Bought A Small Rice Cooker as Birthday Gift


My mother-in-law loves cooking and has passed her great skills to my wife and our two daughters. I remember every time we have visited her house she always prepares something special that we have never eaten before and it’s always very delicious. The common thing that I have noticed in all her dishes is that they always have a rice recipe. My small daughter likes cooking one her favorites which is smoked meat and rice. She says her grandmother told her she should pass this recipe to her children so that it stays in the family. The rice and meat recipes she prepares are my favorite dishes and even though some restaurants serve them, my mother-in-law’s still remains the best cook I have ever met. She is able to cook some of the best traditional recipes of most cultures from around the world.

She can’t go to the store herself these days because of her age, so she makes a list of the things she wants and sends my wife to buy them for her. My wife was recently helping her clean her house and noticed most of the rice she has been buying is unused. When she asked her why she hasn’t been used the rice yet, she said she has stopped cooking some of her favorite dishes because she sometimes falls asleep while the food is on the stove and it all ends up getting burnt. I once worked in a cookware store which sold some great electric meat smokers and rice cookers, which I thought among other things, were going to help here because they have zero chances of getting the food burnt after being set.

We decided to buy her a rice cooker first, for her as her birthday gift then the other cooking equipment later on. Since I had worked on the cookware store many years back, I decided to do some research on the best rice cookers that are on the market now. I searched for the top rated small rice cookers so that I could buy the one that has been rated top by cookware experts. Looking at the experts rating I found exactly what I was looking for which my mother-in-law was going to enjoy using to cook. When we gave her the gift she was very happy and said she had thought of getting a small rice cooker to continue cooking her rice recipes. Even better is that she cooked one of her favorite rice recipes the same day using it and the taste was amazing. I have really liked these top rated rice cookers because of their great features and because they cook rice well, so I bought one for us.

My search for the perfect cheap kitchen knives sets

It goes without saying that every household needs a set of cutlery to operate smoothly, at some point you will definitely need to chop some onions, tomatoes, cut vegetables or even bread. It is because of their essential nature that I set out to look for the perfect cheap kitchen knives sets that would come in handy around the house as well as give me value for my money. Before then I had gotten accustomed to poor quality knives whose handles would spoil after a few months of use or would begin rusting.


Hoping from store to store in search for cheap kitchen knives sets, I came across great quality knives with features that could interest you, price of course being my guide. First I care about the welfare of my family and so when I spotted these knives with sheaths, I was immediately drawn. The sheaths not only prevent accidents but also protect the blade. The blades are made of high carbon stainless steel so that you do not have to deal with the rusting and their handles are made of polyresin which are strong and durable. Additionally, the set comes as an assortment of different knives suited for different purposes such as the chef’s knife, bread knife, utility knife, slicing knife and their prices is just amazing complete with a 30 day limited warranty.

I also came across these knives with a hardwood storage box and ergonomic handles for comfort and a secure grip. In all the stores I walked into the seller recommended hand washing of the knives. For those of you looking for cheap kitchen knives sets, it comes as good news that knives are constantly being modified to improve value to you and the prices are unbelievably affordable, you just need to search.

Physically searching for cheap kitchen knives sets can be tiring and so a friend recommended that I look online. The internet brings to you an array of knives sets and all you need to do is filter your search by price to obtain the most cost effective without compromising on quality. Amazon, the largest American online retailer particularly opened up to me a world of knives sets I never knew existed with a variety of fantastic qualities. I had to adhere to the price to select the perfect set for me. After a thorough search both in stores and online, I came across the perfect sets, I am now a proud owner of cheap kitchen knives sets and you too can be.

How crash juice diet helped me lose those extra pounds in just two weeks!

