Forget the oven, the absolute best way to cook pizza at home is on a hot grill. If you’ve tried pizza cooked on your bbq, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. If you’ve yet to try grilled pizza, you're in for a real treat. Unlike ovens, which can only reach temperatures around 450°F, grills can get as high as 600°F. That’s not quite as hot as an actual pizza oven, but it’s getting there. The grills high direct heat is perfect for..Read More
When my husband and I moved into our house seven years ago, we knew the kitchen was small, and we arrived prepared... with black plastic pegboard. At just under $6 per piece, this pegboard can be hung anywhere you have some extra wall space, without looking like you're ready to hang up your hammers.
We hung nine pieces of pegboard in a diagonal pattern down one side of the stairwell that leads from our kitchen down to the basement. Easily..Read More
Some people drink hot coffee year-round, but if you’re like me, you switch to iced coffee in the summer and keep the hot stuff for when it's cold outside. Cold brew has been the rage for a while now - it is known for having a lighter, smoother finish and cleaner taste compared to chilled traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew is easy to make at home - simply steep your coffee grounds in water on your counter overnight, then filter out the..Read More
Picking lightbulbs isn’t as simple as it used to be. In the past, pretty much the only choice you faced was whether to get a bayonet or screw mount. However, the rising popularity of energy efficient bulbs has added a fair degree of complexity to the task of lighting your home.
Fortunately, eco-friendly light bulbs are totally worth the added effort. Not only are they better for the environment, they also last considerably longer than..Read More
I got my first pair of glasses when I was 12. They were a no-nonsense metal-framed pair that were chosen on my behalf. Since then—despite a few short-lived dalliances with contact lenses—I’ve pretty much worn glasses everyday since.
I’ve had to buy a total of three pairs of glasses in my life and let me tell you, picking a new pair of specs is not easy. Considering that your going to be wearing them pretty much all the time, it’s important to..Read More
Look I get it, preparing a packed lunch every morning is hard and just buying lunch everyday is so easy! I've justified spending a few dollars on a lunchtime sandwich to myself more times than I can count. However, while spending $8 on a sandwich and drink at lunchtime seems reasonable in the moment, buying lunch five days a week really starts to add up. That’s a lot of money that could be better spent. Additionally, store bought food is often..Read More
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little coffee obsessed. Nothing gets me going in the morning like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, conversely, nothing grosses me out more than peering into my coffee machine and seeing limescale build-up. When I lived in Boston I never have had to contend with this icky issue, however since moving to the UK, where the water is harder than a Swedish death metal band, it’s become a distressingly regular..Read More
Many people are intimidating by using sharp knives when preparing food, but it may surprise you to know that dull knives are far more dangerous. Dull blades require more force to cut through food and are hard to control. So, if you spend any time in the kitchen here's how to keep your knives razor sharp.
Honing vs sharpening
The difference between honing and sharpening is pretty straightforward. Sharpening involves grinding away portions of the..Read More
1. Figure out what you have.
Take inventory of your savings, investments, property, cash that's hiding under the mattress, and anything else you might have. The more accuate (and honest) you are, the easier it will be to set up a realistic and succesfull budget.
2. Estimate how much you'll earn this year.
Easier said than done. If you have one fixed income source, you probably already have a good idea of what you take home each month. For..Read More