4-Slice Toaster Maintenance: A Useful Guide

When I got my 4-slot toaster damaged after a sudden power surge, I had to get it repaired immediately. It was an actual emergency because each one in my family begins the day with toast and juice at breakfast. After the repair was done, the repair person gave me a series of instructions for taking care of my 4-slot toaster.

He gave me so many tips to take care of the most important breakfast appliance of my kitchen. I learned many things and thought to share the benefit with many people like me.

  • Always clean the toaster after use and unplug the toaster before cleaning.
  • The Toaster has very delicate heating elements. If you get a slice stuck or burnt inside, use wooden tongs to pull it out. First try to do this by placing it upside down
  • After you finish toasting, remove the crumb tray and shake the toaster in the kitchen sink
  • Never ever rinse the toaster in water, but you can wipe clean the exteriors with a soft and damp kitchen towel.
  • Do not let your extreme cleanliness instincts to overpower you so much that you decide to clean the heating element. Remember the heating element is delicate but is self-caring. It will burn away anything extra that sticks to it. You just have to shake it out gently.
  • Do not allow any metallic thing to touch the toaster while it is operating. You may get it short-circuited.
  • If your toaster does not power-up, the first check must be done on the power cable and plug.
  • You must switch off the toaster after each use, so that no accident happens in your kitchen.

So these are some of the things I am doing for my 4-slot toaster and hope that these will keep your toaster in the best operating state for many years to come.

The Advantages of a Reliable Cordless Electric Broom

Last week I slipped on the stairs and sprained my back. After spending two days in the hospital I returned home with a supportive waist belt. I am advised against any work where I have to bend down. Three days are gone and I am frustrated messy state of my house. Being a perfectionist, this mess is really getting on my patience. I want to sweep this clutter out of my perfect home that it used to be.

Today, my sister came to visit me and intuited how unhappy I am with the state of my home. So by the evening she left her electric broom with me, to help me in keeping my house clean. I am so impressed with its ease of use that I have already one for me as well. I am impressed with its benefits and I found it perfect due to these reasons

  • It is a cordless electric broom, so I am not stuck in a limited place.
  • It is quick to assemble and pack.
  • I can adjust it to match my height or anyone else in my family.
  • It can conveniently clean any difficult or out of reach place like under the sofa and bed.
  • It comes with an adjustable handle that I can tilt or straighten according to the areas I want to clean without bending.
  • It works on all kinds of floors and on dry or wet surfaces
  • I can use it with press of a button and its brushes are replaceable to match my sweeping needs.
  • A detachable dirt collector that makes sweeping more effective.
  • My sister’s electric broom for pet hair takes some space, I have ordered a wall bracket style to save floor space in my compact apartment
  • Its ergonomically designed shape and handle is perfect to support in my painful back condition.

Now my home again looks spotlessly clean as before my injury. I recommend it for anyone who has a hectic life running in between a job and a home. It is a great innovative idea to live in a clean home.

My Father Bought Himself a RV

My father retired from his 35 year employment last month. Since he is a passionate traveler, he decided to travel with an RV to enjoy his days of total freedom. So I volunteered to help him in selecting a good option on the basis of affordability, privacy and comfort, because these features make RV as a favorite among many frequent travelers.

So here are some of the things I have learned about RVs. An RV is a good option where you can stay or move according to your desire and choice. RVs are affordable than travelling by air, car or train, if you add up the expenses on hotels and food.

Most people assume that RV’s are motorized mobile homes, but actually RVs range from camping trailers to large travel vehicles. Depending upon the inbuilt functionality, the cost may vary from a few thousand dollars to a million dollars for customized luxurious RVs. There are many possibilities and information available online to make a correct choice to suit your pocket and needs.

If you have a limited budget, but still dream to travel in an RV, then an affordable option is to rent one. There are a plethora of online rental sites and yellow-pages available, to help you. This method is cost-effective and the total rent amount is calculated according to the number of days it is hired for and the type of RV you want.

Whether you own or rent an RV, it is a good idea to have an RV specific GPS. GPS is one of the key features to be looked for while traveling with an RV. GPS in an RV should be able to inform about POIs, RV camp locations, RV friendly routes, warnings or hazards on the way. Here is an article on how you should setup one.The GPS should have a large anti-glare screen, latest map updates, Wi-Fi connectivity and weather forecast system.

