5 Must Have Kitchen Essentials for this Fall

I don’t know about you, but I am SO excited for Fall this year! September 24th is the first day, and you all know what that means: Warm soups, hot chocolate, cuddly blankets, and that is just the beginning. With this cozy season being just around the corner, all the festive Fall recipes are coming out! Here are the must have kitchen essentials you will need to create those dang-good recipes!

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Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

No matter what age you are, a CrockPot or slow cooker is one of the easiest appliances to have. Seriously, all you do is throw all the ingredients in, walk away, and let it do the rest! As a college student, this was my favorite appliance to use! Some of my favorite recipes I have done are beef stew, chicken tortilla soup, and macaroni and cheese! Yes, you heard me right. Macaroni and cheese. You can get a slow cooker at almost any home store, like Wal-Mart of Target. I will link where I got mine here!







Cast Iron Skillet

Honestly, before I met my husband, I had never used a cast iron skillet before. When we moved into our fully furnished home, we had a cast iron to use. And I had no idea what to cook in it! Fun fact about these, is you season them prior to cooking. You first clean them well with hot soapy water. Make sure it is fully dry. Then coat the skillet with vegetable oil. Just a thin layer! Then bake it in your oven at 375 degrees for an hour and voila! One of our favorite recipes to make in these is a nice steak, with butter and garlic! We loved using it so much, we bought our own! I will link where I got mine here!








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Bread or Loaf Tin

If there is one dessert I love to have in the Fall, it would have to be banana nut bread! Having a loaf tin around is handy all the time, but having it for the fall especially is great! The great thing about this tin, is there are SO many recipes you can make in one. Meatloaf, pumpkin bread, fruit cake, and seriously so much more! Here is where you can get yours for only $2!!






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Pie Tin

` Going right along with a loaf pan, having a pie tin almost seems necessary during the Fall season! Especially during Thanksgiving time! Growing up, we always had pumpkin and pecan pie during Thanksgiving, and the same for Christmas! But not only can you make these sweet dessert pies, you can make other kinds too! Shepherds pie, chicken pot pie (one of our favorites), and turkey pot pie! The best part is you can get the disposable ones, or one to keep for however long! Here is where you can get disposable for only $12 for 50, and here is where you can get a more permanent one for $5.29! 







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Electric Kettle

This has got to be one of the best appliances I have ever used before. If you are a tea or hot chocolate lover, then this is definitely for you! Not only that, I was able to use one of these in college for things like top ramen and instant mac and cheese! You simply fill the kettle, place it on the pad provided, and the water gets boiling hot (be careful) within minutes! Perfect for those who want a quick fix without waiting over a stove top! Here is where I purchased mine from!







Now this is definitely not the full list of the perfect items you will need this Fall, but it a great start! I honestly got most of these items from Target, but you can get them at most home goods stores! What is your favorite appliance to use in the Fall? 







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Top Trends in Kitchen Appliances for 2019

I think many people would agree with me that creating a trendy home is becoming extremely popular! Thanks to Pinterest, we have these beautiful images of how we want our homes to look! Check out these extremely trendy features you can add to your kitchen today!

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Matte Black Storage

I absolutely love this trend so much. There is something about matte black coloring that gives an extremely sophisticated feel! Only downfall to this is you can see EVERY single fingerprint known to touch it. Using the matte black color as an accent is even trendy too! You don;t want your kitchen to be too dark, but if you use certain types of lighting with gemmed decorations to it. Absolutely priceless! Rather than spending thousands of dollars on new cabinets, you could always sand down your current cabinets, and paint over with a matte black paint. The one from Magnolia Farms is $43! Much more in savings!

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Digital Appliances

This is something that absolutely blows my mind! I cannot believe we now have kitchen appliances that can be run straight from your smart phone. We have come such a long way from the way appliances used to be. Innovation is truly taking over the world! You can adjust the temperature on your stove, control the lighting, and so much more! These can be pricey, such as the Samsung Electric Flex Duo stove top which costs $2,299! But hey, the convenience is so worth it!!

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Colored Cabinetry

Going to the polar opposite side of matte black, colored cabinetry is also super popular right now! Growing up, one thing my mom always did for our bedrooms was an accent wall with whatever color we wanted! That way, our rooms were never overpowered with bright pink or purple. The same goes for this! If you have a single wall with one color, it acts as an accent wall for your kitchen! Some popular colors for cabinets that I have seen are royal blue, red, like above, and yellow! Definitely all primary colors, but nonetheless beautiful!

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Wood Kitchens

There is something about a rustic style kitchen that I ABSOLUTELY love. You don’t need to have a wooden kitchen and make it feel like you’re living in a cabin (unless that is what you're going for) The environment of something like this feels calm and simple. Almost warming and inviting. Not to mention, I think it would look amazing with some matte black accents as well! You can definitely make this fancier, or just as beautiful being simple as can be! Not to mention, you can give this a more modern feel with the accents you use, such as the light fixtures and hardware on appliances.

Seeing all these images makes me want to re-decorate my kitchen ASAP! I think that you can truly make your kitchen trendy just by adding your own flares and touches to it! But if you need some inspiration, well then here you go! If any of your appliances ever seem to not be working properly, contact us today to set up a service call. Appliance Rescue Service is here to help!

 

How To Baby Proof Your Kitchen


For anyone who has had children before, you know that ‘baby-proofing’ the house is an absolute must! Children, especially babies who have now learned to crawl/walk, love exploring the home and getting their hands on any and everything they can! As a new mom myself, my son is now at the stage of a super fast crawl, attempting to walk when he wants. So baby-proofing my whole house is absolutely necessary! One of my last rooms I need to proof is my kitchen. But what exactly do I need to lock up?? This was my next mission!! Thanks to some helpful advice of friends and family, I think I have mastered the kitchen with making it completely baby-friendly! (As in, babies can go in and not get hurt! Here are some things that I have done to ensure my kitchen doesn’t become a danger zone for toddlers!

