Small Kitchen Appliances – As Seen On TV

There are many small kitchen appliances to help create delicious meals, snacks, and desserts in the kitchen. We see many of these handy items advertised on television on commercials and infomercials.

A few that come to mind are the Ultimate Chopper, George Foreman Grill, Ronco Rotisserie Grill, Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, GT Express 101, and the Pasta Express. Watching the infomercials on these As Seen On TV Products makes your mouth water watching the awesome foods they create.

The Ultimate Chopper is a compact food processor that slices dices and chops. What can you do with the Ultimate Chopper? Puree carrots to make your own baby food. Pulverize peanuts into creamy homemade peanut butter. Grate hard cheese, chop onions and other vegetables for salads. Grind your own meats. Turn regular table sugar into powered sugar. Create quick snacks like salsa and other dips. Crush ice. With the blender attachment you can create exotic drinks and smoothies. These are just a few things you can do with the ultimate chopper.

The George Foreman Grill is an awesome product for making quick meals. It is reasonable priced and helps to remove fat when grilling. It is great for cooking bacon, hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Here is an easy grilled chicken breast recipe. Marinate skinless, boneless chicken breast in italian dressing for at least 3 hours preferably over night. Grill on the George Foreman Grill for 4 to 5 minutes. The color of cooked chicken is not a sign of its safety to eat. Use a food thermometer to determine that chicken has reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F throughout.

The Ronco Rotisserie Grill is great for cooking beef, chicken and pork roasts. It is known for the slogans “set it and forget it”.

With the Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer you can create very tasty healthy juices. What will be your favorite grapefruit delight, kiwi surprise, papaya magic or the very simple orange juice?

The GT Express 101 can cook meals in just 7 minutes. The GT Xpress 101 has non stick cooking chambers both top and bottom so no need for turning. Cool meals, snacks, desserts and delicious low carb food in less time.

The Pasta Express is a very basic kitchen tool for making boiled hot dogs and pasta dishes. It can also be used for storage.

These products make our lives simpler in the kitchen and can be just plain fun to use. What will be the next new kitchen appliance we will see advertised on an infomercial?…

Home Lighting – Creating Illusions with Window Treatments

Windows comes in all sizes, shapes and construction. You can create illusions using standard curtains or other window dressings available today. Long drapes are more formal, short curtains tend to be more casual. You can use different styles to add to your interior decorating, such as country, with wide tides and ruffles.

Curtains can help the following problems:

1. Small window – extend the rod beyond the window frame. This will create the appearance of a larger window. More light will filter through the opening.

2. Large window – Attach your rod in the normal position. Try using tiebacks on the curtains. Use a valance.

3. Short / Tall windows – For short windows attach your rod above the window frame. Taller windows will appear shorter if you use a draped valance. It will soften the window.

4. View – If your purpose is to hide the view, match the window color to your wall covering. It will reduce attention to the window.

Today there are so many choices – Vertical blinds, miniblinds, wood blinds, curtains, material and fabric shades, and shades of all types. You can keep it simple or layer the materials. Investigate the choices before you finish your room. If you give this some forethought, you can design your area to allow for changing window dressings each season. …

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood – Book Synopsis

Junkyard Families

The book Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray shows the life of a young girl as she grows up with her family that owns a junkyard in Appling County Georgia. Many experiences may have been different for her, but she still lives as many children do; with rules, and playing outdoors with her imagination.

The main reason that his book was written was to depict the life of a young girl as she grows up in a situation that most do not encounter. She and her brothers spent many hours outdoors playing in the junkyard; they would play baptism where one kid would pretend to be the pastor and the other would be the one being baptized. Sometimes the pastor would leave the baptized under too long. One trait that her father wanted her to have was to be able to play the piano. She hated it so much and eventually told her father that she would not play it anymore. She would rather play outside with her brothers in the junkyard. They would be very creative in what they did with their spare time. They would tie gasoline tanks together and make a raft. She would play with her dolls in the back of the car, pretending to nurse them. She loved pretending she was a mother.

Her father is very smart. He knows how to take old beat up cars off of other people’s hands, even if the car holds a special place in the owner’s heart. Her father loves animals and cannot stand to see or hear that an animal has been tortured or hurt, big or small. He stands up for all animals, a homing pigeon, a dog, a snake, a tortes, a stork, and a turtle.

