With Shrove Tuesday coming up next week we wanted to mark the occasion with some super-fluffy buttermilk pancakes with blueberries.
Buttermilk pancakes are famously American, so we’ve adapted a recipe originally by Martha Stewart – you don’t get much more all-American than her!
Since we received our PizzaSteel a few weeks ago, we’ve not stopped using it – it’s absolutely perfect for using on the stove-top as a griddle.
The buttermilk pancakes go so well with the blueberries – they have just the right amount of sweetness. Add a final drizzle of real maple syrup and they’re a perfect Pancake Day treat!
- 220g/7¾oz plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½tsp salt
- 2 tbs sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 600ml/21 fl oz buttermilk
- 60g/2oz butter, melted, plus extra for the griddle/frying pan
- 125g/4½oz blueberries
- Pre-heat griddle/frying pan to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas mark
- Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl
- Add the eggs, buttermilk and butter and whisk to combine. Don't over-mix, the batter should have small to medium lumps
- Put the oven on its lowest setting
- Test the griddle/frying pan by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters, it's hot enough
- Using a pastry brush, brush a little butter onto the griddle/frying pan. Wipe off any excess with some kitchen towel
- Using a 100g/4-ounce ladle, pour pancake batter, in pools 5cm/2 inches apart from one other. Scatter the top with a few blueberries
- When the pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2½ minutes) carefully flip them over
- Cook until golden on the bottom (about 1 minute)
- Repeat with the remainder of the batter, keeping finished pancakes warming on a heatproof plate in the oven
- Serve with maple syrup
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If you’re having renovation work completed you have an excellent opportunity to think about pest management at the same time. Before the renovation work begins it’s a good idea to speak to a professional exterminator in Chesapeake to ask them to conduct an assessment which can then be discussed with the renovation expert you employ.
We’re going to take a look at what pest control measures could be considered. We’re also going to explain why it makes sense to include them in your renovation project.
What pest control work can be included as part of the renovation?
The reason why you should consult with a pest control expert before you have renovation work carried out is so they can put their expertise to use advising what pest control measures could be included in the renovation work. This could include:
- Sealing gaps and cracks in the exterior walls of your property to help prevent pests from gaining access.
- Sealing gaps around kitchen cabinets.
- Repairing any leaks, or problems with water damage, that may be present.
- Using pest resistant materials.
- Applying boric acid to areas behind walls which can help prevent cockroach infestation
This is a selection of pest control measures that can be included as part of a renovation project. Hopefully, you can see why these measures are so important.
Why include them in the renovation?
If you’re spending money on having your home renovated, you want the final result to be as successful as possible. If you do not pay attention to pest control as part of the project then you’re missing out on a great opportunity to make sure your home is protected.
Of course, there’s also a chance that a pest infestation could damage the work that has been completed. This being the case, it makes sense to take all possible action to protect your property against potential pest invasion.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the issue of pest control is resolved forever. You should have your home inspected for pests at least once every two years. This doesn’t change even if you include pest control in your renovation project; unless the pest control experts advise otherwise. Having the work completed does mean that you are less likely to encounter a problem with pests.
Once the renovation work is complete, you should speak to the pest control experts about any further recommendations they may have. They’ll also advise you about future inspections.
Hopefully, we’ve shown you why a renovation project is a good opportunity to address any potential pest control issues. It makes sense to include any pest deterrent improvements, from a practical and financial viewpoint. If you neglect the opportunity you may have regrets if a problem with pests ends up causing damage to the renovation work you’ve just had completed.
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You need to care for your tech devices in much the same way as you do your own body – looking after both inside and out. Whether it’s your mobile phone, desktop, laptop or tablet; games console or smart watch you need to look after both its hardware and software. These items can be pretty expensive to buy and to fix; having to live without them is unthinkable for some! Here are the top 4 things you need to do to properly care for your tech devices and keep them in tip-top condition.
