How to buy the right kitchen faucets

Kitchen faucets play an important role in the look and feel of any kitchen but that’s not all. With the right faucet you’ll save tons of time and effort in the kitchen, but buying one can be both confusing and tiresome. So how do you find the right faucets?

Here’s a list of 5 most important features to look for in a kitchen faucet.

Kitchen Faucets

1. Value for money

If you’ve got the budget you can simply go for a top-notch kitchen faucet like the Delta Faucet 9192 but for those looking at slightly cheaper options, it’s important to get value for money. With higher priced faucet you get a durable, easy to install, versatile and branded faucet.

But for the budget buyers, it’s important to dig deep, read and compare different makes and models before making a purchase.

Caution: Avoid cheap and unbranded faucets as they can cause serious plumbing disasters thus shooting up your overhead expenses.

2. Faucet finish

If you’re looking for a faucet that that will brighten up your kitchen or add a touch of class to it than knowing the different faucet finishes is important.  A faucet can be available in a number of finishes such as stainless, steel, chrome, bronze etc.

Choose a finish that goes well with your kitchen interiors and also your sink. For example, if your kitchen has mostly stainless steel or steel appliances, utensils and sink, a stainless steel faucet is an obvious choice.

3. Easy temperature and water flow control

If you’re living in a country with extreme temperature or have a preference about the water temperature it’s important to have an easy control over changing water temperature and flow. Two handle faucets offer better functionality as there’s a handle designated for hot and cold water

Being able to manipulate flow helps reduce water wastage and it also extends the life of the faucet and prevents drips and leaks.

4. Durable Cartridges

The aim of the cartridge is to control water flow and temperature each time the lever is turned. The cartridges undergo daily abuse and thus may often be broken resulting in a leakage etc. thus it’s important to have durable cartridges.

Look for brands that cover cartridge in the warranty. Excluding them can be a sign of a low-quality cartridge. On the bright side, a damaged cartridge can be changed without professional help.

5. Good Design

Kitchen faucets are available in a number of designs such as traditional, modern and transitional faucets i.e. faucets that integrate a blend of both modern and traditional designs.  Personally, I prefer traditional designs as they perfectly blend in with all kitchen types and are aesthetically neater and quieter. If you are a coffee lover and also want to buy Bunn coffee maker for your kitchen you must read the article and if have any doubts related to kitchen faucets then feel free to contact us.

If you’re looking for something modern, opt for a contemporary design as they are real attention grabbers and come with sharp, bold looks.

 

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The buyer’s guide to Bunn coffee maker

A Bunn coffee maker is the smartest choice you could make as it provides you with a coffee machine which not only produces the best coffee in the world but also provides you with a durable coffee maker which you can use regularly. With this coffee maker, you can be certain that your coffee will always taste delicious and smooth. It also offers you a lot of models which can make it a little difficult to choose one for your own home.

Don’t worry, with the help of this guide, you will be able to choose a perfect Bunn coffee maker for your own home. You can also check best espresso machine for commercial use.

These are a few features which you need to pay attention to when buying a Bunn coffee maker:

 1. Quantity

So, the first thing you need to look for is how many cups of coffee you need every day. If you have many family members who like to drink coffee, then you would need to go for a multi-cup brewer. If you are the sole coffee drinker at your home, then it would be wise to go for a single cup coffee brewer.

The multi-cup brewers are of two types: Phrase brew or Velocity Brew. A phrase brew coffee maker uses the concept of heating their water to a perfect temperature and then spraying that water on the ground coffee instead of dripping. A velocity brew coffee maker uses the Bunn fast-brew technology to achieve a fresh cup of coffee in just 3-4 minutes.

2. Price

The second thing to look out for is your budget. If you are on a tight budget, then you would need to cut back on a few features. A single cup coffee maker costs around $100-$200 and a phrase brewer can range anywhere between $100 and $150 whereas a velocity brewer can cost you around $110-$200. The one of the best competition of Bunn coffee maker is ninja coffee bar, because of it’s the same price.

