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Pretty Picks for a Flawless Summer Party

Pretty Picks for a Flawless Summer Party

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Summertime is the right time for outdoor gatherings. Sure, it's hot—that's why you party in the shade—but you have endless opportunities for lakeside, poolside, beachside, or just house-side gatherings. Just don't let the prospect of planning, organizing, and executing a party prevent you from getting your fête on. We're here to make it easier.

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So whether you consider yourself the hostess with the mostess, or you are the type that is doing good just to get the invites out on time, I've hand picked a few fun products that will make your next outdoor summer party a big hit.

1. Start with the basics. I always find it easiest to start with the essentials. For almost every type of party, you will need plates and utensils. Why not find a neutral set that can go with anything? Throw it in the party box, and this will be one… or two... fewer things to think about when it comes to your prep list.

Don't forget about your platters! These Acacia Platters are a perfect pick. They are durable enough for the outdoors but are also great for any indoor party.

2. Add some color. Color really sets your party's tone. I have found that this is the one area where I might splurge a bit and get a few things that will really leave your guests with a lasting impression of your soirée.

Hester & Cook has a beautiful selection of Paper Table Runners that will add life to your table. You will love how easy they are, too. No need to wash and iron your table linens before the party. With these, you can simply roll out onto your table and trash at the end of the night. If you have leftovers they make great wrapping paper, too!

The paper napkin is a party classic, but they don't have to be boring. Brands like Caspari have so many options, it shouldn't be difficult to find the perfect napkin to add a pop of color to your outdoor affair.

3. Dress up your cocktails. The drink table is quite often one of the most popular places to hang out at any party. Don't miss an opportunity to really make it fun!

Your guests will love these Horseshoe Cocktail Picks! Add some fresh strawberries or raspberries to your favorite cocktail or sparkling water for a refreshing summer party drink.

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The 12 Best Red Lipstick Shades for Every Skin Tone

We all have our own ways of transforming our everyday selves into our more sophisticated alter-egos. While some of us rely on a curling iron and volumizing spray to add some sex appeal, others craft a seductive smoky eye. But if there's one thing that's truly universal when it comes to feeling like our most exciting selves, it's a big, bad, red lipstick. Swiping on such a bold color can have real mood-boosting effects, and takes any makeup look up a chic notch.

That said, there are a lot of people who insist that they just can't wear it. And to that, I say: You sure as hell can. It's just a matter of finding the right shade, finish, and method of application. Finding the red shade for your skin tone means the difference between looking like a silver screen siren and like you might still have ketchup on your face from dinner. Once you've nailed that, the opportunities are endless: Add a matte to your cart for a classic look that lasts all night, and keep a satin finish on hand for a touch of glossiness that looks pitch-perfect for daytime. Here, a mix of the most iconic shades to hit the market and our newer favorites to satisfy every mood, event, and whim that comes your way.

To say this shade is a classic would be an understatement. It's been a red-carpet clutch staple for years, and for good reason: its creamy matte finish looks fab on just about everyone.

1. Start with the right moisturizer

The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply on it. "Use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning," recommends Fiona Stiles, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, and opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. These will be less likely to leave your face greasy throughout the day, especially in the heat. The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab rounded up their top picks for face moisturizers so you know what to look for.

Zendaya Explains Why She Doesn't Like the Word "Pretty" to Describe Her Red-Carpet Style

There are countless ways to describe Zendaya's red carpet style. Her outfits: transformative. Her hair: flawless. Her face: beat for the gods.

But Zendaya wants you to know there's one word she's banned from her wardrobe vocabulary: pretty.

In a new interview with Allure, Zendaya explained why she and her stylist, Law Roach, steer clear. "We don't do pretty," she declared. "Pretty is boring."

Fair enough. I mean, would Queen Z have rocked this oversize bowler if she were going for "pretty"?

No. Zendaya is aiming for way more powerful adjectives: exceptional, striking, extraordinary.

That could be because Z takes on a unique identity when she's in event mode. "I love to slay a red carpet. When I step on one, I'm a different person," she told Allure. "Like Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé."

Z was quick to add that her red-carpet supermodel persona is a far cry from her normal chilled-out self. "Honestly, I walk like an old man &mdash the Coleman trudge," she explained of her off-duty gait. "On the red carpet, I'm this dainty, slow, elegant gazelle."

Elegant. Another perfect way to describe Z that doesn't involve the word pretty &mdash straight from the gazelle herself!

