Do you go ape for apps?

I really try to limit the number of apps on my iPhone because I usually have so many photos on it that take up memory space. Yes, I am horrible when it comes to moving my photos over to the cloud or wherever the heck I put them. However, I have one app that I downloaded for work, and it quickly became a favorite personal app too.

Take a look at the Scanner Pro app in your App Store.  It looks like this.

This app will quickly scan a digital version of a paper document and create a pdf file. It seriously takes clear photos with very little distortion. I often use it on the go when a party to a real estate transaction needs a document. I simply pull out my file, locate the document, open the app, take the photo and lastly, create the pdf. Then off it goes in an email to the recipient. Talk about easy, fast and not missing a beat.

Now enter children into the picture. The lovely teenager is at school and forgot the signed field trip permission slip or whatever. No problem. Out comes my phone, and I put the Scanner Pro app to work. The forgotten permission slip is delivered to his email account within minutes. Problem solved. I have scanned receipts, recipes and so much more to access digitally at a later time.

If you give it a try, be sure to let me know how you like it.

 

Where’s the Beef?

If you aren’t a vegetarian, who doesn’t like a good burger? I’m picky about the burgers I eat; just ask my husband and sons. They know how seldom  I order a burger when we eat out.  I usually make my own patties for grilling at home, but I’m up for trying restaurant burgers when they come highly recommended.

Now I introduce you to Northern Neck Burger, https://nnburger.com/, with locations in both Kilmarnock and Tappahannock.

   I can’t even remember who first told me about NN Burger, but I’m sure glad they did. Oh how I love their burgers. I really should say burger because I am that highly predictable person who orders the same thing most of the time at a given restaurant. At NN Burger, that same thing would be the NN “No Nonsense” Bacon Cheeseburger. I think the special creamy “NN” sauce makes it, but that’s just me talking.

  Why not add NN Twister Chips to the meal, right? A couple of people can share an order. Yes, the serving is that big. My favorites are the Queso and The Local. Around coastal Virginia, Old Bay Seasoning is used like salt and pepper, and there is plenty of Old Bay on The Local.

I like to make a pit stop at the Tappahannock location when I’m heading up route 17 to Fredericksburg or points northward. Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to have lunch at NN Burger in Kilmarnock. Of course, we hit at the peak lunch hour, and it was insanely busy with Rivah weekenders kicking off the beginning of the summer season. We had about an hour wait for our food (much longer than a typical wait so I don’t want to scare you), and we passed the time watching a professional cornhole tournament on the flatscreen. That was a first for the four of us. We like to play cornhole out by the pool, but these players were much more serious about their game. Ahh, I digress. Back to burgers!

Yes, you will be quite full when you are done with your meal. You can help walk off that stuffed feeling with a stroll along the shopping strip around the corner from NN Burger. Some of the shops were closed the Sunday we went, but we visited a few and tried on some “Bubba Boots. If the shoe fits, wear it. Right?

                

What’s your favorite burger joint? I’d love to hear from you. I know your dying to share your favorite place.

We Be Jammin’

So, there’s been an almost two month gap since I created this blog with ideas rolling around in my head for summer content. Fast forward now to late August…yes, life happened, and I didn’t follow through. This whole blog thing is rather intimidating. Well, I’m going to back track now to May and share my little adventure making jam with my Instant Pot, and then try to move forward with more commitment to my blog. I’ll be completely honest as I have no idea how to make the layout of this blog awesome. Heck, it took me forever to select the layout from a long list of available themes. I don’t even know what all of the submenus are about in my “Dashboard.” Alas, I’ll just attack the layout and format in little chunks and learn as I go. Now back to making jam!

  

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my Instant Pots. Yes, I said pots as I have two different sized ones with permanent homes on my kitchen counter. I will say that while I love my Instant Pots, I have not named them. You see, I read in on online IP group that one lady named her pot and made a cute fabric cover for it. I don’t sew and I don’t have time to name kitchen apparatus so that’s that.

I’ve made many great meals in my IP so it was time to try something different. With an overflowing basket of strawberries, I hit up Pinterest in search of an IP jam recipe. Of course, I found several from which to choose. I settled on this recipe https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/instant-pot-strawberry-jam/. I was looking for simple and straightforward directions, and this recipe fit the bill. I did order small jars from amazon a few days in advance of making the jam. You can find them here https://www.amazon.com/Nakpunar-Square-Wedding-Favors-Magnetic/dp/B01AO42ZCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534804563&sr=8-1&keywords=nakpunar+12+pc+6+oz+jars

 For me, this recipe will remain my “go to recipe” for making jam as it is quick and easy, and I don’t have to use pectin. Simple cornstarch will thicken the jam. Just remember, the jam should be good for 3 weeks in the refrigerator or up to 1 year if frozen.  There is a link in the recipe if you are interested in preserving jam. Here’s some photos of the jam in the making.

 I gifted a couple of jars, and both recipients said the jam was tasty! The guys in my house took care of enjoying the remaining jars. I’m definitely putting berry picking and jam making on my calendar for early in the berry season for 2019. Who wants to do this with me next spring? Even simple things can make for a fun and adventurous day.