How to Clean a Dishwasher

Posted by Kerry on April 26, 2016

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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Is it necessary to clean an appliance that is responsible for cleaning? It is, but don’t worry. Cleaning your dishwasher is super easy and won’t feel like another dreaded chore.  You have everything you need in your kitchen. These few easy steps take no time at all and keep your dishwasher running smooth and smelling fresh.

First on the agenda, clean the bottom drain. Remove the bottom basket to give you easy access. You’ll find some yucky stuff down there that needs to be removed. For me, spinach was the tricky culprit. It was rather painless to get in there and I could quickly see why cleaning your dishwasher is a must.

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Step two is as effortless as it gets.  Put one cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe dish (I used a measuring cup because it fit well on the rack) and run a full hot water cycle.  I use vinegar to clean pretty much everything in my house so I knew it would get the job done. This will break down grease and other grungy stuff, which makes your dishwasher less than fresh.

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Finally, sprinkle the entire bottom with about a cup of baking soda. You’ll need to run one final short hot water cycle, but this will get rid of any remaining odors and stains.

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If a new dishwasher is the solution for you, RC Willey has a huge selection of dishwashers! You’ll be amazed at how dishwasher technology has improved. They are quiet, roomy, and energy efficient. You’ll be able to fit all of your dinner dishes inside, start it knowing it’s using less energy and be able to have a conversation in your kitchen without raising your voice. It’s a beautiful thing.

 

RC Willey 84th Anniversary Doorbusters!

Posted by Kerry on April 22, 2016

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RC Willey 84th Anniversary Sale Doorbusters

After 84 years we haven't forgotten who got us here. Thanks to your great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, siblings, friends, and of course you, we have had the pleasure of helping you outfit & design your homes since 1932. We are having a massive celebration sale and we hope you join us tomorrow and take advantage of our storewide deals as well as our 84th Anniversary Doorbusters. Doors open at 10AM and supplies are limited so come early to get the best deals!

Here are some examples of what to expect for our 84th Anniversary Doorbusters!

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RC Willey Soundbar Doorbuster

RC Willey Sectional Doorbuster

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RC Willey BOSCH doorbuster

We have many more RC Willey 84th Anniversary Doorbusters including:

Queen pillowtop mattress set - $199.99 - 8 per store

1.7 cu ft mini refrigerator - $59.99 - 5 per store 

Swivel chair and ottoman - $249.99 - 8 per store

2-piece luggage set - $10 - while supplies last!

Make sure you arrive early and get in line! Doors open at 10 AM tomorrow! 

 

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30 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by Andie on April 22, 2016

 



Happy Earth day, everyone!  Did you know that this isn't just a made-up holiday thanks to social media, but that it has actually been celebrated every year since 1970? The purpose of Earth day is to encourage social and political action by drawing attention to the cause: taking care of and protecting our lovely mother earth! 

Whether you have big Earth day plans or not, it's a great time to take inventory of your life, and to think of some small ways that you can help bring about great, positive change!  Here are 30 changes (some big, some small) you can make to give a little more love to our beautiful planet!  Pick one or two from the list that speaks to you, and then consider making improvements as a birthday present to the earth this year!

1. Switch out all of your incandescent lightbulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs
2. Purchase energy-efficient appliances for your home
3. Track your online energy usage
4. Turn off the lights, TV, and other electronics when you leave a room
5. Replace your air filters frequently
6. Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load
7. Hang your clothing to dry when possible instead of using the dryer
8. Rethink your consumption habits: Invest in nice, quality furniture & clothing that will last a long time
9. Use Environmentally friencly cleaining supplies
10. Take shorter showers and only take baths sparingly
11. In the spring and fall, open your windows for a cool breeze instead of running your air conditioning
12. Cut back on your paper plates & paper towels usage
13. Opt to read credit card statements & to pay all of your bills online and get off junk mail lists
14. Subscribe to online magazines
15. Check out books at the library or buy them on your electronic devices instead of purchasing a hard copy
16. Re-purpose old clothing and items in your home when possible, and donate used items to charities instead of throwing them away
17. Take public transportation (metro, bus, etc) or carpool if possible
18. Opt to walk or ride your bike to work or to run errands instead of driving your car
19. Write a letter to your congressman or congresswoman to raise your voice in hopes of change (Pick a topic you are passionate about- like clean air, recycling, etc)
20. Get involved in your community- hep organize a cleanup or service project
21. Take your own reusable bag to the grocery store
22. Buy local produce
23. Plant a garden and grow your own fruits and vegetables
24. Plant a tree
25. Purchase a nice re-usable water bottle and stop buying plastic water bottles
26. Recycle
27. Start composting
28. Pick up and throw away litter whenever you see it (if everyone picked up just one piece of garbage a day think of the change!)
29. Attend an Earth day event or festival
30. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful earth we get to call home!!