One time, a turtle was walking across the road. A boy started playing with the turtle with his foot. It was a snapping turtle and supposedly they do not let go until it lightnings. The turtle grabbed a hold of his foot and would not let go. The boy stomped his foot on the ground and broke the poor turtle’s jaw. Soon after the incident, her brothers told her father what had happened. After their father talked with the boy, he turned to his children. He pulled out his belt and gave them all whippings with it. He thought that the could have prevented the incident. If kids were fighting, all he had to do was touch his belt and they would stop immediately.

Another time, her dad found a dog lying on the side of the road. He gave the dog some prescription pills that he had at the house to ease it’s pain even though he believed that it would not survive the night. In the morning, he went back to check on the dog and it was still alive. He nursed it back to health then set it free. He found many animals and all of them he tried to help. He …

Pot Racks – 5 Reasons Why Pot Racks Improve Your Kitchen

What is it about pot racks that add so much style to an otherwise average kitchen?

It really is like magic. Sure, you have to put in a little thought to make sure you pick the right rack for your decor. Is a hanging pot rack perfect for your kitchen or would a wall mounted pot rack fit better with the design of your space? Every kitchen is different but when you find the right rack it makes a world of difference.

There are very few things that you can buy for a home that make as big an aesthetic improvement for so little money and so little difficulty in installation.

Where are you storing your pots and pans right now?

I'm guessing the majority of you were like me. I used to have my pots and pans in one cabinet below the silverware. I had to bend down and struggle to get the pan I needed. I'm not exactly sure if this falls under some kind of Murphy's Law thing but somehow the pan I needed was always at the bottom of the stack. Sound familiar? I got tired of the loud banging, the scratching and chipping of my cookware, and the difficulty of physically recovering my pots and pans.
These cookware holders offer more than just convenience though. Honestly, if we were willing to just hang anything on hooks simply because it made things more convenient, then our homes would look quite different. Imagine your bathroom with multiple rolls of toilet paper, your cleaning supplies, and a plunger hanging on hooks from the ceiling. Unpleasant. No, racks for your pots and pans are more than just convenient. The real appeal of these holders are how they significantly improve the look and feel of your kitchen.

We spend an awful lot of time in our kitchens. I think we owe it to ourselves to create an environment that is more pleasant.

Pot Racks:
• Preserve the surface and, therefore, the life of your cookware.
• Maintain the appearance of your pots and pans.
• Keep your kitchen quieter.
• Preserve the health of your back and knee with no more bending and awkward lifting.
• Make your kitchen pop with style and class!

There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which rack to choose. There are essentially two main types of pot racks and two main shapes.

The two types are hanging and wall mounted. If you have an island design in your kitchen or simply have lots of room, then a hanging rack is a beautiful look. The wall mounted racks work perfectly if space is a bit more limited or if the design of your kitchen simply lends itself to that particular type. Both of these offer the same level of convenience.

The two shapes that you will find most often are round and rectangular. While rectangular is far more popular, I myself love the look of the round hanging racks. With the …

4 Steps on How to Choose A Home Improvement Contractor

Getting your home improved is a costy thing. However, home improvement is also seen as a must because the home is the most important place for everyone. Going to hire a contractor to do the home improvement projects can be a wise thing to do because they have the expertise on how to do these projects properly. However, you must take the necessary precautions in choosing your contractors so as to get the best deals and avoid regrets at the end of the day.

Home Improvement: Definition

Home improvement covers a lot of areas and facets when it comes to general reconstruction and reorganization of the home. It can be defined as any replacement, repair, renovation, installation, remodeling, alteration, construction, conversion that will be done to a home. Below are some examples of home improvement projects:

-landscaping

-tile setting

-swimming pool construction

-waterproofing

-masonry

-installation of wings

There are numerous jobs which are included in the whole concept of home improvement and there are many different kinds of home improvement contractors that you can hire to be able to do what you would want with your house.

Here are some tips on how to properly choose contractors for the home improvement projects that you have in mind.

1. Get at least 3 different quotes

Your worst enemy in terms of home improvement is yourself. If you get too excited, you can lose focus and become vulnerable to all the different schemes that contractors might have up on their sleeves.

Getting more than one quotation is a good practice. This will tell a homeowner the general standing of the different contractors with regards to their prices.

2. Look for jobs done

You can ask the prospective contractors with regards to the home improvement jobs which they have done in the past. There are different ways that the contractors can do this. They can provide pictures of the projects, they can provide videos or better yet, they may even ask for the permission of the owners of the houses which they have done in the past to give you a tour.

3. Check licenses

You should ask the Department of Consumer Protection so as to determine the legality of the contracting entity.

4. Get testimonials

The best thing to do is to get testimonials from different people who have undergone home improvement projects through contractors.

