Brew the Magic Beans – Two Ways to Brew Coffee at Home

The standard automatic coffee maker can give you a decent cup of coffee with a decent bean and a clean filter. But there are many other ways to get your cup of joe that make the process a bit of a ritual and bring out the flavor of the bean. 

Taking the Plunge with the French Press

The French Press method involves using a glass pitcher with a mesh filter attached to a plunger type lid. Course grind your roasted beans and place them in the bottom of the French Press container. Then pour hot, just under boiling water, to fill the pitcher. Place your lid on top with the plunger handle fully extended where the mesh filter seats atop of the coffee grounds. Set a timer for 4 minutes and after the timer goes off, push the plunger down to the bottom of the pitcher. Pour and enjoy your fresh cup of coffee.

Perfecting the Pour Over Method

Another way to give some ceremony to preparing your coffee is the pour over. This may look like a simple method, but there really is a bit of science to it. First, you need to have a pour over filter holder that is easy to find on today’s market. Next grinding your beans is a bit of an art. Too small and you will be drinking the grinds and too coarse and you will get the water just passing over your beans. This may take a couple of tries. Next, your water temp is pretty crucial. As with the French-press, you want just under boiling water. You will want to rinse the paper filter in hot water quickly before placing it in your pour over filter holder which you place on top of your mug. Now put your grounds into the filter and pour just enough water to get the grounds wet and let it stand for about 30 seconds. This step allows the beans to “bloom.” Bloom is where the CO2 is released from the beans and keeps the taste optimal. Now slowly pour the rest of your water over the grounds and let your mug be filled with a hand-poured pour-over cup of coffee. The pour-over method is time-consuming but for those of you who savor your coffee drinking experience, this process may be the best part of your day.

Next time you want to enjoy coffee consider branching out and trying one or both of the above methods.

Things to Note When Moving

Moving to a new home can be either a fun experience or a very stressful time for you. It all depends on the way you manage the move. Being prepared for the entire process is one definite way of making sure that the whole moving experience is a fun one for you. Follow these simple ideas for a smooth moving operation.

– Find a moving company. Except you want to do the moving yourself, you might be better off with a professional moving company. Ask for good recommendations and decide on one mover that is well within your budget. Schedule a date for the moving with the company when you finally pick one. You can begin this about two months before you have to leave, to give you enough time to wrap up the process.

– Sort and purge. Decide what you want to move to your new home. Some items will probably be too old or useless where you are going too, so you should sell, give to your neighbors or donate to charity. During this period, you should also work on exhausting things that you won’t move, such as perishable food items or cleaning supplies. Ideally, you should start doing this about six weeks before your moving date.

– Start Packing. At about a month to your moving date, you should start packing your non-essential items into boxes. Things that you don’t use frequently should be the first to go in your boxes. Make sure you mark individual boxes with a label that identifies what is in the box and what room it’s going to in your new home. As your move date draws nearer, everything you no longer need until you settle in at your new home you should pack at once.

– Clear out your home. If you have storage facilities outside your current home, like a garage or shed, you should start clearing them out for the move. You want to avoid forgetting something that might turn out to be very important. Wash, dry and pack up all your clothing too. Also, don’t forget to return all items you may have borrowed from neighbors in the past.

– Final arrangements. In the last days before you leave, go round your house a few times to be sure you are not leaving anything behind. Pack a night bag that you can live out of, pending when you finally settle in at your new home. If you are using professional movers, be sure to ask them for wardrobe boxes to make it easier to have your clothes when you arrive. If you need recommendations on moving companies, ask around at the next neighborhood meeting.

Moving doesn’t need to be stressful for you if handled well. Sometimes all you need is a plan of action.

Safely Disinfect the Refrigerator

Apart from the door to your home, one door that continually opens and closes is the access to your refrigerator. The kids open it, your friends open it, everyone always wants something from the fridge. The refrigerator is one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It helps in preserving both raw and cooked food, storing drinks and condiments. Its functions make it essential for it to be clean to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Apart from health reasons, dirt most times makes household appliances get old and faulty.

Disinfecting Your Refrigerator Safely

Take out Everything

  1. Unplug the refrigerator
  2. Take out Everything
  3. Take out any removable parts of the fridge such as shelves, drawers, and bins.
  4. Dispose of fruits, vegetable, food or drink that are moldy or expired.
  5. Dispose of meats that have unpleasant smell or freezer burn

Wash the freezer thoroughly

  1. Soak parts in a basin of warm water with your regularly dish-washing soap for some minutes.
  2. Scrub the parts clean with a sponge.
  3. Dry up parts properly with a clean cloth before putting them back into the refrigerator in case of excess water.
  4. Scrub off the stains from the walls of refrigerator and freezer.
  5. For tough stains, apply a bit of baking soda with some water to produce a mixture of a thick paste. Then use it on the stain and allow to sit in for an hour before wiping it out with damp cloth or sponge.

Don’t Forget the Outside

Use a multipurpose spray and microfiber cloth to wipe the handles and the outer surface of the refrigerator. If the outer surface of your fridge is stainless, it’s best you use a stainless-steel polish rather than a multipurpose spray to prevent smudges.

Put your food items back in

Put back food into the refrigerator and clean jars or bottles before putting them in. Double-check the expiration date on any item before keeping them back.

Disinfecting your refrigerator doesn’t look hard, after all, you can do this in less than 20 minutes. It is crucial and hygienic to do a complete clean-up at least once a month to prevent stale and unpleasant odor. Out of your busy day to day schedule, it’s necessary you create a monthly time table for disinfecting your refrigerator and make sure you stick to it. Stay clean, stay healthy and always remember health is wealth.

Wrap Up a Home Sale

After you accept a buyer’s offer to purchase your house, it may be only a few weeks until you finalize your home sale. However, problems may arise that slow down the home selling process. And if these problems linger, they may stop your home sale altogether.

As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to ensure the home selling journey is quick and seamless. If you know what to expect after you accept a buyer’s offer to purchase your residence, you can prepare accordingly.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to help you wrap up a home sale.

1. Negotiate with a Homebuyer As Necessary

Typically, a homebuyer will request a house inspection after his or her offer to purchase your residence is accepted. This appraisal will enable a buyer to identify any underlying problems with your home. It also may lead a buyer to request a price reduction or property repairs in order to finalize a home sale.

Although you may have allocated significant time and resources to upgrade your residence before you listed it, a home inspector still might identify assorted house issues. In this scenario, you should be ready to negotiate with a homebuyer to find a solution that satisfies the needs of all parties involved in a home transaction.

2. Remain Patient

Ultimately, the period between when you accept an offer to purchase your house and closing day may seem endless. At this time, try to remain patient and focus on the big picture, and you may be better equipped than ever before to limit problems that could slow down your house sale.

It generally is a good idea to be open to communication with a homebuyer as well. If you keep the lines of communication open with a buyer, both parties can work together to ensure a home sale goes according to plan.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

For those who are stressed out about the home selling journey, there is no need to worry. In fact, if you work with a real estate agent, you can receive expert guidance at each stage of the home selling journey.

A real estate agent is committed to helping you achieve the best-possible results. He or she will collaborate with you throughout the home selling journey and help you identify and address any potential home selling hurdles.

Let’s not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent provides after you accept a buyer’s offer to purchase your home, either. At this point, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about a home inspection request and the final results of an inspection. Plus, as closing day approaches, a real estate agent will help you get ready for the big day.

Take the guesswork out of selling your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble wrapping up a home sale.