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Title: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 19, 2017, 05:27:41 PM
You guys might have already covered this but it's the first time I've seen it.  So, am posting it here for those like me who don't know. 

Download the image below and open it in Affinity Photo.
On the menu, select Filters\Colors\Erase White Paper

Your image will be left with a perfect transparent background!  Apparently, it only works with white backgrounds but what an awesome way to remove the background.  I'm always amazed at how far they've come with some of these programs.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: Nicky on June 20, 2017, 03:37:27 AM
 :wow3: :wow3: :praise59: but MaryLou on mine that option is not there. I have Erase white paper and choose that!!!  :loveit:  :thanks06: :thanks06:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 20, 2017, 07:30:09 PM
You're right, it is Erase and not Remove.  I fixed it.  I can blame it on this extreme heat - it muddles the brain!  :cancan:  I sure hope they put that in AD!! 
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: Nicky on June 20, 2017, 09:53:14 PM
 :wow3: MaryLou I read how hot it is..... not for me
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 20, 2017, 11:39:10 PM
It's going to be this way until at least Saturday. They are expecting tomorrow (Wednesday) to be the hottest day yet!  It's also a bad air day which means I don't do much moving around.  I have the a/c, the ceiling fan, and a fan sitting down on the floor in the family room where I have my computer.  I keep the rest of the place closed off.  If it gets too bad, I still have one more floor stand fan I can drag out

I'm sure glad I was able to get fresh foods delivered.  Had a delicious omelet for dinner.  Filled it with orange and green bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, shredded mixed cheese, and Louisiana hot links that I chopped up.    Fast and easy, and all fresh!  The only thing that is worrying me is that my car won't start when I need it.  It hasn't been touched in at least 2 weeks.   Sure am NOT going out the door to see!!
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: Nicky on June 21, 2017, 12:33:45 AM
That omelet sounds delicious. Take care
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 21, 2017, 08:23:28 PM
It really was delicious, Nicky!  I"m trying to fix food that is fast, yet nourishing.  I had a lot of stuff left over from yesterday so tonight, I made scrambled eggs with mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, black olives and cheese.   Spooned some salsa on top after it was cooked.  Was really good and used up a lot of little left-overs.  Took maybe 3 minutes to cook.    This heat wave is causing me to eat things that I wouldn't normally eat and I'm liking it!  We have about 3 more days of this heat, then it's supposed to cool down but tomorrow is supposed to be our hottest day yet.  If the heat doesn't kill me, I'll probably have a heart attack when I get my utility bill!!
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: Nicky on June 22, 2017, 12:21:49 AM
Good for you MaryLou We make omelettes like that too. A good way to use up veggies . We add broccoli also !
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on June 22, 2017, 12:57:30 AM
You can do this by copying and pasting an image into the workspace too, without downloading. Very useful tip, thanks MaryLou.

Your Omelet sounds delicious and has given me an idea for a quick lunch today. I always add my toppings when the Omelet is almost set to retain the flavours.

Here's a healthy no flour, fat-free version of a quick Banana Omelet wrap. Mash up 1 Banana and mix with 1 beaten Egg. Place in a Pan with 1 tsp of oil added and gently fry until set. Sprinkle with a few drops of Lemon Juice, and a little Sweetner (or add chopped Nuts, Fruit, Honey, Cocoa Powder to the mix for example) then fold up and eat. Great for lunch boxes etc. 
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 22, 2017, 04:36:38 PM
You can do this by copying and pasting an image into the workspace too, without downloading. Very useful tip, thanks MaryLou. 

Sheryl, how does this remove the background if you copy and paste an image?   Maybe you meant copy the image I put there rather than downloading it?  I think most of us probably do it that way - or use the snipping tool to grab it.The important part of that image is how easily a white background was removed.  I'm thinking of the clipart I find that has white backgrounds.  Going to try this next time.   I do that 16 page newsletter each month and use a lot of free clipart and most of it has a white background.  Most times, it doesn't matter but when putting it on a background with color, yikes!  Definitely needs to be removed.

