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For years, I’ve dreamed of having a big stand mixer.

You know the kind that can mix bread dough, whip cream into snowy peaks, and make my life easier.

There were two problems with me acquiring said mixer:

1. I wanted a pick one and couldn’t find one anywhere.

2. Counter space is prime real estate in my kitchen and I wasn’t sure I had enough room for a mixer.

Problem is solved…

mixerCaptain Cavedweller got me one for Christmas and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have it.

Since he couldn’t find a pink one, he went with the Metallic Chrome, and I actually like it a lot. I have since decided the chrome model really goes with everything while the pink one would not.

As far that counter space, I think it took me all of five minutes to shuffle things around and find plenty of room for my mixer.

So, what I’d love to know is what those of you who have stand mixers like best about them? What is your favorite thing to make with them? What attachments to you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

She Who Is Ready To Get Mixin’

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If, like me, you love to look at photos of gorgeous kitchens and bathrooms and dream about what could be at your own home, there’s an amazing new magazine you need to see.

Hearst Publications recently introduced  Kitchens & Baths, a new collection with the best of the best from Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living, and Woman’s Day, that gives you all the information you need to make your dream room a reality. A variety of style options – from classic and country to contemporary and eclectic – are covered as well as ideas on everything from complete renovations to some easy touch-ups. Kitchens & Baths is a great resource to help you get the look you want.

 The magazine offers a plethora of ideas and inspiration as well as photos showcasing how real homeowners turned their formerly drab spaces into beautiful places with step-by-step makeover tips.

A product guide offers tips in the latest and greatest home appliances, cabinets, tiles and more.

 Bright pops of color bring a touch of whimsy to this kitchen.

Clean and simple lines make even the smallest bathrooms look airy and open.

My favorite photo in the magazine was this kitchen with the barnwood island. It looks exactly like something one of my Grass Valley characters would have in their kitchen. I absolutely love it!

From glorious kitchen makeovers to beautiful bathrooms that made me want to say “Calgon, take me away,” Kitchens & Baths is a wonderful escape, a fabulous planning tool, and fantastic resource for ideas.

Some articles include topics such as “how to make the most of every square inch in your kitchen” and “simple solutions for a clean, clutter-free vanity.”

The last page offers a timeline for what to do and when to do it if you are planning a project (be it remodel, construction, etc.)

If you love home ideas and beautiful photography of kitchen and baths, definitely check out this latest Hearst Publication.

Kitchens & Baths is available for $9.99 and can be purchased at your local supermarket, newsstand or bookstore. A digital edition is also available at Zinio.com or Nook.bn.com. For even more photos and inspiration, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hearstspecials and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/hearstspecials.

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A few weeks ago I was in a kitchen store and was completely captivated by a display of microplane zesters/graters.

Not that the zester I own doesn’t function adequately (using the term adequately really loosely). My cheapo zester works great if you don’t mind giving your arm an intense work out and having chunks mixed in with your fine zest.

The pink handled Microplane was practically screaming out to me. “Take me home, please take me home!”

So I heeded the call and purchased it. And am I ever glad I did. I love, love, love this thing.

Not only is it pink (which is of course a strong selling point for me) it does a fantastic job. I zested an orange with it this weekend in no time at all and it was so fun to use.

You can find this great kitchen accessory here, the original Microplane, made of surgical grade stainless steel and dishwasher safe (another great selling point for me!).

She Who Likes Pink Kitchen Tools

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