Monday, October 9, 2017

Cake Bakeries For Custom Cakes

Cake Bakeries Offer Many Selections

Although we may at first think of a cake bakery when it comes to ordering a custom-made beautifully-decorated cake for a wedding, holiday, birthday, anniversary, graduation, baby shower, wedding shower, corporate event, or other special occasion, those bakeries also have a thriving business in providing enticing day-to-day specialties that will keep customers coming back on a regular basis as they satisfy their cravings for the sweet treats that greet their eyes and encourage their taste buds to salivate! When a bakery makes everything from scratch, often from recipes that have been handed down from mothers and grandmothers, our mouths drool at the thought of enjoying those eye-catching desirable offerings. When it comes to cake bakeries Chicago IL area, the one that stands out prominently is the Jarosch Bakery in the Northwest Suburbs in the Elk Grove Village. Their skilled bakers and cake decorators have continued a outstanding tradition of excellence since 1959 of creating the most delicious and gorgeous custom cakes for weddings, showers, holidays, and a variety of other special occasions. They also provide fantastic choices of daily “goodies” and specials. For just a few of the multitude of examples offered on their spectacular menu, picture these mouth-watering suggestions: Whipped Cream Cakes including a Rum Torte and others. A Sprinkle Cake, which is a Devil's Food and Yellow Cake with Buttercream filling and icing and covered in multi-sprinkles. Pies including Blueberry or Cherry Crumbles, which are traditional pies with icing and streusel crumbs on top. Coffee Cakes including Apple Black Raspberry and Openface-Fresh Plum. There is a different Coffee Cake Special every Saturday and another special every month. A variety of Cookies including a bag of 24 Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies for only $2.34 when you make a Coffee Cake purchase. Daily Specials include such “yummies” as Raspberry Walnut Slices on Thursdays and Apricot Graham Bars every other Tuesday. Pastries include a Fresh Banana Whipped Cream Tart. Add to all those above an amazing selection of delectable Sweet Rolls, Fry Cakes, Donuts, Strudels, Tortes, Cupcakes, Breads, Quick Breads, Buns, and many Special Desserts.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Do Your Roof Shingles Need Replaced?

How to Determine if Your Roof Shingles Need to Be Replaced


Asphalt shingles are designed to last the consumer many years, with strong protection from the elements. There are times that replacement of shingles is necessary. Below are some of the best ways to determine if you need to consider having a professional roofer repair or replace the shingles on your roof.


Obvious Interior Leaks

Leaks inside the building that come from roof problems have to be fixed quickly before it results in thousands of dollars in water damage to other parts of the structure. These types of leaks can appear as damp walls, water spots on interior ceilings, wet insulation and beams in the attic, or unexplained electrical problems. Lights that flicker frequently during rainy periods are a sign that water is leaking onto areas of electrical wiring.


Heavy Granular Residue in Gutters

When you find a bunch of granular material in the gutters, you can be sure it has come off of the top surface of the shingles. It is placed on the surface of shingles to help reflect the rays of the sun. You should have a professional inspect the roof and make sure the shingles are still in good shape.


Missing Shingles

No matter how small the area is with missing shingles, they need to be replaced to keep a seal against moisture. Shingles can go missing from storms, high winds, age, and other sorts of damage. These are areas that need to be repaired quickly to preserve the wood that resides beneath the shingles.


Curled and Broken Shingles

Inspecting the edges of the roof closely can reveal a lot of information about the health of your shingles. If they are curling at the ends, brittle and breaking, it is time to consider placing new shingles on the roof. Curled and broken shingles offer access to water intrusion that can and will cause extensive damage to the roof.


Shingles Over 30-Years Old

If your shingled roof has reached the age of 25 to 30 years, it is a good idea to begin making plans to totally change out the shingles. You may have a few more years of use left, but you can begin to establish the budget to have the roof resurfaced when it is convenient and needed.

Contact an expert roofing company Hanover MA like South Shore Roofers and set an appointment for a roof inspection today!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Keeping Your Heat Pump Working Efficiently

What Causes Heat Pump Inefficiency?


An inefficient heat pump can be a sign that you need to have it repaired, but often there are a few adjustments you can make that will provide improved heating results. You do not want to put off the care of your heat pump to the last minute and spend the colder months shivering. Below are a few of the items that can affect the operation and heating capabilities of your heat pump.