10 Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make

March 24th is National Cocktail Day, so we've put together a list of cocktails you need to try out. Think cocktails aren't macho? Nothing is more manly than a guy who knows his drinks. These are 10 of the manliest that you need to try, from timeless classics to new twists crafted by some of the most reputable mixologists in the business. Now repeat after me: I will not order a beer on National Cocktail Day. I will not order a beer on National Cocktail Day.

Don't be fooled by the cherry garnish. The Manhattan was the go-to drink in the New York club scene back in the old days&mdash think mobsters and social elites. Its origins date back to the 1800s, making it one of the most established cocktails on the list. Here's how to make it.

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry

Add first three ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

This recipe, courtesy of The Macallan, is variation on the Manhattan, an already very classic, very manly cocktail. Black Rob Roy replaces vermouth with Averna and adds Regan's orange bitters to bring a rich and luscious twist on a classic that you need to try.

  • 2 oz The Macallan 12-year-old Sherry Oak or The Macallan Sienna
  • 1 oz Averna
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Regan's orange bitters

Add all ingredients into mixing glass. Stir with ice for 30 seconds. Strain either into an Old Fashioned glass over an ice ball or serve up in a chilled coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

You can never go wrong with a martini. It's timeless and classy as hell, and only has two ingredients&mdash gin and vermouth. But mix things up and order a dry martini. It dials back the sweetness that comes with vermouth. The difference between regular and dry is just the ratio&mdash dry martinis have more gin. Add a lemon twist for garnish.

Add gin and vermouth to mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Casamigos is the tequila brain child of George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, so you know you're in for a damn good time with their Añejo New Fashioned. And you thought shots and margaritas were your only tequila options. This sophisticated cocktail is made with their añejo tequila, which is aged in bourbon barrels from one to three years, giving it a dark caramel color. Here's some tequila 101: añejos are for sipping, not slamming.

  • 2 oz. Casamigos Añejo Tequila
  • .25 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel wrapped around a Luxardo cherry on a skewer

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir quickly for 30 to 40 seconds strain into rocks glass. Add 1 large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel-wrapped cherry.

The Sazerac is known as one of America's earliest cocktails, and the drink to order when you're in New Orleans. The glass itself is actually rinsed with absinthe, definitively labeling this as a man's drink before anything is even mixed. Fun fact: Peychaud&rsquos Bitters were actually invented in the 1830s by a NOLA pharmacist named Antoine Amedie Peychaud.

  • Absinthe
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe. Discard any excess and set aside. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube and both bitters. Add the rye, fill with ice and stir. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Famed NYC mixologist Lynnette Marrero brings together tequila and vermouth for a cocktail that you will have no problem ordering out loud &mdash It's called El Chapo, after all. You can find this cocktail on the Llama Inn Brooklyn's menu.

  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 oz Dolin Dry vermouth
  • 1 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1 oz Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz Peruvian Pisco*
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass, served up. Garnish with a lemon twist.

James Bond's original signature cocktail? Yes, please. The recipe is simple, but particular. This cocktail first showed up back in 1953 in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale when 007 said to the bartender, "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"

Add first three ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

*Kina Lillet no longer exists, but Lillet Blanc is very comparable.

The Townsend, located in downtown Austin, is known for a lot more than a spectacular food menu&mdash their bar is stacked with some very impressive mixologists who have put together Texas-worthy cocktail. And since it hails from Texas, you know Caught Between 2 Barstools has a good dose of tequila.

  • 1 oz Tequila Cabeza
  • 1 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .75 oz Jalapeño-infused Green Chartreuse
  • .75 oz Agave Nectar
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • Garnish: dehydrated lime

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker for a short shake. Pour into a rocks glass over cubed ice, and garnish with a dehydrated lime.

This cocktail is pretty easy to make. All the ingredients are equal parts, so it's simple and to the point, just how we like it. This is a classic Italian cocktail that is commonly drank as an apéritif, or a before-dinner drink that is supposed to stimulate the appetite. Classy.

Add all ingredients to an old fashioned glass. Fill with ice and stir until cold. Serve as is and garnish with orange half-wheel.

Any list of manly drinks is going to have Boilermaker on it. Bulleit gave us their recipe for the Bulleit Boilmaker. Pretty simple&mdash a shot of Bulleit Bourbon or Rye and a glass of beer. Either mix the two or chase your beer down with your whiskey. Beer is dealer's choice.

Whether you&rsquore using one for the first time or you rely on it daily, follow our air frying do&rsquos and don&rsquots for successful meals.

There&rsquos an art to making the perfect breakfast sandwich, and the good news is that it&rsquos something anyone can learn. All you need is the breakfast sandwich maker and a couple of minutes.

