Small Appliances Make the Perfect Holiday Gift



It’s that time of year again… the holidays are right around the corner and you may or may not have started your holiday shopping. If you are looking for some gift ideas, here are 5 of our favorite small appliances that we love giving!

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer makes a wonderful holiday gift for anybody who enjoys baking. They come in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offer much more versatility than basic hand mixers. These mixers have the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet they are simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to add ingredients while the mixer is churning, as well as allowing them an opportunity to do other tasks such as preparing the pan for baking or even taking a short phone call. This mixer also comes with a large enough bowl to mix a couple of batches of cookie dough in one shot, saving time when baking for a large party! Can you think of someone who would love this gift?

Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer

This is a great gift for the cook who likes to share good times as well as good food! This portable slow cooker eliminates the hassle and the mess when transporting cooked foods from home. Cook it up, lock it up, and go with the secure-fitting lid and locking system. The Crock Pot Cook & Carry is perfect for traveling to parties, tailgates, picnics, potlucks, and more. This portable crock pot also comes with the 16-ounce Little Dipper Food Warmer, ideal for warm dips and sauces.  Makes a wonderful gift for the cook on the go!

Avanti 12 Bottle Free Standing Wine Cooler

Do you have a wine enthusiast in the family? The Avanti 12 Bottle Free standing Wine Cooler makes a great gift; large enough to keep a few bottles of wine cold for special occasions and is small enough for easy storing. The innovative design of this wine cooler allows them to store 8 bottles horizontally and 4 bottles vertically, which is perfect for opened bottles. There is an exterior display for temperature setting, which can be set from 47 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also choose to use pre-set buttons for red and white wine if they are not sure about the right temperature. This wine cooler also comes with an interior light to make it easier for them to find the bottle they are looking for when entertaining guests! Check out all of our wine coolers here.

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

Keurig Mini Brewing System is perfect for small spaces, college dorms, or for the only coffee drinker in a household.  These compact, personal brewers don’t take up a lot of space and will make a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in less than two minutes with a simple press of the button. To add a little something extra to this gift, check out our selection of K-cups; various flavors of coffee, teas, cocoas, and iced beverages.


Perfect gift for the soda lover! The SodaStream turns tap water into sparkling water or a favorite soft drink, in less than 30 seconds. The SodaStream also allows the user to get as fizzy as they want and never have to worry about their soda going flat. With the SodaStream Soda Maker kit, the user can even make their own flavors and soda concoctions! All of this in just one press of a button; that’s really how simple it is. If you are looking for a unique gift that won’t go to waste, this is it!

Looking for some more holiday gift ideas? Check back here for we will be posting more blogs on holiday shopping and gift ideas or check out our Holiday Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! Happy shopping!


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Slow Cooker Recipes for Game Day


Game day isn’t just about the game; it’s also about the food.  Whether you are hosting game day at your house or you are hosting a tailgate, you are preparing food for your party. Keeping your recipes simple (and of course delicious) will make life a lot easier for you. Here are a few of our favorite slow-cooker recipes that are perfect for game day! What makes these recipes so perfect you might ask?  Not only are they delicious and simple, but with the slow-cooker you prepare it and leave it to cook, giving you the opportunity to socialize with your party…which makes you the perfect host!

Slow-cooker Turkey Chili Recipe So delicious and so easy to make!

What you will need:  (4-6 servings)

·         1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey

·         1 large onion, chopped

·         1 garlic clove, minced

·         1 envelope chili seasoning mix (1.25-oz)

·         1 can beer (12-oz)

·         1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels

·         1 green bell pepper, chopped

·         1 red bell pepper, chopped

·         1 can crushed tomatoes (28-oz)

·         1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15-oz)

·         1 can tomato sauce (8-oz)

·         ¾ teaspoon salt

Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, finely chopped red onion, sliced fresh jalapenos


1.      Cook the lean ground turkey, onion, garlic and chili seasoning first in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink.

2.      Stir in beer and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, spoon mixture into a 5 ½-qt. slow-cooker: stir in corn and next 6 ingredients until well blended. 

3.      Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

Recipe Courtesy

Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese DipClassic game day treat!

What you will need: (15 servings)

·         3 pounds of chicken wing drummettes, skinned (30 drummettes)

·         ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

·         ¾ cup thick hot sauce

·         2 tablespoons cider vinegar

·         1 teaspoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

·         2 garlic cloves, minced

·         Blue Cheese Dip

·         30 carrot sticks

·         30 celery sticks


1.      Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2.      Line a jelly-roll pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Place chicken on prepared pan; sprinkle with pepper. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees for 7 minutes or until lightly browned.

3.      Combine hot sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in an oval 4-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

4.      Remove chicken from pan; drain on paper towels. Place chicken in slow cooker, tossing gently to coat with sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip, carrot sticks, and celery sticks.

Recipe Courtesy Oxmoor House

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Guaranteed to be a hit!

