The perfect tabletop Griddle/Crepe Maker from Epica.

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I was really excited about this. For one, I caught an incredible sale, lol. For two, I had never made crepes before, but have always wanted to. This crepe maker is virtually a tabletop griddle. So, you can cook a lot of other things on here. It is lightweight as well, so it is also highly portable, for travel, RVs, going over to a friend’s home for entertaining. It is insanely easy to operate as well. This product arrives with 1 griddle, 1 pamphlet, 1 wooden spatula, and 1 wooden batter spreader.

Since I had never made crepes before, I researched recipes online. There are a ton, for you novices. The key is to follow the directions perfectly. With my chosen recipe, each recipe called for exactly ¼ cup of batter. Before placing the batter on the griddle, I did a thin coating of olive oil. This allowed for no sticking of my crepe whatsoever. The crepe, however, would stick to my plastic spatula. I had never used one like the wood one included, but I can see how it wouldn’t stick to the wood. I also chose not to use the batter spreader. I decided one new thing at a time, lol. What I did do, was, after placing the batter on the griddle, I actually carefully picked up the griddle, and swirled it slowly, to get the batter to spread out. It worked perfectly like this. Then cook the crepe for 2 minutes on each side. Cook crepes on medium heat, as well. This griddle is a 1400watt griddle, according to the included pamphlet. It states 1200 on the online description. It has a turn number to adjust the heat setting. There is no off switch. You need to unplug it to turn it off, so remember that when prepping. Do that first, and then plug it in. It also states there are 5 different temp settings, but there are no set lines to delineate the settings. Just the min and max settings are noted. But, it’s pretty easy to figure out. I placed it in the middle for medium heat, and that worked perfectly for me. There are little rubber feet underneath the griddle, so it sits very well in place. It did not slide on me at all during use. I have had no issues with cooking on my griddle at all. It is a breeze to clean, as well. Overall, this whole experiment has been fun, and very positive. I am so glad I took the chance on this Epica Crepe Maker/Griddle.

Here is the link to the recipe I used off of AllRecipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/16383/basic-crepes/

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon, sold by Perella: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N76NK3C/ref=cfb_at_prodpg

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Cooking the cast iron way with Ewei’s Homeware 10.5 inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan.

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I am the main cook in the home, and I cook almost everything from scratch. Cast iron cookware has been a part of our kitchens since childhood. If you haven’t experienced cast iron cooking, you are missing out. Not only is cast iron a highly durable material, that can last a lifetime, but it adds something to your food. Meats are great cooked on cast iron, and all foods get the added benefit of iron to them, from being cooked on it. Cast iron has great heat conduction. Once it heats up, boy is it heated up. You can greatly turn down the heat, while still maintaining great, even cooking. Don’t forget to use a pot holder though, with this pan. This cast iron pan by Eweis Homewares, measures out at 10.5″ (cooking surface), by 1.96″ deep, by 16.5″ to the end of the handle. This is an easy pan to start off with as well. It has already been pre-seasoned. They only used vegetable oil to preseason it. So, it’s ready to go right out of the box.

Care of a cast iron pan is pretty easy. People tend to over think it, really. The key is to wash and dry it after cooking on it. If I let it soak, I only do for a few minutes, and then it cleans easily. Then I try to dry it as much as possible. If you don’t want it out while it’s thoroughly drying, just place it in your oven to dry. While the pan is still a little warm, you can even wipe it down slightly with vegetable oil also. This will keep the pan from rusting. If you let your pan get damp, and surface rust appears, it does clean easily, and doesn’t affect your cooking. There are a lot of hints and tips online, as well.

Cast iron pans can be used stovetop, in the oven, and over a campfire. They are obviously very versatile to own and use. This pan is well made, and great to cook with. With its ridged cooking surface, it’s great to cook different meats on it. This pan even offers the spout, to make draining easier. Overall, it’s a great addition to our home and kitchen. I am really happy with it, personally.

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I received this for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. – Ewei’s Homeware 10.5 inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan, Square Grill Pan.

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found her eon Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZNF0MK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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A great food storage solution. – GoCranks’ Simple Flow – 3Piece Glass Canister Set.

