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August 10th, 2011

I’ve always firmly held the belief that you don’t need to own a million different kitchen appliances, but yet somehow this year I’ve purchased a new blender, toaster oven, a belgium waffle maker, and the newest addition to the family, a Sunbeam hot air popcorn maker (image shamelessly borrowed from Target where I got it for $17 a few weeks ago).

I love this thing because it makes really good unburnt popcorn unlike the microwave bowl I purchased awhile ago. That picture is a bit misleading, however, as it shoots popcorn everywhere! It’s like a machine gun! It’s quite loud too, so it will probably scare the bejesus out of kids, pets and old people who still have their hearing left (although not for long if they stand too close). Not having to use oil saves calories better allocated toward all the delicious melted butter that any self-respecting person is going to pour all over what was once a healthy snack. Nom nom nom nom!

If you’re in the market for new cookware like we’ve been for oh, two years, I highly suggest Macy’s. When they have sales you can get some really great stuff for cheap like we did two Christmas’ ago when we replaced all our plastic food storage with glass Pyrex. We were looking around at Macy’s a few weeks ago and came across this awesome stock pot marked down to $9.59 from the original price of $39.99.

A couple of weeks later we were back at the mall because I had that Kohl’s gift card I won burning a hole in my wallet and we nearly bought a new cookware set for $120 (our out of pocket cost after a 15% coupon and my gift card) but I was concerned about the weight of each piece. Sure, that’s probably the mark of a quality product but I’m a little girl and I don’t want to bench-press my skillet if ya know what I mean. We found a nice set at Macy’s (their own brand, in fact) for $100 that met all our must-haves – non-stick, nice color, silicone handles that aren’t ugly, and a covered stockpot larger than 5 quarts. Now if only I’d get off my lazy butt and take them out of the box, clean them, and start using them!

Tools of the Trade Cookright Hard Anodized 12-Piece Cookware Set
Set includes: 1-, 2- & 3-qt. covered saucepans, 8-qt. covered stock pot, 4-qt. covered sauté pan and 8″ & 10″ fry pans

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