Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How to Make New Year's Resolution Cookies


Pirouette New Year's Cookies
From Alyssa Noui, POPSUGAR Food

1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
40-50 1x2.5” paper strips
40-50 6x6 foil wrapper or wax paper

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cream the butter, sugar, egg whites and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly add the flour and mix until just blended. 1/2 cup at a time, place the dough into a tempered glass measuring cup and microwave for 15 seconds until pourable.

Trace 4-5 3” diameter circles on one side of parchment paper. Place paper ink side down and using a spoon, place about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of the batter and use the back of the spoon to create a round thin layer within in the circle, similar to a crepe. Thinner is better than too thick, you can tell it’s too thin if you can see the baking sheet through the batter.

Have a cooling rack, offset spatula and wooden spoon available. Bake for 4-6 minutes. At the first sign of browning around the edges remove the pan. Working quickly, use the offset to lift the soft cookie on to the wooden spoon. Carefully using your fingers, it will be hot, to roll the cookie around the spoon handle, pressing the edge into the seam. Place seam side down on rack.

Tips: The cookies begin to cool and harden right away so begin with 4 until you get fast enough to add one more. Then you can alternate sheet pans every 2-3 minutes. Start with the brownest ones first they will harden the fastest. You will not be moving away from your oven so have all utensils at hand.

Once the cookies are cool, roll paper strips with new years resolution messages into a tight roll and insert into the cookie. Roll the cookie in foil and twist sides, tie with ribbon.

Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: Makes 40-50

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Basic Operation of Wiser EER56000 Thermostat

Demonstration of EER56000 thermostat operation including changing the mode (auto/heat/cool/off), temperature, scheduling, and set points.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Everyone Should Have a Home Security System

Do you need a home security system? Many people view them as a luxury - an item reserved for the wealthy. But you pay for your belongings the same way rich people do, and you want to keep them in your possession.
In fact, the argument could be made that typical households need security systems even more than super upscale ones, since working people can little afford to replace stolen items.
Depending on your insurance policy, if your home is burglarized and you file a claim, you may get only the depreciated value of your items, not the amount it costs to replace them. Electronics in particular depreciate quickly, so while you may have paid $1,000 for your computer, if it was a few years old, you will likely only get a few hundred for it, if that.
Popular Items
If you own a lot of electronics, a home security system will likely benefit you. Other items commonly stolen from homes include jewelry, which is irreplaceable if it is heirloom; clothing, which also can be hard to replace if it was a one-of-a-kind item; guns, wine and ordinary household items.
Burglaries spike in the summer, when many families are away on vacation, but they rise again near the holidays, when people's homes are brimming with gifts like iPads, laptops and Wiis.
Basic Package
You can get a decent security starter pack with a control panel and motion and door sensors for around $500, then add on the components that are most useful to you.
For instance, a glass break detector could be a handy addition if you live in a neighborhood in which this is a common method of breaking and entering. Window sensors can give you the extra protection that would bring you peace of mind.
Emergency Button
A key ring remote means no rushing at top speed to burst out of the front door and shut it behind you before your five seconds are up. A panic button can be added to the same ring so you can trip the alarm any time you have the keys in your hand. If you are afraid someone is in your house, someone is following you or something just isn't right, you can press the button.
Most people assume the danger comes from strangers, but select groups of people know they need to protect themselves from some of the people they know as well, and this feature helps you do just that.
Down the road, you can incorporate all kinds of smart home features into your system, such as temperature control, garage door openers, wireless keypads and smoke detectors.
Having a home security system installed is an important step in protecting yourself, your family and your possessions. No one wants to be a victim, but you have to step up and take action in order to stay safe. Call your local home security system provider and set up a meeting to learn more about how to arm yourself against threats.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Harmony Flushmounting Kit - Create A Brand New Look And Feel

Improve the aesthetic of your panels without having to replace your current devices. Compatible with Harmony pushbuttons, selectors, and pilot lights.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

12 Days of Klein Tools Giveaways 2015

Our 12 Days of Klein giveaways are back for the holiday season. Check our Facebook Page or visit from Monday, December 7-18 2015. You may enter once a day for each of the 12 days!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Project of the Month: AFCIs

Leviton AFCI Devices offer added protection from potentially hazardous arc-faults resulting from damage in branch circuit wiring as well as extensions to branches such as appliances and cord sets. By detecting hazardous arc-faults and responding by interrupting power, AFCIs help reduce the likelihood of a home's electrical system being an ignition source of a fire.

Often unseen, arc-faults can occur anywhere in the home's electrical system including within walls, at loose electrical connections or within electrical cords accidently damaged by impinging furniture.