Best Indoor Fans

best indoor fansEven people with central air can benefit from using an indoor fan. Every room has it’s own best type or style. Below explore your best choices from the many fans available to buy today. There’s a specialized appliance to get your air moving for more comfortable living in your home or office. Keep in mind that just moving the air can help people feel cooler. This coolness results from either evaporating moisture from the skin or by moving air of different temperatures to other places in the house. These fans do not actually change the temperature of the air in a room, but they can push air from a hot ceiling to a cooler floor; or the other way around.

Since the electric fan was invented in 1886, most homes have had the comfort afforded by at least one electric fan. The first unit was a very simple two bladed appliance with a simple cage. Engineers have been trying to improve on the original design ever since. Today there are many different styles and shapes to choose from – including fans with no obvious blades at all.

If you’re trying to choose for your use, please consider these variables:

  • small or large diameter
  • portable or fixed installation
  • doorway, floor, shelf/desk, pole or ceiling
  • safe around children or pets
  • noise level (some people like the white noise of a fan for sleeping)
  • remote control

This lens will cover table, ceiling, floor, doorway, indoor/outdoor, retro, window and wall fans. That’s a lot of types, and this page will showcase the best to help you pick one.

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First the Unexpected Little Doorway Fan

If you heat by wood stove or fireplace, it’s recommended to use a doorway fan to help distribute the warm air throughout the house. These are very small units mounted near the top of a doorway. Some of them are wedge shaped and fit snugly into the corner of the door frame opening. This type of indoor fan is also handy to redistribute the air when your central heat is not evenly distributed from room to room.

Doorway Fan Check the Price
Doorway Fan
White or Brown Available
This brown wedge shaped fan will blend well with a natural or stained wood door frame. This fan is about as out of the way as they come.

Minuteman International F-10 Room to Room Doorway Fan Check the Price
Minuteman International F-10 Room to Room Doorway Fan
This fan comes in white which blends well with most painted door trim. People who have ordered it report that the color is more of an off white and this is a very quiet fan.

The Imposing Stand or Pedistal Fan

A great way to get air circulation up off the floor without a ceiling mount

Most indoor stand or pedistal fan designs are golden oldies, but here are a few innovative designs to look at as well. You must by now have seen the new Dyson bladeless fans and there are other cylinder blade-less tower fans. Note that the standard fans come with 3, 4 and 5 blades and there’s often a choice of white, silver or black colors. Here’s a well recommended selection of the newest styles in pedestal fans.

Dyson 21351-01 AM03 Air Multiplier Gris Check the Price
Dyson 21351-01 AM03 Air Multiplier Gris
The Dyson AM03 Pedestal Fan in Silver – How does it work? Is there a revolving cylinder in the base?? This fan rotates a full 360 degrees; so it will affect every corner of a room. Click the picture to read more.

Holmes HT38RB-U Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote Control Black Check the Price
Holmes HT38RB-U Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote Control Black
This fan has the control on top and has an adjustable grill to dirrect the air where it;s needed most.
It oscillates and has an automatic shut off setting.

Lasko 1827 18-Inch Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan Black Check the Price
Lasko 1827 18-Inch Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan Black
The Lasko 1827 has a wide oscillation path and a tilt adjustment to blow air upward.

Lasko #2535 52 Oscillating Pedestal Fan Check the Price
Lasko #2535 52″ Oscillating Pedestal Fan
The Lasko 2535 has optional oscillation and louver advustment. It has optional sleep mode and auto shutoff.

The Welcoming Window Fans

Inexpensive whole house air conditioning?

They are most helpful in summer placed tightly into an open window to blow hot air out of the house during the day or to suck cool air inside at night. Paired with an open window on the opposite side of the house and when closely fit into the window, they work very effectively. Some have one fan and others are pairs of fans in the same box and some have temperature sensitive controls that reverse the fan automatically. Here are some well recommended window fans.

Lasko 2155A Electrically Reversible Window Fan 16-Inch Check the Price
Lasko 2155A Electrically Reversible Window Fan 16-Inch
The Lasko #2155A Window (16 Inches) is Electrically Reversible and has baffles on each side to fill in the window around the fan on each side. This provides a good seal around the fan; so it can pull air better either to or from another window.

Holmes HAWF2043 Dual Blade Twin Window Fan with One Touch Thermostat Check the Price
Holmes HAWF2043 Dual Blade Twin Window Fan with One Touch Thermostat
This Holmes dual blade 2 speed window fan has independently reversible motors that allow it to be set for air intake or exhaust without taking the fan out of the window and reversing it. It has extenders to allow for custom fit to various windows.

Air King 9166F 20 Whole-House Window Fan Check the Price
Air King 9166F 20″ Whole-House Window Fan
This powerful window fan falls between the whole house attic fan and the smaller window fans. This 3 speed fan is OSHA approved and has a front mounted rotary switch.

Personal, Table and Desk Sized Fans

Please don’t trip over the floor fan!

These smaller fans generally are from 4 to 16 inches in diameter. They come in a wide range of colors and styles. Some are even battery powered which provides the ultimate in portability. Many of the smaller fans can not only be used on a table or shelf, but can be wall mounted.

Holmes HAOF90-UC Blizzard Oscillating Table Fan Check the Price
Holmes HAOF90-UC Blizzard Oscillating Table Fan
This Holmes fan brings cooling relief fast on a hot day. It can be used on table or wall mounted and is recommended for livingroom or bedroom. This fan has a tilt adjust head and 3 speed with oscillation.

Lasko 2017 12 Table Fan black Check the Price
Lasko 2017 12″ Table Fan black
This Lasko table fan has 3 speeds and “tilt-back” head with oscillation.

Vornado 733 Full-Size Whole Room Air Circulator Check the Price
Vornado 733 Full-Size Whole Room Air Circulator
Generally these are fans that are too large to sit on a table, but not raised high on a stand. Technically any table fan could be used on the floor, but floor fans are usually at least 16 to 20 inches in diameter. The box fan style just sits in one position, while those mounted on a frame can be swiveled to blow upward into a room. Some have variable speed adjustment. Many people use either a floor fan or a personal sized fan to produce white noise to assist sleeping. Some of these are perfect for that use. This is the floor fan that I love to use year round as it mixes the air either from heat and AC. If our power goes out, I can run this fan off our generator; so we don’t miss the air conditioner as much.

