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Looking Back, Looking Ahead - 2014

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Ever since I started this blog in 2006, I have written a year end wrap up summing up my past year pursuing this hobby. I stole the idea from what happens in the media where everybody does some sort of Top !0 list. In my case I have reduced it to several Top 5 lists. These lists force me to think about where I have been during the last year and I also use it to chart my course for the next year. By looking at my previous years blog I can see just how I did in reaching my goals. Many times I may not do everything I wanted to, but by reviewing the list from last year it is easy to see what I missed doing and add those items to this years list. Plus it is sometimes fun for me to reread the lists for each year to see my progression pursuing this hobby.
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Grocery Gadget - Shopping App - Usage

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It is finally time to use Grocery Gadget to go shopping. Part 3 of this blog entry will describe setting up the Grocery Gadget program for use. This is where all of your hard work doing set up pays off. I have found Shopping List apps to be widely different in their flexibility and ease of use. If the program is frustrating to set up, you may never get around to using it. Now that I have Grocery Gadget set up the way I like, preparing a shopping list usually takes under 5 minutes. In case you missed them: PART 1 described the features of Grocery Gadget and PART 2 describes Setting the app up for first use. You might want to read those entries first to help you understand this entry. Read More...
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Grocery Gadget - Shopping App - Set Up

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Part 2 of this blog entry will describe setting up the Grocery Gadget program for use. Some of the items are one-time operations. Others are things you will do a lot when you first start using the program and will use less and less over time. I have found Shopping List apps to be widely different in their flexibility and ease of use. If the program is frustrating to set up, you may never get around to using it. PART 1 described the features of Grocery Gadget and you might want to read that entry first to help you understand this entry. PART 3 describes using the app for shopping. Read More...
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Grocery Gadget - Shopping App - Features

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This is a three-part blog entry about Grocery Gadget, a Shopping List app designed to work across multiple mobile device platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Amazon Nook & Nokia) as well as collaborate and interact through a web based portal. This way multiple family members can share shopping lists. I will be describing the iOS version and specifically the iPad version, which is how I use the program. The functions will be similar on the iPhone and other mobile device platforms with the biggest differences being due to screen sizes or user interface differences. As a group shopping list apps can take a while to set up and tweak. Once you get them setup and use them a while they can reduce your time preparing a long shopping list to mere minutes. Part 1 of this entry will talk a little bit about my own history with this type of software and will describe some of the Specific features of Grocery Gadget. PART 2 will describe the setup process and PART 3 will discuss using the app, day to day to create lists. Read More...
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BGE Patio String Lights

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It is a little early yet for snowflakes to be in the air around my house, but there is no shortage of Big Green Eggs in the air. I know, I know: Not one of you probably has a clue what I'm talking about. Let me put it in plain English: I just got done installing the BGE string lights that were in the swag bag for this year's EGGtoberfest. I installed them on my grill gazebo, learned a few things and found a neat gizmo along the way. I figured I'd share what I learned since there are several thousand people who got these in their swag bags, Many of them may not have installed them yet. Read More...
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Que Calendar 2015 Posted

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This is the 9th year I have been taking pictures from my previous years Grilling and Smoking activities and use them to create a calendar with Apple’s iPhoto software. The first year it was an experiment and I really didn’t expect it to be of interest to anyone but me. To my surprise other people took and interest and I started getting request for calendars for them. At first it was friends and family, but I even got some from co-workers over the years. This year I will be printing up a total of 16. I have found they make nice stocking stuffers (yes BIG stockings) and they are professionally printed so they compare favorably with store bought calendars. Several people familiar with both the calendars and this website suggested I post them here too. So I did just that several years ago, I usually post a quickie blog entry like this letting folks that a new calendar has been posted. Sadly this may be the last such catalogue I can do in iPhoto. Apple is creating a new photo application and is discontinuing their two current photo apps: iPhoto and Aperture. Hopefully the new app will allow you to make calendars.

Below please find the direct link to the 2015 Cue Calendar picture pages and a link to a previous year’s blog entry on making calendars in iPhoto.

RELATED PICTURE ENTRIES:
  CUE CAL 2015 -2015 Cue Cal Picture Entry
  CALENDARS - Picture Entries from Previous Year’s Calendars

RELATED BLOG ENTRIES:
  CALENDARS WITH IPHOTO 2008 Blog Entry

  BACK TO BBQ BLOG 2014
  ARCHIVE OF BLOGS: 2014
  INDEX OF BLOGS: ALL YEARS
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Follow Up II RE: Foul Up

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Back in April, yes I did say April, I reported issues with my Maverick ET-733 where are the indoor receiver unit was blowing through batteries in under 1 to 2 weeks. At the time Maverick sent me a replacement receiver which exhibited the same problem. Then they sent me a new transmitter unit, which seems counterintuitive, and did not solve the problem. At that point I sent this unit back and asked him not to send me another replacement until he had time to adequately test said replacement in house to make sure was working. I followed up in July and there was still no solution. Where I have to other Maverick thermometers I was able to get by. About two weeks ago I spoke to the folks at Maverick and they finally had a solution to this mystery. This blog entry will be a quick follow-up attempting to explain what was going on and the solution. Read More...
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Adjustable Rig-Seeing Double

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This blog entry will be about the addition of my second Adjustable Rig to my Eggcessories. It is intended to help support my recently purchased third Egg dedicated to baking tasks. It was around this time last year that I had bought my first Adjustable Rig and I was still unsure how much I would actually use it. I could see great potential in it, but I have no idea how essential it would become to my day-to-day grilling. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. By spring if I found if I had 2 Eggs fired up, one had the Adjustable Rig on it. By the time I got my third baking Egg, I knew I would probably need a second Adjustable Rig. Read More...
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