3. Quickness

The next feature to look at is the quickness of the machine to brew a cup of coffee. If you need a quick dose of coffee every morning, then you should go with the single cup coffee maker as it takes only 60 seconds to brew a cup of coffee whereas a velocity coffee is quicker when you are making multiple cups of coffee and takes just 3-4 minutes. Phrase coffee makers are the slowest as they take some time to heat the water and then maintain it.

4. Coffee Accessories

Another important feature to consider when buying a Bunn coffee maker is what all accessories you will need to buy for it. A single cup coffee maker is a convenient option as you can use ground coffee for them although you still need to stock up on a few K-cups if you don’t want the hassle of that, then you can go for multi-cup coffee makers. Just remember that multi-cup coffee makers require you to purchase good coffee filters which have a design similar to that of a Bunn filter.

5. High Altitude model

Another crucial feature to keep in mind is if you need a high-altitude model or not. This feature is specific to only a few models and is perfect for those people who live on a high-altitude.

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Nutella Oatmeal Bars

Today was a professional development day, better known as a half day for kids, work with the teachers, but in our school, it is BEST known for food. Yep, that’s right! You may be thinking that the teachers in our district get a lot of training so therefore the kids must be a lot smarter.

Right? Well, that is true, we have a bunch of smarty pant teachers and students, but we also learn to fine tune our culinary skills on these days. Today was no different. It was Italian Buffet Day and that goes without saying is a buffet with Italian food. Hmm. Not too hard to plan for this one. (Mantineo-great Italian name). I also recently received a jar of Nutella from one of the most giving people I know, Heather Blanchard. I happened to mention to her that I had never tasted Nutella and lo and behold the next day I receive a jar. Not something I really needed, but who in their right mind says no to food gifts. Tried the stuff and OMG it is so freakin’ delicious. Is it healthy?

Yeah, right! 200 calories for 2 tbsps. and I am sure the size of their tablespoon does not equal mine. My thoughts were to get rid of this jar as soon as possible as I have an addiction to good food (like most normal people on the planet) so I decided to rid myself of this jar by creating an absolutely delicious calorie-packed dessert for the Italian buffet. Nutella must be Italian. Sounds like it. Gina says she eats in when in Italy so I have all my bases covered with this one. Italian buffet dessert and, AND, I get to get rid of the evil Nutella! Not so, as the recipe called for a jar of this concoction of crushed hazelnuts and cocoa and because it is so delish I had already eaten 1/4 of the jar, so I had to go get another jar of it and now I am right back where I started from! But, one good turn deserves another so I made my dessert and watched little tiny Miss Heather enjoy eating them! I hope everyone else did too. Here is the way to make these incredible bars. Now, what to do with the rest of the other jar…

Nutella Oatmeal Bars

  • 1- 21-ounce jar Nutella
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups steel cut oatmeal (not the instant or quick kind)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Direction

  • Butter a 13 X 9 in the pan and preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Place flour, oatmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Pour melted butter over flour mixture and stir till crumbly.
  • Press about 3/4 of this into the bottom of the pan.
  • Zap the Nutella in the micro for about 20 seconds and spread on top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until light brown.
  • Go to the store and get the next size pants because you’re going to need them!
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What’s a Mango? It’s a fruit that’s makes great mango salsa!

I love mangoes and I love salsa so what would be better than combining the two? There are many ways to make it and many ways to utilize it so that it improves a favorite dish. It is quite scrumptious just sitting on a white corn nacho or as a topping for a fajita, which by the way, is my favorite way to eat it. MMMMMM.

I know that not everyone likes mangoes but that is probably because the mango chosen was overripe or underripe and probably not very tasty. If you’ve ever tried one and thought, “Blah!”, try it again. I also love apples but every once in a while I have one that is totally disgusting and mushy. Would I give up apples because of one bad one? Hell no!

