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If the man in your life enjoys grilling or cooking, the gift ideas are endless. You don’t have to stop at the classic grilling set, there are so many other kitchen and grill utensils for the guys to make food preparation easier and way more fun.     Part 2: Kitchen Gifts for Him 1. […]

If the man in your life enjoys grilling or cooking, the gift ideas are endless. You don’t have to stop at the classic grilling set, there are so many other kitchen and grill utensils for the guys to make food preparation easier and way more fun.

 

 

Part 2: Kitchen Gifts for Him

1. Fries for the Guys

He can’t grill burgers without having some fries on the side! This French fry cutter will give him restaurant style fries in his own kitchen. Easy to use and capable of cutting pounds of potatoes in just minutes, this fry cutter will give him an easy way to prepare a classic side dish for just about any meal.

2. Fry ‘Em Up

This deep fryer is the perfect gift to accompany the French fry cutter, or it can stand alone as a gift that will certainly get a ton of use. Give him the ability to create appetizers, main courses and even desserts with this easy to clean fryer.

3. Grillin’ 365

The cold winter months can be tough for the guy who loves to grill. This smokeless grill will let him grill his favorite foods YEAR-ROUND without worrying about standing in the cold or wet weather.

4. All You Need is Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? This pizza maker is far from ordinary! With a built-in baking stone and unique heating elements, this pizza maker will help him create brick-oven style pizzas faster than he could order delivery!

5. Sipping Stones

Does he like to enjoy a cold drink as he prepares food in the kitchen or outside by the grill? If so, this sipping stone gift set will make a perfect stocking stuffer! Ordinary ice cubes water drinks down. These classy stones will keep his drink cold without altering the flavor.

6. Grillin’ Guys

Every grill master needs a great grill brush. This Grand Grill Daddy Grill Cleaning Brush is above all other grill brushes. This brush steam cleans (yes, you read that right!) any grill quickly and efficiently.

7. A Real Man’s Breakfast

If he loves pancakes, bacon and eggs, why not give him the Morning Glory Crate? This Man Crate is filled with protein pancake mix, a bacon press, metal egg rings and more! He’ll love spending cold winter mornings crafting a hearty and delicious breakfast with all his own cookware.


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Picking out a holiday gift for the person in your life who loves to cook and/or bake seems like an easy enough task, until you begin to discover just how overwhelming the world of kitchen utensils and gadgets really can be. This holiday season, don’t let the surplus of gift options prevent you from getting exactly […]

Picking out a holiday gift for the person in your life who loves to cook and/or bake seems like an easy enough task, until you begin to discover just how overwhelming the world of kitchen utensils and gadgets really can be. This holiday season, don’t let the surplus of gift options prevent you from getting exactly what the chef in your life is going to love. We’ve narrowed down the top gifts for anyone in your life who may enjoy spending time in the kitchen. (We’ll even be releasing a list of kid-approved kitchen tools for any future chefs you may be shopping for!)

 

Part 1: Kitchen Gifts for Her

1. Crazy ‘bout Avocados

If she’s as passionate as the rest of the world is right now about avocados – this avocado hugger is a MUST. Keeping the other half of your avocado fresh is tricky, but it’s made simple with this nifty case. Plus, it’s affordable enough to be a stocking stuffer!

2. Good Chives Only

Chances are, if she’s passionate about cooking, she enjoys adding extra flavor to dishes with a variety of different herbs. Give her the opportunity to grow her own herbs with this complete growing kit for Basil, Cilantro, Parsley and Chives!

3. Cutting Creatively

Cutting boards are one of the most commonly used items in the kitchen. Give her a staple utensil with a creative twist. These wooden cutting boards can be ordered in the shape of the 50 states. The boards can be carved and customized to show where home is and initials and meaningful dates can also be engraved into the board.

4. But first, Coffee

If she’s a coffee lover, she likely has given cold brew coffee a try at her favorite coffee shop. (It’s all the rage right now!) This cold brew coffee set will let her make a pot of cold brew goodness from home and it’s also a luxury piece that can add style to any kitchen.