Invest in screen protectors, covers and cases
If you’re anything like us, you use your computer and phone whilst eating or drinking at the same time. Even if you think you’re being really careful, they still tend to get a bit sticky and grubby. Keep your devices clean with anti-bacterial spray cleaner and a specialist cleaning brush set for getting between the spaces on your keyboard.
Keep them clean, but also make sure you keep them covered… especially if you’re clumsy and prone to dropping things! Start with a clear screen protector – they only take seconds to apply, but they stop the glass getting scratched and can help save it from shattering. Enclose your mobile in a leather iPhone case, it safeguards from daily wear & tear and makes it look great at the same time. I use my iPad for following recipes as I cook; I use a case with integral stand to keep it upright and clean… save a few buttery fingerprints here & there!
Install anti-virus software
One of the most stressful and scary things that can happen to your tech device is unknowingly installing a virus, Trojan horse or some other kind of malware. It can completely disable your machine and can cost a lot of money to get someone to put it right. And you may even unintentionally infect the devices of friends, family and work colleagues. These situations can be easily avoided by installing anti-virus software – and there are some good, free ones available.
AVG Anti-virus (AVG AntiVirus for Mac® | AVG AntiVirus FREE | AVG AntiVirus for Android™)
AVG AntiVirus includes real-time security updates, scans for both malware and performance issues, and even catches malicious downloads before they reach your device. It blocks unsafe links, downloads and email attachments.
Avast Security (PC, Mac & Android)
Avast is one of the largest security companies in the world using next-gen technologies to fight cyber attacks in real time. They have an immense cloud-based machine learning engine that receives a constant stream of data from our more than 400 million users.
Keep your hard drive spick & span
There are a few, simple things you can do to keep your devices running quickly and smoothly. By freeing up disk space you not only stop your device becoming sluggish, you also extend your battery life. Always keep your apps updated, developers are always tweaking them, fixing bugs and improving performance. Quit, don’t just close apps that aren’t being used. Don’t simply put files into your trash – delete them completely by emptying the ‘trash’/’recycle bin’. Keep anything that you don’t need every day on an external had drive – especially large files such as images, music and video.
There are lots of useful apps that can help you keep many of them are free or cost very little. Here are just a few.
AVG Cleaner (AVG PC TuneUp® | AVG Cleaner™ for Mac® | AVG Cleaner™ for Android™)
It quickly finds any hidden clutter you may have accumulated and clean it with just one click.
This is a Mac maintenance tool to clean up junk, boost performance and remove malware and viruses.
Everybody loves the drag and drop nature of OS X. Drag an app into your applications folder, and it’s installed. You’d think it would be that easy to delete an app – just a matter of dragging it to the trash. But it’s not. Apps install support files on your computer that generate clutter. Introducing AppZapper. Simply drag one or more apps onto AppZapper. Then, watch as it finds the extra files and lets you delete them with one click.
Reno Uninstaller (PC)
Has powerful features to uninstall programs scanning for left over files, folders and registry entries after uninstall.
Disk Diag (Mac)
Disk Diag is a free, simple and efficient tool for cleaning your Mac. It takes the hassle out of finding which files are clogging-up your Mac hard drive by instantly scanning and discovering what’s taking-up space.
Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from macOS, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least macOS 10.12 (Sierra).
Removing unused language packs is different for Windows® operating systems. Read about going about it here.
Prepare for if it gets lost or stolen
No one wants to think about the possibility of their device getting misplaced, lost or stolen; but it happens to people every, single day. There are things you can put in place if, in future, you need to locate a lost or stolen device.
For Mac products – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and MacBook – the Find My iPhone app is a security essential.
Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, remotely lock it, play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it.
For missing iOS devices, Find My iPhone also includes Lost Mode. Lost Mode locks your device with a passcode and can display a custom message and contact phone number right on the Lock Screen. While in Lost Mode, your device can keep track of where it has been and report back so you can view its recent location history, right from the Find My iPhone app.
If you have an Android phone, you need to enable the ‘Remotely locate this device’ and ‘Allow remote lock and erase’ settings in the Google Settings app. You’ll find them under Security → Device Manager. If your Android device goes missing, log into the Android Device Manager on the Google website and it’s location will be mapped out. From here you can ring, lock or erase your phone’s data.
