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Gear Review: Dexter-Russell All-Purpose Turner

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Not to get all Marie Kondo on you, but every time I pickup the Dexter-Russell All-Purpose Turner (not spatula), I’m happy with my decision to spend a little extra.  And I would place this solidly in the “buy it for life” category of purchases.

Pancakes. Pancakes.

Plus, it turns me into a pancake making machine.

There are multiple styles, but I chose the 5 inch, “all-purpose” version and purchased through Amazon, but available elsewhere.

Purchase Date:      October 2018
Summary:  Definitely a worthwhile purchase.


  • Solid, well made cooking utensil
  • Beats the pants off a plastic spatula
  • Thinner metal blade with rounded corners and beveling slides under food
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Really not that expensive
  • Looks good too!


  • For the grill, you could use a longer handle (12” overall)

Good-Bye K-Cups

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Pour Over Setup

We’ve had an unstable relationship with our Keurig for a while now.  Actually, our Keurig machine seemed to prove fairly durable compared to some family and friends that seemed to go through the machines on a relatively frequent basis.  But the plastic waste we were putting out on a daily basis from the single serve cups always made us uncomfortable. Sort of a guilty pleasure. Without any pleasure.

So, the Keurig was sent to Goodwill.

And, we’ve started using a pour over setup for our weekday routine (we always make a full pot of coffee on the weekends). That’s a Hario V60 and Bonavita gooseneck electric kettle.

If you need some additional prompting, here’s a stat for you:

“While Keurig does sell some recyclable K-Cups, as well as a reusable mesh cup for ground coffee, 95% of the K-Cups they produce cannot be recycled and aren’t biodegradable. “ – Impacts of Materials on Society (

Kinco 5210 Alyeska Lined Ragg Wool Half Finger Glove

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“Handle your tools without mittens.” – Benjamin Franklin

Ben may want to rethink his quote with these half finger pocket gloves from Kinco.

We’ve lived in Ohio for about eight years now.  And, winter activities have become a necessary way of life.  Neither I nor Mrs. SFTE grew up with winter sports. We are from warmer locales. But, we’re not inside people, and in order to be outside in Ohio for a good portion of the year, you better be geared appropriately.

This main issue with gloves and mittens is the loss of dexterity.  And with our daughter still needing help with her own gear, you find yourself removing your own gloves on a frequent basis.  Plus, the touchscreen on your phone. I’ve not found the gloves that claim to be touchscreen compatible to work that well – and they’re generally more of a liner weight anyway.

I picked up a few pairs of these Kinco Wool gloves ahead of our indescribably amazing Yellowstone trip over the winter break in 2017.  They worked great on that trip. Warm. Grippy. And dexterity without having to remove your glove. There’s a magnet that keeps the pocket flipped back – to stay out of the way.

They’re perfect for winter hiking, shoveling the driveway, or gearing up for skiing in the parking lot – when you need to get the skis off the roof rack and put your boots on – but need something on your hands.

This photo is from a recent hike up to Rainbow Lake in Frisco, Co with ambient temperatures in the low teens.  No temperature issues at all. Perfect for helping the kiddos get buckled into their snowshoes.

Frisco, CO
Frisco, CO

The price (~$18) is well within budget.  I’ve purchased an assortment of Kinco gloves from Discount Work Gear.

The only consideration is these are not liner weight gloves.  They are beefy. That means they have some bulk.

Overall, a great addition to Dad Gear.