Ceiling Fans – Decor Provides Comfort and Light

Hunter 25517 Summer Breeze 52-Inch 5-Blade Ceiling Fan White with White/Bleached Oak Blades Check the Price
Hunter 25517 Summer Breeze 52-Inch 5-Blade Ceiling Fan White with White/Bleached Oak Blades
Generally these are fans that are too large to sit on a table, but not raised high on a stand. Technically any table fan could be used on the floor, but floor fans are usually at least 16 to 20 inches in diameter. The box fan style just sits in one position, while those mounted on a frame can be swiveled to blow upward into a room. Some have variable speed adjustment. Many people use either a floor fan or a personal sized fan to produce white noise to assist sleeping. Some of these are perfect for that use. This is the floor fan that I love to use year round as it mixes the air either from heat and AC. If our power goes out, I can run this fan off our generator; so we don’t miss the air conditioner as much.

Wall Mount Fans for Fixed Installation – Some are Stationary – others Oscillate

Air King 9018 Commercial Grade Oscillating Wall Mount Fan 18-Inch Check the Price
Air King 9018 Commercial Grade Oscillating Wall Mount Fan 18-Inch
If you have an section of your home where you always seem to need air circulation and the fan is always in the way, consider the wall mount fan. The doorway mount fans above are one option, but most wall mount fans are larger diameter than those and move more air. A few of the floor fans are adaptable to wall mount, but keep an eye on the weight as some are kind of heavy for putting on the wall.

A wall mount fan is a wise choice for a home with pets or small children.

The Whole House Fan

I remember when I was a little girl visiting my uncle’s house in South Carolina. He had a fan fit into a square hole in the upstairs ceiling that would suck the air from the open windows up and out through the attic vents. It was such a delicious cooling breeze that fan would pull through both the downstairs and upstairs windows.

Air Vent Inc. 24 Whole House Fan 54301 Attic & Whole House Fans Check the Price
Air Vent Inc. 24″ Whole House Fan 54301 Attic & Whole House Fans
This fan is similar to the fan I remember in my uncle’s house. It was very effective at cooling his house at night. This type of fan requires a permanent installation and adequate ventilation under the roof. The louvers open automatically when the fan is running and the two speed motor is operated by a pull string.

Retro or Deco Fans – Beauty is in the Air

These are fully functional fans that look like they came from a museum collection. They contribute to the total atmosphere of a room’s decor and can lend a flavor of times past, even though they are not antique or “old”. They feature antique copper and oil rubbed bronze and fine wood finishes. These fans are for those who desire and can afford beauty with function; or even someone who likes to decorate with a bit of steampunk style.

Minka Aire F502-BCW One Light Belcaro Walnut Dual Motor Ceiling Fan Check the Price
Minka Aire F502-BCW One Light Belcaro Walnut Dual Motor Ceiling Fan
Here you can see how unique and beautiful this category of indoor fans can be. In one review it’s indicated that this fan can only be installed as illustrated in rooms with high ceilings. For both style and function, these fans have it all. Please click on the picture to see all the details.

Fanimation Old Havana Column Fan - Pewter Check the Price
Fanimation Old Havana Column Fan – Pewter
These fans in the Havana style feature style more than function. They may have only one speed or have only tilt. Please click on the picture in order to learn more about this fan.

Best New Indoor Fan Videos

Antique fans do not have the same safety features of modern fans.

This man really loves his ceiling fans!

Ladies Walking Canes – Props plus Eye Candy

womens walking sticksAt one time in fashion history womens walking canes might have been considered part of the costume. In high society, a woman’s walking cane might show her social station. Today the cane is mostly used as a support or walking aid when one side of the body suffers a weakness; or to stabilize balance. Women who find a need for this bit of extra help don’t have to settle for a rough stick, as today, there is a wide selection of beautifully finished canes and walking sticks for every woman’s personal style. Some canes have elegant handles, while others have a delicate design down the entire shaft. The availability of strong space age materials means today’s slender women’s canes are both strong and lightweight. You can also find unique fold up walking canes and specialized canes such as the folding seat cane. This lens provides an overview for your use in selecting the right cane for you.

In addition to those who use a cane for personal assistance, there are others who collect unique and antique canes. Some of these are included in the collection of womens walking canes below. The majority of the antique walking canes in existence are men’s, But we have found a few women’s antique canes for you to see. The most desirable of these can have jewels in the handle or ornate carvings and designs. These harken back to the time when a fancy cane was as much a part of one’s station and apparel as it was for props. In reality womens walking canes have existed since the first cave woman grabbed a hefty stick to help her get across some ragged ground. Maybe a walking stick or cane was one of the first tools used by woman.

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Keep your canes by the front door in an umbrella stand
Mom’s canes by her front door. She could choose the one to match her outfit on the way out the door.

You can find the perfect display for your prettiest canes by browsing umbrella stands.Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Umbrella Holder Stand Embossed Iron EM9WB weighted base 9 diameter Check Today’s Price Umbrella Holder Stand Embossed Iron EM9WB weighted base 9″ diameter This stand looks like tooled leather, but is strong metal. It’s a bit masculine and has a Tuscan flavor.

Round Metal Wrought Iron Umbrella Holder Stand Check Today’s Price Round Metal Wrought Iron Umbrella Holder Stand This wrought iron stand has a flared opening to allow your canes to fan out. It’s not so heavy, but is not reported to tip over easily

Oriental Furniture Distinctive Affordable Home Decor Gift Idea 24-Inch Ming Blue and White Porcelain Oriental Umbrella and Cane Stand Floral Check Today’s Price Oriental Furniture Distinctive Affordable Home Decor Gift Idea 24-Inch Ming Blue and White Porcelain Oriental Umbrella and Cane Stand Floral The porcelain stand is a pretty blue color, but the background is reported by users to be more gray than white.

Make a Plain Cane Beautiful

My mother
Betty Nelson (1923-2012) Mom passed away at the end of January 2012. This page is dedicated to her memory.

My mother had several macramé covered canes which she made by tying knots in macramé cord to create a complete covering for her cane. She had a black cane, 2 green ones and a red, white and blue cane which you can see in the picture above of the umbrella stand in her foyer. She also had a red and white striped one that she always used during Christmas time. It would not be too difficult to learn how to tie the simple knots for macramé. I know that she would start her work with a ring that was just a bit larger diameter than her wooden cane down at the bottom of the cane and worked up to the handle which she finished with a bouquet of knots. Unfortunately I never got from her the exact directions for her macramé cane cover patterns. To macramé a cane you would need to obtain a wooden cane, macramé cord, a ring and a rubber tip for the finished cane.


