Picking the Right KitchenAid® Stand Mixer


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So you’ve had your eye on a KitchenAid® stand mixer for a while now, and finally decided it’s time to make the investment. With so many colorful options available, and the notable longevity of the piece, deciding on just one can be difficultLet this be your guide.
 
The iconic KitchenAid® stand mixer graces the kitchen countertops of both professional and amateur chefs alike. While it seems like a no-brainer addition to a baker’s countertop, it still deserves its place in a busy family kitchen.
 
Whether you’re practicing grandma’s cookie recipe or whipping up large batches of cupcakes for school birthdays, a sturdy stand mixer is a great investment piece to have for any mixing needs life may throw at you. And they’re one of those kitchen items that, if treated properly, can last a lifetime.
 
One of these mixers will generally set you back anywhere between $299 to $599 depending on size, but they have grown to be incredibly versatile. Attachments sold separately can transform your mixer into a juicer, pasta maker, sausage stuffer, spiralizer, and more.
 
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When choosing KitchenAid®, you want to put some thought into the color. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:
 
• If you are buying an entire set of appliances (i.e. blender, food processor, etc.), consider picking a neutral color. If one item breaks, it can be easily replaced if it’s in a neutral color. If it’s a limited-release color, you may not be able to find the exact appliance again.
 
• Will you get tired of a bright color? Will you be bored with a neutral color?
 
• As a general rule, scratches and dents are more apparent on darker appliances.
 
• If you don’t plan on redoing your kitchen any time soon, you can pick the one that matches the current décor perfectly.
 
• If you plan on replacing your stand mixer frequently, by all means go for that baby pink that’s really in right now.
 
• The term neutral has many meanings. Matte black, slate and dark brown are all neutral colors, but a little more exciting than say, black or stainless-steel.
 
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Sizing
The KitchenAid® stand mixer comes in a few different sizes, so you can be sure to find one that best suits your kitchen size and culinary needs.
 
Artisan® Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $399.99
 
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This mini model is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the full-sized mixers, but still offers all the strength and speed of the others. Don’t let the small size fool you – this model can make up to 5 dozen cookies in one batch!
 
Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $459.99
 
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Dubbed by many as the classic stand mixer, this model can mix, knead, and whip ingredients with ease. This version has 10 speeds and can make up to 9 dozen cookies in one batch.
 
Artisan® Design Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer – $379.99
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The Artisan® Design mixer is virtually identical to the classic stand mixer, but comes with a glass bowl with a pour spout instead of a stainless-steel bowl.
 
Pro 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – $599.99
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If you plan to mix heavy, dense mixtures, this is the model for you. This model is a little over 2 inches taller and 3 inches wider than the 5-quart models, but can make up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch.
 
Pro 600 Design Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – $629.99
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The mixer is identical to the Pro Design mixer, but is equipped with a glass bowl with a pour spout instead of a stainless-steel bowl.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother'sDayGiftGuideMother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve rounded up a few items perfect for giving to someone special in your life.

MothersDayGifts1. French Lavender Hand Soap & Lotion – $44.95
Pamper your mom with this delightfully-scented and ultra-soothing hand soap, dish soap, and lotion set perfect for any sink or bathroom.
2. Brown Sugar Body Polish – $67.00
This natural sugar exfoliant promises to leave skin soft, silky, and glowing. The warm brown sugar scent is reminiscent of freshly-baked cookies. Need we say more?
3. Japanese Plum Bloom Candle – $26.00
This 16-ounce candle offers the scent of plum bloom petals and leaves, ripe plum fruit, and crushed currants. The jar is beautiful enough to be reused, too!
4. Faux Fur Robe – $69.95
Give the gift of luxury with this soft, plush robe. It’s even machine washable!
5. S’well® Water Bottle – $45.00
This double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless-steel water bottle will keep any beverage hot or cold for an extended period of time. (Pro tip: The 25-ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine too…)
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $569.99
This durable stand mixer is the perfect gift for the serious foodie. It offers 10 speeds to mix, knead, and whip ingredients quickly and easily.
7. iRobot® Roomba – $799.99
Give the gift of a smarter home with this Roomba® 980. With just the push of a button, it can seamlessly navigate and vacuum any floor clean of pet hair, crumbs, or random Cheerios.
8. Walnut Cookbook Holder – $49.95
Following recipes is now even easier with this gorgeous cookbook holder. Prop up cookbooks, Grandma’s recipes, or a tablet for perfect visibility.

Decorate with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year


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Pantone® recently unveiled its Color of the Year, what it describes as “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

 

This year’s color selection? Pantone 15-0343, otherwise known as Greenery.

 

Described by Pantone as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade,” Greenery is reminiscent of the outdoors and is supposed to inspire consumers to “take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate.”

 

While it’s never a bad idea to decorate your home with fresh plants, here are some alternative green options that will bring life into your décor.

Pantone Color of the Year1. Modern Green/Chrome Dining Chairs – $110.99
These modern dining chairs feature a forest-themed cut-out and are a great way to bring fun and functionality to a dining area.

 

2. Interlock Greek Key Pillow Cover – $129
This 100 percent cotton pillow cover features a classic embroidered key pattern. Use it to instantly add a hint of brightness to any seat, sofa, or bed.

 

3. KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, Green Apple – $329.99
We’re green with envy for anyone who adds this stand mixer to their kitchen countertop.

 

4. NEST® Lemongrass & Ginger Liquid Soap – $22
The only thing better than this soap’s bright and sleek packaging is its crisp, herbal scent.

 

5. Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4) –  $37.95
Who says stemless wine glasses should only be used for wine? We love the white dotted design on these elegant and durable glasses.

 

6. Fiddle Leaf Tree – $299
Fiddle leaf fig trees are on-trend right now due to their ability to add sophistication and a contemporary feel to any décor.