Cooking Sites to Help with Thanksgiving Leftovers

I love a good Thanksgiving dinner but I think I love Thanksgiving leftovers just as much. A rerun of dinner is great, but sometimes you want to change things up a little. These websites can help you find creative and delicious recipes to use up everything from the turkey carcass to the mashed potatoes.

Taste of Home

Taste of Home provides readers with recipes by course, cooking style, cuisine, ingredient, holiday and more categories to find a new family-favorite recipe. It’s got great tips and tricks for both beginner and seasoned cooks, a whole page dedicated to Thanksgiving, and useful articles like How Long Are Thanksgiving Leftovers Good For? particularly helpful this time of year. 

Yummly.com

You’ve probably seen some of Yummly’s recipe videos on social media sites like Facebook or Snapchat. Their videos are creative, easy to follow and precise. It has a database of over two million recipes – including over 1300 recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers – using both practical and more unusual ingredients, is easy to use and is equipped with search options that allow you to match your search to your dietary needs. When you create a free account, you can save recipes, make shopping lists, and share your recipes with others. You can even create meal plans based on your dietary restrictions and allergies. 

Betty Crocker 

I still have the 1960’s era Betty Crocker cookbook my mother handed down to me when I got married. Though some of the recipes from the ’60s and ’70s haven’t aged well – seriously, why was everything set in Jell-O? – the good people at Betty Crocker have updated (and eliminated some) recipes – think less food-based-on-a-dare and more delicious-healthy-meals-for-your-family, so their website is a great resource for Tips for Using Your Thanksgiving Leftovers or creating delicious new meals from your Thanksgiving leftovers. 

Tasty.co

You’ve probably seen Tasty’s videos on your Facebook feed or in a Buzzfeed article. Step by step videos show users how to create delicious dishes with ingredients you probably already have on hand, including those Thanksgiving leftovers. With categories like Back to School, Weekend Meall Prep, Healthy Eating, and Keto, there’s years worth of recipes and meal plans waiting for you to experiment with. 

Allrecipes

Allrecipes is the largest food-focused social network created for cooks by cooks. The site is user-curated with all recipes – hence the name – shared with the intent of making us all better cooks. Users are encouraged to post recipes they’ve tried, include photos, reviews of the recipe itself, and any tips or tweaks you tried.

Food Network

Food Network offers up countless recipes including loads of options for leftover turkey as well as a list of their Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes and Top Thanksgiving Leftovers recipes with quick and easy recipes for soup, turkey pot pie, sandwiches, and more tested in the Food Network kitchens.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Make the Most of Google Maps

By Tracey Dowdy

According to data from AAA  – or what most of us refer to as triple-A, – more than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving…The vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal in major metros.”

That may sound grim, but with careful planning and a few hacks from Google maps, though you may not beat last year’s time, you can ensure that you arrive at your destination with minimal aggravation and frustration. 

Not only does Google Maps allow you to store regularly used addresses like Home and Work, but you can also include stops along your route to determine a more accurate arrival time to get a more accurate destination, download maps for offline use, or have it help you find a parking spot. 

Use Maps offline

Without fail, when we travel to Toronto to see our daughter, there are several stretches of the road where we have no signal. Because we know the trip well, it’s not usually an issue, but if we have to find another route because of construction or heavy traffic, it’s a problem. 

Fortunately, Google Maps allows users to download the route ahead of time so when emergencies happen, you’re not stranded.  

  • Open Google Maps app and enter your destination.
  • Tap the name of the place or the address at the bottom of the screen
  • Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap Download offline map.
  • Tap Download. The map for the area you’ve selected is now available offline.

Android users can go off the grid with Incognito Mode

A new feature for Android users lets you go Incognito while using Google Maps. This allows you to hide your location from other Maps users, as well as locations you’ve searched for. 

  • Open the Google Maps app. 
  • Tap your profile icon in the top right corner.
  • Select Turn on Incognito Mode. 
  • To turn the setting off, follow the same steps and select Turn off Incognito Mode.

Include stops in your route

When you type in your destination, Google Maps will tell you the length of the trip based on posted speed limits and historical traffic patterns to determine your ETA.

  • Open Google Maps app and enter your first destination, like a gas station or coffee shop.
  • Tap Directions.
  • Tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.
  • Tap Add stop. Continue to add as many stops as you anticipate taking.
  • Press Done when you’re finished. 

Find Parking 

Finding a parking place can be such a nightmare that shows like Seinfeld have dedicated entire episodes to it. Instead of driving in circles or rolling the dice on being ticketed, or worse, towed, let Google Maps find you a spot. 

  • Open Google Maps app and enter your location.
  • Tap Directions.
  • You’ll see a P (for parking) icon next to your ETA – tap it. If the P is red, it means parking will be limited. Blue means finding parking will be easy to somewhat challenging, but there are spots available.
  • Find parking.
  • A list of parking areas will appear. Simply select one of the options and tap Add parking. The parking spot will then be added as the first stop on your route and you can continue on to your next destination.

See what your destination really looks like. 

If you’ve ever booked a hotel or restaurant reservations without having seen first in person, you may have been disappointed to discover what it – or the surrounding area – really looks like. 

