Blog Posts in 2015

  • Black-Eyed Peas' Perfect Companion: Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

    December 30, 2015
    Our intern Alex simply loves green bean casserole. He requests it as a main dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year’s Day meal! He shared his secret twist on this classic recipe with us, and claims it’s the perfect pair for your good luck-filled, black-eyed peas! During the holidays, you may feel pressure to find a new and exotic dish you can share with your family this year. Why not ...
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  • From My Kitchen to Yours - Cookies for Santa

    December 24, 2015
    By Alex Woodby One of the many traditions during Christmas time is setting out milk and cookies for Santa. Have you thought about what cookies to make this year for Christmas? Here are a few of my favorite seasonal cookies! These treats are great for kids to make with their parents, while also making special, holiday memories. Sugar Cookies 2 3/4 cups of flour 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter 1 ...
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  • Favorite Holiday Treats

    December 18, 2015
    The holidays bring to mind treats of all kinds… from sugar plums to candy canes! I know Santa loves his cookies and milk, but one of the best treats that I’ve had is a peppermint ice cream cake. Peppermint is a taste that is common during the holiday season. What better way then to make a cake out of it? This is also a perfect dessert to make when expecting company because it’s easy to make and ...
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  • Reheating Holiday Leftovers

    December 8, 2015
    One of the best parts about the holidays is enjoying the leftovers for several days afterward. You put so much effort into cooking the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie and more; it’s a shame to only enjoy it for one night. To ensure your leftovers taste just as good as they did fresh out of the oven during Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and other celebrations, follow these leftover ...
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  • Vinegar – Your Kitchen’s Best Friend

    December 1, 2015
    Vinegar is a well-loved ingredient in recipes ranging from salad dressings, to marinades to dessert ingredients. But did you know that vinegar is a stable for household chores as well? We uncovered so many life hacks for vinegar that we’ve decided it just might be your kitchen’s best friend. You Can Use Vinegar to: Remove Sticky Residues Has holiday cooking left you with mysterious gooey ...
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  • Upcycle Holiday Leftovers

    November 24, 2015
    By Alex Woodby Your family is traveling in from across the country, and you’re preparing an amazing Thanksgiving feast! With happy faces, delicious dishes and memories in the making, there’s so very much for which to be thankful. And after the plates are cleared and the tummies full, are you ever left wondering what to do with all the leftovers? The good news, you don’t need to throw them away or ...
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  • Who Knew What You Could Do With the Microwave?

    November 18, 2015
    Many of us just use microwaves for reheating food or your cold coffee for the third time. But did you know that there are many other things you can do with your microwave beyond world of just heating? We have gathered a list of easy food recipes to test out in the kitchen, as well as some things you can do to just make your life easier! After all, the microwave became popular due to its quick ...
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  • Dishwasher Loading Tricks

    November 3, 2015
    Ever wish you could squeeze just a few more pieces into your dishwasher? Who wants to load and unload more times than absolutely necessary? Your friends at Mr. Appliance have developed a few tricks and tips that can you save time and money. Start Clean If your dishwasher has not been cleaned recently, it won’t run efficiently. Get a fresh start by running it through the rinse cycle while empty. ...
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  • Traditional Caramel Apples

    October 29, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John The crisp air, cooler temperatures, and festivities make fall a beautiful season. When I was young, fall was always synonymous with family. During one of the busiest months of the year, my parents always encouraged, and required family activities on the weekend. Whether it was visiting a pumpkin patch, doing a hayride, or carving jack-o’-lanterns, weekend activities were ...
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  • Freaky Fridge

    October 26, 2015
    What do you think of when you hear the term holidays? For some it’s a time of celebration and decoration predominately Christmas through New Year. For others it’s a year-round festivity. After all there’s National Hat Day in January; Valentine’s Day in February; Saint Patrick’s Day in March; Easter in April… You get the idea. There’s always a time and place to decorate and celebrate. The novice ...
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  • Cleaning Hacks for the pantry

    October 19, 2015
    If you’re tired of cleaning your home with chemicals, it’s time to try a more natural approach. You don’t need to go out and buy weird ingredients to clean without chemicals; in fact, the top three cleaners are probably already hiding in your fridge or pantry. Here are your kitchen’s top cleaning hacks using lemons, vinegar and baking soda. Cleaning with Lemons Freshen the fridge: Find the culprit ...
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  • Pumpkin Bread

    October 12, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John While growing up, fall time in my home always meant our house was filled with smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Since I was young, my mom has always made the most delicious, homemade pumpkin bread. Hopping off the bus every Friday afternoon, I ran threw the back door to find my mom in our kitchen and the pumpkin bread in the oven. This is home. This is fall. There are ...
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  • Kitchen Safety

