Everything you need to know to install a one piece faucet with sprayer in your kitchen

If you are planning to get a new Faucet for your kitchen, then the best option would be to go for one which comes with a sprayer. Read reviews at homeguyd to find out about these faucets.

A faucet sprayer will help in rinsing and cleaning of the utensils while at the same time allowing you to use it for other purposes like cleaning the kitchen area and filling a bucket with water.

You can also control the pressure on the sprayer and ensure that you don’t end up drenching the whole kitchen area which makes it a perfect solution for all your kitchen problems. But how to install one at your home?

Just follow these simple steps and install your own one piece Faucet with Sprayer in just a few minutes.

Tools needed:

  • Wrench
  • Caulk
  • Faucet with Sprayer
  • Supply Tubes
  • Bucket and Towels

Process:

Shut off the Water

This should be your first step whenever dealing with any faucet or pipe issue. Make sure you shut off the main water pipes and drain the water from all your taps.

Disconnect the water supply and drain any residual water so that when you install your new faucet, you don’t end up getting drenched

Apply a thick layer of caulk

Now it is time to apply a layer of caulk around the edge of the hole where your faucet will go and on the connections which will be used.

This is done to protect the surface and blocking any water which might travel from the sink to the below cabinets. Let the caulk dry a little.

Install the faucet

When your caulk gets semi-dry, push your faucet into the hole and remove the excess caulk which will be oozing out on the sides.

Use the nut and screw it through the edges of the hole to keep the faucet in place. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts and then apply a layer of caulk on the nuts to keep them fixed in place.

Connect the Supply Tubes

Now, take all the supply tubes including the connections for the sprayer and attach it to the faucet through the edge.

Ensure that these are tight connections else water might leak through the side. Also, make sure that the hose which is connected to the sprayer is long enough to reach the supply pipes.

Keep your sprayer ready

Make sure that your sprayer is assembled properly and that no part is missing. Attach the sprayer head to the hose and then fit the sprayer hose through the faucet hole and thread it before you screw it in place.

Ensure that you put a layer of putty or caulk on the threads and then use a nut on the down side to secure the sprayer hose in place. Once completed, you can add the grommet to the sink and tighten it together by fixing the nut from below the sink.

Add the mounting nut

You will need to tighten the grommet against the faucet with the help of a mounting nut to ensure that it is firm against the sink. Add a layer of caulk around the edges of the sink to keep it fixed in place.

Then thread the sprayer through the hole and screw the nut down to fix it in place, screw the hose support to the wall and then attach the sprayer to this support.

Attach the hose

Once the hose is added to the nut, you can pull it out and secure its joints and connections to ensure that the hose doesn’t move backward or forward. Your Faucet Sprayer is now ready for you to use.

Here’s a video guide Marc found useful while installation

 

Creamy Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

Fall is around the corner, which means soup season has arrived. Is there anything better to warm you up than a nice steamy hot bowl of creamy cauliflower and sweet potato soup? I don’t think so!

It’s also a great way to finish up that left over cauliflower in your refrigerator that you just don’t know what to do with. Just add a few carrots and sweet potatoes, onion, garlic and spices and some cream and you have a nice, healthy soup that is easy to make. You can easily make this delicious soup with any left over vegetables like, spinach, broccoli or squash.

I love adding sweet potatoes to my soups because you can easily drop out the cream to make this recipe even healthier, and it will still be full of flavor.

If your kids are like our kids, they most likely love cheddar; so why not add a bit of grated cheddar cheese on top? Maybe try and accompany this meal with some fresh bread or our zucchini and goat cheese muffins? It’s delicious I tell you!

This weekend we did something different: we participated in the walk for Ataxia in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. We raised a total of 1418$ in donations for research. This is actually almost 3 times more than our original goal! Chantal was quite proud!

The walk was 2 km. I know it’s not long, but for someone with ataxia it is quite a walk. It was a beautiful warm sunny day, the autumn leaves were just beautiful and the kids had a blast. All in all: the perfect day.

Here’s a message Chantal wanted to pass along: A special thanks to my team, family and friends for their support and encouragement, and to all those who walked with us,  I cannot thank you guys enough. For more information about Ataxia please visit http://lacaf.org/ataxias/

Review: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Sometimes you read books that are full of information, innovation and motivation and you really really really want to go through it. You force yourself to read it because you’ve heard that the book is good and contains the secret of life and entrepreneurship but comes page 28 you just feel BORED.

Bored out of your skull.

Like you’d seriously prefer to receive a cup full of extremely hot coffee right in the face than continue to read the book.

Well luckily, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk is not one of those books.

It is full of information, innovation and motivation, but one thing that it is not is boring. This is mostly due to Vaynerchuk’s energy that is transcended through the printed words running across the pages.

What is Crush It! all about?

Well first of all to really understand the impact of the book, we need to know a little bit about Gary Vaynerchuk. Vaynerchuk owns a company that specializes in Social Medias, he owns Wine Library TV – a popular web series on Wine review – and is the co-owner of a wine retail store.

He proclaimed, more than once, that he would someday buy the New York Jets.

