Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Arrived Early, I'd Say


You know something? On-line shopping is the greatest thing since,
I don't know, sliced bread!


For the past few years now I have done most, if not all,
 of my Christmas shopping on-line.


These photos on this post are proof how great it is.
 I ordered these kitchen gadgets/appliances from an on-line 'shop'
in Montreal and they were here at my door in 3 days!!


They were 'early' Christmas gifts for both of us and we were 
like little kids opening up the boxes and looking at how new 
and sparkly they were.


The above gadget is an electric kettle but no ordinary electric
kettle I tell ya! It is programmed to warm up/boil water at different 
temperatures for different types of tea (for me) and also for 
French press coffee (for Ron). BUT, it also keeps it at that 
temperature until you use it. Plus the lights on it are blue!
I know, it can't take too much to impress this guy.


Ever since I have been following Ivan at 'A Normandy Kitchen'
I have been inspired to get a little better at cooking and baking.


So this next contraption is a food processor which I haven't 
had in years. It was time, I told myself, time to 'do things right'
in the kitchen!


So this very heavy, and I mean heavy, machine arrived with the 
kettle. It will take time to really learn how to use it properly
and effectively.


It could save a lot of time and energy preparing things. I have
already used it to make a lentil/squash soup with carrots 
and parsnips. It got a little messy on this first try (too much in
at once). But hey, that's how I learn.


Besides, I love the colour.


33 comments:

  1. Blue,Red, and Golden Yellow,will you need a larger kitchen? I have a whizz/processor, what a marvellous thing to own, soup, breadcrumbs, mixes, and so much more.Enjoy them all, I can see Sophie putting in an order for something special!! Greetings from Jean

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    1. Now that is an idea...a larger kitchen!! More counter space would be good, Jean! Sophie will do the cleanup! lol

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  2. Love your new kitchen gadgets! That kettle is so cool...er...I mean hot! lol! You will love your food processor. I have the exact same one but in white. I use it almost everyday. It can save so much time in the kitchen. I do everything in it, pie dough, slicing vegetables, grating cheese, making hummus and dips and chopping anything! Did I say I love it? hahaha! Enjoy!

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    1. Glad to hear you like yours Janet. Now all I have to do is DO IT!

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  3. how cool. What kind of food processor is that? It looks like it could do most anything in the kitchen!! Ha, now you are going to be another Ivan...looking forward to it. Merry Christmas Santa.

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    1. Hi Jo! It's a Kitchen Aid and I guess it does do a lot! Another Ivan? That is shooting way too high for me!!

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  4. Enjoy your new kitchen toys, Jim! I love online shopping, too! Yes, best thing since sliced bread.

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    1. I will Martha and online is the best!

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  5. Hello Jim,
    Wow, to the cool kettle and the processor (excellent choice!) you won't know what you did without one - think of the extra time you get to drink perfect tea... Thank you for the shout out, you are too kind! As for the internet shopping my weak point is shoes... sent from England... in TWO days - my 'Christmas' pair arrived and the delivery guy was "I think I need to order what's in here, to have a smile like that... " (my too dry English humour was just about to reply a batman outfit, but I thought better of it!!!) - oh the joy of shopping and no queues!! Happy that Christmas arrived early for you both!
    All the best, hope you had a wonderful lunch.
    - Ivan

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    1. I know I'll think that soon and will be lost without it!
      Yes, no line-ups with online shopping!
      The lunch went very well thanks and I used an large old platter and filled it with this and that.....it disappeared so everyone was happy!

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  6. I love the color too Jim! This looks great! What make is it? Does it work really well for you? What was the price? I'm thinking I should get a new one soon.

