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It's Thanksgiving and you have a lot to do. If you're smart (and of course), use your Amazon Echo. Thecan help you if you need any last-minute tips on cooking a turkey, forgetting to order something essential, or if you just need a nice cocktail after a long day.
Rather than lose sight of what to do next, Alexa should help you spend time with your family instead of letting go because you forgot to set the timer. Here are 10 ways Alexa can help you on Thanksgiving. And here isfrom to if you are .
Create a Thanksgiving shopping list
We hope you now have everything you need. Otherwise, you can quickly make a list while hurrying to put on your shoes. Or send another person for last-minute errands and have the list ready when she arrives at the store.
Alexa can run a shopping list for you. Just say "Alexa, make a grocery list" and then you can add items if you remember. If you want to know everything you've added to the list, then you can either ask Alexa what's on your shopping list, or you can view it in the Alexa app on your phone.
Make a Thanksgiving To-Do List
Like a grocery list, Alexa can keep a to-do list for you. Just say "Alexa, create a to-do list" and call it "Thanksgiving" so you can easily find it. Then you can add your tasks for the day, eg. B. make the pages and cover the table. If you want to hear what's on your plate for a day, just say "Alexa, what's on my to-do list?"
It can help you have all the things you need to do on Thanksgiving in one place Cut or delegate the seemingly endless list in no time.
Get loads of last minute recipe ideas.
One area in Alexa's skill catalog, which is particularly extensive, is Recipe and Cooking skills. Five of the best known are Allrecipes, Best Recipes (by Hellmann's), Betty Crocker and Food Network.
These skills not only provide some recipes to try, they also explain the ingredients you need and guide you through the process. With Food Network you can look up recipes from chefs or TV shows. Allrecipes sends directions to your phone. Betty Crocker will tell you how long it will take to cook a ham. And Best Recipes will give you recipes for the ingredients you already have.
If you forget the turkey (or how long you have to cook it) …
If something has happened to your bird and you need to hurry up and it's difficult to find the right size. Will there be enough or too many leftovers? The turkey planner can tell you how much turkey you need based on the number of incoming guests. You will also learn how long you have to cook.
Just say, "Alexa, ask the Turkey planner how long it takes to cook a 12-pound turkey." Or "Alexa, ask the Turkey planner what turkey size is needed for 10 people."
Setting Multiple Timers
Setting timers for stove, microwave and telephone can be a nightmare – especially if you want to find out which timer is for the ham and which one for the ham the cake. If you are going to set the timer, think about using one of these timers and use your echo device.
Not only can you create multiple timers at once, but also name them so you can easily keep everything straight. Say "Alexa, start a three-hour turkey timer," or "Alexa, create a 30-minute fill timer." To check your timers, just say "Alexa, how much time is left on the turkey timer?"
Do you have drinks for everyone
Whether you are host or guest, you will still have time for a few hours to think and drink more – a selection of wine, spirits, beer, That drink they seem to like in Wisconsin you name it. With skills like The Bartender, What Beer? and MySomm, you can easily find drinks that best suit the food you serve – or make spontaneous cocktails to greet the festive mood.
Let the children take a nap while cooking
It's already tedious to prepare a big meal for a group of people. However, add an energetic kid who wants to help you cook so you go crazy when you have time. Let Alexa help her by telling her children a short bedtime story to make them sleepy.
Adjust the mood with themed melodies.
Unlike Christmas or Halloween, Thanksgiving does not necessarily have a specific genre. That does not mean you can not or should not play music. There are plenty of great Thanksgiving playlists to choose from atand Amazon Prime Music. Just say, "Alexa, play Thanksgiving music."
Order Last Minute Essentials
If you're too busy to run into the store (again) before Thanksgiving, you can quickly order last-minute essentials with Alexa. You can order everything from cling film to a new turkey baster. All you have to do is ask.
If you have Prime Now near you, you can have everything you need delivered to your door the same day (requires an Amazon Prime account). Just say "Alexa, I want to buy [item]" and then "Buy Now" to confirm your order.
You must enable voice order and 1-click order to make purchases through your echo device. Open the Alexa App> Menu > Settings > Account Settings > Language Purchase and toggle language shopping to . You can also create a language code so only you can make purchases from Amazon with your echo.
If it's a tradition in your family to go shopping after Thanksgiving, you can use the Black Friday calendar to check Black Friday opening times. (Let's face it, we are also looking for Thanksgiving hours.)
Just say "Alexa, ask the Black Friday calendar for the target hours." It works for stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Bed Bath and beyond, GameStop, Home Depot, Lowe & # 39; s and many more. Here are.
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