This brings us to the question “what is Crush It!  about?” It’s about Vaynerchuk motivating you to pursue your dreams and to literally “cash in on your passion”. He talks about the way Internet changed, the way people make business and find information, and how anyone who has any kind of expertise (or has the will to become an expert on a given subject!) can become one of the go-to masters of its field.

One of the examples that struck me is when Vaynerchuk compares the “normal” marketing – billboards, newspaper – to the “modern” marketing, like guest posting and social medias. Via Twitter you can literally send your message instantly to thousands and thousands of subscribers for free, all around the world. By setting up a billboard in New York City, you will most likely reach the same amount (or less) people, but they won’t be as targeted since anyone driving around will see it and it will also cost a lot of money.

Another thing that I found interesting about Vaynerchuk, which to me means a lot since I’m a father of three and a husband, is that he said and I paraphrase: “Do everything you need to do to realize your passion, work long (and awful) hours, but your family always comes first”. This shows a lot of his character.

Do I recommend Crush It!?

A big, BIG, yes! Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk may well change your life. It’s a great read, not too long (142 pages) and really interesting. Most of all its biggest asset is its personality. It will change the way you see the business world and your blog.  As a blog owner, it was the push I needed to work towards my goal at a faster and smarter pace!

Sweet Cinnamon Oven Roasted Peaches

There are a few ingredients in life that makes you go WHOA life IS GOOD. Peaches do that to me. There is not enough recipes with peaches. Fortunately it seems that lately a lot of people cook with peaches (like Host The Toast’s maple bourbon brown butter peach pie) and this hereby sweet cinnamon oven roasted peaches.

I’ve also seen a lot of peaches recipes on Pinterest lately. By the way come and follow us! We don’t bite. At least not people… just food.

My parents were over when we made this recipe and they loved it. The kids also devoured theirs like they were eating for the first time in weeks.

Chantal and I enjoyed ours with extra cinnamon and it was just SUPER DELICIOUS. Mmmm… mmm… mmm!

The preparation is kind of fun too because you need to fill the peach centers with the mixture like so:

I’m telling you, do this recipe the next time you have guests over and share it all over the place using the following buttons: people will thank you!

And we will thank you as well. This is what keeps us going as blog owners! If you do make the recipe, let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

Before I leave you with the recipe, I want to share a video we filmed at dinner last week. Our little guy was feeding our middle man and they had so much fun. It’s in those moments we are happy to be parents.

 

Basil and Romano Bread Machine Pizza Dough

What’s better than homemade pizza dough?? To be honest not a whole lot. Add basil and romano to it and NOW you’re talking. This is one of the recipes that we will surely make over and over again.

But first I got to say that today was a sad day. We celebrated the departure of my grand-mother and to be honest the funeral was beautiful. She would have loved it.

On a happier note, last weekend we went to the water park with our two big boys. We had SO MUCH FUN. The sun was present and very hot, the water was refreshing and everyone had a good time.

Sorry ladies, I’m not in the pictures. Didn’t want to make anyone jealous!

I’m kidding. It does take someone to take the pictures.

It was a great day and one we wanted to make this year before Chantal’s ataxia gets too hard on her to do activities like this.

Once home we made amazing basil and romano bread machine pizza dough. The bread machine is really used to knead the dough. It’s easier than doing it manually!

Now as you know we started our “Belly-Be-Gone” challenge on Monday. We had the pizza on Saturday. Let’s just say I exaggerated. I ate four pieces and I felt BAD. But it was so GOOD.

We made two pizzas and the one in the pictures was made with my very first spaghetti sauce. As some of you know, I am far from a cook so this was a big step for me. I made it under the guidance of Chantal and it was, dare I say it, delicious!

The recipe for the spaghetti sauce – directly from Chantal’s Italian grand-mother – will be part of our free e-book that we will distribute through our mailing list once it’s done. So make sure you subscribe!

Prepare your ingredients because this recipe was one of the best one we did. And our kitchen smelled really good! Let’s just say our blog name really took meaning when we made it.

No Bake Nutella Oreo Cheesecake

This is a very simple cheesecake to make that tastes absolutely AMAZING! So amazing that our 8 years old son asked for this cake as his birthday cake. We present to you: the no-bake nutella oreo cheesecake.

Before talking about wonderful things like cheesecakes, sugar and butterflies I need to say something: tonight I got stabbed right in the heart. Most of you must have heard about the bad news: Robin Williams was found dead a few hours earlier, most likely suicide.

I can honestly say that it’s one of the first celebrity death that affects me. I grew up on movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin and Hook. One of my favorite movies of all time is Dead Poet Society which I’ve seen in my teenage years and affected me deeply.

Just two weeks ago Nathaniel and I watched Jumanji (his first time!) and he LOVED it.  I rediscovered it.

Robin Williams was a comedic genius, great actor and an amazing stand up comic. You will be missed and may you rest in peace.

If any of you need help of any sort, please contact one of the Suicide Hotline before it is too late.

Well if you are like me and need some comfort food, this no-bake nutella oreo cheesecake should be perfect for you. It’s mellow, full of chocolate and sooo sweet. I don’t have to tell you that the whole cake didn’t last long in our house.

