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KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150 Review

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150 Review

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand MixerI have a baking specialty, baking biscotti, and recently I broke my third hand held mixer while making biscotti dough, so I decided it was time to upgrade to more heavy duty stand mixer.  One of the problems with making biscotti is that the dough can be very tough to mix, so a mixer needs to have a lot of power, and also be made for mixing cookie dough with strong beater.  In the past, I have worn out the motors of mixers, and broken beaters.

I wanted to have a mixer that would be long lasting and versatile, so that our family would be able to use it for other cooking projects.  My husband likes to make cookies, and I also like to experiment with making fresh hummus, and other dips.  I had been using my Cuisinart, but it is not ideal.

Since I go through hand held mixers so much, I was willing to invest good money in this new mixer, but I also wanted to get a good deal.  After much thorough research, I decided to buy a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer from Amazon.

For those of you who know me well, you would have thought that I would buy this mixer in teal or orange, because I am an artist, and I often do buy items in unusual colors to brighten up a room, but I ended up buying the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in black because it was significantly cheaper, even though there are some really cool colors I could have gotten.

As I already mentioned, my main concern was having a mixer that I could make endless biscotti with, and this was the primary reason that I bought the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer.  This mixer is a 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds so it has the power to withstand the tough biscotti dough.  In addition, it comes with a flat beater and a dough hook which can both be used for mixing the biscotti dough.  I also love the feature of the tilt back head because it makes it so much easier than my old stand mixer to access the bowl, put in ingredients, and split the dough to press into loaves for baking.

Amazingly enough, the KitchenAid Artisan mixer is pretty enough, even in black, to keep out on my kitchen counter, which means that I use it more, and it is easily accessible.  It is definitely built for tough jobs, but can also make whipped cream easily.  This makes the mixer extremely versatile and also hard to break which is a great feature in a household with two teenagers, one with a propensity to break things.

I used to get a sore arm even when mixing the biscotti dough with a hand held mixer because it was tough to keep the mixer in place when I wanted to get to all parts of the bowl.  The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer not only has the power to hand a double batch of biscotti dough, but it does the work for me, getting to more points on the bowl without tiring my arm out.  It gives a nice even mix too.

I also don't have to worry about breaking the attachments because they are much more heavy duty than the small beaters I had with my other mixers.  There are other additional attachments that you can buy for this mixer from Amazon that do not come with the basic set including a citrus juicer, ice cream maker, food grinder, pasta press, grain mill, rotor slicer/shredder, and extra bowls.

One of the best things you get when you buy any KitchenAid mixers are the support and service of KitchenAid.  KitchenAid is a super company that really stands by its products, and their support department is top notch.  They really take the time to help you work through any problems, or instructions that you do not understand when you first get the mixer.  The most technical detail on this mixer is getting the beater bowl clearance set when you first get it.  But if you can't figure it out yourself, you can call them and they will walk you through the adjustment.  Once the beaters are set correctly, you get perfect mixing.

Another feature that I would like to mention about this mixer, is that it is very simple to attach and remove the various attachements, and to take apart the mixer elements for cleaning.  It is tough to be a neat cook or baker, and mixing cookie dough generally gets it all over the mixer, and the baker.  However, with the 5-quart bowl, that happens less, and the mixer itself cleans up nicely.

In addition to the great price you get for the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer on Amazon, KitchenAid is also offering rebates.  You can get the rebate paperwork when you go onto Amazon to buy the mixer.  A one year KitchenAid warranty comes with the mixer as well.

For more information about the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Mixer, its attachments, colors, and more reviews, you can go directly to the mixer page on Amazon.  This product is definitely a winner for anyone who loves to cook and bake.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/02/2013

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Using Wall Decals for Christmas Decor – Easy and Cheap

Using Wall Decals for Christmas Decor – Easy and Cheap

Christmas Wall Decal DecorationsIf you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas, especially in a rented or temporary space like an apartment or dorm room, one of the easiest is using Christmas wall decals.

Wall decals have been overtaking the wall decorating market as a substitute for wall paper. They are much less permanent, easy to change out and cheap. You can apply them in minutes, and use them for kids rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and more. However, for Christmas wall decor, they are supreme. While similar to stickers, they don't leave behind sticky residue, and can be taken down almost as quickly as you can put them up. Also, they are very cheap compared to many other decorations.