    October 4, 2015
    We all have that family favorite go-to meal that we can make blindfolded with one armed tied behind our back. You know the dish…the one that elicits accolades and praise from the family and sends you into a temporary “I could be the next Rachael Ray” euphoria. But it’s in these exact moments when we trust our culinary know-how and we maybe get a little careless in the kitchen. Think about it. You ...
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  • International Coffee Day

    September 29, 2015
    I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me Spinach… So, spinach gave Popeye his super powers. What’s the keeper to your powers? If we asked 83 percent of adults in the U.S. before sunrise on any given day, the answer would unequivocally be a steamy, hot cup o’ Joe. But why do so many have such a strong affinity to their morning java? Besides the delightfully alluring, almost spellbinding aroma and ...
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  • Freezing Foods 101

    September 14, 2015
    Some of life’s most thought provoking and deeply philosophical questions are: Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place? What is true happiness? What is the difference between living and being alive? And the question that is undeniably the most scratch-your-head perplexing of all…what foods can be put in the freezer? It seems logical that freezing food is the best way ...
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  • Labor Day Safety

    September 4, 2015
    Labor Day is a holiday celebrated in the US on the first Monday in September. The purpose of this federal holiday is to commemorate the American labor movement. That’s the official side of Labor Day, but in reality most associate Labor Day as being summer’s last hoorah. This three-day weekend is a chance for folks to bid farewell to the carefree days of summer and usher in hectic school schedules, ...
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  • Cook Now...Freeze Later

    August 24, 2015
    Don’t you just love coming home after a long, hard day at work and spending hours in the kitchen preparing supper for the family? Of course you don’t. But it’s a reality for a lot of folks. No rest for the weary, right? So, to make things easier we often either call in a to-go order or make a pit stop in the drive-thru lane. Definitely easier and more convenient, but is it worth it in the long ...
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  • Brain Freeze: Frozen Treats

    August 17, 2015
    We’ve all been there. It’s hot outside and nothing sounds better than a nice, frozen treat. You dig in and all of the sudden…sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. In other words, BRAIN FREEZE! Basically, a brain freeze happens when something super cold touches the warm roof of your mouth. It usually happens when it’s hot and you eat or drink something a bit too fast. Does that mean you’re banned from ...
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  • Campfire Banana Boats

    August 13, 2015
    By: Courtney Clark While growing up, summertime was synonymous with camping – hiking, fishing, rafting…you name it, we did it. My family was part of a “camping club” that included a handful of families from church who would alternate picking camping destinations for weekend excursions. We’d circle up our campers and RVs Oregon-Trail style and share stories, meals and experiences together. It was ...
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  • Desserts on the Grill

    August 3, 2015
    So, you walk outside on a summer evening, take a sniff and there’s the undeniable, unmistakable aroma lofting throughout your neighborhood…someone’s grilling! Your taste buds salivate and your heart palpitates. It just smells so good. The only thing that can stop this reaction is firing up the ol’ grill. But a burger just wont’ do the trick. It’s time for a mid-night snack on the grill. Your ...
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  • Grilling Do's and Don'ts

    July 28, 2015
    Don’t you just love spending your summer evenings sitting on the patio, sipping your favorite summertime beverage and enjoying a meal hot off the grill? The entire atmosphere of good friends and good food bolsters a kumbaya-esque kinship for the whole evening. But what if the chicken catches on fire and the hamburger patties are char-grilled into an unrecognizable blob? And all’s fine and dandy ...
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  • Summer Fun with Pizza

    July 20, 2015
    By: Spencer Cutright As a kid, summertime in my home always meant fresh ingredients, bright colors and bold flavors. No dish better accentuated all of these characteristics than homemade pizza. Since I was young, my parents have always encouraged (and required) family meals together. Making pizza was a not only great way to spend quality time with my siblings and parents, but it gave me the option ...
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  • Grill Safety

    July 14, 2015
    Light up the grill, invite guests over and party on the patio until the sun goes down because summer is here. Grilling is the perfect reason to take any meal outdoors, and almost any food you can think of can be grilled. From pizza to kabobs , you name it…you can grill it. However, grilling can be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association an average of 8,800 home fires are ...
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  • Grill Maintenance Tips

    July 7, 2015
    With regular grill maintenance, you can make sure that your next party on the patio will be a fun and safe summertime memory for all.
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  • Treats for July 4th