The perfect mango can be found by either smelling or squeezing it gently. A ripe mango will have a full, fruity aroma emanating from the stem end. Mangoes can be considered ready to eat when slightly soft to the touch and yielding to gentle pressure, very similar to that of a ripe peach. The best-flavored fruit has a yellow tinge when ripe; however, mangoes may be red, yellow, green, orange or any combination. It is best to store mangoes at about 55º F. which will allow them to be edible for 1 to 2 weeks. The best way to ripen a mango is at room temperature, on the kitchen counter but should be eaten soon after ripening.

Mangoes are high in vitamin C, have lots of fiber, and are low in fat. Sounds perfect for an addition to any healthy diet. Also, they are known to have digestive benefits. Here is a great little recipe for mango salsa.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango-peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsps. chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsps. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • salt, and pepper to taste

Prepare all ingredients. Mix together and let stand for at least one hour before serving.

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Almond Apricot Sugar Bars

I love to have friends over so why don’t I have them over more often? No clue. But I do have a clue to a yummy dessert to serve when guests do come over, especially when you don’t want their hands to get sticky. (Not that I have friends that don’t know how to eat and clean up after themselves). Oh boy, I feel myself putting the old’ big foot in my mouth. Let me explain. 🙂

Last evening I had a Silpada party, which, by the way, was very successful! When one has a jewelry party, the guests spend their time looking at lovely jewelry while chatting and munching. Now, would you want your guests to touch the jewelry with sticky hands? Is that enough of an explanation? Well, with that said, I decided to make a couple desserts, one of them being an apricot bar, that would be a non-messy treat. Mmmm. My favorite, apricot. This bar is very easy to make and the task becomes even easier if you use a touch of sugar cookie mix.

The entire recipe is below, but I know many of my readers have lives, busy lives, while I don’t.  So, if you use a prepared sugar cookie mix, make it according to the package directions but include a tsp. of almond extract. Enjoy, and by the way, if you get a chance to go to a Silpada party, go! Even better, host one! I am not a representative for the company, nor is this a plug by any means, but at my party last night I earned over $500 worth of the beautiful sterling silver jewellery, enjoyed berry martinis, and most importantly enjoyed the company of some very dear friends!

Apricot Almond Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tbsps. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup apricot preserves

Direction

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and egg till smooth.
  4. Stir in milk and almond extract.
  5. Add in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Press half of the batter into a greased 8 X 8-inch pan.
  7. Bake for about 9 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven.
  8. Spread with apricot jam (or jam of your choice).
  9. Top with the rest of the cookie dough, crumbling it as you place it on the top.
  10. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t overcook!
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Homemade Chocolate Doughnuts

I recently went to Colorado to visit the family. I love to go there to be with my son, daughter-in-law, and of course my grandchildren. While there, Amy and Dan decided that homemade doughnuts would be a superb treat on Sunday morning. Okay! Sounds just great to me. I decided to help Amy out by making the chocolate cake doughnuts while she put together the raised ones. Hmm. Notice that I said I decided to help Amy out? Well, just what you would think. Everyone wants the donuts, even suggests making them, and then where are they when the time comes to make them? That’s okay Dan. We appreciate all the cooking you do.

Back to the doughnuts. Pretty good. I’ve gotta say that I had wished I did not glaze them as they were sweet enough. I do think a light glaze with coconut on top would be delicious. Maybe next time…After a few weeks of dieting.

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tbsps. butter, melted
  • 6 to 8 cups vegetable oil for frying

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, sour milk, and melted butter.
3. Stir into dry ingredients until well blended.
4. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
5. Put dough onto a generously floured surface.
6. Pat dough out to about 1/2 inch thick.
7. Cut out doughnuts with a 3 inch floured cutter.
8. Fill a deep fryer or pan with oil till the fill line. Heat to 375*.
9. Carefully drop each doughnut, one at a time, into fat.
10.Cook about 2 minutes each side until puffy. Drain on paper towels.
11.Glaze with a sugar glaze if desired. Sprinkle with coconut, chocolate sprinkles, etc.

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