I can't try the banana recipe - don't have any. Forgot to put them on my shopping list along with strawberries!  Tonight, it's going to be a salad with left over mushrooms and whatever else I can find to put in it.  It's 110 right now and definitely not cooking weather!  I really wanted some porkchops today but forgot to take them out of the freezer.  Will have them tomorrow but cooked in the slow cooker, then served over rice.  It only takes 10 min to cook the rice.  I might cook it in the morning when it's in the 90's, then reheat in microwave in the evening.  Sure be glad when this is over with!!
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on June 30, 2017, 11:26:52 AM
MaryLou...I just Right-clicked, copied and pasted the image into the workspace, then used the Erase White Paper to remove the background. it worked a treat.

Made a Banana Omelette after my lunch today...in fact I ate two! lol So good that I can't stop eating them. I sprinkled Candarel over one of them and spread Honey over the other.

I would give my all to find a butcher that sells good old fashioned Pork Chops but alas those days are long gone, both in terms of Butchers (few and far between) and good old Port Chops. All you can get now is Chops from the supermarket that contain a lot of water and hardly any taste.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on June 30, 2017, 12:28:07 PM
I do wish that feature was in AD!   It's such a nice one!!  It's so simple too!!!

Your omelets sound yummy! I have to remember to have them more often!!

You're so right about the porkchops!  They have absolutely no flavor of their own.  I've found cooling them in the crockpot helps a lot!!!  I just did that last week!  Here's the recipe that I used.  I only cooked 2 porkchops and omitted the chili paste - it's too hot!
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 02, 2017, 11:56:52 AM
Yes me too, it's a neat feature.

I shall try that Pork Chop recipe MaryLou...it sounds full of flavour.  I'll buy some Pork Chops when I next visit the Supermarket. I try not to freeze meat if I can help it as I find freezing waters down the taste...could be just me though.

You probably worked out that I am a Banana fan and make simple Banana shakes a few times a week. 
I throw 2 bananas into my Ninja and fill to the max with Milk...usually Oat or Soya but Almond Milk is nice too. Skimmed Milk is too watery so never buy it.  I like little bits of Banana left in my shake so 5 seconds of blitzing is usually long enough. This makes 3-4 glasses of shake. Occasionally I like to add 2 tbs Honey and 2 tbs Oats just for a change.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 03, 2017, 06:47:08 PM
I'm a huge slow cooker fan.  I have 3 of them.  The larger one is for when I'm having my daughter and Jack over for a meal and the two smaller ones are for when I fix like 2 porkchops.  I do freeze my meat.  It really doesn't hurt the flavor.  My husband was a butcher and would buy large quantities of meat on payday, then package it up in meal size containers and freeze it.

I'm not really crazy about bananas yet, I buy two each time I go to the grocery store.  I love sliced bananas in my cereal and load the bottom of the bowl with slices when I have icecream with chocolate syrup.   I don't do the shakes and such.  I did at one time but got kind of burned out on them.  I'm also fussy about milk.  Fresh whole cow milk only.   :laugh2:

I found a nice slow cooler recipe for Salisbury steak so am going to have that for dinner Thursday when Rae and Jack come over. I have a few things that need to be fixed so I bribe them with food.  It works!!
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 05, 2017, 12:01:33 PM
Chopped Banana with Cereal is lovely MaryLou.  I use Lactose Free Cows Milk which tastes exactly the same as ordinary Cows Milk but has an Enzyme built into it. I can tolerate small amounts of ordinary Cows Milk but not much as I am Lactose Intolerant and too much makes me feel very unwell. I always have a carton of Soya or Rice Milk in the fridge which I enjoy by the glass or for making smoothies etc.

