Great places to shop online for cheap home decor

You’d love to spruce up your home this season — OK, maybe every season — but you definitely don’t have the time or money to make a big production of it. Check out this guide to the best places to shop online for cheap home decor and accents. You’re welcome.



We’re obsessed with the flash shopping site One Kings Lane that offers daily sales from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart, vintage and market finds you won’t find in anyone else’s home and sales curated by tastemakers with amazing style sense.


The discount retailer JCPenney hardly feels like one when you feast your eyes on the amazing adds to its homewares portfolio, including pieces from Jonathan Adler, Design by Conran, Michael Graves,Martha Stewart and more. You’ll score the best deals on home accents and accessories. We’re obsessed with Jonathan Adler’s Happy Chic line which features super cute lamps, throw pillows and more. You can also get a deal on serving pieces from Michael Graves goodies.

OVERSTOCK is an amazing resource for deep discounts on all home things, from accessories to furniture—and shipping is free on everything over $50. If you’re like us, you’ll love (and keep coming back for) great deals on super high-quality bedding and towels, plus rugs.

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Matching Food With Wine

As a budding gourmet chef, you simply cannot overestimate the importance of correctly matching food with wine. It is amazing how getting this right enhances the flavor of both the food and the wine. It’s almost magic.

There are no hard and fast rules when matching food with wine, but generally speaking, dry red wines, such as Burgundy, Chianti, or Lambrusco, are served with main course red meat or dark fowl dishes.Red wines should be served at room temperature or below.


Rose is a red wine that goes well with nearly all foods and should be served chilled.

White wines, such as Chablis, Rhine, or Sauterne, go well with white meat, poultry, and seafood. White wines are always served chilled, about 50-60 degrees (15 minutes out of the refrigerator before serving).

Sherry and vermouth are generally served before meals or as cocktails.

A dessert wine, such as port, is sweet and full-bodied.


Sparkling wines, such as Champagne, may be served before, during, or after the meal. Champagne is best served cold at 45 degrees (right out of your refrigerator).

Remember, the colder a wine is, the more its aroma and flavor will be muted.

When you are serving more than one type of wine during your meal, remember to start with lighter wines and move into the heavier or more complex wines: white before red, dry before sweet, simple before complex.

Matching food with wine is both an art and a science. It is one of those areas you should never stop learning about. Every year, new vintages of wine appear. New food recipes come along all the time. You must try to keep up with it all. It’s a nasty job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Let me recommend two books. The first one is a beginners illustrated guide book about wine tasting. If you really want to go in depth to learn about wine, “The Wine Bible” is a great reference book . . .


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Marinades and Rubs

marinade pork

Pork Marinades

This meat is wonderful in tacos or tamales!

1 package of ancho paste (can use powder – 3 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon whole allspice, roasted

1 cinnamon stick-Mexican (5 inches long), roasted

6 tablespoons dried Mexican oregano, roasted

1 tablespoon cumin seeds, roasted

1 teaspoon cloves, roasted

1 teaspoon dried chile powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup of fresh orange juice

1 cup apple cider vinegar

Roast spices in oven until fragrant. When cooled, grind in a coffee grinder (used only for spices). Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture is smoothly pureed. (Can freeze, it is actually better after frozen because the flavors have blended better).

Add the mixture to the pork (approximately 4 lb. pork butt) and let marinade for at least 2 hours, or even better overnight. Use a deep pot that you can use in the oven. Cover the bottom of the pot with bananas leaves and add the marinated pork along with all its juices. Cover the pork with more banana leaves and cover with the lid of your pot.

Place the meat in a preheated over at 400 F for 2 hours or until the meat is very tender. The meat should shred easily. Take the meat out of the pot and place it in another pot. With a potato masher, mash the meat until it is well-shredded.

