Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Your family’s Thanksgiving torch has been passed, and now it’s in your hands.

Gulp.

We know that hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time can be overwhelming, but before you decide to curl into a ball and cower under your dining room table until Black Friday, allow us to share some helpful advice. We’ve got a collection of tips to help you run your Thanksgiving dinner as efficiently, smoothly, and enjoyably as possible. Take a deep breath, read on, and by the end of this article you’ll be ready to take on Turkey Day like a seasoned pro!

Timing is Everything

The most important (non-edible) ingredient for a successful Thanksgiving dinner is good timing. Make sure you schedule out adequate … Read more...

Seltzer vs. SodaStream and Why I Switched

Searching for healthy drink alternatives to soda and juices can be challenging. Luckily, my family and I drink a lot of flavored seltzer— not only is it refreshing, but it’s caffeine and sugar free. I’m pleased this is our drink of choice, but while dropping empty cans into the recycling bin one day, I began to think about my impact on the environment and the amount of money I spend a month on cases of seltzer.

Looking at those empty cans, I thought of all that recycling waste and couldn’t believe a small family produced so much. Then, I thought about how many times I found half-empty cans lying around or in the refrigerator. No one drank them, they went … Read more...

Deep Fryer Tips for Safe and Perfect Frying

Looking to use your deep fryer and cook up some delicious eats? There are tons of great recipes, but before you start experimenting with various foods you can fry, read these basic tips for safe cooking and perfectly fried food!

Picking the right cooking oil

Deep frying requires an oil that has a high smoke point; meaning the oil will not break down at deep frying temperatures. Peanut, safflower, sunflower, and canola oils are all good choices with their high smoke points. Note: if you choose peanut oil, make sure you’re not preparing food for someone who has a peanut allergy.

Some sources say that you can reuse the cooking oil after you’ve cooked with it, but for the best … Read more...

5 Must-Have Small Appliances That Will Make You Love Mornings

Not much of a morning person? Neither are your family members? We totally get it… mornings can be tough, especially if you’re helping the kids get ready for school and you have somewhere to be. But a few tweaks can change the way you and your family feel about the early hours. Stop, take a breath, and enjoy your mornings with the help of these small appliances:  

1.) Waffle Maker  

If you want some family time before the kids head off, a waffle maker will help you make a quick and tasty breakfast. Using a waffle maker will help you create fluffy, Belgium-style waffles that are way better than frozen ones. You can even add some fruit on top … Read more...

8 Things People Forget to Add to Their Wedding Registry

Whether you’re planning to attend friends’ events or have your own, you’re probably thinking a lot about the best wedding gifts. To help you put together your registry, we’ve compiled a list of things couples really appreciate receiving, but forget to add to their list!

1. Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine

A cup of coffee in the morning is the perfect way to start the day, and it’s a staple to offer guests who come to visit. Every home needs at least a basic coffee maker, and if you want to get a bit fancier, Keurigs and espresso machines are great additions.

2. Lawnmower

This is one of those things people often regret not including in their registry. If you have a … Read more...

Gift Ideas for Foodies

We all have that one person in the family that loves to cook. The one that supplies half the food at the holiday party and always has a fun, new dish that “you just have to try!” For that special food lover, we have some great gift ideas that will not disappoint:

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

A must-have for anyone that loves to bake is the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer. It comes in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offers much more versatility than basic hand mixers. It has the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet it’s simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to … Read more...