easily scale up or down recipes to make them for your family; ability to keep recipes in a database so that you can easily find them
What we’d love to see…
ability to categorize recipes by difficulty
My favorite cooking app – makes sizing up and down recipes easy! I also love how easy it is to keep track of all of my favorites!
Recipe Manager with Serving Sizer for the iPad by Creative Algorithms, LLC takes the guesswork out of changing your recipes depending on the number of people you are feeding. It makes keeping track of your favorite recipes easy! A little bit of background of the developers, they are a husband and wife team. Cory, does all the programming and Justine, does designs and graphics. To learn more about the design of this app, Justine’s blog post provides great background. This app allows you to copy your recipes into a database where they are all easy to find and re-size as necessary. Once you have entered the recipe, you can change the serving size and the entire recipe is converted to the number of people you need to serve. We have a CSA and have collected some great recipes over the years. I used to keep everything in a 3 ring notebook but struggled to keep it clean – and I was always finding new recipes which needed to be shrunken or made bigger depending on the number of people I was feeding.
I used this app on Thanksgiving and found it was very useful in sizing recipes down for my family, plus taking photos of the various creations was wonderful so I can pull up a recipe card and see what it is that I made via a photo. I also liked the ability to snag recipes from various websites and copy them into the recipe cards giving me the ability to try them before entering each of the ingredients onto the card. I also liked the ability to email the various recipes to friends and family. You can add recipes directly from the web using a built in browser as well as paste from the clipboard. One of my favorite features is the ability to easily import recipes that I have collected from various places into the app making it a one stop shop. A number of ingredients are pre-populated making it easier to pick ingredients as well as the amount of each that you need. I also love that when the app scales it automatically converts them to a proper measurement instead of 12 tablespoons it converts to 3/4 cup.
In terms of enhancements, I wish there were a way to categorize recipes in terms of difficulty. My son is learning to cook with me and will often look at the recipe database. I hate telling him a recipe is too hard – so sometimes we wing it.
This app is ideal for anyone who has a large collection of cookbooks, with favorites in each since you can find the recipe you are looking for in one easy location. It also works well during the holidays when recipes need to be doubled or tripled and during parties where you can size up a standard recipe to feed a crowd of people. Creative Algorithms, LLC is part of the Moms with Apps collaborative focusing on family friendly apps. The app now includes an in app purchase capability where you can purchase specially designed cards including fall and holiday themed.
Serving Sizer Recipe Manager
by Creative Algorithms
Price: $2.99 USD
Customize recipes for families, couples, large or small groups. This app does what a regular cookbook can't--instantly scales all ingredients based on number of guests coming to dinner! ● Also converts.
Grinch cookie INGREDIENTS
1⁄3 cup butter
1 (10 ounce) packageof regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring
6 cups cornflakes
Crushed peppermint sticks
In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring.
Add corn flakes cereal. Stir until well coated
Using 1/4 cup dry measure coated with cooking spray, evenly portion warm cereal mixture. Using buttered fingers, quickly shape into individual grinch cookies. Dot with peppermint.
easy to install protective case for your device which includes great drop protection.
What we’d love to see…
easier way to clean your device while in the case – particularly the screen
very protective lightweight case which protected my iPad mini from drops
The ProLOCK Mini: iPad Mini 4 is a case designed by Rug-Ed which includes a tempered-glass screen protector, removable stand and locking fasteners with a tool which ensures that your iPad is not removed from it’s case accidentally. The case features a handle at the top which allows for easy carrying; is thin and lightweight but protective of your device. It also includes corner bumpers for drop protection. The case can be used in a portrait or landscape mode on your device. The case is tamper-proof and requires the use of a tool (which reminded me of an allen wrench) to lock in your tablet so that kids can not remove it. Rug-Ed was started in 2012 and originally started by designing iPad cases for the educational environment. They recently started offering the ProLOCK case for individual consumers to purchase.