Leigh's Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Pork Tenderloin // The Speckled Palate

Honey-Gingered Pork Tenderloin Marinade

2 (3/4-pound) pork tenderloins

¼ cup honey

¼ cup soy sauce

1/4 cup oyster sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon catsup

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Fresh parsley sprigs

Place tenderloins in an 11x7x1 ½ baking dish. Combine honey and next 9 ingredients, stirring well; pour over tenderloins. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

Remove tenderloins from marinade, reserving marinade. Grill tenderloins over medium-hot grill turning often and basting with reserved marinade. Cook to desired doneness. I usually take it off at l50 F. Let rest 10 minutes

To serve, slice tenderloins thinly, and arrange on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley.


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Finding a good air mattress

king-size-air-mattressI sleep 8 hours a day, it means I spend a quarter of my day in bed. This translates to spending a quarter of my life lying on my back. With that I would like to make that part of my life to be the best by having a good quality king size air mattress. Here are a couple of best air mattress reviews of 2016 to look out when you decide to go and buy one.


SoundAsleep is one of my favourite air mattress. This is because I can take the mattress anywhere. I can take it for a camping trip, to a dorm room and a hotel room as I am not a fan of hotel beds. The air mattress is comfortable, durable and inflating and deflating the mattress is very easy.

Insta Raised Air Bed with Never Flat Pump

This air mattress is so comfortable that it can be used by children, grandparents and anyone who could be having a back problem. I like it because it has raised edges on it, which make it easy to get in and out of the mattress during the night. To enhance comfort, I can chose the type of firmness I want from plush to firm. The last advantage it has is that it can be inflated by the pump in as little as 3 minutes.

Intex Deluxe Pillowrest Raised Comfort

This air mattress comes with a raised pillow rest which is a bonus for me. The inbuilt pump that inflates the mattress in a few minutes. The air mattress can be used by my guests, or I take it for camping trips. The 15-gauge vinyl beams that keep the mattress stable and comfortable for me. The air mattress can carry two people as it has the capacity of carry 150 lbs.

Plush High Rise Air Mattress by Fox Air Beds

When I don’t want to spend a lot of money I get this air mattress because it is an affordable mid-range air mattress. It is strong, comfortable and provides uniform support. It is sturdier than most mattresses and has a flat surface to provide optimal back support.

Helpful guide: Choosing the best type of air mattress

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Searching for a perfect food processor

Searching for perfect food processor can be a hectic process, although there is a variety of food processors, landing on a processor that can guarantee you a reward for your money may be hectic and tedious. After trying on a variety of food processors, and undergoing several disappointments with the so called food processors, I opted to conduct a research on a reliable and multipurpose food processor. Going through expert reviews on top rated food processors, I came across Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor, which also happens to be a best choice product for many home cooks.


This food processor is easier to use and clean due to its simple and paired down design compared to other models which have multiple bowls and complex settings, furthermore, it is built more solidly making it more durable and its cost effective in terms of purchasing and maintenance. This processor is good at blending wet ingredients and ait can also process huge patches of grated cheese and shredded slaws. It can be stretched an extra mile to make dough o0n a par with a given dough speed. I can’t conclude Cuisinart Custom to be the best food processor in the market but I do recommend this product to every home cook since it can perform any task to a satisfactory degree.

Apart from Cuisinart Custom, I do also think that it’s good to check on another variety depending in your kitchen demands and satisfaction, I therefore find Breville Sous Chef Food Processor to a home cook with a desire of experience a whole new cooking adventure. It is equipped with a five multifunctional discs in addition to a triple blades outside the box. It has super wide feed chute which can take in pre-cut fruits and vegetables. This machine is equipped within LCD display for time regulation and therefore ensures that you can time its processes.