 

wooden walking Cane - This traditional walking cane can be used in either right or left hand. This cane is also known as hospital cane. It is made in solid wood weight capacity 250 pounds height 36-37 inches. Check Today’s Price wooden walking Cane – This traditional walking cane can be used in either right or left hand. This cane is also known as hospital cane. It is made in solid wood weight capacity 250 pounds height 36-37 inches. Look how inexpensive it can be to make a very thoughtful gift for someone special who needs to use a cane. You need to know the length to make the finished cane and then you need to assemble just a few inexpensive craft items: a ring the diameter of the cane, some thin macramé cord or some paint, a fine brush and some unique design ideas. What will you come up with? You might consider painting a unique design with enamel paints and sealing it with clear acrylic. Another idea might be to carve a design into the wood with a dremel tool and glue some bling on.

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Detail of the bottom and rubber tip of Mom’s cane.
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Detail of macramé covered crook end of Mom’s cane.

Above are detail pictures of the red, white and blue cane cover. People always commented about her canes and wanted to get a look at them up close. From these detail photos, you can see that she used a ring the size of the cane diameter and worked the cord knots around the ring from the bottom of the cane up over the crook handle. She worked on the piece using a short dowel (the 4 inch piece she cut off the bottom of the cane to make it her correct size.); so she didn’t have to haul around the whole cane while making the cover. The work is finished off at the handle with just knots or a tassel. You could make your cane cover in your favorite colors or make one for every season or special occasion or for a favorite sports team. There should be a way to work beads or jewels into the macramé knots. I haven’t seen any directions for making this macramé cover and I’m sorry that I can’t get the directions from her to post here. Looking online I have found that covering canes with knot work was a sailors’ craft and can be seen in very expensive antique canes. Maybe you can look at these and get some ideas for your project. Here are some antique examples I found of macramé used on canes:

antique macrame cane
Found at paulmaddenantiques.com for sale at $1,850.00.

A superbly crafted antique American painted macrame cane. Finely knotted the full length over a wooden cane. Painted black – it is in wonderful untouched condition. Note the many decorative designs. A good sturdy stick. Size: 36 inches long.

Detail of crook.
Detail of crook.

Amazon.com is where to find the best prices for beautiful unique women’s walking canes

If you love blue, check out these beautiful blue canes.

Royal Canes Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar Check Today’s Price Royal Canes Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar This cane is one from a line with high definition designs – beautiful butterflies against a clear blue sky with an adjustable shaft and a gold engraved collar. It’s a lightweight cane.

CANE EQ LADIES CRANES BLUE Check Today’s Price CANE EQ LADIES CRANES BLUE This cane has been greatly reduced in price, but no reviews available. Such a pretty design.

Unisex Adjustable Palm Grip Cane Right Hand Blue  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9051102 Check Today’s Price Unisex Adjustable Palm Grip Cane Right Hand Blue -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9051102 The palm grip is designed to ease hand discomfort from conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome. This cane is adjustable in height and is not made for weight bearing, but good for helping balance during walks.

Collapsible and Folding Women’s Walking Canes

Some of us don’t need a cane all the time. For off and on use, the perfect option is the folding or collapsible cane. Some are just utilitarian and others are really lovely. Be sure to check if the length of the cane you are interested in is adjustable to fit your stature.

Healthsmart Folding Comfort Grip Cane Lavender Check Today’s Price Healthsmart Folding Comfort Grip Cane Lavender Automatic extension and a wrist strap distinguish this cane.

Ladies 4-Section Folding Adjustable Derby Cane Golden  Carbon Fiber Shaft Solid Wood Handle -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9075677 Check Today’s Price Ladies 4-Section Folding Adjustable Derby Cane Golden Carbon Fiber Shaft Solid Wood Handle -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9075677 This cane is pretty to look at and polycarbon is supposed to be very strong, but the description says it’s not for weight bearing. That means it’s just to enhance balance when walking. Love the pretty rose design.

Duro-Med Adjustable Folding Cane with Carrying Case Bronze Check Today’s Price Duro-Med Adjustable Folding Cane with Carrying Case Bronze The 4 sections of this cane snap open automatically and it comes with a plastic carry case.

How to Walk With a Cane

Just as Important as proper fit for your cane is knowing how to walk with it. The most primary thing to know is that you should hold the cane on your good or strongest side. These videos illustrate how to use a cane correctly. There are apparently two methods: the “through” method where your good foot swings through and past the cane; and a “to” method where your good foot would swing just up to the cane.

Here’s another Antique Macrame Covered Cane 

Here's detail picture and auction description is below.
Here’s detail picture and auction description is below.

A great sailor’s woven macramé cane. This substantial piece is made of wood with decorative cording covering its entire surface. There is a large round top that is 1 2/3″ in diameter. The cane is encased in tan and brown cording with turkshead knots of various sizes as well as several different kinds of interlocking weaving. A 1 1/3″ brass and iron ferrule completes the piece. The overall length is 35″ and the condition is excellent. It is perhaps American, ca 1900, and it is the best of its type that we have yet encountered, in remarkable condition. It is part of the Stephen Rice Collection. Estimate: $1000-$1500.

I found this listing here

Antique Womens Walking Canes

A search for walking cane collections up for auction on the web can provide a few glimpses back to what walking sticks and canes looked like in the past. Here are a few examples of ladies walking sticks and canes from various times with the auction description:

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American, 19th century, 18kt gold-plated metal fittings, maker’s mark “C.S.” delicate, perhaps a lady’s walking stick. At top is a small knob of golden tiger eye, beneath which is a long and ornate super collar engraved “M. POLE.” Below is another band of golden tiger eye and lastly a sub-collar also decorated ornately. Ebony shaft with metal ferrule. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 37″. Stephen Grubb Collection.
German, 800 silver crook handle rendering lovely floral designs throughout. Metal ferrule on dark wood shaft. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 34″. Stephen Grubb Collection.
German, 800 silver crook handle rendering lovely floral designs throughout. Metal ferrule on dark wood shaft. Length of handle 5″, overall length is 34″. Stephen Grubb Collection.