5. Cheese, Please

This cheese board and cutlery set is the perfect gift for the woman in your life who loves to entertain guests. This board is made out of 100% luxury bamboo and won’t stain or collect odors, which will ensure that this gift stays a valuable piece in her collection for years to come.

6. What an Egg-celent Idea!

Not every present has to be a luxury item. Give the gift of practicality with this unique egg cooker. Let her make the perfect boiled, poached and scrambled eggs with ease. If she loves easy (and healthy!) breakfast ideas, this gift will be her favorite gadget in the kitchen.

 7. All the Taste, None of the Calories

New Year’s Resolutions are right around the corner, and if she plans to eat healthier, this air fryer will make her resolution SO much easier. Create fried foods quickly with little to no oil in this Magic Chef XL Air Fryer.

8. A Recipe for Success

Give her a place to store her favorite recipes with this customizable recipe holder. This maple wood recipe box can hold approximately 500 recipe cards and includes pre-printed dividers to make organizing recipes simple.

9. “Pasta” Party

This cutting-edge spiralizer will transform an assortment of vegetables into pasta alternatives for dishes such as spaghetti, stir fries and more. She will love how easy it is to create healthier versions of her favorite meals with this modern kitchen accessory.

10. Cooking in Style

Maybe the woman on your list already has all the kitchen utensils and gadgets that she needs. If that’s the case, this cute apron is a perfect gift idea. An apron doesn’t have to be grandma-ish or old-school! This fashion piece will be a practical way to prevent a spill from ruining her holiday outfit.


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Here at Williams Kitchen & Bath, we know the importance of your kitchen during the holiday season. From preparing the holiday ham to baking Christmas cookies, we all spend a little extra time frolicking near the stovetop and dashing to the oven during the colder months. We get it, you were supposed to have all […]

Here at Williams Kitchen & Bath, we know the importance of your kitchen during the holiday season. From preparing the holiday ham to baking Christmas cookies, we all spend a little extra time frolicking near the stovetop and dashing to the oven during the colder months.

We get it, you were supposed to have all your kitchen remodeling done by the time the holidays rolled around – but that just didn’t happen. While it may seem like you have no time left to spruce up your kitchen, there are a few easy updates you can squeeze in before your Christmas company arrives.

 

Add a Pop of Color

Adding new color to your kitchen doesn’t always require a whole new paint job. Painting an accent wall with a fresh shade is enough to give your kitchen a new, modern look. (And it’s much more time efficient!) Simple, colorful additions to your cooking space can also give the room a whole new mood. Throwing in a colorful rug is a great way to bring some extra cheer to your kitchen space. Plus, rugs are an easy way to keep holiday baking mess to a minimum – if the kids spill flour and sprinkles on the floor, just give the rug a good shake and you’re good to go!

Transform Your Surfaces

Replacing the countertops in your kitchen may seem like a large project to tackle – but it’s easier than you think, especially with the help of Williams Kitchen & Bath. Williams has helped countless of DIY kitchen remodelers find the perfect countertop for their needs in a timely fashion. New countertops are a sure way to give your kitchen a brand-new feel. Plus, who doesn’t want a new surface to roll out their Christmas cookies on?

Give Your Dishes a New Home

Your cabinets are more important than you think. They hold all the dishware and utensils needed for entertaining your holiday guests. Give your dishes a new place to rest during the busy holiday season by installing new cabinetry! Choosing new cabinets doesn’t need to be a difficult task with the help of the team at Williams Kitchen & Bath.

Plan Ahead

Maybe your entire dream kitchen just isn’t possible before Christmas rolls around. Still, small changes can still give your kitchen a brand-new feel as you plan for more remodeling in the upcoming new year. The team here at Williams Kitchen & Bath wishes you a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to helping you plan any kitchen remodeling you have on your agenda, whether it lands before or after the Christmas rush.


 

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Most people have heard the phrase that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Regardless of how inviting the rest of your home may be, people tend to gather where they can enjoy the comforts of the kitchen. The color of your cabinets will affect the way your kitchen looks and feels, so making […]

Most people have heard the phrase that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Regardless of how inviting the rest of your home may be, people tend to gather where they can enjoy the comforts of the kitchen. The color of your cabinets will affect the way your kitchen looks and feels, so making the decision between light or dark cabinets plays a significant role in creating the atmosphere you want in your kitchen. Before making that decision, here are some pros and cons of each finish.

