Hamilton Beach 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker Review & Giveaway

hamilton beach logoI received a Hamilton Beach 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach in exchange for this review and giveaway. However, all opinions are my own.

I have been looking for a new slow cooker ever since my old one stopped working, so I was happy to get one of these Hamilton Beach 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cookers to review. When I worked outside the home, I used a slow cooker almost every day. I cooked all sorts of things in them, from soups and stews, to chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, and even baked potatoes. It was nice to come home from a long day at work, and have dinner ready to eat when I got there.

The lid has a slot for your spoon, so you won't leave it behind when you go to a potluck.

The lid has a slot for your spoon, so you won’t leave it behind when you go to a potluck.

I love the features of this slow cooker: It has clamps that hold the lid down tight, so that you can transport your slow cooker meal if you are taking it to a potluck or family get together. A slot in the handle of the lid holds your spoon securely so you won’t forget to take it with you or bring it back home.

6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker

6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker

You can set the slow cooker to cook by time, or use the temperature probe to cook the food to the desired temperature, or just set manually to cook on Low or High. Either way, this small appliance works for you to give you more time to do other things, whether you work outside the home, are a stay at home mom, or like me, you are retired. I would much rather be sewing or watching a movie than worrying over cooking dinner.

The large 6 quart capacity allows me to cook up a whole chicken, which is enough for me and Fabgrandpa and company, or enough chicken for 3 or 4 meals for just the two of us. That means I can cook once, and clean up once, and eat several times. Now THAT is truly a time saver for me.  Take a look at the video to see how easy it is to use:

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The Velocity 17 Ladder System from Little Giant Ladders

I received product from Little Giant Ladders for this review.

velocity little giant Since we had some house remodeling projects coming up, when I was asked to review this versatile ladder system from Little Giant Ladder Systems, I said, ok, why not? Although I thought it would be strange for an old lady to talk about ladders, once it arrived, I saw that it could be very useful.

Velocity Model 17

Velocity Model 17

The Velocity Type 1A Model 17 from Little Giant has these features:

Aluminum construction for 20% less weight than competing ladders.

Rock Locks: Convenient Rock Lock™ push button adjustment.

Tip & Glide Wheels makes it easy to move around.

OSHA Rated to hold up to 300 lbs.

Dual pin hinge for increased stability and convenience

Your purchase includes a full Lifetime Warranty.

Fabgrandpa and I video-ed setting it up as an adjustable step ladder from the locked storage position. After he had the ladder set up, I was able to close it up and move it by myself because it has wheels on it.  If I can do that, just about anyone can. Although this ladder weighs 35 pounds, I did not have to lift it or exert much effort to roll it over to lean it on the wall for storage.


You can purchase the Little Giant Ladders at LittleGiant.com, Amazon.com
and at HomeDepot.com.

Home Improvements: Choosing Paint Colors

The Paint Department at Home Depot

The Paint Department at Home Depot

We were back at Home Depot to look for paint colors for the kitchen and dining room. These “rooms” are really just different areas of the same open space that also includes our living room. I had no idea really what colors I wanted to use, so before we went to HD, I started out looking at fabric for making new curtains.

This may be a backwards way of doing things but to me, fabric is inspiring. Looking at different fabrics and the colors in them helps me get an idea of what would look good together. So, there I was shopping online, looking at Batik fabrics. I saw Hoffman Batiks’s Sweetpea design, and it was just what I was looking for.

Hoffman Fabrics Sweetpea Batik

Hoffman Fabrics Sweetpea Batik

There are several colors in this design that I could have gone with, including pink, coral, violet, cream, green, and gray. I decided to take my fabric to Home Depot with me and look at different paint colors beside it. Home Depot’s Paint Department has lots of colors from which to choose.

Look at all those different colors!

Look at all those different colors! And that is only half of them.

Once I was in the store, it was still not easy to decide on colors. They do make it a bit easier, though, because they have great florescent lighting in that area, and counter nearby where you can put the object or items that you want to match along with your paint chip cards. I chose several similar colors to place side by side with my fabric.

At Home Depot picking out colors. Taking my fabric with me helped me choose a good color for my kitchen walls.

At Home Depot picking out colors. Taking my fabric with me helped me choose a good color for my kitchen walls.