This exquisite circa 1920s lady’s walking stick has a handpainted porcelain handle depicting a lady gathering flowers, accompanied by a winged cherub. The painting is precise with cobalt blue both above and below the painting. The handle measures 5 inches in length x 3/4 inch in diameter and tapers before it meets the slender stamped 14K gold collar. The macassar ebony shaft terminates in a 1-3/8 inch long bimetal tip. Overall length is 36 inches.     This exquisite circa 1920s lady’s walking stick has a handpainted porcelain handle depicting a lady gathering flowers, accompanied by a winged cherub. The painting is precise with cobalt blue both above and below the painting. The handle measures 5 inches in length x 3/4 inch in diameter and tapers before it meets the slender stamped 14K gold collar. The macassar ebony shaft terminates in a 1-3/8 inch long bimetal tip. Overall length is 36 inches.

Above is quoted from the auction site.

What is the right length for a walking cane?

How to get the right fit. Getting the right fit for your walking cane is very important. If it’s too short, you can strain your back muscles bending over to lean on it, and if it’s too long, you can strain your neck muscles trying to adapt your balance to lean on the cane. Balance is another consideration. A properly fitted cane assists your balance, while one that doesn’t fit can worsen balance problems. If you have a healthcare professional, you will most likely get advice from him or her about the correct fit for your walking cane. There are some general rules for proper fit. Firmly grasp the top of the cane with your index finger pointing down the length of the cane. Place the cane tip 2 inches in front of your foot and 6 inches to the side. The cane fits if: 1. Your wrist hits the hand grip when your arms are hanging at your side. Another way to say this: when standing up straight with cane at your side, the handle should be at the level of your wrist. 2. Your arm bends slightly at the elbow when you hold the handgrip. Your cane should be neither too long; nor too short. Metal canes often have a sliding length adjustment. Wooden or plastic canes can be cut off to correct length. Just remove the rubber tip and turn the cane so the handle is on the floor. Stand beside the cane and, with your arm is hanging relaxed by your side, have someone help you mark the end where it hits your wrist. Just shorten it about 1/4 inch more to allow for the rubber bumper tip and that’s where to saw it off. Replace the rubber tip and you should have a perfect fit. Just be careful with your measurement because you can’t put back what you saw off.

Women’s HurryCane and Trusty Cane

HurryCane - The All-Terrain Cane; Freedom Edition Check Today’s Price HurryCane – The All-Terrain Cane; Freedom Edition You may have seen this HurryCane on TV. People who have tried it, say that this cane is not much better on various (grass or gravel) terrains than a regular cane, but they like the extra stability of the special foot. Many also report that the cane will stand on its own on an unpadded surface such as a kitchen or bathroom, but doesn’t stand easily on a carpeted floor. The foot does help the cane stay up when it’s leaning against a chair or table; where other canes might fall over right away. Buy the HurryCane on Amazon!

Trusty Cane Black Check Today’s Price Trusty Cane Black Trusty Cane is another as seen on TV products that you might want to look at. This cane will stand on it’s own on level even ground and the main difference between it and the one above is that Trusty Cane has a little flashlight built into the handle.

 Many womens canes handle styles 

Some of the variations of traditional cane handles shapes.
Some of the variations of traditional cane handles shapes.

These handles shapes can be found on many different shaft types made from mainly wood, metal or polycarbonate. Some canes even have removable handles which allow swapping different handles for various occassions. Medical equipment canes are generally stronger and not as stylish as the above. Here are some handle types typically found in the orthopedic canes:

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Orthopedic type handles

These are called orthopedic offset handle, orthopedic derby handle, and the orthopedic finger grip handle. You can see these are much more utilitarian and can provide the secure grip for strong reliable support.

Some more really beautiful women’s canes on Amazon

Check out the prices and see if these are not the best prices you can find for elegant ladies canes.

Ladies Cane Metallic Burgundy Shaft Ruby Handle  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9783600Ladies Cane Metallic Burgundy Shaft Ruby Handle -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s PriceRoyal Canes -Pink Pearlz Designer Adjustable CaneRoyal Canes -Pink Pearlz Designer Adjustable CaneCheck Today’s PriceUnisex Derby Cane Blue Bouquet Floral Print Offset  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9167000Unisex Derby Cane Blue Bouquet Floral Print Offset -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s PriceWalking Cane-Lavander lace-This walking stick cane has an elegant floral print on maple wood shaft with scorched derby handle. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches long.Walking Cane-Lavander lace-This walking stick cane has an elegant floral print on maple wood shaft with scorched derby handle. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches long.Check Today’s PriceWalking Cane-Primrose. This walking stick cane has an elegant ladies primrose print on maple wood shaft. This walking aid has a countour wood fritz handle good for that arthritis sufferer. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches longWalking Cane-Primrose. This walking stick cane has an elegant ladies primrose print on maple wood shaft. This walking aid has a countour wood fritz handle good sore hands. This wooden cane has a weight capacity of 250 pounds and 35 inches longCheck Today’s PriceLadies Derby Cane Black Chrome Plated Handle  -Affordable Gift! Item #DHAR-9784100Ladies Derby Cane Black Chrome Plated Handle -Affordable Gift!Check Today’s Price

Women have been using Walking Canes throughout history

For style, balance and support!
For style, balance and support!

In all time, the cane is used like support, parade and defence…

The marvel cane or clothing cane is refined. We took care of the
top more than another part, it is a precious element. It is this one
which gives a character, an originality to the cane. Other are used
for help to walk in the city or for an using for social events.

The common cane, it is an utilitarian cane for help, for walk, like
old people, or like traditional or special in history or like folklore.
It can be symbolic cane like masonry cane or also variant like
trade cane. It can be the medical cane, orthopaedic with several
legs, English canes or white cane for blind.

(source: from the French book “Les Cannes” by Pierre Faveton.) 

Please tell your story in the comments section below

Do you have a walking cane that brings you compliments? Has your cane saved your life by beating off a criminal? Please share your stories here. We want to know!

Please tell us about your walking cane experiences. How long have you used your cane? Do you have a stylish one or a medical one? Is it straight or ergonomic? How has your cane helped you? Do you have a loved one who uses a cane? How are they getting along with it?
Some people just love looking at fashionable canes and even collect them. How many canes do you have?

Do you have a cane stand to display your canes?