Yes, you can make traditionally deep-fried favorites like chicken wings and French fries, but you can also make rib-eye steak, herb-roasted chicken and even cinnamon rolls.

Having guests over for the big game? Check off your to-do list by enlisting the help of these four kitchen appliances ­&ndash they&rsquoll do practically everything for you but answer the door and pour the drinks.

We&rsquoll help you get the most out of your air fryer, from how to choose the right model for your lifestyle to tips and tricks that will elevate your meal to the next level.

While spring and summer are peak season for fruits and vegetables, there&rsquos plenty of winter produce in season as the weather turns cold.

Sports-centric parties are practically synonymous with wings, meatballs, and pigs in blankets. But with vegetarian and plant-based diets being so popular, there&rsquos a good chance not everyone on your guest list will be a carnivore.

The best tailgate setup &ndash that one that&rsquos the envy of all the other tailgaters &ndash doesn&rsquot just get thrown together on the day of the big game. Though it does take preparation to achieve tailgating greatness, you&rsquoll be glad you did it when you&rsquore outdoors enjoying the food and festivities with friends. How exactly does the ultimate tailgate party come together? Read on for our best tips.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be about to break out your roaster oven. But did you know that it can be used for so much more than just turkey? From baking to steaming to cooking for a crowd, the roaster oven is shockingly versatile. You just may end up keeping it on your counter longer than you expected&hellip

Ever start a seemingly simple recipe only to realize just how much dicing, chopping and mixing is involved? While it can be enough to make you want to grab your phone and get dinner delivered, the answer to making meals easier to prep and cook may be the addition of some simple kitchen tools.

Slow cookers are a staple small kitchen appliance, but while they seem straightforward, they can stir up quite a few questions. Since a lot of the design, engineering and testing of our slow cookers is done right here in Hamilton Beach headquarters, we got with our experts in the Test Kitchen and engineering labs to get the best answers to your toughest questions. If you&rsquove ever asked &ldquoHow does a slow cooker work?&rdquo or &ldquoIs it safe to leave a slow cooker on?&rdquo, we&rsquove got you covered.

Whether you are inviting two people or twenty to your holiday dinner, it&rsquos always a challenge to make sure you have enough food for everyone. How much turkey do you really need?

Figuring out whether a juicer or a blender would best suit your lifestyle (and kitchen) doesn&rsquot have to be so confusing. Juicers and blenders are both great ways to add more nutrition to your diet, but there are some key differences.

Spiralizing fresh vegetables is a great way to incorporate more healthy ingredients into your family&rsquos diet. Here we've rounded up everything you need to know about spiralizing from selecting your spiralizer to delicious, nutritious recipes you can spiralize now.

The newness of the New Year fades fast as you get back into the swing of things, and those resolutions that seemed easy to make, get really hard to keep. Make this year different by getting the right tools to put your plan into action.

Whether it&rsquos your budget you are trying to get under control, or the ingredients going into your meals, creating a weekly meal plan can help you achieve both. Meal planning can seem intimidating at first, but with a little prep work and the right tools in your kitchen, you can quickly transform meal planning from a headache into a habit.

Blenders have come a long way over the years, but because they have so many different features and functions now, it&rsquos easy to get analysis paralysis when it comes time to make a purchase. With a little research, you can find one that seems almost tailor-made to your life.

With every new year comes a flurry of New Year&rsquos resolutions. If you are one of the countless people aiming to make this year healthy, wealthy or wise, why not include a slow cooker as part of your plan?

When it comes to cooking for a crowd, nothing can bring down a meal quite like a shortage in the food supply. One entrée whose portions are particularly tricky to estimate is ham, especially since options like bone-in and boneless can throw off your guesswork. We consulted our Test Kitchen pros for foolproof serving sizes.

Using a blender seems pretty straightforward &mdash put your ingredients in and turn it on. But what if you&rsquore trying to blend something a little trickier (or stickier!) or are trying to do a task best left to another appliance like a food processor or a coffee grinder? Believe it or not, there are some tricks to making your blender blend almost anything. If you&rsquove ever struggled while blending chopped nuts or wondered if you could blend your coffee beans instead of using a coffee grinder, we&rsquove got you covered.

When you&rsquore expecting a crowd, whether it&rsquos for a Memorial Day barbecue, a Father&rsquos Day brunch or Labor Day soiree, it can be tough to figure out a way to feed everyone, especially if you&rsquore on a budget. An even tougher problem to solve? Transporting your hot dish to your sister&rsquos house for the 4th of July picnic. Luckily, we make appliances that make it simple to serve the masses and that are easy to transport &mdash from roaster ovens to coffee urns to specialized slow cookers. If you have a party or potluck coming up, discover our must-have appliances for entertaining at home or on-the-go.

