I love to cook, but here’s the deal. I only cook what I know how to cook. Cooking things outside of my cooking zone is a no-go.
Many years ago, as a new wife in our first home – I thought I’m going to make my husband a hearty meal. Growing up we had a nanny who made these amazing steak fingers. I set out to make my husband steak fingers in our new kitchen. It was our first home, we had just built-in and moved in so steak fingers for dinner is what I was determined to accomplish.
I knew the recipe after watching our nanny cook it for us every summer – but I had never tried to make them myself. I followed her recipe, double dipping the steak fingers in the batter – and turned around to find a massive grease fire. Young and dumb (hello 20-year-old Molly) – I called 9-1-1, and while on the phone threw the pan in the sink with water, which of course 9-1-1 then told me “NO! Don’t do that!” Too late. And at the same time, I had egg battered hands and somehow the battery on my cordless phone fell out dropping the call to 9-1-1.
When you hang up on 9-1-1 in an emergency, you have a fire truck, police and ambulance at your house in minutes. Smoke everywhere, but we survived and ever since I have shied away from new recipes.
Lesson learned. You don’t add water to a grease fire.
Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System Review
Hestan Cue reached out and offered to send us their Hestan Cue smart cooking system to review. Their smart cooking system includes an induction burner, smart pan and recipe app with video guided techniques. We get a lot of offers to review things, but this – I wanted to see exactly if it would help cook. Kitchen technology fascinates me and this could just be a game changer in the kitchen – so decided to try it out.
My husband loves him some crepes. Anytime we are on vacation, eating whatever – I feel like we always end up at a crepe place to get some type of dessert crepe. I once bought him store-bought crepes and quickly realized they were crap. So for our first adventure with the Hestan Cue, I was determined to make crepes. Their app has a ton of recipes to choose from, crepes included.
I unpacked the Hestan Cue smart cooking system and the first thing I noticed was the pan is extremely heavy. It’s a solid piece of cookware. I unpacked, washed the pan, plugged in and had the app downloaded in 5 minutes. Easy peasy, I was optimistic.
Following the recipe on the Hestan Cue app, I mixed the ingredients in the blender, moved them to a bowl, got a spatula, started the induction burner and app and was off to the races. The app provided video with step-by-step information on how to make the crepes. It even showed placing things in the blender, spraying the pan and so on.
The app actually connects to the smart cooking system. It ensures that it is heated properly. It tells you when to pour the crepes in (even showing me how to move the pan side-to-side to make the crepe.) After the crepe batter was in the pan, the app counted down and told me and showed me how to flip the crepe. Then the app counted down again, until the crepe was complete.
Perfect crepes. Like for real.
The husband and kids approved. So much so that I had to repeat the crepe making process 11 more times. 12 crepes made, the whole family devoured them. Each kid made their crepes a little different. I cooked bananas and honey for filling, others used Nutella and then with the few leftovers we had, we made Reuben crepes. Success.
Our next adventure with the Hestan Cue will be Crisp Skin Atlantic Salmon. Again, another thing the husband absolutely loves but never felt comfortable cooking.
Overall, the Hestan Cut smart cooking system is a really cool cooking device. I can see this being an awesome wedding gift, especially for the bride or groom who doesn’t know how to cook. This system is really like cooking classes (but more!) with a connected burner.
Do I see us using this every day? No. That said, I don’t see this as something that is filling the kitchen cabinet. This is definitely something we will be using for years to come, especially when entertaining and wanting to try out something new.
If you are a remote worker and work from home, check out these products for your remote workstation!
Best Tech for Working From Home
Our friends at Logitech sent us over several products for the work from home worker to celebrate National Work From Home Week. We’re reviewing these tech products that are perfect for the work at home worker, BONUS – Logitech is also giving these away to a Digital Mom Blog reader, so keep reading!
Logitech 4K Pro Webcam
When working from home, video conferencing nowadays is a must. You want to make sure that you have a camera that is clear, shoots a good picture in low light. The Logitech 4k Pro Webcam does just that.
The Logitech 4K Pro Webcam works with Mac, Windows 10, WIndows 8, WIndows Hello and is certified for Skype for Business.
