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Best Cat Meme Ever! New App Uses Felines to Teach Foreign Languages

Sounds like my kind of way to learn a different language!

Tech

Is spending hours a day looking at images of adorable felines a complete waste of time? Well according to one tech firm, it doesn’t have to be.

The BBC reports that app developer Memrise has harnessed the power of cute kittens in order to teach people new languages.

According to tests completed by the tech firm, images of cats helped improve users’ memories when learning words and phrases from another language.

“The pattern began to emerge that pictures of cats always featured disproportionately among the most effective,” Ben Whately, chief operating officer at Memrise told the BBC.

With Memrise’s new app CatAcademy, customers can spend hours scrolling through crowd sourced photographs of cats that comically coincide with the words scribbled across the bottom of image all the while improving the users cognitive ability to remember the phrases at a later date.

[BBC]

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Cooking a Turkey Tip

I remember the turkey being dry 90% of the time growing up. I think that may be why I always chose to eat turkey leg and thighs. Those parts of the turkey  most of the time where partially in the juices as the turkey was baking therefor being moist. 

When my husband and I had our first Thanksgiving I cooked a turkey and every 30 minutes I would slide the rack to where I could baste the turkey in butter. Not to mention we didn’t have stuffing but instead butter, onion and garlic stuffed inside. It was really good and moist as it should of been. Everyone loved it. By the next Thanksgiving I had a thought. What if the I cooked it upside down? Then that is how i cooked it ever since. Granted that did mean i couldn’t turn it over so you have that classic turkey photo but flavor over appearance for me. You could after it cools off carve your turkey and arrange it on a tray and broil it to crisp up the skin and get a whole different kind of photo.

Last year though we grilled it! My husband did a wonderful job and grilling the turkey is now our go to and unless the weather is to bad to turn the grill on then grill it we shall. After Thanksgiving i plan to post photos!

Thanksgiving

We don’t do much for Thanksgiving. Of course before we started this Marine Corps lifestyle and lived back “home” in South GA we had my family and his family to visit all in one day. Honestly that was more stressful than pleasing. Now that I am reflecting on it Thanksgiving day is like bar hopping. You go from one place to another rushing to eat the same things in a ridiculous amount so you can go to your next destination. You tell everyone you had “a great time” but really you don’t remember much about it until you get on the scale for the next week. 

One house no one really wants to be there but we try to act like it. One house you go due to tradition. One house has that one person that ruins the experience. Then EVERYONE wants to do it at there own house just adding more places to go. Different time schedules due to jobs, divorce because mom and dad can’t be in the house at the same time, other houses to go. People that guilt you into coming to see them when really you would rather be in your own home.

What happens if they all come to our house?  An experience from last year we had a few people we met come over. We are not football people, or party people and we didn’t have cable. We didn’t share political views or religious views. This is what happens when you make friends at work it seems. Which when you work all the time what choice do you have? I had no clue what to talk about. I was so concerned with trying not to be boring or that my house didn’t look nice that I couldn’t enjoy myself and left my husband to entertain. Which was unfair because he is just as bad as I am. 

This year we will have our Thanksgiving meals how we prefer. A nice calm day where we make a pie, grill a turkey (which you have got to try), maybe watch the parade, put up and decorate Christmas tree and watch a movie. Take a nap? HA

Why make a holiday stressful to you? There is enough stress in your life that if you get a holiday spend it how you want. If you want to spend it with family trade off holidays. This year we go here for Thanksgiving there for Christmas and next year at home. You don’t want to go back to work the next week and it feel more like a vacation than the vacation was. Some people thrive off seeing everyone all in one day and more power to you but it’s not for me. 

 

Pancakes

I have now tried 6 pancake recipes. Some made with almond flour, some with coconut and with tapioca flour. Unless someone has me a better recipe, I have now given up hope on ever having a pancake under paleo. They are REALLY nutty and thick. 

This makes me sad. 

Unlike my husband I get tired of eggs. I love scrambled eggs and ingredient filled omelets. Sometimes I will wake up and the thought of eating eggs again makes me want to puke.  After a week of eating fruit or oatmeal for breakfast and getting out of the rut I get all “YAY omelets” attitude again.

I dislike making 2 separate meals for breakfasts everyday so I am looking for prepared things. Something i can pre prepare, freeze and warm when needed. Not to mention soon my husbands schedule for work will be back to normal. That could either mean 5 am or 4 pm depending on his shift. Getting up and doing breakfast at 5 am is hard haha. 

Speaking of which i think i am about to go take a nap. Sounds great!

Homecoming!

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My husband came home from deployment near the beginning of November. I didn’t get as many photos as I had intended and then the ones I did get, while some people would say the are “okay” I will follow OSPEC and not post them just in case. I would hate in any way or circumstance to ever give away details that may pose a negative effect on the families here.

My husband is in the Marine Corps and in the Flight-wing. So when they came in from the deployment they didn’t drive in on buses they flew in to the flight line. All the aircraft flew in formation over us and then soon landed one by one to there spot on the flight line. They grouped in a formation from the back and marched to the front and was rather fun to watch.  When they reached the families and dismissed it was crazy to find your Marine. Of course i was confused because mine went back to get his bag real fast so we could go when he saw me.

It was great to see him again. He was gone for 8 months stuck on a ship with many rumors of possible extentions. Luckily the extensions didn’t happen and they came home in time.

I have to get better at taking photos.

Pineapple Bacon Wrapped Burgers

Doesn’t the name sound delish! I do however remember back when I didn’t like anything with pineapple, coconut, basically tropical flavored.  My new idea is try it once, if it’s not good try it once more in another way. I will be trying to work with memory on this recipe and if I find the specific link I got the idea from I shall link it. I know it was on Pinterest… we all know how that goes.

SO here it goes!

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

I started with mixing my ground beef. I normally add seasoning on eyeball measurements. So I do not have specifics to give you.

1 1/2 lbs Ground beef

Salt and Pepper 1 tsp each

1 egg

1-2 tbs coconut flour

1 tsp paprika

1 tbs basil

Bacon

Pineapple slices

Mix all together and patties out your burgers.

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Get your baking pan and lay your bacon strips in a criss-cross fashion on top of aluminum foil. Place patties in cent of criss-cross, put your pineapple slices on top of patties then fold the bacon over and use a tooth pick to hold it on top.

If you notice I had one of those deli containers of cubed pineapple. Which by the way my local Commissary had whole pineapples on sale today 2 for $5 WOOT!

Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes depending on how well done you would like your burgers. Switch to broiler to get a nice crisp to the bacon.

They are FANTASTIC grilled but it’s starting to get cold. I added broccoli to the side because i burned my sweet potato fries DANG IT but that’s okay the burger was the main attraction here.

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Thanks for reading!

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