Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Party in Your PJs! #239 - Appliance Cooking

2 comments:


Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.


 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage 

Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram


We've decided to take the next couple of weeks off for the holidays, so please join us at Party in Your PJs on January 8, 2019 when we return.  In the meantime, may your holidays be happy and the new year full of joy!

Lynda's Features!

This time of year can really be crunched for time - a few carefully selected meals made with your slow cooker or pressure cooker can really make life easier! 
















 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.



Review and Giveaway: Gramma in a Box

6 comments:

Gramma. For me, just the word conjures up images of comforting old women and the enticing smell of something baking in the kitchen. My grandma always has a freezer in the basement full of cookies and other baked goods that she insists we bring home every time we visit. Holidays meant that her kitchen counters would be packed full of freshly made cookies, waiting to be enjoyed. And if you came over while she was baking, you got to help!

These were always fond memories for me, and while most of my dozen cousins can still enjoy going to Grandma's house, I now live 2,000 miles away (well, 1,965, but who's counting?). I have to say, especially around this time of year, I miss going to Grandma's.



I have found one way to help combat the lack of Grandma, and that is Gramma in a Box. Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription box that delivers all the things you need to make up to 20 cookie and candy treats. This means that the cookies, frosting, sprinkles, and nearly all the little bits you need to make them are included, usually with a seasonally appropriate theme!

Gramma in a Box is $20/month if you are only ordering on a month to month basis, but offers a few ways to save some for a reoccurring delivery.

I was fortunate enough to receive the December box for review, and to make up a few delicious holiday treats with my kids.

The festively decorated box arrived and I have to admit, I loved the stickers that covered the outside of the package! It even contained a helpful “best by” sticker, as well as a reminder to put the box in the fridge if you aren't using it right away.

Inside the well packed box was a card outlining the projects, individual detailed project cards which include ingredients lists on the backs, a contents list, crushed peppermints, candy canes, three different kinds of sprinkles, three colors of frosting, melting chocolate, marshmallows, red hots, cornflakes, and cookies, as well as a couple sheets of parchment paper to help contain messes and paper cups for the wreath treats.

It was a lot of stuff tetrised neatly into the box, and I was actually impressed by how well it all fit.  Nothing arrived crushed or crumpled.

The three treats to be made in this month's box were Hot Chocolate Treats, Holly Wreaths, and Winter Cookies.

The Hot Chocolate Treats and Holly Wreaths had you melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave in the directions, but I don't have a microwave and haven't for years, so I did it the old fashioned way and melted it in a double boiler rig using a small pot and a heat safe bowl on the stove top.

Being a grown woman who has lots of experience baking and creating in the kitchen, none of these projects took me more than 5 minutes after I got the chocolate melted.

Once you include children in the mix, as I did with my son for some of the cookies when he got home from school that day, it might have taken longer, but still a short enough time to hold their interest.

Even though the treats didn't take long to make (thanks to everything having been prepped), I still had lots of fun putting them together.

The cookies come pre-baked, making this a decoration project with no time needed to mix, bake and cool the cookies.

I actually appreciated that I didn't have to measure out ingredients or worry about baking the cookies, especially when kids are in the mix! It was really nice to have everything at hand; they really mean it when they say “Gramma does all the work. You have all the fun!”.



Not only were these goodies fun to make, they tasted great too! I had to have a plate of yummies after I finished making them, complete with some hot cocoa!


Gramma in a Box is really a fun little box that kids of all ages can enjoy making and eating!  Gramma in a Box is letting us give away a January box to one of our readers in the US - it goes out on Jan 3rd, just in time to be waiting for you on that inevitable first snow day after the kids go back to school.

Read on to see how you can enter to win!




www.grammainabox.com
https://www.facebook.com/grammatlcinabox/
https://www.instagram.com/grammatlcinabox/





One winner in the US will win the January Gramma in a Box (value $20.00).
This Giveaway ends at just before midnight ET December 30, 2018

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

The winner will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Good luck!



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: Gravity Chopsticks

No comments:

If you've ever eaten with chopsticks, you know that you have to have somewhere to rest them between courses or in lulls of eating, especially if you're someone like me, who likes to talk with their hands, and you don't want to be waving around your utensils in conversation.

The traditional answer is chopstick rests, but unfortunately, not everyone has them and sometimes there just isn't enough room to rest them on the side of your plate. When this happens, you usually have to find a napkin or something as a buffer between your chopsticks and the table to keep things sanitary.


