Category Archives: Family and Friends

Char Broil Big Easy

turkey fryer (free clip art)

turkey fryer (free clip art)

Today our friend, Larry, used his Infrared Turkey Fryer/Grill for the first time. We cooked chicken thighs and drumsticks.

The infrared heat locks in flavor and keeps the food moist; you use no oil, so there is no chance that it will burn, splatter or spill and there is no oil to recycle or to clean up. The infrared heat circles the cooker and penetrates the meat evenly, so it is moist and juicy on the inside and nice and crispy on the outside.

The meat is healthier too, because any grease or fat drips away into the drip pan located at the bottom of the cooker.

It cooks much more quickly than traditional methods too, it only took 1/2 hour to cook several pieces of chicken and they were done to perfection with the skin cooked crisp and the color was a beautiful golden brown. And, there were no uneven burned areas such as when you use a grill.

I thoroughly enjoyed using it and the food was delicious!!!!

When We Need to Buy a New Roof

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roof (free clip art)

The last house we lived in was brand new when we bought it. We had only lived in it for about twelve years before we had to hire some Columbus roofers to come out and replace the roof. There was supposed to be a twenty-year guarantee on the shingles, but they were terrible, brittle, and broke off easily. Obviously there was something wrong with those shingles. When we tried to collect on the warranty we found out that the company had gone out of business, so we were stuck with no recourse and ended up having to foot the bill for the entire replacement! That was an expense that I was not happy about incurring!

When we first moved here nine years ago, I was quite concerned that we were going to need a new roof soon. My husband kept assuring me that the roof was in fine shape. The house is as old as the one we had just before this one, and I don’t know if the roof is the original one or not. Every spring I mention to my husband that I’m worried about the roof, and every spring he assures me that it is fine.

I think that when it is time to replace this roof that I would like to look into something other than asphalt tiles. Maybe a metal roof, or those tiles that look like they are made out of some kind of red clay. I don’t know what that type of tiling is called, but I think it is really nice looking. I just have a gnawing feeling that we could probably get some kind of roofing that does a better job of insulating the house than the asphalt tiles currently do.

One of the things I like about metal roofs is that snow slides right off of the roof, so you never have to shovel snow off of it! But when it rains, sleets, or hails, it is really loud inside the house! I don’t know if adding insulation in the attic would help to muffle all of that noise. I hope that when we do have to buy a new roof, that we can find something that I like that is easy maintenance, energy efficient and affordable!

Independence Day

Independence Day (free clip art)

Independence Day (free clip art)

I caught my mother off-guard today when I asked her this question: “Do they have the 4th of July in England?” She looked at me with a confused expression on her face, then replied “no.” I laughed at her and told her “Of course they do, Mom! They just don’t celebrate it like us Americans do!”

I don’t usually get the better of her…… That was funny!