Your Salisbury Steak sounds nice. Is that a "Maryland" recipe?...I've always wanted to visit Baltimore.  We have a Salisbury here in the UK too...darn expensive though  due to Salisbury Cathedral (Britain's tallest spire) that brings in the tourists! lol

You have inspired me to dig out my Crock Pot American recipe book and start slow cooking again. Slow Cooking is not a huge method of cooking in the UK though it is becoming more popular. I first heard about it when I lived in Canada...was a popular cooking method there but had never heard of it in the UK back then. My stove has a slow cook facility and so does my pressure cooker, which is the one I prefer to use as it does a better job.  Pressure cooking is my favoured method of cooking and always turns out lovely stews, casseroles, jams and puddings, in a very short time. As well as pressure cooking, the cooker also turns into a Fish, Rice, Pasta cooker and makes yoghurt too.  Does everything except make a cup of tea! lol
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 05, 2017, 12:37:59 PM
I have no clue where the Salisbury recipe originated.  Didn't know we had such a place in Maryland.  Will have to check it out.  My brother lives in Hagerstown Maryland but I've never been there.

I am terrified of a pressure cooker!  My mother had one when I was a kid and it blew the lid off more than a few times and food went flying all over the place.  I don't know why, maybe she didn't put the lid on properly but it was enough to make me never want one.   I've used a slow cooker (crock pot) for years and years.  Was great when I was working.  I would prepare all the ingredients in the evening, then put it in the cooker in the morning, plug it in and go off to work.  Come home and dinner is ready!!   I will be doing that today. Preparing the meat and such and put in the refrigerator until I get up tomorrow, then turn it on and away we go!  Don't have to even look at it until time to eat.   I want to try baked potatoes one of these days.  You wrap the washed potato, then wrap in foil.  Put in slow cooker with nothing else... and in a few hours or so, you have baked potatoes!  I've heard you can't tell them from ones made in the oven.   I don't like to cook so this is the perfect answer!!   Do dig yours out and make it work for you! :angel04:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 08, 2017, 11:50:07 AM
Well, It never occurred to me to slow cook a jacket potato but that's something else I shall try.

Same thing happened to my sister in law's mother...the lid came off her pressure cooker and all hell was let loose. So my SIL won't have one in the house! Apparantly the pressure at full throttle is enough to lift a car off the ground. I've always used one though so not nervous at all. I think these days they are much safer to use. I think there are at least 4 safety mechanisms on the one I have.

I've always wanted to visit Baltimore and have just finished watching "Keepers" on Netflix. Have you watched it MaryLou? It's about the abuse of children by a Catholic Priest (and friends) at Keough High School Baltimore, a Catholic school run by nuns back in 1969. Apparantly one of the nuns, Sister Cesnik knew about the abuse of children and was going to spill the beans. Unfortunately she was murdered before she could talk and her murderer was never caught though it is thought the priest who carried out the abuse was involved. The catholic church covered it up...like they always did in these cases. Its a very interesting series...I was glued watching it.   I never cared much for places where deep religion rules and I don't particularly like nuns but Sister Cesnik was a good nun and the whole case is a sad one.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 09, 2017, 10:18:20 PM
That's a new term for me "jacket potato"!   Kind of neat! 

I have not seen Keepers and even though I have Netflix, I probably won't watch it.  I don't watch anything with a lot of drama and suspense, killing, thrillers, etc.  I watch mostly Hallmark and family movies.  The reason being is, when I watch something that's intense like that, I have the most horrible nightmares.  There was a time when I could watch anything but as I aged, I found I just cannot do it. Anything that makes me sit on the edge of my chair also increases my heart rate and that makes it hard to breathe.  So, I only watch the sappy movies.  Starting next week, they will have nothing but Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel - they do it for 2 weeks every year. 

I was raised Catholic and the orphanage I lived in was the Roman Catholic orphanage.  I know some of those priests are dirty old men.  There was one at the Catholic girls school that was always calling me into his office for one reason or another. He insisted I sit on his lap. I was about 13.  It made me so uncomfortable because he always had his hand on my bottom on one side and the other around my shoulders. He would kiss me on the cheek when he let me go back to class.  It never went any farther than that but I never felt right about it.  From the many stories I've heard from others, the priests and nuns were not all a godly lot!   I still might check the movie out and see if I can handle it.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 13, 2017, 01:41:11 AM
My mother always referred to them as jackets I guess because they had their skin in tact but they are usually referred to as Baked in restaurants etc.