As in the other departments we had visited at our local Home Depot store, there was a very helpful store employee, Jennifer, who was able to help me narrow my choices down to just a couple. She did tell me she couldn’t pick my colors for me, though! While I was busy choosing colors, Fabgrandpa was talking to Jennifer about different types of paint and different brands of paint. He decided on Glidden Latex Enamel with primer in the paint for the kitchen, so we wouldn’t have to do a separate primer coat when we started putting paint on the walls. For the dining room, he chose Glidden Matte Finish Latex paint.

My final color choices

My final color choices

My final color choices were Coral Serenade for the kitchen, and Tate Olive for the adjoining dining room wall. What do you think of these color choices?

 

The Best Of Me In Theaters October 17: ProFlowers Best of Me Bouquet Giveaway

I received a floral bouquet Courtesy of Relativity Media and ProFlowers

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If you like Nicholas Sparks, you are in for a treat this Friday when The Best of Me, a movie based on the bestseller book by the same name, comes out in theaters. The movie tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two high school sweethearts who find each other and reunite after 20 years. They meet up when they return to their hometown for the funeral of a dear mutual friend. While meeting again after all that time re-ignites the long lost love, they soon discover the same forces that drove them apart in the past are still alive and pose serious threats in the present.

This epic love story captures the enduring power of a first true love, and the heart wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.  The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan,Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

The Best of Me in theaters October 17

The Best of Me in theaters October 17

The Best of Me has partnered with ProFlowers to bring you “The Best of Me” bouquet, inspired by the film and brought to you by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks. “The Best of Me” bouquet draws from the film’s picturesque garden scene, where the two main characters unite to give their love a second chance. Reaffirm your own love, just like the characters in the movie, and shop “The Best of Me” bouquet.

The Best of Me Bouquet from ProFlowers

The Best of Me Bouquet from ProFlowers

WIN It: One reader will win The Best of Me Bouquet to send to their love, and a copy of The Best of Me novel by Nicholas Sparks! This prize  is valued at $90. The bouquet includes:

  • 8 red roses
  • 5 burgundy gerrondo gerber daisies
  • 5 lavender spray stock
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Home Improvements: Installing The New Windows

The last time I wrote about our home improvement projects, I told you that the window installers had called and made an appointment for October 7.  The only thing that Fabgrandpa and I had to do to prepare for them to get to work once they arrived was to take all the curtains down off the wall. We did that as soon as we got up and dressed on the 7th.

Fabgrandpa took all the curtains down the morning the installers were to arrive.

Fabgrandpa took all the curtains down the morning the installers were to arrive.

And, because I had never had windows installed before, I did not how much of a mess the workers would be making. So, with that in mind, I covered my sewing table with my sewing machine and some fabric and projects on it with a drop cloth just in case.

I covered my sewing area with a plastic drop cloth.

I covered my sewing area with a plastic drop cloth.

At about 8:15 a.m. we heard a knock on the door, and the three woman work crew introduced themselves to let us know they would be getting right to work. Now, I had assumed that a male work crew would be coming out to do this work. I am not prejudiced, it’s just that I have never seen an all female construction crew before. These gals got right to work, and before I could get a cup of coffee made, they had the first two old windows out of the wall!

One of the ladies taking screws out of the old window in the living room.

One of the ladies taking screws out of the old window in the living room.

Another thing that surprised me is that the only thing holding the windows in the wall were two screws, one on each side of the window. Once the two screws were out, they just lifted the old windows out of the hole.

Another one of the ladies taking the old window out of the wall.

Another one of the ladies taking the old window out of the wall.

The new windows went into the existing portals perfectly, thanks to the exact measurements taken earlier and verified.

The new window set in the cutout, waiting to be screwed in and caulked.

The new window set in the cutout, waiting to be screwed in and caulked.

After the new windows were set into the holes, and the screws set in the frames, they caulked all around the sashing of the window. These new windows will be so much more energy efficient than the old ones.

Almost finished.

Almost finished.

After the windows were set into the wall and secured in, one of the ladies started making the metal flashing to wrap around the existing wooden flashing. This will make the existing trim match the new windows, and will never have to be painted. It also will not rust or rot! I was really fascinated with the procedure of making the flashing. It started out as flat metal sheets. Then, Madeline worked her magic, cutting and folding the metal to meet exacting measurements.

 

The flashing fit perfectly. She told me she has been doing this type of work for more than 14 year . She is good at it for sure!