Coffee Pods for Senseo

senseo-machine-pods We love the flavor and crema we get with senseo coffee pods and our older Senseo coffee machine. When we first bought our machine, the pods were available at the local grocery store, department store and even at Costco. Then they weren’t in the stores or anywhere until they again were sold only online at Amazon or on the Senseo web site. Currently we could buy them for about $.29 per pod with the Amazon subscribe and save program. We always use 2 pods per cup for a nice large mug of coffee. That puts our cup price at $.58 per cup using Senseo coffee pods. I wanted to save some money; so explored how to make my own pods. Now I make them using Starbucks whole bean coffee ground fine at the store and filter paper that’s less than a penny each. Last time I bought the coffee it was $19.99 on sale at Costco for 40 oz. That price makes our coffee about $.20 per mug. We have also used the store brand coffee (which comes in some nice flavors too, like “Southern Pecan Pie”) and costs the same or a little less. I love drinking Starbucks for $.20 a mug!

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Here's the crema layer the Senseo machine creates with a proper pod. Crema is an emulsion of water and oil that's in the coffee.
Here’s the crema layer the Senseo machine creates with a proper pod. Crema is an emulsion of water and the oil that’s in the coffee. It’s created by the pressurized steam the machine forces through the coffee pod.

hole-openBefore I tell you how I do it, there’s one problem to alert you to. The yellow arrow points to a hole in the middle of the Senseo pod tray. That hole can very easily be blocked by one course coffee ground. If it’s blocked and you turn on the machine, it will lock up and might spew steam or otherwise fizzle. Don’t panic, if this happens. Just turn it off, unplug it and wait a bit while it cools. Then you can open the top and clear the hole; so it will work again. It’s no big deal especially if you get into the habit of checking the hole when you put in a new pod.

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We tried the Senseo compatible coffee pods. There are the strangely shaped pod filters and the plastic EcoPod.

The paper filter things are almost impossible to fill with coffee and then keep closed. The EcoPod didn’t hold enough coffee and we didn’t get a crema layer with them.

Our test results were not satisfactory.

 

 

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Experimentation shows me that the 7 inch or 4 cup basket style coffee filters work best. You absolutely can use the larger ones for 8 to 12 cups, but those have extra paper to get folded into the pod. At our local Food Lion recently, the 100 pack was $.99 and the 200 pack was $1.69. So, the larger pack gets them for less than a penny per paper.

In the picture is also the bag from that Southern Pecan Pie flavored coffee. It made a very nice mug of coffee with this technique, but not as strong as our favorite Starbucks French Roast. When buying coffee for pods, you want it ground fine or espresso grind.

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The sequence of pictures above show how I press the filter into the pod tray and what my old coffee scoop looks like. I just dump the coffee into the shaped filter, tamp it in and then fold it over and tuck it into the tray. There shouldn’t be any filter or coffee around the rim of the tray after the filter’s folded.used-senseo-filter-alternative

Here’s a picture of a used pod that shows how it’s completely inside the pod holder. We store maybe 17 in a plastic container for use during the week. My coffee scoop came out of a can of Chock Full O’ Nuts Coffee years ago. There are actually 3 of these scoops in my gadget drawer. I measured how much it holds and it’s exactly 2 Tablespoons of coffee.

 

Shopping List for Making Your Own Senseo Coffee Pods

If you can’t get to your local grocery, everything you need to make your own Senseo coffee pods is on Amazon. Here also are espresso if you want to mix it with your ground coffee for richer flavor, whole bean coffees and the best coffee grinder for those beans. If you are comparing costs, I’ve included the link to the Senseo coffee pods as well.

Senseo Coffee Pods Dark Roast18 Count (Count of 6) 26.46 oz.Senseo Coffee Pods Dark Roast18 Count (Count of 6) 26.46 oz.Check Today’s Price

Brew Rite 4 Cup Coffee Basket Disposable Filters - 200 CtBrew Rite 4 Cup Coffee Basket Disposable Filters – 200 CtCheck Today’s Price

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 Videos Show How to Make Senseo Compatible Pods at Home

Watch these videos and you will see that there are many other people making their own Senseo compatible pods at home and saving money.

This man uses paper towel instead of regular filter paper and he gets great crema.

 

 

Split King Sheets

Who Needs Split King Sheets?

WSplit King Sheetshat is a split king sheet set? Well, if you have just become the proud owner of a brand new adjustable split king bed like my new TempurPedic, you definitely need some. We had our new bed delivered and then all I had to put on it were our old queen sized sheets, and they were not going to work.

An adjustable split king bed is identical in size to two twin extra long (Twin XL) beds pushed next to each other. It’s the same size as a regular king sized bed, but the head and foot can be raised independently on each side. The bottom sheet has to be separate on each side. This picture shows how tension is created between the two sides at the bottom middle when the right side is raised.

Images belong to Cheryl Snider or courtesy of Amazon

Split King Sheet Sets – Adjustable bed       

Split king sheets

This isn’t a great picture, but it shows you the bottom of the bed at the junction of the two Twin XL beds that comprise the split king. You can see the looped bar that keeps the mattress in place when the platform raises or lowers the foot of the bed.

For split king bed, there are three choices for a neatly fitting sheet set:

  •  2 sets of TwinXL sheets: The extra top sheet gets tucked into the middle – 2 TwinXL bottom sheets, 2 TwinXL top sheets and 2 pillow cases
  • 1 split king sheet set – 2 TwinXL bottom sheets, 1 king top sheet and 2 pillow cases
  • 1 king sheet set – 1 king fitted bottom, 1 king top sheet, 2 pillow cases (with the sad trade off of not using the adjustable features of the bed)

How to Make an Adjustable King Bed with Twin XL Sheets

Split King Sheets - making the bed

The top sheet is two separate sheets tucked between the two in the middle – as you see I’ve done with mine in the picture. I’m also considering sewing the two Twin XL top sheets together down the middle. My picture is not pressed and polished…it’s just a snapshot of some clean, inexpensive sheets on my new adjustable dual king bed.

The top sheets don’t stay tucked in and have to be redone every morning. It’s not easy to do with the beds next to each other. I usually just lean across each side and do my best in that position. A perfect job would require separating the beds.

Where To Get Twin XL Sheet Sets for a Split King Bed

The best time to shop for cheap ($13 to $20 per set) Twin XL sheet sets is during August when stores are targeting back to school. Most college dormitories use Twin XL mattresses and that’s what kids going off to college are looking for. Stores like Target, Kmart and Walmart are likely to have displays for back to school featuring Twin XL sheet sets and they might not have these in the store during the rest of the year. There will be in-store sales on these in August as well.

