Every age group from teens to seniors love coffee. However, a lot of people go through life not knowing much about it. Let’s change that.
Most people know that coffee is prepared from roasted coffee beans, but do you know how they get the beans in the first place? Coffee beans as you know them actually come from the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. Coffee plants are cultivated (almost) all over the world, but primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India and Africa. You won’t find any coffee plants growing in Antarctica, though, they need a temperature of about 59 and 75 °F to grow and thrive. The two most commonly grown coffee plants are arabica, which coffee connoisseurs tend to love, and the slightly lower regarded but stronger robusta.
You might be wondering how you get the coffee beans from plant seeds. Well, it’s a long time-consuming process starting with the picking of the berries. After the berries have been picked (some places do it by HAND!) then they are sorted by ripeness and color and then the flesh of the berry is removed, usually by machine, then the seeds are fermented to remove the slimy layer of berry flesh still on the seed. After this process is finished, the seeds are washed with fresh water to remove the fermentation residue. Finally, the seeds are dried. After the drying is done the beans are called “green coffee.” The final step before being shipped off to your local supermarket or cafe is roasting the beans. After they have been roasted then they are the nice brown yummy-smelling beans that we are all used to.
There are many different ways to enjoy the coffee beans – espresso, cafe Americano, Turkish, cold brewed, or even the most humble instant coffee. When you think of having a coffee at home most people probably either think of the “regular” coffee maker that’s found in most homes or offices, and coming in a close second would probably be the newer “one cup” coffee makers that use the individually portioned “pods”. No matter which type you prefer you can get the machines themselves and also the re-fills from DealDash. Getting items such as coffee from DealDash makes so much sense – If you don’t win the item and end up having to Buy It Now (BIN), you will get all of your bids back, and a great product that you would have bought anyway.
I hope this article has furthered your knowledge about coffee and how it goes from plant to your cup. If you’re interested in getting some items to enjoy your coffee at home head on over to DealDash. DealDash has everything you need to have a nice hot cup of coffee at home. Check out the Kitchen & Dining category and I’m sure that you’ll find something that you can use to make your perfect cup of coffee. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
Most people really enjoy Halloween, and what could be more fun than a Halloween party? Let DealDash help!
If you’ve ever had a Halloween party for your kids, or even for yourself you know that there are ton and tons of great ideas out there to make your party special. From outdoor decorations to indoor food preparation DealDash has you covered. Let’s take a look at a few ideas to help make your Halloween party a smash.
First, you should definitely decorate your house. Not just a few pumpkins (though you should definitely have those), but how about some awesomely scary lawn decorations? If you check out the Home, Garden, and Tools section on DealDash you can find a great selection of different scary items for the outside of your house such as a ghostly rider on a horse, an inflatable stack of giant Jack o’lanterns, and spiders galore! Some of the spider decorations are functional, such as the spider lawn & leaf bag holds your yard waste, while the over-sized LED spider can give you a little extra light on a dim pathway. Decorating your lawn for your party is not only very festive, but it can also help your guests identify exactly where the party is just in case they have never been to your house to visit.
Every single party that I have ever been to has always offered food of some sort, from snacks to a full meal. If you need any new food prep items check out DealDash’s Kitchen & Dining section. If you’re planning on making a cake for your party, how about cupcakes instead? DealDash has an adorable Halloween cupcake making set that would be just perfect for a kid’s party. If you’re looking for more of a scary themed party for adults then you should check out the gelatin mold in the shape of a brain! It’s super scary. DealDash also has other items that would be great for any age such as not-too-scary skeleton plates.
If you’re hosting a party for kids, how about some entertainment playing in the background in case the kids have had enough partying a need a little downtime? DealDash has some great DVD and Blu-Ray titles that would fit in with the theme such as Spongebob Halloween. If your little guests are more into books than videos, then Daniel Tiger’s Halloween book will keep them occupied.
I hope that you have a great time planning your Halloween party and that it’s a great and scary success. Always remember, before you shop anywhere else for party supplies check out DealDash first, you might be surprised at all of the awesome party things that you can win or BIN. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.
Do you love to bake? No matter if you are a beginner or advanced, DealDash has you covered with things to help you bake.
One of my favorite ways to spend time with family from young to elderly is to bake things together. From birthday cakes to Christmas cookies once you start a baking project with a treasured family member you can’t help but reminisce about birthdays and holidays gone by. Baking by yourself can be fun too, as long as you have the tools that you need. My favorite way to jazz up my kitchen is fun-colored kitchen supplies . There are a few popular brands that make an awesome array of different colored small appliances to appease anyone looking for something a little “different.”
