Sunday, October 2, 2016

Simple Butternut Squash Baby Food

Baby will be 6 months in just a few weeks so I am preparing for BABY FOOD! I am so glad she is getting her first foods during the fall season because that means delicious fall flavors are readily available and super inexpensive. She's already had some pureed pumpkin in her rice cereal so now we're ready to try some butternut squash.

The doctor suggested to start her with vegetables instead of starting with fruits. She said that some babies will get a taste of that sweet fruit and then will want nothing to do with the vegetables. Don't want that!

By the way, want a workout while you're cooking? Peel and chop a fresh butternut squash. Holy moly, y'all, my shoulders were burning! Be sure to use a really sharp knife and be very careful!

The good folks over at Hamilton Beach sent me this little beauty. It's their Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker. This cooker can do not only all types of rice, but also other whole grains such as oatmeal, farro and quinoa. It will also steam cook vegetables and proteins. It's sleek, user-friendly, quiet, and takes up very little space in the cupboard. I'll be using mine to steam up all sorts of delicious and nutritious vegetables to puree for homemade baby food. Couldn't be simpler!

Simple Butternut Squash Baby Food

4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 cups water

Pour water in the grey pot and set in inside the rice cooker.
In the white steamer basket add your peeled and and butternut squash.
Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn it on.
Press the 'Steam Cook' button. Press and hold until it shows 18.
Set and forget! (but don't really forget it!)

When the timer beeps check the squash. It should be fork tender. Allow to cool and then mash or puree in your Hamilton Beach food processor until smooth.
Blend with a small amount of water if needed.

*Hamilton Beach sent me this rice cooker in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are mine, I was not compensated in any way.*

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven Review

The wonderful folks over at Hamilton Beach reached out to me recently and asked if I would be interested in testing and reviewing their Easy Reach Toaster Oven.

Well... we already have a pretty nice toaster oven that we got for our wedding, BUT, I had JUST had a conversation with the husband about getting double ovens in our kitchen and so I thought, "until I can get double wall ovens, why not have double toaster ovens!?"

So heck yea, Hamilton Beach, I'm in!

This toaster oven is pretty standard as far as toaster ovens go... all the normal controls and it does what it's supposed to. However, what makes this baby special is that roll top door.

Y'all, it's not called EASY REACH for nothing. That door opens up WIDE and makes it so much easier for grabbing whatever you've thrown in there! This makes it kid-friendly for girl-child and boy-child. Whatever helps them to cook for themselves, I'm all for!

I should also mention that the roll top door comes all the way off! Easy cleaning! Seriously, you just slide it right off, rinse and dry it, and slide it right back on. Super handy feature, Hamilton Beach, bravo.

So if you're in the market for a new toaster oven... or a second toaster oven to complete your "double oven" dream, you should definitely check this one out. You can find it at your local Target.

Disclosure- all opinions are mine and are not influenced by any compensation from Hamilton Beach. I was given this product free in exchange for this post containing my honest review.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hamilton Beach Mixer Review and Giveaway!

Happy New Year!

Can I still say that even though it's the end of January?

How are those resolutions going?

Can't believe it's been so long since I last posted... the end of 2015 was pretty crazy for us! This school year has really been kicking my butt- every school year has it's challenges and stresses, but this year seems more challenging and stressful.

Could have something to do with the fact that we're .....  pregnant!

We found out in August, right before school started back again and it's been a whirlwind ever since. We're due at the end of April and everyone is very excited!

So who wants to win a brand new Hamilton Beach brand Mixer!?

The wonderful people over at Hamilton Beach sent me two mixers to try out and use for my all Holiday baking this year. Then they told me that they want to give some away to you, too!

^^^Look at those sweet attachments!^^^

First I used the hand mixer to make my class some gingerbread man sugar cookies for our Holiday Cookie Decorating Party in my classroom. This mixer made me life so much easier! This sugar cookie recipe is perfection, but it can become a workout rather quickly if you don't have a good mixer on hand!

Next came the banana bread for our new neighbors. We bought a house and moved over the Thanksgiving holiday so I wanted to make a good impression and bring the neighbors something tasty. The Hamilton Beach stand mixer has a smaller bowl than my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but it's a heck of a lot lighter, too! It mixed just as well as my Kitchenaid, and the clean up was quick and easy.

How can you win one of your own? It's super easy!
Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!

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((Hamilton Beach sent me these mixers in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.))