Window Replacement: It Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

So you have decided to replace your old windows. They may become cracked, poorly insulated, or simply old fashioned and don’t look good for your home. Nowadays, windows replacement has become a famous and important home remodeling service due to energy-efficient windows that insulate your home in a better way and reduce the heating and cooling bills. There are plenty of windows replacement companies including Scottsdale, AZ window replacement contractor which offer efficient services. The common signs which show that you may need to replace your old windows right now:

  • Rotten windows frame
  • Hard to open and close windows
  • Condensation on windows panes
  • Experiencing sagging draft coming back from the outside
  • Too high energy bills

Windows replacement can be an expensive project but it is an important and worthy procedure for your home to save lots of money in the long run. Following mentioned are the important steps that will determine whether windows replacement is needed or not.

Find windows replacement services: Windows replacement is a larger task in the home improvement project. With the invention of the internet, everyone has quick access to the technology, you may find a good windows replacement services through Google search engine or referrals by friends or relatives. Your friends will certainly provide you the right information about the reliability and professionalism of the services as compared to the internet or phonebook.

The Internet is a great source to get the best process and other related information. In addition to this, there are several reputed consumer-based websites that will provide you a broader range of genuine reviews to take the right decision on the best windows replacement services near you.

Once you have prepared a list of four to five service providers that you find experienced and reputed, it is often a good option to schedule a short interview. Talking with the services provider will bring a clear picture of the company and provide you more customized ideas. Don’t forget to ask clear questions about pricing and warranties. Finalize your decision when you feel comfortable with the services provider in terms of its professionalism, licensing, timeliness, insurance, and cleanliness. 

Types of new windows: Choosing the right windows that will suit to your home interior can be overwhelming. There is a wide range of windows including jalousie windows, round top windows, bay windows, porthole windows, obscure glass windows, and the list continues. However, make sure that your chosen professional windows replacement company should be able to guide you in which windows are best and efficient for your home. 

What are R-value and U-value? Are you trying to understand the terms R-value and U-value for windows? R-value is a measurement to determine the ability of windows for insulation to prevent heating and cooling loss. The higher R-value will prevent heat loss from windows which results in lower energy bills. Sometimes, the R-value will be measured at the center of the glass. Therefore, more glasses come with seal and insulation features to prevent further heat loss.

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Thus, R-value is a measurement of heat flow resistance while U-values are the right measurements of heat conductance. The U-value normally ranges from .0 to 1.1 and you will have to choose the lower U-value. While checking the R-value and U-value for the windows, keep in mind that the ratings are based on the current standard designed by the American Society of Heating and Air-conditioners and Refrigerators Engineers.  

Making Donuts As Presents

Are you having a hard time figuring out what to buy for someone’s birthday?  Are you looking to buy presents for kids or a person with a sweet tooth? To be honest, there are so many things you could give them, and one of these could be home-cooked donuts! Everyone loves donuts and we all know that there are people who especially crave for these delicious treats. So, we guarantee you that you won’t go wrong with these treats. 

Making donuts is an activity we can do when we have the time. This is also a good hobby that will make us busy especially when we are stressing about our daily problems. It’s fun to make when we just want to eat something sweet even if there’s no real occasion to celebrate. Every day is a special day when we make donuts.  

Learning the methods and processes of making donuts is thrilling and exciting at the same time. Besides, we can learn these steps even if we have no idea how to make them in the first place. I assure you that this is very easy to do and that you will enjoy making these delicious treats.  

I remember my first time I tried creating these donuts. It was when I had to sell my house for cash home buyers near me a few years ago. For a goodbye-treat, I made these donuts using the steps I saw on the internet and gave them to my neighbors. It wasn’t really special and I just wanted to make some treats since I will be leaving the neighborhood soon. The donuts I made were just to show my gratitude for my neighbors since they were really nice and hospitable when I was staying there. But then, little did I know that that would be the start of my new hobby. I didn’t expect to create such good donuts so I was really thrilled that my neighbors actually liked them. Because of this, I continued making them and perfecting the recipe even after I moved out. 

Now that I got used to it, I can already make donuts whenever I want. Sometimes, it’s just to satisfy my cravings, while there are times when I make them bring over whenever there are occasions I am invited to. Last month, my niece celebrated her 8th birthday and I was having a hard time thinking about a good gift to give her. But then it came to me, why not just give her the donuts she loved the most when I can make it anyway? She was not the only one I tried giving donuts to as a gift. My friends also loved receiving these treats, especially for some last minute events. 

You too can make these amazing treats as present whatever occasion it is you will be celebrating. It can be created with your nieces or nephews and kids as a bonding experience as well. After all, making donuts is surely fun with other people helping around. You can explore more recipes by researching on the internet. If you are a beginner in making donuts, don’t worry because there’s a lot of websites you can rely on to help you make amazing desserts. Eventually, you will learn how to make them properly. Who knows, this may even become a profitable business for you. 

how to fry donuts

Welcome to Monday Morning Donut!

Are you ready to explore your talent in making donuts? Well, here at my site, I am providing you several delicious donut recipes that are easy to prepare, with ingredients that could easily be found at your nearest convenience stores and supermarkets, and are a good starting points for newbie in the donut business.

Why donuts? The fast answer would be that I love donuts, and I always think that they are often underrated and overlooked. During birthday celebrations, cakes are the basic pastry that is never missing in every party. Why not donuts? Because it looks less creative, and sports a bleaker look compared to that of a cake? Well, you are in for a big surprise in how donuts could transform the look of your party, and upgrade it to a whole new level.