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My age group is from the Tupperware era. It was the boom of premade foods and plastic food storage. So, I grew up with plastic food containers in my home. Then the boom of BPA hit the news, and we have been slowly moving back to other material choices for food storage, to include glass. I personally love glass storage containers. Not only are they a great chemical free choice for food storage, but they are also normally very pretty to look at. They seem to make everything look better. I love this particular set of 3 jars from GoCrank. You get three jars of varied height. All with airtight seals, which is needed for safe food storage, and they are quite lovely to look at as well. What really makes this set stand out is the small permanent chalkboard labels on them. You provide your own chalk or liquid chalk. Just write on them as you wish, and it comes clean with some Windex and a paper towel. Now, the chalkboard part will probably wear over time, since it’s painted onto the glass, but I really like it. These jars have the traditional metal spring lock on them, so they cannot go into the microwave. These are for storage, not for cooking. The sizes are stated in liters on their web page so I converted them to ounces for you: 16.9oz, 25.4oz, and 74.4oz. So, they can hold quite a lot. I am really impressed with the taller container! Each container is approx.. 4 ¼” wide. Height wise, they are: 4 ¼”, 6”, and 10” tall. These are my own personal measurements. You can actually remove the tops, if needed, to really clean them. On the back of the bottle, you can see where the metal loops hook over the straight metal bar. Just squeeze them, and slide them off; so easy.

These jars are perfect to store candy, tea, coffee, sugar, beans, rice, cereal, flour, pasta, chocolate, animal treats, baked goods, and more. You do not have to store food in them either, but can store craft items, cotton balls, Q-tips, holiday decorations, in them as well. They make great storage containers. The glass is pretty thick. Thicker than I was expecting. The seals are silicone, and they do create an airtight seal. This really helps to keep bugs away from your goodies, as well as helps to keep your food fresh, for a longer period of time. Overall, these are well made and highly useful. And, they look good while doing it, lol. Enjoy!

I received these for free. I was under no obligation to leave my unbiased an honest review. – GoCranks’ Simple Flow – 3Piece Glass Canister Set with Airtight Clamp Lids-Food Storage Container

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXDOHGC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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There’s always a need. – Bolt Goods MINI Plastic Meal Prep Containers (10 Pack 12 Ounce).

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It’s great to have smaller containers on hand for leftovers. I always have extra left over from my meals I cook. I cook everything from scratch too, so I hate waste. These containers are 12oz containers, and you do indeed get 10 of them. They are BPA free and no phthalates or toxic additives, which is one less worry. I love how easily you can store 10 containers. They really stack together well. I have used containers like this in other sizes a lot. My husband and older son are on the road for work, all of the time. If they do not bring food from home, they just live on fast food, and that is not good. They love to take this type of containers. This size is great for one item, be it veggies, fruit, cheese slices for crackers, snacks, etc… They travel well, and work wonderfully in the microwave, too. The lid locks on really well. I was shocked when I first got containers like these. I thought they would be too thin to be any good, but they are pretty great. My guys prefer taking these containers over others. Since the lids lock on well, they don’t pop open on them if it slides off of their seat while driving. They can be used for portion control, easily, if you are on that type of diet. Since the tops lock on well, you can throw some snacks in one and throw it in your to go bag, when you are out with your little ones for the day, too. Overall, these are very convenient, highly usable and easy to clean. We are really happy with this new size. It’s very convenient for snacks for my guys.

I received these for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – Bolt Goods MINI Plastic Meal Prep Containers (10 Pack 12 Ounce) Durable Food Storage Bento Box Lunch Bowl Leak Proof Airtight Lids for Portion Control 21 Day Fix BPA Free USA Made Reusable Washable

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L5P17RS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Pretty in color. – JNG Directs’ PINK – 30 oz. Splash & Spill Resistant Sliding Closure Straw Friendly Replacement Lid.

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I have done many blogs on the 30oz Stainless Tumbler trend and competition. We, as a family, have even converted to them, and use them solely, for the most part. Now, we can add a splash of color to our original stainless tumblers, without having to, unnecessarily, ordering a new colored tumbler. Which, by the way, can be pricey. We can add a splash of color, and change out our cups, by just changing out the lid. I ordered their vibrant pink colored lid, but they do have it available in 7 colors in all. The colors available are all vibrant and deep, translucent colors: Purple, Light Purple, Pink, Green, Orange, Red, Blue. The lid has the sliding cover that completely covers up the drinking spout, for a splash free walk around town, or just to your vehicle. It holds really well too. If your cup dumps over, liquid will leak through the sliding port cover. It is not fully leak proof. There is a wide, and thick silicone ring that creates a really tight seal in the 30oz Yeti tumbler, as well as some of the competitors. I obviously only have a few competitors to test it on. I have one of the competitors that, unfortunately, did not make their opening dimension the same. So, this will not fit with a cup like that. This lid is made out of BPA free plastic. Which, really doesn’t matter, since your drink does not rest in it. It is dishwasher safe, although I only hand wash mine, like everything else. I love how well packaged it comes too. It is mailed in a regular box, not mail order shrink wrap packaging, lol. So, it is definitely a gift worthy item, and the perfect stocking stuffer with the holidays approaching. You can even order colors for the holidays, like orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Red or Green for Christmas, and on and on. I am so happy with this lids’ quality. I am comfortable recommending it.

