Making Dinner Plans


  •  It has been found that coffee has health benefits, such as increased cardiovascular function, a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma, and protection against liver disease…and many people like me simply cannot function without a freshly brewed pot of coffee close at hand.But recently my coffee machine stopped working and had to be replaced.
  • Buying a new coffee machine was a really big decision at our house, and here are the factors that I considered while comparing shopping options and trying to make sure that I would buy a coffee maker that I absolutely love.
  • 1.  Cleaning…Think about how easy it will be to clean, most likely meaning something that can go in the dishwasher.
  • 2.  Cost…Coffee makers involve long-term costs, not only a one-time initial expense.
  • Single-serving machines-such as the Nespresso Inissia, Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System, and Keurig-require constantly buying coffee pods and capsules which can run anywhere from $5 to $7 a package.
  • Drip machines require constantly buying new filters and grounds or beans.
  • 3.  Effectiveness…Make sure that you buy a machine that can brew at high heat. Most top-of-the-line machines will list their brewing temps on the box or online.
  • 4.  Material…Decide what kind of carafe you want-glass or stainless steel. Glass pots let you see and smell the coffee as it is brewing. A glass pot keeps warm for about 20 minutes. A thermal, stainless pot will keep coffee warm for up to an hour, but will have to be cleaned by hand.
  • 5.  Size…Take stock of how much you coffee you actually drink. If you barely go through a cup a day, buy a single-serving machine. If you drink coffee to keep you functioning all day long, buy the biggest pot available.
  1. Summer is such the perfect time to drag out the blender and make a piña colada and sit by the pool…but making the perfect mixed drink might require the blender that you’ve been using for thirty years, ever since your wedding shower.
  2. But with all the options available, shopping for a blendercan be complicated. How do you know which one to buy?!
  3. Just like shopping for anything else, there are a few criteria to consider while you shop…factors such as lifestyle or needs, storage space required, type container…and how much you’re willing to spend.
  4. Lifestyle or Needs…Do you really even need a blender at all, or can You simply get by with an immersion blender or something more along the lines of a Magic Bullet…What will you using the blender for…simply to make the occasional mixed drink, or to grind almonds and make your own nut butter every single day…
  5. Storage Space Required…If you will be storing the blender in the space between your kitchen counter and upper cabinets, be sure to measure this space.
  6. Type of Container…Even though there are still plenty of glass options, most of the big blender brands come with plastic containers. Glass containers can get heavy and break, but some of us just don’t like how flimsy cheaper plastic option can feel.
  7. Cost…How much are you willing to spend, as based on how often you will be using it…
  8. Vitamix (often considered the gold standard of blenders) ..,Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series BlenderBlendtec. Ninja


Breville Boss

  • Cost…$ 379.95
  • Functions: 5…smoothie, green smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, and pulse/ice crush…variable speed dial
  • Motor…2 horsepower
  • Reviews
  • Size…9.5 x 18 x 7.8 inches

Cuisinart® 2.25 Horse Power Blender 

  • Cost…$199.95
  • Functions…preprogrammed smoothie and ice crush functions””” electronic touchpad controls: low, high and pulse
  • Motor…2.25 peak HP motor
  • Reviews
  • Size..7.75×11.5×16″H

Hamilton Beach HBH750 Countertop Drink Blender w/ Polycarbonate Container, Programmable

  • Cost…$891.25
  • Functions…100 pre-programmed cycles, memory card slot
  • Motor…3Hp, 120v/60/1-ph, 8.6 amps
  • Reviews
  • Size…19.8 x 14.1 x 12.1 inches

KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender 

  • Cost…$599.95
  • Functions…Three pre-set Adapti-Blend™ recipe programs: Smoothies, Juices, and Soups, which heats soup and keeps it hot….precision power dial with continuous variable speeds from 1 to 11 and high/low pulse option.
  • Motor…3.5-peak-horsepower
  • Review
  • Size…10 1/2″ x 9″ x 17 3/4″
  • Size..

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