Camping sites has not been a major issue for RV travelers. RV parking spaces are available at a very nominal rental fee either on daily or weekly basis. If you travel through the country-side, you may be lucky to get some free parking areas. If you are a member of an RV club, you may be entitled to up to 50 percent discount on parking lots or for other roadside assistance.

How I Bought a Safe Car Seat for My Daughter

We were planning a weekend outing with our six months old daughter, the first ever since her birth. It was this time when I learned a lot about an important aspect of childcare when travelling with an infant on board. Well, this lesson began, when I was given the responsibility to get a car seat for my baby. Till now I had this notion that a child can be easily tucked under the car belt. But soon the realization dawned on me that the belt is quite loose for the tiny body of a baby. Another reason for this awakening was due to a recent accident that left a baby seriously injured as she was in her mother’s lap.

So finally I landed in a child care store, to get a car seat, for my bundle of joy. I was baffled with the styles and models available and more with the offers given by the salesperson. I returned empty-handed, with a resolution to do some research before spending my hard earned money.

Luckily I have an elder sister, who has a solid experience of bringing up three enthusiastic kids. She gave me some invaluable advice. She told me that a child seat must be purchased according to the child’s age and weight. It was logical, since a baby is not very stable considering her movements, but a toddler above one year can sit with complete control over her head. So I agreed here.

Another important thing is the direction of the seat. Seats which face backwards are meant for babies and front facing seats are appropriate for more demanding toddlers. I was told to carefully check for the belts and other protective straps. Of course the inside padding was another important issue to consider, since its quality ensures the impact-bearing capability of seat, in case of sudden application of brakes or a collision.

All car seats are not made for all vehicles, so I had to check if my car has required mounting points suitable for the seat I, shortlisted. It had. But if your car doesn’t have such facility, then you should get a seat with straps to tie it securely.

With this guidance I was able to get the most comfortable seat for my daughter. She happily rides in her car seat enjoying the views and sleeps peacefully when she gets tired. And we had countless weekend trips since then, thanks to the awesome car seat we got.

A Good Fish Finder Tells You Where the Fish Are

Recently our local newspaper announced the auction of fishing durations in the lake near our city. As I am passionate about fishing, I wasted no time in applying for this wonderful opportunity. Luckily I was able to qualify for fishing at beautiful lake with a picturesque view.  My son was with me over the next weekend, so we promptly decided to enjoy it by going fishing. He got a fish finder for me on my birthday, so this was the best time to try it. We were both very excited.

We started early and reached our destination, a “monastery” quiet lake, surrounded by pine trees, just in time to catch the sunrise. The rising sun gave a golden shimmer to the otherwise silver skyline. It was a perfect day for fishing as the idyllic landscape was very welcoming and we were determined to get the best catch ever with the help of gadget about which we read numerous encouraging reviews. Soon we were out in the boat and my son was guiding me to the perfect spot in the middle of the lake that promised the biggest fish.

My son, now almost feverish with excitement, took out the fish-finder and transducer from the bag and on reaching the deep waters, we submerged the transducer into the lake and eagerly waited for some activity to show up on the display the device. Our tool is an intermediate level fish-finder with a display resolution of 640X320 pixels.

After a few minutes, the transducer, which was transmitting sound waves into the water, detected some fish movement and it was displayed on the colored screen of the fish-finder. At the bottom of fish finder I could clearly see some fish at the depth of about 19 feet. You must be amazed at the accuracy with which I have mentioned the depth. Well, this is reported by the fish finder. It reports the precise depth and temperature of water in figures for a definite shot of your catch. Now about my success, yes, I was able to catch five big ones with the help of this wonderful gift from my son.

Ecstatic with our endeavor, by mid-morning we started back home only with a promise to come back again, next weekend. I am happy that my son will spend more time with me now. Thanks to this great invention – the fish finder.

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

 

Yogurt is definitely one of the best food created! With high calcium, low calorie and live bacteria cultures, it can beat any other health food. What else can you ask for? Yogurt has proven its effectiveness as a health food as well as flavored dessert. It is evident with the increase number of buyers and the bombarding sales it shows year after year.

However, not all of us can go to the grocery store and buy yogurt every day. Not everyone of us relishes the taste that the brands offer. This is the best day of your life because in this article, I will show you how to make homemade yogurt in a very easy way.