What you will need: (4 servings)

·         3 tablespoons light brown sugar

·         2 teaspoons hot paprika

·         1 teaspoon mustard powder

·         ½ teaspoon ground cumin

·         Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

·         1 to 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat

·         2 teaspoons vegetable oil

·         ½ cup apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste

·         3 tablespoons tomato paste

·         6 potato buns

Barbecue sauce and prepared coleslaw, for serving


1.      Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, paprika, mustard powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.

2.      Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet; add pork and cook, turning until browned on all sides for 5 minutes. Remove the pork and transfer to a plate; whisk ¾ cup water into the drippings in the skillet. Transfer the liquid to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.

3.      Add the vinegar, tomato paste, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 cups water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

4.      Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt roughly, chop the pork and mix in a bowl with 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid, and salt and vinegar to taste. Serve on buns with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.

Recipe Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Loaded Creamed Corn with TomatoGet ready for a loaded bowl of Southern style goodness. This easy side dish is perfect for game day!

What you will need: (16 servings)

·         4 packages of frozen kernel corn thawed (12-oz)

·         1 ½ cups half-and-half or light cream

·         1 cup chopped onion

·         ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

·         ¼ cup butter cut up

·         1 teaspoon sugar

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

·         5 thick slices of bacon

·         ¾ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese with jalapeno peppers  (3-oz)

·         ½ cup chopped tomato

·         2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley

·         1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

·         1/8 teaspoon sugar


1.      In a blender combine the corn from one package and the half-and-half. Cover and blend until smooth. In a 4 quart slow cooker combine blended corn mixture, the remaining corn, the onion, parmesan cheese, and butter, 1 teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper.

2.      Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3-4 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 hours.

3.      In a skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; cool. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces.

4.      Sprinkle Monterey jack cheese and bacon over corn in slow cooker. Cover; let stand about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

5.      In small bowl stir together tomato, parsley, vinegar, and sugar. Before serving, spoon tomato mixture over corn in slow cooker.

Recipe Courtesy Better Homes and Gardens

We hope you’ll give these recipes a try on game day.  We can’t guarantee your team will win, but we can guarantee the food will be a success!


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How To: Take Care of Your Mini Fridge

A mini fridge is a necessity for students going away to school. They’re a convenient way to store snacks and drinks while saving on trips to the grocery store… but do you know how to take care of one? Sure, a mini fridge might cost less than the textbooks you need for a semester, but you need to protect your investment. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your fridge so you have it for your entire school career and beyond.

How To Pack & Move Your Mini Fridge: Keep It Upright!

Step one is getting your fridge into your dorm, right? The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the fridge upright at all times. Laying your mini fridge horizontally could cause problems with the mechanics that keep your fridge cold when you plug it in. Should you really need to lay it down any other way, try to lay it flat on its back or tilted for as short a time as possible. When you are able to stand it upright, wait 24 hours before plugging it in to allow the system to re-correct itself should anything have shifted during transport.

How to Maintain Your Mini Fridge: Keep It Clean and Smelling Fresh

Once you have moved in and have placed food or drinks in your mini fridge, aim to clean it out once a week. Check for expired milk, meat, fruits/veggies or other perishable items and discard them as needed. Should you have a spill in your fridge, clean it out immediately to avoid bacteria, mold, mildew or food-borne illnesses. You may also want to place a small box of baking soda inside to absorb odors.

How to Defrost Your Mini Fridge: Defrost Every Break!

When your mini fridge will be left unattended for long periods of time like when moving out or on Thanksgiving, Winter or Spring breaks, your refrigerator will need to be defrosted. Plan on defrosting your fridge at least 24 hours before you leave. To defrost your mini fridge:

  • Remove and discard any items inside.
  • Unplug your fridge, prop open the door and place a towel or tray underneath it to absorb any water. You may also want to place a towel inside the fridge as moisture accumulates.
  • Leave it overnight.
  • The next morning, wipe down any excess moisture and dry the towels, trays or cloths you used in and around the fridge.

This is also a great time to clean the shelves, drawers or racks your mini fridge may have. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners inside your fridge, but a hot water/baking soda mixture or warm soapy water will do the trick. Rinse it with a clean rag or sponge and dry.

An important note: ALWAYS make sure your fridge is dry before closing the door to avoid mold and bacteria! A moldy fridge is certainly nto something you want to come back from break to.

How to Use Your Mini Fridge After College

I donated my mini fridge to an upcoming college freshman after I graduated, but there are many things you can use it for should you wish to take it home with you. Here are just some ways to keep using your fridge:

  • Man Cave or Home Theater: Store cold beverages in your man cave or home theater so you don’t have to make your way to the kitchen every time you or your friends need something to wet their whistle.
  • Extra Food Storage: Keep your mini fridge in your utility room, basement or garage and use it as extra space to hold excess leftovers or groceries. This is especially convenient during the holidays or while throwing a party!
  • Mini Fridge as a Wine Cooler: It may not be as great a solution as a proper wine cooler, but will suffice to make space in your actual refrigerator.


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