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Rustic Living Room Ideas

Posted by Kerry on April 20, 2016

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Rustic living room ideas are everywhere at RC Willey.

We have rustic living room furniture, rustic sofas, rustic tables and more! I have pulled a few items from our inventory to show you how you can really nail the rustic chic look - and how you can add some history to your home. With warm woods, distressed metals, leather and linen, you can really nail the rustic living room vibe before you move on to other areas of your home. Take a look and let us know what you think on our Facebook page!

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Traeger Smoked Turkey Recipe

Posted by Kerry on April 15, 2016

 Traeger smoked turkey

This Traeger smoked turkey recipe will become the new family tradition on your Traeger grill. If you wanted the best Traeger turkey recipe, look no further, this is it. 

TRAEGER TURKEY RECIPE

Prep Time: 30 minutes, overnight brining

Cooking Time: 7 Hours 

Servings: 8

Wood Pellets: Pecan

Rub: Traeger BBQ Rub

Meat: 12-16lb Turkey (thawed, remove giblets)

Ingredients: 3 gallons of water, 1 cup of Traeger BBQ rub, 1 cup of sugar, 1.5 Tbsp. minced garlic, 1/2 cup worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp. canola oil

Traeger Smoked Turkey Instructions

Pour 3 gallons of water & BBQ rub into a non-metal bucket and mix until dissolved. Add garlic, sugar, and worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly. Place the turkey breast side down in the bucket, make sure it's completely submerged in your liquid mix, cover with lid and place in the fridge overnight.

The next day, remove your turkey and pat dry. Rub canola oil all over turkey surface and place in a disposable aluminum pan, breast side up. 

Start your Traeger grill on the smoke setting with the lid open to establish a fire. This should take the usual 4-5 minutes. Place turkey on grill, close the lid, and smoke for 2.5 - 3 hours. Next, switch to 350F and cook for 3.5-4 hours or until internal meat temp reaches 170F.  Remove turkey from grill and let it rest for 15 minutes. Slice, serve, and become a champion!

Traeger Smoked Turkey Videos & Recipes

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Traeger Brisket Recipe & Traeger Brisket Videos

Posted by Kerry on April 15, 2016

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This Traeger brisket recipe will be a standard on your Traeger grill. For those of you who have been dreaming of the best Traeger brisket recipe, look no further, this is it. 

TRAEGER BRISKET RECIPE

Prep Time: 10 minutes, 12-24 hour refrigerated rest

Cooking Time: 8 Hours or 90 minutes per pound

Servings: 12

Wood Pellets: Hickory

Rub: Traeger Prime Rib Rub or Traeger Beef Shake Spice Mix

Meat: 6lb-8lb brisket

Tools: Remote probe thermometer

Traeger Brisket Instructions

Coat your brisket liberally with your rub and wrap in plastic wrap. Place wrapped brisket into fridge for 12-24 hours. Start your Traeger grill on the smoke setting with the lid open to establish a fire. This should take the usual 4-5 minutes. Once the fire is established, close the lid for 10-15 minutes. Unwrap the brisket from the plastic and place it fat side up on the grill. Insert thermometer probe and let smoke for 4 hours. After 4 hours, turn grill up to 250F. Once the internal meat temp reaches 180F, remove the brisket from your Traeger grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Make sure you keep the temperature probe in the meat while doing this. Place the foiled meat back on the grill until the temperature probe reads 200F-205F. To ensure your brisket is ready, test the brisket by inserting the temperature probe into different parts of the brisket. The probe should slide into teh meat easily, like butter. Remove the brisket and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Then it's time to eat!  

 If you'd like help choosing the right brisketto cook on your Traeger grill, watch this video below.

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Traeger Prime Rib Recipe Video

Posted by Kerry on April 15, 2016

traeger prime rib recipe

This Traeger prime rib recipe is why people buy a Traeger grill. For those of you who have been dreaming of prime rib on a Traeger, look no further, this is way easier than you think. 

