KitchenAid: Lunchbox Love for Back to School

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Every year it’s the same: just when you get into the flow of summertime, it’s time for the kids to head back to school again. When the first school bell rings in this new educational year, make sure their lunchboxes are filled with a little something special to remind them just how much you love them. Here’s how to send a little love to school every day.

Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes Recipe

How to Send a Little Love to School

Ready to fill those lunchboxes with love this year? Here are a few easy ways to send the love with your little ones:

Write on the napkin – A little napkin message can mean so much. Even a simple “Love you!” can be extra special.

Pack a favorite drink – Maybe chocolate milk isn’t right for every day, but surprise them with a chilled shelf-stable carton (don’t forget the ice pack!) once in a while if they love it. Or whatever drink they adore.

Cut that sandwich into a heart – I know: cutesy food can create cavernous pits in the stomachs of moms. But this? It’s really super easy – and all you need is a big heart-shaped cookie cutter. Once the sandwich is made, cut it into the shape and pack away. Easy, right?

Send a Kiss (and maybe a Hugs too) – I totally co-oped this idea from the mom of one of my son’s kindergarten classmates. Every day she included a Hershey’s Kiss in his lunchbox so he’d know she was thinking of him (melt!). Though I don’t do it every day, I surprise the kids with Kisses now and then.

Include a special treat – Who doesn’t smile and feel loved when they get a super tasty treat?

These no-frosting-needed moist banana cupcakes have a surprise in the middle: A Hershey’s Kiss! Don’t worry – it keeps its shape when baked. But if you must frost, go chocolate.

Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes Recipe

These cupcakes are a cinch to make, especially with a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer – it whips up the batter in no time.

Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes Recipe

 

Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

2 overripe bananas, peeled
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
12 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with liners and set aside.

In the bowl of a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, combine the bananas, egg, milk and oil. Using the flat beater, mix on medium for 1-2 minutes, until well combined. Some banana chunks may remain

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

With the stand mixer running on its lowest speed, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time until just combined. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each cupcake, pressing to completely envelope it in batter. You may need to coax a little of the batter over the very tip.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days.

Banana Kiss in the Middle Cupcakes Recipe

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Note: This blog post was previously posted on the KitchenAid Canada Blog 

Free Cooking Demo – Back to School with KitchenAid

Back to school is just around the corner, and its off to college and university! Get your kids those much needed small appliances for their dorm or apartment, or something for yourself to help fill all that spare time you’ll have. Come join us on Saturday August 27th and our experts will show you just how easy it is to make meals using the KitchenAid Small appliance line up!

WHAT TO EXPECT 

– A wide variety of KitchenAid Small Appliances being demonstrated

– Meet our on hand KitchenAid Expert

– Q&A

– Learn new recipes

WHEN & WHERE

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TA APPLIANCES KITCHENER – 932 Victoria St. N., Kitchener
Saturday, August 27 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

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Cook with KitchenAid: Convection Baking & Microwave Steaming and Crisping

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Who doesn’t love saving time in the kitchen? Or letting the kids heat up their own meal once in a while? We are going to demonstrate how using True Convection Baking with Convection conversion can save you time while still whipping up that family recipe, and how to improve those microwaved meals using a steamer and Crispwave technology. KitchenAid offers a wide range of cooking options and during our demonstration we will show you how to bake 3 sheets of cookies at one time and evenly, as well as the difference from boiling your veggies to steaming them and finally how the crispwave technology in their microwave turns that soft pizza into a slice with a little crunch! Come check us out on August 6th!

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

– Learn how to convert your favourite family recipe to convection, how convection baking saves time, how to steam vegetables in minutes and what the crispwave function does in the microwave

– Live demonstration

– On hand experts

– Q&A sessions

 

WHEN & WHERE

TA APPLIANCES KITCHENER – 932 Victoria St. N., Kitchener

Saturday, August 6 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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What’s Cooking with KitchenAid for Father’s Day

Father’s day is all about making your Dad feel special and appreciated. What better way to show him this then through his stomach. On Saturday June 18th in our Live KitchenAid Kitchen we’ll show you how to make that perfect grilled cheese using an induction cooktop and how to create bubbly root beer using the Sparkling Beverage Maker. Let’s celebrate our Father’s together at TA Appliances & Barbecues!

WHAT TO EXPECT

– Live cooking demo

– Learn about Induction cooking and the Torrent blender

– Recipes: Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Bubbly Rootbeer

WHEN & WHERE

TA APPLIANCES & BARBECUES – 932 Victoria St. N., Kitchener

Saturday, 18 June 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Celebrate Father’s Day with KitchenAid

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Father’s day is all about making your Dad feel special and appreciated. What better way to show him this then through his stomach.On saturday June 18th in our Live KitchenAid Kitchen we’ll show you how to make that perfect grilled cheese using an induction cooktop and how to create bubbly root beer using the Sparkling Beverage Maker. Let’s celebrate our Father’s together at TA Appliances & Barbecues!


