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Posted by admin on May 26th, 2015

Newton’s Apple Pie

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For a truly spectacular apple pie, California is your destination. Or at least, my friend Anna makes the best one I’ve had the pleasure to devour, and she lives in Los Angeles. We made it out to the West Coast a few years back, and our hostess had an evening of sushi, tequila (well, actually mescal), and an apple pie planned. And before you assume the alcohol augmented the taste of the pie, don’t worry, we didn’t consume it all that night. It was just as good or better the next day when we got up around 1:00 in the afternoon. So if you’d like to become a better hostess (or host), make this pie and let your guests eat the leftovers for breakfast.

If you’re this far in my blog post, you might be asking yourself “What even IS this blog? What’s a Bushel?” Well, it’s a blog for a product that provides management tools for Apple devices, but I have convinced my boss to let me write about the edible kind of Apples too (and hopefully anything that comes in a Bushel) – yay! Which brings us back to what’s important here, THIS APPLE PIE. Anna was kind enough to share the recipe along with her variants. She’s like me – I typically deviate from every recipe when cooking (if using one at all) on a whim, and only really use them when baking. She’s piecemealed a recipe together from some of her favorites, which I’ve used to make mine, with a few changes.

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Anna sent over two recipes she uses for her crust, but I already have a tried and true favorite that I’ve been making for years. The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pie Crust. It’s easy, fast, flakey, and delish. Plus, depending on what you’re using it for, it makes three dough balls for crusts (you’ll use two for this recipe since you need the second dough ball for lattice work, but freeze the last one for a quiche or an open-faced pie). Follow the recipe and wrap two of the dough balls in plastic wrap before moving on to pie filling.

I was just finishing up wrapping the dough when I saw a black flash pass through the kitchen door at full stride. ZOOM! Clomp-clomp-clomp (that’s the sound of three inch stumps running at full stride on hardwood floors.) There goes the baby corgi – oh no, he’s loose! We had to pause so I could I collect the corgi and try to place him back into his playpen. NOIWILLNOTGO says Fats in doge* (his real name is Otto, but we call him Fats) as he wiggled like an a-corg-ion (accordion) and gave his fiercest roar. We had to pause so Fats could get his zoomies** out outside. I got my fill of puppy love and washed my hands for the millionth time of the day.

*doge – noun – internet canine language, or a dog’s internal monologue – originated from species Shiba Inus
**zoo·mees – verb – to be a corgi and to go zoom zoom

Fats

Now for the filling. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, ginger, and apple brandy to your bowl. Peel and core your apples. I cut them in half, then in quarters, and then sliced them on the short end at about a quarter inch thick. I peeled, cored, and sliced my way through seven, which filled up a great big bowl. It looks like a lot, but your pie dish is deceptively big. Add the apples to your wet ingredients as you are slicing them. Mix all of the dry ingredients and add them to the apple mixture. Stir well and then let the mixture rest. The longer it sits, the better. If you have the time, place them in the fridge to rest overnight. If you’re in a time pinch, let them sit for at least an hour. The apples will macerate and let out their yummy juices.

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While the apples are sitting, start your butter sauce. Set the burner to medium-low, and add the butter and water to the pan. Once that’s melted, add the white and brown sugar, and let this majestic mixture do its thing for about 20 minutes, stirring often. When the sugar has all been incorporated and the mixture has reduced ever so slightly, it’s ready. I let the sauce cook while I was working on the crust (pausing to go back and stir) in the step below.

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Now set your oven to 375°F and grab two of your dough balls. Roll out the first into a circular sheet. Don’t worry about getting the sides high enough here to make the crust edge, you’ll get that dough from the second dough ball. Once you’ve rolled to the right size, fold the dough into quarters to transfer to your pie pan. Unfold and voila!

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Fill ‘er up with that apple mixture and move on to the second dough ball. Roll this one out into a long rectangular-ish sheet (it will be used for the lattice) and use something like a pizza cutter to cut the sheet into strips. If you’d like less lattice, cut wider, more lattice, cut thinner. If you mess up, mash it all together and start over. Either way, you’re going to have leftovers, which is what you’ll use for the border of the pie. Trying to explain how to lay the lattice is difficult, so just follow the visual steps below (How did I not notice that one lattice so out of place?!? Oh well.) if you’ve never latticed before. When you’re happy with your lattice, take the remaining dough and roll it with your hands into a long strip the circumference of your pie pan. Here’s where you’ll form the outside crust. Grab some water to adhere everything together if it’s too dry to stick on its own. Now you’re ready to add that glorious, glorious butter sauce.