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  1. Cabinets & Drawers

The number one goal of my son’s is to get into every single drawer and cabinet he can find. Especially the pots and pans cabinet! So this was my first goal to tackle! Not to mention, we carry all our cleaning supplies under the sink, so that is a definite must! We fortunately have the slow closing cabinet doors, but we needed something a little better. We invested in those adhesive cabinet locks (Target , $9.89)  that you stick to the back of the door, with a little latch on the back! And Boom!! Our cabinets can’t get into anymore! (Besides us) 

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2) StoveTop & Oven

The next item to lock up was our oven. The oven in our home is directly next to the entrance into the kitchen, so that is one of the first things my son goes for. He enjoys standing up, and tapping on the glass as if someone was in there, and he wanted to say ‘hello!’ However, I always worry that he is going to pull down on the handle and hit his little noggin! I didn't even know that an oven lock was a thing, but apparently it is! These locks, which are actually all purpose locks, look like a little latch that keep the items shut! It can be used on ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, etc. We got ours at Target for $9 and it works wonders!

3) Trash Cans

So this may not seem like something you would need to proof, but for our son we did! He is at the age of trying to stand up by grabbing onto things. So he will try to grab the trash can and stand up, but the bin isn't heavy enough to hold his weight from pulling! The only thing we could think of is getting a better trash can, or ensuring the trash can has a lid on it! If not, we always just put the trash in our garage!

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4) Cooking Safely

Lastly, we have had to make sure that we are cooking as safely as possible. My husband’s favorite food is tacos, so we are constantly frying up some shells for them! One thing I have always made sure of is that we feed our son during the time we cook. So we bring his highchair into the kitchen, and feed him soft finger foods while we eat to keep him busy form exploring during cooking! This has been the best method for us!!

Honestly, being a parent is hard! And trying to protect our children from getting hurt almost seems impossible. But there are so many measures you can take to make sure that you can do what you can! 







Kitchen Updates

Nothing good lasts forever, and that includes the appliances and equipment that you may have already replaced during recent kitchen updates. While your kitchen will look gorgeous when everything is brand new and state-of-the-art, that shiny new look doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later, you’ll need to invest in replacements or repairs to keep everything up to par.

When contemplating kitchen updates, it’s important to understand that even if you think functionality is still intact, there may be issues lurking under the surface. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining the state of your kitchen.

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When Do You Need a New Dishwasher?

Replace As Needed – Every 10 Years at the Latest

For many households, dishwashers are indispensable, providing a valuable way to reduce post-meal tasks and improve overall cleanliness. However, dishwashers get old, break, and need replacements during kitchen updates, just like any other appliance.

Modern dishwashers are designed to last around 10 years, but if you start seeing these signs of wear and tear issues before that point, it may be time to invest in a repairman or a new dishwasher:

·         Rust on the exterior that can indicate a water leak that isn’t necessarily visible

·         Standing water in your dishwasher, indicating a serious clog

·         A door that doesn’t properly latch or lock

·         Cold dishes following a cycle

·         Cracks or damage to the door or frame

·         Leaking water on the floor under the unit

·         Dishes that are spotty or dirty after a wash cycle

In some cases, a repair or parts replacement can fix these issues, but most of the time, a full replacement is the best option. Replacing a dishwasher will increase energy efficiency and improve the quality of your kitchen cleaning endeavors.

How Long Do Refrigerators Last?

Replace As Needed – Every 10 Years at the Latest

It’s hard to imagine living in a modern home without a refrigerator, which is why prompt repairs or replacements are so important. When refrigerator parts are on the fritz, it can cause plenty of issues, including ruined food, wasted money, and the risk of bacteria development, which can cause food poisoning such as salmonella.

The average lifespan of a refrigerator is about 10 years, but these signs can be indicative of a need for a timely replacement:

·         Excessive condensation; in some cases, this can be remedied by a new door seal

·         A motor that runs too hot

·         Food that spoils faster than normal

·         A freezer that is far too cold and leaves an ice buildup on items or causes freezer burn

·         Excess energy use with no changes in habits

·         A loud motor

·         Uneven cooling, including freezing within the fridge space

It’s not uncommon for attachments such as ice machines or water filters to break after three to five years. If you live somewhere with a hot climate, it’s crucial to stay up to date with these smaller repairs. However, if your refrigerator has broken parts and kitchen updates are a priority, a full replacement may be the best option.

When Is a New Stove Essential?

Replace Every 10 Years at the Latest

Cooking is virtually impossible without a functional stove or oven, but this stable kitchen appliance doesn’t last forever. If you are in need of a new range, these tips can guide your decision between replacing and repairing.

Like most kitchen appliances, a lifespan of 10 years or more isn’t uncommon. However, if you’re seeing signs of trouble and your stove is more than a decade old, replacement is most likely the right choice, especially if:

·         The glass is cracked

·         One or more burners won’t light, or won’t heat up properly

·         The oven heats unevenly, with particular areas heating faster than others

·         Preheating takes longer than usual

·         Burners are uneven

·         There is a strong smell of gas in gas units, indicating a potential leak

Even if a repair is possible, it may not be worth the investment. If the cost of the repair is 50 percent or more of the cost of the unit, it’s time to take on something new.