WHAT THE LIGHT SIDE HAS TO OFFER

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Timeless and Trend-Proof
It’s a pretty safe bet that white or lighter colored cabinets won’t be going out of style any time soon. They have been popular for decades and are still the recommended choice for those who are planning to sell their home. White cabinets are versatile and go well with almost any paint color, countertop and backsplash. Lighter cabinets allow you to easily achieve the look you want, whether you want to go modern, contemporary, traditional, or country in your kitchen design. If your kitchen starts to feel dull after a couple of years, a simple change in wall color and kitchen decor can go a long way without having to invest in new cabinetry.

Clean & Bright
If your kitchen space is on the smaller side, light colored cabinets work much better because they make the space feel bigger. They bring a fresh, bright look to your kitchen and enhance both artificial and natural light. White cabinets evoke a clean and sanitary look, while creating a light and airy feel to your kitchen.

Upkeep of a Light Cabinet
White or light colored cabinets show dirt and grime more quickly than dark cabinets and require constant cleanup. This is something to consider, especially if you have a large family or small children. They may also show signs of wear and tear, showing cracks and discoloration and other signs of aging more quickly than their dark counterpart.

GOING TO THE DARK SIDE

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Rich & Formal
If you are looking for a cozy and elegant kitchen, dark cabinets may be the way to go. They provide a rich and formal feel to your kitchen, creating an atmosphere of luxury.

Design Matters
Whereas white cabinets are pretty versatile in any situation, darker cabinets work best when you know how to make them compliment the space they are in. For this reason, darker kitchens require more design skill.  If your kitchen is small or poorly lit, adding dark cabinets may make the room feel heavy and closed in. Likewise, dark kitchens need light colored elements to offset the dark cabinets. Lighter colored countertops or floors are good ways to create contrast and to help ensure your kitchen doesn’t become cave-like.

Trends Change
Dark cabinets may be trendy now, but they don’t have the proven longevity that lighter colored cabinets have. Color stains and paints are always changing to compliment current times and trends, meaning the color you have now could become dated rather quickly. This is something to consider if you plan to sell your home in the near future.

Upkeep of a Dark Cabinet:
Unlike white cabinets, dark cabinets hide dirt and grime pretty well, making them a great choice for kitchens with heavy use or small kids running around.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: COMBINING DARK AND LIGHT

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If you can’t decide between light or dark cabinets, a mix of both is fine too. The key is how you use the elements to your advantage. Consider using light colors for your wall cabinets and dark cabinets for your base; the reverse is not recommended as the dark cabinets could make the room feel too top heavy and unbalanced. Alternatively, try using dark cabinets for your walls and bases and light cabinets for your island, or vice versa.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Kitchen designs are complicated and can be overwhelming when doing on your own. Our design professionals understand that every kitchen and family is unique and would love to help you create a kitchen that you’ll love for years to come.

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‘Tis the season for holiday cleaning and remodeling. Many of us play host to all sorts of family and friends during the holiday season, so it’s no surprise that getting our homes in tiptop shape becomes a priority this time of the year. One of the most popular rooms to remodel before the guests begin […]

‘Tis the season for holiday cleaning and remodeling. Many of us play host to all sorts of family and friends during the holiday season, so it’s no surprise that getting our homes in tiptop shape becomes a priority this time of the year. One of the most popular rooms to remodel before the guests begin to arrive is the bathroom. No one wants their guests to see an out-dated, or dilapidated bathroom. If you are thinking about a bathroom remodel for your home, here are a few ideas that can be done in a short amount of time, and leave your bathroom ready to impress. When you are ready to start your remodel project, be sure to visit the Williams Outlet, where you can find great prices on all the products mentioned in the post below. Let us help you save some money this holiday season.

1. THE SMALL DETAILS

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Updating your bath cabinet hardware and accessories are easy enhancers that will make a big difference to the look of your bathroom. Add a few matching accessories such as towel bars, hooks, and toilet paper holder. Switch out your knobs, pulls and other hardware to create a unified look throughout the bathroom. The small details say big things about your bathroom style.

