Christmas has passed and you have been inundated with plenty of new and fantastically outrageous gifts. For some reason, people who don’t know what you like always try to come up with something unique. (Or maybe they know you well and think you’re quirky!)
Anyway, there is unique and then there is useless. We have compiled some rather “unusual” gifts that you may have received this past holiday season and the burning question is: Who do you think would Use them and who would Yardsale them?
The Hot Dog Toaster
Use It: Pregnant women. Five year olds. Fast Food connoisseurs who can’t get to McDonalds quickly enough.
Yardsale It: People who think ramen isn’t really food.
The Popcorn Maker
Use It: People with luxurious lifestyles and home theaters. And I don’t mean a big screen TV and the clapper. Ok, those people too.
Yardsale It: People that call televisions “idiot boxes”. People that think that microwave popcorn is too much work.
The Chocolate Fountain
Use It: Romantic saps. Oompa Loompas. Choco-holics. People with up-coming holiday events.
Yardsale It: Diabetics.
Old-Fashioned Cotton Candy Maker
Use It: Church & School festival organizers. Hot dog vendors that need something new in their life.
Yardsale It: Mothers.
Presto! Pizza Machine
Use It: People with patience (let me finish!). Picky eaters that order half-caff, skinny lattes with two raw sugars and no froth.
Yardsale It: Anyone that would rather order take-out.
Peanut Butter Maker
Use It: Homeschooling families that make their own jelly as well. Nutritionists.
Yardsale It: People that think cleaning a sticky knife from spreading peanut butter is hassle enough. People with peanut allergies.
Freeze and Play Ice Cream Making Ball
Use It: A cat? Your toddler? Google employees?
Yardsale It: People that prefer not to play with their food.
The Garlic Roaster
Use It: Italian Mamas and other geniuses of taste. Really paranoid Anne Rice enthusiasts.
Yardsale It: People that think “following a recipe” means getting a box of brownie mix and adding the water and eggs. People that hate garlic.
The Yogurt Maker
Use It: Yoga Grandmoms. Empty nesters. Jamie Lee Curtis.
Yard Sale It: Anyone whose fridge has seen more green bread than white.
Mini Vending Machine
Use It: Who wouldn’t use it?
Yard Sale It: Amish people. That’s about it.
Everyone needs a place to call home but that is becoming more of a problem as foreclosures continue to skyrocket with no immediate relief in sight.
According to CCNMoney.com, “U.S. foreclosure filings spiked by more than 81% in 2008… and they’re up 225% compared with 2006.” In spite of the efforts of the foreclosure prevention programs put on by government and the banking industry, defaults continued to climb right through to the end of December 2008.
In addition to soaring foreclosure rates, housing prices continue their downward spiral. Declining prices mean that many homeowners owe more on their homes than the homes are worth on paper. This inequity increases the likelihood that these homeowners will default on their loan.
As you can see, foreclosures and falling home prices go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, foreclosed homes tend to sell at a steep discount compared to the rest of the market. This means that when foreclosed homes make up a large percentage of all home sales, they can exaggerate the intensity of price declines. Therefore, an influx of more bank-owned homes in an already slow housing market will continue to push the prices down even further and increase the possibility of more foreclosures.
S&Ps chief economist, David Wyss, expects home prices to continue to go down, finally bottoming out in early 2010 at roughly 33% below their 2006 peak. This could mean that more than 860,000 families will lose their homes to foreclosure in the upcoming year.
This is tragic news for homeowners that are barely making ends meet and a possible premonition of things to come for those who have already missed one mortgage payment.
There are no quick fixes to this huge economic issue but if you are a homeowner who is having financial difficulties you should contact your mortgage holder now and try to work out a realistic plan for you. There may be the potential to re-mortgage your home at a lower rate or the possibility to skip one monthly payment per year. The key is to contact your financial institution before there are no other alternatives to foreclosure.
We’ve all heard the myth that American beer is weak and not for “Real” men but I am here to tell you that that is COMPLETE crap. Yes, there is still plenty of Bud Light available for weak-ass, beer-water drinkers, but if you are looking for a strong manly beer then stop right here.
We’ve compiled a list of over 50 Extra-Strong Beers that will knock you flat on your ass. Each beer on this list was specially chosen for one reason, and one reason only, a minimum of 10% alcohol by volume (ABV).