Gravity Chopsticks is a company that seeks to fix this predicament. With their innovative chopstick design, the eating tips of the chopsticks are suspended in the air when they are laid down on the table.

These sticks are made of a BPA free thermoplastic which means that they are both dishwasher safe and heat resistant for cooking. They are also slightly texturized, which helps with getting a good grip.


Currently, they come in two different colors: black, which start at $5.95, and a limited edition red, which starts at $7.95. They also offer two different case options for storing and carrying around the chopsticks: black velvet sleeves for $3.00 and a hard carry case for $29.95. The hard carry case is currently out of stock at the time of writing.

I was able to try out four pairs of Gravity Chopsticks, two black and two limited edition red. I really appreciated the texture on them, as I find that some of the chopsticks that I've used before were simply too slippery to really use.

The squared design of the chopsticks was also really nice, because that meant that they didn't just go rolling off the table when they were set down.

While most chopsticks have a continual taper along the entire stick, these achieve their suspension by having an abrupt change of width in the middle of the chopstick. This didn't present any problems for the Mister or a couple of friends who used them, but for me, I had a slight learning curve because that abrupt change is exactly where I usually hold my chopsticks.

It didn't take long though, and I was holding them a bit further back and using them with no problem.

The clearance between chopstick and surface is only a couple of millimeters, so you do have to make sure there are no food particles or saucy goodness on your sticks before setting them down, or you will more than likely have contact with the surface of the table.

While I was able to use the chopsticks to saute some onions and garlic for my ramen, I was not able to test out how well they would handle being put through a dishwasher because my dishwasher's utensil basket's grid is too big, and the sticks fall right through.

I can't see how they would not hold up to it machine washing, though, as they did a great job when I cooked with them on the stovetop.

I love these chopsticks, and I find myself reaching for them over my old sticks constantly. I keep a set in my lunchbox for work and the Mister has even requested a pair to take with him to Korea! Gravity Chopsticks have a simple, elegant design that works!


https://gravitychopsticks.com/
https://www.instagram.com/gravitychopsticks/
https://www.facebook.com/gravitychopsticks/
https://twitter.com/gravitychopstix/



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Party in Your PJs! #238 - Holiday Decor Inspiration

6 comments:


Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.


 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage 

Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram


Last spring, my husband and I moved into our current apartment, so this is the first Christmas we've had here!   We have three small areas where we can decorate for the season:  a metal year-'round ornament tree in the dining area, the mantle over the fireplace, and a small antique sewing machine console in front of the living room window.

I'm rather pleased with how they all came out, although there were still several items in the bins that we just had no room for.


Evergreen garland and lights give this metal ornament tree the illusion of being an evergreen tree.  Our ornaments are an eclectic collection of purchased items, stitched ornaments and a few of my (now adult) children's creations from when they were small.


This was an experiment I did a few years ago, creating a cross stitched 3D TARDIS with perforated plastic.  It was such a pain in the neck to stitch together, and the plastic bows in slightly, so I've never been tempted to make another.



This stuffed teddy ornament was made from a scrap of fabric from a baby blanket I quilted for my second oldest daughter.


Just a few favorite ornaments - the one in the center is a Mill Hill cross stitch kit, stitched on gold perforated paper and beaded.   I so love how that came out!


Our mantle was filled with assorted Santas, nutcrackers and tomtes and provided a good place to display assorted leftover ornaments that found no place on the tree.




Two large Nuremberg style angels are sharing space with my peacock figuring in front of the window.


Finally, our greenman wallhanging got a Yuletide crown for the occasion.

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.



Sunday, December 9, 2018

SlimEdge BioBidet (Review/Giveaway)

5 comments:

Bathroom functions can be embarrassing to talk about, provoking snickers and providing raw material for countless adolescent movies, laxative commercials and schoolyard jokes.

Underneath the emotional discomfort, though, is a serious subject: hygiene. It’s a fact of biology that everybody poops, and cleaning up afterward is part of it. That is usually accomplished with a wipe of tissue paper and maybe a daily rinse in the shower. There is a better way, though, a technology that we might encounter occasionally in an expensive hotel, if then—the bidet.

Bidets are essentially standard equipment in much of Europe. Italy and Portugal each made them mandatory in 1975. Why the bidet isn’t routinely installed in American bathrooms is a mystery to me. The device sprays your hindquarters with a well-aimed jet of water, efficiently and thoroughly cleaning away the material left behind in your behind. You stand up from the act with no lingering dirt, ready to continue your day in comfort and cleanliness.