Stick around, and see what I’m talking about. Then try it yourself to believe it.


I discovered Top Pot Doughnuts while in graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle. Every morning, my sister and I carpooled to school from the Eastside, and we stopped at Top Pot for donuts and coffee. We both faked being too busy and late to eat breakfast at home so we could save ourselves for the glory of looking at those beautiful trays of glazed, sugared, chocolatey, maple-y, vanilla-y, nutty, crumbly little rings of heaven behind the glass case.

Sometimes, we would even bring home a takeout and wouldn’t resist the temptation of the goodness that before we even come out of our 2-car door garage, we are already stuffed with the delicious donuts. Oh, we don’t worry about the being suffocated from the heat or suffering from too much cold because our garage door is insulated and weather stripped that no weather extremities could conquer it. That is a great addition but not without cost. Maintaining it is very important so we make sure to hire the best Tempe garage door service anytime something needs attention.

When I heard the Top Pot guys wrote a cookbook, I signed up for the waiting list to receive one of the first copies and when it arrived, I read it cover to cover. I felt too intimidated to actually make any recipes out of it, but the pictures were amazing and brought me back to those cool mornings, walking back to the car with my sister with an Americano steaming in one hand and a maple bar in the other, half wrapped in a Top Pot bag and half stuffed in my face.

This Top Pot cookbook is my main recipe resource for the Monday Morning Donut project. The book aims to provide practical tips for the home baker. They definitely put some time into adapting their recipes from huge scales on industrial equipment to a single dozen, fried on a standard home stove. They even tell you how to make your own proofing chamber in your oven. Rad! The best part is on page 31, where they provide ideas and inspiration on how to make some different and creative donuts. I’m not talking about bacon on a maple bar (that’s kinda old hat now), but stuff like the Car Bomb Bavarian, a bismark “topped with a Guinness chocolate icing and filled with a whiskey-spiked pastry cream.”

If Blair’s Monday morning meeting ever falls on St. Patrick’s Day, they’re getting those!

Don’t wait too long to experience these types of donuts. You don’t want to be missing on a lot of good stuff!

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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts live up to the hype!

Ever since I graduated from high school, I stopped knowing what was cool. NOT that I was AT ALL cool in high school. In fact, one year as a joke, some kid stole a stack of prom court ballots and entered me and kid A (pictured below)…just to freckle (or should I say zit) the popular kids with some nerd representation.

If it’s possible, I became even less cool when I went to college and stopped keeping up with pop culture just to keep my head above water in my engineering classes (which I barely did).

And after college, I still haven’t caught up with popular culture. I never know about the cool new shows. I have no idea what kind of music people are listening to, and when I browse theater listings, I’ve never heard of any of the titles. My neighbor was floored when she learned that I had no idea what “Gangnam Style” was.

So it will come as no surprise that I had never heard of apple cider donuts until my mom told me that they were all the rage at her local farmer’s market, where huge lines of people waited for fresh ones that some dude sold from his donut stand by the falafel cart.

A simple Google search revealed to me just how popular these really were. So I decided to give them a try.

The great thing about these donuts was that they had just a hint of apple flavor. They’re not like an episode of a mainstream American TV show, that spells everything out for you, leaving nothing to reason for yourself. These donuts are more like something independent or British…with just a hint of a flavor that you explore the meaning for yourself and ultimately leaves you more stimulated and satisfied.

I wanted to make these donuts big and meaty, so I used a larger donut cutter and a small cutter for the hole.

These were so good that I ate too many while standing in the kitchen and almost didn’t have enough to share. I promised this batch to my friend Carol, but as soon as I delivered them to her office, I instantly regretted it!

INGREDIENTS (adapted from the Apple Cider Doughnut recipe in Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home) makes about 12 large donuts, so if you promised a dozen to your coworkers, better double the batch in case you eat too many yourself.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp cornstarch

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 tbsp unsalted Irish butter

1/2 cup sugar + 1 cup (for tossing donuts in at the end)

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup apple cider

1/4 cup buttermilk

lots of canola oil – enough to fill your pot 2″ deep



In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 tsp cornstarch, 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Whisk to combine and aerate and set aside for a sec.

Pop on the paddle attachment to your mixer and blend the 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tbsp butter at medium speed until you have fluffy sand.

Add the large egg yolks and 1 tsp vanilla and mix again on medium speed for about 1 minute.

With your mixer speed turned down to low, alternate adding the dry ingredients and the apple cider and buttermilk. Mix until just combined.

Scrape the dough out of the mixer bowl directly onto plastic wrap. Wrap it up tightly and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Once your dough is chilled, you can roll it out and start cutting some donuts! Roll to 1/2″ thick and go to town with a 3″ round cutter and 3/4″ hole cutter out of your Round Cutter Set. Place each donut on a floured cookie sheet but don’t wait too long to fry. As the butter in the dough comes to room temperature, the donuts will get sticky and soft and they’ll be harder to get into the oil without bollocksing the shape.

Lug out your big stock pot and fill it 2” deep with canola oil, turn the heat on to medium, stick in a thermometer and wait for the oil to heat up to 350° F. Unload your dishwasher or do some other multi-tasking that keeps you in the kitchen so you can check the oil temperature frequently.

Once your oil reaches 350° F, it’s fry time! Using a metal spatula, lower each donut into the hot oil. The donuts will sink to the bottom at first, then pop up to the top. Cook them for 60 seconds then flip and cook the other side for 60 seconds or until the donuts are golden brown and then transfer to a wire rack.

When your donuts have cooled, toss them in the remaining 1 cup of sugar and you’re done!