history, financial history, and/or place(s) of residence to verify identity.  Once verified, the site will the present you with your credit report and you will be given the opportunity to print it.  You also have the opportunity to learn about correcting mistakes, disputing entries, etc. with that company.  When finished with a site, you click a button to let annualcreditreport.com know you are ready to proceed to the next agency.  After you’ve gone through all three…you’re done.  Please be aware that the sites can still try to sell credit score reports and other services to you BUT purchasing these products is not required to get your report.

Learn Just About Anything at Khan’s Academy

In the beginning, Salman Khan, was simply trying to help his cousin learn mathematics over the Internet.  Soon others began seeking his help and he started posting Youtube videos.  The popularity of his videos grew and seeing the large amount of people in need, he decided to create the Khan Academy website as a way to consolidate the lessons.

Starting from the topic of mathematics, Khan Academy has branched into the sciences and humanities.  The site is recognized as a valuable educational resource and has received several grants and other donations from notable sources.  You can go through some in-depth training in higher level mathematics, bank practices, or settle into some art history.  Available worldwide, all for free.

Another Tool For Your Garden – Smart Gardener

February is the time to start planning our Spring gardens. As a novice gardener, I’ve been browsing my seed catalogs and envisioning those fresh vegetables but still remain clueless how much I need to plant, where to plant it, and what I need to schedule for plantings and cultivating. Luckily I can fall back on Smart Gardener for help.

Smart Gardener is a web-based tool for planning your garden.  It will ask a couple of questions such as people being fed from garden, geographical location for temperature zone/frost calculations, etc.  You then layout your square footage, pinpoint north for sun exposure, pick your plants, and it will calculate how many plants you will need and create the best arrangement for compatibility/other concerns.  Once your layout is done, you’ll have access to a calendar showing when to prep soil, start seedlings, transplant/direct sowing, and when to expect your veggies to appear.  This way you can maximize your growing season through both Spring and Summer as well as maximize the number of vegetables you’ll have on your dinner table.

Internet’s Social Corkboard…Pinterest

There are many types of social platforms out there on the Internet.  Some attempt to be all encompassing tools to handle every minute kind of communication and sharing between people.  These types of sites want to be the end all be all place for people to spend their time on the Internet.  Others scale down things to let interaction happen quickly and in a concise way.  These types want you to visit briefly, share something, and then move along.  Pinterest falls into this latter category.

Pinterest acts as a community corkboard for the Internet.  It is a place to share photos for the world to see.  People simply post or “pin” a topic/picture into a Pinterest category, caption it, and leave a short comment.  Once something has been pinned, it is available for viewing and commenting by others.  Where this is profound is the population of the community that is using it skews to a primarily female audience.  Having this demographic as an audience means that Pinterest is rapidly becoming the “it” destination of the moment for women to share common interests.

Posts tend to focus on sharing crafts, inspirational photos, room makeovers, etc. This kind of social platform creates a “side article in a magazine” feel with the community as a whole serving as editors.  End result a nice place to stop and spend some time when surfing the web.

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The Year to Learn Code – Code Academy

2012 has been dubbed the “Year to Learn Code”. Using Code or coding is becoming more common in the workplace. Different computer languages can be used for coding, but the underlying understanding of coding is the desired understanding.These are skills employers are beginning to expect their employees to have.  Website building, application development, and automation are some examples of where you would use coding skills. One expert has likened coding comprehension to being the new Latin.  If one understands Latin, a general knowledge of the root of modern languages can be obtained.  Likewise with understanding how to code.

If you want to participate in the “Year to Learn Code”, there are several ways to get started.  First up is the excellent Code Academy website.  There you will be exposed to a tutorial that you can try out without registering.  Once registered, more advanced courses and weekly exercises become available.  There are other websites available with tutorials and articles available.  Books are also an excellent resource; PHP, Perl, Javascript are examples of subjects the would cover the topic.