Play Set Project

Here is one of many projects we have done around our home.

We don’t have a very large back yard but as most parents you want to give you children an awesome back yard.

Things to keep in mind when taking on this kind of project : Hints

  • Level space to accommodate the play set
  • Room for the children swinging on the swings
  • Surface – We installed a rubber mulch
  • Accessories don’t go over board  –  Just the major swings, slide, climbing wall, monkey bars
  • Safety – Swing chains wrapped, All edges are rounded or capped with no exposed rough or sharp edges, Decks and slide platforms that are designed to prevent a small child from falling off
  • Most play sets are freestanding with a broad leg stance, which  provides excellent stability. This also allows the option of relocating the play set if necessary
  • Wood sealer – we had to re-seal the wood almost right away with wood deck sealer we choose one with a stain

Over all we are happy with the set, our only real issue was a few damaged pieces.  It was extremely difficult to communicate with the company to get replacement parts and service.  So do some research on the installation company make sure the they have a good reputation.

 

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The girls love it.  It has provided us with many a fun day!

I hope our project hints help with you play set choices.

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

These are awesome especially when is comes to gluten-free appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups Colby jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped baby spinach stems removed
  • 12 6 inch corn tortillas ( I like : Mission Yellow Corn Torilla)
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Heat 1/2 ” oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl mix together chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, Colby jack cheese and spinach.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of the mixture to the center of the tortilla and spread out.
  5. Roll up and set seam side down in the hot oil.
  6. Cook until all the tortillas are golden brown.
  7. Repeat until all tortillas are rolled and fried.
  8. Set on paper towels to drain.
  9. Serve warm and ENJOY!

Recipe by: Lil’ Luna at http://lilluna.com/cream-cheese-chicken-taquitos

Your Mechanic

Did you ever wonder if what your mechanic is telling you the truth or taking advantage that you may not understand what the heck he or she is talking about. Well having grown up in the business and being a woman I can tell you it happens everyday all day long.  I have always felt there is no reason “not to explain” to vehicle owner what they are getting and why.

With today’s technology people can just look up what you’re talking about, they want to know how it works & why they need it.

– lets take a for instance –

Your mechanic calls you up to tell you need something as simple as brakes there are many options that should be may available to you.

First you should have the option of original equipment OEM part.

Second  should be the best and most value for your money. A good quality brand aftermarket part. I mean you could always cheap out and opt for the lower line parts but most people are unhappy with the end results (squeaks, rattles, product life).

Third brake rotors, the mechanic should check to see if the brake rotors are machinable with a brake lathe. There is a minimum machining and a discard threshold which is different for each vehicle. If the brake rotor is below the minimum machining threshold you will then need to replace the brake rotors.

With any repair big or small your mechanic should tell you why you need the repair and how he or she came to this conclusion (don’t just through parts at the vehicle hope its correct). If your mechanic is confident and knowledgeable he should be able to explain the repair to you so that you can understand.

So never be afraid to ask questions and understand what you are paying for it is after all your money and if your mechanic is honest then he or she should have nothing to hide.

This link shows how the brake system components work.

I hope this helps with your next brake service.

Until next time

Your happy blogger

Kathy