Here are some great examples of Christmas wall decals that you can use, but click through for many more examples:

Custom Color PopDecals - Christmas Decals - Christmas balls - Removable vinyl wall art home decor decals stickerRoomMates RMK1317GM Tree Branches Peel & Stick Wall DecalsRoomMates RMK1412GM Christmas Tree Quote Peel & Stick Giant Wall Decal

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/12/2013

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Kitchen Towels and Table Runners for St. Patrick’s Day

Kitchen Towels and Table Runners for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Table Runner

If you're looking to add a touch of Irish charm to your home decor, festive kitchen towels, tablecloths and table runners for St. Patrick's Day are a great way to do so. This is an inexpensive and easy way to change up your home's decor for the different seasons, holidays, and special occasions. Amazon offers several options to spice up your kitchen with a little luck of the Irish, all available with Prime shipping options.

Embroidered Irish Clover Table Linens Runner

This lovely addition to your St. Patrick's Day table comes as a runner or a square. Beautifully embroidered, either piece makes a statement for a St. Patrick's Day or spring table. Beautiful by themselves or on top of another solid-color tablecloth.

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Set of Two St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Microfiber Kitchen Towels

These soft, microfiber kitchen hand towels are the perfect way to add some St.Patrick's day flare to your kitchen or bar area. White hand towels feature dark green shamrocks in various sizes. Towels measure fifteen inches by twenty five inches. Stitched with green edging, these festive hand towels make a great decorative accent for the home.

Set of 2 Kelly Green St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Microfiber Kitchen/Bar Towels

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Towels Set of Two

Add the luck of the Irish to your kitchen this St. Patrick's Day. These cute polyester hand towels measure fifteen by twenty five inches and are the perfect compliment to any St. Patrick's Day kitchen decor. Dark green with light green shamrocks and white edging or white with dark green shamrocks and dark green edging (Towels come assorted according to description provided.). Hang them over the bar of the dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, or anywhere to add a splash of festive flare and color.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Towels Set of 2

St. Patrick's Day Clover Table Runner

Imported from India, this decorative table runner measures fourteen inches by fifty four inches. Item can be had washed in cold water and line dried. Light green table runner features dark green bordered edging and assorted patterns of various sizes clovers/shamrocks. All clovers are embroidered and contain various shades of green, white, or yellow. Perfect St. Patrick's Day decor for the dining room table or buffet table.

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Embroidered Green Shamrock Table Runner

This lovely embroidered table runner is rectangular and measures fifteen inches by 34 inches. Made from 100% polyester fabric, item can be machine washed in cold water on gentle cycle. A very elegant table runner with shamrocks interlocking with each other. Features solid dark green shamrocks with light green border, and dark green shamrocks with light green accent pattern within them. Perfect for any dining room table or buffet table. This runner is sure to impress your guests and will brighten your home with some Irish charm.

Embroidered Table Runner Green Shamrocks, 14 by 34 Inch

Combine with matching embroidered place mats in a set of four, also from Banberry Designs. Place mats measure fourteen by twenty inches and are a solid dark green trimmed with elegant shamrock borders identical to those found in the table runner. Place mats can be machine washed in cold on gentle cycle.

Embroidered Placemats Green Shamrocks, Set of 4, 14x20 Machine Washable

Printed Shamrock Table Runner

This is a disposable paper table runner, perfect for hosting St. Patrick's Day parties. Measures eleven inches wide by six feet long. Makes a great party decoration and can be ordered individually or in packages of three, six, or twelve. Runner is green and features multi colored shamrock designs in all white. If you want something festive but only for temporary decoration, this paper table runner makes a good choice.

Beistle Printed Shamrock Table Runner

Vinyl Tablecloth for St. Patrick's Day

This tablecloth is made from vinyl with a flannel back and measures sixty inches, for a round table. Easy to wipe clean, this tablecloth makes a great addition to your kitchen or dining room decor to brighten things up for St. Patrick's Day. White background with multiple green shamrocks make this a cute conversation piece during mealtime.

Adorable Multi-Patterned 4-Leaf Clover Tablecloth

St. Patrick's Day Green Damask Shamrock Tablecloth

This 100% polyester tablecloth is machine washable in cold water, and can be tumble dried on low setting. Measures sixty inches by one hundred two inches and fits a rectangular or oblong table. An elegant tablecloth that can be used year after year to brighten up your home decor for St. Patrick's Day. Dark green fabric has textured shamrocks woven throughout cloth.