Home improvement projects should be left to the experts, however, you should remember that you have the final say when it comes to the improvement projects. Choose the best contractors for best results. …

The Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in the World

  1. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp (Oswiecim, Poland) – Haunted houses are not just homes, per se. The top 10 most haunted houses in the world include any building that houses people, and this is one of the grimmest places in the world. The Oswitx Concentration camp is one of the most blood-stained histories in the world, with over 2 million deaths in a five-year period (1940-45). The torture and genocide that took place here is some of the most horrific in human history.
  2. Raynham Hall (Norfolk, England) – Home to England's most famous ghost, the brown lady. According to folk legend, a picture of the brown lady was captured in the mid-1930's, and that picture remains one of the most authentic ghost pictures ever taken.
  3. The Whaley House (San Diego, California) – The most haunted house in the US. There have been dozens of reported ghost encounters at the Whaley House, which was once partly a cemetery as well. The Whaley House is one of the central hotspots for paranormal activity in the world.
  4. Ballygally Castle (Ballygally Bay, Ireland) – Castles are just really big houses, right? Well, my not "just," but the Ballygally Castle has been converted into a hotel that is still active today. However, it's also famous for a number of ghosts, one of which is a ghost of a woman who was starved to death by her husband.
  5. Unit 731 Experimentation Camp (Harbin, Manchuria, China) – This is actually a Japanese concentration camp, and it is responsible for the deaths of over 250,000 Chinese prisoners. This part of Asian history is mostly unknown by the larger public, but it remains one of the most disturbing places in the world.
  6. The Rose Hall Great House (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – This is a big tourist attraction because of Jamaica's natural beauty. Most tourists, however, are unaware of the legend behind it. Supposedly, the lady of the house was a witch who captured, tortured and murdered dozens of slaves.
  7. The Bell Farm (Adams, Tennessee, US) – The Whaley house might be "more" haunted, but the Bell Farm is the most famous haunted house in the US. In just 2005, the movie "An American Haunting" detailed its poltergeist history.
  8. The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, Louisiana) – This plantation has actually been turned into a bed and breakfast, but it's unknown how many customers know its history. The ghosts of murdered children, slaves and an attorney still haunt it.
  9. Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland) – The most haunted place in the most haunted city of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle's ghosts continue to haunt visitors to this day.
  10. The White House (Washington DC, USA) – The ghosts of dead presences linger over the White House, and its secretive nature only adds to its mystique.

Fire Preventive Coatings

Homeowners in wildfire zone should consider coats, in addition to landscaping, for fire protection. In fact all homeowners can benefit from fire retardant treatment within their homes also. Fire sprinklers are the ultimate home protection but costly. People do not realize just how fast fires travel. Smoke detectors give you time and should always be installed. Your whole family, and pets, can be dead before the fire department even knows you have a fire. Kitchens and electrical fires in walls are the most common sources of fires. Garages with gasoline are not far behind but at least they tend to happen during the day and are caused by a person. Smoking in bed is slow suicide. Your call.

Intumescent coatings are applied chemicals that expand with heat and are non-flammable. I have personally participated in testing Barricade, a proprietary product. My fire department took a sheet of plywood and wrote "Hope VFD" in Barricade and then took a torch to the plywood. The only thing that was not heavily charred was "Hope VFD". It made a believer out of me. This compound is sprayed on with water pressure when a fire is immanent. This compound is applied when a wildfire is imminent. It lasts 8 hours or more and if it dries out, the application of water will rejuvenate it. Burning embers are the main way that wild land fires ignite houses. This product is designed to form a barrier around the whole structure so embers can not get into hidden places.

There are many other paintings that do the same basic thing but are more attuned to interior use. They work by sealing the wood or fabric and preventing decomposition gasses from getting out. These gases are both flammable and toxic and are the cause of most deaths. The coating help turn the surface of the base material into char which is not very flammable.

Intumescent coatings expand to insulate the base material from heat as well as sealing the base material. The greatest amount of flammables in a residential structure (also known as a house) is the carpets, furniture, and window coverings. Most of these are derived from petroleum and behave as if they were petroleum. I have watched a hotel room, that was ignited from crumpled newspaper in a waste basket, being completely engulfed in flame, within 150 seconds. The windows blew out. The gases in the upper part of the room ignited, a condition known as flashover. A blast of 1200 degree heat kills every living thing in the room. Nothing is totally fireproof, but being fire retardant gives you time to get out. There are fabric treatments. I have attached URLs from some supplies but I have no personal experience with them.

