Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#HolidayHosting with Kenmore: Seven #HolidayHacks

Disclosure: I participated in the Kenmore Holiday Blogger Summit 2013 as a guest of Kenmore. I was not asked to write about this event or any products. All opinions are my own.

I recently attended an amazing blogger summit hosted by the folks at Kenmore. We were wined, dined and educated on home appliances. Who knew that there is actually a suction rating system for vacuum cleaners? That there is an oven that can bake six trays of cookies simultaneously? That there exists a dryer that actually irons your clothes for you? While I am still waiting for a dryer that contains a little robot that pops out, folds all our family's clothing and puts them all back into our closets and drawers, appliance technology today is amazing. 

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Vin Brule'
One of the best parts of the summit was the sharing of recipes and blogger hacks. It was a rainy, chilly evening when I arrived to the Kenmore/Craftsman Studio, so I was delighted when I was greeted with a cup of my very own recipe for warm Vin Brule' (mulled wine, Italian-style), prepared by the Kenmore chefs. You can find my recipe here, on the Cookmore.com website, where you'll also find a ton of great recipes, perfect for the holidays.   

Here are 7 Holiday Hacks I learned at the Kenmore Blogger Summit:
  • Freeze grapes to chill room temperature wine.
  • When you need room temperature butter and it's frozen: Just grate it!
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on your carpets and vacuum - your home will smell like Christmas!
  • Quick fix for too tight shoes: Fill a ziploc baggie with water, place it into your shoe and put the shoe into the freezer. Your shoes will be stretched by morning!
  • Warm your kids sheets in the dryer for ten minutes to tuck them in tight and warm for the night before Christmas!
  • Dip sugar cones in white chocolate melted in your slow cooker and have kids decorate with candy "ornaments" for any easy, make-it-yourself treat.
  • Dip mini-spoons in chocolate (again, melt it in your slow cooker!) and top with mini-marshmallows for a sweet treat to accompany hot cocoa. 
Do you have any holiday hacks to share? What are your go-to holiday recipes? Share on twitter with the hastag #holidayhosting - I'd love to hear any tips or tricks that make holiday hosting just a little bit easier!





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