30 2015 Sep

Fast and Furious Yard Clean Up Tools!

4113Wt94fVL._SL210_It seems like it was just yesterday and it was 85 degrees outside but have you stepped outdoors lately?  The leaves have started falling everywhere on the decks, the porches, and the patios not to mention all over the shrubbery and the walkways.  It’s time to dig out the yard clean up tools and check to see that your trusty tools are working.  But alas, there is nothing more daunting than the whirring sound as you pull that cord to no avail.  You try checking the gas, the oil, the switch, the rope…anything to get the darn thing working.  Nothing works, and then you remember how many years you’ve had this machine and decide to order a new one.  Where to start, Carolina Home and Garden Products catches your attention so you begin there.  Finding a list of popular 3 in 1 Vacuum, Blower, Mulcher machines made by companies such as Black & Decker, WORX, Lawn Master, Remington, Troy-Bilt and Husqvarna, they range in price anywhere from $65 – $300 depending on the features you are looking for in your purchase.  Being sure to check out the Best Review guide to learn which machine will best fit your needs decides for you!  Soon, you’ll be ready once again to tackle that dreaded fall clean up!

29 2015 Sep

Tips on Bread Making Machines for This Fall’s Baking

PAC-20 Bread MakerEach fall as the temperature outside drops I head to the kitchen to bake, and, ever since discovering luxurious bread making machines, the job is so much easier!  Whether I’m looking to bake a simple loaf of white, wheat or rye, or am eagerly trying out a new recipe for brown nut bread, a cranberry orange or some variety of pumpkin, the bread making machine turns hours into what seems like just minutes.  Having the right machine for you is, of course, a must!  Some of the favorites rated by Best Reviews are:

Zojirushi Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker with Gluten Free Menu Setting is of consistent quality, bakes a variety of breads, doughs and cakes and bakes everything evenly every time.

Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser is easy to clean, with a non-stick inner bake pan from a quality company.  It boasts a 2 ½ pound capacity and is reasonably priced.

Cuisinart Programmable Breadmaker is a deluxe stainless steel machine with a variety of settings including pasta and gluten free.

Two machines priced under $75 are the Sunbeam Programmable Breadmaker, a good basic white plastic 12 setting machine, and the Oster Expressbake Breadmaker a lightweight easy to use machine with Teflon coated baking surfaces.

Happy Baking!

29 2015 Sep

It’s Time for a Color Boost!

Benjamin Moore Color SamplesIf you’re thinking it’s time for a color boost, try embracing one of the newest neutrals to freshen up and add warmth to your home.  Behind every color there is white or gold.  White gives off a cool clear vibe whereas gold gives off a warm comfortable feel.  What ‘feel’ are you going for in your room or house?  What do you want people to ‘feel’ when they walk in the front door of your home?  The warm neutrals so popular this fall say creamy, subtle, soft and comfortable.  So check out some of these paint colors but, while you are at it, don’t forget to add some fresh new textiles…pillows, wall hangings and those ever popular throws to snuggle up with on the couch!

Combine some of these colors to maximize that impression!
Apple Cider from Olympic – Amber from Benjamin Moore – Artic Tern from Nautica at Home – Deckled Edge from Ralph Lauren Paint – London Stone from Farrow & Ball

29 2015 Sep

Gourmet Foods for the Perfect Tailgate Party

Bull's Eye barbecue sauceIt’s football season and, whether you’re rooting for a team south of the Carolina border or north, football means a tailgate party!  What better way to have fun than to embrace All Things Carolina as you lay out your tailgate spread.  From Carolina garnet and black decorations in the south to Carolina blue and white in the north, check out items on our website from vendors like Creative Converting.

While you’re at it, add some spice by taking along a bottle of Bull’s Eye North Carolina Style Regional Barbecue Sauce, CATTLEMEN’S Master’s Reserve Carolina Tangy Gold BBQ Sauce or the hottest of them all Reaper Sling Blade Hot Sauce – Made with the Carolina Reaper! by CaJohns. Enjoy the GAME but be sure to enjoy the TAILGATE!  Also, consider using BBQ smoking wood chips for flavor.