Baking 101

This handy infographic comes from our good friends at Shari’s Berries (see previous DLT posts here and here).

The Science of Baking

Ever wondered how your oven can transform a pale blob of dough into a crisp, brown sugar cookie? Or a pan full of gooey batter into a fluffy cake? It’s not magic. Well … maybe it’s a little magical, because all cooking is one part art, especially when it comes to inventing new recipes and baked treats (like cake pops). The other part, of course, is science. That’s the part that does all the browning, crisping and batter fluffing. It’s all explained in our fun and informative infographic.

science baking final rd2 Baking 101

More About Baking

Ready to start baking? Or would you rather eat the chocolate cake than make it? That’s fine too, as we’ve got plenty of cakes and cookies  if you need a delicious baked birthday or holiday gift in a hurry. You can also join us on Pinterest for more great baking ideas.

2nd Cousins Twice Removed – Explained

My Brother is always able to figure this stuff out – to me it is just confusing! From Sploid we get

Animation explains how to easily understand your entire family tree

o2temsqr5hewnd1z1sqw 2nd Cousins Twice Removed   Explained

You got your mom and dad and sister and brother. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents are easy enough to understand. But what about your extended family of 2nd cousins and those twice removed or great aunts and kids of that one lady who was always at your family parties? What do you call them? This explainer by CGP Grey breaks it down for you.

There are very simple tricks you can remember to figure out where you are in the family tree with the other person. Like how many “G’s” there are in a person’s title means how many generations are between you. Grandparent is one ‘G’ so it’s one generation in between (your parents), Great-Grandparents has two g’s which mean it’s two generations (parents and grandparents). Watch below to find out more simple tricks.


Image Credit: SASIMOTO/shutterstock

Plus a bonus of a spreadsheet that YOU can use on your Family – look here.

Music from a Dry Cleaner

I don’t know about you, but I love the music this guy creates! Out of a dry cleaner! Very creative – and of course watch fullscreen with speakers on!

Diego Stocco – Music From A Dry Cleaner from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

From BehanceNetwork:

Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners.

When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!

Universal Bread Machine Instructions

We are one of those families that has a bread machine, but seldom use it…. Maybe this will spur on some renewed interest!

wheatbreadmaker Universal Bread Machine Instructions

From Lifehacker:

Bread machines are great appliances, but many people buy them and never use them so there is a glut of cheap used bread machines at yard sales, flea markets, and on Craigslist. The downside of paying $10 for a machine that originally went for $100 is that used bread machines usually don’t come with an owner’s manual, but if you take a little time to understand how a bread machine works you won’t actually need the manual.

Frugal living site Hillbilly Housewife has an exhaustive article that delves into understanding the three main parts of a bread machine, how to measure the bread pan capacity to plan recipes, control panel functions, crust settings, using timer and delay settings, special ingredients, and what order to add ingredients to a bread machine. Reading this article should get up and running with your new-to-you machine.

While you can certainly make homemade bread without a bread machine, I’ve found that having the machine around pays off for my family, and we’ve made a lot more bread after purchasing our $10 used bread machine that we did before it entered our lives. Photo by edvvc.

Bread Machine Basics | The Hillbilly Housewife

Salary Tutor

Any help on negotiating a higher salary (and finding a more satisfying and rewarding job or career) is always a good thing!

salary negotiation infographic Salary Tutor

From SalaryTutor:

Salary negotiation is tricky business, but this infographic offers some insight into the best times for bringing up your request and and other interesting job statistics to remind you that money isn’t everything.

In addition to noting that the best times to request raises are the weeks before the “J” months, the infographic shows the correlation between income and job satisfaction for a number of careers. Some really highly paid workers, like lawyers, aren’t happier than less well-paid ones, like writers.

The moral of the story may be to time your raise negotiation request but also find the job you like, hopefully one that pays $75,000. (Click here for why that is the magic income number for happiness: we’ve noted previously).

iPhone Tricks

These are great tips – thanks Emily! Details from A+:

21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

Your iPhone can do all sorts of magical things that you probably aren’t aware of. Here’s a list of some of the iPhone’s coolest hidden features.

1. Shake to undo

 iPhone Tricksblog.laptopmag.com

Make a mistake while typing or editing a picture? No worries! Just give your phone a little shake—like you’re making a martini— and it’ll ask you if you’d like to undo the action. Cheers!

2. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode

 iPhone Trickswonderfulengineering.com

Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.

3. Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you

 iPhone Trickswonderfulengineering.com

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Mark?”).

4. Find out which planes are flying overhead

 iPhone Trickswww.buzzfeed.com

Just ask her: “What flights are above me?” Or you can be even more blunt and just say, “Planes overhead.” Boom! She’ll bring up a list that shows all the flights above you at that moment. Why you would ever need this I have no idea, but it’s pretty rad anyway.