2. MIRRORS & MEDICINE CABINETS

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Your mirror or medicine cabinet is often a focal point of your bathroom so a mirror makeover will go far in your remodel project. If you have a flat, plate-glass type of mirror try adding a stylish framed mirror instead. From boring to beautiful with one easy change. If you want some extra storage in your bathroom, a nice wall cabinet over your toilet is a great option. Another popular choice for storage is a medicine cabinet. Just like with the mirror, opt for a more stylish medicine cabinet. They don’t have to be the plain jane slab mirrors like the medicine cabinets of old.


3. REPLACE YOUR VANITY CABINET AND/OR VANITY TOPS

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Replacing an old, outdated vanity can transform your bathroom into an entirely different space.  A new vanity can greatly enhance the storage, functionality and look of any bathroom. If you are replacing your entire vanity, check to see if there is a coordinating vanity top and or matching mirror. If you’re happy with your current vanity, consider replacing the top to add a new texture, style and color to your bathroom. Don’t forget to add a coordinating sink or select a vanity top with a built-in bowl.

4. UPDATE YOUR PLUMBING FIXTURES

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You can completely change the look of your bathroom just by installing new faucets and shower head. These improvements are affordable, easy to do, and will give the room a fresh new look. Opt for fixtures that are designed for improved efficiency and you can also reduce water usage and your monthly water bill.

5. GET A NEW TOILET

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Most people think of toilets as purely functional, but today’s models offer a level of performance, efficiency and style that was not available a decade ago. Choosing an economical, high-efficiency or ultra-low-flow toilet offers substantial water savings without sacrificing performance or aesthetics.

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Super Bowl Sunday is something of an unofficial holiday in the United States.  And like any other holiday, it brings friends and family together in a celebration of food and football fandom. If you are planning to host a party this year for the Big Game, we have compiled some quick and easy tips to […]

Super Bowl Sunday is something of an unofficial holiday in the United States.  And like any other holiday, it brings friends and family together in a celebration of food and football fandom. If you are planning to host a party this year for the Big Game, we have compiled some quick and easy tips to prep your kitchen for SUPER entertainment just in time for the big game this weekend!



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Remodeling the kitchen can be an overwhelming project. For many homeowners, the expense and inconvenience of such a project may give them pause when considering such an undertaking. The good news is that kitchen makeovers don’t have to cost a fortune. Read our tips below on easy ways to not break your budget, and make this […]

Remodeling the kitchen can be an overwhelming project. For many homeowners, the expense and inconvenience of such a project may give them pause when considering such an undertaking. The good news is that kitchen makeovers don’t have to cost a fortune. Read our tips below on easy ways to not break your budget, and make this the year that your dream kitchen becomes the envy of your neighborhood.

1. Include a Kitchen Designer in your Master Plan.

Many homeowners choose to be their own contractor in order to cut costs on their remodel project. However, don’t let your confidence with a hammer and nails overlook the value of working with a professional kitchen designer. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) the “services of a professional designer usually represent only about 4% of a total project budget.” This is a real bargain considering that a designers’ expertise saves you time and money in the long run by ensuring that you don’t make expensive errors. Designers can also visualize the best ways to maximize the functional use of your space, and in many cases may create a layout that you didn’t even consider.
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2. Bigger Is Not Always Better

Many people make the mistake of assuming that to get more storage and function out of your kitchen you must go bigger. The truth is, your goal should be to increase efficiency, not size. There are many products available that maximize kitchen organization, even in the smallest of spaces. Consider upgrading your cabinets to include dividers, pull-out trays, lazy susans or other cabinet accessories. If you are not planning on replacing your cabinets, these same products can also be bought aftermarket. If the price tag of these cabinet accessories seem pricey, just remember that if your alternative is to knock down walls and/or add square footage, the cost of accessorizing is most likely much cheaper.