Spring means a lot of things: warmer weather, longer days, and an abundance of fresh produce blossoming in your local grocery stores and farmers&rsquo markets. While asparagus can be found year round, spring is the best time of year to eat this tasty vegetable. When it comes to cooking asparagus, it&rsquos hard to go wrong. However certain techniques and appliances can help make cooking your springtime bumper crop of asparagus a real pleasure. If you&rsquove ever wondered how to make asparagus, here are six techniques to get you cooking in no time.

When you&rsquore in the market for a new slow cooker &mdash whether you&rsquore buying your first or just looking to update your old standby &mdash the variety of slow cookers available can become overwhelming. Should you go with a basic model that&rsquos entirely capable of slow cooking a delicious pot roast or overnight oatmeal, or should you opt for a more advanced slow cooker with plenty of bells and whistles?

You don&rsquot need to go outdoors and fire up the grill every time you get a hankering for a steak dinner. If the weather is just too cold, or you just want the convenience of being in the kitchen amongst all your utensils, seasonings, cookware and dinner companions, turn to your indoor grill.

Food processors are one of the most versatile appliances you can add to your kitchen collection. Available in a variety of models, from budget-friendly basics to fully-loaded styles with lots of features and functions, it can be hard to figure out which one to buy.

If cold weather is all you see in the forecast, curl up and get cozy with delicious comfort foods, made easy. Classic comfort food like pot roast, macaroni and cheese or meatloaf provide inner warmth and can help make those bitter winter nights more bearable.

Making espresso at home has many advantages &mdash from saving money to controlling the ingredients going into your favorite morning (or afternoon or evening!) espresso drink. From the beginning barista to the practiced pourer, learning new espresso-making tips and tricks can help ensure your espresso, latte or cappuccino is always exactly the way you like it.

If you&rsquore in charge of the turkey this Thanksgiving, here&rsquos a quick and easy way to make it perfect for the big debut at the table: truss it. With just a few twists of cooking string, you can create a bind that prevents overcooking and gives your turkey that perfect shape.

How do you improve on a classic kitchen appliance like the hand mixer that&rsquos gone relatively unchanged since its invention? With over a century of experience creating small appliances designed to make cooking easier and more enjoyable.

Our Test Kitchen here at Hamilton Beach makes a lot of pies (and other tasty treats).

Coffee. It&rsquos the drink that wakes us up, gets us through long meetings and makes a piece of pie complete. Every great cup begins with some basic brewing techniques. Get tips from the experts to brew a great cup, every time.

Has your coffee been a little lackluster lately? Don&rsquot settle for subpar taste when you make coffee at home &ndash correcting some common mistakes can turn your basic cup of joe into a cup of whoa. It&rsquos easier than you think and requires no barista training.

If you are struggling with a picky eater at your dinner table, it can be a challenge to provide nutritious meals. With some simple tricks, your slow cooker can help you make healthy meals for even the pickiest palate.

Slow cooking is an easy and affordable way to cook but if you are cooking for one or two, the vast quantities of food a large slow cooker can provide may seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are simple ways to make smaller portions or divide recipes so that you can still benefit from the ease of slow cooking.

How many times a year do you get the chance to throw a totally unconventional party? Take advantage of the quirkiness of Halloween by throwing the coolest and kookiest of gatherings. We&rsquove rounded up the tricks you provide the treats.

If you ask two coffee drinkers to describe their perfect cup, chances are they&rsquod give you two entirely different answers. So when there&rsquos only one coffee machine at home and differing preferences in taste, you need a coffee maker that can make a custom cup, like those in the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® family of coffee makers.

For many, making coffee in the morning is as much a part of your day as breathing and sleeping. The BrewStation® is one of Hamilton Beach&rsquos most innovative coffee makers, most notable for featuring an internal reservoir which holds the brewed coffee instead of a traditional glass carafe.

Cooking can be intimidating for teens, but there will inevitably come a time in adulthood when it becomes a necessary skill. Rather than sending your teenager off to a world of radiator quesadillas and canned soup, teach them everything they need to know to create nutritious and delicious meals on their own.

Pumpkin spice might be the latest autumnal staple, but there&rsquos one fall-favorite that continues to stand the test of time: apples. Whether they&rsquore coated in caramel for a Halloween party, or roasted with a pork loin for dinner, these versatile fruits can fit into any meal or occasion.