No mamby-pamby light beer here. With names like Korruptor, Devil’s Milk and Double Bastard Ale you can bet these bad-boys will deliver a swift kick and leave you crawling to bed on the bathroom floor.
Best part of the list is, that you can actually buy most of these mouth-watering beers without having to fly to Europe and other cities around the world, finally putting to rest the idea that American beer is for lightweights.
|Sam Adams Triple Bock||17.50%||USA||Sam Adams|
|Critical Mass||17.00%||Canada||Trafalgar Brewing Co.|
|Korruptor||16.00%||Canada||Trafalgar Brewing Co.|
|Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon (1.edition)||16.00%||Norway||Nøgne Ø - det kompromissløse bryggeri|
|The Black Bullet||15.00%||Canada||Trafalgar Brewing Co.|
|The Beast Grand Cru||14.90%||USA||Avery Brewing Company|
|Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine||14.50%||USA||Kuhnhenn Brewing Company|
|Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock||13.50%||USA||Kuhnhenn Brewing Company|
|Ølfabrikken Sinful Brother||13.50%||Denmark||Ølfabrikken|
|Black Albert||13.00%||Belgium||De Struise Brouwers|
|Parabola||13.00%||USA||Firestone Walker Brewing Co.|
|Oak Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout||13.00%||USA||Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub|
|Dark Lord Imperial Stout||13.00%||USA||Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub|
|Decadence||13.00%||USA||Weyerbacher Brewing Company|
|Bourbon County Stout||13.00%||USA||Goose Island|
|Older Viscosity||12.10%||USA||Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port|
|The Angel’s Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged||12.00%||USA||The Lost Abbey|
|The Angel’s Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged||12.00%||USA||The Lost Abbey|
|Cuvee De Tomme||12.00%||USA||The Lost Abbey|
|AleSmith Speedway Stout - Barrel Aged||12.00%||USA||AleSmith Brewing Company|
|Lees Harvest Ale||11.50%||England||JW Lees & Co Ltd|
|J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale||11.50%||England||JW Lees & Co Ltd|
|Trappistes Rochefort 10||11.30%||Belgium||Brasserie de l`Abbaye Notre-Dame de St. Remy A.s.|
|Gouden Carolus Carolus D’Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer||11.00%||Belgium||Gouden Carolus Carolus D’Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer|
|The Abyss||11.00%||USA||Deschutes Brewery, Inc.|
|Pliny The Younger||11.00%||USA||Russian River Brewing Company|
|Imperial Stout||11.00%||USA||Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay|
|Devil’s Milk||11.00%||USA||DuClaw Brewing Company|
|Choklat (Imperial Stout)||11.00%||USA||Southern Tier Brewing Company|
|Stone Imperial Russian Stout||10.80%||USA||Stone Brewing Company|
|St. Bernardus Abt 12||10.50%||Belgium||Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV|
|Piraat (Amber Triple IPA)||10.50%||Belgium||Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.|
|Kryptonite||10.50%||USA||Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery|
|Exponential Hoppiness||10.50%||USA||Alpine Beer Company|
|Darkness||10.30%||USA||Surly Brewing Company|
|Trappist Westvleteren 12||10.20%||Belgium||Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)|
|Third Coast Old Ale||10.20%||USA||Bell’s/Kalamazoo|
|Old Ruffian Barley Wine||10.20%||USA||Great Divide Brewing Company|
|Pannepot - Old Fisherman’s Ale||10.00%||Belgium||De Struise Brouwers|
|Koningshoeven Quadrupel||10.00%||Netherlands||Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.|
|Widdershins||10.00%||USA||Left Hand Brewing Company|
|Vermonster||10.00%||USA||Rock Art Brewery|
|Ten FIDY||10.00%||USA||Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery|
|Sexual Chocolate||10.00%||USA||Foothills Brewing Company|
|Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5||10.00%||USA||Saint Arnold Brewing Company|
|Hop 15||10.00%||USA||Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port|
|He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.||10.00%||USA||Shmaltz Brewing Company|
|Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout||10.00%||USA||Founders Brewing Company|
|Founders Imperial Stout||10.00%||USA||Founders Brewing Company|
|Double Bastard Ale||10.00%||USA||Stone Brewing Company|
|Devil Dog||10.00%||USA||Laughing Dog Brewing|
|Collaborative Evil||10.00%||USA||Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery|
|Bell’s HopSlam Ale||10.00%||USA||Bell’s Brewery, Inc|
Even though Old Man Winter has moved in and won’t be leaving anytime soon, you can still make the next few months bearable by making your home feel like a cozy, winter-less haven.
