Nordic Ware Bundt Fairytale Cottage & Snowman

nordic-ware-bundt-fairytale-cottageWith the festive season almost upon us its time to bring out the decorative cake pans.

Nordic Ware have an excellent range of bundt cake pans.

Founded in 1946, Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of innovative kitchenware, bakeware, microwave and barbecue cookware.  And there range of Bundt pans is unsurpassed for quality and style.

You will find a pattern of bundt pan to suit almost any occasion and with this delightful fairytale cottage you will be able to make and decorate a cake to delight the kids for their birthday or for the upcoming xmas celebration.
Nordic Ware 10-c. Platinum Series 3-D Snowman Pan
And if you are entertaining a crowd of family and friends at xmas why not consider making this stand up 3D snowman as a centrepiece for the party table.

Not that there is any reason why you can’t make this delightful Snowman cake any time of the year.

The pan has a  10 cup capacity.

Here are some other bundt pans that will fit the bill for entertaining during the festive season, or in fact any time of the year.



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Health Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey

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The owners of this website do not take responsibility for the claims quoted in the article. However, as both products are natural there is little likelihood of anyone suffering any side effects unless they are allergic to either product.

cinnamon-powderHere are probably some little known facts about Honey and Cinnamon.

A mixture of honey and cinnamon can relieve a number of ailments, and as honey is  produced in most of the countries of the world that means that a large percentage of the population can have access to this inexpensive medicinal product.

Modern Scientists accept that Honey is a very effective medicine  that can be used without any side effects for all kinds of ailments.

A Canadian magazine, The Weekly World News, provided a list of ailments that can be aided by taking honey and cinnamon,  in its issue dated 17 January,1995.

HEART DISEASES:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, spread on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast.

The honey and cinnamon reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and may protect people from having a heart attack. And for anyone who has already had an attack, by following this practice, they may be less likely to have another attack in the near future.

Regular use of the honey and cinnamon paste on bread relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. With age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and become clogged, honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins. In America and Canada, some nursing homes treated patients successfully using this procedure.

ARTHRITIS:
To relieve arthritis take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily, morning, and night.

If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

Recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University on 200 patients who were given a mixture of one tablespoon honey mixed with a half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast each day showed that within a week, 73 of those patients were totally relieved of pain. And within a month, almost all the patients who previously could not walk or move around because of their arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder and relieves the symptoms.

CHOLESTEROL:
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a patient with high cholesterol , was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information reported in The World Weekly News, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This  will cure most chronic coughs, colds, and clear the sinuses. (Only-Cookware: This one I tried and it did work).

UPSET STOMACH:
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS:
According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.

Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral Diseases.

INDIGESTION:
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills influenza germs and relieves patients from nasty flu symptoms.

LONGEVITY:
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age.

Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day.

It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. (Only-cookware: Well I’m not too sure about the claim of a 100 year old doing the work of a 20 year old).

PIMPLES:
Make a paste using three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before going to sleep at night and wash it off the next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:
Mix up a potion of honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts and apply on the affected parts to cure eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:
On a daily basis, both in the morning, a half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water.

If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.  Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. (Only-Cookware: This is definitely on the list of things to try)

FATIGUE:
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey helpful to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

Research undertaken by Dr. Milton, shows that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder taken daily, after brushing  in the morning and again in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH:
People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon spread on it. Hmm delicious.

Well there you have it. As I said at the beginning, honey and cinnamon may not turn out to be a cure all but its healthy, tasty and most of all natural.

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Terracotta Olla Soup and Stew Pot – from Myson

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Terracotta cookware dates back to ancient times, it is in fact the oldest type of cookware and terracotta is still used in many European kitchens.

The terracotta Olla soup and stew pot suits dish that requires low heat to cook, so it is ideal for soups and stews that require long slow cooking to enhance the flavors and in particular the Spanish dish Cocido. I found a recipe for the Cocido on the foodnetwork which will help you get started with using your Olla pot.

You can use the terracotta Olla soup and stew pot on gas and electric stovetops and it can also be used in microwave ovens.

This product is just one of the many different speciality items of cookware from Spain and Portugal, although a lot of Italian and French Provence cooking is also done in these ‘pots of the earth’.

You can wash the Olla in a dishwasher however recommendation is to handwash it.

Where Can I Buy the Terracotta Olla Soup and Stew Pot?
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Rachael Ray Cast Iron Round Grill Pan

This handy Rachael Ray Cast Iron Grill Pan measures 11 inches and has deep grooves on the cooking area. This feature gives your steaks the characteristic look with the grill lines seared into the surface.

The grooves also mean healthy cooking as the fat drips away from the food into the base of the pan.

Because the pan is made from cast iron it heats quickly and evenly and as the interior has a porcelain enameled surface you don’t have to pre season the pan before using it.

Because the sides of the Rachael Ray Cast Iron Cast Iron Grill Pan are quite deep, you will find that stovetop splatter is reduced when you are searing your steaks or grilling hamburgers.

The raised ridges of the cooking surface gives your steaks the charactistic marking of grilled food while allowing the fat to drip into the bottom of the pan. So you are getting a healthier result from your cooking.

You can use it for a number of uses and it can be taken from the stovetop or oven to the table.

The pan is made from Cast Iron which gives you even heating and as we know, cast iron has excellent heat retention.  And unlike raw cast iron, this pan has an enamel finish which means you don’t need to pre-season or re-season it after use. As with all cast iron you should wash it and dry it straight away after use.

The handle is also made from heavy cast iron and has a hole at the end so that you can hang it from your pot rack.

NOTE: This grill pan is NOT RECOMMENDED for use with glass/ceramic cooking surfaces.

The Rachael Ray Cast iron grill pan measures 7.9″H x 13.4″W x 19.6″D   

Where Can I Buy the Rachael Ray Cast Iron Round Grill Pan?
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Rachael Ray Hipster Bowls

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Rachael Ray makes everyday a fun day with her innovative cookware and kitchen accessories.

Her entire range of practical, functional and durable products are made with in such a great range of shapes, sizes and fun  to have colors.

And this set of Rachael Ray Hipster large serving bowls is no exception.

These bowls are ideal when you are entertaining as you can use them to serve finger food, salad, chips, popcorn and other tasty nibbles.

The Rachael Ray hipster serving  bowls nest inside each other so they store neatly in the pantry.  They are made of sturdy melamine and  you can even pop them in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Rachael has two sets of these handy, functional hipster serving bowls available.

Rachael Ray 3-pc. Hipster Small Serving Bowls, Assorted
The large set consists of  three bowls:

  • Red bowl: 10-in.
  • Orange bowl: 8-in.
  • Yellow bowl: 6-in

The smaller set consists of three bowls:

  • Yellow bowl 1.5 cups
  • Orange bowl: 1 cup
  • Red bowl: 0.5 cup

So why not buy a set of each so that you have all your party serving needs covered.

Where can I buy the Rachael Ray Hipster Serving Bowls?
Cooking.com