How to Choose the Best Slush Machine for Different Purposes

Best Slush Puppy MachineSlushies are refreshing and the kids love it. You can buy slushies from the supermarket or the alternative option is to make them from the comfort of your own home. To make the perfect slushy, a slush machine is necessary. Thankfully, this device is now widely available. When looking for the perfect slush puppy machine, there are a few different aspects to consider.

Purpose

You should be clear of what you want your slush puppy machine for. If you were planning on buying one for commercial use, the best thing to do would be to look for a model that is fit for it. Consider where you will put it and how the location can affect your machine and the product. If you want a home slush machine for your kids, you should also consider how safe it is to use.

Size

If you’re looking for a home slush machine, why not buy a smaller one that you can store in your countertops or on small tables? On the other hand, if you’re planning to sell slushies, you may want one that can last longer. You can look for freestanding ones for commercial purposes and one that can store more to cater high demands.

Freeze Time

Whether it is for home use or for commercial, you want the best slush for everyone. The consistency of the slush is important that is why you need to keep it frozen. Some machines have a setting to choose the right level of consistency so think about this feature. Other machines cannot keep up with the heat especially when these slush machines are put outdoors. Upon browsing for a slushy maker, think about the freeze time.

Automatic or Manual

Slush machines come in different types. There are those that can be manually refilled. These are great for home use. Alternatively, you could get an automatic slush puppy machine that combines a powder mix into water. All of this is happening without you or any person doing work. All it takes is 5 minutes.

Cost

Keep in mind that a device that’s suitable for commercial use will cost more than home slush machines. This is because you need to please the customers and to do that, you need a machine that can give them the best product. However, the best machines aren’t always pricey. You just need to be keen in looking for the right one for you.

Manufacturer

When purchasing a slush machine, make sure the manufacturer is credible and trusted by many. Contact the seller to ask for a warranty. This way, you can get a replacement if there are inconsistencies in their claims.

Whatever machine you opt for, keep in mind the safety of your family and other people who will use it. You can now have more fun knowing that you are away from hazards.

Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds & Parmesan Cheese

Arugula SaladSo, dinner last night consisted of a really yummy salad of mixed greens with spinach, arugula, sunflower seeds, grated Parmesan cheese and some lardons dressed with some freshly-cracked pepper. What are lardons, you ask? It’s basically a fancy French way of saying little strips of fried bacon.

It was delicious, and it was another let’s-use-whatever-we’ve-got sort of kitchen sink meal. I had bacon leftover from a previous salad, we wiped out the Parmesan, I love throwing sunflower seeds into all of my salads for that salty little crunchy surprise, and we dressed it simply with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Not bad for using what you have on hand, if I do say so myself!

Have any of you ever heard of The Grocery Game? It’s basically a voucher site, but something about this one I like better than other voucher sites…well, actually, I know what: Its design is more catchy, you can view all of the products on sale/with vouchers from your local stores at once, you can sort by product or store name, Sainsburys is included, you can print your list…

But you have to pay £5 every eight weeks after your free trial of 28 days. At first I thought it was £30, which I don’t think would have been worth it but yesterday alone I gathered £10 worth of vouchers, for stuff I actually normally buy/use — even the healthy stuff at Sainsburys, like Seventh Generation dish soap and facial tissue! And I’m behind the game because I just started keeping my voucher inserts whole and dating them (most sites, like these two, tell you what insert by date and name the voucher is in, so if you’re like me before and cut them and sort of leave them all over the place, I can never tell now, for example, if I’ve already clipped and/or used an Always voucher from May 15th). I’m really excited about this one. I have four weeks to try it, so we’ll see how it goes. I do believe that sometimes you have to spend money in order to save money.

Anyways, I hope you’re enjoying your week. We took a nice long walk to our local Dairy Queen last night — a once-in-a-summer sort of thing — and there’s only one other place I have on my to-do list to go with the baby another night to kind of get it out of my system, but bagels have also always had a summer sort of connotation for me (dating back to my secondary school volleyball days!) so hopefully we’ll pop over to a bagel shop and surprise Daddy one morning. Also on my summer list is an outdoor mall with a splash pad for kids, a walk in the forest preserve, hitting a museum on a free day, going to the beach, going to my dad’s golf club pool and possibly joining a local group to make more friends around here. The days just fly by if you don’t up and decide to Just Do It, so maybe we’ll knock another item off this list today.

What are your plans now that summer is in full swing? Inspire me!

Making a Blue BLT Salad

Blue BLT SaladI had a dream on Sunday about blowing too much money from our food budget at Sainsburys, and so I was very careful on Monday to not let that happen. I wanted to go there for the local turkey lunch meat, so I figured I could also pick up two dinner items for the week, whatever was on sale. With about £30, I purchased a whole organic chicken, four pieces of bacon for a salad, a pound of ground turkey, five yogurts, some organic red kale, three tomatoes, a spice rub my husband wanted to try and well, if I’m forgetting anything, so be it.

I was about to choose between Gorgonzola or regular old blue cheese for the salad, too, but my husband reminded me we had blue in the house from the farmer’s market — yea! I get so excited by the little “saves” like that. So we had a blue BLT salad: blue cheese, bacon, arugula and organic tomatoes. It was SO good! The cheese really made it, but I was also proud of myself for picking the perfect amount of bacon and not being shy about just asking for four slices, instead of a half pound, or a quarter pound, or whatever. I wanted four slices, so all I got were four slices. (It’s the little things that make me happy.)

My husband dished up the goods before I was able to snap a picture, but with such simple ingredients you can imagine how it looked and tasted! With a little bread and fruit on the side, we had a nice family meal, a walk, and finally gave the baby a bath in the “real” tub — I know, he’s 14 months old, so #1 he’s not really a “baby” any more and #2 it took us long enough; our stopper leaked before and we kept forgetting to buy a rubber one at Wickes. He loved it, just like our little whale kiddie pool, and all in all it was a great night.

Hope your week is going well!