Restricted Air Flow-AKA(-It’s hot in this house!!!!)

   The condenser coil, (the one outside your home), is one of the most important parts of your air conditioning system.  The big job at hand for the coil is that it takes out the heat that’s been taken out of your home and moves it outside.  But when your coil is dirty with built […]

It’s Cold, Hope You Don’t Need Heater Repair!

It has been frigid these last few days with this massive arctic blast coming in from Siberia, and it’s not over yet.  But here in Amarillo it is calming down some what to more seasonal temperatures.    But how is your heater?  Is it working properly?  When was the last time you had someone look at it for a possible heater repair?  Its very important that your system is clean and running at full capacity.  Your heater could look like this.

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Cracks like this are not good and can cause carbon monoxide in your home.  That poisoning gas can make you light headed and sick, and in younger children and infants and the elderly it can cause serious issues and death.  How about your ignition on your heater?  How does it look?  If it looks like this your heater is not running and lighting at its best.   Is your blower motor clean?  How’s the blower wheel?  If your home furnace looks like this, then you will need some heater repair, and possibly heater replacement if this goes untouched for a while.  Heater repair is a whole lot cheaper than replacement.  Please don’t get caught in extremely cold temperatures and no heat in your home.  Heater repair can make your system run more efficient and make your home much warmer.  Call Adam’s Air today and help you with keeping warmer.  806-316-1103

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A Thanksgiving With No Sweat Involved

Photo by David Meredrith

 

The web page, Real Simple, gives some great tips for making this Thanksgiving a bit easier.  Thanksgiving usually has family, friends, and lots of food, and people wanting to help but basically just getting in your way.   I don’t mean to sound rude but its true.  Well here a few tips to ease the stress and pain.

Print a Blank November Calendar

As you plan your meal, fill in each week with what you need and when to shop, and any deliveries that need to come to the house.

Make Your Grocery List on November 1st

Don’t wait until the week before Thanksgiving to figure out what you’re making—and don’t feel pressure to experiment with fancy recipes. Find a few you trust and put every ingredient on a shopping list. Divide the list into perishables and non-perishables, so you know what you can buy immediately (like spices) and what you’ll need to buy later (like milk).

Set the Table the Night Before

It’s a simple task, but it’s one thing you can cross off of your to-do list on the day of.

Empty the Dishwasher and all Trash Cans the Night Before

Plus, line your bins with extra garbage bags so you don’t have to hunt down a fresh bag when the garbage starts to overflow.

Prepare as Much as You Can in Advance

Gravy bases can be frozen and vegetables can be cooked and refrigerated for up to two days. For dishes that can’t be made ahead of time, consider the prep work that you can do in advance—like peeling potatoes so they’re ready for quick mashing.

Establish a Make-Your-Own, Breakfast Policy

If you have a house full of overnight guests, let them take care of the morning meal themselves. Stash ready-to-go foods (like muffins, granola bars, and cereal) in open spaces and let everyone know where milk, spoons, bowls, and napkins are in the kitchen. Establish the “every man for himself” rule first thing in the morning so that you can focus on cooking the feast (or making coffee).

Make Edible Napkin Rings for the Kid’s Table

That way, they won’t complain about being hungry before dinner. The secret? Use pre-made crescent or pizza dough baked into 4-inch rings.

Use Square and Rectangular Pans

This way, you’ll be able to fit more dishes in the oven—whether you’re cooking or just keeping things warm.

When In Doubt, Ask Guests to Bring Ice

You can never have enough. And when the refrigerator is full, ice buckets are a great way to keep drinks cold.

Save Easy Jobs for Early Birds

Chances are, at least one of your guests will arrive 30 minutes early. Rather than stressing about having everything ready, reserve a few simple tasks that people can help with, such as filling the breadbasket or pouring water.

Stock Up on Stain Busters

Yes, someone will spill red wine on a white shirt. For that, plus other guaranteed messes, stock cotton cloths, dish soap, white vinegar (for coffee stains), and pretreat sticks (like Tide to Go).

Use Dried Herbs

Just realized that you have store-bought dried basil in your pantry, but you’re lacking the “fresh sprigs of basil” your recipe requests? Don’t fret—and don’t run to the store. Instead, just use this substitution: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for one tablespoon of fresh herbs.

Print Out the Turkey Time Chart

Just realized that you have store-bought dried basil in your pantry, but you’re lacking the “fresh sprigs of basil” your recipe requests? Don’t fret—and don’t run to the store. Instead, just use this substitution: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for one tablespoon of fresh herbs.

Take Temperature Like a Pro

Our test kitchen warns: Don’t place your thermometer too close to the bone—it won’t read correctly. Instead, slide it into the thigh horizontally until it taps the bone and look for the magic number: 165° F.

 

Chill Wine Quickly

If guests arrive way too early (or you just need a glass after a long afternoon in the kitchen) try this trick for cooling your bottle fast: wrap it in a damp dishtowel or paper towel and stick it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

We would like to take this time to wish you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!