5. Teach Siri how to pronounce words

 iPhone Trickscdn.macrumors.com

The best part about this is that it makes you feel smarter than Siri. Whenever Siri mispronounces something, just tell her, “That’s not how you pronounce [BLANK]” and she’ll offer you alternatives. You can then select the best one.

6. Automatically turn off your music with the timer

 iPhone Trickswww.cultofmac.com

If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.

7. Scroll through videos and music at half, quarter, or eighth speed

 iPhone Trickswww.screenlight.tv

This one is super useful. When you scroll—or as Apple calls it, “scrub”—through a movie or a song, the default mode is high-speed scrolling. This sometimes makes it hard to find the exact spot you want. But you can control the rate at which you scroll. To do this, hold down the dot—or “playhead”—in the scrollbar at the top of the video screen (tap the screen to display the scrollbar if it isn’t visible) and slide your finger straight down without lifting it. This allows you to change the scrubbing speed to half-speed, quarter-speed, eighth-speed (“fine scrubbing”). Once you’ve selected the speed, move your finger left or right (without lifting it) to scroll.

8. Take a photo with the volume buttons

 iPhone Trickscdn.skatter.com

Sometimes it’s hard to snap a picture by touching the capture button—if you’re wearing gloves, say—in which case, you can take the shoot by pressing either the volume up or the volume down button. Problem solved!

9. Take multiple photo bursts all at once

 iPhone Trickswonderfulengineering.com

If you hold down the capture button, your phone will take a series of rapid shots, or bursts, in quick succession. This is especially useful if you’re photographing a moving subject. Later you can scan through all the bursts and pick your favorite ones.

10. Reveal timestamps on text messages

 iPhone Trickswonderfulengineering.com

Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.

11. Use your iPhone as a level

 iPhone Trickswww.buzzfeed.com

Need to hang a picture? In the Compass app, swipe left and your iPhone becomes a perfect level.

12. Make your iPhone speak selected text

 iPhone Tricksiosguides.net

I like to use this one randomly just to freak people out. First you have to enable Speak Selection. To do that go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speak Selection and turn it on. A “Speak” button will now appear whenever you select text. Bonus: you can also choose different accents (would you prefer an Aussie iPhone?) and even control the speed at which selected text is spoken. Trust me, you can waste a lot of time with this one.

13. Start a new sentence just by double-tapping the spacebar

 iPhone Tricksisource.com

Whenever you’re typing and you need to start a new sentence, just double-tap the spacebar and it will automatically add a period and a space for you.

14. See a more detailed calendar

 iPhone Trickscdn.wonderfulengineering.com

When using the calendar app, turn you phone sideways (into landscape position) and voilà, you’ll get a more detailed look at your sked.

15. Lock autofocus and exposure while taking a picture

 iPhone Trickswww.idevicextra.com

It can get annoying when when you’re trying to take a picture and your iPhone camera keeps refocusing and automatically adjusting the exposure. But you can lock in the focus and exposure by pressing and holding your finger on the screen until you see a yellow square blink twice. A yellow icon that says “AE/AF Lock” will appear at the bottom of the screen letting you know that you’ve locked in the exposure and focus. It’ll stay that way until you’re done with the shot.

16. Add web suffixes with a single tap

 iPhone Trickswww.blogher.com

It took my a while to learn this one—and I wish I’d known about it sooner. When you’re typing in a web address, just hold down the “.” at the bottom of your keyboard, and a menu will pop up showing a list of web suffixes (.com, .net, .edu, etc.)

17. Quickly access your email drafts

 iPhone Trickscdn.osxdaily.com

This is one that very few people know about. Next time you’re using your Mail app, hold down the Compose icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and it’ll quickly jump to a list of your drafts. I use this feature all the time.

18. Customize vibrations

 iPhone Trickswonderfulengineering.com

This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.

19. Create custom keyboard shortcuts

 iPhone Tricksblog.laptopmag.com

Say there’s a certain word or phrase (or a password) that you use a lot. You can create a shortcut for it. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Add New Shortcut. Enter a word or phrase and the shortcut you’d like to use for it. Every time you type that shortcut, the whole word or phrase will magically appear. You can even create shortcuts for emoji!

20. Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)

 iPhone Trickscdn.wonderfulengineering.com

By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.

21. Set your phone to emit light flashes for alerts

 iPhone Tricksblog.laptopmag.com

Instead of having your iPhone ring or vibrate when you get a call or a message, you can have it emit an LED flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down and turn on “LED Flash for Alerts.” Warning: it’s REALLY bright!

pixel iPhone Tricks