Extreme Cold Temperatures

You will begin to notice a serious chill in the air when temperatures plummet near, at, or below freezing. You should always consider a secondary, non-electric backup heat source for the extremely cold winter days and nights. A gas furnace is the most economical solution. A secondary electric heating source could result in abnormally high energy bills.


Clogged Filter

The heat pump unit uses a filter to keep the internal workings clean. The filter should be inspected and replaced often. The price is reasonable and keeping it clean and changed will extend the life of your heat pump. Improving and maintaining efficiency begins with simple items like the filter.


Snow or Debris Outside

A heat pump draws air from the outside and extracts the available warmth to use in heating the home. If heavy snowfall is allowed to accumulate and other debris clogs the outside vent, the heat pump will lose efficiency. Keep a shovel handy and keep the snow cleared after each new storm. Diligent care will keep your heat pump unit working at optimal levels.


Thermostat Problems

The thermostat tells your heat pump when to start and stop the heating process. You will notice something off in the heat of the room if the thermostat begins to fail. Have the thermostat checked by a professional. Consider getting a thermostat that allows you to program the heat level of your home.


Lack of Regular Maintenance

Your heat pump unit should have a thorough inspection and tune-up every 12 months. Having a qualified technician check you heat pump can help catch problems early. Routine scheduled maintenance will help it last for years to come.

Contact heating specialists like CC Air and Heat for all of your needed heat pump maintenance Newport News VA today!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pros and Cons of Synthetic Hair Wigs

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are looking into getting a hair wig, chances are you've come across synthetic hair wigs as well as human hair wigs. Both kinds of wigs have their pros and cons, obviously, so some research is helpful before making a purchase. Let's take a look at the benefits and downsides of synthetic wigs to hopefully help you in your choice.



There are several advantages to wearing a synthetic hair wig. First of all, whatever style you end up choosing is the style you will have permanently (or for as long as you wear the wig, obviously). Synthetic wigs basically have a "memory" of sorts, which means that you don't have to fuss with it to retain the original style, even after washing. For example, if you choose a wavy or curly synthetic hair wig, you don't have to fuss with curling every time - or ever - after washing. Another benefit to synthetic hair wigs is the price. These are much more affordable than a human hair wig. So if price is an issue for you, or you just don't feel like shelling out $500 or more for a wig, synthetic is definitely the way to go for you. One last benefit I'll mention is that I have heard that if you want a short hairstyle, synthetic wigs work much better and require much less fuss and care than a human hair wig.



Downsides to synthetic wigs are pretty simple. You can't use heat styling tools on them, which of course you don't really need, since the style is locked in. Why worry over not being able to use a curling iron when you don't need to? Obviously, you can't change the style or color of a synthetic hair wig but again, as long as you like the look of the wig you purchase, there are no worries! Lastly, if you want a longer hairstyle, synthetic wigs may not work for you as the friction caused by your hair rubbing against the synthetic hair can result in frizz. There are some ways to reduce this, but again, if you like a shoulder-length or shorter hair style, this won't be a concern for you.

Divatress is a leading beauty company that I recently learned about, and I was amazed to see the amount of beauty products they offer. Take a look at their catalog that includes beauty products, makeup, hair care products, and you guessed it, synthetic wigs!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How We Chose a New Vehicle

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Our family recently purchased a new (used) car. This was a process we put a lot of thought, research, and of course, prayer, into. Let's be honest, a vehicle is a rather large purchase, and it's something you hope will last you for quite a few years-you don't want to be looking for a new car every year!

Our first step was obviously deciding what type or size of vehicle would work best for our needs. We take quite a few weekend trips as well as a few 2-week trips every year, so we wanted something with third-row seating and a lot of room for luggage. There's usually 4-5 of us on the trips, and being girls, you know we pack more luggage than we actually need! Having something that would be able to pull a small trailer was something we would like, but not necessarily a necessity. From past experience, I knew my top choice would be a Ford Explorer, but we were open to any type of SUV around that size.



The next step was looking for vehicles within a 2-hour radius of us. We live in a pretty small area so there aren't a huge amount of dealers to choose from nearby, which made the internet a big help. One of my favorite websites to use while doing all this was Cars.com. You can search for new or used cars, and also, my favorite part, check out reviews on vehicles. There was one SUV we had been looking at (I don't recall which make/model it was now) that I was very thankful I had checked reviews before we drove to look at it an hour and a half away. It looked/sounded great, was within our price range, and a newer model, but after reading reviews about how it didn't hold up well, we crossed that one off our list. I can not stress enough how important research is - especially reading reviews - when looking to buy a new vehicle!