Timelines for Counter tops and Cabinet Installation

Update Every 10-15 Years

Despite common perception, counters and cabinets aren’t meant to last forever. After excessive use, counters wear down. Eventually, cupboard doors don’t close properly and shelves begin to buckle and bend. Every 10 to 15 years is generally the recommended time frame for a full kitchen remodel. Whether the functionality of your kitchen isn’t meeting your needs, or you simply want an updated look, it may be worth considering a kitchen remodel.

Counter top Replacement

While the functionality of cabinets can actively disturb storage and the protection of your cooking utensils, counter tops rarely interfere with function, no matter how old they are. However, the look and feel can decrease the value of your cooking space, and it’s possible for cracks to hold bacteria before any kitchen updates. If your counter is cracked, stained beyond repair, has any signs of structural problems, or simply looks outdated, it’s time for a counter top replacement.

Cabinet Installation

Unless your cabinets are significantly newer than your counter tops, it’s recommended to replace both at the same time, with cabinet installation taking priority. When cabinets are installed first, you can be sure new counter tops will fit around or on your new cupboards and will not be damaged during the process.

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 Replacing Microwaves and Small Appliances

Replace As Needed – Every 5 Years at the Latest

Unlike large appliances like refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and dishwashers, most smaller appliances won’t make it to a decade of life. As such, you may need to replace things like microwaves on a more accelerated basis.

Microwave

Your microwave should hold up for at least five years, but inexpensive models may only give you a year or two. Signs like smoke, sparks, burning smells, improperly cooked food, suspicious sounds, and trouble with controls often mean it’s time for a replacement.

Microwaves can be repaired, but the cost is often not worth it. When in doubt, a new microwave is generally a better deal, with prices averaging around $100 or less–a steal compared to larger appliances.

Toasters

Toasters and toaster ovens can be important for convenience and easy cooking, particularly for meals that don’t necessitate the time commitment preheating the oven requires. However, like microwaves, these items aren’t meant to last longer than around five years of regular use, either. If you see sparks or smoke, experience uneven cooking, or smell strong metallic scents, it’s time for kitchen updates and potentially a replacement.

Stand Mixers

Stand mixers can make baking fast and simple, but they’re big investments. As such, most people are hesitant to drop cash on a replacement. Little things, like worn gears, may require simple parts repairs that you can do yourself, but bigger problems, like cracked stands, power troubles, or strange smells, usually entail a new unit.

Before jumping the gun, be sure to check the warranty. Some units may come with long-term protection that you can use to minimize or eliminate the cost or a replacement.

How Long Do Spices Last?

Between 1-5 Years

Spices are a staple in any kitchen, but contrary to the habits of standard home cooks, spices don’t last forever. Even though spices are generally dried and intended to be preserved, they do come with an expiration date. Here are a few guidelines for how long spices last:

·         Whole spices should be replaced every four years

·         Ground spices should be replaced every two to three years

·         Herbs should be replaced every one to two years

Spices don’t actually spoil and are unlikely to make you sick, but they do lose flavor and effectiveness, compromising the food you cook.

Common cooking oils, like olive oil or canola oil, should be replaced every one to two years. In theory, white kosher and sea salt will last indefinitely, but table salt should be replaced every five years.

When to Throw Away Non-Stick Pans

Replace Every 5 Years

Pots and pans, particularly non-stick varieties, do need to be a part of your regularly scheduled kitchen updates. Based on the chemicals used to manufacture the non-stick surface, non-stick pots and pans shouldn’t be used for more than five years. If there are any scratches or the surface begins to peel, replacement should be expedited.

A great kitchen has a lot to offer your quality of life and your diet, but maintaining functionality means proper replacements. From broken appliances to outdated counter tops, it’s up to you to keep your kitchen in perfect working order.

 

Top 4 Rides at Disneyland California Park - Not everything has to be about appliances!

            When you think of your favorite place to go, where would that be? Is it on a tropical island with a pina colada in hand? Is it in a forest cabin surrounded by nature? For me, it is a place surrounded by magic, roller coasters, and Dole Whips. Okay, well my favorite are the chimichangas, but that is another story in it’s own! If you had not guessed by now, I am talking about Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth. This place is so much more than an amusement park, but a place I could leave any worries behind and purely enjoy myself. I am 24 years old, but tell me that were going to Disneyland and I am literally like a 5 year old in a candy shop. No joke either. Let’s take a look at some of the top rides of all time in this magical land!

Photo Credit: Benjamin Esham / Flickr

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1) Space Mountain

Every single time I go to Disneyland, this ride is ALWAYS either jam packed with a million people in line, or broken down (sadly). However, I believe this definitely is one of the top rides for those who love a fast roller coaster. For those who have never been, when entering the ride, it takes you through the entryway of a spacecraft (pretty much) and you take a seat in your spacecraft. Once the ride starts, you begin going up a long hill of lights to get ready for take off! This ride is so much fun because you go so fast the whole time, and the entire ride is IN THE DARK. The only lights you see are the stars that surround you! But don’t forget to smile at the end of the ride for the picture taken. That’s my number one mistake!

DISNEY FACT #1: All the plants in Tomorrowland are edible. But that doesn;t mean you can eat them!!

Photo Credit : Seanutbutter / Wikipedia

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2) Indiana Jones Adventure

Okay so this ride can seem super intimidating to someone who has never been on the ride before. Again, this ride has one of the longest lines I have ever stood in before, but it is well worth the wait. Entering the ride, you go through a series of roped off lanes, until you hit a cave that takes you to the main attraction. Once it's your turn, you hop inside your Jeep and take off! It’s always fun to let the youngest child take the hot seat as the “driver” (I know this because people always let me be the driver!) The ride is jerky, and bumpy just like a true ride through the jungle would be. You come across giant snakes, fire, snakes, and a HUGE surprise at the end that I won’t ruin for you, but if you insist on knowing I recommend googling it!