Latticing

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I’m not sure how I would have incorporated the butter sauce without a turkey baster, so definitely use one. Once my pie was latticed up, I used the baster to squirt in the butter sauce between the strips of dough, squirting evenly throughout. It may look like a lot of sauce, but trust me, you can never have enough butter. When most of the sauce has been added to your pie, grab a basting brush and gently add some of the butter glaze to the top of your pie on the latticework. You could also use an egg wash here if you prefer.

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Right now, your oven should be piping hot, so go ahead and place your creation smack dab in the middle of the oven. If you have a corgi (or any other nice doggie), now is a good time to accidentally drop some leftover apple skin (not the cores though – the seeds can be poisonous to pups!) on the floor. Mine go nuts for it. Sit patiently patting your corgi for about an hour, and your pie should be ready to come out of the oven. If the juices are bubbling and you can pierce the apples easily with a knife, pull that sucker out.

Your delicious pie

Now here comes the tough part – waiting. You can cut into this pie today, but the juices won’t have settled. Which isn’t the end of the world…grab some vanilla ice cream and drizzle the juices on top. OR, if you can wait until tomorrow, your pie will be absolutely perfect. The liquid will have time to thicken and soak back into the apples and the crust. The apples will have softened even more. It will be worth the wait, and you will add this pie to your recipe rolodex. Seriously, it’s awesome. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to be super impressed with yourself – as will your guests. Give yourself a pat on the back! And just like the Apple Newton, this pie is gonna be extinct (in this case devoured) in a matter of moments.

can you taste it?

Ingredients

Crust:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups shortening
1 egg
5 T cold water
1T white vinegar
1t salt

Pie Filling:
1 ½ pounds Honeycrisp apples (about 3)
2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 4)
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
Zest from 1 large lemon
½ c sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
¼ t salt
1 t cinnamon
¼ t ground nutmeg
¼ t ground allspice
¼ t ground star anise
1 t fresh grated ginger
1 t vanilla
1 T apple brandy

Butter Sauce:
½ c of unsalted butter
½ c white sugar
½ c brown sugar
¼ c water

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 18th, 2015

Email server settings can be difficult for users to understand. Having the ability to set up your email server settings using Bushel makes life a lot easier for you and your users. Below I show you how to turn on email settings and assign a user their email address on their device.

1. Log in to your Bushel account at login.bushel.com

2. Click on settings in the blue bar to the left of the window.

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3. You now have the option to select the email type your organization users. For instance, if your organization uses Exchange, you would click on the switch to the right of Exchange to toggle it on. The IMAP/POP and Exchange options will have you input your mail server information.

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4. Once you have selected your mail option and input any information that needs to be provided, click on the green Update Email Settings button.

If you set up email settings before Open Enrollment, the Open Enrollment page will ask the user for their email address. This will assign the email to this device without you manually assigning.

If the email account you want to manage is already set up on the device, you need to remove the email account from the device so Bushel can add account settings. Otherwise, Bushel will see Bushel stating that the email address is not managed on the devices page.

If you have devices already enrolled with no email assigned, you can assign an email address to your user in the device page. Here’s how.

1. In the Device page on your Bushel account, click on the device you would like to assign an email address to.

2. Under device details, you will see an Assigned To box. Click on Assign Device.

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3. Fill out the details in the box provided. Click on the green Assign Device button.

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Now the next time your device checks in with Bushel, it will add the email account information so all the user has to do is input their password.

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 11th, 2015

I’ve had my Watch for eighteen days now. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday the Watch becomes more apart of my everyday life. It keeps me on time for my meetings, has me connect to my friends on a more personal level, and it made me realize I need to cut out the large amount of caffeine I rely on. We put together a list of 18 features we have found to be useful that maybe you haven’t seen before!

1. Dismissing Notifications by Swiping Left or Force Touch

A few days after tapping on each notification to dismiss them, I finally stumbled across two easier ways to remove them.

Swiping to the left on your notification will give you the option to clear it.

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Force Touch on the display in the notifications window will allow you to clear all.

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2. The Outlook Mail app will send you notification.

If you use the Outlook Mail app, you will not only get a notification, you will get the option to Archive, Mark as Read, Delete, or Schedule for Later.

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3. You can change the color for your Digital Touch drawing.

Drawing in Digital Touch is pretty fun, especially if you have a wide variety of colors. Tap and hold on a color until the chroma wheel comes up.

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4. You can change your preset replies in Messages.

In the Watch app on your iPhone, if you navigate to Message, you can find the Default Replies and tap on them to change them.

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5. Handoff between Watch and iPhone lets you handoff your calls.

