How to Make Iced Coffee at Home

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to transition from the comforting warmth of hot coffee to the refreshing coolness of iced coffee. Fortunately, this is super easy to do at home! There’s a misconception that you need cold brew K-Cups or special brew-over-ice gear, and these things are great, but you can easily make iced coffee with the things you already have. Just follow this simple process!

1. Gather materials. You’ll need a Keurig, a K-Cup, ice, a cup, whatever additions you like to put in your coffee, and a stirrer.

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2. Fill your cup with ice. Make sure it’s safe to hold hot liquids!

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3. Brew your coffee over the cup of ice. I … Read more...

Easy Appliance Cleaning!

While you’re spring cleaning everything this season, don’t neglect your appliances! It’s sometimes easy to forget these things need to be cleaned periodically in order to continue to function optimally and keep the air in your home fresh. While this is important, not everyone has time to deep clean every item in their house. So here are some quick, easy ways to get your appliances sparkling without losing the whole day.

Dishwasher

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Wipe down the sides with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. Then remove the bottom rack, and pour a cup of vinegar on the bottom of the machine. If you’re feeling frisky, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of baking soda on there.

Oven

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Mix baking soda and vinegar, and … Read more...

Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

After a harsh winter full of damaging weather and road conditions, it’s time to get your car back in shape for spring. This is going to be a season full of adventures, so we need to make sure our vehicles are ready to go. Here’s how!

1. Give it a thorough cleaning. I’m talking both interior and exterior—your car needs it. Between all the snow and ice that was coating the paint and the dirt and grime that got caked in the carpet, your car is almost definitely in need of a good wash. Start by cleaning out all the junk you’ve accumulated during the winter. What are you keeping your car that doesn’t need to be thee? Is there … Read more...

Fall Inspired Sweet Treats

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One of the best things about fall, from a food lover’s perspective, is of course the food! Below are some of our favorite apple and pumpkin inspired sweet treats this season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Caramel Apple Pie BarsSalted-Caramel-Apple-Pie-Bars

Recipe source:  Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

Shortbread Crust:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • APPLE FILLING
  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)1
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup (70g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon
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How to Pick Your Perfect Grill

 

A004_C003_0101GMNothing beats a thick, juicy burger branded with grill lines, except maybe a steak with a perfect sear! The outdoor grill is the centerpiece of the backyard kitchen. BBQ grills offer even novice home cooks a simple way to prepare delicious meals with distinctive flavors while enjoying the outdoors. Eighty percent of all households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, reports the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (H.P.B.A.).

But how do you pick the perfect grill? There are several things to consider, including the grill’s size, features and fuel type. Choosing a new grill by fuel type is most common. Whether you’re a fan of gas grills or die-hard charcoal grillmaster, we’ve got the facts you need and … Read more...

Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Top 5 Things You Need for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

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Think great friends, awesome tunes and a fabulous destination for the ultimate girls’ summer road trip! Don’t let summer pass you by without planning a great weekend getaway with your girlfriends. Leave the guys (and kids) at home and take a couple days to enjoy a carefree weekend filled with laughter and non-stop fun.

We’ve got the five top things needed for the perfect summer road trip with the girls:

1. GPS

Relying on smartphone apps for all navigation needs means trusting you’ll always be driving in an area with cellular coverage. Trust a GPS to get you where you want to go and to help you find interesting places to explore along the way. Look for a unit with … Read more...

Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Family Trips to the Cape

Family Road Trip

Pack up the kids; it’s time for the ultimate summer road trip! Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek to visit family or a week-long getaway to the Cape, look to P.C. Richard and Son for ways to keep everyone entertained as the miles roll along.

Here are 5 must-haves for a stress-free summer road trip with kids of all ages:

 

 

 

1. Keep on Track With a GPS

A quality GarminGPS navigation system with updated maps help you avoid construction and other traffic delays that can add hours to any road trip. GPS features to look for include real-time traffic updates, reliable route alternatives to avoid construction, or other traffic snarls and free map upgrades for life. While … Read more...

How to Buy the Right Type of Air Conditioner for You

 

imagesChoosing the right air conditioner unit, when central HVAC may not an option, involves several factors. To determine what type of air conditioner to buy, consider the following questions:

  • What type of window space can I install a unit in?
  • Is an in-wall or slide-out unit possible?
  • How many BTUs do I need to effectively cool the room?
  • Will it need to be portable?

You may also need to factor in the ease of installation and the energy efficiency the AC unit offers.

Window Space

Types of air conditioners vary depending upon the window space available. A vertical hung sash window that opens up and down typically can accommodate a standard window air conditioner, while a slider/casement style … Read more...

Patio Furniture – Summer Trends

It’s not too late to spruce up your yard, deck or patio! There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy the outdoors, and with the right patio furniture you can enjoy it in style. Here are some of our favorite trends we have seen this season:

The Fire Pit

Fire pits are a great place to bond with friends and family and      well worth the money.  Whether you use your fire pit in the  summer or the winter, it’s always enjoyable. During the summer  nights it’s a great place to gather and roast marshmallows and  during the colder months it’s a warm, cozy place to hang and  chat with friends without being stuck indoors. You can browse a  variety … Read more...

Outdoor Man Cave Done Right

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Who said your man cave had to be inside? You can take it outdoors and still have a large flat screen TV and serious sound system, plus a great grill for manly eats and a mini fridge to keep your favorite beverages close. You can have all these luxuries outdoors, and when done right, still create a space the whole family can use too.

Must-haves for the ultimate outdoor man cave?

  • Outdoor TV
  • Great sound system
  • Grill
  • Outdoor fridge
  • Comfortable seating

Outdoor TV vs. Indoor TV

There are signifurlicant and important differences between outdoor and indoor television sets. An all-weather outdoor TV is designed specifically to withstand outdoor conditions such as heat, humidity, dust and even bugs and it … Read more...