The easiest way to forget about the dropping temperatures outside is to start by selecting the room in your home where you like to spend the most time and applying the following tips to make it a place where you can melt the winter blues away.
- There is nothing better than snuggling up with a warm blanket and a soft pillow so be sure to have lots available around the room. Try to use warm colors and thick, fleecy fabrics.
- If you’re lucky enough to own a fireplace, consider creating a seating area around it for you to soak up the heat. For those without this luxury, spread candles around your room to give off that fireplace glow.
- Use incense or scented candles to fill the room with a soft, comforting scent. Try vanilla, cinnamon, or lavender.
- Add dimmers to your lighting or use a lamp instead of the ceiling light to create a peaceful atmosphere.
- Personalize your space with family photos, artwork and other memorabilia to put you in a content mood when relaxing.
- If your room has hardwood floors, think about purchasing a soft rug to lie down during the winter months. Not only will this feel warmer on your feet but it will also give the illusion of a more cozy room.
- Try to add warm colors wherever you can by painting the room or the furniture, buying new curtains or adding accessories that are deep, warm colors.
With so many wacky new tech toys hitting the market everyday, it takes something pretty cool to catch our eye and the Lupa Swivel Phone from designer Mac Funamizu has our full attention.
The incredibly unique concept is no less than amazing with two parts comprising the design: the bottom touchscreen, which houses the function keys and the top transparent screen that swivels to open. Anyone looking to have a cool, cutting-edge phone should definitely check this one out. Be sure to admire more of Mac’s work.
Now that the partying is over and business is as usual, it’s time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I know. Every New Year’s eve you make one and every January 1st you promptly forget it.
But this year is going to be different. Yes, this year you’re going to get things done because this year you’re not going to vow to lose ten pounds or quit smoking. No, this year you’re going decide to work on your home instead.
It’s been proven time and time again that a person’s surroundings can positively, or negatively affect them. So this year, I challenge you to forget about what you want to change about yourself and instead make a few changes around your home.
Let’s start with clutter, which is not only ugly and unorganized but can also stress you out. An untidy home is nearly impossible to relax in.
After you’ve spent all day stressed from work, the kids and your finances, who wants to come home to a messy house that slowly sucks your energy? An orderly home creates a tranquil space with a soothing effect.
Taking simple steps to clear the clutter and organize the items in your home makes a huge difference and is also one of the principle elements to Feng Shui, (the Chinese system that improves life by receiving positive Qi, or energy).
Function also affects how you feel in the home, too. If furniture always feels like its in the way or the seating in your family room is awkwardly placed, it can interrupt the flow of your home and keep you from relaxing without even knowing it.
Enlist the help of everyone in your home to keep the place tidy and when you come home from a long day, you’ll feel a lot better being able to relax.
Once your home is in a state of clean peace, then start to consider how your home is decorated.
The color of a room and how it’s decorated can dramatically change the atmosphere and feel of your home. Reds and yellows create energetic feelings like happiness but also hunger (a good one to avoid if you would like to lose those ten pounds this year). Greens and blues are calming and relaxing, while purple and blacks can be powerful and elegant. Dark wood furniture elicits warm feelings, while stainless steel and metals can feel cool. Consider these things as you look around and figure out what kind of vibe your home is sending out.
Colors can also trigger memories so try picking colors that make you feel the most comfortable and happy. If a whole redecoration of your home is out of the question, then focus on accessories to brighten things up and create the feeling you want.
It can be as simple as new bedding for your bedroom or some accent pillows and colorful frames for the living room.
Taking a few steps to make your home feel better can have a dramatic effect on you and your family. With a little reorganizing and redecorating, you will create a space that’s calming and uplifting, which will have a ripple effect on you.
When you’re happy with your surroundings, you’re happy with yourself and that’s a great way to get yourself finally committed to those other long, procrastinated New Year’s Resolutions.
Here’s a few other quick tips to making your home, and yourself feel a whole lot better:
- Let there be light. It’s a scientific fact that humans need sunlight and not just for the vitamins it gives our bodies but because it actually makes us happier. Make sure to always have lots of natural sunlight in the most used rooms of your home to brighten your day, literally.
