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Cloth Tortilla Warmers: A Review

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Cloth Tortilla Warmers: A Review

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We made homemade tacos a few nights ago; and of course, around here, homemade tacos always include homemade flour tortillas.

We’ve been making these tortillas for most of my kids’ lives, yet we’ve always had one challenge: how to keep the extras warm while we finish cooking–as well as for the duration of the meal (because most everybody that eats our tacos goes back for seconds; sometimes even thirds).

This past November, I was tasked with preparing tortillas for a rather large Mexican-themed party. This necessitated finding a solution for optimal temperature control.

And boy, did I.

 

These heavily insulated, cloth ‘pockets’ I found at Amazon aren’t elaborate or tech-y (is that a word?), but they perform brilliantly. I actually ordered two, since our party required us to make several batches of tortillas.

After this latest round of tortilla- and taco-making, I remain impressed by this gadget. After our leisurely meal, I busied myself with after-dinner cleanup. When I went to get the leftover tortillas, to put them in a ziplock to use for later in the week, I could barely handle the steamy pile with my bare hands. Still piping hot, they would’ve remained so for at least another hour.

Even if you prefer the convenience of store-bought tortillas, there’s still the challenge of keeping a batch warm. These inexpensive cloth warmers will provide plenty of heat for your South-of-the-border cravings.

But you need not limit this nifty warmer to Mexican fare; it’s also useful for keeping any type of bread warm (as long as it fits inside)–even pancakes and waffles.

The days of dried out tortillas, from sitting in a warmed oven, are over and done with for me. I’ve stepped up my game! Maybe these warmers can help you step yours up as well.

 

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10|< Quick Prayer: Denial

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 | 0 comments

10|< Quick Prayer: Denial

Denial

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10|< Quick Prayer: Nothing!

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 | 0 comments

10|< Quick Prayer: Nothing!

Nothing

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Leesa: The Mattress Review You’ve Been Waiting For! (With Video)

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Leesa: The Mattress Review You’ve Been Waiting For! (With Video)

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Never in a million years did I think I’d order a mattress online. Yet after a bit of window shopping (and developing a bad case of sticker shock!), I was ready to at least entertain the idea of thinking outside the box.

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From what I read online, people were impressed with the mattress. And we had 100 days to decide if we’d prefer a no-hassle, full refund.

The more I learned, the more I thought, what do we have to lose? After Brian gave me the okay, I took the on-line mattress-buying plunge.

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About a week after we placed our order, the UPS man delivered this heavy, but not-very-large box to my doorstep.

As for the unboxing, well, I captured that moment on film, just for you! (Sorry for the grainy picture, it was late enough in the day that the lighting was poor.)

 

The Leesa mattress is manufactured for comfort with the average sleeper in mind, providing a medium-firm feel (a thorough overview of the company and the construction of the mattress can be found on the Leesa website).

First things first, it is a beautiful mattress!

After sleeping on it several nights (and then going out of town and sleeping on even more mattresses), here are my observations:

The company suggests you allow the mattress an hour to fully expand. I don’t think it took ours that long.

The bed does a good job of displacing the motion of movement. Of course our old mattress was well beyond its prime, but I can tell a huge difference when the dogs jump up on the bed, or when Brian is turning from side to side–I notice very little movement on my side now.

When I lay on it, I feel two things; first, support! But not so much support that the mattress has no give. It’s not pillow-soft, yet not so firm as to leave you feeling as if you’re sleeping on a rock.

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After the first night, I asked Brian how he slept, and he said, “fine.” Of course, when Brian says “fine,” you never really know what that means, so I pressed for more information. The only qualification he could give that was that the “new mattress” odor bothered him when his nose was facing the mattress; other than that it was fine.

That actually summed up my own experience.

After about a week, we had no complaints; nor did we have grand exclamations–the mattress just . . . worked. As I tried to ascertain whether our not having any bold endorsements meant the mattress wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, I had a revelation: by purchasing a mattress sight unseen, we’d removed the emotional component from the shopping experience.

Think about it, when people typically shop to look for a mattress, they might try one; then try another. We’re looking at the style of each one; trying our best to lay on them like we’re sleeping on them (without making a total fool of ourselves); and we’re looking at the price tag. Human beings are funny creatures. Sometimes, a sheer number (as in purchase price) can have a profound effect. Too cheap, we may write a product off as no good. And seeing a more expensive option, we assume it to be a quality mattress! Or we’re inclined to think the opposite: wary of over-priced models, looking for the cheapest price available. All of this input tends to factor into our processing as we move from one mattress to another.

With the Leesa mattress, the only thing we had was the mattress–and 100 nights to decide if it worked. It’s amazing how, for me, that removed the emotional factor, leaving me in peace to make a decision.

So, two weeks in, is that?

I’m glad you asked! If I hadn’t gone out of town for 5 nights last week, I’d probably still sound about like Brian sounded after that first night: it’s fine, leaving you to wonder where, on a scale of 1 to 10 fine actually is. In five nights, I slept on three different mattresses,–two in a couple of mid-level of hotels, and one in a nice bed and breakfast. And every morning, I awoke with the same feeling: I miss my Leesa mattress!

Of course, I still have 86 nights to decide, but I think Brian and I already know the answer: the Leesa’s a keeper. It was a good price, and it seems like a good company (they provide one mattress to homeless shelters for every ten they sell, which I appreciate). All in all, that’s what I call a win-win.

 

PS: If you’d like to try a Leesa mattress, you can get $50 off by using the promo code found here: http://go.referralcandy.com/share/B9RV8VT

 

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10|< Quick Prayers: Open Our Eyes

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 | 0 comments

10|< Quick Prayers: Open Our Eyes

Open the Eyes

For I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints, and so that you can know and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named above every title that can be conferred, not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.

 

And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:17-23 (AMP)

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10|< Quick Prayers: Where Are You? The Discipline of Faith

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 | 0 comments

10|< Quick Prayers: Where Are You? The Discipline of Faith

Where are You

Why, God, do you turn a deaf ear? Why do you make yourself scarce? Psalm 88:14

. . . lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20b

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10|< Quick Prayers: The Search For Wisdom

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 | 0 comments

10|< Quick Prayers: The Search for Wisdom

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Ecclesiastes 5:2

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