DISNEYLAND FACT #2 : Never wear anything on your head during this ride. I Learned this the hard way and lost my pair of Minnie Mouse ears!!

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3) It’s A Small World

This has got to be one of the most iconic rides in all of Disneyland. Again, it has a large line no matter the time of day, but if you are in need of a quick break before heading to another roller coaster, then this is the ride for you. You sit down inside a boat, and it takes you on this magical journey throughout all sorts of different countries. The ride is filled with dancing and singing dolls, that sing the song ‘It's A Small World’. It may sound creepy, but trust me, it isn’t! Not to mention, there are characters from so many Disney movies that are put into doll-version on this ride, like Ariel & Lilo & Stitch!

DISNEYLAND FACT #3: Throughout the park, there are hidden Mickeys EVERYWHERE. There are books that show you where each one is!

Photo Credit : David Bjorgen / Wikipedia

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4) Pirates of the Carribean

And lastly, one of my favorite rides of all is the Pirates of the Carribean ride. The line never takes long to go through, and its one you get to relax in. If you have ever seen any of the movies, Captain Jack Sparrow appears throughout the whole ride! Your boat takes you through so many scenes of fighting, livelihood, and the true atmosphere of a pirate’s life. This is a number one ride in my books for sure! Not to mention, it is SO COLD inside the ride, which is perfect for those summer months!

DISNEYLAND FACT #4: On this ride, there are real actual skulls used throughout the ride! Creepy! But Cool!

So by now, I think you can see I am a wee bit obsessed with the Happiest Place on Earth. It is just somewhere I truly grew up being around, and have never once gone and not enjoyed myself! Even though the prices can get expensive, the ticket is always worth it!

Easy One Pot Meals

Summer is officially almost over, which means the need to get back into a normal schedule for the school year. One thing my mom always made sure of was that we had a home cooked meal at least 5 times a week, to enjoy eating out on the weekends. For me as a new mom, I know that cooking at home is SO difficult while having an eight month old son. While I would never change this for the world, I do know it makes me prone to wanting to eat out more. Not only to save the hassle of cooking, but cleaning up a messy kitchen. I am always on the search for an easy recipe I can make at home while my son is napping. Something that doesn’t leave a huge mess, and can be made easily. The result of that search are these recipes I found that use literally only one pan (or pot) to cook in! Check out these super easy recipes that only require one cooking tool to cook in! Click on the recipe title to bring up ingredients!

Photo Credit : BudgetBytes.com 

Photo Credit : BudgetBytes.com 

Photo Credit : BudgetBytes.com 

10 Crazy Dupes for Household Cleaning Supplies

Have any of you ever tried to clean your house BUT realized that you were on your last leg of that Windex?? No joke, I used to be that broke college student who couldn’t even afford to purchase all the cleaning supplies I needed! I would literally use these dupes to clean my house. Have no fear!  These awesome dupes that cover your butt in case of emergencies


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Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Spray Bottle

½ cup of vinegar

2 tbsp baking soda

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Homemade Window Cleaner

Spray Bottle

½ cup of white vinegar

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 cups of water

Lemon essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Clean Rust off a Cast Iron Skillet

1 tbsp of course salt

Lemon juice

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Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Spray Bottle

⅓ cup liquid Castile soap

2 cups of water

2 tbsp baking soda

Lemon essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil

Lavender essential oil

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Microwave Cleaner

Bowl

Warm Water

Lemon juice

Lemon rinds

Add lemon juice to the warm water, stir. Mix in the lemon rinds. Microwave for 5 minutes. Wipe down microwave after!

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Furniture Refresher

Baking Soda

Salt Shaker

Sprinkle all over your cloth-covered furniture! Vacuum later!!

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Simple Soft Scrub

Baking Soda

Vinegar

Mix together and use on tub or shower!

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Oil Remover

Room temperature Coca Cola

Pour over stain, leave overnight, blot the next day!

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Need to clean under your fridge?

Take a hair trap cleaner, slide it under the fridge, and pull out all unwanted objects!

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Make your appliances Smudge Free

Car Wax!

Add a light coat of car wax, allow to dry, and buff clean!

The Top 4 Craziest Smartphone Capable Appliances!

Do you have a Smartphone? How dependent do you feel like you are on it? Well if you were to ask my husband, he would say I am “obsessed” with my phone, purely for the fact that I have the Disney Emoji game. However, what if we could use our Smartphones to help us with everyday household tasks? It is insane that this is what the 21st century is all about, but I am living for it!! Here are some of the craziest (in my opinion) appliances you can control all from the couch!

Samsung Android Oven   This has got to be one of the craziest pieces of technology I have ever heard of! Unfortunately, I believe it is only sold in Korea, but check this out! This oven allows you to control the temperature and cook time on your meals, all from the app! Not only that, it can tell you how many calories are in your meal. LIKE WHAT? Surprisingly this one also is super energy efficient! AMERICA, bring this one over!!

Samsung Android Oven

This has got to be one of the craziest pieces of technology I have ever heard of! Unfortunately, I believe it is only sold in Korea, but check this out! This oven allows you to control the temperature and cook time on your meals, all from the app! Not only that, it can tell you how many calories are in your meal. LIKE WHAT? Surprisingly this one also is super energy efficient! AMERICA, bring this one over!!

LG ThinQ Smart Refrigerator   This is one of the coolest refrigerators I think I have ever seen. You know the ones that have the glass doors so you can look inside without opening them? This is like that one but so much better! This fridge has cameras inside that allow you to view the contents of your fridge all from your phone. At the grocery store and don’t remember what you need to pick up? No Worries! All you have to do is check the app and see! Not only this, there is a feature that allows you to scan the barcode on what's in your fridge. What you do is scan the barcode, enter the expiration date, and it will literally send you a text when your items are about to expire! Talk about not having to worry!

