Loan-U-Later is now an Android app!

It took me some time to fit it in, but I have finally rebuilt Loan-U-Later as a Unity app, and the Android build is now available on Google Play.

Unity for a UI based utility app, what is this lunacy, you say? In the past, I’ve used Unity’s UI for simple menus and gameplay UI, but stayed away from more complex layouts, so I wanted to see what Unity’s UI could do and am decently happy with it. There are some drawbacks, though.

Probably the most significant one is that the UI is entirely part of Unity’s graphics engine, and very rarely uses native UI elements, so any services or functionalities that the OS provides for free with native UI are not available. One such example is accessibility; Unity’ UI does not support native accessibility functions, TalkBack for Android and VoiceOver for iOS, so they just don’t work – there is a plugin available to mimic this, but I have yet to implement it. For some other functionalities, such as alerts, I utilized the great asset Cross Platform Native Plugins.

Another hurdle was the limited options of include UI elements. I ended up either having build my own, or modify included or 3rd party elements to fit my needs. Some examples of this are the tab and table views. Due to the nature of this app, I was able to avoid the issues related to interacting with the native keyboard.

Anyway, there is a bit of backwards compatibility to handle before I can update the iOS version, but it will be coming in the near future. Enjoy!

  Get it on Google Play

Loan-U-Later has been updated!

This was almost literally the least I could do to get it up and running for iOS 11.  I probably wouldn’t have done it, but I got a few emails asking if I was going to, so I hammered it out.  I actually started a significant rebuild, but ran out of time before the OS release, so I had to do this quick and dirty update.  Hopefully I will find some time soon to finish the true rebuild.

 

Loan-U-Later on the iOS App Store

 

Recipe: Curried Zucchini Soup

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
5 Cup(s), Chopped Zucchini
2 Chopped Onion(s)
3 Clove(s), Minced Garlic
2 Teaspoon(s) Curry Powder
3/4 Teaspoon(s) Salt
1/4 Teaspoon(s) Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon(s) Pepper
1 Tablespoon(s) Brown Sugar
6 Cup(s) Broth, Vegetable

Instructions:
in soup pot heat up olive oil over medium heat – sautee zucchini, onions, garlic, curry pwd, salt, cinnamon, and pepper: stirring occasionally for about 10min until softened

spinkle on brown sugar and pour in broth

bring to boil then reduce to simmer: cook covered for 20 min
blend until smooth

Recipe: Nonna’s Guacamole

Nonna’s Guacamole

Ingredients:

5 Medium Avocado(s)
1 Large Tomato, diced
8 – 10 Peperoncini(s), Minced
2 Tablespoon(s) Peperoncini Juice
2 Cup(s) Grated Cheese, Jack
1 Tablespoon(s) Juice, Lemon
1 Tablespoon(s) Juice, Lime
1/2 Onion(s), Minced
4 Clove(s) Garlic, Minced
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Pepper, Black
Salt to taste

Directions:

1: In a large non-metallic bowl, mash avocados, preferably with a non-metallic utensil.

2: Mix in remaining ingredients. Add salt to taste.

FOR STORING: Add several avocado pits and cover tightly with plastic wrap, with as few air pockets as possible.

Recipe: Eggy Toast


Eggy Toast

Ingredients:

Butter
Bread
Egg
Mayonnaise
Lunchmeat
Cheese
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

1: Heat up skillet to medium-high; cast iron works the best

2: Toast Bread

3: Butter the pan; Cook egg, keeping rough dimensions to the size of your piece of bread. Salt and pepper to taste

4: Turn down heat. Add lunchmeat, then cheese, and cover till cheese is melted

5: Spread mayonnaise onto toast

6: Place cheesy meaty egg onto toast, cheese side down.

Optional Additions:
• Avocado
• Tomato and Basil
• Hummus

Recipe: Reubensadilla

Ingredients:

Sauce:
2 Tablespoon(s) Mayo
2 Tablespoon(s) Ketchup
1 Dash Sriracha Sauce

Sandwich:
* Pastrami
* Slices of Cheese, Swiss
* Sauerkraut
* Tortillas

Directions:
1: Plug in panini press/ waffle iron/ mini grill; let it heat up

2: Mix together sauce

3: Coat tortilla(s) with sauce

4: Layer cheese, then sauerkraut, then meat over whole tortilla – fold in half (layers will be palindrome styled: tortilla, sauce, cheese, sauerkraut, meat, sauerkraut, cheese, sauce, tortilla)

5: Cook for 3-4 minutes

Recipe: Justin’s Coleslaw

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup(s) Mayo
1/2 Cup(s) Sour Cream
2 Tablespoon(s) Sugar / Splenda
2 Tablespoon(s) Vinegar, Red Wine
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Mustard, Yellow
1/4 Teaspoon(s) Salt
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Pepper, Black
4 Cup(s) Cabbage, Green
1 Cup(s) Cabbage, Red
1 Cup(s) Carrot(s)

Directions:
1: Shred all veggies

2: Mix remaining ingredients together, then mix with veggies

3: Cover & chill for at least 30 minutes

Recipe: Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Ingredients::
1.5 Liter(s) Wine, Red
1.5 Cup(s) Port, Tawny
4 Tablespoon(s) Mulling/Cider spices
4 Tablespoon(s) Brown Sugar
2 Stick(s) Cinnamon
2 Tablespoon(s) Sugar / Splenda
1 Tablespoon(s) Juice, Orange
1/2 Cup(s) Brandy

Directions:
simmer for at least 1 hour, but do not let it boil, or you will cook off the alcohol

Note: if you have loose spices, you can place them in a coffee filter and staple it up to make one large simmering bag

optional changes:
*use rum or whiskey instead of brandy
*throw in fruit slices while simmering

Recipe: Hummus

Hummus

Ingredients:
2 Cup(s) Beans, Garbanzo
4 Tablespoon(s) Liquid from cooking Garbanzo Beans
3 Tablespoon(s) Juice, Lemon
1.5 Tablespoon(s) Tahini
1/2 Tablespoon(s) Salt
1 Tablespoon(s) Garlic

Directions:
1: Cook beans in liquid from can(s) or rehydration and water till beans are soft enough to smash against the roof of your mouth with your tongue.
~*~*~*~SAVE THE LIQUID~*~*~*~

2: Mix all together- purée till smooth in a food processor or blender; about 10 minutes

3: Add more bean liquid as needed to make hummus smoother in texture

4: Drizzle with ~2 tablespoons olive oil before serving. Sprinkle paprika or dried herbs on as a flashy garnish.

* 1 cup dried beans, soaked overnight, = 2 cups rehydrated
* 1 x 15.5oz can of beans is roughly 2 cups

Recipe: Meatloaf Patties

Meatloaf Patties

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup(s) Bread, Cubes
1/2 Cup(s) Milk
1.5 Pound(s) Ground Meat
1 Tablespoon(s) Parsley
2 Beaten Eggs
1.5 Teaspoon(s) Salt
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Pepper, Black
1/8 Teaspoon(s) Nutmeg
1/4 Cup(s) Parmesan Cheese
4 Clove(s), Minced Garlic

Directions:

1: Soak bread cubes in milk in a separate bowl

2: In other bowl mix all other ingredients

3: Once bread cubes have softened squeeze out milk and add bread to the bowl and mix thoroughly

4: Plug in Electric Grill (George Foreman styled)

5: Blop meat mixture onto the grill and cook for roughly 7 minutes.

NOTE: to make as loaf or in the oven, cook at 350F for an internal temperature of 160F

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