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Electric tea kettles for tea making

electric tea kettleI recently visited a friend who offered me a cup of tea. However, her tea was quite special because it had a unique sweet taste, something I have never experienced before. Excited by this experience, I was obliged to ask her what was the magic behind her cup of tea and it is then that I learnt that she was using the Cuisinart CPK-17 electric tea kettle to make her tea. She went further to explain that most people me included just put water in a kettle to boil and pour the resulting hot-water over a tea bag paying little attention on its temperature. However, different tea varieties are supposed to be brewed under different temperature conditions and a variable-temperature kettle that one is able to get the correct temperature. Since then I have been researching on the best electric tea kettle currently available in the market and come up with the following list of three.

To start with is the Hamilton Beach stainless steel electric tea kettle which I rank as the third best among variable-temperature kettle currently available in the market. This kettle comes with 1500 watts of turbo-boiling power and a 360 degree rotating base. However, the most important feature on this kettle is that it is able to automatically shut off once the preferred temperature is reached thus preventing boiling out all the water and in the process burning the kettle. It also comes with a drip free sprout which prevents messing the table cloths or even your guests. Finally this kettle is easy to use and pocket friendly.

In second position is the Chef’s Choice 681 cordless electric kettle which is made from highly brushed stainless steel giving it a stylish appearance for any kitchen. It comes with 1500 watts of turbo-boiling power and is able to hold 2 liters of water. This kettle has all the features in the Hamilton Beach such as an auto shut off and boil-dry features. However, its design and safety precaution features make the Chef’s Choice 681 to be more advanced of the two.

The best electric tea kettle currently in the market is the Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle. Like the other two, it comes with 1500 watts of turbo-boiling power and is able to hold up to 2 liters of water. However, it has more unique features such as a 6 preset heat setting allowing the user to steep teat at a perfect temperature. It also comes with a blue LED indicator making it easy to set the right temperatures required. Finally it has a classy design which makes it easy to use.

Having any of these three electric tea kettles in your kitchen will ensure that you will be able to make your tea more easily and quickly than ever before. It will also ensure that you and your guest enjoy your cup of tea all the time.

Posted in Electrical Equipments.

Two bread makers my family and I love using

bread makingMy wife and I have recently gone through a phase where we have an obsession with making our own bread. We’ve experimented with various bread makers on the market and through trial & error, I’ve come up with a list of some of my personal favorites.

I hope these brief reviews can help give you and your family a better idea of what’s out there and help you make an easier purchasing decision. Let’s jump right in!

Panasonic SD-BMT1000:

Currently this is my personal favorite, and it’s one of the best rated bread machines on the market. The first thing you might notice with the Panasonic SD-BMT1000 is it’s sleek design; the deep purple color looks amazing and it’s a nice visual addition to any kitchen.

Many people won’t care about the look and design of a bread maker though, functionality and it’s settings are the most important feature. The SD-BMT1000 certainly isn’t lacking in functionality and settings. You can bake up to 4 different types of bread with this amazing machine such as; whole wheat bread, rice bread, wheat bread, and melon bread. We’ve made pizza with it as well as other interesting treats such as mochi and udon.

If I had to recommend one bread making machine, this would certainly be at the top of my list of recommendations. I can see why numerous magazines have this product as one of the top rated bread makers on the market.

Breville BBM800X:

The Breville BBM800X was one of the first machines our family bought to make bread. Although we have since upgraded, this machine is so versatile and capable that we simply couldn’t toss it out. That’s right, we’ve kept it around and still use it although we already have a newer machine in the kitchen.

One of my favorite features of the BBM800X that I haven’t seen in many other bread makers is the automatic nut and fruits dispenser. Just toss your fruits and nuts into the canister and the machine will add them to your bread at the perfect time. This feature alone allows for some very interesting combinations and ideas to try out. I wont bore you with all the details of each setting, but the BBM800X comes with over 13 customizable settings, giving you a lot to work with.

As with the Panasonic SD-BMT1000, my family and I believe this Breville BBM800X is another one of the top rated bread makers on the market.

There are many other bread makers on the market such as highly rated Zojirushi bread machines and what suits you might not be what suits me, or vice versa. If you’re in the market though for top rated bread makers, I hope my short reviews based on my own personal experience will help you make an easier decision.

