I’m not a big fan of network television; I watch sporting events and the occasional movie. I mainly wanted something to stream Netflix and open up some online viewing options. My original research pointed to a blu-ray player or a little device called a Roku. I hadn’t heard of the Roku before and this was just when the Roku 3 was coming out. I read a number of reviews of the 3 from various sites – everybody loved it.
I looked at various blu-ray players. They were good, but nothing really stood out. I also realized that I only needing something connecting me to the internet – I wasn’t going to watch a blu-ray video any other way.
The Roku was the way to go for me. I checked my two standard purchasing options – Costco and Amazon – but neither would be able to sell the Roku 3 for another month. Voila, off to the Roku website and a few days later it arrived.
Setup was easy and a short time later I was connected to Netflix. Investigating the device, I found I actually liked the Amazon Instant Video a lot better than Netflix. They frequently seemed to have better videos (at least they appealed to me more) than Netflix. There are also a lot of other channels that you can watch – okay, there are 61 just sports channels. Even I think that’s nuts.
Although I have a lot of good things to say about the Roku, I saw a preview of the Xbox one today. If I was a console gamer, that device looks pretty cool.
Over the years I’ve made a lot of pumpkin pies. Like most folks, I buy the can of pumpkin and mostly follow the recipe on the can. As I’ve usually been making multiple pies, I’ve bought the large can from Libby’s that makes two pies. In their recipe you add 1 ½ cups of sugar and 2 cans of condensed milk. The change I’ve found successful is using one can of regular condensed milk and one can of sweetened condensed milk.
Shopping at Costco the other day, I saw they’re now carrying Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin. They were selling the cans that made one pie – although you still had to buy six cans – it is Costco after all. Their recipe was slightly different; you don’t add sugar but you do use sweetened condensed milk. I’m anxious to see how it turns out.
What is the secret sauce in your pumpkin pie recipe?