Windows phones also have built-in settings to track missing mobile devices. You will find them here: Settings → Privacy → Find my phone. Tick the box to ‘Save my phone’s location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find’. So long as you have done this you will be able to search for your phone’s whereabouts via your Microsoft account. From here you’ll be able to ring, lock or erase it’s data.
Doing these four simple things will ensure that your tech devices will enjoy a long and prosperous existence!
This wonderfully serene Viennese apartment is the home of Svenja, a 20-something interiors & lifestyle blogger. She blogs at traumzuhause which translates from German as ‘dream home’.
The brilliant white painted walls, ceiling, door, window frames and up-lighter give a feeling of space and calm. The window is huge and is fitted with an inconspicuous, white roller blind which allows for maximum sunlight to shine through.
The lofty ceiling means that the long statement pendant light fitting has the necessary room to be admired to the max. The beautiful herringbone wooden floor is softened with light-coloured rugs and the grey, L-shaped sofa allows for two people to recline in comfort.
We highly recommend you visit her blog where you’ll find lots more inspiring photos of her home.
- Ay illuminate ceiling light, hand-woven cotton
- Muuto Restore storage basket
- Light up message board
- Nexus floor lamp, white finish by Nordlux
- Duke large side table Ø 90cm
- Stelton grey Emma vacuum tea jug
- Acapulco lounge chair
- Grey sheepskin rug
- Coconuts milky white 121 scented candle by Broste Copenhagen
- Grey Columbia corner sofa
If your home or holiday home is feeling a bit cramped and you’re thinking about the possibility of moving, then there are a few alternatives that you might want to consider before you go to all of the hassle of viewings, coping with solicitors and all of the problematic processes of a move.
Rather than going to pastures new, have you thought about extending your existing place? There are many different ways to create new space in your current location, if you have the room to do so.
This can be a really quick job that creates an extra room if you currently have some loft space that isn’t being used effectively. What feels like a wasted space can easily be converted into a new bedroom or an office.
A conservatory can add a significant amount of space to your property and can been done fairly cheaply. Perfect for enjoying the warmer weather and can really brighten up the entire feel of your downstairs area. Spending time where you are experiencing more daylight even impacts your mood and your well-being.
If you need some extra space for storage then you could buy a shed for the garden. You can get all kinds of sizes and materials to store the bigger items that are taking up room around the property.
If you’re looking for something bigger for living space, then you could opt for a building to be erected outside if you have enough room. Take a look at some Armstrong Steel reviews for some feedback from customers who have chosen steel buildings to create extra property. They could turn out to be a lot less expensive than you think and could be the perfect option for an office or a living room.
If your household is one of the many that don’t use the garage to park their car in, then you could use the space for something much better. A garage conversion can transform your living space and give you the opportunity to expand your living room, dining room or kitchen area.
Improve your storage options
If you have lots of items, maybe toys that are frequently in use, are you storing them wisely? Try to opt for dual purpose storage options; storage boxes that can also be used for seating, when you buy a bed, buy one that has storage drawers built in and look into options for built in wardrobes and cupboards. There are so many inventive ways of creating extra space and if you can get a good joiner, you can create storage space practically anywhere.
If you’re starting to feel that your home is getting too small to live in then take a look at all of the available options and get some quotes for the different possibilities. Moving home can be really stressful and time-consuming, so if you’re already happy with your current location then make the most of the alternative ways to create extra space.
It’s taken us a whole 5 years to revisit the work of graphic designer and animator Ryohei Yanagihara (1931-2015) – 柳原良平 in Japanese. His most famous work was his Uncle Torys character for Suntory Whisky. The other main brand for whom he produced work was shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K Lines. They even have a virtual museum and shop on their website dedicated to his work.
He also illustrated several children’s books including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Babies Onomatopoeia.
Here’s a selection of Yanagihara’s animations from YouTube
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