One cheap substance that can coat interior wood is sodium silicate, or water glass. It is available from chemical suppliers in quantity. It is non-toxic.

Common boric acid can also be used on fabrics but is more difficult to use than commercial products. …

Starting Your Own House Clearance Business

Many of those who lose their jobs during a recession will find it tough to find another job and may start to think about investing in their own business with whatever redundancy pay they may have received. This can be a golden opportunity to become your own boss, but it takes hard work, determination and perseverance to make a new business successful and it rarely happens overnight.

It is always tempting when thinking about starting a business to do something you have always loved doing – make your hobby your job. But, sadly, in the majority of these cases the businesses just don’t succeed. This is mainly because they have been embarked upon with a personal bias and not from a purely business perspective. Whatever decision you might make about going it alone, that decision must always be a business one first and foremost.

The best approach to starting your own business is to research all those services or products that are required in both good and bad economic times.

A house clearance business is one such service that will always be in demand. More and more people are looking for this service sometimes simply to get their houses ready for sale. Or they might have moved and settled permanently abroad and now wish someone to clear out the house in readiness for selling it. Establishing a good business relationship with local estate agents can lead to regular business referrals.

But house clearance is most particularly required after a death in the family. The bereaved often do not want to clear the house at such an emotional time, and the act of disposing of a loved one’s belongings can be overwhelming. Relatives can struggle to sort out the belongings of the deceased whilst coping with their grief and the ongoing demands of work and family life. Or there may simply be no emotional ties and the deceased is a distant relative in another part of the country.

Whatever the reason, there is a booming business clearing out other people’s unwanted belongings.

Whilst local auctioneers do sometimes offer house clearance services, they are really looking for valuable items to sell in their auctions and are not usually interested in the junk. So if you are embarking on this type of business then you need to be prepared to clear everything and often to deal with people at a difficult time in their lives.

Many items that are unwanted by one individual can still be recycled or donated to charity so be sure to consider these options where possible.

To distinguish your business from the rogue element that operate bogus house clearance services it is worth joining the UK House Clearance Association.

Every member of the association makes some key commitments, which are simply good business practice:

· To provide a clear description, price and timetable for the house clearance to be carried out.

· To guarantee full liability insurance.

· To hold a current waste carrier’s license issued by the Environment …

Custom Home Design Tips: Choosing the Right Designer

Whether or not you have already purchased a lot that your custom home plans must be designed around, following the tips we’ve gathered below will ensure that your custom home designs will produce the house of your dreams.

1. Establish excellent communication.

Poor communication can ruin a set of custom house plans. For instance, if your architect doesn’t really understand what you want in your custom home designs, you could end up with a custom built home that you don’t actually enjoy. Alternatively, you could be shocked to see your “custom” plan in a new housing development. (Some architects turn their best custom plans into generic, widely available floor plans.) Avoid both of these unsavory outcomes by clearly outlining what your custom home plans should include, and whether or not you’re comfortable with your custom design being tweaked into a universal house plan.

2. Choose a designer with experience working with similar properties.

If you’ve already purchased the land for your dream home, ensure that your designer has background in working with your type of property. For instance, while a steeply sloped lot often offers up the best views, it also poses unique design challenges.

3. Check that your architect has liability insurance.

Accidents do happen – that’s why insurance was invented. If something doesn’t come out right in your custom home design, liability insurance can cover rebuilding costs or other unanticipated expenses. Professional engineers and designers carry insurance to defend their customers against expensive errors. Make sure your custom home plans come from a designer with liability insurance.

4. Zoom in on the details.

A complete set of custom home plans will include enough information to facilitate construction. Contractors must be able to quickly find details on dimensions, materials, and building techniques. Unclear floor plans will bring all sorts of problems. Expensive errors often occur because contractors can’t read or find the necessary details on a set of custom home plans. The last thing you want is a carpenter or plumber making guesses as to what your custom home designs intend. Work with an architect that includes plenty of construction details on the home plans.

5. Ensure building code and state certification compliance.

Federal and local building legislation is always changing. If your custom home design doesn’t follow these building guidelines, city officials could reject it and you’ll face more expenses to bring your design “up to code.” Because this is such an important issue, be up-front about it with your designer. Ask about how they ensure code compliance, and check with previous customers to make sure the city approval process went off without a hitch. One final bit of due diligence: Check that your architect or designer is professionally certified with your state. If any red flags come up during this investigation, select a different architect. Otherwise, you could be stuck with home plans that can’t actually be built.

6. Select an architect whose style matches yours.

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