I'm out of Round Up and plan on buying a refill jug (or two) the next time we go to Lowe's.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
I'm out of Round Up and plan on buying a refill jug (or two) the next time we go to Lowe's.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I bought these because I have really bad allergies and thought the steam mop would be fantastic, because I wouldn't have to use chemicals to clean and disinfect my floors. Performance wise, it is phenomenal! You just fill with water, plug in and you are set to go! It generates steam really quickly and gets anything and everything off the floor.
I would, however, give one warning... do a spot test several times in a VERY inconspicuous area before going wild on your floors. This mop works so well, it literally took the finish off of my ceramic tile floors!!! On about 5 tiles in my kitchen, there are large white spots where the mop took the color off. So, buyer beware.
The vacuum, in a word.....sucks. (Pun intended) It is cordless, light and easy to use, but it doesn't pick up very well. After I used it on my kitchen floor, I had to go get my Swiffer Vac and redo the floors. I do not recommend this at all.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This toaster oven is digital too; it also has a nice, annoying beep when the food is done and it shuts itself off (unlike our oven, it just beeps a couple times and if we aren't nearby we don't hear it and the food continues to cook). We've had this oven for about 2 years and I really hope it never breaks, I love it. We regularly cook: cinnamon rolls, tater tots, chicken nuggets, BBQ chicken wings, Pillsbury cresents and/or dinner rolls and a few other things I can't think of.
When we bought this toaster oven it was about $90, but of course we had our trusty Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon, so we paid 20% less. I should get paid for endorsing Bed, Bath and Beyond :) As a side note, we do have to alter the temperatures and times a little because the heat is in a compact area.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Reinforced, siliconized rubber mat makes any baking sheet non-stick replacing the need for parchment paper. Mat can be used 3,000 times and is easy to clean. Heat resistant up to 480 °. No greasing required. Mat measures 11 5/8" W x 16 L" for use in a 13" W x 18" L baking pan . FDA approved.
My mom has been using these mats for quite some time and loves them. I finally bought a couple a month or 2 ago and they are as great as she says. They're about $25 each at Bed Bath and Beyond, but don't forget to take your 20% or $5 off coupons. You can use as many coupons as items you have, it's amazing! I love Bed Bath and Beyond for the way they let customers use coupons; and their coupons don't expire so don't throw them away! The last trip with my mom I saved $60 using 13 coupons.
You can see my cookie marks in the photo above; no sticking, no mess and no greasing.
I'm going to get a couple more because I used wax paper the last time, thinking in my head parchment paper and filled the house with smoke. You'll have to check out my personal blog for that photo.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I haven't mastered the larger Bumpits, but the little one for adding a bump to the bangs works pretty well - but it's not really needed since my bump is higher than the Bumpit. The idea behind these is that you will have added volume to your hair. If you want your hair as high as the girl in the picture, you still have to tease your hair and use bunches of hair spray. When you get your bump all set and looking nice, the hair shifts and then you can see the Bumpit underneath. The little claws they have along the edges work well though.
In the picture, you can see the curve they have; the taller one doesn't really fit the curve of my head.
If you have thin hair, save your money - you'll be able to see the Bumpit.
If you don't mind teasing and spraying your hair still, then spend $8 at Walmart for them. At least you won't have to do as much teasing.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
To describe the size of these muffins - they are Costco size muffins, or another way to gauge the size is the 6 muffins take a whole box of muffin mix. The cup papers can be found at JoAnn's or Michael's, but I recommend buying them online - it's much cheaper.
I've made muffins and cupcakes using these pans and they both come out perfectly. These pans are easy to use too.
Oh, speaking of buying things online. I found these pans much cheaper online at Amazon. I bought 4 of them along with the muffin papers and spent just about as much as if I only bought 2 1/2 at a store.
P.S. A percent of all my Amazon purchases help the National Adoption Foundation through OneCause.com as well as help Mike and Tammy with their adoption fees. Check out their site: Completing Our Circle
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
After watching the infomercial many times, Doug watched one with me and thought this is a pretty cool gadget. So we called and ordered it. When you call or order online you get one free (or at least you used to). You pay for shipping and handling which is almost as much as the regular price. No matter...I was excited! Smoothies, cheese dip, tuna salad, etc, HERE I COME!