Spiralizing fresh vegetables is a great way to incorporate more healthy ingredients into your family&rsquos diet. Here we've rounded up everything you need to know about spiralizing from selecting your spiralizer to delicious, nutritious recipes you can spiralize now.

Whether you&rsquove had a drink mixer in your family for decades, or are considering buying the latest Pro model, there are several ways to put that mixer to good use. From protein shakes to breakfast batter to milkshakes (of course!) here are some of our favorite &ndash and fun &ndash ways to use your Drink Mixer.

Sharpen the pencils and make sure everyone&rsquos shoes still fit &mdash it&rsquos back to school time! As you read through the teacher&rsquos list, try to find a long-lasting backpack and pick out the perfect lunchbox, think back to last year&rsquos meal habits. Is your kitchen as ready for back to school as your kids are?

As summer starts to wind down, farms and backyard gardens are often at their peak.

When it comes to a multifunctional kitchen appliance, the food processor reigns supreme. Its ability to make very quick work out of so many food prep steps.

For the best cup of coffee, how you store coffee is as important.

Every great cup of coffee begins with these Five Fundamentals&mdash knowing the roasts.

The rice cooker and slow cooker may share the same &ldquoset it and forget it&rdquo ease that makes them a favorite for home cooks, but these two small appliances have some very distinct differences. The most important being the type of heat each creates, which effects how they&rsquore used and the types of food that can be cooked in them.

It may be called a rice cooker, but it's really a kitchen must-have with multiple functions that stretch far beyond grains. Depending on the model you buy, your rice cooker could do everything from cooking a simple rice dish to making a hot, hearty breakfast of steel cut oats or cooking a tortilla soup for dinner. But even with the most basic rice cooker models, there&rsquos an often overlooked steamy side that will keep this small appliance in regular rotation.

Toaster ovens (also known as countertop ovens) are great for small-batch recipes&mdashyou can quickly cook up a sheet pan dinner for two of chicken thighs with roasted root vegetables, or freeze your favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough and bake a few at a time so they are hot and fresh out of the oven every time you have a craving. There are so many delicious dishes you can bake, broil or toast in one, that we decided to round up some of our favorite dishes you may not know you can make in a toaster oven.

You&rsquove pulled out the extra linens, cleaned the house from top to bottom and even made your kids bunk up together &ndash all so your guests can have a great overnight stay. But what about breakfast in the morning? Leave it to your visitors, while still being hospitable.

Fresh fried chicken with a crackling crust and tender interior. A lightly fried apple fritter with a satisfyingly sweet crunch. The perfect French fry that&rsquos crispy and dark golden brown. Whatever your deep fried desire may be, our Test Kitchen has the expert tips that will help make any fried food you fancy a reality.

It might not be an official holiday, but the big game has definitely become a tradition that calls for a party. Whether your friends and family are gathering together to witness football history, see the latest commercials, or checkout the half-time show, they&rsquore also there for one other thing: the food.

Which is the most popular flavor &ndash vanilla or mint chocolate? Find this fun fact, recipes and more in this sweet infographic.

Get the cup-by-cup stats on coffee, including coffee sales per year, which gender drinks the most, and which country loves a good Cup O&rsquo Joe the most.

See what the world&rsquos favorite wake-up meals are &ndash you might be surprised at some of the dishes.

From what to juice and why, learn about the benefits of this refreshing approach to healthy living.

It's no wonder that professional-grade blenders have become a staple in the home kitchen. These workhorses are packed with power and durability, so you can juice whole fruits and vegetables, puree hot soups, emulsify dressings and grind spreads.

The sweetness of summertime berries is worth waiting all winter for, and they&rsquore the perfect addition to so many recipes, or just eaten by the handful. So how do you make them last and prevent moldy disappointments? It starts with.

Inspired as a nickname for the soda clerk who operated soda fountains as late as the 1950s, the &ldquoSoda Jerk&rdquo title was inspired by the jerking action a server used to swing the soda fountain handle back and forth when adding soda water to a fountain beverage. They prepared milkshakes and other treats.

A rice cooker is a foolproof way to get perfectly cooked rice with minimal effort. It eliminates that undercooked crunch or even worse, the overcooked mush that can happen on the stovetop. Plus, it has the same set-and-forget ease of a slow cooker &ndash simply measure out your ingredients, place them in the cooker.

If you're a true food lover, it&rsquos hard to resist those prepackaged gift sets decking every store in abundance during the holidays. Filled everything from coffee syrups and beans from a local roaster to gourmet tomato sauce and wine, they can be.