LG ThinQ Smart Refrigerator

This is one of the coolest refrigerators I think I have ever seen. You know the ones that have the glass doors so you can look inside without opening them? This is like that one but so much better! This fridge has cameras inside that allow you to view the contents of your fridge all from your phone. At the grocery store and don’t remember what you need to pick up? No Worries! All you have to do is check the app and see! Not only this, there is a feature that allows you to scan the barcode on what's in your fridge. What you do is scan the barcode, enter the expiration date, and it will literally send you a text when your items are about to expire! Talk about not having to worry!

Pintofeed Pet Feeder   Do you have dogs or cats? Then this is honestly the perfect item for you. I am lucky enough to be able to spend the day with my son and pups at home, but for those days where we are gone all day this is the perfect device! If you forgot to feed your pup before leaving for work, all it takes is a simple click of a button and it feeds your pup automatically! All controlled from your phone! It hold 5-10 lbs, depending on the size of your purchase. Definitely have my eye on this one!

Pintofeed Pet Feeder

Do you have dogs or cats? Then this is honestly the perfect item for you. I am lucky enough to be able to spend the day with my son and pups at home, but for those days where we are gone all day this is the perfect device! If you forgot to feed your pup before leaving for work, all it takes is a simple click of a button and it feeds your pup automatically! All controlled from your phone! It hold 5-10 lbs, depending on the size of your purchase. Definitely have my eye on this one!

Wemo   Wemo is a family of simple and customizable products that allow you to control home electronics from anywhere. Never again will you have to worry about turning off your lamps, coffee maker, curling irons, Christmas lights, radio or other objects. Information courtesy of  Gadget Review .

Wemo

Wemo is a family of simple and customizable products that allow you to control home electronics from anywhere. Never again will you have to worry about turning off your lamps, coffee maker, curling irons, Christmas lights, radio or other objects. Information courtesy of Gadget Review.


After reading about all these crazy items, I want to go out and purchase them all myself! Some of these are still concepts, but when they come out I will be on that list of one of the first people!!


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This Sandwich Recipe is the EPITOME of Summer!

Now that Summer is upon us, it's time to enjoy the sun, friends, family, and having a good time! Personally, I like making something easy to eat on my summer days so I can get outside quicker! Grilled cheeses are definitely one of my go-to’s anytime, but especially during the summer! This sandwich embodies everything summer is about: Tropical, Easy Going , & Tasty Food! And here is the recipe!





Hawaiian Grilled Cheese



This Sandwich Recipe is the EPITOME of Summer!

This Sandwich Recipe is the EPITOME of Summer!

What You’ll Need:

4 tbsp. butter

8 slices white Hawaiian sweet bread

8 slices sharp cheddar

4 slices provolone

8 pineapple rings

1 c. teriyaki sauce

  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. In a large skillet over medium heat, place half the bread slices butter-side down. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices cheddar, 1 slice provolone, 2 pineapple rings, and 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce. Top with a second slice of bread, butter side up.

  • Cook until bottom bread slices are golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately. Recipe from Delish 



Now I don't know about you, but this is about as easy as It can get! I understand that but about half of America believes that pineapple doesn't belong on pizza, HOWEVER in this case, it does belong on a grilled cheese FORSURE!! 



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Top Brands of Dishwashers : Which one is the best for you?

Top Brands of Dishwashers : Which one is the best for you?

 

Some people hate it, some people love it. What am I talking about, you may be wondering? It’s washing the dishes. As a new mom myself, I have very limited amounts of time to clean my home in between feeding, changing, and playing with my son. So if there is one thing that is for certain, having an amazing dishwasher that can do the work for me is an A+ in my books! Thinking about this, I decided to find the Top 4 best dishwashers on the market today. Let’s dive in!!

 

1) Bosch 300 Series (719.00 @ The Home Depot)

Not only is this one of the quietest washers out there, it is so extremely sleek and aesthetically pleasing. It has a 3rd top rack for silverware or and kind of flatware you may have.

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2) Maytag MDB4949SHZ ( $530 @ Best Buy)

While it has one of the longer names in dishwasher history, it is definitely worth taking a look at.This one comes in two colors, black and stainless steel. It is also quiet, and on the affordable side of washers!

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3) Miele Lumen EcoFlex ($2,299 @ AJ Madison)

SPLURGE ALERT! This is DEFINITELY the most expensive dishwasher I have yet to see. But the features on it are so amazing! It has a touch screen control panel, a Knock2Open door, and an Auto Open Drying system. This is obviously not the dryer for practical reasons, but how cool right?



4) Samsung StormWash ($550 @ Best Buy)

This is MOST DEFINITELY the dishwasher for me! The StormWash allows you to not even pre-wash you dishes, because of its powerful heavy-duty cycle. It also features an AutoRelease door feature, so as soon as the cycle is done, the door opens to allow for cooling.

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 Honestly, you wouldn’t really think that too much goes into picking out a dishwasher for your home. But once you start researching like crazy, you can’t help but notice and look at every single aspect of them! A dishwasher is a large appliance investment, and you want to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. However, if you ever have any sort of issues with yours, do not hesitate to contact Appliance Rescue Service for a service call in no time!

Move In Checklist isn’t Complete Without Checking Appliances!

Moving into a new home can be extremely overwhelming. Believe me, I have moved about 4 times in the last 3 years. Double checking to make sure I packed everything and making sure everything arrives in one piece is a mental struggle! However, I found that having a checklist always helps me to make sure every point I need to meet, is met! Below is your Go-To Checklist when moving into your next home.