    July 3, 2015
    A holiday party without festive and fun treats is like peanut butter without jelly. Like macaroni without cheese. Like a movie without popcorn. Like Lucy without Ethel. You get the idea. It’s something you don’t even want to think about. Plain and simple, it’s just not right. The Fourth of July is certainly no exception. You’ve got to have treats that sparkle… treats that wow…treats with pizazz. ...
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  • Waffles Galore

    June 28, 2015
    Author Lauren Myracle is quoted as saying, “You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!” Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Think about it. Waffles are the whole package with crunchy, tasty goodness on the outside and hot, soft lusciousness on the inside. It seriously just doesn’t get any better. So, in honor of this month’s Waffle Iron Day, your friends at Mr. Appliance have come ...
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  • Getting Rid of Static Cling

    June 23, 2015
    Static cling is kind of like that annoying fly that stalks you, taunts you, mocks you and literally dive bombs your head every second you turn around. The more you swat at it and mess with it, the more determined it is to bug the fire out of you until you finally surrender in exasperated exhaustion. So, maybe that’s somewhat of an ever-so-slight exaggeration; but nonetheless, static cling can be a ...
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  • The Perfect Picnic

    June 19, 2015
    Break out the wicker baskets and Tupperware – it’s summer time and that means it’s picnic time! There’s absolutely no reason why you should go home and eat the same ol’ meal inside at same ol’ boring table when you can have a fun meal outside on a blanket. Right? Right. A spontaneously planned picnic may be just what you need. And we at Mr. Appliance have got you covered with a few handy-dandy ...
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  • Summertime and Strawberries

    June 15, 2015
    By: Sarah Trocolli Summer time means strawberry time for my family. We can never seem to get enough of them. My great Aunt Sarah loves to bake and she introduced me to her delicious strawberry cake as a present for my 14 th birthday. Ever since then, my strawberry love has grown into an obsession. This cool, creamy cake is a simple recipe that’s great for birthdays, outside parties or any ...
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  • How to Love Your Stainless Steel

    June 8, 2015
    Tired of the love-hate relationship you have with your stainless steel appliances? Mr. Appliance® has 4 easy-to-do tips that will help you fall in love with your stainless steel.
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  • Keeping Towels Fluffy, Soft and Absorbent

    June 1, 2015
    That fluffy, fresh-from-the-store feel on towels is incredible. But it only takes a couple of months before those perfectly, fluffy towels begin to loose their youthful spark and become less soft and absorbent. No one wants to buy new towels whenever time begins to wear them down. Here are a few tricks you can use to get your towels looking and feeling like new. 1. Vinegar and baking soda always ...
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  • Dryer Sheet Magic

    May 27, 2015
    The dryer sheet is no longer just for the laundry room. Mr. Appliance® is sharing our tips to dryer sheet magic around the entire house.
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  • 4 Spring Cleaning Spots you Forget to Clean

    May 27, 2015
    by Maddie Ogletree Spring cleaning is definitely not my favorite time of year. In fact, spring cleaning often turns into “summer cleaning” as the warm weather becomes the norm. Still, at some point I muster up the courage to tackle my apartment, and make my way to the kitchen. After covering the basics, cleaning the counters, organizing the fridge, etc., I always find myself overlooking a lot of ...
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  • Cooking for Mom

    May 7, 2015
    There’s just something about Mom. Moms are truly extraordinary people that may not always receive enough appreciation for all that they do. That’s why Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show all the moms in your life just how special they really are. Since Mom is always the one to do the family’s cooking, give her a break this Mother’s Day and cook for her instead! Start her day with a delightful ...
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  • To Dry or Not to Dry

    April 28, 2015
    Nothing can ruin your day more than pulling your brand new top out of the dryer, only to find…it shrunk. If you’ve experienced this one too many times, it may be time for a quick refresher on what types of clothing you should keep out of the dryer. First of all, always check the clothing care instructions on the label to find out if and how the item should be dried. When in doubt, it’s always ...
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  • The Green Load

    April 21, 2015
    Since doing laundry is not something we can avoid, let’s make it our mission this Earth Day to be a friend to Mother Earth and reduce the energy used by the washing machine and dryer. Did you know that the average American family washes 300 loads of laundry a year? At 68 cents per load, this adds up to a yearly total of $204. Nearly 90% of energy used by your washing machine is used to heat water, ...
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  • Easy Steps to Kitchen Cabinet Organization

    April 14, 2015
    By: Emilie Sims As I opened the cabinet door, what seemed like hundreds of Tupperware® containers came crashing to the floor (and that wasn’t the first time it had happened). In that unfortunate moment, I chided myself and then found myself wishing I had taken the time to simply organize my cabinet, in order to prevent such catastrophes from transpiring in my kitchen. If this is something you’ve ...
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  • Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning

    April 13, 2015
    You can save money and reduce fire risk with regular dryer vent cleanings. Call your local Mr. Appliance® today and schedule your next dryer vent cleaning.
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  • Have Fun While Doing Laundry

    March 19, 2015
    Woohoo! It’s laundry day. Aren’t you just beside yourself with excitement and anticipation? You get to spend the entire day surrounded by burped-on baby clothes, smelly athletic wear and a myriad of mystery stains and smells that have yet to be classified. But it’s fun. Laundry is fun! You’re probably sitting there shaking your head and thinking that laundry fun ranks right up there with the other ...
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  • Vinegar: Your Kitchen's Best Friend

    March 6, 2015
    By Endia Turney I have a confession. Sometimes I neglect my appliances or use harsh products on them because they won’t get as clean as I want them to. Well, I did. I don’t anymore. I used to always see my mom doing her spring cleaning and slaving over the kitchen appliances, trying her very best to get them as clean as possible. From then on, this thing they call spring cleaning was on my ...
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  • Microwave Madness

    March 1, 2015
    Did you know that the microwave was first patented in 1945? More than likely, you did not actually know that interesting nugget of water-cooler trivia. But what you do know is that the microwave is a literal lifesaver for your busy schedule. It doesn’t matter if you’re making game-day goodies, after-school snacks or movie-night munchies the microwave is your kitchen BFF. But aren’t you tired of ...
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  • Easy Holiday Cookies

    February 26, 2015
    Sandra Lee is known for her “Semi-Homemade” cooking show on the Food Network. She once said, “Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.” We think Sandra hit a homerun with this statement. There’s just something about a cookie – especially a Christmas cookie – that can bring out the inner cookie monster in anyone. ...
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  • 3 Easy Steps to a Clean Fridge

    February 24, 2015
    By Emile Sims Spring is just around the corner. And the start of a new season means it’s time to start afresh, clean and get organized! If your family is anything like mine, your kitchen is far from clean (the refrigerator in particular). Especially if you have young boys living in your house, odds are that your refrigerator will suffer more spills than you’d like to admit. You’ll know it’s time ...
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  • Roses are Red. Grass Stains are Green.

    February 24, 2015
    "Roses are red and grass stains are green. To knock out stains, you just gotta get mean!" Grass stains on white baseball pants….tomato sauce on a new pink shirt…ink blob on favorite khakis…grrrrrr. It’s common knowledge that clothes with spills and stains are automatically tossed in the trash or are recycled into cleaning rags, right? N to the O. No way. You can absolutely knock those stains out ...
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  • Decoding Laundry Labels

    February 13, 2015
    Decipher those crazy laundry labels with this easy-to-read guide.
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  • For the Love of Pumpkin: Pumpkin Recipes

    January 26, 2015
    The first day of fall is almost synonymous with pumpkin. Pumpkin this…pumpkin that. Pumpkin seems to bring out inner obsessions. Well, maybe obsession is too strong of a word. Let’s call it pumpkin mania. Think about it. People line up at the local coffee shop waiting, drooling, and practically panting for their beloved pumpkin spice latte. Restaurants serve seasonal pumpkin flavored menu items. ...
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  • Keeping Your Whites White

    January 24, 2015
    You know the rule…no wearing white after Labor Day. But let’s get real. Who really follows that rule these days anyway? Bustle.com has an interesting listing of the 5 times you shouldn’t wear white: Weddings Funerals Hot Dog Eating Contests Ice Bucket Challenges Apple Picking There’s no mention at all about post-Labor Day wardrobe choices. When asked about the wearing white after Labor Day rules, ...
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  • S'mores: A Favorite Fireplace Snack

    January 13, 2015
    Baby, it’s cold outside… Even if it’s cold and gloomy outside, you just can’t beat the warm fuzzies from a crackling fire in the fireplace. But what can make the enchanting moment even better? A fireplace snack! And there’s no snack that can beat a good ol’ fireplace s’more. The ooeyness, the gooeyness, the messiness and the yumminess make a fireplace s’more the best winter snack – ever! S’mores ...
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  • A New Year. A New Me.

    January 5, 2015
    Wow! 2015 has been quite a year so far. We’ve survived monstrous snowstorms, crowned a super bowl winner and celebrated 40 years of Saturday Night Live. And that’s in just two months. But what did YOU do during those two months? Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Nielsen.com compiled a list of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 – Stay fit and healthy Lose weight Enjoy life to the ...
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