The Best Smoothie Maker – Ninja Chef High Speed Blender

Over the years I have used a lot of blenders. Maybe that is a testament to the quality of the average blender on the shelves of any store. I would grab one at $25 or so, use it for a while, then run into an issue. I had one that leaked from the spout, which seemed super handy at first. I lost the seal to one. You get the idea.

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When I head about the Ninja Chef High-Speed Blender, I wanted to try it. Everyone talks about how powerful and well made these are. I love my shark products, and as a sister product, the Ninja Chef High-Speed Blender was looking pretty appealing. I knew that the blender was priced higher than what I have bought and regretted in the past, but I also knew that this company makes products that are going to last!

I love the manual controls with the easy to turn the knob, the selection buttons as well as the chef-designed pre-set programs. Get busy making restaurant-style salas, smoothies, ice creams, soups, frozen drinks and much more.  My absolute favorite feature by far is the cleaning program. Once you are done mixing or blending your ingredients, pour water into your pitcher and with the touch of a button, it cleans your pitcher. I even created a short video to show you just how easy it is.

Even more fun features: 

  • 1500-watt base with an advanced motor system and next-generation blades designed to enhance blade contact with powerful cyclonic action.
  • 10 Auto-iQ® programs: Ice Cream, Soup, Nut Butter, Flour/Mill, Extract, Dressing, Puree, Frozen Drink, Smoothie, Dip/Salsa
  • Variable Speed Control: 10 manual speeds for professional-level customization and control.
  • Clean Program setting: easily cleans pitcher at the touch of a button
  • 72 oz. Pitcher, tamper, lid with vented lid cap, and 35-recipe Inspiration Guide
  • All attachments are BPA free and dishwasher safe

I have made lots of smoothies since owning this blender and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I own one of these I don’t need one of these expensive blenders on the market with the Ninja Chef blender can do even more for less the price.

Check out my smoothies below.

The boys and I made Blueberry Power Smoothie and a Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Making Smoothies

This is by far the most durable and powerful blender I have ever had the privilege to use. It can crush ice like it is no one’s business! It can turn root vegetables into the smoothest liquid, yet make the thickest milkshakes to ever come from my kitchen!

Retailing at under $150, this is not just a blender. It is a kitchen tool that can do some much more than just blend! It features smart programming to take the guesswork out of which setting you should use. I love that it can even blend hot ingredients for making soup super simple!

I have been really pleased with the Ninja Chef High-Speed Blender. It is powerful, versatile and makes a great addition to any kitchen as it can do so many things with ease. Now that the weather is getting warmer I can’t wait to put my Nutri Chef Blender to work making milkshakes for the kids and all of their friends. Be sure to keep checking back for some yummy milkshake and even more smoothie recipes.

I would highly recommend this blender to anyone that wants to buy one that is designed to last.

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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


The Power Airfryer Oven Has Changed Our Mealtimes Greatly!

Wow, you guys, the Power Airfryer Oven has been a game changer for our home. I have been using this for awhile now, and I wanted to share the love. The Power AirFryer Oven offers a 360-degree airflow technology, that makes it great for air frying, dehydrating foods, and even to use as a rotisserie. The thing is this Airfryer Oven is a game changer, as it can be used for so many different ways. 

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All The Different Ways You Can Use The Power Airfryer Oven

  • Rotisserie Oven
  • Oven
  • Toaster Oven
  • Deep Fryer
  • Dehydrator
  • Pizza Grill
  • And Microwave

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The Power Airfryer Oven Is So Handy

I have been using this for a variety of our meals over the past few weeks, and it has been so nice. I love that I can cook so many different meals in one simple appliance. We have made fries, nacho’s, shrimp, chicken, and more, and each dish comes out perfectly. I absolutely love the touchscreen that has pre-set buttons to pick from. They have pre-sets for fries, shrimp, chicken and more, so it allows you to cook the food to the right temperature and time. You can also adjust temperature and time to make it fit your exact dish.

What I love most about the Airfryer Oven is that it allows you to cook foods with minimal to no oil in a frying setting and still have that crunch as if you deep fried it. My son loves nachos and french fries, but I don’t want to give him fries that often if they are fried. That is a lot of grease that comes with it. So using the Power Airfryer Oven has made it a win for me. You get that crispy crunch and flavor like you would if it was deep fried, without the oil. I also love putting nachos in the oven. He loves them pretty plain with cheese, sour cream, and extra mild salsa. This Power Airfryer Oven melts the cheese perfectly without compromising the texture of the chips.

