Paprika for iPad, Windows and Mac – Easy to catalog recipes, shopping list and now a big discount

Since we’re in the full swing of the holiday season, it’s appropriate to bring up another stellar iOS app that has both Windows and Mac equivalents. Paprika is a recipe box app that I bought a few years ago. In fact, I think I picked up a copy within a day or two of it’s initial release. For some strange reason, recipe apps were all but nonexistent for the iPad, which just struck me as odd since the iPad is a perfect cooking companion.

Paprika stepped in with the ability to create a recipe database. It was basically just a shell to give you a place to store ingredients and instructions. On the surface it seemed far to simple, but in reality it was incredibly flexible and powerful.

We now jump ahead a couple of years and not only has the app grown more powerful, there are now versions that run on most platforms. And like Notebooks, Paprika looks and runs the same across different platforms so you don’t have to deal with oddities just because you switched to a different device.

The big features of Paprika are the fact that you can import recipes from multiple sources, you can copy recipes directly from websites wherein Paprika will understand the different sections and set up the recipe correctly, you can set up recipes on your desktop machine and sync them to your device (and vice versa) and you can set up shopping lists using both ingredients needed for the recipes you have planned using the meal planner as well as adding your own items that have nothing to do with cooking such as shampoo. This means you can now put together a shopping list on any computer or device and then have that list with you when you’re actually in the store. I’ve had a couple of different shopping list apps (Shopper being one of the best) and following a list saves a whole lot of time and money at the store.

You could also have someone fill out a shopping list for you on their copy of Paprika and send it over to you so there is no guesswork about which items you need to pick up.

Anyway, I’ve had Paprika by my side for a few years now and like I said, there is now a Windows and Mac version. Better still, all versions are on sale. There is a 50% discount across the board. The iPad app is only $2.99 while the desktop versions are a mere $9.99 each. Further, the desktop versions allow you to install on 3 separate machines which is a great deal. Ironically, I paid $9.99 when Paprika first came out for the iPad.

Paprika is the type of app you can use on a regular basis. You can now plan out meals and put together shopping lists with ease. It works great with the iPad Mini which is what I take to the store with me. Even if you only do a little bit of cooking, Paprika is an app I highly recommend you have by your side.

Paprika Recipe Manager on sale for a 50% discount


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And just like that, the house is done

So there it is. It’s over. Bring up the lights and roll the credits. The house is done! I’m stunned to even say such a thing. Not only did I never think to start remodeling a house, I thought it just as likely the project would never end. But we did it! The house is done and I have to say, I’m pretty damn impressed with the work we’ve put into it.

Well, complete is a relative term, but for now, we’re going to say this house is done. All the painting is finished, the bathroom has been remodeled, the kitchen has new appliances and tile, and the floors have been stripped, sanded and stained. That was the original plan – mostly, but there were a couple of side projects along the way.

In addition to the above, it was decided to add gutters and rain barrels to help control some of the drainage and give an easily collectable water supply for the lawn.

Next, a deck was added to make a better entrance and what house doesn’t benefit from a deck?

Since the house didn’t have a dishwasher, we thought it good measure to add one. It’s not quite in the usual place, but a spot was created, enclosed and all the plumbing run to put it in full working order.

If you’re going to cook, you need a disposal. Always a good idea and this needed was to an outlet to a switch. Oh yeah, and jam a giant Insinkerator into the plumbing.

And let us not forget the project that made me think I broke the bloody house, the attic. With a few power tools, a bit of time and some determination, you too can cut a giant hole in your ceiling and turn it into usable storage space.

But there it is. It’s all done. There are some odd and ends to deal with, but we are not only going to call this project done, but we’re going to call it a success! The goal was to fix up the place to make it better. To make it livable again and by that criteria, we have exceeded the mark admirably.

I have to say, this wasn’t an easy or cheap project, but results were worth it. The new hardwood floors are quite stunning, the deck is fantastic and the attic is going to be a huge help since the house doesn’t really have any storage. Instead of a deck, I would have preferred to add a proper laundry room, but the estimates on that were as much as buying another house in the same neighborhood.

Next year there will be a focus on some landscaping as well as removing the interior doors to have them completely stripped to remove the old paint and all the marker that still shows through. The front porch will also be repainted and sealed. I also need to get at least one more set of rain barrels as the first two filled up almost immediately. Even with a light rain, the amount of water collected is huge. At this rate I should be able to get a soaker hose and take care of the lawn for months.

So is there anything that should have been done differently? To be honest, no. I would have preferred a laundry room, but the deck is fantastic and I’m thrilled it’s there. I can’t really think of anything that should have been done differently. Just to take another shot at them, I certainly wouldn’t buy appliances from BestBuy and would instead get them from Lowe’s.

As I step back and look, this house has features you wouldn’t find in a home 5 times more expensive. It has a huge front porch, it has extremely high ceilings, it has hardwood floors, it has a fenced in back yard, and now appliances that would make most home chefs jealous. It may have cost a few dollars to get this far, but I think it was worth it.

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Living room furniture gets delivered on time – Pay attention BestBuy

It may be Halloween, but there is an interesting treat about to be delivered – the living room set. As mentioned, the trip to Ashley furniture started off in one direction, but by the end, a completely different living room set had been picked out. I originally wanted something brown, perhaps "leatherish" to go with the hardwood floors. They were nice, but not really the right look. Plus, some clearly wouldn’t fit in the space of the living room.

After scanning through just about everything they had to offer, we found a fabric set that actually used the same colors as we had chosen for the house. Not only was it a good color match, it was extremely comfortable. It was also a sectional set so we could mix and match pieces around to fit how the room would go together. It had a chaise at one end, a big comfy corner piece and small couch pieces that would fit perfectly.

We had agreed to have the furniture delivered on Halloween as it was a Saturday and it gave plenty of time for the floors to dry and cure after being sanded and stained. Ashley Furniture had no problem holding the delivery even though it’s their desire to deliver within 7 days.

The window for delivery was set between 12 -3 and right at 11:30 I got a call saying they were on their way. Hey look, they’re actually going to show up when they said they would – BestBuy should try and emulate that.

Almost at the stroke of noon the truck pulled up and the furniture was unloaded. They checked to make sure they had the right pieces, checked to make sure they would fit and then within minutes they were in the living room being uncovered. They even brought pads to put on the legs so they wouldn’t scratch the new floors. They also put the furniture close to, but not touching the walls so they wouldn’t scratch or mark those either.

Within 30 minutes the furniture was in place and the delivery guys were done. All the pieces were correct and it looked perfect. Again, BestBuy should pay attention to these little details. It’s amazing how excited people get when the things they order show up on time and are correct.

And just like that, a room full of furniture. It looks great! We also got an excellent deal on the price and financing. There were other pieces I wanted, but I wanted to make sure they could handle the first purchase before going in for more. I’m completely sold on getting a kitchen table and chairs as well as bedroom set from them. They have those fantastic Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses I want so almost without a doubt it will come from them.

So that really is the last piece. The last thing we needed to get done. Living room furniture is now in place so I guess I will bring the TV in and set it up. It will be coupled with a small streaming media computer I got just to handle movies. This may not be a media room on intent, but that’s almost exactly what it’s turning into. This room is going to be great!

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