If you&rsquore a true coffee lover, it&rsquos hard to resist those prepackaged coffee gift sets in abundance during the holidays. With great syrups and beans from a local roaster, they can be.

Add a personal note of gratitude to your Thanksgiving table this year with our DIY Napkin Iron-On. It&rsquos simple and can be done well in advance of the big day. Easy step-by-step instruction are detailed below.

No baking experience is necessary to use a bread maker, and most breads consist of just five main ingredients: liquid, flour, salt, yeast, and sweetener.

If you are looking to replace a mixer or are just starting to supply your kitchen with the appliances you need, you may be wondering why you might choose a hand mixer, stand mixer or both.

How to cean your coffee maker inside and out.

Whether you&rsquore buying coffee direct from a local roaster or buying a can of store bought coffee, it just tastes better if you&rsquore brewing from a clean coffee maker.

We&rsquove been mixing things up at Hamilton Beach for over 100 years! In 1911, our original drink mixer created quite the sensation making malts for eager customers in drugstore fountains across America. Throughout the early twentieth century, our drink mixers were busy.

Whether you&rsquore sweltering through summer or just looking for a sweet treat, no excuse is needed to indulge in delicious frozen treats. It&rsquos easy to get out your ice cream maker and mix up a batch of your favorite ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt.

Don&rsquot throw away another piece of food &ndash save it for later by vacuum-sealing it. A vacuum sealer quickly takes the air out of a bag and then heat seals it, creating an airtight, permanent seal that preserves freshness and prevents freezer burn. There are multiple ways.

A slow cooker is energy efficient. Not only does it cook with contained heat, but it only uses as much power as one and a half 100 watt light bulbs. So, even if you use it for 8 hours, energy costs are minimal. And, unlike having the oven on, a slow cooker won&rsquot heat up your kitchen.

Slow cooking is adaptable to a wide variety of recipes. Because slow cookers use low cooking temperatures and retain moisture during the cooking process, any recipe that requires cooking something &ldquolow and slow&rdquo can easily convert to a slow cooker recipe with a few easy adjustments.

A slow cooker works by transferring the heat it creates in the base up toward the bottom of the crock. This heat then spreads to the sides of the crock and cooks the food inside. For most cookers, you would choose the low setting for meats such as a roast or pork shoulder. This setting puts out less heat, but the heat is sufficient to safely cook the food at the right temperature.

The beauty of a slow cooker is in its simplicity. Unlike most small appliances, a slow cooker allows for unattended use. This makes it incredibly convenient for those who work during the day, but still want a home-cooked meal for their family. Slow Cookers are composed of a base, vessel and a lid.

Whether it&rsquos a hand-me-down iron from your parents, a gift when you went off to college, or a quick purchase you haven&rsquot thought a lot about since, replacing your iron probably isn&rsquot something that&rsquos in the forefront of your mind. The truth is, you want the iron to get the job done and you may not actively think about all the improvements that have been made in the ironing world.

Every fabric is different and may need special treatment. The label inside clothing or linens should recommend fabric care instructions that include ironing recommendations. Generally, if the fabric is a blend, use a low temperature setting. If you don&rsquot know what the fabric is made out of, use the lowest temperature first and test on an inside seam.

Before you pick up the first item from the pile of ironing to be tackled, be sure your clothes, linens, curtains, etc. are cleaned properly so you don&rsquot risk setting any stains that may be present. Read your garment care or other care labels before you begin to identify instructions specific to your item as every fabric is different and could have special care instructions.

Before you can start making progress on the likely mile high pile of laundry you are staring at, you will need to dig your ironing board out of whatever dark place you have been storing it. Whether you hang it off the back of your closet door, keep it in a special ironing board cabinet, or store it deep in the back of your darkest closet, bring your ironing board out of hibernation.

While your &ldquoto do&rdquo list may have many chores you&rsquod like to avoid, few seem to be more disliked than ironing. It&rsquos a chore that tends to incite procrastination, and there are dozens of tricks people have tried to avoid ironing, such as.

There's a reason deep frying is such a popular cooking method. It&rsquos the best way to get food crispy and delicious on the outside, while still tender and juicy on the inside. Never mind the fact you can deep fry almost anything, from buttermilk chicken to dill pickles to candy bars.

From a quick, healthy snack, to a pork roast side dish, to a classic apple pie &ndash it&rsquos not hard to put your crop of apples to good use. We&rsquove put together our best tips, and a breakdown of varieties and how to use them, so you can enjoy an apple or two a day.