The Power Airfryer Oven comes with trays or a rotisserie option. I used the tray for the nachos and fries and it works great. On the nachos, I just used an oven-safe glass pan and it worked great, but you can also use parchment paper if you want. With a few touches on selection, the cheese was melted and ready to serve. I love the LED digital display, it makes using this super easy. Plus it heats all the way up to 400 degrees so it is a quick cook time on your recipe.

This little kitchen appliance has really be a huge help for me cooking meals. It doesn’t heat your home up which comes in handy on those hotter months, and it is easy to use. Plus the cleanup is a breeze! 

Where to Purchase 

Head to Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon or even to powerairfryer.com, to pick up your own to try out.

 

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

New Kitchen Gadget: Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker

Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker

As a busy mom of 3 always hungry boys, being able to cook dinner without too much time or fuss is super important to me. I have turned to my crockpot many times over the years to prepare nutritious and delicious dinners while I focused on the many other aspects of parenthood.

 

These days, as the kids grow, there is more to fit into a day than ever, but there is no more time in a day to fit it all in. Dinner waits for no mom, so mom must adapt and learn to cook in new and innovative ways.

 

The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker is the dinner time solution that has saved dinner time for us so many times. From the times I don’t want to cook to the busiest of days! Not only does this unit act as slow cooker, but also as a pressure cooker to help you get a variety of dishes on the table in a flash.

 

This multi-cooker can prepare dinner in 70% less time than traditional cooking methods. When the kids are hungry, time is of the essence, and saving that much time ensures we will not resort to take-out or a drive-thru on the most hectic of days.

Macaroni Pie in the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker

I actually tried to make a macaroni pie for Thanksgiving in this Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker and it turned out beautiful and tasted amazing. The kids went back for seconds and so did the adults. It was definitely a big hit and helped me with time. I was able to pour everything into the pot, set the timer and let it cook while I was preparing other foods.

 

This multi-cooker can do so much more than slow cook and pressure cook. It can saute, brown and steam too! Retailing at under $80 this is a great addition to any kitchen as it is versatile, easy to use and helps to get healthy meals on the table in moments.

 

I would recommend this Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker to anyone. It can take the place of multiple small appliances to save space, time and of course, money on take out on busy days. This small appliance also makes a great holiday gift option for busy parents and home chefs.

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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Must Have Kitchen Accessory: Calphalon Precision 10-Piece Space-Saving Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set

Calphalon Knife Set

Sometimes finding the perfect gift is not as complicated as we make it seem. I have been seeking out options for weeks for a few people on my shopping list, yet kept coming home without a gift. A great gift should be both useful and desirable. But, complicated is not a feature of the perfect gift! After I realized that, I started thinking about my options in a whole new light. I realized for the home chef or busy mom, the perfect gift is a slice or dice away.

 

With the Calphalon Precision 10-Piece Space-Saving Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set, you can give a very useful and desirable gift that will be used and appreciated for many years to come. Retailing at under $185, this set includes an 8-in. Chef’s Knife, a 6-in. Santoku Knife, a 4.5-in. Paring Knife, a 6-in. Serrated Utility Knife, 4 Steak Knives, a great pair of Kitchen Shears and a handy 9-slot block for easy storage.

 

This is a really great set of knives. They stay sharp for longer than any other knives I have ever owned and the block saves space and makes it incredibly easy to store and locate the knife you need, when you need it.

Calphalon

Made with incredibly durable forged German steel, these knives won’t stain and have ceramic knife sharpeners built in for a set that will help any home chef or busy mom slice and dice long after the Christmas holidays have passed. Asides from being extremely functional and offering a great variety of knives, this is also a handsome set that looks great in any kitchen.

 

I would highly recommend the Calphalon Precision 10-Piece Space-Saving Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set to anyone that is looking for a high-quality gift that will be used and appreciated by the home chef or busy mom for many years.

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan Makes Perfect Brownies Everytime

red copper brownie

This holiday season I am prepared to bake all of the yummy things that my friends and family crave! From super soft sugar cookies to a batch of peanut butter fudge, and of course, brownies! There is something about a chocolatey brownie topped with holiday candy that makes my heart (and tummy) happy!

This year in addition to a well-stocked pantry that includes all of the ingredients for my holiday baking list, I added an awesome brownie pan to my supplies. I have been so happy with my Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan that I can’t wait to tell you about it.

