Who am I kidding? No my kitchen does NOT look like it belongs within the covers of Better Homes and Gardens, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t made it functional with all of the equipment that I need to enjoy working in there from time to time.
I love to bake. I’m much better at baking than I am at creative cooking. The main reason is, that baking is very scientific and although there’s plenty of room for creativity, it really comes down to following directions. When I bake, I know that if I’m cooking a cake in an 8″ pan at 350, it should take about 50 minutes in my oven. If it doesn’t, I put it in for 5 minutes longer. I can tell if it’s done when a toothpick comes out clean or it springs back. I know that I must MEASURE my main ingredients.
So, as you can see…my kitchen is really set up to do the thing that I love the most.
When I moved from Rhode Island to Florida, I gave up a lot of my kitchen in the move. We were retiring and there would be only 2 of us, so I didn’t feel that I needed quite as much. One of the things that I missed the most was having a stand mixer. Last week Better Homes and Gardens came to my rescue and supplied me with this GORGEOUS, gleaming, silver mixer that I seem to have used every day (and I wonder why the weight is creeping back on).
They actually outfitted my kitchen with the applances that I’d need to create my favorite hobby. BAKING? Well, that too. I was thinking sitting and enjoying coffee and a snack. That’s right, along with that beautiful mixer, they also sent me a full set of Better Homes and Gardens baking pans, so that I can create snacks here at the mansion, just like I did when I lived in New England.
Amazingly, these pans can be purchased at WalMart. Why amazing? Well, after giving them a COUPLE of test spins, I found the weight of the pans to be perfect, meaning that my cakes cooked evenly, PLUS cleaning them up is a breeze. If I hadn’t just had a cake in mine, a rinse would have done the trick. At under $35 for the ENTIRE set of 5 baking pans, it’s a STEAL.
Finally, they graced me with ONE more piece of enjoyment. A red hot coffee maker. Oh, this is not just ANY coffeemaker. Look closely and you’ll see that the coffee flows into a THERMAL pot, keeping the coffee warm for a good long time. Did I mention the BUILT IN COFFEE GRINDER? Yup! I can toss in my Kona Beans and my Better Homes and Gardens Grind & Brew Coffee Maker will give me the FRESHEST cup of coffee.
The catch for all of this? Better Homes and Gardens asked me to bake for a competition on their facebook page. In my next post, I’ll show you JUST what I made along with the recipe, so that you can enjoy my BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE along with me. I’ll include all of the information for voting, because if I win, then you win along with me as the winner gets to GIVE AWAY THREE SETS OF Better Homes and Gardens baking pans, just like the ones that I used to create my snack.
I received product to facilitate this review. All opinions are strictly my own.