The Grapevine (Feb. 8, 2014)
02/04/2014 2:53 PM
02/04/2014 2:53 PM
Home Show this weekend
The 60th annual Home Show continues this weekend at Century II. About 280 vendors and six seminars are part of the show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children, and free for ages 6 and under.
Free child care is available in Exhibition Hall. Free parking is available at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, with free shuttle buses to and from the show.
Don’t wait until spring to set into motion garden projects that involve hiring stonemasons, carpenters, painters or other contractors. It can take weeks to get estimates and schedule work, especially if building permits are required. The early bird might also get a break on prices.
Meat thermometer on phone
The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer measures the temperature of meat in your oven and sends that information via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet up to 150 feet away. The app alerts you when the meat has reached the desired temperature.
You can choose preset temperatures for various foods and levels of doneness, or set a customized temperature. The app currently is available for certain models of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. An Android version will be released this year.
The thermometer has two probes to monitor two different dishes. The Kitchen Thermometer Mini, with only one probe, is expected to be available in June. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer can be ordered for $80 at store.idevicesinc.com. Shipping is extra.
Q: I’m thinking about replacing my old linoleum kitchen flooring. I have kids and pets. Where to start?
A: Definitely not wood, as it scratches too easily. Cork is a wonderful option. The tiles are sealed and very easy to take care of. You also might consider Marmoleum, the modern version of linoleum. It comes in great colors and is very green – it’s biodegradable, made of natural materials and doesn’t off-gas anything.