Welcome to Smart Home Recipes

Welcome to Smart Home Recipes, where you use "recipes" as guides to make your smart home even smarter!


This is not your ordinary recipe site. Instead of learning to cook the perfect chicken casserole, you're going to learn how to cook up ideas that will make your smart home devices like Alexa, Philips Hue, Ring, etc even smarter. You'll learn how to make devices and services work in ways that you may not have considered.

This website is for those who like to think outside of the box and use their gadgets and apps in new, fun and innovative ways. Because of this, we don't expect that you'll just be a passive user of this site. We hope that you'll share your own creative uses for smart home devices. Share your ideas!

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Browse all recipes

Take a look at what we're all about - browse all of our recipes

Resources Page

If you are considering purchasing a new type of smart home device or need to see which services it's compatible with, check out our resources page.

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Browse recipes by product type or service type.


We would love to feature YOUR smart home recipe on our site.

Recent Recipes

  • Amazon Echo tips: Alexa and Siri can BOTH manage your grocery list
      Don’t you love how easy it is to add items to your Amazon Echo grocery list?   We have an Echo Dot in the kitchen and I love how my kids can add their grocery wishes to my grocery list while they are standing in the kitchen complaining that there’s “never anything to [Read more…]
  • Amazon Echo Family Calendar
    Keeping a family calendar that your family will actually look at can be difficult.   There are many ways to view and share family calendars digitally, but the trickiest part of it is to get everyone in your family to actually look at the calendar every day.   Alexa can help!   Your [Read more…]
  • Make your own Alexa Flash Briefing
    Don’t you love how you can get all of your favorite information in your Alexa Flash Briefing?   If you have an Amazon Alexa device, you’ve likely seen the Flash Briefing skill. Say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing,” and she will read the latest news from the sources that [Read more…]