The rice cooker and slow cooker may share the same &ldquoset it and forget it&rdquo ease that makes them a favorite for home cooks, but these two small appliances have some very distinct differences. The most important being the type of heat each creates, which effects how they&rsquore used and the types of food that can be cooked in them.

it's the season of tricks and treats &ndash a time of the year when scary is fun, and candy becomes a main food group. There are so many creative ways to bring the Halloween spirit to life with themed foods and crafts. We&rsquove put together a few of our favorite suggestions that don&rsquot require any hocus pocus.

Sous vide is a cooking method that restaurant chefs have used for years because it&rsquos an easy, no-fail way to get consistently perfect results and hold food at a precise temperature until you&rsquore ready for it.

Let's face it &ndash the morning routine typically involves a lot of hustling and bustling to get out the door, which means breakfast is either a regrettable choice or doesn&rsquot happen at all. But these make-ahead breakfast sandwiches will change your life&hellipor at least your morning routine.

Make sure your frozen turkey is fully defrosted. For a whole turkey, allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. For a turkey breast, allow 1-2 days. It is important to keep the turkey cold while it&rsquos thawing the refrigerator method is easiest.

You&rsquove brined, stuffed and trussed the turkey, but the hardest part is still to come: taking it out of the oven at the perfect time. The best way to ensure your holiday bird is cooked to perfection is to use a meat thermometer. Checking the temperature while your turkey is cooking will help you know when it&rsquos just right for serving. Just follow these three easy steps.

When it comes to a homemade pie, what's on the outside matters just as much what&rsquos on the inside. A perfectly golden homemade pie crust sets the stage for the whole dessert. Here are some expert tips from our test kitchen for each step&mdashor should we say piece&mdashof the pie process.

Drinking the best home-brewed coffee starts with choosing the right coffee maker. We&rsquove rounded up our top tips to guide you through the process and help you decide which kind of brewer will meet your needs.

Spiralizing is simpler than it may sound. It&rsquos turning firm vegetables and fruits into long strands that look like noodles using a specific tool &ndash the spiralizer. From restaurant chefs to parents of picky eaters, spiralizing has become a popular method of adding fresh vegetables and fruits into a variety of dishes in a fun way.

Convenient for reheating meals, making breakfast or baking pizza, toaster ovens offer energy savings and heat up quickly, especially when compared to a conventional oven. However, when evaluating your toasting needs, it can get confusing &mdash do you need a countertop oven capable of roasting a chicken or a simpler toaster oven for making nachos and toasting bagels?

No matter how much you love summer, there is one part of it that can drive even the sunshine-loving person bonkers: cooking in a hot kitchen. When the days reach into top temperatures, slaving over a hot stove tends to be the last thing you want to do. But the family still needs to be fed and eating out every night is neither practical or economical. Luckily, we&rsquove got some tips to keep everyone eating right and you (and your kitchen) cool this summer.

Roadside stands and grocery store produce aisles are bursting with fresh corn this time of year, and we know you won&rsquot resist. Inexpensive, tasty and downright fun to eat, corn on the cob is versatile enough to complement weeknight meals and weekend picnics alike.

It seems like you have been preparing for weeks, and now Christmas is almost here. The cards are mailed, the tree is trimmed and you are down to the last couple days. Follow this guide to help you get everything organized and ready .

Spoil everyone on your list with DIY gift baskets from Hamilton Beach.

You&rsquove brined, trussed, seasoned, stuffed, cooked, and now your perfect turkey sits in front of you. It looks so amazing you really don&rsquot want to touch it. Hence, turkey troubles arise. Guests are waiting, your family is hungry, but you&rsquore stuck. After all, carving the turkey messes up the presentation.

The big day will be here before you know it! Keeping things organized will allow you to be more relaxed and enjoy your guests. We&rsquove created a 24-hour guide to help keep things running smoothly and avoid any last minute stress.

Slicing a rock-hard butternut squash can be tricky. But, we&rsquove developed a step-by-step method to make preparing your favorite squash dishes easy.

Not all great cooks need a recipe, but they all need a list. From groceries to a prep list to an oven schedule, write it all down. You&rsquoll never wake up wondering what needs to be done and when. Keep a list and have a plan for a flawless Thanksgiving.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or are a seasoned entertainer, a Thanksgiving checklist can help ensure you don&rsquot forget a single detail this year.

There&rsquos no question that mashed potatoes are a Turkey Day necessity. But when you&rsquore cooking multiple side dishes, it can sometimes be hard to find an appliance not in use &ndash or not already covered in pumpkin puree or turkey gravy &ndash when you need it.


