This week it snowed for the first time of the season!!!!  Yikes, I am so not ready for the extreme cold, but I do love cuddling up on the couch with a blanket and a hot cup of tea.  This week I had a major kitchen flop with some caramel rolls that I was sending to work with my husband that failed to raise.  Just when I thought I had conquered my fear of yeast, I have to have a mishap!  Oh well, you can’t win them all…

Here are the recipes that I shared with you this week:

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

and Pumpkin Streusel Bread.

I also am very excited to tell you about a wonderful tool that will be a valuable workhorse in your kitchen.  We already know that I would not know what to do without my KitchenAid Stand Mixer and I frequently use my regular KitchenAid Hand Mixer, but my new favorite appliance to use to blend soups, chop vegetables or mix pancake batter is KitchenAid’s 5-speed Hand Blender.

All of the attachments to the KitchenAid 5-speed Hand Blender are conveniently stored in the carrying case that has a perfect spot for everything.  One of my favorite features of this hand blender is that there is a blade cover that fits on top of each of the different blade attachments so that your pots are protected and will not get scratched as you are creaming  a soup or sauce.

How cool is the whisk attachment??  You can whip up fresh whipped cream for any dessert or have perfectly frothed egg whites for a meringue.  Even though the KitchenAid 5-speed Hand Blender is lightweight and easy to use, it has a very powerful motor so that you don’t need to worry about overworking the blender when you are blending up a smoothie or making fresh salsa.  Some small kitchen appliances can be a nuisance to clean, but not this blender.  All of the removable parts are dishwasher safe, but I always hand wash the different pieces because all of the blades and crevices are very easily accessible.  This KitchenAid 5-speed Hand Blender would make a great gift for a graduate heading off to college since it functions as multiple appliances or for anyone who likes efficiency and quality in the kitchen.

*KitchenAid provided me with the 5-speed Hand Blender for review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

Butterscotch Chip Cookie Cake from Cassie at Bake Your Day.  I love butterscotch anything and the way she describes the buttery texture of this giant cookie made me salivate just reading it!

Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins from How Sweet It Is.  The photo of this steaming apple cider instantly draws you in and these muffins just scream fall.

And last, but not least this Fall Chicken Salad from Emily at A Nutritionist Eats.  I love chicken salad, but sometimes feel guilty about the heavy mayo content.  In true, nutritionist eats’ style, Emily has lightened this salad up without sacrificing on kicked up, flavorful ingredients.

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2 Comments ( Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make a pumpkin roll. All of these recipes look incredible! I can’t believe it’s already snowed. I am definitely NOT ready for the cool white stuff!


  2. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Thanks for linking to my cookie cake, Mercedes! I already want to make it again! 🙂


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