The last step in our car-purchase experience was having my dad check out the vehicles. He definitely knows more about cars than I do, so it's helpful to have someone with more car-savvy than I possess to look at each vehicle we thought might be an option. He was quick to point out flaws with some, gave a so-so rating on others, and on the one we ended up purchasing, was completely sold on the vehicle's condition, reliability, and overall good fit for us. And wouldn't you know, we even ended up with the exact make and model of vehicle I was hoping for! We've had this vehicle for a little over three months now and have put about 7,000 miles on it in that time. (I said we do a lot of weekend trips!) All our research definitely paid off, as we have not had the slightest bit of trouble with our Explorer.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Keeping Your Boat Shipshape

Buying the Necessary Components to Fix Your Vessel

It is up to you as the captain and owner of your own yacht to keep your vessel in seaworthy condition.  If you neglect its maintenance or fail to make repairs as necessary, you could end up with a boat that no longer works and is not safe to take out on the open waters.

Whether you lack the skills or not to make the needed repairs, you can save yourself time and money by purchasing maintenance supplies, on board necessities, and replacement parts for boats.  You can find the widest array of inventory for yacht owners by shopping online.


Repairs, Upgrades, and Maintenance

A yacht requires the same if not more upkeep than a car.  Just like any other vehicle, it needs regular oil changes, engine flushes, mechanical replacements, and more to keep it in good running condition.  While you could take your boat to a mechanic for the repairs, you may know how to do some or all of the work yourself.  You can get the parts you need for any job by shopping on the website.

The website lets you shop by brand, part, or manufacturer of your boat.  You may find some universal parts that can work inside of the engine or other systems.  However, if you are a brand fan or must use parts that are made specifically for a particular manufacturer, you can also narrow your search by those filters as well.

All of the parts are listed with their full product descriptions as well as their prices.  You know how much you will spend before you get through the end of the checkout process.  The website routinely offers coupons, savings, and other discounts for people who want to save the most money on their purchases.


Other Nautical Supplies

As the captain of the yacht, it is also up to you keep everyone on board happy and safe.  You do not want anyone suffering from a blood sugar crash or medical emergency while you are out on the water.

You can find supplies like granola, beverages, and more on the website.  You can also find first aid supplies as well as buoys, life jackets, flares, and more to keep everyone safe.


The yacht owner has the responsibility of keeping the boat in good condition and passengers safe. You can get everything you need to enjoy every ride in your boat by shopping for parts, supplies, first aid products, and more online.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Making A Cookie Bouquet

Basics Of Making A Cookie Bouquet

If it's hard making a decision on what to get for a gift, then consider making a cookie bouquet. These sweet gifts can be given for a graduation, holiday, birthday or just to cheer someone up and make them smile. They are easy to make and customize with any cookie design that you think the person would like and in any color to match the occasion.

Before you do anything with the basket or the decorations, you need to think about the kind of cookie that you want to make and get the cutters to make them. It's easier to use a cookie cutter than to try to design the shapes using a knife or other tools. If you're making the basket for Christmas, then consider a combination of trees, snowmen, and bells or pumpkins and witches for Halloween. Birthday bouquets could include anything from flowers to animals. Find out what the person likes, customizing the cookie bouquets that you make so that it's something that is just for them to enjoy that day.

When you make the cookies, use sugar cookie dough. Roll the dough so that it's thick. This will allow the cookies to hold up to the icing that is used. A thicker cookie will also work better with the sticks that are used to hold them up in the bouquet. Avoid using gels when decorating as they can tend to run, especially if the bouquet will be in a warmer environment while in transit from one location to another. Use a thicker icing instead of one that's whipped so that it stays in place on the cookie a bit better.

A tip for getting the ideal thickness for the cookies that you make is to put a paint stick on either side of the dough. Roll out the dough until it's level with the sticks. Sucker sticks work well instead of craft sticks for inserting into the cookie. Put the sticks into the cookies before you bake them so that the dough can harden around the sticks. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating. Position the decorated cookies so that they look like a bouquet before wrapping the entire gift with cellophane.