My Mobile Phone

What kind of phone are you using?  I’ve had my current mobile phone for a little more than 2 years.  It’s a basic Sony model.   The phone itself was free, provided that I use it at least two years.  I use a few of the phone’s functions, such as text messaging and the alarm clock.   Moreover,  I use its camera, which performs better than my digital camera.

However, I never use my phone to connect to the internet.  That would cause  my monthly fee to jump up.  I usually stay at home and use my laptop, so there is no need for it.  The number of people using smart phones and tablets has been rapidly increasing in recent years.

I bought a WiFi model iPad mini last month.  This is my first time purchasing  Apple products.  This is a very convenient tool for outside use.  It’s handy and the right size for my bag. The covered iPad mini looks like a book.  I only had to pay for the device itself: no other monthly fee are needed.  I use many different functions and apps including Skype.  At first, it seems strange when speaking into my iPad, but I’m gradually getting used to it.  There are many useful apps for free.  Maybe I’m getting close to becoming  “high-tech”

By the way, my son also bought an iPod touch.  He is always playing the game “Puzzle and Dragons”  which is very popular in Japan now(>_<)

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Baked Apples Recipe

Do you remember that I was taking a cooking course last year?  It was over last December.  I’d like to show you several pictures that I haven’t uploaded yet.

The menu of the day :    Au gratin potato / Sliced pork / Chicken dumplings soup / Baked apples

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I’d like to introduce a baked apples recipe before apple season is over.  (Has the season already finished?)  This is very easy and delicious.  Try it.

IngredientsA

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 table spoons raisins
  • Your favorite alcohol
  • 2 table spoons lemon juice
  • 2 table spoons butter
  • 4 table spoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder

ingredients B

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 table spoons maple syrup
  • 2 table spoons granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Dip the raisins in your favorite alcohol in advance.
  2. Cut an apple in half.  Remove (dig out) cores using a spoon.   Sprinkle lemon juice over the apples.  Fill raisins in the holes.
  3. Place apples in a baking pan.   Put granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, and butter over the apples.
  4. Add ingredient B in the baking pan.   Preheated oven to 180-200°C  and bake for about 40-50 minutes.
  5. Pour wine syrup in the pan  on the top of the baked apples.