October 24, 2012

Review: Ninja Kitchen Blender

If you are in the market for a new blender, I highly suggest the Ninja Kitchen Blender!  This is a great blender with lots of added features.  It is very strong and durable, able to take on some of your toughest kitchen creations!

The Ninja Kitchen System Pulse includes a dough blade, cookie paddle, and a standard blade.  It also includes two single serve cups, a smaller blade, and drink lids that can be used to quickly make a breakfast smoothie or (our family favorite) a milkshake.

So your thinking, what makes this blender any different from other blenders?  We decided to put the blender to the test and make a batch of cookies.

The cookie dough paddle works great to mix the dough.  It takes literally seconds to change out the blade to the paddle.  Once the blender is set up, add all of your ingredients into the pitcher.

The bag of Betty Crocker cookie mix fits perfectly in the 40 oz bowl.  There is just enough room for all of the ingredients.

To blend your smoothie, cookie dough, or pizza dough, simply hold down the lid.  There is no need to scrape the bowl edges, as the cookie dough paddle pulls the dough and mixes it all up very well.  Once the dough is mixed thoroughly,  you are ready to add them to the pan for baking!

We have tested the Kitchen-Aid blenders in the past, and have found that the plastic prongs on the base of the blender that break off.  Once they start to break off the blender will no longer mix.  We couldn't find any plastic parts that could potentially break off on the Ninja Blender.

There are five different styles to choose from, and the prices range from $99.99 to $169.99.  The Ninja Kitchen Blenders can be found at your local Costco Warehouse, Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, and Target.

For more information, you can also visit their website at www.ninjakitchen.com.

October 8, 2012

National Fire Prevention Week - October 7-13th

This week is National Fire Prevention Week.  Every year many firefighters visit the local preschools and elementary schools to teach children the importance of fire safety.  They bring goodies to share with the children such as fire helmets, stickers, and coloring books.

 This year little Emma had a special visitor.  We were able to arrange for her Daddy to come and visit the class.  She was so excited to tell all her friends that her Daddy is a firefighter.

Were also able to arrange for a female firefighter to visit the class.  It was great to be able to share with the children that firefighters are both men and women.

One of the lessons they taught the children is that firefighters are people, and that they shouldn't ever be afraid if they were in a fire and someone approached them with all the gear on in the picture below.  As they put on each piece of equipment, they explained the importance of it.  Not only does the gear protect their skin from potential burns, but it also helps them to be able to breathe fresh air while they are in a burning building.

Although we captured some wonderful pictures of all the children in the preschool class, I decided it was best not to share those pictures due to the potential privacy concerns some may have.

If your child is not in preschool, or if you would like to review the information further with them be sure to check out the NFPA website, which can be found here:


There are many resources and additional activities for the kids.

Be sure to check in with your local fire house to see if and when they will be hosting their open house.  Many stations have open houses with loads of information, games, moon bounces, and food.  I am sure everyone would have a wonderful time!