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Extreme Milkshake Recipe

Step by step tutorials on how to make an extreme milkshake recipe.


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Best espresso machines for cappuccinos and lattes!

For lovers of cappuccino and lattes, we have scintillating good news for you!It is now possible to make your favorite brew at home, in a very convenient and satisfying way.This has become a possible reality because, the best espresso makers in the market are readily available, and accessible to you!
Because making espresso requires one to invest in techno-savvy equipment, whose cost is more than your ordinary coffee-making machine, we recommend the following inputs when procuring an espresso machine:-
good espresso machine
Warranty and support
Any espresso machine review worth their salt, will tell you that a good machine includes a manufacturers undertaking, guaranteeing the product free of defects.The warranty period ranges between one to two years.SafetyThe temperatures for the exteriors of an espresso machine are very critical, for the safety of the person brewing the espresso.A status light on the machine, which lets you know when the machine is on, goes a long way in preventing accidental burns.We recommend a machine with an in-built automatic shut-off.

These indicators stand out to me when it comes to the brew produced by your espresso machine:-A balanced shot of bitter, acidic and sweet blend, and the brew should be hot, but not scolding.At the same time, there should be a thick layer of creamy froth on top.

The ease of use for an espresso machine is of paramount importance. In this regard, an automatic machine is far much better than a manual one. One does not require expertise in using the automatic espresso machine.A cup-warming tray is a convenient feature to look out because espresso cools off rapidly.Removable cup-tray, or an adjustable grouphead, which allows for bigger capacity, is recommendable.

As an espresso enthusiast, having enjoyed several cups of cappuccino, we highly recommend the following outstanding espresso machines:-De’Longhi EC155 Highly rated by both consumer reports and end-users, this espresso machine is not only pocket friendly, but is also easy to use and produces quality espresso.

Gaggia 14101 Classic
Our considered opinion is that this machine is capable of making espresso, whose quality rivals other machines whose cost is much higher.The stainless-steel housing guarantees longevity.

De’Longhi EN680
This espresso machine has a capsule mechanism which facilitates easy loading of coffee, and release of espresso by a mere touch of a button!It also has a unique way of converting your espresso into a cappuccino, or a latte.
It is my hope that with such comprehensive espresso machine review, and commendation from those of us who appreciate cappuccinos and related brew, you will confidently pick your choice.

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Wusthof Kitchen Knives: My Number One Cutlery Choice

Nothing can be more annoying like a dull kitchen knife. I just cant seem to stand it. Grrrrr! Thought of it just makes me gnash my teeth. I prefer a firm knife with great grip. Of-course there is also the aspect of knife efficiency. For me efficiency translates to being able to make straight and precise cuts. This is exactly what the Wusthof kitchen knives offer me.

Before I discovered the Wusthof set of knives, my cutlery experience was just miserable. I had gone through a series of knives that could slip or twist during cuts. The cuts weren’t coming out right; especially when slicing flat iron steak, my favorite delicacy. Enough was enough! I wasn’t going to keep up with the nuisance of poorly performing knives. I went online to check out some great knives and Wusthof kitchen knives kept turning up. The kitchen knife reviews were on top of the roof: everyone kept mentioning how good they were. I decided to give the Wusthof set of knives a try and I have never gone back on my decision since then.


What I love about the Wusthof Kitchen Knives
To begin with, I love the grip of the Wusthof knife; especially between the index finger and the thumb. The knife has also been designed in way that it further provides grip at the handle and at the bolster. The knife also offers good balance. There is not too much weight either on the handle or on the blade.

What’s more, the blade has been forged to precision. The blade features a stain resistant steel alloy coupled with high carbon content for a long lasting effect. You can sharpen it as many times as you want but the knife will still look as good as new.

How can I forget to mention the sleek, smooth finishing of the Wusthof knife. This is simply a work of art!