If you answer a call on your Watch and want to switch to your iPhone, you can use handoff to switch over. Look at the bottom left corner of your iPhone lock screen, swipe up on the phone icon to switch your call over.

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6. Change to Day view in Calendar.

You can switch between List and Day view in Calendar by using Force Touch in the Calendar app.

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7. You can control your Apple TV with the remote app.

You can add your Apple TV to the Remote app by opening the app and on your Apple TV opening the Remote settings.

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8. Take a screenshot.

Press both the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

9. Force Power-Off

Is your Watch not responding? Force Power Off by pressing and holding the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

10. Removing Pay from your Watch if it is lost or stolen.

Need to remove your cards from Pay? Log into iCloud.com and find your Watch in settings. You can remove all cards from there.

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11. Can’t find your iPhone? Ping it!

If you are like me, you seem to misplace your iPhone in the couch cushions. Good news, you can send a ping to your iPhone to play a sound.

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12. Send your location in a message.

In a message, use Force Touch to send your location.

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13. Delete, Flag, or Mark as Unread a Mail message.

While in a message in Mail, Force Touch the screen.

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14. Choose Mailboxes you want on your Watch.

If you have more than one mail account, you can set custom settings in the mail settings for Watch.

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15. Turn by Turn with Taptic.

This may be my favorite feature. I have a horrible internal compass and looking at my iPhone while driving is too distracting. Start your turn by turn directions on your watch or iPhone and you will receive a taptic response when you are near your next turn or exit.

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16. Change audio source in the Music app.

Need to change from listening to your music on your iPhone to your bluetooth speaker? Force Touch the screen while in the music app to change the source.

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17. Switch to the last opened app.

Need to get back to your previous app? Double tap the digital crown!

18. Change emoji colors.

Sick of red hearts or the yellow smiley face? Use Force touch to change the color!

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Posted by Michael Devins on May 7th, 2015

Apple’s Configurator app for the Mac streamlines many setup and management tasks for iOS deployments. Although it lacks some of the core capabilities that a Mobile Device Management solution like Bushel can provide, there are some unique aspects of this deployment tool.

Before Mobile Device Management integrated with Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, Configurator was the tool used to distribute apps to devices. At the time that this workflow started, managed distribution was not an option. The only way an organization could purchase apps was in the form of redeemable codes. The downside of redeemable codes is that once you give it to a user, it gets linked to that Apple ID and becomes property of that individual. Enter Configurator.

For this workflow, you would import a purchased app into Apple Configurator. Then you would import a spreadsheet of valid Volume Purchase Program (VPP) redemption codes downloaded from the VPP portal. Each time you installed an app on a device, Apple Configurator would mark one code as redeemed. Finally, if you used Apple Configurator to remove a redeemed VPP app from a supervised device, Apple Configurator would mark the corresponding redemption code as available. See the full process at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202426.

For most organizations today, redemption codes are out and managed distribution is in. But what happens to all of these purchased codes that your organization was previously assigning with Configurator? Good news: If you properly reclaimed that code after your deployment, Apple has a process for converting redemption codes to managed distribution licenses.

Apple points out two important caveats before you convert your codes:

  • Make sure you want all your unredeemed codes or codes redeemed through Apple Configurator converted to managed distribution before you request migration. If you choose migration, all previously purchased codes must be migrated and all unredeemed codes will be disabled after you convert to managed distribution. If you have unredeemed codes in circulation within your organization, you may want to redeem them, alert users that they won’t be available, or delay migration until they have been redeemed.
  • If you use Apple Configurator for devices that are shared between employees or students, you may want to use redemption codes because managed distribution requires individual Apple IDs. Apple Configurator will continue to support distribution of apps through redemption code for shared or non-personalized devices.

Important: The migration from redemption codes to managed distribution is permanent and cannot be reversed.

So you’re ready to move to managed distribution and deploy apps via Bushel? Simply use this support form to request the conversion. Be sure to select “Migrate redemption codes to managed distribution” in the menu at the top of the form. As soon as Apple completes your conversion, you will have managed distribution licenses of those apps available to deploy via Bushel. Pretty cool, right?

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 1st, 2015

The ability to erase a device can be a life saver for a company. If a phone is lost or stolen, erasing confidential data can help you feel at ease. Here is how to erase an iOS or Mac device in Bushel.

1. First, login into your Bushel account at login.bushel.com

2. Bushel opens up to the Devices page upon log in. On this page, select the device you would like to erase.

3. After you select the device, click on the grey button with three dots to the upper right of the window.

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4. Select ‘Erase Device’ from the drop down.

5. You will get a pop up that warns you that you will be erasing the device. If you would like to continue, click ‘Erase’.

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