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.

Images courtesy of Amazon or the author

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!

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!

Images belong to Cheryl Snider or courtesy of Amazon
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.

senseo-alternative-pods

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.

 

 

seven-inch-basket-filters

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.

senseo-pod-alternative-process

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

Ekco Coffee ScoopEkco Coffee ScoopCheck Today’s Price

Gevalia Roast and Ground Coffee Espresso 12 OzGevalia Roast and Ground Coffee Espresso 12 OzCheck 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:

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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.

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 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.

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
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#2 Maytag CWE5800ACB 24 Black Electric Double Wall Oven
Maytag CWE5800ACB 24″ Black Electric Double Wall Oven
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#3 Whirlpool RBS245PRS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven
Whirlpool RBS245PRS 24″ Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven
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#4 Whirlpool RBD245PRS 24 Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven
Whirlpool RBD245PRS 24″ Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven
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#5 Maytag CWG3100AAB 24 Gas Single Built-In Oven
Maytag CWG3100AAB 24″ Gas Single Built-In Oven
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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.

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Mom’s Hand Truck!

Everyone finds a need one time or another for a hand cart. There are many hobbies and occupations that can put one of these to great use. Luggage with roller wheels evolved out of the folding luggage cart. They are indispensable for hauling boxes or crates for any distance. Imagine how nice they are to use if you have boxes of books to relocate.

Imagine how useful a hand card would be for hauling groceries from the car up to an upstairs apartment or vacation luggage from the car to the resort. We’ve been on a few cruises and a cart like this greatly helps carry a case of water or soda and various other small bags. Musicians use these to carry their their equipment to and from the stage. You could use one to carry your picnic stuff to the picnic table or carry the cooler full of fish back to the car. They’ve started making coolers with wheels on them now, but why buy a new cooler, when you can get wheels that go so many other places too?

When I saw this Magna Cart in pink, I just had to show it here for all those pink lovers out there. Momma needs her own private hand cart and the men better not touch it with their grubby hands! Too bad it’s out of stock for now. If you need one, they are taking names to notify when more arrive in the warehouse.

We bought our Magna Cart at Costco and that’s where the best price was, but these are $5 more than we paid and, with Amazon Prime, there is free shipping.

#1 Magna Cart Ideal Hand Truck
Magna Cart Ideal Hand Truck
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#2 Magna Cart MCX-PINK Personal Hand Truck Pink
Magna Cart MCX-PINK Personal Hand Truck Pink
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#3 Wesco 220649 Steel Maxi Mover Lightweight Folding Truck 250 lbs Load Capacity 42 Height 12 Length x 19 Width
Wesco 220649 Steel Maxi Mover Lightweight Folding Truck 250 lbs Load Capacity 42″ Height 12″ Length x 19″ Width
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#4 RWM Casters FW-90 Aluminum Hand Truck with Loop Handle Blue 275 lbs Load Capacity 42-1/2 Height 19 Width X 13.25 Depth
RWM Casters FW-90 Aluminum Hand Truck with Loop Handle Blue 275 lbs Load Capacity 42-1/2″ Height 19″ Width X 13.25″ Depth
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Where to Buy Senseo Coffee Pods

Our Senseo Coffee machine is many years old now and we are spoiled by the great rich taste and crema it makes.  Back when we bought our coffee maker, the pods were available in the grocery store and box stores like Costco.  Now, I think the only place you will find Senseo pods is online on the Senseo web site or at Amazon.com.  We still order them through Amazon and take advantage of the subscription plan with free shipping.  Even with that, the supply is fickle.  Recently our subscription was interrupted by lack of supply and the price just keeps going higher and higher.   We probably won’t buy another Senseo coffee maker when this one finally dies, but for now we want to continue with the one we have.  I’ve tried the various pod maker products.  They are messy to use and, from my experience, don’t seem to get the same crema or flavor.  The Senseo pods contain an exclusive grind and blend that I haven’t been able to find.  It’s fun to experiment some though.  I’ve even tried running the machine with a tea bag in the pod holder.  It made a nice strong, flavorful cup of tea! You might really like to try making your own Senseo coffee pods. It’s not too difficult or time consuming. Click Here to see my page showing how to do it.

Senseo Coffee Pods Dark Roast18 Count price Senseo Coffee Pods Dark Roast18 Count We buy these by the case, two cases at a time. All the other flavors you love are on Amazon as well.

Coffee Pod Replacement Filters for Coffee Pod Brewers - Make Your Own Disposable Pods - 200 Pack By Easy Pack price Coffee Pod Replacement Filters for Coffee Pod Brewers – Make Your Own Disposable Pods – 200 Pack By Easy Pack These filter pod blanks are a little messy to fill and you have to find a way to seal them up; so the coffee grinds don’t spill out. They are easy to overfill and get a good fit in the coffee maker. These are a good option if you can find the right coffee grind and have patience to mess with them. Our best option has been to make our own coffee pods.

Ecopad 2-Pack The Permanent Refillable Coffee Filter for the Classic Senseo models HD7810-HD7819 4 filters on each pack- Create your own custom strength and Flavor price Ecopad 2-Pack The Permanent Refillable Coffee Filter for the Classic Senseo models HD7810-HD7819 4 filters on each pack- Create your own custom strength and Flavor We tried these and they are pretty clean to use. The blend of coffee we used didn’t give the flavor we like and there wasn’t much crema or foam on top as we prefer. These are another option.