 

Regular twin sheets are 5 inches shorter than Twin XL; so you can’t substitute regular twin bottom sheets for the split king. Also, the sheets being sold to college kids for the dorm are often not of the best quality. In the pictures of my sheets above, I feature a cotton/poly blend that I purchased on sale at Target. They were washed twice before putting on the bed and there was lot of dye coming out of them. There was a lot of dye residue in the washer and dryer; so they probably aren’t finished clearing and they feel kind of stiff and scratchy. Before getting these, I tried some cotton/poly tee shirt knit sheets from Target. Those didn’t have a dye problem, but after two uses, the bottom sheets have begun to get a pilled surface. It’s possible that knit sheets made of 100% long staple cotton knit might not have this early pill problem. I think they are not going to last very long. On order are 2 sets of expensive 100% cotton Twin XL sheets that were on clearance with hopes that they will be what I’m looking for.

 

Knit sheets are clingy and warmer than cotton percale sheets. I didn’t dislike them, but miss that cool fresh feeling the percale sheets have. Cotton/poly sheets are supposed to be wrinkle free, but, for me, they wrinkle about the same as all cotton sheets do. I’m hoping the 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets I’ve ordered will be thicker and smoother. One other type of sheets that I haven’t tried yet, are microfiber. Having felt some of this fabric in the stores, I’m not sure they will last longer than the knit fabric.

From my experience, buying cheap at the back to school sales might not catch the most enduring bargains. These purchases were both under $15 per set for Twin XL sheets. The best plan on a budget might be to search for clearance and sale deals on high thread count cotton sheet sets. Here are some I am currently salivating over:

Stripes Black 600 Thread Count Twin Extra Long size Sheet Set 100 % Egyptian Cotton 3pc Bed Sheet set (Deep Pocket)600 TC Twin XLStripes Black 600 Thread Count Twin Extra Long size Sheet Set 100 % Egyptian Cotton 3pc Bed Sheet set (Deep Pocket)600 TC Twin XLBuy NowImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Twin XL 3-Piece Sheet Set Stripe WhiteImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Twin XL 3-Piece Sheet Set Stripe WhiteBuy NowSolid Burgundy 300 Thread Count Twin Extra Long size Sheet Set 100 % Egyptian Cotton 3pc Bed Sheet set (Deep Pocket)Twin XL By sheetsnthingsSolid Burgundy 300 Thread Count Twin Extra Long size Sheet Set 100 % Egyptian Cotton 3pc Bed Sheet set (Deep Pocket)Twin XL By sheetsnthingsBuy Now

100% cotton – 300 thread count Twin XL – On Clearance! 

Twin XL sheets

My new cotton Twin XL sheet sets came by UPS today and they do look beautiful. They’re in the washing machine as I write this and I can’t wait to try them out. I always wash new sheets before putting them on the bed.

These sets came from NoMoreRack online. I have purchased different things 3 times from this company and so far they have been very reliable and one of the payments they accept is PayPal, which I like.

I checked and they still had some of the ones I bought, but there’s a count down timer on the “deal” and it only had 18 hours left. Maybe they will list it again. Be careful, if you want cotton, not to be tricked by the ads for microfiber. These sets were made in India (I prefer over China), and I paid $33 a set (retail listed as $89.99). I have bought rechargeable batteries and boots from NoMoreRack. They have many different kinds of things. Check them out by clicking the banner below. This is not an affiliate banner. They do pay people to refer others to the site, but their links expire very quickly and are not practical for a page such as this.
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Where to Find Split King Sheet Sets

Yes, you can buy a set that includes the two Twin XL fitted bottom sheets and the King flat sheet with matching pillow cases. I have yet to find them in the department store though; so took my search to Amazon. The prices for these quality sets is about the same as for 2 Twin XL sets together, but the quality and design is the same or better. Also, prices change from day to day; so click through to find today’s price for these beautiful split king sheet sets. I continue to wonder, though, if the torque at the bottom when one side is raised will untuck, strain or tear the top sheet.

Solid White 600 Thread Count Split King Sheet Set 100% Egyptian Cotton 5pc Bed Sheet set(Deep Pocket) 600 TC Dual KingSolid White 600 Thread Count Split King Sheet Set 100% Egyptian Cotton 5pc Bed Sheet set(Deep Pocket) 600 TC Dual KingBuy NowImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Split King 5-Piece Sheet Set Stripe Light BlueImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Split King 5-Piece Sheet Set Stripe Light BlueBuy NowHC 300 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Stripe Split King Sheet Set - WhiteHC 300 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Stripe Split King Sheet Set – WhiteBuy NowImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Split King 5-Piece Sheet Set Stripe PlumImpressions Genuine Egyptian Cotton 400 Thread Count Split King 5-Piece Sheet Set Stripe PlumBuy NowDreamFit 4-Degree 400 Thread Count Preferred 100-Percent Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set Split King ChampagneDreamFit 4-Degree 400 Thread Count Preferred 100-Percent Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set Split King ChampagneBuy NowSplit-King: Adjustable King Bed Sheets 5PC Stripe Ivory 100% Egyptian Cotton 600-Thread-Count Deep PocketSplit-King: Adjustable King Bed Sheets 5PC Stripe Ivory 100% Egyptian Cotton 600-Thread-Count Deep PocketBuy Now

 Adjustable Bed Sheets

Adjustable Bed Sheets

Best Fitted Sheets With Deep Pockets

Many new mattresses now have a pillow top which makes them very tall… up to 25 inches. It’s so frustrating when a fitted sheet has shallow pockets that either keep slipping off the mattress corner or are so tight that they are hard to put on the bed. Split king adjustable beds have a tall foam layered mattress and can include a pillow top. Bottom sheets have to be able to move with the mattress and stay in place; so, while shopping for your adjustable bed sheets, keep in mind, especially if your king adjustable bed has a pillow top, that deep pockets are important. Here are some deep fitted sheets with great reviews:

Tribeca Living 475 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Percale Deep Pocket Sheet Set Twin X-Large WhiteTribeca Living 475 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Percale Deep Pocket Sheet Set Twin X-Large WhiteBuy Now

Malouf Fine Linens 600 Thread Count GENUINE EGYPTIAN COTTON Single Ply Bed Sheet SetMalouf Fine Linens 600 Thread Count GENUINE EGYPTIAN COTTON Single Ply Bed Sheet SetBuy Now

Facts about Thread Count

Helpful For Sheet Buying Decisions

 

So, do you have a king adjustable bed? Sometimes these are also called “adjustable split dual king”. Whatever you call it, you will have this sheet dilemma…how do you handle it? Where do you buy your sheets?And do you ever find them on sale?