Save yourself the hassle of rebooking by checking out the area through Google Maps before you book or arrive. 

  • Open Google Maps app and search for a location, like a hotel or a restaurant.
  • In the bottom left corner, tap the small box with a photo of the building. 
  • Zoom in and out to check out the area by swiping your finger across the screen.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Books that Teach Kids to Be Grateful

The gratitude we encourage our children to feel over the Thanksgiving holiday can quickly be forgotten as we move into December. Research shows gratitude generates positivity that both reaches inward and extends outward, and the benefits of living with a grateful heart snowball over time, paying itself forward.

If you’re hoping to teach your little ones to be grateful, these books can help.

 An Awesome Book of Thanks – Dallas Clayton

Best for Preschool to 3rd Grade

An Awesome Book of Thanks teaches kids to be grateful for what they have through pictures and simple yet beautiful language.  It shows them different ways to be thankful, and all the things in life we have to be to be thankful for. 

 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? – Dr Seuss

Grades: Preschool to 4th Grade

It’s hard to beat classic Dr. Suess.  Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are is the perfect answer to children who may be feeling low and need a gentle reminder of how fortunate they are. His signature rhymes and silly illustrations will help turn that frown upside down faster than they can say gobble gobble.

 

It Could Always Be Worse –  Margot Zemach

Best for Preschool to 3rd grade

It Could Always Be Worse is a charming Yiddish folktale where things quickly go from bad to worse in the most hilarious ways. 

The story begins with a poor man living with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut. When he can no longer stand the bickering and fighting, he goes to his rabbi for advice. The lesson the rabbi was trying to teach the man isn’t evident until the end, and it’s an important lesson for kids and adults alike. 

 

Thanks a Million – Nikki Grimes

Best for 1st Grade to 5th Grade

Grimes’ collection of entertaining poems reminds the reader of the power of gratitude and how good saying a simple “Thank you!” can make you feel. Written in a variety of styles including letter poems, haiku, rebus, riddles, and dialogue poems and accompanied by beautiful illustrations, Thanks a Million will teach your children gratitude in beautiful and engaging ways. 

 

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Best for Preschool to 3rd Grade

No list of books about gratitude could be complete without Silverstein’s masterpiece, The Giving Tree.  It’s a modern parable of giving and sacrifice and the power of heartfelt gratitude given in return.

Delete and Stop Sharing Voice Recordings with Amazon, Google, and Apple.

How concerned are you about your smart device randomly recording your conversations? Not to be an alarmist, but after revelations that “The ‘Big five’ tech companies – that’s Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft – have all been recording and listening to private conversations, all in the name of “improving services,”  you should be concerned. 

Of course, since they were exposed, Google, Apple, and Amazon have either suspended having humans review voice recordings or have begun allowing people to opt-in or out. 

If you have lingering concerns about your privacy, there are ways to prohibit strangers from listening to your voice commands and erase your interaction history from your Google Home, Amazon Echo, and HomePod. Here’s how:

Amazon

Earlier this year, CNET exposed Amazon for keeping transcripts of users Alexa recordings, even after the audio portion of the interaction had been deleted by the user. 

In the Alexa app, go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. Then tap the toggle switch that says “Use Voice Recordings to Improve Amazon Services to Develop New Features.”

Google  

In September, Google agreed that it would no longer store recordings of users’ voices by default. Now users who engage with their Google Assistant will have to opt-in when setup their Google Assistant if they want to have their voice recorded or reviewed by human monitors through the Voice & Audio Activity (VAA) program.

Go to myaccount.google.com > Web & App Activity. Then, uncheck the box that says “Include voice and audio recordings.”

Apple 

Back in August, Apple announced it would no longer listen to Siri recordings without your consent, and they can only receive your audio data should you choose to opt-in. 

If you opt-in but later change your mind, go to your Settings > Privacy > Analytics and Improvements > Turn off Improve Siri & Dictation.

Delete your voice recordings

Amazon

Amazon offers two Alexa commands that allow users to delete voice transcripts by asking Alexa.  Say, “Alexa, delete what I just said,” or “Alexa, delete all my commands from today.”  

If you prefer to delete your entire history, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History > Delete All Recordings for All History.

Google

To delete your voice command history, go to myaccount.google.com > Data and Personalization > Web & App Activity > Manage Activity > tap the three stacked dots at the top of the screen > Select Delete activity by and choose from the options listed – all-time, last hour, last day, etc. Then tap Delete to confirm.

You can also tell Google to delete your entire voice command history by saying “Hey Google, delete everything I just said.” 

Apple

Apple’s iOS 13.2 update finally allows users to delete all of their recordings. Open your Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > and select Delete Siri & Dictation History.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Thursday, November 21: Better Smartphone Photography

BETTER SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Join host Myrah Duque (@MamacitaOTM) and the #VerizonTeDaMas team at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Thursday, November 21 as we chat about
Better Smartphone Photography!
Join us as we share tips and tricks that will sharpen your photography skills just in time for the Holidays – and just in time to enter the
VerizonTeDaMas Instagram Contest!
Get your favorite photos ready to share!
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win a brand new iPad or a smartphone wireless charger!