- Be Environmentally Friendly. It may sound cliché but it’s true that helping others makes you feel better about yourself and doing your part to protect the environment can have the same effect. So turn your home into a recycling, reusing and reducing machine!
- Donate Old Items & Clothes. Let go of any old furniture or clothes clogging up your home and donate them to those in need. Not only will it make you feel good, but it also will rejuvenate your home by getting rid of excess junk.
- Start A Home Project. Fix up that old chest in the basement or spruce up your bedroom with a wall mural. Doing something that’s fun and interesting rather than a household chore that you HAVE to do is an awesome way to inspire yourself. And once you’ve had a taste of success, it may motivate you to tackle something a little harder, like joining the gym (and actually going).
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Juicy grilled pineapple and rich maple walnut syrup are a perfect finish for this delightful twist on French toast made entirely on your grill.
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup walnuts, chopped
8 rings fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
4 large eggs
1 cup half & half
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 slices banana bread, sliced 3/4 inch thick
Powdered sugar for garnishing (optional)
Bring the corn syrup, maple syrup, sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until syrup begins to thicken (15 minutes). Stir in nuts and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.
The French toast
Preheat your grill to medium-high. Grill the pineapple until well browned on both sides. Remove and cover with tin foil to keep warm. Meanwhile, make the custard by beating together the eggs, half & half, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a shallow bowl. Completely coat both sides of the banana bread with the custard and lay them on the grill. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
Lay 2 pieces of banana bread on a plate, top with two slices of pineapple and drizzle with syrup. Dust with powdered sugar or garnish with fresh mint for color
Inspire your taste buds
Grill the French toast for an extra crisp crust
Create a unique flavor by combining multiple syrups
Toast walnuts in a dry pan to intensify the flavor
May we suggest
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Thickly sliced grilled ham
Another Christmas has come and gone and I have to say now that I have my own kids I get fewer and fewer toys each year - OK, prior to getting the Wii last year, I can’t remember the last time I got any toys. But thanks to our Wii, we got a family gift this year, Guitar Hero World Tour with 2 guitars and a microphone.
Now don’t get me wrong, my husband was the one who really wanted Guitar Hero (I wanted the Wii Fit - but since the Wii Fit was a rare commodity this Christmas, we ended up with a house full of blossoming rock stars.)
I’ve played Guitar Hero at a friends house a few times and we have always had fun but it really can’t compare to watching my daughter rock out to the old tunes I grew up on. She plays the base guitar on Easy (she’s pretty much ready for Medium but has yet to make the jump) while she shakes her hips, jumps up and down and throws in a random twirl for full effect. Just watching her makes me smile. She has only been playing this game for a few weeks and she is already on her way to super stardom.
The funny thing is, I really didn’t think this was going to be her thing. She loves to draw and write and play piano but I never thought she’d be that interested in playing Guitar Hero. It’s nice to be wrong sometimes.
I’m really glad we got the game this Christmas, it gives the whole family the chance to get rockin’ instead of just one person playing video games while everyone else watches.
If you haven’t got a Wii yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect gift for any family. And if you are feeling adventurous, get Guitar Hero to go with it and soon your house will be filled with budding lead guitarists and hopeful Idol wannabes. Just make sure you have controllers for everyone and a fresh supply of batteries.
Although most popular in Europe, nudism (or naturism) has become widely accepted around the globe with nudie havens popping up everywhere. In the US, going in the buff is a booming tourist industry that accounts for $400 million a year and with options to bare your buns at resorts, beaches, cruises, with the family or adults only, nudism isn’t just for hippies anymore.
If you’re the adventurous type and want to be harmoniously one with your body (and everyone else’s), then throw on your birthday suit and bare it all at these famous Nude resorts.
8. Vritomartis Hotel & Bungalow, Greece
Overlooking the South Cretan Sea is a traditional Greek-style nudist resort, Vritomartis Hotel & Bungalow. Taking its name from an ancient Minoan goddess, this hotel offers a spectacular heaven-like view of the White Mountain range and unspoiled coastal area of Crete.
Vritomartis is a licensed nudist resort that mixes modern conveniences with comfort and traditional Grecian style and activities. Rules on nudity are a little stricter here as the resort follows the International Nudist Federation’s guidelines such as indoor areas require clothing and nudism is only permitted outside from sunrise to sunset.
Vritomartis provides a conventional nudist experience surrounded by exotic landscape and warm waters.
