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Cool gadgets gifts for women in your life

2016-10-25_114751It’s almost Christmas and you still have no idea what to get that special gal in your life.

Whether she’s your wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter, or BFF, here are 20 quick picks to keep you out of the doghouse for another year.

Microsoft Band 2 ($200): This smart gadget combines all of the best features of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch in one sleek package. Beyond fitness tracking, it syncs with Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone to give her notifications, answer calls, use voice commands and more. Find it at online retailers or look for it at your local electronics retailer or Microsoft Store.

Bellabeat Leaf ($120): For a fitness tracker that doesn’t look like a fitness tracker, you can’t do better than the Leaf, which looks more like jewelry than a gadget. It still does everything she’ll expect a fitness tracker to do, including monitor activity and sleep. It’s currently on sale at the Bellabeat store (though be careful of shipping times if you want it before Christmas!), but you should also be able to find it locally at Best Buy and Target.

Kate Spade earbuds and smartphone cases ($40+): Kate Spade has a multitude of sparkly and style-savvy tech accessories. Find them locally at major electronics or department stores.

Trainer by Gibson ($250): Another gift that sets the right tone are these wireless headphones that work as well on the move as they do while relaxing. Amazon is probably your best bet  if you can’t find these at your local electronics retailer. If you’re looking for something a little easier to find (and sports-friendly headphones aren’t the priority), try the Bose QuietComfort 25 ($300).

Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer ($130): A great gift for anyone who likes to take and share photos, the Zip is a portable printer that can instantly print photos from her smartphone — just like the classic Polaroid! Find it online or locally at retailers like Target.

Information from USA Today

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Make & Freeze Recipe: Mini Pancake Bundt Cakes

mini-pancakeI’ll admit it…I’m more than just a little addicted to pinterest! I love that I find real ideas there that I can actually re-create myself. I especially love when I find something fun like this to surprise my kids with. I found this particular idea linked to The World According to Eggface and decided to adapt the recipe so it would be gluten-free and in a fun shape. I had inherited the mini bundt cake pan a long time ago and it had never been used before. It’s time has finally come.

First I mixed up some batter using Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix. We’re experimenting with gluten-free and I thought pancakes might win over the family. After I poured the mix into the muffin cups, I added frozen berries to some and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the others. Here’s a picture of it about to go in the oven:

I baked according to package directions and they came out perfectly. The kids could not wait to try them. Girlie ate at least 6 right away. The berries were bursting and so flavorful and the cinnamon sugar ones were sweet with just a hint of spice. Little Dude was not quite as impressed, but he’s funny about textures and these were a little different than a muffin or pancake. I thought they were really good and an excellent convenience recipe for the school week. You can make a couple of batches on the weekend (in whatever shapes or designs you want) and freeze them for later. Simply microwave defrost for breakfast or place a frozen one into a lunchbox to thaw and be ready to eat at noon. Here’s the final product:

What foods do you like to make ahead? I’d like to get better at doing some of the work on Sunday and having things done in time for the weekend.

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The best set of stainless steel cookware here

Shiny kitchens and spotless counters are a trademark of well
managed homes. If you have a good set of cookware, it makes keeping house a
pleasure while making it easier on an already overloaded lady of the house.
Here are the top rated stainless steel cookware sets available in the market that will
give you that extra edge in cooking, while keeping your house a notch better than
your friends.

1. Viking 4515-1S10S Stainless Steel Cookware Set

A perfect set of beautifully crafted
stainless steel cookware, this stainless steel set will make your kitchen go
from dull to shiny in zero seconds. The ergonomic, stylish handle makes cooking
easier and lets you de-clutter your cooking zone by eliminating pot tongs, and
cloth or rubber utensil holders. The vessels are made with magnetic stainless
steel on the outside and are flat bottomed, making it suitable for any type of
cooktop, including induction.

2. Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless
Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set

You can actually throw away a lot of your
deformed old pans, if you invest in one of these. With so many pieces, you
would meet all your cookware needs in one set. With nonstick properties,
cleaning is easier. The rubberized stainless steel handles, and the glass lids
make cooking easier. These pots can be used on all stovetops, including ovens,
but cannot be used on induction.

3. KitchenAid KCSS10LS Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Do you always have trouble taking wrong
measurements? This cookware set is ideal for you. With etched measurement
markings, rest assured for perfect cooking from now on. With great looking
handles and dome shaped glass lids, monitoring your food will be perfectly
easy. With 3 color choices, you can skip the traditional stainless steel look
while enjoying the benefits of stainless steel. This set of cookware is heavy
but well balanced.

If you’re looking for the best stainless steel cookware set for
your kitchen, make sure you invest time in understanding what needs a cookware
set will meet for you.

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Picking Pots And Pans


Can cooking with the best pot or pan make your food taste better? Not really, this all depends with the person cooking. But surely cooking with the right pot or pan made of quality material can improve your performance in the kitchen. With the need of eating healthy food by cooking at home and ensuring food has a good taste, I did intensive research on the best pots and pans reviews.

Owning top-shelf cookware is enticing, however I found out that best pot or pan varies a lot from cooking styles and amount budget for kitchen cookware. Mostly I cook Persian-style rice that usually has a crusty bottom. For that reason I own a Cuisinart, it is one of the best for this kind of cooking. Other people target Copper pots, suggestions are it is the best because the copper cores at the bottom distribute heat evenly. However copper pots are costly and out of my budget range. I also sear meat more often, I have found that a un-coated stainless steel is perfect. It facilitates even browning. I also discovered that the best lid to have for a pot is a glass lid.

This enables one to see what’s going on in the pot without letting steam escape by lifting it.Peoples diversity in cooking techniques give them different opinions of which is the best pan or pot to use. Their opinions are biased on what suits them. For example, people that cook white sauces or tomato sauces cannot do it on unlined copper or aluminium pans because the sauces react with the metal.

On the other hand these pans transmit heat quickly and are the best for boiling water, sauteing vegetables and other foods that do not react with them when un-coated. The best pan or pot really depends on how it can improve your cooking technique irrespective of the brand or durability.

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