TRAEGER PRIME RIB RECIPE

Prep Time: 5 minutes + 24 hours rest

Cooking Time: 3.5 Hours

Servings: 8-12

Wood Pellets: Cherry or Hickory

Rub: Traeger Prime Rib Rub

Meat: 5-7 Bone Prime Rib

traeger prime rib roast

Traeger Prime Rib Instructions

Rub the prime rib with Traeger prime rib rub. Wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 24 hours. Turn your Traeger grill onto the smoke setting with the lid open until a good fire is established - usually takes 4-5 minutes. Turn the heat up to 375F and preheat your Traeger grill with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes. Once the Traeger is heated, take the plastic off your prime rib and place it fat side up on the grill grate. Then turn the heat back down to 300F. Close your lid and let the Traeger prime rib slow cook for 3-4 hours, based on your taste. 

Internal meat temperatures will be 130F for rare, 145F for medium and 160F for well done. 

Remove the Traeger prime rib roast from the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving and eating! 

Here are a few official Traeger Prime Rib recipe videos to show you step by step instruction on how to cook your very own prime rib on a Traeger.   

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5 Elements of a Great Backyard

Posted by Kerry on April 7, 2016

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Spring is by far my favorite time of year. Every morning I wake up a little bit happier because the sun is shining and I know it will continue to shine late into the evening. I've got plants growing in the greenhouse, the patio furniture is on the porch and we are cooking out a few nights a week. Our backyard is a constant work in progress, much like the rest of our home, and I am trying to break down the projects into 5 elements: rest, eat, play, grow, gather.

Let's start with rest. You need a comfortable place to sit when enjoying the outdoors. For some people it's a chaise, other's a full blown patio sectional. Everyone has different needs and different space requirements, but in my opinion the very first thing you need to enjoy the outdoors is a place to sit. 

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http://www.rcwilley.com/Outdoor/Patio/Chaise-Lounges/OP-ALLS2-SOL-BGRN/4101162/Red-Star-Traders-Folding-Chaise-View.jsp patio furniture rc willey

The second thing you have to have in your backyard is food! Sure, this means you will probably have flies and bees and ants trying to eat it as well, but there's nothing better than having a meal on your patio in nature. The food element of a backyard can be as mild or wild as you want. You can grill, smoke BBQ, cook a pizza, have an outdoor fridge built into your outdoor kitchen, sit on a picnic table or have a beautiful patio dining set with an umbrella! It's up to you how crazy you want to get, but I think you will all be surprised on how much time you spend outside once you have a good dining setup. 

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The third element of a great backyard is play. This can mean a whole variety of things depending on your lifestyle. It could mean time with your kids, time with a pet, or time kicking back with friends to watch a movie outside. Whatever your version of play is, we have you covered at RC Willey!

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Next up we have the 4th element, grow. As someone who lived in a concrete jungle for a decade I really appreciate some grass and flowers in my life. Every year I get more into my vegetable garden and everything I need to do to make more veggies grow. If you have a green thumb or just want to try a bit of gardening, I urge you to go for it this year! I find it relaxing after a long day to visit the greenhouse and see what grew while I was at work...and there's nothing better than heading outside at night to pick a fresh salad that you grew from your garden. 

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Finally we have to gather. You know, we spend so much time apart these days. We have jobs, school, and many long-distance relationships. It's very important that we have a moment to sit and enjoy each other's company. A firepit is a perfect way to stem conversation in a group. It provides warmth and a focal point. It connects us to the past as well as the future. There are many types of firepits, so no matter what your needs are we can help find one that suits you. 

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I heard a landscape designer give a talk recently and the way he made all of his projects so great is he broke them down into "rooms." This was good for breaking up your space but also it helps to focus on projects one at a time. It's really overwhelming to look at a big outdoor space and wonder what needs to happen first and by the end of the outdoor season you are lucky if you just kept up with mowing for a summer. So try breaking your outdoor rooms down by the elements this year and maybe you will be able to check one or two off the list! Happy Spring!

 

Magnolia Home Furnishings at RC Willey

Posted by Kerry on April 1, 2016

Magnolia Home at RC Willey

RC Willey is proud to carry Magnolia Home, the furniture collection designed by Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Magnolia Home is a furniture collection drawing inspiration from industrial, boho, French, primitive and farmhouse styles. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the show Fixer Upper on HGTV. Essentially Joanna and her husband Chip go house to house in Texas making the mundane, magnificient. Her furniture collection is designed to do the same for us - using her special one of a kind flea market finds to inspire new furniture with those unique elements. Here are a few items coming soon to RC Willey from Magnolia Home.