And, there it went. After being sent a replacement base for one that had a rattling piece inside, I now have 3. The customer service was very nice; even when I had to call back because I was AUTOMATICALLY entered into a "Magic Bullet weight loss powder" delivery that was being charged and sent every month.
Save your money....just buy a blender and/or a food processor.
"Any job in 10 seconds or less" Yeah sure. 10 seconds and then 10 more seconds and then 10 more seconds and then it starts to smell funny. Then you realize the smoothie you were making looks pretty much like broken ice with half pieces of fruit in it. We now have a refrigerator that will give us crushed ice, so smoothies work better now (but you have to start with crushed ice...kinda defeats the purpose).
I tried to use it to "chop" water chestnuts and green onions - well lets just say by the time all the pieces were in a decent size, most of it looked like baby poo, so I just made all of it look like baby poo and mixed it into my spinach dip. It would have been festive if it were Christmas or St. Patrick's day.
It pretty much sits under the counter. I haven't even taken the second one out of the box (I think I know what to give my mom for Christmas HAHA -just kidding mom). We occasionally make a smoothie, but it certainly takes longer than 10 seconds, even with crushed ice. And honestly it's more of a pain to make 2 of them rather than throwing it all in a blender and making them at the same time.
Monday, October 12, 2009
My first review will be of the new Yoplait Delights. In a word....
At Wal-Mart, they are priced the same as regular Yoplait, at .50 each, in a box of 4. Albertsons, they are almost $2 more.
So, if you are looking for a low-cal tasty sweet treet, I would recommend these babies!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The only issue I have with these fans is we have a second one upstairs and they are on the same frequency. When you turn the switch on - the light comes on and not the fan. They took a little bit to get used to, meaning:
If I had the fan on light on downstairs and wanted to turn the light off upstairs it will turn both off. Or if I want to turn the fan on upstairs, but wanted to leave the light on downstairs, you have to turn the light off downstairs using the remote, then flip the switch upstairs, then push the light button on the remote to turn the light off on one and on for the other. That all probably doesn't make sense.
SO, here's the FUNNY part about these fans. I'm a really light sleeper... At night if I have the fan running while we sleep, I will hear a *click* and then see light. I open my eyes and the light is on and the fan is slowing down. WHAT??!! Why did it just shut itself off and turn the light on!??? One night it did this twice to me (only to me because Doug can sleep through it)...while trying to sleep and being really annoyed with the fan I could hear a train in the distance. Sure enough, a train went by on a 3rd occasion and guess what?? I hear *click* and the light is on again and the fan is slowing down. WAIT, WHAT?? The train runs on that frequency too??? Or it was quite a coincidence. Doug was going to change the frequency it runs on, but that requires taking the fan down from the ceiling, so we're just dealing with it and don't run them at night.
**I even tried to see if the remote would turn lights on in the neighbor's homes to make sure I wasn't crazy thinking a train was turning our fan of and light on.
I really do like these fans. And it makes for a funny train story.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The dough working inside...
After 1 hour 20 minutes, we had fresh pizza dough; and a homemade pizza 20 minutes later!
The crust was really thick, which is really yummy, but next time I'll split the dough or get a larger pizza stone.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
First, thanks so much to Brian for helping Doug move the mattress! And thank you Bonnie for letting us steal him to help! Okay, we've been sleeping on it for a few days now, but it took me a bit to get the pictures up. Doug built the frame for it today. We aren't going to use our headboard or footboard until we get a home. It's too much to take it all apart and move it. Here is a picture of our new mattress and what our bedroom furniture will look like when we get into a home.
The mattress is a Serta Torino Marquis - a brand specially made for RC Willey.
The furniture is made by Thornwood.
Update: We couldn't be happier with our mattress, it was fairly pricey though. My left shoulder and back get sore sometimes and I haven't had any discomfort while sleeping on this mattress. Also, not that we sleep on the mattress without the sheets and such, but it's got an very soft, velvety feel. It's a very hard mattress to move because it's a latex blend it folds in half like a taco very easily - and it's very heavy. If the mattress folds, it can cause the layer inside to shift, so be careful.
We've been in our house for a year now and the bedroom set is well made and looks great.