That mad time from Christmas to New Year was finally over! We could count the number of times we ate meals at home, starting from mid December until the fist week of January. Every evening was either at a friend’s place or somewhere outside in a restaurant. By mid January, things started revealing itself! All dresses that would be perfect fits had gone small! So small in fact that I had to literally wriggle into them! So bad that I had to buy a few from the nearest store that was having a clearance sale! I thought a couple would do just fine since I set myself a two-week target of crash diet to go strictly on juices! Since these two-week cleanses do not come cheap, I decided to get myself a juicer that would serve the purpose and then serve me beyond that. I started asking friends for the top juicer to buy for juice diet, at least those who had gone on one sometime in the past. Since their information was rather confusing, with everyone claiming theirs to be the best, I started looking online for one myself!

One thing good though had come out after asking around from friends! They all said that I needed to know my budget, how much time I would spend every morning before rushing off to work, and the amount of juice that I would drink every time. That said, I also needed to know if I would prefer juicing vegetables like celery, carrots, beets, apples or cucumbers, or whether they would be the leafy ones like spinach and kale. I knew I didn’t want any fructose in my juice since I wanted to do away with all sugar in any form from my diet, fructose or otherwise! So it would be only leafy vegetables for two weeks!

Well, that made my choice easier! I had around an hour every morning between waking up and leaving for office. In that hour, I would cram in some intense treadmill run, make some breakfast and then get ready and run to catch the bus at the nearest stop. Now with breakfast out of the way, I could spend some 15 minutes more on the treadmill while breakfast could be prepared slowly in the juicer! So it was a masticating juicer for me! It would pack in all the vitamins and ingredients that would be extracted until the last drop from the vegetables, and that would give me sufficient energy to walk and run through the day like a breeze! I got the top masticating juicer.

I did it for three weeks straight! The diet worked wonders! I lost all the accumulated weight and then some more! Good thing is I fit into dresses easy these days. Bad thing? Some of them hang so loose that now I need to put some weight back on! Ping-pong, that’s how life goes!

How cookware set ratings helped me to buy my perfect cookware set!

When you want to buy a cookware set, the best way to go about it is to look for cookware set ratings across various websites. The task gets a lot simpler if the set you have selected is rated the best across all sites. Unfortunately that never happens, and if one site is rating a set with 5 stars, the other gives the same item a poor 2 star rating. There will always be some who are greatly satisfied and others who curse themselves. So when selecting my set, I started looking at the numbers that give average ratings. This group, at least to me, seemed more reliable than the extreme ones, and would not hesitate to list the merits and disadvantages of products they had purchased.

After extensive research of more reputable cookware review such as Cook With Tina and selling sites, I located one that had the most number of average ratings. I didn’t want a fancy set that had the latest technology and computerized preset programs that could cook different varieties of rice. I was looking for a small stainless steel cooker that would serve my family well. I didn’t want non-stick coated cookers since I had heard about their toxic reactions. I needed a cooker with a keep warm mode though, since we have meals whenever it is convenient and not at any fixed times.


As I said, my decision was largely based on the average reviews. I read them more carefully, and found that most had not gone overboard with the model that I had zeroed upon. They said that the set was good, reliable and trustworthy. Those were the words that I was really looking for! I placed my order immediately through a site that had the least listed price and got my set within a week of ordering.

I have been using my cookware set for the past two years now, rather continuously I would say. I use more or less each item in the set throughout the week. I call the skillets, pot pan, saute pan, and the saucepan more regularly though since I like changing menu every evening throughout the week. I am amazed that all of them have still remained mint condition to this day despite the years, as if they had been bought yesterday. Thanks to my investigating cookware set ratings across a large number of sites, I could locate the ideal set for myself, just perfect for my daily needs and what I had always wanted!

How do you choose between Semi Automatic and Super automatic espresso machine?

It is a bit difficult to decide which of the espresso machines qualifies as semi-automatic and which of those machines qualify as Super automatic espresso machines. I faced this problem when I had to buy one a couple of years ago. The salesperson at the shop was rattling away the features of semi automatic and super automatic espresso machines. Then I had to ask him to explain the differences and not tell me all the features of the machines at one go. Needless to say the salesperson was not able to do that because he was not trained to explain I presume. He could, of course, explain a few differences and thought that since I did not know much about these machines, I would be satisfied with his reply.


