Money Saving Tips – Up Keeping Your Appliances

The holidays are just around the corner and that means you will be using your oven, refrigerator and dishwasher much more and your light bill going up.

If you have old appliances, you may want to consider changing them out for new ones before the busy season starts or making repairs and upgrades to the ones you already own.

This may sound expensive, but keeping up with old appliances can save you money in the long run and now with so many energy efficient appliances to choose from, if you can afford it, change it an appliance for a new one.

If your refrigerator is not running properly your food will spoil quicker and that is not only a waste of food but a waste of your money. The culprit to look for first is that seal around the doors. If you have a spill or crumbs that build up then your seal will not work as it should. A sticky spill will lead to the seal pulling away from the door every time its opened. This allows warm air to get in your fridge keeping the motor running to keep the temperature where it needs to maintain it. To help your fridge stay at its best, its as simple as catching those spills and keeping the seals wiped down with warm water and soap. Also wiping down the fridge at least once a month will help extend the life of your refrigerator.

Oven needs a cleaning

Your oven will get quite a work out with cookies and treats to main course roasts and turkeys. This can lead to spills or grease build up which can lead to fires. The one time out of the year you will want to turn on the self cleaning cycle is January after the holidays or anytime you do a tremendous amount of cooking. Clean up as you go and catch those spills that you may have missed and prevent any potential hazards.

Prevent Rust in the Dishwasher

Check out eh vinyl coating on your dish racks. After much use the vinyl can peel exposing the metal which leads to rust. This can cause pieces of your dish rack to fall apart resulting in a new dish rack or worse the pieces falling into your pump causing breakage. Catch that peeling vinyl right away with a vinyl touch up coating like Plastic Dip Dishwasher Re-Rack

Contact an appliance company in your area to see if they will take your old appliances and maybe even offer you a deal

 

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Happy First Day of Fall 2017

Happy First Day of Fall / Autumn 2017! For the past couple of weeks our county has been recovering from Hurricane Irma who did a lot of damage.  While we do not have the changing colors of leaves here in Florida, the cool weather is always a welcome sign that Fall is here and Hurricane season will soon be over.  Getting out Fall cookbooks, along with the crock pot and dreaming of the aroma of Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings and other wonderful recipes for Fall are already on our minds.

Wishing everyone a very happy new season of Autumn/Fall.

 

 

 

 

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The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 – When and Where for Your State

The last time the United States of America saw a full Solar Eclipse that crossed across the country was June 8, 1918. This Monday, August 21, 2017  you can witness this natural phenomenon, “The Great American Solar Eclipse”.  The ellipse will begin at Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT) and continue across the center of the US bringing a few minutes of darkness in its path to each state in certain areas, where other area’s will see a partial eclipse. It will end at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, South Carolina.

Warning!! It is not safe to view this eclipse without protecting your eyes.

One thing we have today that was not available in 1918 are Solar Viewing Glasses or also called Eclipse Glasses and Personal Solar Filters.(Sunglasses cannot be used in place of these viewing glasses).

Please see the following articles about the dangers to your eyes and ways you can see the eclipse without directly looking at it.

NASA Recommends Safety Tips to View the August Solar Eclipse

Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (NASA)

How Not to Watch Solar Eclipses

Here are few places to check out when and where this will all happen:

TimeandDate.com – has lots of information and you can put in your city and state to see exactly when the eclipse will occur for your area and for how long.

10 Best Places to See the Eclipse – greatamericaneclipse.com has Maps and times available for the best places for the total solar eclipse.

Enjoy the Eclipse :}

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe With A Bit Of History

id-100313807St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Friday, March 17th by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.

You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 254th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides

If you are celebrating in a restaurant or bar, please remember to drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016 Video

December 7th, 1941 Japan attacked the Naval Base at Oahu, Hawaii. A day later President Franklin D Roosevelt gave his Infamy Speech stating “A day that will live in infamy” and America was now entering WWll.

In the video below, learn about that horrible historic day and an American solider survivor B.C. Wilborn who was just 20 years old at Pearl Harbor tell his story.

Thank you to all the men and women who bravely protect our country then and now.