If you don’t normally bake (or even cook very much!) the first thing that you probably need to get started is a good set of bake ware. DealDash has quite a few selections for you. The main things that you want to look for in my opinion are to make sure that the bake ware is rated up to the temperatures that you will use, that it’s non-stick, and that it has common sizes that you think that you will use on a regular basis.
If you are really going to get serious about baking, I suggest that you get a scale that you can measure your ingredients with. They are usually called “Digital Kitchen Scales,” and they are actually useful for other things besides baking such as weighing letters and small packages so you don’t have to go to the post office.
A handy tip that might make your life a little easier as a beginning baker is to remember to bring refrigerated items like butter, eggs, and cream cheese to room temperature before you start to put together your recipes. A good idea is to take your cold ingredients out of the fridge at least a of couple hours before you are planning on baking. If you forgot to take the eggs out, and you need to use them right away, take the chill out by dipping them in a bowl of warm water. For butter, cut into chunks, and at room temperature, it will soften in about 15 minutes.
I hope this article has encouraged you to bid on some baking supplies and get started making something delicious. If you’re interested in getting some items to help you with cooking at home head on over to the Kitchen & Dining section on DealDash. DealDash has food processors, stand mixers, cookware, and plenty of other items that you can use. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
Did you know that 70-80 million dogs are owned in the United States, and that 37-47% of American households have a dog? It’s estimated that over 60% of American households have at least one pet.
With all of these canines in the US it’s really a great bonus for us that DealDash has pet supplies! They have so many different options that come up for bid that are dog related. DealDash frequently offers dog food, pet washing tubs, dog houses, dog beds, dog toys & chewies, pet trackers, pet bowls, and more.
Of course, you don’t need to get all of those things when you first bring a new puppy or dog home, you can win or BIN them gradually. Dogs are relatively simple in their needs inside the home. Here’s a quick list of things that you will need for you new pet as well as a few bonus options.
- Food & water bowl
- Collar, leash, name tag with phone number
- Toys (optional)
- Brush (optional)
- Dog bed (optional)
- Dog shampoo (optional, you can use baby shampoo)
As any dog owner knows, though, it’s hard not to treat your “baby” with some fun things in addition to the bare essentials. However, don’t forget that owning a dog also means visits to the vet for a check-up, shots, and spaying or neutering. Also, I would recommend that you sign up for obedience classes at your local pet store. No one enjoys being around a naughty dog – but most people love to see a well-behaved dog. Train your dog well and become an ambassador for the other doggies out there.
If your dog is a star in obedience class, they might have the right temperament to train to be a therapy dog. If you were looking for an activity that you and your dog could do together, being a therapy dog to go visit the sick or elderly could be a great experience for everyone involved.
I hope that this article has helped you understand a little bit about what is involved in owning a puppy or dog. If you are in the market for dog beds, dog toys, a pet store gift card, or any other pet-related items head on over to DealDash‘s “Home, Garden, & Tools” section and see what they have up for bid today. If you see something that you are interested in that DealDash is not currently offering up to bid, go ahead and click the “Alert Me” button and DealDash will send you a quick email when that particular item is going to be offered in the next few days. Simply follow the link and load up your bids into your BidBuddy! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
It’s almost the end of September, and we are quickly entering cold & flu season. Let’s check our bathrooms and make sure that we have everything we need.
The first item I think that you should have in your sickroom supplies is a thermometer. Otherwise how will you know how sick (or not) you really are? I personally won a really awesome talking thermometer from DealDash a while back. It’s the best thermometer that I have ever had because it will give you a temperature reading in less than 10 seconds, and you can take your temperature in the dark because it announces the temperature when it’s done. DealDash also has forehead thermometers, which are great for taking a child’s temperature even when they are sleeping.
Another great item to stock your sick supplies with is tissues. Every sick person needs tissues, when I’m sick I go through a box very quickly. DealDash has tissues up for bid pretty frequently, almost always in bulk. These particular tissues have gone for as little as ONE penny!
Heating pads are a great staple to have in your sickroom supplies also. They are great if you have an ear ache, or just have the chills from being sick and need a little extra warmth.