 (P.S. Don’t forget to have Appliance Rescue Service which services the DFW area check the appliances! )

 1)  Taking Measurement of Each Room! This includes

a)  Kitchen

b)  Dining Room

c)  Family Room

d)  Living Room

e)  Master Bedroom

f)    Any Other Bedrooms

 

2) Transfer All Utilities In Your Name BEFORE Closing! This includes

a)  Gas/Electric

b)  Water/Sewer

c)  Garbage

d)  Cable

e)  WiFi

f)    DON’T FORGET: To Change your address on all Credit/Debit cards, and accounts associated with them!

 

3) Get Your Appliances Running

a)  Plug In Your Fridge To Get Cooling Activated

b)  Testing the Oven/Stove (If Applicable)

c)  Run The Dishwasher To Make Sure It Works

 

4) Changing Locks on Every Door! This includes

a)  Front Door

b)  Back Door

c)  Garage Door

d)  Backyard

e)  Side Gate

 

5) Pack A Bag Like You’re Going on a Short Trip. This includes

a)  A Few Changes of Clothes

b)  Pajamas

c)  Toiletries

 

These are just a few of the most important things to remember when moving into a new home. For the full list of check-in reminders, head on over to HomeLight to check it out! If during your check you find anything wrong with your kitchen appliances, please contact Appliance Rescue Service to set up a service call!

 

 

 

What is the Warranty at Appliance Rescue Service?

Many of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Appliance Rescue Service involve our warranty. 

What is the warranty?

How long does the warranty last?

Are there any specific details of the warranty I need to be aware of?

As an educated consumer with choices on which appliance repair company to use, we know you want to find one with an excellent warranty and quality craftsmanship, and Appliance Rescue Service is proud to say we have one of the best warranties around! Here are the details of our Appliance Rescue Service warranty in case you need a refresher:

90 Day Warranty on Parts

All parts replaced by Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas are warrantied for a full 90 days from the date of installation. Before we ever replace any parts, we always write up a full estimate for you to approve. Once approved, we’ll order new parts every time. No used parts ever! What happens to the old parts? Well, you are always welcome to keep them if you’d like and our technicians will always show you the parts to show you where the defects are. During the 90 day period, just call us if you feel like there is an issue with your parts. We will replace them free of charge. How easy is that?!

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30 Day Warranty on Labor

Our appliance repair technicians at Appliance Rescue Service are experts in their field, with extensive knowledge on refrigerator repair, oven repair, dishwasher repair, washing machine repair, etc. They are trained in all major appliance brands for the best appliance repair in Dallas every time. We back each repair with a 30 day warranty on labor, ensuring your are satisfied each and every time.

We know you have a choice for Dallas appliance repair and we appreciate you choosing Appliance Rescue Service for all your repair needs!

FAQs: Everything You Need to Know about Your Oven’s Self Cleaning Mode

An oven’s self cleaning mode can be a homeowner’s best friend – and then it can also be a nightmare. Many homeowners simply don’t use it because they don’t understand it or how it works. Here are a few frequently asked questions we get here at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas about the oven self cleaning mode and how it can work for you:

How Does the Oven’s Self Cleaning Cycle Work? 

The oven’s self cleaning cycle works by heating your oven to above 900 degrees Fahrenheit and then burning any baked on grease and food debris into ash. This is not harmful to your oven because the oven is coated in a porcelain resin that is fireproof and resistant to the high heat. 

Should I Leave My House During the Self Cleaning Cycle?

Yes, the North Texas Poison Center recommends that you leave the home while running the self cleaning mode. Putting the Teflon coating of your oven under extremely high heat conditions can produce fumes, and possibly, carbon monoxide. Be sure your home is well ventilated when running a self cleaning cycle. 

Do I Pre-Clean My Self Cleaning Oven?

As sad as it may be, you can’t just run the self cleaning cycle and expect it to do all the work. For best results, use an oven cleaner prior to running the self cleaning cycle to remove any larger crumbs of food or debris that might be lurking in the oven. You want to run the cycle when the oven basically looks clean, but you want to remove baked on, hard to remove spots. 

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Do I Leave the Racks in When Running the Self Cleaning Mode?

No, racks should be removed prior to running the self cleaning cycle. If you leave the racks in, they are likely going to warp and discolor due to the high heat, rendering them useless the next time you try to bake with them. 

When Can I Use My Oven After Self Cleaning?

The self cleaning mode will lock the oven shut until it has properly cooled down, and this time period varies based on your model. Check your user manual for details on your specific model, but this can vary from 30 minutes-2 hours post cycle. 

Want to learn more about the self cleaning mode on your oven? Do you suspect you need oven repair after running your self cleaning cycle? Call us at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 oven repair company in Dallas, Texas. We’ll inspect your oven and give you a full estimate before starting any work. 

The BEST Way to Clean Baby Clothes

As a new mom myself, I am CONSTANTLY ensuring that what goes on/in my baby is free of allergens, dirt, dust, ANYTHING to do with contamination. Especially when it comes to the clothes my son wears every day. Here are some helpful tips when washing your infants clothes!

Prepping The Clothes

A BIG one to always remember is to wash the baby’s clothes before putting them in it. I mean to wash them, even if you just bought them from the store. All babies have sensitive skin, and washing prior to wearing will prevent their skin from having an allergic reaction

Washing The Clothes

When it comes to washing the babies clothes, you’ll always follow the same steps as you would for your clothes. Always separate colors, whites, and darks. Thanks to “Better Homes & Garden”, they have listed some amazing hacks when washing baby clothes!

  • Place socks & other small items in a mesh bag when washing.

