i don’t think i have mentioned it, but i got an iPhone right before leaving for chicago.
i had been waiting for verizon to come out with an iPhone for forever and a day. marshall had one and i always loved messing around with it. plus, i hated my droid. like.. hated. it always died, the keyboard was terrible and it was clunky.
i have been loving this phone! there are so many things to use it for. one of the reasons i wanted an iPhone was so i could take screen shots. (speaking of screen shots, has anyone looked at the website damnyouautocorrect.com? it’s a must.)
coincidentally, i had a text conversation today that is ideal for a screen shot share here on the blog. and it’s hilarious. this is from my co-worker, ken. to give you an idea about ken.. he is from wisconsin, has been a salesman for the greater part of his life and is probably 130 lbs soaking wet. he also regularly pesters me.. as in, comes into my office and clips his toenails. not kidding. although he is a tad annoying at times, i really like ken a lot and he’s super funny. my blog is no secret around the office and i catch a lot of flack for photographing all my food. anyway, check it out.
a closer look at the tasty sandwich.. just for you. because it’s helpful.
the conversation continues..
so there you go. a sandwich that would be “great for my bloggers”.. hahah. noted.
anyway, in addition to screen shots, the iPhone is abundant in various apps. there really is an app for everything. i created a little meals & moves app/icon thing that leads directly to my blog from the home screen. isn’t it cute? i know. love the little plate and barbell.
i have been downloading different apps like a mad woman. some of my favorites are:
- list (who doesn’t love lists?! this lets you make lists within lists and cross things off. oh man, if you are list obsessed like me, you’d love this one.)
- peggle (addicting game that has kept me up until 1 AM multiple nights)
- words with friends (aka scrabble.. addicted.. and i am even playing with some of you guys!)
- the moron test (it’s harder than you think)
the app i want to talk about is one i read about in the latest issue of shape magazine.
fooducate! this is an app that lets you scan any food product that has a bar code and it gives you calorie count, a letter rating (between A and F) and tells you the good and bad things about the food as well as better alternatives.
marshall and i both downloaded the app and have been scanning fools. pretty sure we scanned the whole kitchen the other day…
“dad, what the heck are you doing?!”
“just scanning the salsa, penny, no big deal.”
it was fun to scan things. i noticed that some foods i deem healthy got less than stellar grades. i am not sure how the app decides what food gets what grade, but it is fun to scan everything, even if i don’t pay much attention to the letter grade. i think that’s the little girl in me who always wanted to be a grocery store checker.
speaking of grocery stores.. i used my new iPhone to take a photo of this mondo sweet potato at target the other day!
flipping huge. i didn’t buy this particular one, but i did buy a couple long sweet potatoes to make fries for tonight’s dinner.
mediterranean feta burgers + sweet potato & parsnip fries.
for the fries, i simply peeled and chopped the sweet potatoes and parsnips, sprayed them with cooking spray, seasoned them with TJs 21 seasoning salute and then roasted them for about 40 minutes (turning halfway through).
for the burgers, i combined 1 lb 96% lean, organic, grass-fed beef with a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic, ~1/4 cup fat free feta, salt and pepper.
after mixing the ingredients together, i formed four 1/4 lb balls and then pressed each ball between foil. i salt & peppered each patty again once it was pressed.
it was on the warmer side tonight, so we used the grill for the first time this year!
while marshall grilled the burgers, i got the condiments ready. lettuce, tomato, cucumber, homemade hummus and one of my favorite TJ’s products: green olive tapenade.
here’s a story: i did my grocery shopping at whole foods over the weekend and they were TOTALLY OUT of hamburger buns. what?? so strange. i had to buy these sandwich thin knock offs.. i was skeptical because i haven’t really liked sandwich thins in the past, but this was all they had at the store.
on the upside, they are ideal for burgers AND for feeding the little league…
i let my skeptical attitude go and gave these flat buns a chance. and guess what? i liked them. i think my big hangup with sandwich thins is they are a crappy replacement for bread and i was using them in place of actual bread. nothing can replace a delicious slice of thick bread.. but if we are talking about a vehicle for a burger, these work great! they taste good and they get the job done. maybe i am coming around.
anyway, i fixed my bun up with hummus on one side and tapenade on the other..
then layered on the veggies..
and topped it off with the perfectly grilled garlic feta burger.
this was SUCH a good dinner! sometimes you just need a burger. i loved the mediterranean twist on this one.
well, i would love to stay and chat, but i have 7 turns on words with friends.
clearly we know where my priorities lie. man, i love technology.
1. how old were you when you got your first cell phone? i was 16. it was a big ol’ nokia brick of a phone. i remember i was so excited because i could play snake during class. nowadays, you can probably purchase a snake from the pet store using your cell phone.
2. do you have a smart phone? how about a land line? it seems like land lines are a thing of the past.. pretty sure the only land line i call (aside from work) is my parents’. it’s crazy how much people rely on their cell phones—especially smart phones. you can do everything on them! technology is a trip.
xo. janetha g.