7. Domaine de Belezy, France
If you’re looking to share the nudist experience with the whole family, try one of France’s most popular kid-friendly nude resorts, Belezy. Fun for all ages including seniors too, Belezy embraces the true concept of nudism and is devoted to respectful, family-oriented nudism.
Sitting in the foothills of Mont Ventoux in the heart of Provence, guests at Belezy will experience a fun, bonding experience with no less than 40 activities each week for all ages including theatre, music workshops, sports, disco, nude drawing, pottery and plenty more.
Whether you camp out or stay in one of their earthy, wooden bungalows, Belezy is a beautiful and exciting place to discover a nudist lifestyle with your loved ones.
6. Hidden Beach Resort, Mexico
Over looking the beautiful Mayan Riviera, Hidden Beach Resort is the only all-inclusive luxury retreat in the Mexican Caribbean. With a focus on personalized luxury service and catering to adults only, you’ll be greeted with such perks as a glass of champagne upon arrival. Enjoy their many resort activities such as tennis, karaoke, dancing, nude bingo or lounge in the pool, lazy river or beachfront hot tub and soak up the sun.
Unlike most resorts that require you to cover up for meals, Hidden Beach serves naked lunch, dinner, and supper at the La Vista restaurant. Nuzzled amidst exotic gardens, facing the Caribbean Sea, and only 25 minutes from the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Hidden Beach Resort is a secluded hideaway for those who aren’t afraid to show it all.
5. Sea Mountain Ranch Resort And Spa, California
Just a quick drive from Los Angeles and 10 minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport, Sea Mountain Ranch Resort and Spa is one of the most popular nude resorts in the United States.
Year-round sunshine, pool gardens, mineral water whirlpools and a first class day spa will make your stay at this 5-star resort a truly stress-free and clothes-free experience.
Sea Mountain offers an intimate experience with only 15 suites for guests to stay in and although it focuses on relaxation and pampering, the resort offers 24-hour dancing, fantasy parties, live theatre and plenty of other options to keep you entertained while you let your hair down.You may even get to see a celebrity or two, but no pictures!
4. Vera Playa, Spain
For something a little less close to home but equally naked, jet across the ocean to Spain’s most famous nudist resort, Vera Playa. Located on the Costa de Almeria, Vera Playa has a warm, dry climate and is Europe’s only all-year-round nude resort.
Vera Playa is like a village within a village with three accommodation options: the four-star Vera Playa Club Hotel on the beachfront, 2000 rentable self-catering apartments and their camping site, Camping Almanzora. The resort is not far from the village of Vera, which offers many wonderful shops, restaurants, and site seeing opportunities.
With 320+ days of sunshine a year and no barriers between it and the outside world, Vera Playa is a liberating escape for nudists.
3. Desire Resort and Spa, Mexico
An adults only (21+) resort with a suggestive name, Desire Resort and Spa situated on the Riviera Maya’s Bay in Cancun, Mexico is the perfect erotic destination for couples interested in exploring alternative lifestyles.
With a day spa to pamper your entire body and a nightlife that will keep you partying ‘til dawn, Desire provides a sensual clothing-optional experience.
The resort is packed with rooftop Jacuzzis, pools, a disco lounge, five star restaurants, beaches, and a sensuous playroom for couples.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious and unforgettable experience that caters to your deepest desires.
2. Hedonism II and III, Jamaica
The Hedonism II and III resorts in Jamaica are the most famous nude resorts in the Caribbean and have one of the highest repeat guest records in the world. But don’t start packing the kids just yet because this resort is for adults only (18+) who are looking to have a little unadulterated fun.
Located on 22 acres of sandy Negril beach, Hedonism II has 280 luxury rooms available to book, while Hedonism III has 225 rooms (including unique ‘swim up’ rooms) on 10 acres of Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast.
Known for their liberal views on sex and alcohol, both resorts make sure you and your partner have an exciting time au naturel with fun activities, sexy events, all-inclusive entertainment and themed parties.
If you’re looking for fun in the sun where you can let loose and indulge, these resorts are for you.
1. Cap d’Agde’s “Village Naturiste”, France
Cap d’Agde’s Village Naturiste in France offers a truly unique experience and is considered one of the best nudism destinations in the world, which is why it’s #1.