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Create and Customize Your iPhone’s Memoji

By Tracey Dowdy

 

Back in June, Apple introduced Memoji stickers you can use in your messages, comparable to those available from Snapchat’s Bitmoji. The stickers work in iMessage, as well as other services, like WeChat and work with any device with an A9 chip or later.

With the iOS 13 update – available now for iOS – user’s Memoji’s get even more diverse skin colors – including green – piercings, makeup, and you can customize your teeth with gaps, braces, or even missing teeth. You’ll also notice more accessories options, like hats, glasses, earrings, braces piercings, and AirPods.

Memojis are another attempt by Apple to personalize your device in an attempt to make it stand out among the competition.  While Samsung phones also have AR Emoji avatars users can create, the 3D renderings were off-putting to some users, and Samsung downplayed the feature when it launched its Galaxy S10 phones. Google has yet to come out with its own competitor for Memojis, though many customers use third-party apps like Bitmoji. Memoji avatars are embedded into the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Max Pro, and with the update, you can use your Memoji in iMessage, FaceTime, Notes, and Mail, and many other of your favorite apps.

To personalize your Memoji, in your Messages app, tap the Memoji icon, select the three-dots and then tap New Memoji. If you already have a Memoji, you can edit, duplicate or delete it. Plus, users now have the option that instead of using an emoji when messaging friends, you can use personalized Memoji stickers. Once you design your Memoji, your iPhone automatically creates a sticker pack for you.

You can find your Memoji stickers in the Messages app, Mail app or if you’re using another app, tap the emoji icon and your Memoji stickers will show up on the left.

To create your Memoji:

  • Open Messages and tap the textbox to start a new message, or go to an existing conversation.
  • Tap, then swipe right and tap New Memoji
  • Customize the features of your memoji — like skin tone, hairstyle, eyes, and more
  • Tap Done

For more complete instructions on how to create your Memoji, click here or here.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

 

Tuesday, November 12: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Let’s Get This Party Started!

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Visible is launching its new #PartyPay plan, which allows 4 friends to come together and create an account with each person paying just $25 per month for the full Visible service powered by Verizon. This kind of saving calls for a celebration – and we’re doing just that with a PARTY-themed Twitter chat!
With the holidays just around the corner, this chat is certain to put you in the party spirit, as we share fun ideas for making the most of every celebration.
So join host Misty McPadden (@mistygirlph) and the #PartyPay team at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Tuesday, November 12 as we GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
Be sure to follow @Visible on Twitter
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win a brand new iPad!
Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. (You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)
To RSVP:
  1. Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: PartyPay) indicating your Twitter ID.
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  3. Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#PartyPay) on Tuesday, November 12 between 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
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Attitude of Gratitude

Teach Your Children Gratitude 

By Tracey Dowdy

Recently, a video of eight-year-old Jackson Champagne trick-or-treating with his sister and discovering an empty candy bowl on a neighbor’s porch went viral. On the homeowner’s doorbell camera, Jackson can be heard saying “Oh no, there ain’t no more candy.” But before you can say “Trick or treat,” Jackson does the opposite of what you may expect. Instead of pouting over the lack of treats, Jackson reaches into his own stash of candy to replenish the bowl. When asked why he simply replied he didn’t want other kids who walked up to the bowl to be sad.

We all hope to raise children who are more Jackson than Grinch, but that means teaching them gratitude and contentment every day. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, this is a great time to remind your children that a grateful heart is a happy heart.

Meri Wallace, “The Parenting Coach”, is a parenting expert, and a child and family therapist. She says, “It is important for you to understand that appreciation is an abstract concept, especially for young children. They are not so far from being babies, who by nature are focused on their desires and needs for their survival. With your guidance, as your children grow, they can develop the ability to value what they have. It is beneficial for kids to be able to do this for reasons other than building their character. Acknowledging and cherishing what you have, helps children to feel fulfilled and have happier lives. It also helps your kids to develop empathy for those who have less than they do.”

She recommends using these tools to help develop empathic, content, and grateful children.

  • Read books about the origin of Thanksgiving and with themes surrounding thankfulness with your children. Take the time to talk about the stories to help them understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving and why being grateful for what they have is so important. This helps your children to see the holidays as more than just an elaborate family dinner.
  • Include your children in the preparations. Have them make placemats, set the table, make a centerpiece, peel vegetables, or tell the story of the first Thanksgiving. Participating in the preparations helps them see the amount of work others put into preparing dinner, your home, and teaches the concept of showing love and care through serving others.
  • At dinner, make going around the table and naming at least one thing they are grateful for a family tradition. If you want to raise grateful kids, you need to model gratitude yourself.
  • Contact local food banks and shelters and ask how you and your family can help. Consider neighbors, friends, or even local college students who may be on their own for the holiday and invite them to share dinner with your family.
  • Find ways to demonstrate gratitude every day. While my daughters were growing up we regularly asked each other “Best thing/Worst thing” as a conversation starter when they got home from school. We still do it today even though they are adults, and we use it as a chance to talk about what we’re grateful for in our day and look for ways to turn our “worst” thing into a life lesson.

 Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.