    I LOVE shopping online (Amazon). I tell ya.. yesterday my office printer, which I had just purchased at Staples right up the road from us last month) ate and tore up the last sheet of copy paper it will ever tear up. I tried to get my money refunded from Staples and they had an 'i'm sorry... 14 day return policy" so I trashed that baby and headed to AMAZON.COM to order a cheaper printer and from a more customer-friendly venue (AMAZON.COM) and my printer will be here today already! If I don't like it, I simply return it, (they pay shipping) for a full refund. You can't beat that! ONLINE SHOPPING> The only way! :-)

    Now. I need to look that electric kettle up... that might be something Gary would like... Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Hi Boobi. It's a Kitchen Aid and it does work well so far as I used it. The prices in Canada are higher (still don't get that one as our dollar is higher than the US one??) and I got it on Amazon for half price around $200. Not bad I thought.
      I love the kettle and Gary would love it too especially if he is into teas!

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  7. I love kitchen gadgets, which is odd so I hate to cook. Your photos are exceptional. I'm going to check out that electric tea kettle. Very gourmet!

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    1. That's right Mitch! You would love this kettle for your teas!! It almost does everything for you....so there you go!

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  8. Ooooo gadgets! Shiny, shiny gadgets! Enjoy!

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    1. If I use them a lot, there will go the shine!! lol

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    1. Yes you do! It's by Cuisinart and is on Amazon too. I drink green tea and 'they' say never to boil water for green tea. So, this one brings it to 175 degrees...perfect! Don't get me started!! lol

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  10. I like your bright new kitchen appliances. Shopping online is fun and so convenient.

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    1. It really is Pat. And one can sit back and relax and not get bumped all over the place....especially this time of year.

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  11. Ooo, I'm a bit jealous of your beautiful new food processor. I love my food processor, but it's over 20 years old, as it was a gift at my bridal shower. I would love to update, but I can't justify spending the money when my old one works. :(

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    1. Hey Lisa, if it ain't broke leave it alone! 20 years eh?

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  12. Belas cores...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Thanks Fernando. Good to see you here!

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  13. I'd like a food processor, I think. That one looks like a hum-dinger and lovely color too! You'll be too busy making goodies and drinking perfect cuppa to blog much.

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    1. It's a humdinger alright!! I'll be 'reporting' about my successes with it! Can't be 'rocket science', don't you think?

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  14. Ivan is an inspiration to me too!
    I really like that kettle. Does it have an automatic shut off if someone (me) forgot it was on?

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  15. Oh my, lentil/squash soup with carrots and parsnips has my mouth watering. I can use all the inspiration I can get for cooking (vegan). I eat super healthy, but hang my head in shame as far as making visually appealing meals with perfect spice combinations. I've linked a couple of good sites on my blog, but seem to be lacking an innate sense of culinary imagination that I so admire in others. But, back to your post! Blue lights impress me too :) Also love the glistening beauty so perfectly captured in the photographs of your new gadgets. One thing I do use pretty well daily is my food processor. i have a feeling you are going to love it! (Heading back to some older posts to leave comments now. I've been remiss!)

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  16. Agree totally:shopping on-line is the best!!!! Bought some "stuff" for Carolyn at Amazon.ca and there it is----in the post!!

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  17. Agree totally:shopping on-line is the best!!!! Bought some "stuff" for Carolyn at Amazon.ca and there it is----in the post!!

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  18. On-line takes the fun out of the hunt! Haha Granted many of my presents come from antique shops and thrift stores (sounds tacky I know, but hey theres great stuff!) I adore your new blog banner, when i first saw it i thought "My God Jim's got a picture of what my red hair looks like in the morning!" haha then i noticed it was beach grass ;)

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  19. Jim--
    Love my on line shopping-- it's the only way to shop!! You bought some great kitchen treasures!! Love that food processor-- don't know how I'd manage without mine--- but your red one sure is a beauty!
    Vicki

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  20. Loved that plug-in kettle, Jim! They're not as common here as in Canada. I used to have one at school for making tea (one temp -BOIL). It used to give my kids a jolt when the whistle went off and I was on the opposite side of the classroom! My teammates were always borrowing it for science projects. I love my food processors big and small (one of each). I became a follower of "A Normandy Kitchen" earlier today after being inspired through seeing Ivan's posts through you and Ron. Happy cooking and then relaxing with a cup of tea.

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