Even if you don’t have this special kind of king sized bed, please drop a line below in the comments and say hello!

Did I write “split sheets” anywhere?!! Hope not.

Best Butterfly Garden Plants

lens20693530_1361512257--aWhat Are The Best Butterfly Garden Plants?

It’s February 2013 as I start writing this and the butterfly flower bed is sleeping. You can see touches of green under the leaves and bits of brown last summer growth. That was all cleaned out twice, but the oak tree keeps dropping leaves deep into Winter. All that brown will be cleaned out and some new top soil spread and a nice layer of mulch put on top. This garden has been growing for more than 5 years now. I’ve tried 3 times to grow a butterfly bush and every one has died. This summer I’ll try one more time. The other years I planted what looked like dead dormant roots. I think this year I’ll try getting a live looking potted bush from the nursery and see if that will catch on in my little garden. That big healthy gray plant you can see is my lavender. It grows like a weed, smells wonderful all year and some interesting insects visit it in summer. There’s a pretty bottle tree in my garden too, but I’m a bit worried about the glass surviving the 10 degrees winter weather out there tonight.

Read below the progress as this garden wakes up and grows through the Summer to Fall.

Images courtesy of Amazon or the author

My Best Butterfly Garden Plants for 2015

Come back in late Spring or early Summer and I’ll show you pictures right here of my butterfly garden plants when they start to show. For now I hope you enjoyed thinking about Spring and flowers and butterflies.

My Best Butterfly Garden Plants for 2014

 

2013’s Flowers Brought Some Butterflies

Buddleia Black Knight – Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Black Knight Butterfly Bush Oldtimer/Hardy 4 inch potBuddleia Black Knight Butterfly Bush Oldtimer/Hardy 4 inch potBuy Now

This is the Butterfly Bush variety I’ve tried twice before to grow. I love the blackish purple flowers and so do butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. This variety is supposed to be hardy in zones 5-9 and I live in zone 7a; so it should be fine here. I suspect that there is something in the soil the plants didn’t like or maybe I didn’t water them enough. We travel a bit and that can happen. There’s a wonderful plant hardiness zone map on the USDA website CLICK HERE. Just select your state from the dropdown arrow at the top and you get a very clear view of your particular area. It really is a good idea to know your growing area when selecting new plants for the butterfly garden

According to the reviews this bush is not difficult to grow at all; so I’m definitely going to give it another try. You can even order it on Amazon (click on the yellow button) and they will send a live plant in the mail for your garden. Later on this summer I’ll post the results. If it’s already Summer, just keep reading for the rest of the story!

Butterfly Bush Care

The first robins of Spring 2013
The first robins of Spring 2013

Since I have managed to kill 3 butterfly bushes, I am going to be very careful this time to do everything right. I have learned that I must plant it in Spring for my Zone and the soil must be well-drained and enriched with peat moss, leaf mold or compost. In the past, I have used leaf mold from the back yard. This time I’ll get some peat moss, dig a large hole and work the peat moss into the fill dirt.

I have some pests to consider when choosing plants. We have a herd of deer that roams freely though the neighborhood. We also have rabbits, squirrels and ground hogs. On a lower level, our area seems to have been created as one huge ant hill. I have never seen so many ants in my life as live in our yard. We have treated it to get rid of them and it’s better, but they are still there and I have seen aphids on my asters. I’m hoping the butterfly bush won’t be eaten by deer or aphids. According to Rutgers University, the butterfly bush is not bothered by deer. I can’t go spraying the ants and their aphids if I want to enjoy butterflies; so I hope they will not be attracted to the sweet nectar as that could be fatal for a young bush.

For now I’m just waiting for Spring; which can’t be too far away as I saw 6 pairs of robins in my backyard yesterday (February 21)! This picture shows 7 of them. See how well they are camouflaged? I marked 6 of them to make it easier to see them.

An Incomplete List of Butterfly, Hummingbird and Bee Attracting Flowers for Your Garden:

  • Swamp
  • Milkweed
  • Monarda
  • Buddleia
  • Zinnia
  • Aster
  • Liatris
  • Cone
  • Flower
  • Hollyhock
  • Parsley
  • Lantana
  • Red
  • Sage
  • Lilac
  • Rose

Plants for Butterfly Garden

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterflies love red hot orange, pink, purple and yellow flowers and they want them in huge clumps. The hotter the color and the sweeter the perfume, the better they like it. These are some of the best butterfly attracting flowers. Be sure to include at least one of these and you will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Hinterland Trading Butterfly Scarlet Milkweed Flower Seeds 50+ Monarch Butterfly HabitatHinterland Trading Butterfly Scarlet Milkweed Flower Seeds 50+ Monarch Butterfly HabitatBuy Now

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Videos of the Best Butterfly Garden Flowers

 

24 Inch Wall Oven

If your kitchen has a cooktop instead of a stove, you most likely need to have a wall oven.  If your stove only has one oven, You might like to have a second wall oven. These can be installed in a special cabinet during a remodel; or right into an opening in the kitchen wall.  Many kitchens lack space for a large oven, but the 24 inch wall oven, if it will fit in your available space, will be of good service.  Keep in mind that a 24 inch oven won’t give you a 24 inch wide space inside for cooking.  The sides of the oven will most likely take up 3 inches on each side.  They put a lot of insulation in there to keep the heat inside the oven.

In my experience, having two ovens is wonderful when preparing large meals for a crowd.  I put meat and vegetables in the main oven and dessert or bread in the second one.  If you find yourself using a countertop toaster oven a lot, you might also, want to consider getting a wall oven to free up that precious work space on the counter.  When our old stove finally broke, I had to replace it with a stove with a double oven.  We don’t even have room for a 24 inch wall oven, but I really wanted to have 2 ovens.

Here are some items to consider: 24-inch double wall oven

  • double wall oven
  • convection oven
  • single wall oven
  • manual clean
  • self-cleaning
  • electric
  • gas
  • exterior finish
  • electronic controls
  • storage drawer

24 inch single convection wall oven
Most have electronic controls and some have a built in storage drawer unit for pans and bakewear.  It takes a lot of time to go through all the ads for all the different ovens in all the different stores.  I did a little searching for the Value Zone and found some deals for you to consider.