Rightlight 3 with HDR
Make sure to watch our video review to get a glimpse of the Logitech 4K Pro Webcam in action. This webcam is amazing clear offering 1080p, full HD and visually crisp 720p (HD). From low light to direct sunlight, this webcam makes your shot look amazing.
Camera Setting Application
With the camera setting application, you can adjust your field of view, zoom your video up to 5x, preview your video stream, change your background and much more.
Ultra Secure Login
Infrared sensor technology supports facial recognition for advanced security with Windows Hello or other facial recognition software applications.
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Hyundai Hope on Wheels “Celebration of Life” dinner in Dallas. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a non-profit organization devoted to funding pediatric cancer research.
Pediatric Cancer Research
The dinner was a huge eye-opener in regards to what lack of attention and funding is given to pediatric cancer. As a mom to 4 kids, we worry about things like the kids getting the flu or breaking an arm – not cancer. Cancer does not discriminate. Did you know that each day, 43 families in the United States find out their child has cancer? Cancer’s impact on children can be devastating.
Did you know that each day, 43 families in the United States find out their child has cancer? Cancer’s impact on children can be devastating, but there is a reason for hope. Now, thankfully more than 80% of children with cancer survive. With pediatric cancer funding from groups like Hyundai Hope on Wheels – that number can increase. It must. 80% isn’t good enough.
At the dinner, we heard from a mom who is walking thru cancer with her young son. Her little boy danced, ate and played at the table next to me. Any outsider would think he is just a typical kid, playing with his food and laughing, not being able to sit still.
At our table, sat a mom who had lost of her at age 17 to brain cancer. It was a lot to process, but with the sad came the hope. We heard from several doctors on the future of cancer research. They are making huge steps to better medicines and ultimately hoping to find a cure. Without research, neither of these are possible.
It was a lot to process, but with the sad came the hope. We heard from several doctors on the future of cancer research. They are making huge steps to better medicines and ultimately hoping to find a cure. Without research, neither of these are possible. And thanks to Hyundai Hope on Wheels, funds are being provided for that research.
Meet Hyundai Hope on Wheels
Hyundai is one of the largest private funders of research into pediatric cancer. Hyundai Hope On Wheels awards financial support – in specific fields of research – to Children’s Oncology Group member institutions. Their mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer, one handprint at a time.
To date, Hyundai has awarded $130 million to groundbreaking research institutes across the country. With every new Hyundai vehicle purchase, Hyundai and its U.S. dealers make a donation to Hyundai Hope On Wheels.
During the “Celebration of Life” dinner, Hyundai awarded several grant recipients funds to help further their mission of finding a cure.
Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant ($250,000)
– Dr. Christopher Porter, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
– Dr. Julie Wolfson, the University of Alabama – Birmingham
Hyundai Young Investigator Grant ($150,000)
– Dr. Kathryn Dickerson, UT Southwestern Children’s Medical Center Foundation
– Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades, Texas Children’s Hospital
Spreading the word about childhood cancer research is near and dear to me. A friend and fellow blogger’s son was diagnosed a few years ago with Leukemia. Her son has recently finished his last treatment! Watching what his mom and family had to endure during those years is gut-wrenching.
As a child, one of my close friends also was diagnosed with Leukemia. Again, seeing a child go thru such a devastating disease is something that just shouldn’t happen to anyone, especially a kid.
Our friends at Pley recently sent us the latest Pley Disney Princess subscription box. If you have a Disney Princess fan in your house, this would make an awesome gift.
Disney Princess Subscription Box Delivered To Your Door!
I found this photo of my daughter and teared up. It seems like just yesterday she was our Princess Z who ruled our home. She still rules the house but has dropped the princess title. She will always be our princess. For years we would buy all things, Disney Princess. Everything from her dinner plate to her pajamas featured the various princesses that she loved so much.
Pley sent us their Disney Princess Subscription box and woah. This is one of those things that I just wish were around when our daughter was little! Watch the video above, I had my now grown princess do the unboxing.
Pley Disney Princess Box Review
Here is what you need to know about the Pley Disney Princess box:
The Disney Princess Subscription Box is targeted for ages 4-9 years old.
It arrives every 2 months.
