All about fans

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2015 02:09 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2015 08:58 AM by Blogger

fan-blades.jpgIf you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!


Everything you need to know about cookware for your induction range

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2015 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎06-19-2015 03:08 PM by Editor in Chief

induction-range.jpgIf you've just upgraded to an amazing new induction range, you might be happy to know you'll also have to upgrade to new cookware. Induction ranges work with only two types of cookware, cast iron and stainless steel, and there's a lot of choice for both. Here's a look at the cookware essentials you'll need when upgrading to an induction range.


Summer means renovating: make the time to redo your basement

by Blogger ‎06-14-2015 03:42 PM - edited ‎06-15-2015 07:31 PM

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My parents are using the hot months of the summer to redo their den. I have fond memories of the cool basement, so I'm happy to help. I'm glad Best Buy has all the upgrades we need!


Review: blend like a boss with the Breville Boss Super Blender

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2015 09:32 PM - last edited on ‎05-22-2015 10:42 AM by Editor in Chief

breville-blender.jpgThere are some small kitchen appliances you just can’t help get really excited about. For some people that appliance might be a crockpot, for others a bread maker. At my house, we always get a real kick out of blenders. That could be because we’ve had some real stinkers over the years, where you can literally see the blades struggling to cut through whatever we’ve put in the bowl and you can smell the blender’s motor as it burns out. Yes, I’ve killed off a few blenders in my time, so I’ve been really impressed with how far blenders have come over the past few years, and even more impressed when I gave the Breville Boss Super Blender a run through for a few days.


Induction cooking: what is it and is it for you?

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2015 08:11 AM - last edited on ‎05-20-2015 09:14 AM by Editor in Chief


Induction cooking is one of the many ways you can cook your meals today. Because I had no idea what induction cooking was all about, I had to do some research to learn about everything induction cooking has to offer. Let me tell you, I found out it has some great benefits, so read on to see if an induction cooker is right for you.


Review: Healthy Cooking with the Breville Health Smart Steamer

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2015 08:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-15-2015 06:06 PM by Blogger

Breville.jpgIf you’re at all into healthy eating, or even if you just happen to have flipped through the pages of a healthy eating magazine at some point in the past few years, you’ve likely heard all about food steamers. Because they eliminate the need to cook with oils or unnecessary additives, they’re said to be the bee’s knees when it comes to healthy cooking. So, given the fact that bathing suit season is right around the corner and I’ve recently launched myself into an epic mission to get in shape and slim down in record time, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review the Breville Health Smart Steamer.


Review: Great meals made fast or slow with the Breville Fast Slow Cooker

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2015 09:19 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:05 PM by Editor in Chief

breville-cooker.jpgWhen I was asked to try out the Breville Fast Slow Cooker I couldn't wait. There is a sense of accomplishment I feel when I am extremely organized and think to put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning so dinner is ready when we get home at the end of a long day. Any busy family will love this appliance since it can make a whole meal in one pot with easy clean up.



Breville Sous Chef Food Processor Review

by Blogger on ‎05-11-2015 04:05 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief


Today I bring you news of the Breville Sous Chef Food Processor, which might just be the best food processor in the history of food processors! OK, that may or may not be the case, but I'm going to tell you right up front that I really like this machine! If you'd like to know why, simply click through and read on and I'll tell you all about the many great features and benefits of this amazing Breville food preparation system. But be warned: If you do venture inside, you're almost guaranteed to come away wanting one of these food processors, so enter at your own risk!


Dyson's 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner: a new intelligent robot capable of cleaning properly

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 03:41 PM - last edited on ‎05-05-2015 03:44 PM by Editor in Chief

dyson eye1.jpgRecently James Dyson revealed Dyson’s latest technology to the world via a media event in Tokyo. He launched the machine many have been eagerly anticipating—the Dyson robot vacuum cleaner.  After years of intensive research and development, we are launching an intelligent, cyclonic, robot vacuum that is capable of cleaning properly: the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner


A brief history of blenders

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 08:19 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2015 10:28 AM by Blogger

hamilton.jpgSome days I look around my kitchen and think how lucky we are to have all of the kitchen gadgets we have now. Unlike our grandparents, we really don't really have to do anything by hand when it comes to food preparation in the kitchen. Take milkshakes and smoothies for example—with how popular they have become over the past few years, can you imagine trying to make one without a blender? A blender can chop, puree and blend in seconds, and the only way I can imagine making my favourite smoothie without one is using a potato masher. Can you imagine? There’s just something about that picture that doesn't seem something quite right.