  • Fasten all loop-and-hooks when washing so nothing becomes attached in the process!

  • When folding the clothes, ensure that there are no loose buttons, fragments, or edges that might get stuck on baby’s skin.


Which is the best Baby Laundry Detergent?

One may think that washing a babies clothes can be done with regular laundry detergent. However, going back to one of my previous statements, babies have extremely sensitive skin. That means the detergent used is important too. Here is a list of the BEST laundry detergents you can get.

  1. Best For Sensitive Skin - Puracy Natural Liquid

  2. Best For Hard Water - Molly’s Suds Powder

  3. Best Hypoallergenic - Dreft Stage 1

  4. Best All Natural - ECOS Laundry Detergent

  5. Best Liquid - Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

  6. Best For Baby Eczema - Dreft Purtouch

  7. Best For Cloth Diapers - Rockin’ Green Classic

  8. Best Powder - Grab Green

  9. Best Organic - Eco Nuts Organic

  10. Best Smelling Detergent - Purex Liquid

(List Courtesy of Moms Love Best)


Following these steps & products should leave you with the best care for your baby’s clothing! Even though they grow into and out of those clothes within minutes it seems like, you always want to take great care of them. And if you are facing any issues with your washer or dryer, contact Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas for a service call!


How Do I Decide Which Dishwasher Cycle to Use?

Today’s fancy dishwashers have so many built-in settings it can be hard to determine what cycle to use! While these settings can be perplexing, they are actually there to help you get your dishes cleaner and do it more efficiently. 

So how do I decide which dishwasher cycle to use? Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repair company in DFW – is here to help you figure it out!

Auto Clean

Consider this your go-to if you aren’t sure which setting best fits your load. The auto clean cycle assesses how many dishes are in the dishwasher – and how dirty they are – and then adjusts the cycle and water temp accordingly. 

Heavy 

This cycle will use the highest water pressure and the hottest water to get baked on gunk off your dishes and leave them sparkling clean. Do not put any delicate dishes in this cycle and be aware that this cycle normally takes the longest. Reserve this cycle for that night you baked lasagna and it’s really caked on your dishes. 

Light

The light wash cycle isn’t necessarily for a load with very little in it. Think of it as a load for delicate items. If you’re going to put fragile stemware or china in your dishwasher, then run it on the light cycle. The light cycle will use low pressure and cooler water to get things clean with little effort. Be sure all caked on food is removed before loading in the dishwasher or you’ll be disappointed with this cycle. 

Quick Load

So what cycle should I use if I don’t have many dishes and they aren’t that dirty? Quick load is your best bet! This option uses hot water and high pressure to get things clean, but doesn’t spend as much time (or water!) getting it done. Why waste a heavy load option that runs longer when your dishes only need a mild cleaning and sanitizing? 

So there you have it! Hopefully these tips help take the mystery out of which dishwasher cycle you should use. If you have more questions – or need dishwasher repair in Dallas, Texas – do not hesitate to call Appliance Rescue Service for all your appliance repair needs. 

6 Things You Should Never Put in the Dryer

Laundry – the necessary evil.

We love fresh, clean clothes and the idea of sorting and pulling things out that shouldn’t go in the dryer is well, exhausting. Many of us get lazy and just throw everything in there, but don’t! If you want to avoid dryer repair in Dallas, Texas, then here are 7 things our technicians here at Appliance Rescue Service say you should never put in the dryer:

1.    Wool

Wool sweaters, gloves, and socks get a lot of use, particularly during the winter months. Unfortunately, putting them in the dryer will cause them to shrink. Instead, take nice wool sweaters to the dry cleaner and take gloves and socks out to air dry flat.

2.    Overalls

What? Why not overalls? Well, you know those metal clasps. If you’ve never put a pair of overalls in the dryer, then chances are you’ve heard the metal clasps clanking around in there. The clasps are normally heavy and can damage the interior of your dryer. Instead, hang them to dry or put them in a pillow case to protect the dryer.

3.    Running Shoes

There are many tutorials online for washing running shoes in the washing machine, but just make sure you don’t transfer them to the dryer! Before washing, remove laces and insoles, then let them air dry after washing to avoid damaging the rubber or other layers of the shoe. 

4.    Rubber Bath Mats

Sure, bath mats can do in the washing machine, but if they have a rubber backing, never put them in the dryer! That rubber backing will break down in the dryer and cause Dallas dryer repair! And at worse, it can actually catch on fire! Instead, wash them air dry them. 

5.    Denim Jeans

Jeans don’t need to be washed often, and if you want to extend the life of your jeans, spot clean regularly, then wash and air dry sparingly. 

6.    Swimsuits and Bras

These are in the same category because both normally have a decent amount of elasticity that can break down and get ruined with the heat of the dryer. Instead, line dry both for long life. (Just make sure to dry swimsuits in the shade to avoid fading.)

Hopefully these tips help you extend the life of your dryer and your clothes too! As always, if you ever need Dallas dryer repair, call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service!

5 Tips For This Year’s Spring Cleaning : Appliance Edition

Spring has finally sprung! And that means it is the start of our cleaning spree we all do every year. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you get a good scrub on your household appliances this season!

 

1)    Wipe Down Your Microwave - While this seems like such a simple task, it is SO EXTREMELY important to wash down the microwave! Every time we use it, no matter what food seems to makes it way onto the rotating dish. Each time that happens, a plethora of germs grow & expand every minute. Take the time to wipe down your microwave with a cleaning supply, such as vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and even window cleaner!

