A Kitchen-y Christmas!

1 Feb

When my family asked what I wanted for Christmas, of course my reply was kitchen stuff!  Of course, it’s not top of the line, but it will get the job done for what I need (or so I hope!).

Kitchen gadgets from Christmas

First off, a Cuisinart 7 cup Food Processor from my mom and dad.  I have a small, 2 cup food processor, but was really needing something for larger batches of things like guacamole, applesauce, salsa.  I had tried in my blender a few times, and it was ok, but I needed something more.  Plus, I broke my mandolin slicer, and this one came with a slicing blade, so I’m hoping to get some use out of it for slicing and chopping as well.  So far, I used it to make a large batch of guacamole, and it worked great.  Looking forward to using it more!

Next, a Hamilton Beach Electric Griddle from my husband and girls.  My older daughter was the one that picked this out.  It’s something I have thought of getting, but just hadn’t gotten around to getting one.  So, when my husband took her shopping for me, she saw this and the picture on the front of the pancakes and sausage cooking together, and decided it was something I really needed.  She was so excited after they got it, she so wanted to tell me, but instead, told anyone she could what she got me while I was not listening.  And she was so worried the first time I used it that I wouldn’t like it.  I have used it multiple times now, for hamburgers and buns, and pancakes, bacon, and eggs.  I LOVE it!  It cooks everything more evenly than a skillet on the stove, and is large enough to cook a lot all at once.

Also from my husband and girls are the 2 KitchenAid Bamboo Mixer Spatulas, the Oster Hand Mixer with retractable cord, plus dough hook and whisk attachments, and the Oster 10 Speed Blender.  These were to replace older items.

The West Bend Air Crazy Popcorn Popper is from my brother-in-law.  Well, sort of.  He gave me a gift card for Target, so I used it to buy this.  We love popcorn, but I am tired of microwave popcorn.  My family had an air popper when I was a kid, and I loved it, so I was happy they still make them!  This really isn’t anything fancy, and isn’t perfect, but makes us yummy, air popped popcorn!

The KitchenArt Adjust-A-Cup Measuring Cup is from my mom and dad.  This was something my mom had gotten for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, and thought that my sister and I would like them too.  I think it’s cool!

I also got more measuring cups, Fred M-Cup Measuring Matryoshkas, from my Aunt Connie and Uncle Rick.  These are really cool too! My younger daughter loves playing with the wooden matryoshka dolls at my parents’ house, she even got her own set from my Aunt Paula for Christmas, so it was really neat to get these measuring cups.  Each half of a doll is a different measurement:

Fred M-Cup Measuring Matryoshkas

They also gave me the metal tester on the front right.  It’s cute with a little snowflake on top.

The final item is a Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher in my favorite color, purple!  It was from my mom and dad as well.  I learned of this product at the Taste of Home Cooking School show back in November.  I have a garlic press, but wanted to give this a try to see which I like better.  I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but hopefully soon!

Now, hopefully, life will slow down some so I get a chance to cook more and use all these fun, new kitchen tools!

2 Responses to “A Kitchen-y Christmas!”

  1. Jenn February 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    I may have to go out and get a popcorn popper one of these days. I’m sure the girls would LOVE it! The measuring cups you got are adorable. I got something of the same style for Christmas from my hubby’s grandmother but they are ceramic pigs. Weird that she thought of me when she saw those, I guess. Nothing in my kitchen matches them. But they’re cute. Have fun cooking!


    • Jenny February 2, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      The popcorn popper was $20 at Target. Like I said, it’s not fancy and not perfect, but the girls think it’s so cool! That’s funny about the pigs, but they sound cute!


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