St. Patrick's Day Green Damask Shamrock Tablecloth 60 x 102 Rectangle/Oblong

 

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Beach House Decor Accents

Beach House Decor Accents

Beach House Decor Accents

When decorating a beach house, many people choose items that are related to the beach, ocean, or nautical type themes. Etsy offers a variety of handmade beach house decor items that you can't find anywhere else. Choosing handmade decor makes your beach house even more special than it already is by adding a touch of unique charm you won't find in a retail store. Here we look at some unique beach house decor items offered by Etsy shop owners. Choose from everything from wall decor to wreaths and throw pillow covers to give your beach house a great look and feel.

Life Is Short, Buy The Beach House Sign

This is a hand made, made to order item constructed from wood, acrylic paint, and jute. Sign bears the saying "Life is short, buy the beach house", and can be ordered in two sizes of 8 inches by 18 inches, or 12 inches by 24 inches. Background color choices include basic black, royal blue, nautical navy, ocean aqua, beach bum blue, and shoreline green. Sign features a distressed and weathered appearance and hangs with a jute cord. Perfect beach house decor that lets everyone know you're glad you made the investment.

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Beach Wall Clock

This is a made to order, hand made clock that features a lovely beach scene with sand, blue sky, and small ocean waves. Clock measures 10 inches in diameter and is 1.75 inches in depth. Face is made from high-impact Plexiglas and is easy to hang using the backside hook. Uses one AA battery, not included. Clock face contains no actual numerals, you just tell the time by the positioning of the hands.

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Beach Block Set

This is a set of five wooden blocks of various sizes that are decorated using acrylic paints and scrapbook papers. Block set contains the letters B, E, A, C, and H to spell out the word Beach. Blocks look great when displayed on a shelf or mantle and make perfect beach house decor.

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Gone To The Beach Throw Pillow

Attractive pillow cover comes in your choice of over thirty color options. Available in sizes 16 by 16 inches or 18 by 18 inches. This is a hand made item made from organic cotton sateen and eco-friendly water based inks. Pillow cover has an invisible zipper and sports the phrase "Gone to the Beach". Slip cover over any throw pillow for a great decorative beach house accent.

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Beach Wreath, Summer Shell Wreath, Sand dollar - Starfish Wreath

A great wreath to use either indoors or outdoors as a beautiful decorative accent for any beach house. Wreath can be used on front door, hung from a fence, or displayed on a mantel, wall, or shelf. Handmade from a grapevine wreath, shells, sheer aqua ribbon, raffia, shells, and a starfish. A small sign hangs from the inside of the wreath that says "Beach". Circular wreath is decorated with natural materials and shells, and the ribbon color gives it a great beach feel. Available in a 12 inch, 14 inch, or 18 inch diameter.

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Large Mosaic Mirror in Aqua, Blue, Copper

Beautiful hand made mirror is constructed from glass, mirror, mosaic tiles, and grout. Can be made to order in sizes 17 by 19 inches, 18 by 24 inches, 20 by 28 inches, 24 by 30 inches, and 30 by 36 inches. Decorative mirror shimmers in the light and features a beautiful mosaic in the perfect beach house color scheme of white iridescent, white glass, aqua ice, metallic white pearl, light aqua FL glass, metallic nude, metallic birch, fawn, and cornsilk. Makes a stunning focal point for any room.

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The Sand May Brush Off Picture Frame

This hand made frame measures 12 by 12 inches with a 4 by 6 inch area for displaying a photo. Frame comes with glass and backing. Made from a wood panel, stain, and a professional print. Front of frame displays the words " The sand may brush off, the salt may wash clean, the tans may fade, but the memories will last forever". Makes a perfect accent to display in any beach house and allows you to display your special memories you've shared there together.

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Beach House Decor Accents

Article publié pour la première fois le 15/04/2016

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Snow Plow or Electric Snow Shovel

Snow Plow or Electric Snow Shovel

Do You Shovel the Snow in Your Driveway?

Electric Snow ShovelIf you live in a climate that has all four seasons like I do, or even a climate that just has one and that one is winter, you spend a lot of time shoveling snow from your driveway and sidewalks every winter season.  Shoveling snow can be back breaking, exhausting work, and when the snow falls, it can fall for days, sometimes weeks on end, making snow removal very tiresome.

To make the task of shoveling snow easier, you can hire a snow plow service, but that can be expensive.  For moderate levels of snow, a snow blower or electric snow shovel are good options to clear your own driveway of snow, especially if your driveway is not too long.  Or you can buy a snow plow attachment for your own vehicle and clear your own driveway of snow, and even make some money by plowing the snow for your neighbors.

