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Registry Galore

Hello world! Sorry it has been so long – I’ve been busy, and realized that I’m not much of a blogger. But, once in a while, I feel inspired. Hope you will still check in every so often =)

Lately, I have been loving all of my new kitchen gadgets, courtesy of our wedding registry and gift cards. It took me a LONG time to sort through all the items we received, figure out what we wanted to keep, what we didn’t really need, what else we wanted to buy, where to buy it, etc.

Through the process, I’ve been experimenting with different kitchen electrics and gadgets, and am just having the best time!

Here are my reviews of some of the items I’ve tried thus far:

The It List
1. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker, 1.5 Quart – This machine is AWESOME! I absolutely love it. It is so easy to use! I’ve been just using the base ingredients for vanilla ice cream, and then adding different mix-ins to create different flavors. This is definitely one of those items you don’t really need, but is super fun to have!
2. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I just experimented with this today. I have been coveting this glorious mixer for years, and finally got in the limited edition Candy Apple Red. It is so beautiful! I brought it out today to use and realized it is HEAVY! I am finding it a little difficult to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed (scraping down the bowl is kind of annoying because the beater gets in the way), and my machine seems to make a strange and loud whirring sound (is this normal?), but I still love it because it allows me to step away and do something else, and it is just so gosh-darn beautiful!
3. OXO Over and In-Sink Colander – This is so incredibly useful. I always used to stack my colanders into a bigger bowl because the thought of the bottom of the colander touching the sink grosses me out (even if I just scrubbed the sink and even if the colander has little feet). I love that this can just balance over the sink and I can pour things right in (like pasta!) without having to worry about the colander tipping over. The arms fold in, which is great for storage, but it is still a little large.
4. Vitamix – This wasn’t actually a registry item, but it’s a great item to have! It really does blend anything! For example, I’ve heard that grape seeds are really good for you, but who wants to swallow whole grape seeds? I just stick the grapes into the Vitamix to make a smoothie, and it’ll grind those little seeds right up! Same with flax seeds! I have even made powdered sugar using regular sugar! What I don’t like about it is that it is big, and just a pain to wash in our not so big sink. It’d be nice is they made a smaller blender option to use if you’re making smaller portions.
5. Automatic Can Opener – Another item I’ve been dying to have. I have the Cuisinart stainless steel version, but I’m sure any kind will do just find. It is so nice not having to wrestle with the hand turning type.
6. Silicon Oven Mitts – I love these!  They don’t stay on as well as regular oven mitts, and you definitely lose dexterity, but they are cute and make me feel super protected!
7. OXO Angled Measuring Cup – I used to do all my backing with just the different sized measuring cups, but it was annoying because if I needed the same measurement for a solid and a liquid, I would have to either use a different sized measuring cup a few times, or wash and dry it.  I love having the angled measuring cups just for liquids.  It really does allow you to read the measurements from the top without having to bend down to eye level!

The Not-It List
1. Cuisinart Griddler – I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but since then, we have returned it. It was just a huge hassle, messy, and did not heat evenly. There is a reason why Williams-Sonoma only carries the Breville kind! I ended up just buying a small pannini press plate, which works well for us because we really don’t make panninis that often!
2. Avocado Slicer – Useless.   Sounds cool, but does not give those beautiful slices you see in restaurants.

The Not-So-Sure List
1. Waring Pro Waffle Maker – I used this once, thinking it would be a lot of fun to be able to serve fresh waffles.  It is supposed to beep when the waffles are done (how it knows, I have no idea), but I had trouble getting it to cook the waffles to the right point.  I tried a few different temperature settings, but they were all either too soft/gooey, or too crispy.  I think I’m going to give it another try with a different recipe before giving up on it.  Again, there may be a reason why Williams-Sonoma does not carry this brand anymore.  I thought it was cool because it rotates 180 degrees, but perhaps the Breville waffle maker is a better buy.
2. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I know, I know – this is listed under The It List, too.  Well, I’m still working out the kinks, and figuring out the best way to use it, so for now, it’ll stay on both lists =)

Hope that helps some of you out there!  I would love to get your thoughts on these and other items, too!

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My Favorite Everyday Life Guide Books

 These are some of my favorite life “how to” books – helpful guides to every day living!

  1. Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Book: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home by Martha Stewart – I LOVE this book. It came out before I was married, and even though I did not yet have a home to keep, Yuppie Husband bought it for me. It teaches you how to do everything! My favorite lesson: how to fold fitted sheets.
  2. Emily Post’s Etiquette by Peggy Post – I am a stickler for etiquette. I ♥ etiquette. Social etiquette has been seriously lacking, and I find it be so frustrating! I wish I could just pass this book out to everyone, but I know most people wouldn’t bother opening it.  Let’s bring proper etiquette back!
  3. The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day by Mindy Weiss – This book is the go to book when it comes to planning a wedding.  It includes time lines, templates, etiquette, guidance, etc.  It’s written in a way that is easy to read and comprehend.  A must for brides, bridesmaids, mothers and planners!
  4. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman – The concept of love languages is something that is easy to understand and makes logical sense, but can be so hard to effect in a relationship!  Through my own experiences with Yuppie Husband and through listening to countless girlfriends’ gripes and complaints about their relationships, I have come to realize that at the heart of many issues troubling loving, committed couples the feeling of not being “loved” enough.  This book explores how people give and receive love in different languages, and the key is to identify and understand the languages of you and your partner.
  5. The Bible – The best of all.  Enough said. =)

What are some of your favorite guide books for living life?  Please share!

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My Favorite Things

I’m not Oprah, but I have favorite things, too! 

This series of lists identifies the items that I have come to know and love as a Yuppie Housewife!

I wish I could give them all away, but for now, you will have to find your own.  Y’all be the first to know when this changes 🙂

I hope you will share your favorites with me, too!

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