Here’s what I found:

The first one is white and there are only 2 left in stock today. I found it on Amazon.com for $800 with free shipping. The identical oven is available at Sears.com with free delivery for $250 more.

You might also consider whether or not you can get it from Amazon without paying sales tax. I know for most things we don’t get charged tax in Maryland, but that can change any day.

Many times when it says only 1 in stock, more will be coming soon. If you shop other retailers, always remember to check the prices and reviews on Amazon.com. I found all of these 24 inch wall ovens on Amazon for a lower price + free shipping.

#1 Maytag CWE4100ACE 24 Single Electric Wall Oven - White
Maytag CWE4100ACE 24 Single Electric Wall Oven – White
 price

#2 Maytag CWE5800ACB 24 Black Electric Double Wall Oven
Maytag CWE5800ACB 24″ Black Electric Double Wall Oven
 price

#3 Whirlpool RBS245PRS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven
Whirlpool RBS245PRS 24″ Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven
 price

#4 Whirlpool RBD245PRS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven
Whirlpool RBD245PRS 24″ Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven
 price

#5 Maytag CWG3100AAB 24 Gas Single Built-In Oven
Maytag CWG3100AAB 24″ Gas Single Built-In Oven
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Best 3 Nail Polish Stickers

Whether your nails are long or short, nail polish stickers can help you achieve a truly unique artful look.  There are holiday sets to help set the mood for celebrating or sexy romantic sticker sets for that special occasion or dinner out.

These tiny jewels come in sets with plenty of pieces to last a long time and they are really very inexpensive. Imagine the fun for tween girls at a sleepover or birthday party!

Further, these tiny stickers can be used to fancy up your cell phone or other electronic device.  I’ll bet you can think of many other ways to use them.

Here are the bestselling 3 sets we could find.

Nail Art MoYou Silver Moon Rhinestone Pack of 1200 Crystal Premium Quality Gemstones in 12 different shapes and sizes beauty accessory for women nails fun and easy to apply with top coat or nail glue price
Nail Art MoYou Silver Moon Rhinestone Pack of 1200 Crystal Premium Quality Gemstones in 12 different shapes and sizes beauty accessory for women nails fun and easy to apply with top coat or nail glue

Dried Flower Nail Art Decoration Mixed Colours Shapes in Case price
Dried Flower Nail Art Decoration Mixed Colours Shapes in Case

Nail Decorations By Cheeky- 10 Nail Decoration Wheels of Premium Manicure Nail Art Decorations in Many Different Colors and Shapes price
Nail Decorations By Cheeky- 10 Nail Decoration Wheels of Premium Manicure Nail Art Decorations in Many Different Colors and Shapes

Best 4 Breakfast Sandwich Makers

In our house nothing can beat a nice sloppy, meaty, bready breakfast sandwich.  There are several small appliances now on the market that can help such a tasty delight be quickly made during a morning dash to get the day going.

Some of these only expedite the egg preparation while others will warm your bun or muffin while it poaches the egg and heats the meat.  Whether you want a scrambled, fried or poached egg might help you decide which maker you choose.  Here are the best 4 breakfast sandwich makers on Amazon starting with the 2 best selling small appliances in that category on Amazon today!

Three of these breakfast sandwich makers can cook the eggs and the other one would require shopping for a separate egg cooker.  We really like this Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich maker.  That appliance could put McDonald’s egg McMuffin out of business.

Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich MakerHamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Makerprice Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 GriddlerCuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddlerprice Presto 07061 22-inch Electric GriddlePresto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddleprice Cuisinart Dual-Sandwich Nonstick Electric GrillCuisinart Dual-Sandwich Nonstick Electric Grillprice

Winemaking at Home – Most Needed Supplies to Get Started

For Years we’ve been growing some fig trees in our backyard and this summer they had a bumper crop of beautiful figs.  It’s been a challenge to find how we wanted to use the figs until we tried making fig wine.

 

Years ago we made wine from various fruits, but work and kids got in the way and our equipment got stowed in the attic.  When we dragged it out, it was like starting from scratch figuring out what we needed to get this going.  The first thing we did was buy a new clean 5 gallon pail with a lid from Home Depot.

 

The figs had to be crushed and mixed with yeast for primary fermentation in that pail.  Figs have tiny seeds and lots of pulp.  Next time we do this we will try putting the must in some cheese cloth to contain some of the solids.  Home winemaking recipes include some chemicals like “pectic enzyme” and “yeast nutrient” which we found easy to order on Amazon.  We already had a 5 gallon carboy – that’s the big jug you do the second fermentation in and we had some gallon jugs to rack the wine into.  The purpose of this post is to let you know we found a lot of the strange things you need to get started making wine at home right on Amazon.com.  The picture shows our fig wine after the first racking.  It is a tastey rose wine with just a faint taste of fig.  We will definitely make it again.  If you plan to get started too, you might want to start saving some gallon jugs and empty wine bottles with stoppers.  Let us know how yours turns out.

These are the products we needed to buy to get started making the fig wine at home.  We already had an assortment of bottles and stoppers collected.  You might also want some kind of syphon or tubing to transfer the wine from container to container.

3 Piece Econo-Lock with Carboy Bung (Set of 2)3 Piece Econo-Lock with Carboy Bung (Set of 2)price Pectic Enzyme (powder) - 1 oz.Pectic Enzyme (powder) – 1 oz.price Yeast Nutrient - 1 lb.Yeast Nutrient – 1 lb.price Acid Blend - 8 oz.Acid Blend – 8 oz.price Lalvin 71B-1122 YeastLalvin 71B-1122 Yeastprice Campden Tablets (sodium metabisulfite) - 100 TabletsCampden Tablets (sodium metabisulfite) – 100 Tabletsprice

Should You Get Prime?

Amazon Prime used to scare me.  It seemed to be a lot of money ($79) for not anything in my hand.  Then one day I found out that my husband had signed up for a Prime membership and I took a closer look to see if we would be keeping it.  During the trial month, we ordered a lot of items, some of them heavy and bulky, and we used a lot of free Prime shipping.  At the same time I needed to ship a few parcels to our children and it was very expensive.

 

Amazon uses the media streaming feature to sell Prime, but we would get our value back from it through the free shipping.  My further exploration of the service uncovered some TV series that we wanted to watch; so that was gravy for us.  We haven’t looked at the free Kindle books they also include.

 

If you order a lot from Amazon on a regular basis, it might be wise to take a closer look at Amazon Prime. $79 looked huge to us until we did the math.