I would say the series is harrowing in parts only because of how extensive the abuse was but interesting to see how after 27 years later abused people came forward and how things progressed in trying to bring the priest involved (and others inc a gynaecologist) brought to justice. I won't say too much in case you decide to watch it. 

I'm not a religious person and in my book being a religious person doesn't make you a better one...in fact I've seen the opposite in many cases. I consider myself to be a humanitarian which is more important to me. Help others less fortunate, stay on the right side of the law and know right from wrong. I give my time freely to volunteering here and there in different organisations when I can and that's good enough for me! lol 

A friend of mine is a JW. Evertime we meet up the subject turns to her beliefs...yawn yawn. In fact it got so bad at one stage I had to ask her to stop as it was ruining our friendship. I've known her for 30 years many of which were prior to her becoming a JW which happened after a bitter divorce. I guess she was converted during a very vulnerable period in her life and has stuck with it. 
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 13, 2017, 06:22:12 PM
I have it in my queue and MIGHT watch it.  Even though they have gruesome scenes, they are real life.  The move about Josef Fritzl still lingers in my mind.  How could anyone do that to their children?  He was a sick man.  That, and the child abuse that went on at  Haut de la Garenne in Jersey.  Things like that really stick in my mind - not sure why but they do. 

Will let you know if I get brave!!  :cancan:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 16, 2017, 06:18:18 AM
Well that was another horrendous and harrowing case MaryLou. What a disgusting man, father. This is one series I definitely can't watch...yuk. I bought the book but can't bear to read it as I know it would play on my mind too heavily.

Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 19, 2017, 03:33:12 PM
Those stories seem to stick in our minds.  Probably because we know they are real.  The girl here, Jaycee Dugard (https://www.biography.com/people/jaycee-dugard-20993627), who was kidnapped when she was 11 and was held in captivity for 18 years!!  In the early years, her abductor kept her locked in a shed where she became his sex slave.  He eventually moved her into a tent where she had a baby when she was just 14 and another one at age 17.  He was a disgusting piece of human increment.  His wife was his accomplice. I read the book a few years ago and I still think about it.

The same with another jerk in Cleveland, Arial Castro (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3057392/Cleveland-house-horrors-survivors-reveal-Ariel-Castro-raped-5-times-day.html) who held 3 girls captive and in chains for 10 years and raped them 5 times daily. He was such a coward that when he was caught, he hung himself in his cell when sentenced to life in prison. One of the girls had a baby by him but when one of the others got pregnant a few times, he would punch her in the stomach until she miscarried.  It's too bad he didn't live long enough to make it to prison. The other criminals would have had a good time with him.  I also read that book.  I really shouldn't read such things as they tend to "stick". 

There are some really sick people in this world!  :angel04:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: Teejay on July 20, 2017, 01:19:08 AM
i think i could kill  i really really do. :th1:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 20, 2017, 10:06:39 AM
Oh there are so many sick people in this world. What one human being can do to another is beyond disturbing. The thing is they appear to be like you and I with faces, arms and legs but devils in disguise. If only they have tails, we could see what they are!

The very sad story of the little boy who was abused by his mother and her lesbian partner last year so much so that he died. The things that little boy had to endure is beyond comprehension and to this day haunts me.

I am with you Teejay.
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: MaryLou on July 27, 2017, 10:52:42 PM
There was a time when stories like this had everyone in an uproar - public outcry.  In the last 10 years or so, people seem to have become immune to things like this - they say "so sorry", then go on their merry way.  We see it so much that it's no longer shocking and that is sad. :no-no:
Title: Re: Nice Feature!!
Post by: SherylC on July 28, 2017, 08:41:46 AM
Absolutely right MaryLou. We hear so much of it on the news these days that we have to try and remove ourselves slightly as a way of protecting ourselves. If we did not then it would drive us stir crazy. Of course some stories are harder to shake off than others.