• December 5, 2020

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(Family Features) It can be challenging to raise a baby even in the best of times, but many parents need additional support for the education and care of their young children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, both parents work in nearly two-thirds of families with children. The number of working single parents is even higher.

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(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it's time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home's components and make your property safer overall.

Monday 11/30/2020
A Surprising Assistant
Updated: December 04, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink.  

With, for example, the BLANCO IKON Low-Divide white farmhouse sink, prepping your ingredients and getting your sweets into the oven can be faster and easier than ever.  

Here are seven reasons: 

•You get a custom floating cutting board that lets you transform the area into a functional prep space.  

•The way a farmhouse-type sink is installed also provides a more ergonomic set-up by bringing the sink closer to you, so you can tackle food preparation with less strain on your back, so you enjoy baking more. 

•It can also make cleanup easier. If the recipe calls for eggs, say, you can crack them on the side of your sink. You won’t need to worry about wiping up messes on your counter because the sink is made of a durable granite composite material called SILGRANIT that’s super easy to clean. Sticky or messy baking substances, such as egg whites, can be quickly wiped away with a sponge or easily rinsed down the drain. Its non-porous, food-safe surface is long-lasting and low-maintenance because it resists liquids and residue.

•It can also save you time. Just toss all the dirty plates, spatulas, and whisks into the sink. The material it’s made of is heat-resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 536°F, much hotter than most baking requires. It will not blister, burn, melt or discolor from heat.  

•There’s an optional floating grid you can use as a cooling rack.

•Because a farmhouse sink has two bowls, you can use one for prep and the other for cleanup.  

•The low-divide and deep bowl mean getting large baking sheets into the sink is a breeze during cleanup. 

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For further facts, tips and recipes, go to www.blancoamerica.com

 

Cook Up A Low-Maintenance Kitchen
Updated: December 05, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—An increasing number of families are finding how much fun it can be to cook and eat at home—but an easy-to-clean-and-work-in kitchen can make a big difference.

Here are five ideas on how to have one that can help you save time, effort, and expensive cleaning supplies.

1.Be clever about cabinetry:  Choose simple, flat door cabinets without molding or raised panels which can collect grease and dirt. Soft-close doors help reduce touch points. 

2.When you get down to it, the right flooring and a well-thought-out floor plan can reduce the likelihood of messes. The “work triangle”—from sink to refrigerator to cooking appliances—should be designed with an ergonomic flow in mind so moving around the room is easier, faster and less likely to result in spills.  Avoid textured linoleum or any flooring with wide seams and gaps. 

3.Apply the same principles to appliances: Stainless steel is both beautiful and enduring and can now come in a fingerprint-resistant finish. If you store them in cabinets instead of on countertops, that’ll keep them cleaner.

4.Hot ideas for stoves: Get sealed burners on gas cooktops; flat glass electric, and induction tops make it far easier to wipe up spills. A strong ventilation hood with dishwasher-safe filters will reduce dust and grease in the kitchen so it doesn’t settle on surfaces. 

5.Be smart about sinks. Food-safe surfaces that reduce bacterial growth are important. A hygiene-friendly sink material solution, ­SILGRANIT by BLANCO, has a non-porous surface with a smooth stone-like finish that resists stains, scratches, chips, acid and heat. The Hygienic Plus surface acts as a shield against dirt and germs while reducing bacterial growth by up to 98%. Plus, the material needs no harsh chemicals to keep clean—just soap and water or baking soda, since the hydrophobic surface pushes away dirt and water so it easily drains away.

6.A fact about faucets: Engineered with a solid brass body and a flexible, high-quality hose encased in stainless steel, the SOLENTA semi-pro faucet is both durable and easy to clean. It also provides the ultimate hands-free experience by combining reliable materials with a sophisticated start-stop technology so there’s less to clean while you’re keeping clean.

Learn More

For further facts and tips, visit www.blancoamerica.com.

 

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