The ingredients are simple. All you need is a half a litre of milk- preferably whole milk or 2% but if you got no other choice then skimmed milk will do, a half cup of yogurt- preferably the one with no added flavor, a half cup of finely cut dried fruits and nuts, a saucepan, a lid, an oven, and a spatula.

The first thing to do is to heat the milk in a saucepan and stir it gradually. Make sure that skin do not. After the milk has been boiled, set it aside to cool or you can put it in the refrigerator to speed up cooling. After milk settles to the desired temperature, whisk in the yogurt and stir the mixture- once it is smooth it means that the yogurt is already dissolved. Add on some fruits and nuts or honey if you want (just stick to your desired taste). Now, you are ready to put the mixture inside the oven with a 110 degrees F temperature. You can leave it for four hours.

Very simple? Yes! And what is better is that you can save half a cup of yogurt so that you can use it to make your next batch of homemade yogurt. If you find this yogurt, yummy and healthy – share the recipe with your friends and your loved ones. If you prefere to buy a new yogurt maker I suggest reading more info on this website: bestyogurtmaker.org.

 

The best way to relax in the evenings – a foot spa

Most of us forget that, after a day that started at 7 o’clock in the morning and ended at 7 o’clock in the evening (if you’re lucky), relaxation is mandatory. For that, you can appeal to various methods: you can have a glass of wine, watch a movie, read a book, go out for a walk, visit a friend, etc. However, there is a relaxation method that can double many of these activities and provide you with health benefits. It’s called foot spa. Why not soak your tired feet in a warm bath while reading a book or a magazine?

We all go home with tired feet. Many women are required to dress elegantly for work, or they enjoy wearing shoes with high-heels. Others need to stand up for hours, walk long distances or run a lot. It is only natural that our feet get tired and develop various medical affections, especially if we don’t take care of them properly. I am not saying that foot spa will keep your feet healthy and protected against feet health problems, but they can definitely play a part in keeping them unaffected by mild affections that can worsen in time.

So what is a foot spa? A foot spa is a warm bath for your feet. You can prepare one easily by using a wash basin, bath lotion, a sponge, a pumice stone, a foot scrub and, if you want to have gorgeous toes, a pedicure set. To that, you can add essential oils (like green tea oil or coconut oil), foot creams to hydrate your feet after the bath and nail polish. However, there are an infinite number of combinations you can think of when you wish to create the perfect foot spa. If you want to improve your warm bath or just make it last longer, you can buy specially designed spa machines. Most of these are typically the size of a small water basin and come with massaging and vibration features that help your muscles relax. For example, when you want a more relaxing bath or plenty of time to give your toes a thorough pedicure, it would definitely be an advantage to have a tool that not only heats water, but keeps it warm for long periods of time and reheats it if the temperature is dropping. There are many different kinds of features included in these products. Some of them come with a pedicure set included or with special foot spa ingredients.

The benefits of regularly having foot spas do not stop here. It is a well-known fact that a massage not only relaxes your muscles, but also improves blood circulation in peripheral areas. Furthermore, if you add Epsom salt to your bath, you can increase its benefits. The Epsom salt (that is actually a magnesium and sulfate compound) has a lot to offer to your feet. Firstly, it speeds up the toxin elimination process from your body and, secondly, it softens rough skin patches faster, thus helping you to remove them easily using a pumice stone. If you apply a intensive hydrating cream after exfoliating them, your feet will be soft, clean and smell great.

My New 2-Slice Toaster

Diabetes and weight gain are the lifestyle issues resulting from hectic lives. I have a few family members who too are suffering from these conditions. Apart from physical exercise, a proper diet is necessary to keep you physically and mentally fit. One has to work on his diet, right from the morning, so I decided to have toast as a part of my breakfast instead of having other calorie rich food.

Bread slices when toasted at the right temperature, are known to provide necessary starch and fibers which are good for the body. The starch from toast is low in GI levels, which controls the blood sugar levels in the body. A toast has higher fiber content, which allows faster digestion and helps in weight loss. People who are looking for low fat foods would be happy to know that bread when toasted, minimizes the fat content too.

My son hates to have bread as breakfast, but ever since I served him toasted slices, he is happy with the crunchy taste of toast when taken with butter, jam, cheese slices or some vegetable toppings. Now he prefers this breakfast.

Life has become much easier with a 2 slot electric toaster as it converts plain tasting bread into delicious and healthy toast in minimum time. Its plastic exteriors minimize the possibility of burning or getting electric shocks.

