Nov 18 2014
Thanksgiving is almost here and if you're hosting, you have a lot on your plate (literally!)
Choosing the right turkey is one of the most important parts of Thanksgiving prep along with thawing it. Don't worry, we have you covered! Here's how to tackle these tasks the best way possible.
1. Think about size. Count how many guests you are going to have and then allow for 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per guest. This will ensure you have plenty to eat and some leftovers too!
2. Choose fresh or frozen. If you are buying your turkey soon before Thanksgiving you can purchase a fresh one (although it will cost you more.) If you want to be prepared well-ahead of time, pick up a frozen bird.
3. Thaw in the refrigerator. You'll need to thaw your turkey one day for every five pounds. Have a ten pounder? It will take two days to thaw so keep this in mind.
Tags:thawing a turkey, choosing a thanksgiving turkey, how to defrost a turkey, how big of a turkey to get
Nov 11 2014
The weather is cooling down and it's the perfect time of year to bust out the crock pot and make some comfort food! We've all used a crock pot for convenience-cooking, but here are some tips to bring your meals to the next level.
1. Make sure you are using the right size crock pot. Most recipes will tell you the size of the slow cooker you should be using when preparing a specific meal. Using the right size crock pot will ensure your food is cooked properly.
2. Try not to overfill. If a recipe says a meal will be ready in 4 hours in your slow cooker, try not to over fill or add too many extra ingredients so you can be sure your meal is done on time.
3. Use crock pot liners. These easy to use plastic inserts make cleaning up after a crock pot meal a breeze. No more soaking the pot and scrubbing it down when you're done.
4. Fight the urge to open up your lid and peek in at your meal. When you do this several times, a lot of the heat and moisture will escape and your meal won't be cooked properly.
5. Plan your meal the night before. If you're making a soup that needs to simmer all day, chop your veggies and thaw your meat or poultry the night before to ensure your meal has ample time to cook and settle before serving.
Tags:crock pot cooking, how to use a crock pot, crock pot tips and tricks
Nov 05 2014
We wash our floors, our sinks and counter tops but we often forget about the couch! We sit on it every day and some of us let our pets lounge on it too. Here are 5 easy steps for cleaning your couch.
1. Use your vacuum hose/attachment to give the couch and pillows a once over. Don't forget to flip the cushions so you can remove dust, allergens and pet hair from all surfaces.
2. If your couch has wooden parts (legs, arm rests) dust them off and use a furniture polish to wipe them clean.
3. Read the papers/tags that came with your sofa. They will explain what sort of fabric it is made out of and what cleaners are safe to use.
4. Clean with the proper cleaner. Focus on spots that have noticeable stains and wear. Let the couch dry.
5. Rent a shampooer and deep clean your sofa. Use the attachments to get in all the crevices of the cushions to ensure a deep clean. Let your couch dry.
Tags:cleaning couch, how to clean a couch, cleaning a sofa
Oct 21 2014
There are obviously many things you have to purchase when you move into your first apartment, but we've compiled a list of 7 must-have items that you'll need right away!
1. Trash can- When you're moving into a new home you'll be surprised how much trash you can accumulate while you're getting settled!
2. Bedding- Whether or not you have a queen sized bed or you're sleeping on the couch, you'll certainly need a blanket and pillow when it's time to rest!
3. Bathroom necessities- Besides your normal toiletries, you'll need to make sure you have a shower curtain, soap, shampoo, towels and toilet tissue.
4. Plates & eating utensils- You might be ordering takeout while getting adjusted to your new home, but you'll need plates and forks to have on hand.
5. A coffee pot and coffee - If you are a caffeine lover, you'll need a way to get your fix while spending your days unpacking boxes.
6. Drinking glasses/ mugs - You'll need mugs for your early morning cup of joe and glasses for water so you can stay hydrated while you're hard at work!
7. Lamps- Let there be light! You'll need to be able to see while you're moving! Any rooms that don't have overhead lighting will need lamps.
Tags:what to buy for first apartment, apartment necessities, items for a new home
Oct 15 2014
Keurig coffee makers have certainly made our lives easier! They make a single cup in seconds and we no longer have to wait for hot coffee to perk before we can enjoy it. If you have a Keurig at home, do you clean it often? Do you know the proper way to clean it? Here are the steps to follow!
1.Disassemble the brewer. Open the cover of the brewer by lifting the handle and remove the K-Cup holder inside.
2. Wash the holder, drip tray, funnel and drip plate in the dishwasher. These parts are all dishwasher safe!
3. Clean the exit needle. The bottom and upper portions of the K-Cup holder both have exit needles with three holes. You can use a small, sharp object like a needle or paper clip to ensure there isn't any leftover buildup inside.
4. Use hot water and soap to clean out the plastic water reservoir and cover in the sink. Make sure to get all of the soap out and then let it dry.
5. Use a sponge to wipe down the exterior of the machine to remove any dirt or dust that might have been floating around your kitchen.
6. Reassemble your Keurig and enjoy a hot cup of coffee in your freshly, cleaned machine!