Review: You'll never buy pasta again when you have the Phillips Pasta Maker

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎05-12-2015 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief


There is something about pasta that’s comfort food to me, especially in a cream sauce with mushrooms and asparagus. Pasta is a family favourite at my house, and because it’s my go to for entertaining and so easy to make on a busy night, I make it often. Fresh pasta is better than store bought pasta any day, so when given the opportunity to test the Phillips Pasta Maker, I was all in.


Why upgrading your stove will make you a happier person

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 04:13 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2015 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief


It’s pretty unbelievable how much our favourite appliances have changed over the years … Let’s take a look at the heart of the modern kitchen—the stove, and see how it’s progressed in being the powerhouse appliance that we’ve all come to love!



Evolution of the Washer & Dryer: When is it Time for an Upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 04:05 AM - last edited on ‎04-29-2015 03:17 PM by Editor in Chief


Have you ever stopped to think of just how far washers and dryers have come over the last few years? Or the last few decades? Today I take a brief trip back in time to see just how far these appliances have come and to ask the question, when is it time for a washer & dryer upgrade? Join me inside and prepare to be thankful for all the work that these amazing machines do! After all, it wasn't so very long ago that most of these tasks were either done by hand or simply not done at all!


A brief history of mixers

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 01:01 AM - last edited on ‎05-22-2015 01:02 PM by Editor in Chief

stand-mixer.jpgWe rely on, and come into contact with, so many modern conveniences on a daily basis that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that not all that long ago many of those conveniences had not yet been imagined, let alone invented. Take the electric mixer for example. Can you fathom making cookie dough or whipping cream entirely by hand? I certainly can’t. Electric mixers are a staple in almost every kitchen, but have only been around for about 100 years, and surprisingly, their history is much more interesting than you would have thought.


How to choose appliances for your home

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2015 11:28 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief


Choosing kitchen appliances can be intimidating.  After all, you want an appliance that has multiple useful functions, one that fits with your existing kitchen or possibly into a reno, and to top it all off it’s a major expenditure so you want something that’s going to be a good value for your money. We’ve got some tips for picking those big ticket items.


Moving tips: Major appliances

by Blogger ‎04-27-2015 08:40 PM - edited ‎04-28-2015 09:40 AM


So, you’ve made the big decision—you’re moving! As anyone who has moved before can attest to, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to physically transporting your belongings, such as how to best pack up your kitchen, or move your TV and home theatre. Perhaps the most significant consideration when moving however, is what do with your large, very expensive major appliances. If you’re moving and have been thinking about this, read on as I have some helpful tips!




Take a walk through the history of Kenwood Appliances

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:56 PM - last edited on ‎04-24-2015 03:02 PM by Editor in Chief

kenw0od.jpgDid you know there are two Kenwood companies? The Kenwood Corporation that sells audio products, and Kenwood Limited, a company that’s been modernizing the kitchen since 1947. Kenneth Maynard Wood of Britain founded Kenwood Limited, and working from his garage, he set out to revolutionize how people perform tasks in their kitchens.


Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A tablets are family focused

by Blogger on ‎04-23-2015 01:01 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 04:16 PM by Editor in Chief

taba.jpgSamsung’s built a tablet business with models that cater to specific users and their needs. Their Tab Pro line was designed around corporate users as well as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. Samsung has now created the Galaxy Tab A line of 8” and 9.7” tablets designed specifically for families and home users.


Energy Star compliant appliances save energy all year long

by Blogger on ‎04-16-2015 01:11 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:13 PM by Editor in Chief


A kitchen renovation may boost your mood, but there’s another area that a renovated kitchen with new appliances can give you a boost, and that’s in your wallet. How exactly? Energy Star compliant appliances use less electricity than your older appliances, and even if your fridge, stove, or washer and dryer are only 10 years old, you’d be amazed at how efficient new appliances are in comparison.


Upgrade your fridge: From Mad Men-era features to today's high tech options

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2015 11:47 AM - last edited on ‎04-15-2015 04:21 PM by Editor in Chief


A refrigerator is one of the biggest big ticket items you'll buy, and for many of us we may only buy a new one once or twice in our lifetimes.  So what features are worth looking at in today's modern fridges?  There's no better way to highlight what's new, than looking at what's now old news when it comes to fridge technology.


Moving Tips: What To Do When Packing Up Your Kitchen!

by Blogger on ‎04-14-2015 05:11 AM - last edited on ‎04-28-2015 12:21 PM by Editor in Chief


Having moved a fair bit in recent years, I have discovered that moving is a lot like Spring cleaning. In each case, some things simply must go, and other things are definitely worth keeping. In the case of moving, some of the things getting weeded out should be replaced, and in today's blog I examine the packing ordeal! Read on for a brief S & A: Suggestions & Answers!  


