Chatbooks: Make a Photo Book Straight From Your Phone!

How many photos do you have on your phone? I have over 5000. I just checked.

You know that I am a huge proponent of photo gifts for family members (especially grandparents). That’s why I love Chatbooks. You can make a Photo Book straight from your phone using the Chatbooks app.

Download the app here and get started. It’s super easy to add, edit, and rearrange your favorite photos to create a beautiful photo book.

It’s simple to personalize your photo book with custom colors, layouts, cover styles, collages, captions, and more.

Chatbooks photo books are printed with archival paper and premium quality inks, so they will last!

With over 100,000 5-star reviews, the Chatbooks app is hands-down the easiest way to make a photo book, straight from your phone.

And best of all, the prices are great. So if you are looking for a way to downsize the photos on your phone without deleting them forever, check out Chatbooks. I’ve already made a couple for the kids out of state grandparents.

 

Cooking Tutorial: Spaghetti Squash!

We eat a lot of veggies. That was one of the huge lifestyle changes we made a few years ago that has helped us maintain healthier weights.

One healthy swap we made was to spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  A lot of healthy/food swap websites like Hungry Girl tout Spaghetti Squash as a good substitute for carb-y noodles.

Here is a quick tutorial on making spaghetti squash.

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  1. Select a squash that is firm and unblemished. Not sure what they look like? Here is the wikipedia article all about the vegetable with a few pictures.
  2. Chop the end with the stem off. You’ll need a good sharp knife. I love our Henckels Meat Cleaver.
  3. Chop the squash in half. I do it length-wise, so it takes less time to cook in the oven.
  4. Take a spoon and scoop out the stringy guts and seeds.  Discard them.
  5. In a large glass baking dish, place the squash halves cut side down.  Pour a 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the squash are fork tender (about the same feeling as a baked potato).
  7. Remove baking dish from oven and set the squash halves on a cutting board.  Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, or until you can comfortable handle the vegetable.
  8. With a fork, “rake” the interior of the veggie.  The “meat” of the interior should flake off in long strings that resemble broken spaghetti.
  9. Once complete, discard the exterior of the squash.
  10. Toss the “spaghetti” with the sauce of your choice.

1 medium sized spaghetti squash serves 2-3 people, with a serving size of about 1 1/2 cups. It’s yummy with sauce (Spaghetti/red sauce, pesto, or even a cheesy sauce), or just a little butter and herbs. It’s a great way to get extra veggies into your diet, or if you’re Gluten Intolerant, it’s cheaper (and tastier) than GF pasta.

Later today, I’ll be posting a recipe that uses spaghetti squash as a main ingredient! With winter veggies starting to make an appearance in grocery stores and farmers markets, you’ll start seeing more and more squash!