Home and Kitchen

From allergens to smelly pets (or kids), we could all use a little fresh air now and then.  I’m one of those “misses work” type allergy sufferers. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years in an effort to get some relief, especially when I’m home and out of the deadly winds of the… Read More

Have you ever left the house and forgotten to turn a burner off on your stove? That’s not a trivial problem as every year many house fires originate with the stove. Wallflower is a smart device that will send an alert to your phone and will sound an audible alert when you’ve left the stove… Read More

I scream, you scream, we all scream.  Someone calls the police and the situation becomes awkward.  And one great way to break through that awkwardness is with home made ice cream.  Today we are going to take a look at the Pampered Chef Ice Cream Maker.  How easy is it to use and will it… Read More

An electric kettle is a really useful appliance to have around the kitchen. The AICOK Electric Kettle not only promises some new design & safety features but gives you a set of 6 preset temperatures for more refined control of your hot water for teas and coffees (in addition to a boil). How does it… Read More

Hey gadget guys, quit rolling your eyes. I know this is the Gadgeteer and most of our focus is usually on geek tech and nerdy gadgets, but sometimes you just want to be a little fancy. Am I right? These napkin holders from Animi Causa will let you do that in the easiest way possible. Grab… Read More

We showed you a Star Wars inspired toaster about seven years ago that burned the image of Darth Vader into the piece of toast. Cool yes, but not as cool as this toaster which is actually shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet! The Darth Vader Toaster from Pangea Brands is a two slice toaster that is… Read More

Many people (myself included) like to use security cameras like the Nest Cam to keep an eye on our home and property from anywhere in the world. Cameras are great at catching visual problems, but how can you be alerted if the temperature in some part of your house goes too high or too low, or… Read More

I remember huddling with my family around the new Amana microwave oven we bought in the early 80’s and defrosting our first pound of meat. When we removed the specimen at the allotted time it was somewhat defrosted in some regions but thoroughly cooked in the corners and still solid in the center. More than… Read More

I love ice cream but I don’t get to eat it nearly as often as I’d like because Jeanne can’t tolerate dairy and making non-dairy ice cream at home with our own ingredients can be a hassle to drag out an electric ice cream maker and all the necessary gear. When I saw the Chef’n… Read More

To add another wrinkle to the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, I present the Fred & Friends EGG-A-MATIC Chick Egg Mold. Start your day with a healthy breakfast and a smile by placing a hard-boiled egg into this mold to turn it into a chick with attachable feet. The… Read More

Do you ever feel like you waste money on food each week because it spoils before you eat it? One solution is to shop for only what you need each day, but that can be too time-consuming. Another solution is to try a food storage system like the Vacuvita. They sent me their complete kitchen… Read More

A couple months ago I reviewed the Notion home awareness sensor kit. I found the concept of one sensor that can report a variety of different types of data to be a great idea. Unfortunately, the reliability of the notifications and communication problems kept me from recommending it. I was recently asked if I would… Read More

The Tend Secure Lynx Indoor camera is an inexpensive home security camera with an advanced facial recognition feature that helps prevent false alarms by recognizing familiar faces that you pre-load into a Facial Recognition Library that is built into the Tend Secure app for iOS and Android.  After the camera has been trained to recognize the… Read More

The collection of egg cups from Animi Causa are an adorable way to liven up breakfast or any other meal that you serve the incredible edible egg. There are seven different holders in the collection like the Arthur Egg Cup which features a removable helmet and its own spoon. If eggs in shining armor aren’t your cup… Read More

Star Wars memorabilia fans will want this ultra cool 5-ounce Stormtrooper double-walled borosilicate glass that been made based on the original movie helmet molds designed by Andrew Ainsworth in 1976. The Stormtrooper glass looks awesome empty, but add 5 ounces of liquid, especially milk and it turns into a floating helmet that will turn heads… Read More