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4 Ways to Make S’mores

Making s’mores is really easy but you can make them in a variety of different ways. First, let’s go through the basic ingredients that create the perfect sandwich: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow.

Do you want to know the simplest way to make the smores? Break the cracker in half and lay both parts. Top one with a square of chocolate. Then, heat up the marshmallow to melt it. Add it on top of the chocolate and press the second half of the cracker over the s’more. It’s ready.

You can go through the same process with slight differences on the stove, in the oven and in the microwave. And you can also opt for alternative ingredients.

Gas stove

On a plate, lay the graham cracker half with the chocolate. Use a skewer to hold the marshmallows over the high heat flames of the stove. Let it heat up for a few seconds and turn off your stove. Use the remaining cracker square to press the marshmallow over the chocolate. You can do it the exact same way on the grill.

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Oven

You can make several s’mores at a time. Preheat the oven to broil. Add the cracker halves on a sheet tray with an inch of space around each square. Top all of them with the chocolate. Finish it all with the marshmallows. Place 6 inches below the top of the oven. It will only take 15 to 30 seconds so, don’t look away. Remove and top with the remaining squares.

Microwave

By now, you’ve noticed that the process is always the same up until the marshmallow part, right? Well, then just microwave the s’more for about 15 seconds. Remove them, top them with the crackers and enjoy.

Alternative ideas

You can substitute the graham crackers for oreos, the marshmallow for peanut butter or the chocolate for hazelnuts. You can even go for cold s’mores and create incredible ice cream sandwiches that you can cool in the refrigerator for later.

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10 Essential Kitchen Appliances for Your Recipes

Have you ever stopped yourself from making a delicious recipe because you didn’t have the necessary appliances? Go through this checklist and get your kitchen properly stocked.

Skillet

A skillet is absolutely indispensable. You’ll use it for beef, vegetables, eggs, sandwiches, and everything in between. It’s without a doubt the most used appliance for stovetop meals. 12-inch+ skillets, made of stainless steel and with a no-stick interior are the ultimate option.

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Stock pot

A staple of any true kitchen, the stock pot will let you cook pasta, potatoes, stews and soups. The best ones are thick and resistant with a multi-ply design to hold in heat. Make sure they come with a lid.

Slow cooker

The slow cooker is incredibly versatile. They make it so easy to cook the richest meals. Basically, you just have to throw your ingredients and wait.

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Saucepan

Essentially, the saucepan is the medium-sized version of the stock pot. You can use it for soups and vegetables or for simpler meals of smaller portions.

Mixing bowls

Every kitchen should have a set of at least three medium to large bowls for mixing ingredients. The ones with lids are great as they can also be used for storage and serving.

Sheet tray

To cook in the oven, the sheet tray is the popular solution. And rightfully so. A good sheet tray is truly adaptable. It helps you make pizza, cookies and finger foods. They can also be slid under roasting trays to save from dripping. The tray should be large and durable.

Knife set

A great set of knifes will be one of your biggest allies in the kitchen. Look for one that comes in a knife block for easy, safe and visually pleasing storing. The ultimate knife set must include at least a large chef’s knife for slicing, a paring knife for more meticulous tasks, a serrated knife to cut bread and tough fruits and a honing steel to properly sharpen the knifes. A high-quality knife set can last you decades.

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Spatula

A spatula has practically endless uses. Therefore, it’s a must. You’ll be constantly using it so, get a spatula that is durable and sturdy. Ideally, you should have a set of spatulas of different sizes.

Measuring cups

Have you ever seen a kitchen without the classic pyrex measuring cup? You probably haven’t because it is completely essential. Although you should also have measuring spoons, the cups measure larger quantities. They are microwavable and usually come with a pour spout. That way, you can melt some ingredients and pour them right into the mix.

Cutting board

You can do your cutting and slicing without a cutting board but it will ruin your knifes and your countertops. Have a set of cutting boards to prepare different foods.

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The 5 Best House Plants and How to Take Care of Them

Just because you don’t have a garden, it doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the ambience inside the house. Take a look at five of the best indoor plants.

Anthurium

These indoor plants are very popular and originate from Colombia. They have long, dark-green leaves with a leathery texture and produce red, pink or white gorgeous flowers that last for weeks and are shaped like a heart.

To bloom, the anthurium requires bright but indirect light. The soil must be kept moist from spring to fall and a little drier during winter. It can grow to 48 inches tall. The plant will be much healthier if you fertilize it every two weeks during spring and summer with phosphorus liquid fertilizer.

Bromeliad

These perennial plants form colorful rosettes and are pretty low maintenance. They need medium to bright light, although not directly, and do great in pots with fast drainage. You should water the bromeliad by filling the central cup once a week during spring and summer. In fall and winter, do it less regularly.

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To prevent water stagnation, you need to flush it frequently. Once per season, you can drop a fertilizer with slow release into the cup or mix it with the soil.

Devil’s ivy

The devil’s ivy is also known as golden pothos. It’s a fast-growing vine perfect for anywhere in the house. They are really adaptable and can be potted in glass vases, hanging baskets and practically everywhere else you can think of. They are incredibly low maintenance and yet are one of the most stunning house plants.

The coloring of the leaves can range from cream and gray to yellow and green. The devil’s ivy doesn’t require regular watering or fertilization. Water it deeply once a week in the warmer seasons and every two weeks during winter. In the summer, you should prune the plant and place the cuttings in glass jars with water for them to create roots.

Maidenhair fern

The maidenhair fern can make a truly beautiful addition to your home. The leaves are light green, feathery and shiny. The plant is perfect for hanging. Taking care of the maidenhair fern requires a bit of your time and attention. The light should be moderate and they grow well in warm spaces with a bit of humidity.

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A great hack is placing a saucer with pebbles beneath the pot. Pour water on the saucer to just bellow the top of the pebbles. As the water evaporates, it produces a humid microclimate around the maidenhair fern.

Mass cane

The mass cane is great for beginners. It grows up to 59 feet tall and has long green leaves with stripes of yellow. It’s arguably the best option if you’re looking for a large home plant.

The light should be indirect but bright, although the mass cane tolerates low lighting. Water it once a week. But be aware of something very important. The mass cane is toxic to cats and dogs. So, if you have pets, this is definitely not the plant for you.

So, which one of these plants will be the first one you decorate your indoors with?