As a mom, I do let my kids use my device. Although I typically don’t worry about my younger child trying to remove the case – I have seen my older son pull the screen off of our Griffin Survivor to try to clean it. With this case, he can’t remove the iPad without the tool – nor do I want him to. The case is lightweight – it doesn’t add a lot of bulk or weight to my iPad Mini which generally lives in my bag for on the go usage. The case itself was easy to install – as was the included screen protector. You simply laid the case on the table, inserted your device tightened a few screws and within moments it was ready to use. The screen protector took me a bit more time because I wanted to ensure it was lined up and I didn’t get bubbles in it. I also liked that the stand was integrated rather than removable as sometimes when they are removed the stand can get lost. The case provided great drop protection – we dropped it from a height of about four feet – my son lost his grip on it and was holding the side instead of the handle when he went to get into the car. It fell face down on a tar surface. There were no bumps or scratches to the iPad and I was able to wipe the dust off the case easily. The case is easy to hold and is ergonomic for usage especially with the integrated plastic stand. There is also a soft cloth cover that can be used as well. Ports are easy to access both for headphones and the charging cord. You can also easily access the camera without having to remove anything from the case or anything to uncover.
In terms of improvements – I do like to wipe down my cases for devices on occasion because of germs and multiple kids using them. I felt comfortable enough taking the outer case off to wipe that down and let it dry, but wiping down the screen was a challenge. I settled for using a dry cloth to wipe it off. In addition, I understand why the case does not include a holder for the tool – but I did misplace mine once. I settled for putting it in a drawer the kids could not access so that I would not lose it in the future since it’s the only way to remove the case.
The case is available for iPad Mini 4 as well as iPad Air, Air 2 or the iPad Pro 9.7. It is priced from $45 USD (iPad Mini) to $49 USD (iPad Air, Air 2, iPad Pro) and can be purchased directly from RugEd. Overall this is a great protective case which ensures that your iPad investment is safe and kid friendly. I love that kids can’t remove this case easily on their own!
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fun interactive app featuring a girl as she dresses for a Halloween event, I really loved all the interactions on each page – and seeing what would happen if I tapped multiple times
What we’d love to see…
design your own treat bag, dress some of the other characters
This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror. Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready.
Who is the Ugliest of All by The Happy Dandelion is a universal Halloween themed app for iOS featuring an interactive mirror. The main character is a young girl who is trying to figure out what to wear to a Halloween trick or treat. This storybook app has the main character picking out a dress – which she admits is tight and stained is her attire of choice. She then puts on her stockings with a few repairs needed and mismatched socks of orange and teal as well as two different shoes – one grey and one brown. Then it’s off to makeup, nails and hair. Her hair has a raven nest with three small chicks and UV sunglasses to protect her eyes. Be sure to check out the other apps by The Happy Dandelion which include Queen Bee in Paris, The UnStealer.
This app features narration of the story – simply tap on the text to have it read aloud as well as a variety of interactive elements on each page. On the dress page there is a belt to tap, the dress which twinkles and disappears and then re-appears in the mirror. By tapping on the mismatched shoes – a new rip appears which is quickly fixed by a spider who you can later swing after she’s completed her repairs. Navigation is via hidden buttons at the top of each page – simply tap the left side to go back and the right side to go forward.
This app features the internal dialog of a girl getting dressed for Halloween. Join her as she finds her dress, puts on her mismatched socks and shoes while getting ready. My favorite part of the app was putting on her makeup because all of the colors made me laugh – green lipstick, blue blush and the magic marker eyebrows. The animations and illustrations in this app are great, I enjoyed tapping around (and tapping some things multiple times) to make sure I captured all of the various animations. Seeing the gloves with no tips against the green smile and animation was cute as you could interact with each element. The best though was the Raven’s nest in her hair – and the raven feeding her chicks with the worms! The app is for older kids and adults as some of the self talk especially when she refers to herself as ugliest can be a bit self depreciating until you get to the last page when you discover she’s dressed for Trick or Treat! On the last page you can unwrap a mummy, tap on Frankenstein, or make the magic stone glow. The app ends well when you discover that the girl was simply putting together a Halloween costume! I have to say that I have looked at this app multiple times – and it never fails to delight with the fun animations.
In terms of enhancements – it might be fun to dress some of the other characters on the last page or even to design her trick or treat bag,
This fun interactive Halloween themed app includes a girl and her inner voice as she gets ready in the mirror. Join her adventures in picking her dress, shoes, socks, and makeup while getting ready. The app is child-safe with no external links or in-app purchases.
Who is the Ugliest of All?
by Joshua Wilson
Price: $3.99 USD
Who is the Ugliest of All? is an interactive Halloween Story featuring a young girl's internal dialog. With her questionable fashion choices and increasingly odd imperfections she challenges our conventional.
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