I love that this is heavy duty copper infused non stick ceramic, so your homemade brownies slide right out of the pan, no more sticking is always a great thing!  That is not the best feature of the Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan though! I love that after pouring your batter into the pan that you insert this great little grid and it gives you individual brownies. That means every brownie has 4 yummy edges; which happen to be my favorite part of the brownie!

These are easy pans to use, I love that they bake my brownies to perfection. The nonstick feature is fantastic, but best of all, cleaning the Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan is a breeze.

Each pan makes 18 perfectly sized brownies. Which is ideal for my holiday baking and sharing!

These pans retail for $20, making them a great idea for the foodie in your life. This is a great kitchen addition to have for when a craving for brownies hits! I love that if you buy one, you can get one half off, meaning you can give a great gift and keep a pan for yourself!

Red Copper Brownie Bonanza

I have been very impressed with the Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan. I think you will love it every bit as much as I do! Visit Bulb.com and see all their products.


Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Protect Yourself This Winter With PURELL

I have partnered with the GOJO brand for this post, but all opinions are my own below. 

Did you know that around 80% of illnesses can be transmitted by your hands? That is what health experts shared, and that is why it is so important to make sure you have good hand hygiene. PURELL has come out with a great line of hand sanitizer, hand soaps, and even a spray. Stay protected this winter and try to prevent those nasty bugs from making their way into your home.

Purell

Our whole family actually got hit with a nasty virus right before this package arrived with all these wonderful PURELL products in them. I was the first to get sick, passed it to my husband, and my son finally got it. With his condition, it means a common cold or virus can be life-threatening. We have been getting lab work done each day because his potassium has been to low. So for me trying to prevent exposure and chances of getting sick is very important. I want to have products that I can trust to help reduce the spread of germs if we do pick some up.

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 PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer

It kills 99.99% of germs that can cause illnesses. It is gentle on the hands and you will see top leading hospitals around the globe using this brand over others. I love having hand sanitizer with me at all times to use when I grab shopping carts, pay for things at checkout, touch door handles and more. Money is so dirty and if you don’t wash hands or use sanitizer those germs can spread like a wildfire when you go to touching everything in your car, home, child, etc.

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PURELL Brand Healthy Soap 

I got a few bottles of the healthy soap and boy we are in heaven! This is so gentle on your hands and helps leave our skin feeling fresh and clean and it doesn’t dry them out like other brands. It gently removes dirt and germs from your hands and is even enriched with natural moisturizers, which is great for winter cold weather here in Kansas. It is free of Triclosan, parabens, and phthalates. I put this soap by our kitchen sink and in our bathrooms to help reduce germs. My husband, son and I all love the soaps and the smells are great. You can get it in Clean and Fresh, Fresh Botanicals, and Soothing Cucumbers. I personally love them all but my favorite is probably the Fresh Botanicals, has a nice light flowery scent.

Purell

Out of all the products the PURELL Surface spray is my favorite. It can kill the Norovirus, and to me that is a huge thing for a product. You simply spray on surfaces of your home to help kill any germs that might be lingering. This is a great for your tables, kitchen counters, and other areas. I used this like crazy when it arrived to help kill any germs that we were passing around from our coughing and sneezing. I ended up buying 4 gallons of refill bottles to use throughout the year. This spray is awesome. Now you can spray it and let it dry or let it sit for a little bit and then wipe down your area. I usually let it fully dry, and I did notice a few water spots here and there from the spray, but to be honest, if it kills those nasty germs that are invisible to the eye, I will take the water spots.

I am a huge fan of this line and I do recommend every home have these products. Pack sanitizers for your kids on their school bags, and use them throughout the day, if they are of age to safely use it. Germs are everywhere and we can only do so much to prevent the spread and getting sick.

 

Availability

PURELL® products are available at major mass, food, and drug locations, as well as via online retailers.

Suggested Retail Prices:

  • $2.99 for an 8 fl. oz. pump

  • $1.59 for a 2 fl. oz. personal pump
  • $1.59 for a 1 fl. oz. JELLY WRAP™ Carrier
  • $1.49 for PURELL® 15-Count Hand Sanitizing Wipes
  • $2.99 for PURELL® 40-Count Hand Sanitizing Wipes
  • $1.99 for a 2 fl. oz. PURELL® Naturals
  • $3.99 for a 12 fl. oz. PURELL® Naturals
  • $2.99-$3.49 for a 12 fl. oz. PURELL® brand HEALTHY SOAP®

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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