Often referred to as ‘Naked City’, Village Naturiste is a completely enclosed, self-contained village where nudists can truly be nudists. The village offers all the amenities one could need such as banks, shops, restaurants, post offices, and more and the only clothing required is a smile.
The village is located on 2km of beach and also offers a port and marina, hotel, bars, apartments, campsite, and hair salons. Add on top of that France’s laidback and embracing attitude towards nudism, and you have the ultimate place to strip down and be one with nature.
If you’re really looking to have fun, relax and explore this alternative lifestyle, these resorts are the best in the world to get down and nudie. Although the principles of nudism - harmony, respect, and acceptance - are the foundations of all nudist resorts, each offers its own individual twist and follows their own set of rules and code of conduct.
Be sure to read up about each resort so you don’t end up tossed out on your bare behind. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen for those tender areas!
In 1921, Stephen Poplawski put a spinning blade at the bottom of a container to make soda fountain drinks. Tada! The blender was born. Smoothies, salsa, and frothy beverages have never tasted so sweet (or spicy)! Of all of the incarnations of the basic blender, we listed 9 of the most pimped out models to be developed.
The Food Processor
This ostentatious appliance towers over its blending predecessors with interchangeable blades and disks; the food processor takes on solids and semi solids to deliver kneaded dough or baby food in a whir of powerful chopping, mixing or grinding action. Think you’re never too old to be tricked into eating your peas? You better be careful with this bad-boy in the kitchen. Who knows what will get thrown in there next. Yipe!
Juicers aren’t just for dieters, hippies that only eat raw food, or old people that can’t go regularly. The hard core Acme Juicer is the ideal appliance for real men, using a gyroscope and clutch to deliver sweet, crisp nectar. The blades turn 60 revolutions per second, proving that if Bond needed one at a moment’s notice, this would be his juicer of choice. Whether your juicer has a gyroscope or a Jack LaLanne signature, make a toast to your health! The inventor of this brilliant machine lived to be 108!
The Salsa Blender
Things get spicy when you add fresh peppers and garlic to your homemade tomato salsa. Or try mango or mint salsa and add some ole to your entertaining style. This speedy Gonzales among salsa blenders not only crafts incredibly smooth or chunky salsa, it whips up icy beverages, such as pina coladas and daquiris. Who doesn’t love a fiesta?
The Margarita Blender
You don’t need tickets to a Jimmy Buffet concert to understand the popularity of this drink! Ever seen a “jumbo” Margarita glass in a Mexican restaurant? They hold more water than any toilet bowl! Margarita blenders are unique because they have a chamber for crushed ice at the top of the blender console. It’s like two blenders in one! Just don’t handle the blades for cleaning after having a few.
The Smoothie Blender
The Smoothie Elite, debuted in 2003, after smoothie specialty shops, such as Jamba Juice, had struck trendy, cold gold. It features a stir-stick to break apart air pockets and a practical dispensing spout. It’s arguably the most efficient and most difficult to clean smoothie appliance available.
The Magic Bullet
Aunts and Grandmothers everywhere were delighted to unwrap Magic Bullets from Santa last Christmas. This upside-down blender loaded with accessories packs a punch; crushing and stirring at speeds that Granny had never witnessed before in her own kitchen. The accoutrements, 21 altogether, include blades, plastic mugs, filters, and a “10 Second Recipes” book.
Your kitchen will become Sno-Cone central with this ice-stomping blender. The ice-crusher is a timesaving tool for smoothies, frappuccinos, and your favorite frothy alcoholic beverages. If you’re like me and don’t like standard cubed ice from trays, crushed ice is a major upgrade. Use it to freshen up your guests’ drinks or to make a calorie-free, hydrating snack.
The Hot Cocoa Maker
Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate daily (as he believed it to be an aphrodisiac) and he paid Aztec prostitutes in cocoa beans. Now if the thoughts of drinking an aphrodisiac don’t get you into a tizzy, a recent study conducted by Cornell students proved that the antioxidants in cocoa are three times more active than those found in green tea. No marshmallows? This baby can turn a flat cocoa (or latte, or chai tea) into a lathered, frothy libation that won’t disappoint on a brisk, wintry night.
The Coffee Grinder
This barista “must-have” was a hand-crank machine in its infant years. With thousands of varieties on the market today, anyone who enjoys a morning joe can choose from the total spectrum of coffee grinding glory, from Turkish to Espresso, for paper or metal filters, and from drip-brews to french presses.