Although I have started noticing the benefits of this amazing appliance, I have faced some challenges while selecting a perfect toaster to fit my needs. I compared various models on various parameters like slot size, power consumption, timing cycle, heating wires or digital display.  So this effort helped me in getting the best toaster for my kitchen.

I personally recommend toasters to all the mothers who have hectic morning schedules. The bread toasts are not only delicious in taste, but are also healthy choice as breakfast, keeping you fit and light all day.

Heavy spring rains – how to deal with them

In spring, the area where we live tends to get very heavy rain. My wife and I bought the house a couple of years ago and we didn’t make too many adjustments in the basement right up until we found out about our neighbor getting his basement flooded. Since both houses are within reach of one another, I started asking myself whether the next time, our basement would be affected by his flooding as well. That’s when I started doing a research of my own and checking some info about how many people have to pay a lot of money on repairing their cellars because of these pesky spring rains.

Waterproofing your basement can cost so much more money than doing some things on your own. Some of the figures I stumbled upon were around twenty thousand dollars, which would have been a disaster for my family and me. I started asking around whether I had any other option than waiting for a disaster to strike. In the end, from all the info that I gathered, I learned that there are some measures anyone can take in order to avoid paying that much money on repairs or other type of maintenance your cellar might need.

I initially started by using insulation on all the piping I had in my basement. I continued by setting up some exhaust fans in the bathroom in my basement. Finally, I made sure that all the downspouts where the water would get eliminated from rains and such were at least six feet from our house. The worst thing of all was that our neighbor hadn’t done any of these tricks and had left his basement in complete disarray. Eventually, he decided to contact a professional and start doing the work, but we honestly had had enough with worrying about our cellar getting flooded because of his. After reading some stats about how more than 60% of homes in the United States are prone to some sort of flooding or the other, we reached the conclusion that we needed to buy a sump pump. Let’s look at it this way. If anything goes wrong with my basement and my sump pump is functioning as it’s supposed to, I’ll be able to sue my neighbor for not taking the proper measures in his cellar.

Choosing a sump pump isn’t all that difficult as all one needs to consider is whether one prefers a pedestal or a submersible one ( here is an article on the best submersible pumps). Besides, the dimension of the pit also has a say when it comes to the model you’ll be able to install, but this all has to be figured out once you’ve decided what performance and discharge you need for your area and flooding likelihood. I definitely recommend using a sump pump, regardless of whether it’s more than two hundred dollars or not, because it can save you a lot of money in the long run as long as it gets the job done.

How to Clean a Quesadilla Maker in the Most Efficient Manner

 

Cooking at home definitely has its upsides and it is quite important to take into consideration the positive impact this will have on your family’s overall health. However, after you are done with cooking, you will surely not love how the appliances you have used, together with the plates used for serving, are stacking up and it is you who will have to clean them. Quesadilla makers, just like other kitchen appliances, need their own routine for cleaning, and I will show you how I go about this procedure, so you can apply it at home, as well.

 

Preferably, get a non-stick model

 

If you do not have already a quesadilla maker, but you want to learn how easy or difficult it can be to clean it, here is the first tip I give you. Get a model that comes with non-stick cooking surfaces. If you are familiar with how a quesadilla maker works, you probably know that the tortillas filled with ingredients must be pressed between two plates. These plates should be non-stick, so that the tortillas do not get burned and stuck to them. This simply aspect makes cleaning a much easier process.

I got my own quesadilla maker, after I did a fair share of research online. On this site, I found a lot of information on quesadilla makers and after comparing different units, I settled for one and I am very satisfied with it. Due to the info I got from there, now I can make quesadillas daily and enjoy my favorite dish anytime I want.

 

 

Use a damp, not wet towel

 

To prolong the life of your quesadilla maker, a good idea is to do not wet the surfaces or scratch them, as the non-stick coating can wear thin in time. Take a damp cloth or towel and wipe the surfaces clean. Do the same with the housing of the unit, making sure that there are no areas left unattended. This way, you will manage to get a really clean and good looking quesadilla maker that will serve you for a long time.

 

What to do about nooks and crannies?

 

If your model has plenty of nooks and crannies in which crumbs and other food remains get stuck, I recommend heating up the unit and then taking a soft brush to drive away all the sticky build up. Scrub gently and patiently until everything is out.