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4 Must-Haves for Modern Homes

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In this day and age, homeowners have many options to explore regarding equipping their houses with innovative technologies. Some technologies have been around for decades, while others are cutting-edge and new to the marketplace. This guide can help determine the most important types of items any new homeowner should consider purchasing.

Home Security Systems

Various types of security systems have been available for many decades, but much has changed in the last five years. In the past, security systems were so expensive that only the wealthiest of families could afford them and they were limited in what they could do. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. A wide range of home security systems are now widely available to people of all income levels. Many are subscription-based and do not require long-term contracts. Additionally, many of these systems do not require complex installation, while offering incredible ways to keep one’s home safe.

Digital Assistants

Over the last several years, digital assistants have begun to drastically change home life. There are now many of these on the market, and the technologies that underpin them are improving at a rapid rate. They can revolutionize one’s home audio system, bring the power of the Internet to people in the home at all times, and can serve as a personal assistant. You can use them to answer questions, control other appliances, and do just about anything you can think of.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke detectors have also been around a long time, but they’ve gotten better. They are more accurate and can be wired into your home so all the alarms will go off if one of them senses smoke. This is especially useful if your home has bedrooms on multiple floors. In addition to smoke detectors, you should make sure your home has carbon monoxide detectors as well. Carbon monoxide detectors alert you when levels reach above 70 PPI, which is a dangerous level of the gas. When properly installed, a carbon monoxide detector can absolutely save lives. Both of these devices can be bundled into your security system, so you can receive alerts on your phone, regardless of where you are.

Combination Cookers

Newly designed cookers that can pressure-cook and slow-cook, among other things, are taking the world by storm. They are revolutionizing kitchens, and opening up limitless meal options for chefs and novices alike. Instead of slaving for hours over meals, you can throw everything into a cooker, press a few buttons, and walk away. This frees a lot of space up in your kitchen, and it allows you to get more things done during your day without having to worry about dinner.

Conclusion

It can be confusing to figure out where to start when you are looking to upgrade your home, but these areas are a good place to start. Choose one or two things that you want to try and see what a difference they can make in your home.

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Here’s a Fun Party Twist on a Classic Favorite: Key Lime Pie

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Science says drinking alcohol in moderation may be good for your heart, bones, and health. But man (and woman) cannot live on alcohol alone, so let’s take a look at some boozy twists on a summer favorite: the key lime pie (with an accompanying drink, of course).  

Key Lime Pie

Summer is all about summer fruits. What better way to mix it up with a key lime pie made with coconut and banana rum? By using coconut oil in place of butter in your recipes, you add healthy fats and a taste of the tropics, giving it a unique twist. Just be sure, if you want as much of the nutritive qualities as possible in your oil, to get it cold-pressed and unrefined.

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Mix crust ingredients in a bowl and then press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan:
  • 14 graham crackers
  • 4 Tbsp butter, unsalted and melted
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt

Key Lime Boozy Filling

  • Large egg yolks
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp grated lime zest
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp banana rum (or other rum of your choice)

Place egg yolks and condensed milk in a bowl and beat on medium speed until double in volume, about 5 minutes.

Whisk in lime zest, juice, and salt. Pour into your pie pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 15-20 minutes. The filling should puff slightly along the edges and no longer jiggle in the middle. Let cool completely.

Pour a shot of rum, sip, and then move onto the next step for the topping.

In a large bowl, whip the cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Whisk in rum and yogurt. Dollop onto the cooled pie, calling on your inner artist to create dramatic peaks and valleys with the back of a spoon.

Can’t locate your inner artist? Take another sip of rum. Garnish your masterpiece with the zest from your lime and enjoy!

Best Cocktail of the Summer

Ingredients:

Summer refreshment really can be delivered in a simple 3-ingredient hot toddy gone cold! Even better, you can make this one ahead and simply serve over ice when the party calls for it.

Pour 3 Tbsp of honey in a small jar. Add 2 Tbsp of boiling water and whisk or shake until a thin syrup is formed. Whisk in ½ cup bourbon and the juice of 1 ½ lemons (about 4 Tbsp).

To serve, shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into two glasses over ice, then enjoy. Of course, there are also other drinks that pair nicely with this as well!

It’s easy to add a boozy twist to just about any summer favorite. A little bit can add the right amount of flavor and fun. Be sure to read more articles like these by clicking right here!

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