It is $29.99 shipped – if you buy more than 1 box, the price goes down!
Your child will receive between 4-6 Disney Princess items.
Each month is themed after a different princess.
Here is what we received in our Disney Princess Subscription Box:
Princess Merida Shirt
Brave Action Figure Playset
Bonus – the box is an activity – see below!
The subscription box costs $29.99 shipped. The products that were included definitely felt valued at way more than the cost of the box! The playset is at least $20 and the Brave Merida shirt is around $18 at the Disney store.
Here is what the actual subscription box itself turns into – a bow and arrow!
Great Gift Idea
If you are searching for a gift for a loved one who loves Disney Princesses, definitely check out the Pley Disney Princess Subscription Box. You don’t have to subscribe for a long period of time. The value is definitely worth it. And of course, what kid would light up when they receive a special box just for them featuring their favorite toys?
It’s National Coffee Day! Some may laugh, but for those of us who use coffee as gas, today is to be celebrated. I’m celebrating today by unboxing and reviewing the Ninja Coffee Maker and sharing a few favorite coffee recipes.
First, let me say this. For year’s we used a Keurig. I loved our Keurig, but with as many people drinking coffee as we have in our house – it isn’t an affordable option. This past year, I bought a cheap, old-school coffee maker and dumped our Keurig. While I loved the idea of making a single cup of coffee whenever it just wasn’t practical for our family of 6 to purchase 2-3 boxes of K-cups each week.
Ninja Coffee Maker Review
Our friends at Shark sent over their new Ninja Coffee Maker for us to review. The main thing that I was so excited about when learning about this coffee maker, is that it allows us to do ONE CUP OF COFFEE at a time, and we don’t have to buy k-cups! Before getting my hopes up too high, I gave this device a thorough review – which you can see in the video.
Here are the highlights of things you should know about the Ninja Coffee Maker:
No K-Cups Needed
I love that the Ninja makes a single cup of coffee for either my mug or Yeti! The best part, I can just buy a regular bag of coffee, on K-cups needed!
The glass coffee carafe is awesome (as long as my kids don’t drop it!) It pours easy, it’s heavy and catches the coffee perfectly as it drips.
Perfect Size Water Container
Okay, this may sound silly but the container that holds the water is a perfect size! With a twist, you unsnap the water container to fill-up before making your coffee. It slides perfectly into our refrigerator for easy filling.
Pretty Coffee Maker
I know some people don’t care how pretty their coffee maker is, but others do. This is a pretty coffee maker. The lines are clean and this device isn’t an eyesore (like our last coffee maker) on the counter.
Multiple Ways to Make Coffee
You can make coffee a plethora of ways with a click of a button. If you want a carafe, full or half – just click a button. If you want to make coffee in your Yeti over ice, just click a button. The Ninja Coffee Maker is super simple to use with a plethora of coffee making options.
Things To Know
Ninja The Ninja Coffee Maker takes 8 minutes to brew a full carafe of coffee, 4 minutes for a half carafe and 1-2 minutes to fill a Yeti or a mug.
There is a feature that allows you to easily make your coffee over ice. The coffee maker knows how much water to add and gives you a great cup of coffee.
Do you like your coffee strong? No problem! With a click of a button, your coffee will be brewed strong.
Here is a quick overview of what this device offers:
Choose a Size—Cup, Travel Mug, Half Carafe, or Full Carafe—and brew directly into your favorite cup or travel mug or use the carafe.
Choose a Brew—Classic, Rich, Over Ice, and Specialty—to make a variety of hot, iced, and frozen blended coffeehouse-style drinks.
Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence knows how to deliver the perfect amount of water at the right time for the size and brew type you select. No need to measure the water or refill the reservoir after every single serve brew.
43 oz. Glass Carafe and Intelligent Warming Plate keep your coffee at the ideal drinking temperature with 2-hour auto shutoff.
What I Didn’t Like
There are 2 downsides that I found with the device but are totally not deal breakers.
I wish the carafe held more coffee. The good news is, it’s easy to make one-off cups of coffee so this isn’t a huge downfall.
The coffee maker makes a lot of steam. You have to be careful to not burn your hand by touching the top of the coffee maker while it’s making coffee.