Think outside the dried-pasta box, and try your hand at homemade pasta. Sure, the process may seem intimidating, but we guarantee that with a simple recipe and the right tools, the job is surprisingly easy. From pasta rollers to stamps, we've rounded up the essentials to cook everything from fresh spaghetti to stuffed ravioli.
The sole ingredients for the batter and frosting were milk, butter, and an egg. The only tricky part was spooning the extremely thick and goopy batter into the doughnut pan, but I got the hang of it by the second batch.
After about 12 minutes in the oven, I simply turned the pan over onto a baking rack, dipped the rings in frosting, and enjoyed the very moist, super rich, and almost brownie-like chocolate doughnuts. While they are no substitute for the real deal, they were easy and tasty enough to make again — I can't wait to try the cinnamon sugar doughnut mix! Have you tried any good doughnut mixes?
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Hippity hop! Although Easter is still several weeks away, the folks at Sur La Table have just put all their Easter wares on sale. The Easter goodies are 30 percent off (or more). And while my kitchen doesn't have much room for any more seasonal products, I am sort of coveting this flower cake pan ($13.96). However, since I don't have room, I'll have to settle for some window shopping. Check out some of the Sur La Table finds I discovered by scrolling through below. There's a bunch of non-Easter things on sale too!
If you don't have the time — or energy — to come up with the perfect gift for those last few folks on your list, then go ahead and get them a gift card. It may seem like a cop-out gift, but it's easy on you and they'll be guaranteed to get something they want. For a food-oriented person you can get them a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant or grocery store. You might also consider their favorite kitchen gadget place. Sur La Table gift cards actually come in several different themes. If they're a baker, get one with a rolling pin on it; if they're a cook get them one with copper pots.
If you're pressed for time, don't forget, a lot of major grocery stores carry many different gift card options ranging from major restaurant chains to online vendors. Grab a few when you're picking up your last minute ingredients. This way you'll have some on hand in case an unexpected guest stops by — just be sure it's somewhere you'd like too!
For a few gift card ideas, scroll through below.
While our favorite newlyweds, Julie & Scott, have all of the silverware, stemware, flatware, and kitchen gadgets they need to start their new life, their kitchen is far from complete. They need all of the homey decorations that make a kitchen livable: table, chairs, linens, candles, artwork, etc. Since they are both busy saving lives as doctors, we have to help them by finding the best decor for the kitchen. Scott will be painting the kitchen in aqua and butter yellow with green accents. Julie prefers cleanliness, modernity, and simplicity. Keep things in season by selecting items the couple can use now. Save your bookmarks in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Decor For The Kitchen.
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If you're like me, you've got too many kitchen knick-knacks, placemats and serving dishes than you know what to do with. However, there's always room for more right? Or maybe it's just time to replace the ones you have? Either way I just discovered that Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table and Pottery Barn are holding summer sales right now. Some of the discounts are great (this Pottery Barn Magnum decanter is $19.99 down from $39), but I've noticed that the items are going fast. Scroll through for a few of my fave deals:
Know of any great summer sale deals? Let us know in the comments!
I think these hibiscus ceramic bowls are absolutely adorable. I can just imagine them at a party filled with little bite sized treats, or full of ice cream. There are four colors to choose from and are $9.95 each. What do you guys think, love them or hate them?
After a post holiday letdown I look forward to Valentine's Day as an excuse to decorate my house with hearts and shower those I love with gifts. If you're looking for a present to give a friend, sister, or mom on February 14, I recommend buying them something fun for the home. They won't feel guilty about indulging in a fattening chocolatey dessert and in the years to come they can reuse it and remember your love for them.
Red toilet paper is a chic way to vibrantly and easily decorate the bathroom for Valentine's Day. I love this stuff (it also comes in black and orange!) and plan on sending a few rolls to all of my girlfriends who live far away. It's sure to make them smile and feel loved. They come in packs of three in an elegant canister and sell for $15 each.
The kitchen can immediately feel more festive with a heart shaped soap pump by the sink. Washing your hands is a vital step when cooking and during the month of February get in the spirit with this cute little pump. For only $5.39 (it's on sale!) you'll have money left over to splurge on something fabulous for yourself.
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