Yay! Let’s go shopping! This page was designed to fulfill my childhood fantasy of writing for the Chinaberry catalog. All items are shipped directly from either Amazon or Ninja (see disclosure/terms of agreement). Because I don’t have a warehouse. The listed prices reflect Amazon’s pricing as of 1/2012 — they fluctuate, but this is a general idea.
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This is the first book in The Mommy Blogger Next Door series, and is part memoir, part how-to. Readers can learn the steps I took to build a business all on my own with no money down, and how a simple idea to share my New Year’s Resolution launched a brand-new career.
Price: $9.17 click here to buy
My newest cookbook took two years to write and has 365 brand-new dinner recipes. You’re going to love the color photos! Featured recipes include Not Your Mother’s Meatballs, Matzoh Ball Soup, and Korean Soft Tacos. Like my other books, everything is gluten-free! Only 10% of these recipes have appeared on the site.
Price: $18.00 click here to buy
An all-inclusive weekly planner with checklists— this book is designed to help get you through all the “have-tos” of your day quickly and efficiently so there is more time for the “want-tos”!
Price: $10.20 click here to buy
Save time AND money by putting your slow cooker to good use! Sticking to a budget is not synonymous with bland and boring. Recipes include: carnitas, honey garlic chicken, cilantro black beans, peperocini beef sandwiches, oreo cheesecake, and caramel apple cider. Like my first cookbook, all recipes are completely gluten free.
Price: $12.52 click here to buy
My first slow cooker book shows the versatility of this amazing household appliance. No longer just a glorified pot roast machine (although it does make an amazing roast!) this book shares how to make creme brulee, cheesecake, pumpkin spiced lattes, tamales, and even playdough along with typical slow cooker fare.
Price: $12.99 click here to buy
Meal Planning is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your family are eating well-balanced dinners and sticking to your monthly grocery budget.
Slow Cookers and Accessories
The Ninja Cooking System. I was filmed for the infomercial for this cooking system and fell in love the second I saw it. This is the mack-daddy of all slow cookers. Not only is it a fully programmable slow cooker, but you can also sear your meat first on the stovetop setting. This is also a mini-oven built right in! <PS> this is absolutely the BEST package available anywhere– a $490 value!
Price: $199.80 click here to buy
Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget. I have 3 of these slow cookers, and love the way they cook. There is a locking lid, and the rubber handles allow you to move it from outlet to outlet without needing oven mitts. The rubber gasket ensures all moisture remains in the pot while cooking (lock the clamps!) and the lid creates a tight seal for travel–great for potlucks. Programmable in 30-minute increments, for up to 20 hours.
Price: $49.70 click here to buy
6.5-quart Crock-Pot eLume. This is a beautiful product. I like the even way this slow cooker heats, and the heavy glass lid. The read-out is digital, and it’s programmable in 30-minute increments up to 20 hours. The warm feature lasts for an additional 12 hours after cooking time has elapsed.
Price: $73.95 click here to buy
Cuisinart 3.5-quart. Currently, this is the only programmable 3 to 4-quart slow cooker on the market. The timer can be set in 30-minute increments, and will stay on warm for up to an additional 12 hours. This pot has the tendency to cook a bit hot—I’d recommend using the “low” setting unless you are home to monitor. I like the cord storage, and the easy-to-set programming, and heavy glass lid. For all of my “4-quart” recipes, this is the pot that I use.
Price: $45.95 click here to buy
This 1.5-quart slow cooker is what I use for the 2-quart recipes. You can find slow cookers such as these in convenience stores, or discount retailers. I found mine for $5 during a Black Friday sale at Walmart. I mostly use this sized pot for dips, oatmeal, and fun desserts. This pot comfortably fits 1 large chicken breast, or 2 small thighs with vegetables and sauce–perfect for cooking for one or two people. There is not a programmable version available–the settings are high, low, or defrost (warm).
Price: $16.99 click here to buy
The Crock-Pot Little Dipper. I love this little guy (it’s a boy). Although the product description states that this has a 1-cup capacity, it’s well-documented that it actually holds 2 cups. I use this pot for dips, fondue, heating canned soup and chili, and even as an air freshener! There isn’t an on/off switch or heat settings for this pot. Once plugged in, it is “on.”
Price: $14.51 click here to buy
Crock-Pot Trio. This is a fun pot for entertaining. Each pot has the ability to cook independently, with high, low, or warm settings. The crocks are each 2-quarts, and have an indent in the side to let a spoon rest. This is great for serving, but will allow valuable heat and moisture to escape while cooking. To remedy this, fold a wedge of foil and squish it into this indent while cooking. The cord is quite short—you might want to have a tiny extension cord on hand. Great for Fondue Fridays!
Price: $49.99 click here to buy
Immersible Hand Blender. Other than the slew of slow cookers, this is my second-most-often used kitchen appliance. I love being able to naturally thicken soups or stews by pulsing a few times to blend up the beans or potatoes. This particular model comes in a variety of colors which is neat– because, well, who wouldn’t want a magenta hand blender?
Price: $34.99 click here to buy
1.5-quart oval corningware dish. This is the oven-safe dish that I insert into my 6-quart slow cooker to create a smaller cooking vessel, or when I use the slow cooker as a bain-marie for making creme brulee or cheesecake.
Price: $31.99 click here to buy
- The Shark Navigator. I love this vacuum. I like the way the handle comes off easily from the base to allow me to clean the carpeted stairs, and I like how light-weight yet powerful it is. It is strong enough to pick up dropped pins and spilled kitty litter, and is still safe to use on my hardwood flooring.Price: $199.99 click here to buy
- Dirt Devil Stick Vacuum. This little guy is bagless and is essentially a dust buster on a stick. I use it on all of the hard surfaces in the house and in a perfect world would use it every day to suck up the dustbunnies and floor dust. It’s strong enough for cracker crumbs, and does a great job with pet hair. The cord isn’t all that long, so I keep an extension cord on it at all times. I also travel with this in the camper.Price: $19.99 click here to buy
- It seems silly to have Clorox wipes on a store page, but honestly, these wipies are my absolute favorite cleaning product. I use them for pretty much everything — wiping down countertops, fan blades, light fixtures, cleaning up spills, wiping sticky spots off of upholstery, etc. They are fantastic and don’t leave behind a residue and appear to be safe on pretty much every fabric (I have never had an issue…) Sure, you can use a handmade spray and paper towels or a dishcloth if you’d like, but you really can’t beat the convenience factor of ready-made wipes. It’s FANTASTIC to have your kids use them (or baby wipes) on baseboards as a chore!price for a 3 pack: $14.99 click here to buy
- Scott’s Liquid Gold. This is a furniture polish and wood protector that works very very well. In a pinch, you can use pretty much any oil on wood (olive oil, cooking spray, etc.) but the preservatives in here really work well to protect and give a great shine. When we moved, a lot of the hardwood by the windows was sun damaged, and this brought it back to life with a few applications. All you do is spray it on and wipe off with a soft cloth. One can will last you for eons, and the smell is kind of nice (well, I like it).price $5.77 click here to buy
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