Can you believe that we are already half-way through December? Can you believe how close we are to Christmas? Every year just seems to go by faster and faster, so I use the holidays as an excuse to slow down. Eggnog in one hand, eyes on my family, phone at the other end of the room whenever possible. It’s the perfect way to round out the year and to take time to be thankful.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Ever since I was a young man, I have loved the holiday season and all the wonderful traditions that come with it. The time I get to spend with those I love most. Sitting on Santa’s knee, singing Christmas carols, planning my gifts for family, and my number 1 all time favourite – holiday cooking and baking!
And to ensure that you’re making the best possible products, nothing compares to items from KitchenAid Canada. From stand mixers to dutch ovens, juicers to knife blocks, KitchenAid has been making incomparable cookware since 1919. Used by professionals and home cooks alike, you can always rely on them to provide the highest quality tools to make the most of your time in the kitchen. I’m obsessed with their company ethos, durable products, colour ranges, customer service and brand history. I think every foodie I know covets that moment in their life when they get an iconic red stand mixer of their very own. It feels like a moment that deserves to be celebrated – and while I need someone to tell Santa I’d love that moment this year, I wanted to share some of the items you should be considering to make the holidays a little brighter for you and yours.
Can you tell I’m a little bit obsessed?
And I know, I know, part of the holiday is focused on buying gifts for others; but at the risk of being put on Santa’s naughty list, these are the things I’m eyeing for myself this year…
No KitchenAid wish list can exclude the infamous stand mixer, and out of utmost respect I must pay homage to the Queen B herself. The Ultra Power 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head stand mixer in my favourite colour: Empire Red. Not just for the holiday season, this colour is timeless and one I always associate with KitchenAid. A colour that would look gorgeous in any kitchen, I am obsessed!
Did you know that the KitchenAid stand mixer has been in production since 1927?! And it has a cult following to match. Nigella Lawson has one, Khloe Kardashian has one, Henry Ford had one! Did you know that Ina Garten listed a KitchenAid stand mixer as a product that everyone needs in their kitchen? With the ability to turn egg whites to glossy peaks, effortlessly knead pizza dough, and make cookies so good you lick the whisk, nothing even comes close to this machine. The attached 4.5 quart stainless steel bowl can hold enough material for 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes!!
If this isn’t a secret weapon for the holidays, I don’t know what is.
Raise your hand if you have a new years resolution. I know I have several! One of my goals for 2019 is to make healthier choices, and make more things myself, and what better way to tick both boxes than the juicer and sauce attachment for the KitchenAid mixer?
With 3 pulp screens I can start every morning with a fresh juice made at home. The flavour options are so endless I could spend every day trying something new, and save money on buying juices down the street from the office.
The juicer attachment doesn’t just make juice or pasta sauce, it can also make jam(!!!!) If, like me and find that nothing compares to a homemade gift, then this machine can help you make homemade jams for everyone on your list, with enough left over to enjoy yourself Christmas morning. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.
If you’re like me and preparing for Christmas dinner feels like preparing for battle, then you can feel better knowing that this cookware set exists in the world. This Aluminum set includes 8″ Skillet, 10″ Skillet with Lid, 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid, 3.0-QuartSauté with Lid, 6.0-Quart Low Casserole with Lid, and a Steamer Insert.
You can cook all of your stove top Christmas recipes with this set, and continue using it for years afterwards. In keeping with my new years resolutions, I could steam veggies, boil whole wheat pasta, make pasta sauce and more with this 12 piece set. The colour doesn’t hurt either, and would make an impressive addition to any kitchen. I think its safe to say that I am obsessed with the empire red line and everything in it!
With cooking supplies out of the way, this 5 piece bakeware set means that holiday cakes, cookies, brownies you name it can be made with ease. And that is saying a lot since I don’t normally enjoy baking (too “science-y”) but this set makes me want to give it a try again for the holidays!
This set includes a 12-cavity regular-sized muffin pan, 10″ x 15″ x1″ jelly roll pan, The 9″x9″x2″ square pan,9″x5″x3″ loaf pan, and 9″x13″x2″ cake pan
Shortbread cookies? Check
Mint chocolate brownies? Check
Christmas cake? Check
Celebration cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cakes and bars until the end of time? Check Check Check.
Did I mention that the ENTIRE SET is dishwasher safe with a nonstick coating? You will literally have these forever.
If you love love the idea of a food processor but cannot be bothered to clean it, then a hand blender is for you! With the same power and effectiveness as the corded hand blender, this gorgeous lady has 5 speeds and 2 blending arms meaning you can chop, whisk, shred, froth and puree all Christmas and all year round!
Want to make homemade hummus? You’re covered.
Soup too chunky? Yep. She can fix that.
Hungry for scrambled eggs? Whip them beforehand!
I couldn’t be more excited with the idea of having something like this year round to ensure that I am making the healthiest, homemade choices for myself and my loved ones. Lets face it, cooking can be time consuming, and anything that cuts down on time is a win to me.
So there you have it, my top 5 dream items from KitchenAid Canada that will take you through the holidays with ease, and carry you for years to come. What other company can provide such durable, reliable and professional products in stylish and reputable design? Not only are these products built to last, but they look beautiful while doing it.
Santa, if you’re listening, please take note. And if someone has an in with the big man in red, put in a good word for me please!
For more information of this year’s holiday must haves, and to find some stellar gift ideas, head to kitchenaid.ca. Don’t forget to join in on the social media conversation with us and the KitchenAid Canada family by following @KitchenAid_CA on Twitter and Instagram.
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