When the workers were almost finished working, someone from Home Depot called to inquire if the crew arrived on time, if they were cleaning up after themselves, and if we were satisfied with the work so far. Then when the last window and piece of flashing was installed, Madeline called Home Depot to report that they were finished. After she did her report, she put me on the phone with the customer service rep from Home Depot so that I could tell her if I was satisfied with the job, and if the crew had finished cleaning up after themselves. This installation could not have been done any easier, faster, and more to my satisfaction, at all.

New window installed and trimmed--it is beautiful!

New window installed and trimmed–it is beautiful!

I would recommend using Home Depot for any home improvement job, start to finish. AND, if anyone who is a reader is thinking of buying an installation service of roofing, siding, windows, home insulation, water treatment or a gutter/leaf protection project with Home Depot, and use my referral code of 7809369, I will receive a referral fee.

POWER UP Halloween With Power Rangers SuperMegaforce Costumes

An Interview With Pink Potato Super Girl:

 

 I received product from Saban Brands for this review.

These adorable costumes from Saban Brands really do give kids super powers. As soon as my grandchildren, Owen and Amelia, put them on, their super pretend and imagination powers took over. Amelia told us she was a Pink Potato Girl, with potato super powers. She could fight crime with mashed potatoes, but she wouldn’t hurt anyone by throwing potatoes at them.

The Pink Power Ranger Costume comes with a cute mask.

The Pink Power Ranger Costume comes with a cute mask.

Owen was a super fast train man–he loves trains and fans, so everything he does is train related. He loved the stuffed “muscles” and “abs” of this costume, and flexed his arms a la “Hans & Frans” several times for us. He spent a lot of time running around the yard, saving crickets and grasshoppers.

Owen disguised as Super Train Man, flexing his

Owen disguised as Super Train Man, flexing his “Muscles”

Daddy even got into the act, donning Amelia’s mask to see if it would give him super potato powers too:

Daddy Tries out the Pink Power Ranger Mask. No potato powers for him, though.

Daddy Tries out the Pink Power Ranger Mask. No potato powers for him, though.

I can not remember another time when we had so much fun just sitting on the porch watching the grandchildren in their pretend world. You can make sure your kids get their super powers revved up this Halloween with these cute costumes. They come in sizes from 2T to L (10-12) for both girls and boys.

Super Megaforce Classic Costumes

Pink Power Ranger Costume for Girls

Pink Power Ranger Costume for Girls

 

Red & Blue Power Rangers Costumes for Boys

Red & Blue Power Rangers Costumes for Boys

Price: $29.99

Retailers: Available at Amazon, Spirit Halloween, Party City and Kmart among other retailers

Description: This Halloween your children can morph into the Red, Blue or Pink Ranger with a Power Rangers jumpsuit with muscle torso arms (for boy costumes only) and, attached belt with detachable belt buckle and character mask (toy weapon not included). This costume style is available in sizes S (4-6), M (7-8) and L (10-12) for boys, and S (4-6x), M (7-8) and L (10-12) for girls.

Power Rangers Super Megaforce Toddler Muscle Costumes

toddler costumesPrice: $27.99

Retailer:Amazon, Party City, Spirit Halloween, Numerous Halloween Retailers & Online E-Tailers

Description: Your toddler can POWER UP this Halloween with a Red, Blue or Silver Ranger Muscle Halloween costume. Each costume comes with a jumpsuit with muscle torso and arms, attached belt with soft buckle and soft character headpiece (soft toy weapon not included). This costume style is available in sizes for toddlers S (2T), M (3T-4T) and L (4-6) for boys.

Power Rangers Pink Ranger Super Megaforce Tutu Dress Costume

Girls Pink Power Rangers TuTu Dress Costume

Girls Pink Power Rangers TuTu Dress Costume

Price: $57.99

Retailer: Amazon and Online E-Tailers

Description: Your little girl can POWER UP like a Power Ranger princess this Halloween with the Prestige Pink Ranger Super Megaforce Halloween costume. This costume comes with a tutu dress with zipper closure and attached belt, detachable belt buckle and character headband. This costume style is available in sizes for toddlers XS (3T-4T), S (4-6x) and M (7-8) for girls.

Every Halloween, the Power Rangers share important safety tips with fans to use while trick-or-treating.Check out this year’s message in the video below:

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