The last item that absolutely every person needs for their sickroom supplies is a humidifier. There are a few different kinds of humidifier, the main two options being either COLD or WARM mist. They both do essentially the same thing – spout out a mist into the air that has great benefits such as relieving the discomforts of nasal congestion, dry itchy skin, chapped lips, and dry throat. Cool mist humidifiers tend to be less expensive to buy and operate. If your humidifier will be going into a small child’s room be sure to buy a cool mist rather than warm, as sometimes the steam can burn you if you get too close. Warm mist humidifiers are a great choice for someone who is chilled easily, as they raise the room temperature slightly when in use.
I hope this article helps you on a journey to make some smart decisions on what to have on hand in case of illness. If you’re interested in getting some new items for your bathroom to combat sickness, head on over to DealDash. If you browse the Home & Office category I’m sure that you’ll find something that you could use. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
“What’s a BidBuddy?” you might ask on your first day of discovering DealDash – The secret is in the name. It’s your new best friend.
This (hopefully) helpful article is for those of you new to DealDash who aren’t yet familiar with the BidBuddy. It might be mystifying to you to see people that seem to be bidding on DealDash around the clock. “When do they sleep?” you might ask. You also might be curious why certain groups of bidders on auctions seem to place their bids in the same order every time, with 9 seconds in between. The answer to both of those questions is by using the BidBuddy!
The BidBuddy is an automatic and free to use bidding tool used on DealDash, and is by far the most important secret of how to win auctions. Here’s a few different ways that the BidBuddy can help users win auctions:
You are in charge of telling the BidBuddy to use a pre-set number of bids in each auction. Once you have inputted the number of bids you would like to use, the BidBuddy will automatically place your bids before the bid clock counts down to 0. When you set your BidBuddy you’re guaranteed to get your bids in no matter how many people are in the auction, and no matter what their bidding style. You’re free to leave the computer and do other things while the BidBuddy will automatically start bidding for you, you don’t even have to have your computer on. It’s extremely handy for people who don’t know if they will have access to a computer or smartphone when the auction begins. The BidBuddy will bid up to the number of bids that you booked, and you can adjust that number up or down anytime that you like.
If more than one bidder has a BidBuddy set on a certain auction then the BidBuddies will take turns placing the bids. Most bidders know this and they look for these patterns, and if they see more than a few BidBuddies taking turns they’ll know that they won’t win until the BidBuddies have run out of bids. You might want to try putting in just 2 or 3 bids into your BidBuddy and watching the auction, when you see a pattern you can tell whether other bidders have their BidBuddies set up. Almost all auctions on DealDash are won using the BidBuddy, so try using these tips to help you win more auctions, the BidBuddy will never let you down, even if the power in your house goes out the BidBuddy will still faithfully bid as many bids as you have “fed” it before the auction.
I hope this helped some of you newer DealDashers! If you’re interested in reading even more tips and tricks check out the “Tactics & Tips” section on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
After hosting my daughter’s 4 year old birthday party this past weekend I was amazed at how many ways DealDash helped me.
Planning a birthday party can be such hard work! However, when you see all of the party-goers having a great time, especially the birthday person it makes it all worth it. Let’s take a quick peek at how many ways that DealDash made my life a little easier when I was making the party preparations.
Food preparations were number one on my list, and so many of the small appliances and kitchen-ware that I used to prepare and store the food originally came from DealDash. The pots & pans set that I got from DealDash about 6 months ago was definitely an integral part of the food preparations, but even smaller things such as my bamboo cooking utensils and food storage set all played their part in making my party a success. If you are in need of anything in and around the kitchen check out DealDash’s Kitchen & Appliances section.
Another item that I got from DealDash that was absolutely a necessity for my party was my portable centerfold table. All of my normal table space was taken up by happy party-goers, so I tossed a disposable table cloth onto my portable centerfold table and it made a great buffet table to keep all of the big dishes and bowls of food on so people could come serve themselves. Speaking of tables, I had a few tiny guests that were too small to sit at my regular dining table or on a bar stool at my island, so I brought out my kid’s table & chair set and there was room for everyone, and no one got any “boo-boos” from falling off of a chair that was too big for them. If you’re looking for some inexpensive furniture that you can keep in storage until you need it, try browsing the Home & Office category on DealDash.
Since this was a 4 year old’s birthday party, I’m sure that you can guess the last DealDash section that I am going to mention…The Toys, Kids, & Baby section, of course! I was able to get my daughter a bunch of great toys that she was so excited to open and made her birthday extra special. My daughter absolutely loves all of the awesome things that I get her on DealDash, but I had saved some of her favorite characters for her birthday. Thanks for making her birthday great, DealDash!