To sum it up in a nutshell; the Wusthof knife offered me superb grip, greater control, straighter cuts and narrower slices. My cutlery experience was transformed. Back in my nightmare days I used to take forever to chop a simple carrot or celery in to fine pieces. With the Wusthof set of kitchen knives, you will have your finely chopped celery within a blink of an eye. Simple, sleek and powerful are the words that describe the Wusthof set of knives. Visit the website

Final Verdict
If you looking for a powerful and versatile knife; Wusthof Kitchen Knife should be top on your purchase list. I can tell you from experience that this is a knife that won’t disappoint. What are you waiting for, try the Wusthof Kitchen knives and transform your cutlery experience.

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Crazy Awesome Kitchen Gadgets


Hamburger Stuffer ($17)

Forget those plain old burger patties. This gadget helps you effortless stuff your burger with cheese or vegetables for a maximum flavor boost.


Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp ($12+):

This Kickstarter project solves all your butter softening problems. Instantly take your hard, cold butter to spreadable, soft butter with this simple knife.


Banana Slicer ($10):

We know, bananas are the easiest (and softest) fruit to slice. But if you want to save yourself two seconds and have an adorable looking tool in your kitchen gadget drawer, this one’s for you.


One Stop Shop Cutting Board ($40):

We’re obsessed with organizing, and this compartmentalized chopping board is no exception. It lets you organize your veggies as you chop them! Buh-bye, extra dishes.

More awesome kitchen gadgets here..

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Buying my new cookware

When I started shopping for new cookware to spruce up my kitchen, there were a lot of things that I needed to know. There were many options for me to choose and this made things even harder. Apart from knowing the type of material that is ideal for my cooking needs, I also wanted to get the best pots and pans for my money. So what I did was to turn to the top cookware reviews to help me make a good buying decision. I was able to learn from the people who shared their experiences, and this information proved to be invaluable.


For starters, I learnt that each type of material will work differently, and some cookware conducts heat better than others. In addition, certain metals will react with foods that are acidic and so it would not be good for cooking tomato sauces in them. Another thing I needed to consider was that some products are extremely durable and I could easily care for them. When it came to pricing, I learnt that the most expensive pots and pans were not always the best and that I could get a good deal at an affordable price.

I have seen many cooking shows in which the chef promotes a certain brands, which helps to make them popular in the market. However, being a popular product doesn’t make it better than other less popular brands. It doesn’t matter whether the cookware is professional looking because I was advised to look for a product that just right for me. Perhaps the best piece of advice that I got was to choose my pots and pans based on the things that I loved cooking. After gathering all this information, I was confident when I went shopping and now I have the best pots and pans that money can buy.

Related website: Cook with tina

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How We Started Selling The Best Cooked Rice In Town

After my wife and I came for our retirement, having been in a very busy sector, we thought to ourselves that we needed something we could do to keep us busy. Our children were no longer living with us and we knew if we were not going to strategize on we were going to spent the rest of our lives, we were in for tough times ahead. We had saved quite amount of money, and my wife having been in the hotels industry, she suggested we open a restaurant in town. I agreed, but under one condition; since I wanted our business to be a little bit different from the rest, I told her that we were going to majorly deal with rice. She supported it and we immediately embarked on the whole planning. It was only after three days and we had managed to identify one of the best spots in town, and two days later everything were set to go. However, since we wanted to be ahead of the rest and through a number of advices we got from friends, we had acquired the best rice cooker brands on the market.


To cut the story short; it is now over 5 months since we put up the restaurant and what we have been able to net is simply unbelievable; The high quality rice we cook has seen us edge well over other key players in the industry. Ultimately, we are doing great as business, thanks to the best rice cooker brands in the market we are currently using, the restaurant receives well over 200 customers every single day. With all that we have been able to achieve, we are not even going to stop there; we are planning to open another 2 fast food outlets in town. I tell you, for us, the sky is the limit.

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