If you want the ultimate experience, you can add a little bit of caramel syrup on top of it or serve it with ice cream. Vanilla would be the best since there’s already a lot of chocolate in it!

You absolutly MUST , try this recipe! Try it, try it, try it! It’s super delicious.

Though you’ll have to do a lot of exercise after,to burn all the calories. But trust me, it’s worth it.

Corn Flake Fish Balls

Having difficulty feeding fish to your kids? These corn flake fish balls are certainly one of our kids’ favorite recipe when it comes to the fish and I’m sure yours would like them as well.

Before talking about the recipe I need to tell you guys something.

I’m giving up the role of filling out the pool.

For the third time this year I’ve put the hose in the pool to fill it out because some water evaporated because of the hot weather… and forgot about it! Like Homer Simpsons would say: d’oh!

Want to know what the worst thing is? This was overnight. Our pool was filled with water  from 7 pm to 7 am. That’s twelve long hours. Let’s just say my grass is well hydrated now.

Fortunately there wasn’t any damages to the pool or our house, but let’s say I wasn’t impressed with myself. So from now on, Chantal is on pool filling duty as I am not doing it again this summer.

I won’t lie and say I’m a big fan of fish, because I am not. It’s not because of the taste, I actually quite like it: it’s because of those damn fish bones. I’m lazy and I eat fast and having to make sure I don’t choke on them, the bones are a hassle for me.

But oh did this recipe quickly become one of my favorite fish recipes. The ingredients, including the fish, for these corn flake fish balls are passed in a food processor, crushing every single bone.

This is perfect for a lazy eater like me. Hooray!

Throw  on a bit of ketchup on your balls (ahah!) and you are good to go. The corn flake fish balls melt in your mouth and they just taste SO good. You will notice in the recipe that we used salmon, which is the bestest fish ever, especially on sushi, but you can use whichever fish you like, even canned fish.

Our kids asked Chantal: “Why don’t you do them like chicken fingers?” well… there is absolutely no reason why you can not. She simply hadn’t thought of it so next time we will humor them and make them into fingers.

They absolutely loved these, and can easily become a family favorite. No easier way to hide vegetables as well: try it with some baby spinach leaves,  it’s totally amazing!

Broccoli Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Today’s recipe is an easy one. Sometimes we like to have a quick lunch but still something healthy. I love sandwiches as much as the next guy but they are not always healthy or as good as this broccoli salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

Actually the recipe below is only for the balsamic vinaigrette. But what about the salad?

Well in ours we cut broccoli, onions and sun dried tomatoes but to be honest you can put whatever you want. The dressing would be good with “normal” salad as well.

Use your imagination!

And share your creation with us at marc@smellmykitchen.com. I would love to make a post with your salad creation with this balsamic vinaigrette.

If you would like a ranch dressing instead, visit our friends Lindsay and Chet from TomatoBoots.co. They have a delicious homemade ranch dressing mix.

If you do visit them, say hi and tell them you came from here! ♥

Tofu Stir Fry with Soya Sauce Marinade

For the second time, this recipe idea comes from Marc. If you liked the first one, you will enjoy this tofu stir fry with soya sauce marinade, or teriyaki.

This recipe was WONDERFUL! Light yet very fulfilling. The baby loved this one so much, he used two spoons!

We love to try vegetarian recipes lately and apparently we are also fans of teriyaki sauce. New found obsession!

The soya sauce marinade was thick enough for us, but if you would like it to be even thicker you can add some corn starch or flour to it.

Something fun you can do with this recipe is add all kinds of vegetables. Use anything you have on hands like broccoli, baby corn or even bean sprouts. They would make the recipe taste so awesome!

We had some leftovers from this recipe and it was very good the next day. The soya sauce marinade in the tofu stir fry soaked through the noddles and it tasted amazing.

By the way here’s a quick tip: The longer you marinate the tofu in the soya sauce marinade, the better it will taste! The kids loved it. We honestly think it was the best tofu recipe we did yet.

Cheese Cake in a Jar with Fresh Berries and Graham Cookie

It’s patio time! We finally have weather mild enough to go outside with just a sweat shirt on and it encouraged us to do a refreshing dessert this weekend. I present you a dessert that requires NO COOKING,  cheese cake in a jar!

Over the weekend we decided to invite friends over for dinner. Chantal cooked a tasty chicken parmigiana (stay tune for the recipe!) and her and our neighbor friend – which you might remember from the chocolate chip cheese cake – decided we needed a refreshing dessert.

Fresh fruit and cheese blended with graham cookie. Refreshing enough?

And since they were at it, why not impress our friends? Put it in jars!

Each cheese cake in a jar turned out to be so delightful. It was like taking a bit right out of a cloud descended from heaven. It tasted like paradise.

This dessert could be made in a cake form, but it wouldn’t taste as good. Remember, we eat with our eyes first! And putting them in jars was just so impressive that it made the experience totally different.

They made the cheese cake in a jar with raspberries but it could easily be done with strawberries, blueberries or even bananas. Only your imagination limits you.

Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Recipe for cheese cake in a jar, here we come: