Monday, July 27, 2009

Patty Maker/Press

We had a birthday party for our 5 years old on Saturday and the last time we had a party, my family or should I say DH family did not like what I prepare. I know they like hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza and potato and macaroni salad. Plus they are not an eater, they only eat so little and my MIL does not anything but organic potato chips and the rest are blended fruits or vegetables. She drinks her food but eats potato chips.

Flatten the hamburger
I went to the grocery store Friday afternoon. While I was picking the ground beef I saw this, a patty mold. I been looking for this thing for a long time because I like making my own patties. I found out Saturday that I need to really press the ground beef together so that they stick together. My first batch did not turn that well because they kept breaking when I turn it on the grill. It was a messed. The second batch I tried so hard to press together. Then it was hard to get it out of the press. I had to run a knife around the side to get it out. Maybe next time I will put a plastic wrap on the press for easy removal.

Press together
This one actually is not what I wanted. However, for now this one will do because I don't have any money to buy the metal one. It does the job and I can make my own patties. I will experiment with the patties next time maybe add some ingredients that I like with it. DH likes his hamburger plain with only ketchup. Sometimes I like a change, it may not be for the good but trying new flavor to know if I like it or not.

Make sure they stick together

Monday, July 20, 2009

Harry Potter (The Half Blood Prince)

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Watching a movie with a child younger than 5 is real challenge. I could have hang my DS upside down if I could. We went to see the movie on Saturday. You can see on the ticket the date and time we went. We went to see it at 10 in the morning expecting that there are less people inside the theater. Boy, was I wrong, I guess they had the same idea plus going to the movie before 12 noon is way cheaper. Yes, we only paid $4.00 a head and we spend the rest of the budget on food.

Harry Potter did not fight much in this movie. I don't really know what I missed because having a 3 year old inside the movie theater I am prepare to miss parts of it. I thought there will be a lot of dating scene and lovey dubey part but not much. Or maybe I missed them when I was outside tending to my little one who wanted to go at the middle of the movie. I did not see the part when Hermione and Ron kissed. Malfoy could have killed Dumbledore but Snapes had to step up and do it.

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It seemed like not finish to me at the end. I know there is the book number 7, but at the end of this movie seems not at the end. Maybe because I am waiting for them to burry Dumbledore, I don't know. I should probably start reading the book 7 to find out what will happen next.

I love watching Harry Potter movies, and I will give it 7 stars. We usually wait for the DVD to comes out but since we have Fandango dollars and our youngest child is 3 yearls old I thought it would be nice to see it in the theater. Maybe we should have waited 3 more years to take everyone with us. so, have you seen it yet?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Starfall dot com

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I got this site from the yahoo group of cyber schooling. My kids started in cyber school October and November last year and my youngest son started playing since then. About a week or two into it he already knew the alphabets and sound. He does not play with it much these days. I think he got board pretty fast.

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Mind you he was taking speech therapy from March 08 until February of 09. At this time I am very surprise on how he is already caught up with his speech. Sometimes I question myself and taking a second look on who was talking. "Did it really came from my 3 year old son? Try it out, you will be amazed how much your toddler love to learn.

I have the site under my children favorites. Because sometimes I can't get the letter sound out right from my mouth and I just open this, play the letter and problem solve. Being born into a non-English speaker parents, this site is my lifesaver.

Monday, July 6, 2009

HP Photosmart E317

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This is another free gift from Circuit City when we bought certain items two three years ago. My husband is the main user of this camera, he uses this for work. This is much better than my old PowerShotA20 2.1 megapixels. The E317 is 5.0 megapixels, it can take videos (320 x 240) pixel count at 24 frames per second. It came with 16 MB internal flash memory. And it support memory cards up to 1GB. Right now we are using 256 MB Impact memory card.

Very light camera.

Feature Description
Resolution Still pictures:
  • 5 MP (2560 x 1920) total pixel count
  • 5 MP (2560 x 1920) effective pixel count
  • 3 MP (2048 x 1536) total pixel count
  • 1 MP (1280 x 960) total pixel count
  • VGA (640 x 480) total pixel count

Video clips:
  • 320 x 240 total pixel count at 24 frames per second
Sensor Diagonal 7.2 mm (1/2.5-inch, 4:3 format) CCD
Color depth 36 bit (12 bits x 3 colors)
Lens Focal length:
  • Wide - 6.11 mm
  • 35 mm equivalent, approximately 36.7 mm

F-Number: f/2.8 to f/6.5
Lens threads None
Zoom 4x digital zoom
Focus TTL auto focus. Focus ranges:
  • Normal (default): 508 mm (20 inches) to infinity
  • Macro: 200 to 508 mm (8 to 20 inches)
Shutter speed 1/1800 to 15 seconds
Tripod mount Yes
Built-in flash Yes, 6-second typical recharge time
Flash working distance Maximum with ISO Speed set to Auto: 5 meters (16.5 feet)
External flash No
Flash setting Flash Off, Auto Flash (default), Red-Eye, Flash On, Night
Image display 1.5-inch color active matrix TFT LTPS with back light, 61,600 pixels (280 x 220 pixels)
Image capture options
  • Still (default)
  • Self-Timer: still picture or video clip taken after 10-second delay
  • Video: 24 frames per second (includes audio), until the camera runs out of memory
  • 16 MB internal flash memory
  • Slot for memory card
  • This camera supports both standard and high speed Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards 16 MB and larger. Only MMC cards that have been verified compliant to the MultiMediaCard specification are supported. Compliant MMC memory cards have the MultiMediaCard logo on the card or package.
  • SD cards are recommended because they are faster than MMC cards at reading and writing data.
  • This camera supports memory cards up to 1 GB. A high capacity card does not affect camera performance, but a large number of files (over 300) does affect the time it takes for the camera to turn on.
  • The number of images that can be saved in memory depends on the Image Quality settings.
Audio capture
  • Still pictures: audio clip length is 30 seconds or until the camera runs out of memory, whichever comes first
  • Video clips: audio is recorded automatically
Shooting modes Auto (default), Macro, Action, Landscape, Portrait, Sunset
EV Compensation settings Can be set manually from -3.0 to +3.0 EV (Exposure Value) in 1/3 EV increments
Image Quality settings
  • 5 MP Best
  • 5 MP (default)
  • 3 MP (default)
  • 1 MP
  • VGA
Color settings Full Color (default), Black & White, Sepia
White Balance setting Auto (default), Sun, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
ISO Speed settings Auto (default), 100, 200, 400
Date and Time Imprint settings Off (default), Date Only, Date & Time
Compression format
  • JPEG (EXIF) for still images
  • EXIF 2.2 for still images with embedded audio
  • MPEG 1 for video clips
  • USB mini-B connector to a computer or PictBridge-certified printer
  • Direct Printing Standard (DPS)
  • PTP transfer (15740)
  • MSDC transfer
  • JPEG
  • MPEG 1, level 1
  • DPOF 1.1
  • EXIF 2.2
  • DCF 1.0
  • DPS

Thursday, July 2, 2009

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