Monday, September 23, 2013

Modern Technology

   In my first blog, I mentioned the need for more knowledge of the computer. What I really believe is the geniuses who write the instructions for computer programs need to speak plain old English. I don’t use the name geniuses facetiously; I know they have superior intelligence. It’s just not necessary they rub it in my face every time I try to install a program on my laptop. They all start out so nice and friendly. “Hi, welcome to our site. Let me walk you through the installation and in just minutes you’ll be exploring your new download.” I feel so confident, this person is going to take me step-by-step, and it’s going to be a breeze. All of my initial fear subsides as I click on the “get started” icon. Once he has suckered me in to the point of no return, suddenly I’m dealing with Hermes, the god of knowledge and invention. “You’ll need to reconfigure your encrypted code in…” Huh?    My eyes glaze over and my stomach knots up because I have absolutely no idea what to do now. I immediately call one of my kids who were raised in the age of computers. This is the usual response, “Mom, you know to wait until one of us can be there before you try to download anything.” My mother’s intuition tells me they are rolling their eyes but I know it’s well deserved so I don’t call them on it. “Just close the program and wait for us to come over to show you how to do the installation.” I sigh, turn off the computer hoping I haven’t killed it, and wait for them to rescue me…again. When one shows up to help, they take my laptop, with me trying to follow their actions, install, and are cruising through the program in minutes. I couldn’t tell you the first key they hit and they are already through. I certainly don’t begrudge the younger generation for their tech savvy. In fact, I admire them. All I’m asking is, why can’t someone make a site user friendly for those of us whose first calculator was an abacus?

Recipes You'll Wish You Didn't Know Peanut Butter Butterfinger Pie Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 9 inch pie 
A no bake peanut butter cheesecake topped with Butterfinger bars in a baked Pillsbury pie crust Ingredients
1 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 1/2 cups Cool Whip, divided 1 1/2 crushed Butterfinger bars
Instructions 1.Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and let sit for 15 minutes on the counter. Gently unroll the pie crust and place in a 9 inch pie plate. Press firmly into the bottom. Crimp the edges. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust very well. Bake at 450* for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
2.In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese. Add the sweetened condensed milk and sour cream and beat until creamy. Remove 2 cups of batter and set aside. Add the peanut butter and beat again. Spoon into the bottom of the cool pie crust.
3.Fold 2 cups of Cool Whip into the saved cream cheese mixture. Spoon on top of the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to set.
4.Cover the top of the pie with the crushed Butterfinger bars.
Decorate the edges of the pie with the remaining Cool Whip. Makes 1 - 9 inch pie. Keep refrigerated or freeze for firmer pie.


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