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Unconventional Uses for Every Day Appliances


With energy prices rising every year and the averageUK household spending £50 - £90 a year on powering appliances they’re not even using, it makes sense to get the most out of our appliances and get our money’s worth!

Firstly – make sure you’ve got energy efficient appliances which are cheaper to run and better for the environment. The range of kitchen and home appliances from LG offers state of the art technology and energy efficient options.

Next up – let’s look at getting the most out of them. Many common, every-day household appliances have rather unconventional uses alongside those they are well-known for. Here we take a look at some of our best-loved appliances, and the unusual ways we can use them.

Dynamic dishwashers:

A dishwasher is a wonderfully useful appliance, and undoubtedly, one that many of us can't live without. However, it's greatly appreciated cleansing prowess is not just limited to dishes; almost anything can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Designed to be gentle with your crockery, but at the same time, effective at removing grease and bacteria, the dishwasher proves to be the perfect cleaning tool for any number of items. Wash toys, toothbrushes, garden tools, clothes and even hub-caps; the list is pretty inexhaustible, so use your imagination! The dishwasher's usefulness can be extended to food, too: if scrubbing potatoes is a pet-peeve, pop them in for a quick wash; and while you are at it, why not throw in a salmon? As strange as it may sound, many people swear that using a dishwasher is the best way to produce a perfectly cooked salmon. Thissimple recipe explains how.


Freeze your jeans:

The freezer is another appliance that we have become so dependent on; and it also hides a multitude of little-known talents. Surprisingly, candles burn longer, and batteries have an extended life, after being placed in the freezer. Chewing gum is notoriously difficult to get off clothes, but freezing the affected item makes it easier to remove. If you want to sneakily open a sealed envelope, then pop it in the freezer first, and it will open without ripping; you'll also be able to re-seal it, too. Worried about bed-bugs? Then place your pillows or other bed linen into the freezer, as this will kill them off. Perhaps you've bought an expensive pair of jeans, but are concerned about fading when you wash them. If so, your freezer could offer a more gentle approach: place them inside a zipped bag, and leave them for a week; this will kill any lurking bacteria, and eliminate any unpleasant odours, without going through a harsh washing machine cycle. And lastly, a few hours in the freezer can apparently even resurrect a dying computer hard drive, just long enough to extract data before it permanently expires.

Multi-task your microwave:

There's nothing worse than a pongy sponge or dishcloth. However, there is no need to throw them away, as they can be revitalised with a quick blast in the microwave; this will not only remove unpleasant smells, but it will also disinfect the items. Similarly, the microwave is useful in disinfecting chopping boards, even those that have been involved in the preparation of chicken. It is also perfect for preparing beauty treatments, such as hot oil, face masks and wax; and if you feel a headache coming on, heat a gel pack, and soothe away pain in no time.

Give your hair-dryer a blast:

These little gems have untold uses, so don't just limit them to styling your hair. Blast dusty areas that are hard to reach, such as behind sofas or on high shelves, and this will quickly get rid of unsightly dust. If you've ever had problems re-arranging snap-shots in a sticky photo album, then use your hair-dryer (on a warm setting) on the back of the page, and photos will lift off a lot easier. Stickers are the bane of parents' lives; children love them, but have a habit of sticking them in the most inappropriate of places, such as your new dining table. They are frustratingly tricky to remove, but a hot blast of your dryer will get them off in a jiffy. In keeping with the child theme: unless you have wipeclean paint, wax crayons are the enemy. If you discover a vandalised wall, don't panic! Hot air will melt the wax, allowing you to wipe it away simply. Find more stain tips on the Crayolawebsite. If that's not enough, hair-dryers can also be used to remove wrinkles from clothes and shower curtains, and de-mist your steamed up bathroom mirror.

Forgotten fads:

Let's face it; many of us have bought newfangled kitchen appliances, only for them to be shoved to the back of a cupboard gathering dust. Dig out your fondue set and create a tasty broth or Chinese hot-pot. Sizzle some burgers, bake cookies or rustle up a pizza on your neglected waffle iron. There are tons of inspiring ways to use those forgotten appliances, so get creative!
Beth Sachs
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Meal Plan 30th December 2013 ~ 5th January 2014



Its an eating out/leftover kind of week here. Today we off to a pub for dinner with extended family, New Years Day we are at the in-laws and we are at my parents for a meal on the 2nd Jan. In between I will be using up all the  leftover cheeses, meats and vegetables and hope to run down my stocks during January so its a cheap month grocery wise!

Monday 30th December
HM Chicken Kievs, Roast Potatoes, LO Sweet Potato Mash, LO Cauli Cheese, Peas

Tuesday 31st December
Creamy Sausage Pasta for lunch and party food in the evening at a friends house.

Wednesday 1st January
Roast at In-Laws

Thursday 2nd January
Meal at Parents

Friday 3rd January
Homemade Pizza using up leftover cheese and meats.

Saturday 4th January
Spaghetti Carbonara

Sunday 5th January
Prawn and Smokey Sausage Jambalaya
Beth Sachs
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Dress Your Table For Christmas


I was kindly asked to take part in the Debenhams Dress Your Table For Christmas campaign and was given a voucher to spend in their online home and furniture shop on items to decorate my dining table ready for the Christmas season.

After many hours spent perusing the website I opted for the following:

Gold Bell Christmas Tree
2 of these Angel tea light holders, also in gold
Some festive red placemats and a ribbed red runner
I also bought 6 large wine glasses, which are lovely and chunky.
Thanks to Debenhams for letting me take part.

I am busy preparing some make ahead desserts for Christmas today including this no bake Choc Orange Cheesecake. Will be back later in the week with more festive recipes.
Beth Sachs
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Chocolate Mallow Crunch Bars


Chocolate Mallow Crunch Bars
A very naughty treat.... but oh so nice!

If you make this in a foil tray it's an ideal traybake to take to your childrens Christmas bake sale at school or to serve at a Christmas Party.

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Chocolate Mallow Crunch Bars
A naughty chocolately treat.
Ingredients
  • 150g Dark Chocolate
  • 150g Milk Chocolate
  • 125g Unsalted butter
  • 3 TBSP Golden Syrup
  • 220g Digestive Biscuits, crushed
  • 4 Crunchie Bars, crushed
  • 3 heaped TBSP Mini Marshmallows
  • 50g For the topping -White Chocolate, melted
  • 50g Milk Chocolate, melted
Instructions
Step 1: Use a foil tray or line a 20 x 30cm tin.Step 2: Break up the chocolate then place in pan with butter and syrup and melt on low heat.Step 3: Crush the biscuits and crunchie bars then add to the mix along with the marshmallows.Step 4: Press into try, chill then drizzle with the melted milk and white chocolate. Cut into squares when ready to eat.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20 bars
Beth Sachs
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