Cookie Party!

Last night I had the honor of attending my moms best friends Christmas cookie party! Every year my mom and her friends get together at someones house to share and bake their favorite cookie recipes together.

I learned how to make several different cookies that I didn’t know even existed, and never thought I’d be able to do because the “look” very complicated. It was an absolute blast, and I can’t wait to recreate some of these again in the next few days! Recipes soon to come, but for now here’s a few photos!

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I tried every single type of cookie that we made and could not decide on a favorite. They were all that good! Needless to say, I was feeling rather full and slightly sick from all of that sugar when I got home, but you know what? It was totally worth it! It’s not like I do this everyday, and besides it’s the holidays 🙂 Merry Christmas!

Have you ever had cookies for dinner? Did you feel sick after?

An Excellent Kitchen Knives For This Year

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This knife set not only has 9 forged knives but it also has 8 steak knives. I purchased this knife set because I had tried it out at my cousin’s house last year for Christmas. I was amazed at the quality of these kitchen knives and the preparation time that we took with the ingredients was quite fast than usual. The top knife set that I’m talking about is the Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Block Set.

Type of Knives

The stained pine wood block slot fills in a 3-inch peeling knife, a 5-inch utility knife, a 7.75 inch chef knife, an 8-inch slicer, a 7.75 inch bread knife, a 5-inch partoku knife, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 3.25-inch paring knife, eight 4.25-inch steak knives and an 8-inch sharpening steel.

My Experience with the Knife Set

As I have mentioned, I have worked with this knife set before. My impression towards these knives have not changed. Even though my cousin has been using them for almost a year, they were still razor sharp and she said she has yet to take them to the local knife sharpening service. My knives were razor sharp out of the box. Their high-carbon stainless steel blade has been exclusively taper-grinned to give that long-lasting razor sharp edge.

The handle of the knives are black non-slip cushion grip. It’s very comfortable to grip on. Imagine having no wrist pains after peeling through a sack of potatoes, chopping carrots and slicing chicken meat. At the end of the knife, there is also a small mass of stainless steel which makes the knives look sleek.

All of these features make these knives have the perfect balance, weight and performance. Don’t hesitate in purchasing the knife set as I have not regret purchasing it. Have I mentioned that it comes with a lifetime warranty?

My experience with the Wusthof ikon 7″santoku knife

I love cooking. I not only do cooking for a living but also as a lifetime hobby. My kitchen is undoubtedly the most taken care of part of my house. As a kitchen lover, I am aware that a knife is one of the most important tool of work. I therefore ensure I have the best, if not the very best for the ultimate cutting and chopping experience.
Of all the knives I have used, the Wusthof kitchen knives; has been my favorite. With its state of the art handle design, this knife ensures comfort, easy control and above all, high aesthetic quality to give my kitchen a desirable modern look. I love convenience while cooking, and therefore, I hate knives that I have to keep on sharpening.

The main reason I love this knife is due to the fact that its edges are expertly honed by hand, making them unbelievably sharp. Interestingly, I can use it several times before re-sharpening and it still gives me the most desirable results!

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In terms of service, the Wusthof ikon 7″ Santoku has been one of my best kitchen servant. It is Laser tested which ensures it is long lasting and is easily re-sharpened. What else could you be looking on a kitchen knife?
My experience with most stainless steel knives has been disappointing. However, this one has been extremely amazing. With Chromium and Molybdenum on it, its stain resistant properties can never be under-rated.
Many knives has clogged today’s market. However, getting the best will automatically give you the best experience.

I highly recommend what I can call “The German made Kitchen Giant knife”, The Wusthof ikon 7″ Santoku. Its a knife worth an investment.

Kitchen Essentials for First Time Movers

First time moving out of your parents’ home? Trust me I’m new to the world of moving out as well and can be a listening ear to how much of a struggle it is. You didn’t even notice before how much it really cost and how much things you’ll need to buy.  

For me, two rooms in my home are most important. My bathroom and kitchen. How I see it is I can always get a blow-up bed and be fine for a while. The minute you get the keys to that new place however you need to eat.  

There are a few cookware’s I deem essential for the initial move. Other items can always be bought over time. These are also items I believe you can afford to be cheap on and over time replace with better more pricier options when you deem necessary.  

Pot sets  

There is much pot sets out there on the market. They can be an affordable way to collect a few of the necessary cooking tools you need. Most sets come with a few frying pans and sauce pans and can run as cheap as $20. For the long run, I wouldn’t recommend keeping these sets as they tend to not last long. Purchase a non-stick set but only if you know how to properly take care of it as it can become harmful to you.  Look at sites like cook with tina for recommendations. I personally prefer stainless steel but then again. That’s a personal preference.

A chef’s knife/Knife set

The knife I use now costs me over $100.00 but I never started there. I’ve had my fair share of cheap knives that were able to get the overall job done. One tip I’d give however is to stay away from the chopping block knives set. You’ll often find you don’t even use all the knives in that set anyway. All you really need is a chef’s knife and a paring knife.  

Food storage containers

You won’t find a cutlery set and plates on this small list for good reason. These can be purchased as plastic until you’re able to invest in good ones. What I will insist you purchase are a few storage containers. You may not eat all the food you cook in one sitting and you don’t want it spoiling on you.  

If you’re looking to get a few of these items even cheaper I’d suggest going to retailers such as Ross and Tj max. Here you’ll find the essentials for much cheaper. Not even stores like Walmart that boast the lowest price every time have the savings you can find here. Who knows maybe you’ll save enough you’ll be able to buy something extra.

Loving My Coleman Air Mattress

I really like Coleman air mattresses. Coleman air beds are great air mattresses for the money and they are also great for camping. When choosing the best air mattress to buy, it may be a good choice to go for Coleman air mattress. I prefer the queen size air mattress, because the twin size one is small for me even when I sleep alone. Anyway queen size air mattresses do not come much more expensive than twin size ones, so it’s more value for money.

I read the air mattress reviews before buying, and finally bought the Quickbed. It is one of the best air beds I have ever bought. I bought it online at Amazon.

I considered the flocked top a great feature. It is very comfy if I sleep on it, and if I use bed sheets it keeps the sheets in place. The double lock valve helps to keep the air bed nicely inflated. The bed does not lose air throughout the night, so it stays firm all night!

The durable material that makes the Coleman air bed is water resistant and is strong enough so it is a good choice for camping. Quick inflation at ninety seconds makes it really convenient, but on the other hand, you’ll need a separate pump for it. You can use any electric or battery powered pump for inflating the air bed.

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If you like a twin size air bed or would like to save a few bucks, the Coleman raised twin is also a good option. It is a raised air mattress, meaning it is higher than the normal one, so that getting in and out of the bed is easy. The air bed folds up easily too, and you can put it into a small bag that comes with it. This air bed also doesn’t come with a pump.

Good luck getting an air mattress!