3. Have Everything On-Site Before You Get Started

In an article for HGTV, Robin Siegerman, Chief Design and Renovation Officer at Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc. in Toronto, Canada, advises to have everything you want in the kitchen on-site before a single inch of space sees the sledgehammer. She explains, “One of the factors that sends a budget spiraling out of control is a homeowner picking products during the renovation.” If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with a choice: pick a different item that is often pricier, or wait for their original choice, when their trades people may have other jobs scheduled and the homeowner may be charged extra for the work.
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4. Keep Plumbing and Appliances Where They Are

Simply put, moving plumbing equals more money and time. Plumbing is located underneath the floor, behind the walls, and in most houses it impacts other rooms in your home. The process isn’t as simple as moving a sink from location A to location B. Moving your appliances around requires a major rethink in terms of where the plumbing sits within the structure of our home. To keep your remodel on budget, it is always recommended to keep your plumbing and appliances in the same spot whenever possible.

5. Big Box Stores Aren’t Your Only Option

Get to know your local cabinet shops and discount home stores. These stores often sell off old displays or unused products at deeply discounted prices. If the store has a scratch-and-dent or Outlet center, take advantage of the great prices. In most cases, if you can’t find all the pieces you are looking for, the store will still be able to order the remaining product. It’s also common for contractors and builders to donate or sell their overstock and/or unused products which you can then buy at a great value. Additionally, these smaller stores are usually happy to recommend builders and contractors if you need assistance with this aspect of your remodel.

6. Get Creative With Your Architecture

You can give your kitchen a custom high-end look without spending too much money. Adding toe-kicks or bun feet to your cabinetry is a small detail but one that has a big impact on the finished project. It’s a simple way to spruce up a standard stock cabinet with a custom, furniture style look. Be trendy with your textures by adding beadboard paneling, stacked brick or stone, or a wood planked focus point. Islands and back splashes are two areas that work well as a canvas for creativity.

7. New Hardware Goes A Long Way

Don’t overlook the importance of cabinet hardware. The shape and finish of your pulls, knobs and handles can make a big impact on the look and feel of your entire kitchen. With the unlimited variety of shapes, sizes and colors available, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to freshen up your existing kitchen and add a flare of personality to your home.


 

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Looking for some last minute Christmas ideas for the people on your list? Or perhaps you’re ready to cash in all those gift cards you’ve already received. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, here are our top ten must-have picks for kitchen appliances and accessories that are sure to delight anyone who […]

Looking for some last minute Christmas ideas for the people on your list? Or perhaps you’re ready to cash in all those gift cards you’ve already received. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, here are our top ten must-have picks for kitchen appliances and accessories that are sure to delight anyone who spends time in a kitchen.

1. DeLonghi Fully Automatic Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte & Coffee Machine

The design is compact. The espresso and cappuccino, authentic. And the preparation, simple. Now you can satisfy your craving for an espresso, cappuccino, latte or macchiato anytime. This automatic machine has mastered the art of espresso making for you. Compact and elegantly designed, the Magnifica Compact will be a welcome addition to your kitchen counter.

$730
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2. Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker

What’s better than one perfectly baked, golden brown Belgian Waffle? TWO! The Waring Pro® Double Belgian Waffle Maker does just what it says it will do, baking two deep-pocketed big Belgian waffles at once – to the shade you like best. The unique rotating feature ensures that both waffles bake evenly on both sides. So whatever you top them with – whipped cream, syrup, berries, peaches or ice cream – doesn’t compete with the crunch. And the pockets are one-inch deep, so there is plenty of room for the kind of toppings that make a brunch more memorable and a dessert-to-die-for! And just to make sure every single waffle is perfect, Waring Pro® provides all the help you need: 2 LEDS for Heat-Up and Ready-to-Bake, 3 “Beeps” when waffles are done baking, and a thermostat/browning control to let you please all of the waffle lovers all of the time!

$150
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3. Breville Panini Press

In keeping with its heritage of creating the world’s first domestic version of a professional sandwich press, Breville introduces the Panini Duo . With a 1500-watt heating element that heats up quickly, the Panini Duo’s top plate delivers beautiful grill marks on any kind of bread, while its bottom plate delivers even and quicker heat on the flat to make the perfect Panini or your own toasted sandwich creation. Grill surfaces are made with a non-stick, scratch-proof Quantanium surface for easy cleaning. With its sturdy construction and stainless steel construction, the Panini Duo delivers on Breville’s promise of performance and elegance.