2)    Clean the oven - Just like the microwave, the oven seems to be the place for spillage of foods. In this case, grease & food will build up over time, meaning you really should clean this more often than not! This can lead to a nasty charcoal taste in your mouth with there being too much build up. Not only that, your oven can be in serious danger of damage. If that is the case, give Appliance Rescue Service a call to come fix it!

3)    Clean the Lint Trap in the Washer & Dryer - We all know that when doing the laundry, there are steps to it. First step : put the dirty clothes in the washer with soap, and following that step in putting those clothes in the dryer. From personal experience, I use dryer sheets. BUT, did you know that even if you don’t use these, you still need to clean the lint trap in BOTH the washer & dryer?? Not only does this help get your clothes to the cleanest they can be, but it can even save you money! If the lint screen gets too clogged, it will use more energy to push through the load. In return, creating a higher bill! So don’t forget this step to save money!!

4)    Clean your Refrigerator Shelves - This is one of the most IMPORTANT appliances to clean in the house. We know that the fridge holds almost all of our food in the kitchen. With that being the case, we are susceptible to there being a spill from raw foods, such as chicken. And not just raw foods, but any kind of food that has spilled & is left for too long can lead to food poisoning! The best & quickest method to this is to

a)    Remove all the food from both fridge & freezer

b)    Take out all the shelves & drawers

c)    Wipe & Clean all the surfaces with the simple dish soap & water

d)    Dry off and Place back in the fridge!

5)    Clean BEHIND & BENEATH the Refrigerator - Along with the fridge shelves, behind & beneath the fridge is extremely important too! Things like food, dust, and mold can begin growing in these tight spaces. Not to mention, the coils under the fridge become dusty, leading to a broken fridge! Again, if this happens to you have no fear! Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas is at your Service!

 

These are 5 Simple & easy steps to getting your house in tip-top shape for this Spring! However, if you seem to be facing challenges with any of your home appliances, please call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas today to set up all your appliance repair service requests!

Follow these 4 Steps If You want to Avoid Refrigerator Repair 

It’s never fun when your refrigerator goes out. 

No one is excited to spend thousands on a new refrigerator – or even spend hundreds on refrigerator repair – and at Appliance Rescue Service, we get that. 

We make many refrigerator repair service calls, and we’ve noticed some trends in service. If you want to avoid refrigerator repair in Dallas and prolong the life of your unit, here are several steps we recommend you follow:  

 

Step 1: Clean the Coils

If there is one thing you take from this article, then it should be the importance of clean condenser coils. The condenser coils – normally located on the bottom of the refrigerator – should get a good scrubbing once a year. The best time to do that is now, before the summer heat hits and your refrigerator has to work harder to keep up.

 

Step 2: Allow for Airflow

When purchasing a refrigerator, consider the space it is going in and make sure it has adequate airflow on all sides once installed. Tight spaces don’t allow air to circulate, which prevents the refrigerator from cooling properly. Unless you have a built-in refrigerator, airflow and circulation is key.

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Step 3: Keep the Doors Sealed

Many modern refrigerators have a chime that goes off if the refrigerator is left open too long, and that’s a good thing. When the refrigerator doors are left open, it allows cold air to escape, which in turn, makes your refrigerator’s condenser work harder to cool. (Think about the way your home’s air conditioner works.) Another tip – regularly clean gaskets to get a tight seal so cold air doesn’t escape even if the door is closed. 

 

Step 4: Avoid Overloading the Refrigerator

Just as airflow outside the refrigerator is important, it’s also important inside the refrigerator. This means you must not pack too many items into the refrigerator if you want it to work at maximum efficiency. Also – many people will go to Costco, buy huge containers of ranch, bbq sauce, etc., and then put them all in the refrigerator. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too many heavy containers placed together can add strain to the refrigerator doors, shelves, etc. – causing issues with door seals and more.

Hopefully these tips help you avoid Dallas refrigerator repair and extend the life of your unit for years to come. If for some reason you do find yourself in a situation where your refrigerator isn’t working properly, please don’t’ hesitate to give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repairman in Dallas, Texas

Clean Your Glass Cooktop Like a Pro

Glass cooktops are not only beautiful, but can are often purchased because all the elements are hidden, making cleaning a breeze – right?!

Even glass cooktop owners will affirm that sometimes appliances just get dirty – and cleaning can be difficult. Appliance Rescue Service often performs cooktop repairs, and we have a few tips on how to keep those glass cooktops looking brand new for years to come:

 

Always Allow the Cooktop to Cool Before Cleaning

Before cleaning, let the cooktop cool completely, for obvious reasons. 

Use Gentle Products

Use a mild non-scratch scubbing sponge or microfiber cloth for cleaning, along with non-abrasive cleaners. Anything abrasive will scratch the glass and create irreversible damage. 

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Check the Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual will offer important maintenance tips on what works best for your particular model, so take those suggestions into account. Plus – you may learn if there are any cleaning products or methods that could void a warranty. 

Spritz Daily

Don’t wait until the gunk and build-up has overtaken your cooktop! Instead, keep a squirt bottle full of half vinegar/half water and lightly spray in on the cooktop after it cools. Then, wipe off right away to prevent any build-up that can lead to cooktop repairs in Dallas. 

Razor Blades Work on Tough Stains

If you have hard, burnt on foods, then a razor blade can work well to remove it. As long as your owner’s manual doesn’t advise against using a razor blade, very gently use the full edge of the blade – as flat as possible – and scrub at the dried residue. It should clean right off. Never use the very edge of the blade, as it will scratch. 

 

Hopefully, these tips will extend the life of your glass cooktop and prevent the need for any Dallas glass cooktop repair. Should you ever need appliance repairs, don’t hesitate to call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We’re your #1 appliance repairman, servicing cooktops, refrigerators, wall ovens, dishwashers, and more.