50 Apps to Track Everything…

Our mobile phones are powerful – crazy powerful. We’re approaching a point now where our Android or iPhone is essential to our everyday lives, and attached to us almost every minute of every day.

But, we also want more control. Technology is a great way for us to analyse and optimise our lives, and with our phones by our sides, there are endless opportunities to know where we spend our time, what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it with.

App developers have known this for years, and there are now scores of apps out there ready and waiting to track everything in our lives – from the mundane to the slightly scary.

vouchercloud have compiled the top 50 apps to track EVERYTHING in your life, and there are some crackers. Take a look at the infographic below, and see if we can persuade you to track your sleeping habits, your social circle, and your everyday life.

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STOVETOP/OVEN TO CROCKPOT CONVERSION CHART

From OneGoodThingByJillee

A handy chart for converting your favorite traditional recipes to crockpot meals.

Slow Cooker Conversion

Most traditional recipes can be converted to use in your crockpot, however, there are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind when going from stovetop to crockpot:

  • Reduce the amount of liquid the recipe calls for by about half. The slow cooking process will produce more liquid that won’t get boiled away.
  • If the recipe does not include liquid or sauce of any kind, you should add 1/2 cup of water because moisture is needed to produce steam for the slow cooker to reach the appropriate cooking temperatures.
  • Browning the meat before adding to the slow cooker will enhance the flavor of the dish.
  • If the recipe calls for vegetables, be sure to cut them into consistent size pieces and layer on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • More delicate vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, peas, and summer squash should be added towards the end of the cooking time.
  • Recipes for soup and stew containing milk, cheese, or other dairy products, should have these ingredients added in the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time.
  • To avoid rice and pasta from becoming sticky, cook them on the stovetop and add in at the end of the cooking time just long enough to be heated through.
  • At the end of cooking, if there seems to be too much liquid, remove the lid and turn the pot up to high, allowing some of the water to cook out.
  • If you’d like to thicken or enrich the sauce, stir in cream, sour cream, shredded cheese, or a mixture of cornstarch and cold water.
  • Brighten up flavors with salt and pepper, lemon juice, or vinegar, and maybe a handful of fresh chopped parsley, basil, or cilantro.

App of The Day: WunderWalk

2014-11-17 17.25.09Via LifeHacker:

Wunderwalk creates walking tours based on a short set of interests or activities: looking for,  hungry for, thirsty for , or shopping for.

There are many benefits to walking, like boosting your creativity and renewing your productivity. WunderWalk plans interesting and useful paths for you to walk along. You can also try out friends’ or strangers’ WunderWalks.

The app plans out the most time-efficient path according to proximity and ends close to your starting point, which is a useful automatic calculation. It also shows you a phone number for each location and connects with Foursquare to show you more information.

WunderWalk

WunderWalk | Google Play

WunderWalk | iTunes App Store


REI’s Day Hiking Checklist

A lot more important as Fall moves along into unpredictable temperatures and situations.

via REI

Day Hiking Checklist

Our comprehensive checklist for day hikers can help you from forgetting anything important. Includes the Ten Essentials.

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The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation
2. Sun protection
3. Insulation
  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)
4. Illumination
5. First-aid supplies
6. Fire
7. Repair kit and tools
8. Nutrition
9. Hydration
10. Emergency shelter

Beyond the Ten Essentials

Warm Weather Clothing Options

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  • Bandana or Buff
  • _____________________

Cool Weather Clothing Options

  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)
  • _____________________

Footwear