Google Pixel Buds

Google created a version of ear buds called Google Pixel Buds. Since their release they have been updated with newer options. The Google Pixel Buds operate like normal ear buds, and they also will work with Google Assistant on Pixel Phones, Android phones, and iPhones, (albeit not as seamlessly on certain features as they will on Pixel phones). One interesting thing is that they also work with Google Translate. Although Google Translate is not perfect it will work with basic language interpretations. In a real world situation for language translation the Google Pixel Buds can be connected to an Android …

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Farmers Market

In May we discussed planting a garden to reap the harvest of fresh vegetables. So if you decided that vegetable gardening was too much work for you, and you still want fresh vegetables there are alternatives for you. One is to visit a farmer’s market. In the Birmingham area the oldest farmers market is ran by the Jefferson County Truck Growers Association and has been around for almost 100 years. The Alabama Farmers Market is located on Finley Avenue in Birmingham. At the Alabama Farmers Market in June you can get a variety of fruits and vegetables that are in …

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Beach Trip

From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend many people plan vacations. One of the most popular places to vacation is the beach. In Alabama we are fortunate to have beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. At Gulf Shores and nearby Orange Beach (do not forget Fort Morgan either) there are plenty of places to stay, eat and play. The recently updated Gulf Place at Gulf Shores is a public beach that has great paths for walking and biking. Gulf Place also has shaded areas to look out over the beach and ocean. Additionally there is beach access in …

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Topless Burgers

Now that June is here it is time to start firing up the grill if you have not already. This new take on the old classic burger for your next meal is delicious and reasonably easy to make. So follow the directions below to make your own. Topless Burgers Time: 45 mins Effort: Easy Ingredients 1 lb. ground lean beef, veal and pork Freshly ground pepper, salt to taste 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 goat cheese log (large enough to make 4 thick slices) 1/2 cup Ketchup 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp tabasco sauce …

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Ideas to Increase Wealth and Thrift

Increasing wealth is an admirable goal for many people. Although to some that goal may seem to be selfish, if wealth is used to help others it can be a great thing. Accumulating assets may also help protect against economic downturns and provide adequate income after retirement. So how do you increase wealth? That depends on your situation. One great place to start is to see if you are generating more income than your expenses. If that is the case then you have income you can start to save or invest. Some things to consider for wealth building (please note …

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Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication is here. Something that seemed to be a fantasy a few years back is now regularly being used in consumer devices such as mobile phones. Is this a good thing? Well it depends. For a convenience and security factor unlocking your phone with your finger or face provides better security than simple pass codes, but in the wrong situation it could be bad. Recently there was a gruesome story about police using a dead man’s finger to try to unlock his phone. So security does come at a cost sometimes. Speaking of security, what about the facial recognition …

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

Have you ever tasted home cooked fresh vegetables prepared by either a friend or relative and wished you could eat like that regularly? One way to accomplish that outside of going to a farmers market is to grow your own vegetables. May is typically a great time in Alabama to plant a garden so you can enjoy the benefits this summer. If you have never had a vegetable garden before there are some basic things to do to have the best chance at success. First is choosing the right spot. You do not want to have your garden in a …

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Fun Festivals in May

May is a great time to get out and experience one, or more of the many festivals that take place in Alabama during the month. No matter what you enjoy there is probably a festival for you. There are festivals with kid friendly things to do, arts to explore, fantastic food to eat, music to enjoy, local merchants to patronize and fun to be had. Some of the upcoming festivals in Alabama are listed below. Cullman Strawberry Festival – Saturday May 5th – If you like strawberries you should plan to go. The day will be filled with strawberry treats …

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Wiener Schnitzel and Viking Salad

Are you ready to try a classic veal recipe? Then the one we have this month for Wiener Schnitzel should be perfect for you. Pair it with a Viking Salad and you have a delectable meal. Classic Wiener Schnitzel Time: 35 minutes or more Effort: Easy Serves 6 Ingredients 12 slices of paper thin veal scallops (you can use pork as a substitute or even chicken) 1 cup white flour 2 cups plain toasted breadcrumbs 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup milk or cream Salt & pepper to taste Lemon wedges for garnish 3 cups canola oil for frying You can …

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