$70
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4. Cuisinart 2-qt. Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Maker

Housed in brushed stainless steel with an embossed logo, this fully automatic small appliance makes frozen yogurt, sorbet, and homemade ice cream in as little as 25 minutes. The frozen-dessert maker features a heavy-duty motor and a double-insulated freezer bowl that holds up to 2 quarts of frozen dessert at a time. Simply add ingredients, turn the machine on, and frozen drinks and desserts are ready in minutes. Its large ingredient spout allows for easily adding favorite mix-ins, and an instruction book and recipes come included. A fun addition to any birthday party or backyard barbecue, the frozen-dessert maker measures approximately 8-1/4 by 8 by 11-1/4 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty.

$70
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5. Aroma Rice Cooker

Let Aroma do the cooking: restaurant-quality rice, healthy steamed meals, delicious one-pot dishes. .. Aroma takes the ‘cook’ out of home cooking – turning kitchen time into your time. Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time, or pick up that novel you’ve been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love.

$33
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6. Oxo Cordless Electric Kettle

They say a watched pot never boils, but with stainless steel construction and crystal-clear borosilicate glass, it will be hard to look away. The Clarity Kettle provides peace of mind through thoughtful details like an auto shut-off safety feature and BPA-free borosilicate glass to provide thermal shock protection. The Kettle features a generous opening for easy filling, a comfortable handle for a secure grip that stays cool to the touch, as well as a soft-open lid that releases steam and prevents splatter. Cordless convenience and elegant design allow the Kettle to move seamlessly between kitchen and table. Whether you’re creating a delicious cup of hot chocolate or serving afternoon tea, the OXO Clarity Kettle provides a pure and enjoyable experience.

$80
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7. KitchenAid Immersion Blender

The 3-Speed Hand Blender let’s you blend, crush, chop, puree and whisk. Simply choose the appropriate speed for your ingredients. The chopper attachment is great for processing harder cheeses, nuts and creating graham cracker crusts. The included whisk attachment whips creams and egg whites to fluffy peaks.

$57
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8. Cuisinart Food Processor

The Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY Custom Food Processor has an extra-large feed tube that holds whole fruits and vegetables. Features a 14-cup work bowl, 4mm stainless steel medium slicing disc, stainless steel shredding disc, and chopping/mixing blade. Includes a spatula and recipe book.

$160
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9. Programmable Crock Pot

The Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS Programmable Slow Cooker brings modern style to any kitchen with its touchscreen control panel, seamless polished stainless steel exterior and silicone-wrapped handles. The ultimate in slow cooker convenience and style. Set your cook time from 30 minutes to 20 hours. The digital timer will countdown the minutes and automatically switch the cooker to warm when cook time is up, keeping track of how long the unit has been in warm mode as well. Removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass lid double as a serving dish and make clean up a snap.

$77
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10. Breville Smart Convection Toaster Oven

Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Oven began with the simple fact that different foods require different methods of heating: some, like baked goods, need to be cooked evenly; others, like meats, need to be seared on top. Most toaster ovens fail to distribute heat in a consistent way throughout their interiors, let alone change heat distribution to suit the different foods being prepared. This is how the Breville Smart Oven stands apart: whatever the food, it adjusts its heat distribution for perfect results.

$235
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This holiday season, impress your friends and family with a wonderfully scented home.  Simmering and/or stove top potpourri is a great way to make your home smell warm and inviting during the Christmas season, and we’ve put together a great collection of our favorite scents and recipes that are sure to make your home smell […]

This holiday season, impress your friends and family with a wonderfully scented home.  Simmering and/or stove top potpourri is a great way to make your home smell warm and inviting during the Christmas season, and we’ve put together a great collection of our favorite scents and recipes that are sure to make your home smell amazing.

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This season, welcome your family and guests with a simmering holiday stove top potpourri. These delicious scents are sure to transform every nook and cranny of your home into a place of holiday wonder.