Back home, I took out a blank A4 size paper, and divided it into three columns. As a matter of fact, I was thinking how to develop a chart for comparing the two types of machines, especially the ones that impressed me at the shop.

So the first column was for features in detail, the second and columns were for merely ticking the columns to identify whether the features were common. Soon I had a detailed comparison and could identify what was extra or missing in the two.

Did you know that semi automatic espresso machines let you switch off the automatic component in it, which is of course, the pump. You cannot alter temperatures of the boiler. In contrast, you just press a button and the machine does everything. By controlling the pump you can change the strength of the coffee in semi automatic espresso machine. This was something that the salesperson should have known and told me, but he failed to do so. I eventually ordered semi automatic espresso machine because my dilemma of semi automatic or super automatic espresso machine was solved in a jiffy by me.

Which is the good air mattress for you

Young woman sleeping

Before you select your next air mattress you should look at the following four features to determine which model really is the good air mattress to buy. Is the air mattress long enough? It’s easy to forget to consider how long the mattress is as you look at all the other features. Be sure to take into account who will be sleeping on the air bed before making your purchase. Hopefully you will already know the approximate height of any family and friends who might use the mattress so finding out doesn’t delay your purchase. Don’t assume all beds are the same length. Different manufacturers have different lengths so double check the packaging information or even measure the bed yourself. Does the mattress include an automatic or manual pump?

Air mattresses require a lot of air to fill up. You will need some type of pump unless you have very strong lungs. Don’t rule the mattress out if it doesn’t include an automatic air pump. You can always buy one individually. Electric models are either battery operated or operate on your household electric supply. The easiest model to use is the one that plugs into the wall outlet and is considered automatic. Is the Air Mattress Portable and Easy To Store? If you are going to use the mattress every night you will want to store it easily during the day to free up room space. You may even want to take the mattress with you when you travel so being able to roll it up and carry it to your vehicle easily may be an important feature for you. Form follows function. Never forget this simple credo as you decide which product is best. How high is the air mattress?

Some people like the elderly or those fighting medical issues have problems getting into and out of a low bed. If you have the option it is a good investment to get a thicker or higher air mattress. Thinking about these four features will help you select the best air mattress for you and your family.

Telecommuting Sure Beats Rush-Hour Traffic!

So, I finally took the plunge! I recently decided to make a huge change in my career, and I have to say that it has positively affected almost every aspect of my life. I used to be a typical 8-5 office worker in Manhattan; I had a thirty minute subway ride to get to my job, I took my hour for lunch quietly at my desk as was expected, then after work I took that same thirty minute subway ride back home and thought about of all the things that I needed to do once I got home (that I was usually too exhausted to do!).

I realized that this way of life was NOT working for me. My stress levels were through the roof, and I was not getting to do a lot of the things that I wanted to do (like go on dates, go to museums, see movies, take walks in the park during the week). I finally concluded that I needed to alter the course of my career so that I could enjoy life again. Lucky for me, a colleague of mine saw an ad about a virtual, work-from-home style job that had just opened up and shared it with me via email. I applied for the job online, went through a telephone interview and then also a “face-to-face” interview via video chat, and I was offered the job just two weeks later!


The company I work for now has a virtual office in NYC as its headquarters, as well as an additional virtual office in Hong Kong to serve our business’ international clients. The proximity of the NYC office affords me the opportunity to visit from time to time if I need to, without having to report there every day or feeling the pressure of completing my work on a rigid time schedule. Sure, I have virtual meetings daily with co-workers and clients, and I do make lots of business calls throughout the day, but my tasks that are less time-constrained can be completed on MY schedule, and that has been amazing for me.

If you had told me last year at this time that I would be this stress-free and happy with my life, I probably would have laughed in your face. Honestly, I would recommend working virtually to anyone that was even remotely considering it. At times, it can be difficult to self-manage and motivate yourself to focus on work rather than other things that might distract you, but the freedom that it allows you to have in your personal and professional life is incredibly liberating.