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Every kitchen needs this – Brod & Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener

About 3 years or so ago I was introduced to Brod & Taylor with their unbelievably amazing Folding Bread Proofer. Whether you want to proof bread dough at an even temperature, temper chocolate flawlessly or make your own cultured yogurt, this bread proofer is truly incredible!  Plus when you’re not using it, it folds up rather compact which if you’re like me, you hate having clutter on the counters.  This stores perfectly in one of my kitchen cabinets off to the side.  For the past 3 years I’ve been using mine on an at least weekly basis if not more whether it’s for bread or my own yogurt.  Seriously.. YOGURT!

However today I want to talk with you about one of their other amazing products that seriously blew every single expectation I had out of the water. Whether you’re 5-star chef, a home chef or just someone who rocks at cutting bread and making canned ravioli we all need one thing in the kitchen… sharp knives.  Nothing is worse than getting that fresh loaf of bread, that perfect tomato, that gorgeous seared steak and you go to slice into it and what happens?  Nothing… either you end up mangling it into something similar to a horror film or you smush/crush/tear it.  And why does this happen?  Easy… your knives are beyond dull.

This happens to EVERYONE – it’s normal however what most people do is ignore it.  And folks let me tell you… being cut on a dull knife is horrific.  You can do more damage with that than say a super sharp knife.  Knives, when you cut say into bread should just cut through it like butter.  Steaks pretty much just melt against the blade and tomatoes – perfect slices every time. No smushing, no tearing and definitely no cuts on you.

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Now one thing that I honestly struggle with in the kitchen is sharpening my knives with the honing rod and the ceramic stone.  I can do it but it’s pretty much an all day process if I have to do a set of knives. And since the number one rule in the kitchen about knives is to ensure they are kept safe AND kept sharp. And that’s where this AMAZING Brod & Taylor Professional Knife sharpener comes into play!
This is one of the BEST kitchen tools I have!

BOO’ing your Coworkers with this Spooktacular BOO It Forward Kit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias

Oh Halloween how I love thee.  Actually I think I love you more than Christmas the older I get. Now don’t get me wrong, Christmas rocks in its own right – the food, the presents, family get-togethers and so forth but Halloween…it’s just spooktacular! Dressing up like your favorite super hero (hey, don’t judge I can still be Wonder Woman if I want to! lol), the parties, the trick-or-treaters and the candy. OH THE CANDY!!!  And if you’re like me, you’re totally into creating devilishly delicious treat bags for folks.  Join me as I gather all of my BOO’ing needs from Walmart so I can BOO It Forward. Also make sure you check out BOOItForward.com as that’s where you’ll be able to bring out your own BOO kit cards (you’ll need them for this DIY BOO kit)!

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When we first moved into our house we started a yearly tradition called “Boofest” where it was an adult-only party where costumes were required (except clowns… no, no, no never a clown), you brought a dish and you got to be a kid again for a night. I’d cook and bake for days and buy tons of MARS candies. Our house is a total SNICKERS®, M&M’S® and TWIX® fun size lovin’ house. And OMG don’t even get me started on Life Savers® Gummies – seriously, they are my favorite!  Well after our first Boofest I noticed I kinda-sorta bought too much candy (though is that really a bad thing? Yeah, I thought not too!).

And since our Boofest was the weekend before actual Halloween I started a tradition of BOO’ing my coworkers. With the leftover candies I’d create fun little bags of treats with notes attached without saying who it was from.  Some would guess it was from me while others had no clue however every person who got one always, ALWAYS, had a huge smile on their face.  I mean think about it – you come into work when you’d rather be home either still in bed and or in your jammies only but since you’re not adopted into some uber rich family you have to work for a living.  You round the corner, walk into your office/cube and there sitting on your desk is a Spooktacular bag filled with candies and treats. Kinda makes coming to work totally worth it!

BOO It Forward! Put a smile on someone’s face!

All-Clad Factory Sale Winter 2016

Oh TKW Family I’m so happy to share this with you.  It’s funny every year I swear I hear from you guys earlier and earlier on when the next All-Clad factory sale is.  I’ve been sharing this information with you guys for gosh, years now. Even though I’ve been going to these sales for a bajillion years I still get giddy when it’s that time of year.

The Winter sale is my Christmas which Mr. Fantabulous gets off pretty easy in the whole gift idea thing.  I mean hello…get me anything All-Clad and I’m happy!  And then the Summer sale is well, my birthday gift as it’s right around my birthday.  I tell my friends at All-Clad that they plan these sales around ME and no one else.  LOL

Twice a year All-Clad has what’s called their ‘Factory Sale’.  This is all their stuff that they either have too much of, has been discontinued or deemed irregular. They come fully backed with All-Clad’s warranty.  Now the whole ‘irregular’ may cause concern but trust me, there is NO CONCERN!  There may be a blemish – small scratch, logo off-center, something that causes it for the big department stores to not want to sell it.  In no way shape or form does it lack in quality or performance. However that’s pretty rare to get a piece like that.
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Now if you are going to be going let me know.  I’m always there, every Saturday around noon.  I’d love to meet you and give you a great big hug!  Plus I can walk you through the sale giving you advice on what pans to get and what to cook in them.  However if you can’t find me any of the amazing workers there can help you.

Feel free to ask questions below; if I don’t know the answer I can do my best to find out. So what would *I* recommend getting if you’re a first timer? First go with what is in your price range.
When you’re there ask for me! I’d love to meet you!

DIY Oat Flour

DIY Oat Flour… yes, really you can make your own oat flour for real!

Okay so what I’m sharing with you today is so ridiculously simple that I’m almost embarrassed to share it. But I feel it’s my duty to share these super simple tricks that I’ve been using for years that not only saves you money but also, well… let’s face it, it saves you money.  For me that’s a huge bonus in my book! I often use oat flour when I want to mix things up whether it’s in breads, pizza dough, cookies or even breading things. It just a different taste and flavor profile to an element. Now ground oat flour can’t be a straight 1-for-1 swap say with all purpose or bread flour as it is a different protein strength BUT you can use it and replace up to 25% of the flour in your recipe. It adds a great whole grain flavor plus the additional nutrients oats provide. So today I’m sharing with you how to make your own oat flour.  Yeah I’m doing a DIY on you but trust me all you need are 2 things – old fashioned rolled oats and a way to grind them.
oat flour Your muffins, cookies and cakes will LOVE you for this swap out!

Happy New Year 2016!

To my TKW Family,

Another year has passed and another year you’ve allowed me to be a part of your lives.  Words cannot convey the heartfelt gratitude I have towards you all.  I’m honored and humbled.  This is more than just a blog to me, it’s about your allowing me to share my passion and pursue my dreams.  You’ve welcome me into your homes, your kitchens and your hearts.  We’ve laughed til our sides hurt, we’ve sent love and prayers to one another when needed, we’ve listened when we needed a friend, we’ve bonded; we’ve become a family.

From my heart to yours, thank you!

Here’s to making 2016 our best year yet!  Happy New Year!  I love you guys!

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This poem has been around forever and I absolutely love it.  The author is unknown and the title varies.  I’m calling this a Recipe for an Amazing Year!

Happy New Year TKW Family!

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