I've been wanting to get Space Bags for a while, well I finally did yesterday. Here are my before and after photos. I want to put everything in Space Bags!!
Panasonic 50" Plasma Television
Update: This is a really nice TV; very user friendly too. It took me a little bit to get used to the remote signal - it seems to take a moment for the TV to actually change the channel. We still to have an entertainment center built in though.
Frigidaire 14.1 Cu. Ft. Upright Freezer
Features include interior light, slide out basket and lock with pop out key.
Update: This freezer is great. Along with auto defrost, it also has a 2 button control on the outside of the door to increase or decrease the temperature. I keep a thermometer inside to make sure the temperature is where I want it (it stays a constant temperature all the time). We didn't really notice a change in our electric bill, which we were somewhat worried about.
We bought CHF & You Empire Silk curtains from Beth Bath & Beyond. They have an extra backing to reduce heat in the summer and cold in the winter. We also put a shear curtain inside to let light in as well as keep our privacy while the curtains are open.
Update: We're very happy with these curtains. They look very nice and keep extra heat/sun out during the hot summer days. We had an issue trying to find curtains that were long enough for this window - after hanging these curtains they ended up being too short, but we like having them up off the floor to keep them clean from dragging on the ground. Also, being silk there are natural colors and flaws in the material and the curtain on the right has a long dark color across the top portion.
As a tip from my sister-in-law we hung the curtains from ring clips. What a great idea! They slide open easily and it looks great too.
Update: I really like this book because there aren't exotic or unusual ingredients I have to find and/or buy. I made 3-4 soup recipes last winter and they turned out okay. When winter comes around this year, I'll add more spices to taste. The soups were a little bland, but having never made them before I didn't want to add too much the first time. I like pictures when I order food in a restaurant or make something out of a cookbook and this book doesn't have a lot of pictures, but with 1400 recipes that would be A LOT of photos to fit into this already big book.
Yep, it was really lame (I'm late posting this since it was a few weeks ago, but I just pulled the tickets out of my purse and it reminded me). I think we got there at about 7pm. They sure didn't mention in their web page that MOST vendors go home by then - although it's advertised until 10pm. I was so excited to see strawberries everywhere; in every food, drink and decoration. Uh, riiiiiight. Johny 5 Productions put on this Strawberry festival and I'll sure think twice before I go to an event put on by them again. Oh, and there was even supposed to be a classic car show; unless it was all the cars in the parking lot there wasn't a single car to look at.
I was expecting to eat myself sick of strawberries and leave with even more. I've never been to a food festival, so I thought I had my hopes too high, but a friend of mine went the next afternoon and said it was just as bad, but they did have the classic car show. We paid $8 each to get in and unless we wanted to buy a strawberry funnel cake, we were pretty much out of luck with strawberries. We didn't have dinner, so we bought a tri-tip meal. After spending $39 on parking, tickets and our meals, we had a combined total on TWO strawberries. They sure let the air out of my balloon.
We chose the 2.5 WHF and here are the specifications:
for houses up to 3500 sq ft
quiet: just 53 dBA on high
automatic insulated doors
draws just 395 288 Watts
16 x 24 inch hi-flow grill
wireless remote ready
The headboard/footboard are made by Woodlands Designs. We put a Serta Grand Bay mattress in this room. It's a great mattress for the price - I think the queen set was around $400.
This post was originally posted on August 12, 2009 and the antenna has been working great. There are very few interruptions, but they do happen occasionally. For the cost and the results, this antenna is worth it. I'm very happy we bought it and Doug was able to install it. Hopefully with the antenna in the attic it will continue to work great through the winter. We did have to buy some hardware and the pipe you see (brass color) in the picture above in order to hang it.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Okay back to the reviews. This grill pan is awesome! It's even easy to clean. The only issue I can see is it's big enough to cover 2 burners on the stove, so not wanting to stack anything on the nonstick surface it can take up space in cupboards. We keep it in the oven for now.
We have made chicken a few times on it and the chicken comes out so juicy and perfect! We make an herb butter - butter, dried parsley, dried oregano, salt and pepper (the last recipe I added lemon zest too). Then we rub the butter mixture on the chicken and grill it. YUMMY! I "heart" our new grill pan.