Iced tea machine

There is nothing like a tall frosty glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. The usual way people make iced tea is to brew the tea normally, let it rest, and then add ice to it, as well as sugar. Another way is to make “sun tea”, and yet another method is to use an automatic tea maker. The method you choose in the end will come down to convenience and cost, and whether you make ice tea often enough to justify the purchase of a machine. Some machines can also make ice coffee.

These two example caught my eye – I love the look of the one on the right:
iced tea machine
Iced tea machines pictured:
Left: Capresso Iced Tea Maker 624 02
Right: Hamilton Beach 40912R Iced Coffee/Tea Maker

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Empty glass wine bottles

Why buy empty wine bottles? Surely one could just hold on to their own empties, right? Well, if you don’t drink wine, but need the bottles for decorative purposes, like for a bottle tree, you may need to purchase some. Also, you may want a bottle of a particular color. Another reason is if you make your own wine, you simply may not have enough of your own empties to use. Either way, you can buy them brand new, in a wide variety of colors.

Here’s four I found – I like the blue one:
empty glass wine bottles
Empty glass wine bottles pictured:
1- 750 ml CG Burgundy. Punt, Cork Finish – Case/12 by Brewcraft
2- 750 ml Clear Glass Claret/Bordeaux Bottles, 12 per case by Midwest Homebrewing Supplies
3- Wine Bottles, Cork Finish by E.C. Kraus
4- Green Wine Bottles (750ml Bordeaux) Case of 12 Bottles by Strange Brew

Freestanding kitchen pantry

There was a time when it was common to have a built-in pantry in almost any kitchen, but those days are long gone. Many houses now have small kitchens that do not include pantries, and so if you want the convenience of extra storage, you will have to get yourself a freestanding cabinet. These are available in a variety of styles, ranging from antique-looking to simple and modern, and of course, you can choose from many colors and finishes.

Two versions by the same company – a classic look I like very much:
freestanding kitchen pantry
Freestanding kitchen pantries pictured:
Left: Home Styles Arts & Crafts Kitchen Pantry – Cottage Oak
Right: Home Styles Americana White Pantry

If you go for a white pantry, expect the shelves to get marked up from cans being slid on and off them. A quick and easy way to prevent this is to line the shelves with paper. Although just about any type of paper will do, some paper is sold as being made especially for lining shelves. Darker shelves are less likely to show these kinds of scratches. But darker furniture, especially when it is a large piece, can be imposing.