Whatever you plan to do to shovel snow, take care not to over extend yourself shoveling snow.  People die every year because they are not used to the level of exercise that is needed when shoveling a driveway with a manual shovel.

Electric Snow Shovels

Electric snow shovels are a good tool to have on hand for moderate snowfalls.  Electric snow shovels throw the snow, allowing you to clear your walkway, sidewalks, and driveway in a much faster amount of time than a manual shovel.  Electric snow shovels are small, so they are good for smaller spaces, and areas that you need to turn around quickly to clear the snow out.

Electric snow shovels do not take a lot of storage space, not too much more than a traditional snow shovel making them a good tool for cottages, condominiums, and apartments.

Electric Snow Shovel

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Snow Blowers Move More Snow

Snow blowers clear a wider and larger area more quickly of snow than an electric snow shovel.  A snow blower blows the cleared snow through a shoot further than most electric snow shovels, and works better in situations where you have a heavy snowfall.

Snow blowers also handle well in a driveway that already has snow piled up from previous snow plowing or blowing and will continue to clear the area of snow and pile it up on top of the previous piles.

Snow blowers do need more storage space than an electric snow shovel, so they are best if you have a shed or garage to put your show blower in.

Snow Blowers

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Plowing the Snow Yourself

The easiest way to clear your driveway quickly is with a snow plow.  Snow plows work best in areas that get regular heavy snowfalls each winter for an extended period of time.  You can buy a plow attachment for your vehicle, or you can hire a snow plow service.

If you buy a snow plow attachment for your own truck or vehicle, practice driving it in a parking lot where there is a lot of room before you go in and out of narrow driveways.  No need to plow right into your own or neighbor's house.

Especially if you live on a farm, or in a rural area, a snow plow or a combination snow plow and another shovel are your best bet.  Snow plows, snow blowers and snow shovels can be purchased on eBay both new and used from reliable eBay sellers.  You can get parts for your snow plow also.  eBay sellers are rated by how many sales they have had and their feedback, so you can check other people's experience before you buy on eBay.

You may find that a seller is right in your local area, and you can pick up the snow plow right from their store.

As to shoveling your own driveway by hand, I recommend saving the manual shovel for small jobs like clearing your front steps, and leaving the big jobs to your electric snow machines.

Traditional Snow Shovels

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Snow Plows

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Article publié pour la première fois le 15/07/2013

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Primitives by Kathy Christmas Decor

Primitives by Kathy Christmas Decor

If you like the rustic look, you will love these signs by Primitives by Kathy. You can find signs of all sized to hang or prop up for permanent or temporary decor, but they also make a lot of other items including aprons, towels, throw pillows, picture frames and more. Each sign has a different saying--some are traditional, some funny, some heartwarming. I have put a few on this page, but you can easily click through any of these links to see more of them. They are very affordable and lots of fun for making your home a bit warmer in spirit and giving to others as a gift.

Primitives by Kathy Square Box Sign, 6-Inch, Merry Christmas

Primitives by Kathy Square Box Sign, 6-Inch, Merry Christmas

Primitives by Kathy's Merry Christmas Box Sign is made of wood and can sit or hang. It reads "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night". Primitives by Kathy is a leading producer of high quality decorative box signs and home decor.

Box Sign - Merry Little Christmas

Box Sign - Merry Little Christmas

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign, Dance In The Rain,4x4 Inch

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign, Dance In The Rain,4x4 Inch

I love this expression on this particular sign. A lovely sentiment that can be posted in your home all year long. Click through the link above for more choices of items from this company.

Article publié pour la première fois le 11/11/2014

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At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen Cookbook

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen Cookbook

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

A sophisticated vegetarian cookbook with all the tools you need to be at home in your kitchen, cooking in the most nourishing and delicious ways—from the foundations of stocking a pantry and understanding your ingredients, to preparing elaborate seasonal feasts.

Imagine you are in a bright, breezy kitchen. There are large bowls on the counter full of lush, colorful produce and a cake stand stacked with pretty whole-grain muffins. On the shelves live rows of glass jars containing grains, seeds, beans, nuts, and spices. You open the fridge and therein you find a bottle of fresh almond milk, cooked beans, soaking grains, dressings, ferments, and seasonal produce. This is Amy Chaplin’s kitchen. It is a heavenly place, and this book will make it your kitchen too.

Read more about this great cookbook by clicking through below:

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating WellAt Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well

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Article publié pour la première fois le 09/11/2014

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