  

This is the Boho Bedroom set by Magnolia Home.  

 

Magnolia Home Boho Bedroom

 

I love this industrial bench by Magnolia Home. Reminds me of an early 20th century school gym bench. 

 

Magnolia Home Industrial bench

 

This is the Magnolia Home Boho barn door dining set. It's a great mix of antique and mid-century modern. 

 

Magnolia Home Furnishings Barn Door Table

 

This metal topped kitchen island from the Magnolia Home Farmhouse furniture collection is beautiful. 

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You like French country? Oui, oui? Check out Magnolia Home's french antique dining set

 

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Click here to see even more beautiful Magnolia Home Furnishings at RC Willey!

 

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How To Build A Gutter Garden - DIY Gutter Gardens

Posted by Kerry on March 22, 2016

How to build a gutter garden

I don't know where the first place was that I saw a gutter garden, but they seem to be popping up more and more on the internet and the idea was very intriguing to me. I have the pain & pleasure of owning a fixer upper from 1953. I absolutely love our midcentury-modern home even though at times it enrages and tries to kill me (but that's between me and the boiler.) One aspect of our home that has been driving my wife batty since we bought the place, is this weird construction feature on the side of our home, where the builder used a reinforced concrete on the lower half of the wall and brick on the top half. I don't know why he did it but it made for a pretty good eyesore on the side of the house where we entertain most. So, I decided to cover it up with a gutter garden. My original plan for the gutter garden was something I haven't seen before - turn the top gutter into a water trough that feeds the lower gutters with a drip line. I still haven't decided if I will do this - mainly because I think I want the top gutter to look as beautiful as the bottom with plants growing.

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Step 1 - How To Make A Gutter Garden

Figure out what and how you will attach the gutters to your house or fence. Since my project involved masonry, I needed TAPCON screws and a hammer drill. (Your ordinary household drill will not drill through concrete or brick. I ran 3 pressure treated 2x4's just in case the bottoms got wet from future rain or snow. 

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Step 2 - Get some gutters

I bought plastic gutters for ease of cutting and not having to deal with sharp edges or potential rusting. I also bought some galvenized finish spray paint that actually looks galvenized when sprayed over the gutter! The picture below shows the difference after the first coat. I ended up spraying two coats. Pro Tip: If you need to cut your gutters you can do so with a hacksaw. It's insanely easy and very hard to screw up. 

diy gutter garden

Step 3 - Gutter clips/gutter hangers

This next part is super important - so important I didn't get a photo at the time because I had already screwed up. These are called gutter clips. They snake their way inside the gutter and essentially hold it up to your wall. Problem is you HAVE to put the clips in place before gluing the gutter end caps on your gutter. Also make sure you paint your clips because they will show. 

 custom gutter garden

Step 4 - Glue your end caps on

Gutters don't work very well if they are open ended. Make sure you get a strong gutter glue (not glitter glue) and get those caps on tight. As you can see, I did this early in the project and then had to take it apart when I learned about step 3. 

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Step 5 - Hang your gutters on the wall

This might be the end of the project for some people. Maybe you are building a gutter garden on a fence or a wall and you don't need any other additions besides plants! For me, I still wanted to add some flair as you will see below. 

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Step 6 - Begin filling in your horizontal planks 

You will see two things happening here. The first is I took some simple angle irons and a 1x1x8 board and I made a shelf below the gutters. This might be an overbuild on my part but I wanted to make sure that when the gutters were full of soil and saturated with water they wouldn't pull off the wall. The second thing happening here is I started infilling the dead space with 1x3x8 planks. Pro tip: cheap lumber is not straight nor is it necessarily the same width on the ends. Choose your boards wisely. 

DIY pallet gutter garden

Step 7 - Begin staining your wood

I used a semi-transparent waterproofing wood stain to protect the wood and give it a punch of color. This is a simple brush on stain, 2 coats should do just fine. You can see the difference between the top half and the bottom half below. 

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As you can see the project is complete! We plan on buying new patio furniture this year and I already have my seeds starting in the greenhouse, so for now we will call this done. I'll be sure and post a photo this Spring when the plants are in place and the wall comes to life! 

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If only gardening was as easy as Photoshop....

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