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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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What makes a good kitchen knife set?

I believe knives are the most used pieces of kitchen equipment. Having good knives when preparing good food is therefore as essential as using a large truck in bulk reed clearing. I am aware that knives can be purchased from anywhere; even in the smallest stalls. However, quality makes the difference when it comes to chopping and slicing.

A high quality knife always make my cooking a moment worth a thousand candles. I don’t use cheaply made knives for the sole reason; they get blunt quickly and can easily convert my enjoyable chopping and slicing experience into a miserable sawing business. With many varieties in the market, choosing the best knife set can be more difficult than climbing a hill from the top. How do I know what makes a good kitchen knife set? If that is the question running through you mind, here is my reviews of kitchen knife sets that will make your cutlery shopping easier, you can also check out more information on kitchen knives at Pcn Chef.

The Cuisinart 15 Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set

When I first interacted with this amazing kitchen knife set, what attracted me to it was the lifetime warranty label which automatically guaranteed me of its unquestionable quality and durability. Made of top-quality carbon stainless steel, the precision and accuracy all the knives in this set offered me were simply outstanding. The ergonomically crafted handles in all the 15 pieces in this set make them the most comfortable of all knives to hold.

The fact that all the knives are easy to clean always make them look gorgeous, even if I use them for 100 times in a day. They always look as good as new. included in this charming knife set are: 5″ serrated Utility knife, 5″ bird’s beak paring knife, 7″ Santoku knife, 5″ paring knife, 8″ slicing knife, 8″ chef’s knife, 6 steak knives, kitchen shears, 8″ sharpening steel and an exceptionally built block that holds them all.

With this set, I always have every knife I require for any slicing, cutting, chopping, de-boning or dicing job. In every slice, I assure you I enjoy maximum stability and control all the knives in this set offer. Whether for a gift, for your restaurant or for your home kitchen, I guarantee you this is one kitchen knife set you will ever need.

The J.A Henckels International Forged Premio 18-Piece Block set

To be honest, this set has the most balanced and the strongest knives I have used in years, thanks to a full tang that extends to the whole length of each and every blade.

Made with Satin finish stainless steel, I am certain all the blades are rust resistant and will last for a long time. It also assures me of remarkable precision cutting in each and every slice. Included in this brilliant set are: 5″ boning knife, 6″ utility knife, 3″ paring knife, 7″ Santoku knife, 8″ Chef’s knife, 8″ bread knife, 5″ serrated utility knife, 8 steak knives, kitchen shears, 9″ sharpening steel, and a unique hardwood holding block. This set first impression looks as good as it performs in the kitchen and it is a set I highly recommend to everyone.

For a fact, you will never realize how different your knife is until you try knives from the above kitchen knife sets. With them, you will have a pinch of what a quality knife is. I can bet that with my breath. These sets are worth your hard-earned money and your highly constrained cooking time.

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