Saturday June 18th – 11:00am – 2:00pm

TA Appliances & Barbecues, 932 Victoria St N. Ktichener

– Live cooking demo

– Learn about Induction cooking and the Torrent blender

– Recipes: Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Bubbly Rootbeer

WHEN
Saturday, 18 June 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
WHERE
TA Appliances & Barbecues – 932 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, ON N2B 1W4 – View Map

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: KitchenAid Small Appliances + a special KitchenAid event!

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KitchenAid: A PRO DESIGNER’S TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR COUNTERTOPS

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When I first meet home-decorating aficionados, their first question is usually, “Is it as fun as it looks to design home products all day long?” (The answer: you betcha. And then some.) Their second question is often some version of: “I love the way kitchens look in my favorite shelter magazines and design blogs. How do I style my countertops to look like that?”

Well, I’ve got good news and even better news. The good news is that you don’t need a professional stylist to give your kitchen counters that editorial look. The even better news is that, with a little planning and a few gorgeous appliances and decorative objects, it’s actually pretty simple to make your kitchen look like it popped off the pages of a high-end magazine. Just follow these easy tricks and tips:

1. Start by taking everything—and I mean everything that isn’t bolted down or painted on—off your counters. Give them a thorough cleaning, and then step back, look, and think. Which appliances do you absolutely need to have at hand every single day? For me, that’s three KitchenAid items: a KitchenAid® Personal Coffee Maker, with a travel mug at the ready; a high-powered KitchenAid® Diamond Blender for whipping up morning smoothies chock-full of fruits and veggies; and a KitchenAid® Digital Countertop Oven for snacks and personal-sized meals like bagels with melted Gruyère and apple butter, roasted salmon (the Asado Roast setting is perfect for this), or even a petite fruit cobbler. When shopping for new kitchen countertop appliances, it’s important to choose models that have the same look or feel. That’s why I went with sleek stainless steel for all three. (There’s one exception to this rule; keep scrolling for number 3!)

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Though you can space out your go-to appliances as much as you like, I prefer to keep mine in easy reach of the fridge and sink, so I’m not wasting energy in the kitchen. As for my other tools and appliances, I make dedicated space in my cabinets and drawers for each one. In the earliest days of owning my house, I reminded myself to put each nonessential item away soon after use to reduce countertop clutter, and it’s since become an ingrained habit.

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2. Keep your color palette simple. I always advise no more than three focal colors, and I’m definitely in the lighten-up camp when it comes to kitchen design. My kitchen has pale gray walls and cabinets and Carrara marble countertops with multiple shades of white and gray, and I bring in splashes of color through my appliances, accessories, table linens, and organic elements like fruit, veggies, and flowers or branches.

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3. If you have an appliance or tool that you simply love to look at—think: a vintage enamel teakettle or a hammered copper saucepot—make it part of your countertop décor. In my kitchen, the objet de l’amour is my KitchenAid® Artisan® Design Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer. The iconic shape is both retro and modern, and it comes in so many fun and festive colors that it seamlessly blends in with the design of any kitchen. I’m smitten with this icy Azure Blue against the silvery tones of the granite.

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4. Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape. I love the way that wood and bamboo warm up my cool-hued counters, and layering neutrals—in this case, white, gray, brown, and tan—is a standby trick of the professional decorator for giving a room an upscale, sophisticated feel. But anything from raku-glazed ceramic bowls to oblong stainless-steel trays and glass platters can work, as long as it reflects personality of your kitchen.

5. If your counter or cabinet space is at a premium, make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils. You’d be surprised at the range of incredible options on the market today!

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6. Resist the urge to load up on decorative objects, no matter how large your kitchen counters. I’ve rarely met a glass vase, ceramic planter, Japanese teapot, Italian-marble salt box, bouquet of flowers, or handful of colorful seasonal berries I didn’t love. But I make it a point to rotate my displays, so that I’m never putting all of them out at the same time. This goes double if you have wall art, like I do, in the kitchen! Aim to showcase no more than four decorative accessories at a time, and make sure you leave adequate spacing between them, rather than bunching them together in a single corner.

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7. Also resist the siren song to use your kitchen counters as a catch-all for car keys, mail, gloves, cell phones and other electronics, and the like. To truly get that editorial look, all of these items should be stored out of the kitchen, preferably on a console table in the entryway. If your home or apartment is small and you must store these items in the kitchen, tuck a pretty basket or opaque bowl on one end of the counters, and stash everything inside.

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite tricks for styling your kitchen countertops?

 

This post by Annie Selke originally was posted on the KitchenAid Blog.