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Beauty Tips

  1. Exfoliate your lips to remove any chapping and smooth them out. *lightly us a lip scrub
  2. Use a concealer on your lips as a base. It will help show the true color of lighter lipsticks or glosses.
  3. Sculpt with a liner for darker colors like reds. This will help define your lips and have color last longer.
  4. Lastly touch up any slight mistakes around outer edges with a concealer and powder.
  5. Matte lip colors last longer than shiny colors.

Must haves for applying are: minimum basic makeup tool set Eco Tools this is a 4 piece set that includes a lip detailer. I have a larger set by the same company. What I love is how soft they are. Brand detailing is the liSoft, non-abrasive bristles give an even finish. Or Jump up to a Luxe Collection 6 piece set with travel case by Laura Mercier. Of course you can spend even more by getting into the professional makeup brush set series.

  • Don&rsquot forget you&rsquoll need to keep your brushes in great shape with a makeup brush cleaner that is good for natural and synthetic hair brushes.
  • What I love about this one is it&rsquos a gentle antibacterial brush spray that instantly cleans and disinfects your brushes between use. Bonus to me is it&rsquos a quick-drying formula.
  • How to use: Spray a generous amount onto a paper towel then gently swipe your brushes back and forth until all traces of color are removed. Allow the brush to dry briefly before using.

When choosing a lip liner pick a shade slightly darker than the lipstick color your going to use. As you get older lips thin out use a creamier lipstick. Harder colors to wear are corals, colors with orange tint. If you tried a color and hate it don&rsquot toss it. Use a make up brush and mix two colors together to create your own color. You can also do this when you break or get to a bottom of a lipstick. Downplay yellow cast to teeth with colors ranging in pinks, plums or with blue undertones.

The 12 Best Lightweight Moisturizers, According to Marie Claire Editors

Do you know how hard it is for a beauty editor to pick a favorite?

Beyoncé said it best: "The most valuable tip I&rsquove learned is always use a skin moisturizer." Yes&mdashalways, ladies and gents, is what Queen Bey said. Summer is right around the corner, which means we must welcome sweaty skin with open arms. The thick, rich creams you've been relying on all winter will need to take a back seat, because a great lightweight moisturizer is about to come through and sweep your skin off its feet.

Why should I use a lightweight moisturizer?

Listen, skin is complicated and hard as hell to figure out. This may not be the case for you, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, employing a lightweight moisturizer could lessen your chances of clogged pores. With warmer weather, dense creams can suffocate your skin and cause even more ailments. "As seasons change, so does your skin" Dr. Audrey Kunin, board certified dermatologist and founder of Applying a heavy moisturizer in these conditions creates a perfect storm to smother pores and increase the risk for breakouts." Staying hydrated is a non-negotiable, and being intentional about the moisturizer you're using when the seasons change can keep your glow on a trillion.

Team MC's beauty team is a tough crowd to please, and we've tried more moisturizers than most because, well, it's our job. So, consider this your beauty-editor approved list of the best lightweight moisturizers we can vouch for.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

HipDot Clueless Collection ($24-$108)

HipDot’s newest collaboration is with Paramount Pictures’ 90’s hit teen movie Clueless and has everything you need to express your inner Betty! All the products are vegan and cruelty-free, as well as free of parabens, talc, mineral oil, phthalates, and other harmful ingredients. The collection includes:

The 411 Pressed Pigment Palette ($32): Do you prefer fashion victim or ensemble-y challenged? Get the 411 with this eyeshadow palette that will complement any outfit and make you the life of the party. even if it’s in the Valley. Prepare to fall “butt-crazy” in love with these 12 ultra-buttery shades: Highly Selective, Botticelli, Classic, Full-On Monet, The Valley, Homies, Phat, Totally Paused, Fashion Victim, Pretty Groovy, Doll Face, Whatever!

Total Bettys Tinted Lip Oil Set ($24): Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good. So pucker up and get hydrated, glossy lips with this Tinted Lip Oil Set. Includes three moisturizing tinted lip oils in red, nude and mauve that will ensure your status as a total Betty.

Totally Clueless Blush Palette ($26): Get ready to bug out over the Totally Clueless blush palette. These 4 silky-smooth, glowy shades are perfect for all skin tones to keep you from looking like a full-on Monet. even if you are a virgin who can't drive. (That was way harsh, Tai)

Limited-Edition Clueless Collectors Box ($108): Let's do a makeover! Open Cher's locker to find the Total Bettys Lip Oil Set, the 411 Eyeshadow Palette, the Totally Clueless Blush Palette, and a collectible HipDot x Clueless pink fluffy pen (Just like Cher's!), all packed in the Limited Edition Clueless Collector's Box.

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