BioBidet has a solution for the bidetless—a series of aftermarket products that easily add a bidet to your existing toilet, without the need to undergo any extensive remodeling. Their least expensive products, the Economy line, are simple inserts that mount onto the rim under the seat and retail for either $59 or $69, and two toilet seat replacements for $79 or $129. All of these models are unpowered, so the intensity of the water stream is limited by the water pressure in your water supply line.

Most of these connect to your cold-water line and provide room-temperature water. One model, the BB-270 Duo, retailing at $69, provides a warm water stream, but it has to be connected to both hot and cold water lines. (Higher-priced models provide warm water without the additional plumbing work. More details on those below.)



For this review, BioBidet provided me the SlimEdge, an insert that sells for $59. I put off trying it for a few days, expecting a messy and difficult time installing it, but that turned out to be really easy. 

There are a couple of simple plumbing connections, and you will need to remove and reattach your toilet seat to secure the insert beneath it. All the hardware you need is included in the box. 

I was also sent two squeezeable poop emojis, available separately at their website for $10 -- we passed these on as stocking stuffers for a couple of our grandchildren.


Installation took me about a half hour working alone, and the only tool I needed was a screwdriver to remove and replace the seat. 

Using the provided thread tape, I was able to get tight, leakless connections with just hand tightening. 

If this seems like more than you want to take on yourself, a handy friend can do it for you, however I found it to be very simple even in the tight quarters of a tiny bathroom.

Because you don't need access to pipes hidden behind walls, most BioBidet products are suitable for renters as well as homeowners. When you move out, just remove the BioBidet system and put the original toilet seat back on. Your landlord will be impressed with how little wear you put on it. 

The controls for the SlimEdge are simple: It’s a single knob that you turn in one direction for a powerful stream aimed at your posterior, and in the other direction for a more gentle stream intended for delicate female parts. 

There is no warm-water option on this particular model, which might be uncomfortable for some, although I don’t mind it. The water is room temperature, cool but not (to me) cold.  My wife expressed a stronger desire for warm water.


Because we were just installing this to test it and didn’t have any particular expectations of whether it would work well or be a pleasant experience, we installed it in our secondary bathroom. 

Now I find myself going to that room whenever the need arises, which is messing somewhat with our distribution of bathroom reading material.

After a few days of using it, getting used to its particular operation and how it feels, I’m sold on the concept. It feels luxurious, even without the advanced features of higher-priced models. 

At the same time, I will probably buy one of those higher-priced models for our primary bathroom because having experienced the SlimEdge, I can see the potential pleasure, comfort, and hygienic value of some of the enhancements.


What you get at higher prices

The next level above Economy, the Luxury class, features full toilet seat replacements priced from $199 to $499. The Premiere class offers more toilet seat replacements ranging from $549 to $699. Topping the list is the IB-835 Integrated, a complete toilet replacement with the company’s most robust set of features, priced at $2,299.

The feature set increases at higher price levels, offering more spray and stream options, increasingly powerful and versatile control panels, and self-heating warm water options that don’t require the dual plumbing connections of the BB-270. Some models offer warm air drying, night lights and easy cleaning features. Most of these models require power, so look at your bathroom layout and figure out how you’re going to plug it in.

Features, depending on model, may include:

·        Warm water heated in a tank, so no plumbing connection to the hot water line is needed;
·        Options for oscillating and pulsating jets
·        Deodorizer
·        Bubble infusion (making the cleaning jet more effervescent)
·        Warm air drying
·        Heated seats
·        Remote control

The remote control features look particularly interesting to me, as it allows for placement anywhere that is convenient and removes jutting out controls on the seat itself.  




BioBidet also sells an array of accessories and spare parts on its website. It offer warranties on all of its products, but only when purchased from an authorized retailer. Warranties range from 1 to 3 years, depending on the product. 

The SlimEdge provides an inexpensive and simple introduction to the joys of using a bidet.  BioBidet is offering a giveaway for RCH readers located in the United States. The lucky winner will receive the SlimEdge, the same model featured in this review. Read on to see how you can enter to win!














One winner in the US will win a SlimEdge BioBidet, valued at $59.00.

This Giveaway ends at just before midnight ET December 23, 2018

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

The winner will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Party in Your PJs! #237 - Christmas Cookies

6 comments:
Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.






 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

Cookies to keep on hand and to swap with others are a big part of the holidays for many people.  Here are a few ideas to get things started.



Grain-Free Italian Wedding Snowballs (GF,Vegan,Paleo) ~ Strength & Sunshine
 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.