I received this, at a discount, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – JNG Directs’ PINK – 30 oz. Splash & Spill Resistant Sliding Closure Straw Friendly Replacement Lid – Compatible with Yeti Rambler, RTIC Tumbler, Ozark Trail and others

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JSVEOGW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Good morning to ya! – Have a Nice Day Coffee Mug, Funny Cup with Middle Finger on the Bottom 14 oz. – by Decodyne.

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Lol, was the first reaction I had to this mug. I find it absolutely hilarious, and I can picture so many people I know, using it too. I specifically got this mug for my oldest. He runs his own company, and can be quite stressed. This mug can give him a sense of amusement for sure. When it’s placed on your table, it looks like such a happy, sweet mug. When you tip it up, ba bammmm! I love it. The middle finger image is 3D. You can feel it and understand it, even if you were blind. So, everyone can enjoy this mug. The, Have A Nice Day, words are not in 3D, unfortunately. They are printed on nicely though. The words are also only printed on one side of the mug only. They state that this is a 14oz mug, but I measured the amount of fluid that can comfortably fit into the mug. You can fit 10oz of fluid in it, and still be able to walk to your table, desk, etc., with it. Any more than that, it will probably slosh over the rim. The rim is curved downward to make for a comfortable drinking experience. It feels comfortable on the lips, is what my mom likes to say. And, it is very comfortable to hold. You can comfortably fit your 4 fingers into the handle, if you have smaller hands. Otherwise, there is room for three, which isn’t as comfortable. This mug is also designed for right handers, due to the positioning of the Have A Nice Day statement and the finger direction under the mug. Our mug arrived in perfect condition. I had no discolorations, scratches, or chips in the mug. This is most definitely a gift worthy product. It comes nicely packaged, and will bring an instant smile, once they see the bottom, lol. It’s the perfect coworker gift for sure. We absolutely love it.

I received this mug, at a reduced cost, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – Have a Nice Day Coffee Mug, Funny Cup with Middle Finger on the Bottom 14 oz. – by Decodyne.

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015RUTCXI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One for the ladies! – New Design Beverage Can & Bottle Cooler Insulator Stainless Steel Koozie.

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It’s time to be pretty in pink. Well, for me anyhow, lol. The competition has begun in the double walled construction, stainless steel beer koozies. This is number two for me to review. Yes, we even have the original Yeti one as well. My older son made sure of that. This one is not built up to the overall ruggedness of the Yeti, or even some of the competitors. It is however, made well, and functions well. The largest difference in construction and design is the “lid” of this koozie. It is completely made out of silicone. Even though it has threads built into it and the stainless itself, the lid just pushes on. The threads help keep it firmly in place. It stays put pretty well too though. A bottle can fit in here, but cans are really the forte of this holder. That is what I would stick with this product. The silicone is thick, and soft on the face. If you tip this into drink, and it rests on or hits your face, while drinking, this lid is soft and warm against the skin. Not hot from being outside, or cold, because it’s not made out of metal, like a lot of others.

This product is available in a total of 4 colors as well. So, you can get multiple, and everyone can be designated a color. They have the pink, black, navy blue, and red available. These are insulated, and will help to keep your drinks cold for a longer period than without. I can’t think of a hot can, lol. But, if you have heated coffee in a can, or bottle, this would help to keep it warmer, longer as well. You will not get that horrible can sweat anywhere, since this is a stainless insulated tumbler. They gave a cool tip on their ad page. They state to get the maximum coolness out of this koozie, to fill it with ice water prior to using it. Then let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes beforehand. That never would have occurred to me. It’s easier to just put ice in it, or to place it in the freezer. But then it is so cold to hold, lol. This is not made for the slim cans, but the regular old fashioned shaped soda and beer cans. Depending on the can that you have, it may be harder to shove the silicone top on, than with others. But, it won’t go anywhere once on. Overall, it’s not the best stainless can koozie out there, but it works, is comfortable on the face, and it’s priced well.

I received this, at a discount, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – New Design Beverage Can & Bottle Cooler Insulator Stainless Steel Koozie – Best Sleeve for Beer Bottle and Cans (Hot Pink).

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KQKUPPI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1