BBQ 101: Should You Choose a Propane, Electric, or Portable Unit?

by Blogger on ‎04-10-2015 10:58 AM - last edited on ‎05-01-2015 08:49 AM by Blogger



When it comes to choosing a brand new BBQ, there's certainly a lot of choice available these days! And I'm not merely referring to the significant quantity of individual BBQ models that are out there, but also to the 3 main types of BBQs that are available to select among: Propane, Electric, & Portable. For this reason, today I explore some of the good, the bad, and the yummy considerations for each of the major BBQ types!


Spring cleaning survival guide

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2015 11:50 AM - last edited on ‎04-09-2015 11:58 AM by Editor in Chief

BBY_Spring_Clean.jpgWhere do you get started when you want to kick your spring season off with a bang? I think everyone should begin by saying goodbye to the winter dust bunnies in your house and greet spring with a good round of spring-cleaning, and this spring cleaning survival guide will get you from floors to windows in a flash. 


Discover the Philips Airfryer Viva Deep Fryer: A Different Kind of Cooking Experience!

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2015 12:53 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 03:11 PM by Editor in Chief


Today I examine the Philips Airfryer Viva Deep Fryer, which is a very unique appliance that I was particularly interested in testing when recently given the opportunity. If you'd like to achieve the same delicious effect of deep frying your food, but without all the oil (and generally producing an overall healthier meal), then this counter top cooker may well be for you! Simply click on through for the full results of the extensive tests that my wife and I put this machine through, along with my ultimate recommendation of whether or not this particular appliance is worthy of a purchase!


Shelly's Friday Favourites Whips Up WeMo Slow Cooker Lasagna

by Blogger on ‎04-04-2015 08:10 AM - last edited on ‎04-06-2015 10:21 AM by Editor in Chief

wemo-crockpot.JPGWhen I first heard about the Belkin WeMo Smart Wifi Slow Cooker, I knew this Smart Home appliance would be something I’d like. With built-in Wifi, I could turn the slow cooker on and off remotely, and I can’t begin to describe how excited I was about that. No more overcooking! Read on for the recipe I tried out in the Belkin WeMo Slow Cooker.


Get Multi-Cooking with the Philips Multicooker

by Blogger ‎04-03-2015 10:14 AM - edited ‎05-01-2015 08:32 AM

philips-pasta.jpgThere are a lot of different ways you can cook in your kitchen, and I mean a lot: from stoves and convection ovens to microwaves and crockpots, the choices are limitless. Because there are so many different appliances designed for so many different purposes, you have to be choosy about what takes up your kitchen real estate. But as I found out while testing the Philips Avance Multicooker, some small appliances may only take up a tiny spot on your counter, but they make a huge impact on how easy it is to go about day-to-day tasks.


mature-couple.jpgWhat’s your favourite gift to give at a wedding? Most people have a standard gift, something like gift cards or a small appliance, that they like to give the happy couple just starting out. But what if the happy couple is a little older, a little wiser, and is getting married for the second time around? If you’re not sure what to get the happy couple who has been together for a long time but is only now tying the knot, here are a few great wedding gifts for the mature couple getting married.



Get cooking with the Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2015 08:09 PM - last edited on ‎03-16-2015 11:42 AM by Editor in Chief

Kenwood-Immersion-Blender.jpgAfter I tested the Kenwood Blend X-Pro last week, I realized the latest blenders have more functions than almost any other appliance in my kitchen. Now that I’ve tried out the Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender, I’m really in awe of how far blenders have come in the past five years. 


You'll have blending power to spare with the Kenwood Blend X-Pro

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2015 05:26 PM - last edited on ‎03-16-2015 11:50 AM by Editor in Chief

blender.jpgLately I’ve been noticing how my trusty old blender wouldn’t grind up almonds, and it struggled with anything other than the most basic of smoothies. As for frozen fruit, forget it, and it has never been the greatest when it comes to crushing ice either.  That’s why when I was asked to review the Kenwood Blend X-Pro blender, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to see what the difference was between a basic blender and one that’s designed to do a little bit of everything and do it well.


Pre-Wedding Juicing

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 09:12 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2015 11:06 AM by Editor in Chief

Green-Smoothie.jpgWeddings are stressful. The litany of decisions that have to be made leading up to the big day is seemingly endless. What font to use on the invites? What colour dress is the bride going to wear: white, almost white, somewhat white, kinda white, not super white but can pass as white, red? What about catering and decorations? Chocolate cake or vanilla cupcakes? What about flowers? The list goes on. And to add even more stress, whether you’re the bride, the groom, or in the bridal party, you’re going to be photographed more in the span of a few hours than ever before, so you know you’re going to want to look your best. That’s where juicing comes in.


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