How It Works:
Simply fill a pot with water, add your favorite ingredients and let the delightful scent simmer all day long. An added bonus – this also helps humidify your home during the dry winter season.

To get started, fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat to low or simmer for as long as you want the fragrance to fill your home. Remember to top off the water every 30 minutes or as needed, you don’t want the pot burning dry. Never leave the house with your stove top on, remember to always turn the stove off before leaving. 

You can also use a slow cooker or crockpot to simmer your potpourri. Simply add the water and ingredients, put the cooker on low heat, and let the fresh scent fill the air.

Storage:
You can refrigerate your simmering recipe and reuse daily for up to one week. Just keep adding water as needed.

Below are some of our favorite recipes, but we encourage you to mix up the ingredients and amounts to find your favorite aromas. Soon your house will smell like happiness!

1. Christmas Stove Top Potpourri (Orange Cranberry)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (broken in half)
  • 1 TB cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Source: iheartnaptime.net


2. Christmas Potpourri Simmering Pot

Ingredients:

  • 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
  • 2 cinammon sticks
  • 2 TBS whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pieces orange rind
  • 2 pieces lemon rind

Source: tipnut.com

 


3. Winter Freshener

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried rosemary
  • 2 cups dried lavender
  • 1 cup dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried peppermint or spearmint
  • 1/2 cup dried bay leaves

Source: tipnut.com


4. Spiced Apple

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 5 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • Peel of an orange or lemon

Source: untrainedhousewife.com


5. Fresh Lemon & Rosemary

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 springs of rosemary, about 4 inches each
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Source: untrainedhousewife.com


 

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Halloween is only days away, which means everywhere you go it’s Halloween fun for everyone. Churches, daycares, schools, businesses, friends & families – it seems like everyone is hosting a Halloween party to celebrate.  Here at Williams, we know a little something about items that you commonly find in your kitchen and bath spaces, and […]

Halloween is only days away, which means everywhere you go it’s Halloween fun for everyone. Churches, daycares, schools, businesses, friends & families – it seems like everyone is hosting a Halloween party to celebrate.  Here at Williams, we know a little something about items that you commonly find in your kitchen and bath spaces, and we’re sharing with you some fun crafts to keep the little goblins and monsters busy at your next Halloween get-together – all with everyday items you’d find in your cupboards or closets.

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1. CREEPY CUPS

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Spiders, aliens, and ghosts OH MY! Your guests are sure to love these cup decorations, and they’ll love to make them, too! Check out this article at Spaceships and Laser Beams for a great selection of Halloween Paper Cup Crafts.

2. WICKED PAPER PLATES

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There are so many different things you can make with just a simple paper plate.  By adding a little bit of imagination, there is no limit to the boo-tiful creations that can be made with nothing more than basic craft supplies and of course – a paper plate.  Click on over to the Crafty Morning to find a never-ending list of Halloween Plate crafts that are sure to get your home and guests into the Halloween spirit.

3. TERRIFYING TOILET PAPER ROLLS

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If you are anything like me, there never seems to be a shortage of empty toilet paper rolls lying around your bathroom, especially if you have kids in the home. Instead of throwing them out, upcycle them into creepily delightful Halloween crafts to decorate your home. Upcycled Wonders has a great collection of Halloween crafts you and your kids will love to make this Halloween season. For even more toilet paper fun, check out Spaceships and Laser Beams for their rundown of easy to make crafts – using both empty and full rolls of the great white paper. Toilet paper – for all your home decorating needs….who knew, right?

4. SPOOKY SPOONS

Halloween toys. Witch made of a wooden spoon tissue paper and pipe cleaners and a cat made of an old pencil and pipe cleaners. Concept for Halloween craft and fun with children.

I’m always surprised to see some of the awesome creations people make with the simplest of things. Like spoons – that little utensil we use for eating, baking, or strike a couple of them on your knee and they become musical instruments. Well, you can now add home decor to the list of things spoons are good for. Spice up your creativitiy this Halloween with spooky spoon crafts that are sure to impress. Try making a Mummy-Wrapped Spoon, or Vampire Puppets. No Halloween would be complete without Black Cats, Witches, and Pumpkins

 

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