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Geek Pick of the Week: Pokémon Waffle Maker

As the Holiday season approaches, we’re bringing back our Geek Pick of the Week. Each week leading up to Christmas, we’ll be highlighting a cool product we’ve found that we feel would be the perfect gift for geeks of all kinds. Use these to help fill in your own wish list or find the perfect gift for the nerds in your life. 

If you’re on the hunt for a gift for the Pokémon fan in your life, but don’t want to merely snag the newest game (though it’s probably a safe bet), ThinkGeek has you covered. I’m a big collector (not necessarily of Pokémon) and one of my all time favorite items to track down are kitchen accessories. Whether it’s plates, utensils, or even appliances, I love finding those kind of collectibles. 

It’s a unique and fun way to display a fandom that can be integrated into your home in a more natural way; as opposed to having a bunch of toys hanging on the wall (which I also have). If you feel similarly, or simply want to find a different gift for your nerdy friend, this newly announced Poké Ball Waffle Maker might be exactly what you need. 

Makes waffles that are just shy of 7″ diameter and look like a Poké Ball 

Non-stick cooking plates duplicate the design on both sides

Try filling the top half of the plate with batter tinted red

Indicators light up when iron is on and when it is at correct temperature

Materials: BPA-free housing and cast aluminum cooking plates

This waffle maker is available starting today, and you can snag one directly from ThinkGeek by following the link

-Jordan 

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Time for cheer: Annual Merry Market fundraiser is Saturday

Merry Market exhibitors participating include: A Guest List jewelry and clothing; Ashes to Beauty handcrafted wooden seasonal items; Buckle Up Designs buckles, belts, found glass pictures and jewelry; By the Picket Fence hand stamped jewelry; Coming up Crafts handmade greeting cards, sticky note pads, banners, magnets, tags, gift card holders, mini cards, wine bottle tags, and wrapped candies; Crafty Lady crochet scarves, baby afghans and adult afghans; Creative Vinyls by Dawn ceramic wedding tiles and wood décor products; Divine Concepts whipped, creamy, organic shea butter souffle for hair and skin; Double Crafty pallet signs; ENT Naturals natural bath and body products – soaps, lotions, balms, bath salts, etc.; Glassy Jewelry glass beaded jewelry and leather jewelry; Goodie 2 Shoes repurposed plates, candlesticks, vintage light fixtures into luminaries, cake plates and miniature Christmas trees; Hearts and Horseshoes horseshoe art and hand painted signs; Honeymade Designs homemade fabric items, crayon aprons, reading pocket pillow and microwave butter holder; Istanblue Jewelry 925 silver sterling jewelry and home décor; Jewelry Apparel jewelry and crochet items, bandanas, keychains and chokers; Jodi’s Just For Fun Creations handmade wooden creations; Keep Collective custom keepsake jewelry – modern day charm bracelets; Laura’s Decorative Tile 12 X 12 decorative tile; Lead by Service artisan crafted products from Equador leather bags, alpaca blankets, scarves, ponchos, jewelry, hand-painted crosses; Let’s Pretend Publishing children’s books and accessories; Lipsence/Senegence lipstick; Lucy Sommer embroidered towels and aprons; Marion Hahn quilted items, crocheted towels, sewn items, key chains and potholders; Mary Kay skin care and cosmetics; Memory Designs 4 You snap jewelry, sympathy and memorial gifts, and save my seat; Merrilily Gardens jams, honey, pickles, salsas, barbecue sauce, okra, relish, chutneys and salad dressings; NJS Fashion Hand-bags – handbags, sunglasses and accessories; Pampered Chef kitchen tools, cookbooks, sauces and spices; PB Stitches tote bags, accessories and knitted accessories; Perfectly Posh naturally-based pampering products – bath bombs, bath salts and body scrubs; Pins N’ Needles quilts (lap, baby and bed), table runners and stockings; Red Bird Farm Pottery handmade and wheel thrown pottery; Ruby Ribbon women’s clothing and shapewear; Sabras Decorative Painting hand-painted dec-orative items; Salazar Wooden Lures wooden fishing lures; Scentsy warmers, diffusers and laundry products; Schulz Pottery handcrafted artistic functional pottery; Shabby Cat Studio Store jewelry and original artwork; Simply Stamped handmade jewelry; Something Southern Pot-tery functional stoneware pottery and art to use every day; Sonny’s Southern Originals seasonal wood products and plaques; Southern Sass Creations hand painted signs and handmade wooden trucks; Spoonz created by Estle Janice jewelry using old silverware necklaces, brace-lets, rings, earrings, bookmarks, money clips, wedding forks, tablecloth weights and key rings; Stampin’ with KK papercrafts – cards and gifts; Tastefully Simple sauces, seasonings and mixes; Tentmakers Together handmade bags, aprons, jewelry, cards and coasters from Tanzanio, Af-rica; That’s so Sashley jewelry made from recycled items; The Southern Kindness Shop signs, artwork, T-shirts and hand painted rocks; TPM Woodturning wood turned items – bowls, vases, platters, pens, bottle stoppers, bird hours, signs, Christmas décor, gifts, stocking stuffers and wreaths; Turtleberry Farms tir fye clothing and home accessories; Two Trendy Chics paparazzi jewelry; Usborne Books educational children’s books; WanderArtJunkie (formerly Vintage Gypsy) country, farmhouse, primitive style and seasonal décor; Wild Child Designs wreaths, gar-lands, mailbox covers, swags and centerpieces; and more.

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How to Care for Your Non-Stick Cookware

Chandra is a mom of three boys (6, 2, and 1) and the founder of Oh Lovely Day, a lifestyle blog with a honest look at motherhood. She is trying to create more of an open dialogue with a no-judgement attitude about the struggles of mothers, mental health, postpartum depression, breastfeeding, baby wearing, and just doing the best we can and not being too hard on ourselves. In that vein, she started the hashtag #battlefieldmotherhood to encourage her fellow mothers to share on Instagram as well. She believes in dance parties, desserts during nap time, and a good hike can cure almost anything. And someday she hopes to sleep and date her husband again. You can also find Chandra on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer as low as $179.99

The KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is as low as $179.99 with this deal at Amazon right now! The white mixer and the silver mixer are on sale and the set comes with a coated flat beater, coated dough hook and 6-wire whip.

This 4.5 Qt KitchenAid Stand Mixer in silver is usually $359.99 and is on sale right now for $189.99 at Amazon.com HERE!

This 4.5 Qt KitchenAid Stand Mixer in white is usually $302.99 and is on sale right now for $179.99 at Amazon.com HERE!

Product Description:

* 4.5 quart stainless steel bowl with enough capacity to mix up to 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch.

* Soft start helps to avoid ingredient splash flour puff by starting at a lower speed.

* Tilt-head design allows clear access to the bowl to easily add ingredients for a recipe

* 10 optimized speeds powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe

* KSM75SL Ksm75 includes (1) Coated flat beater, (1) Coated dough hook, (1) 6-wire whip

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Amazon 4-star store opens Thursday at Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree

LONE TREE — Online retail giant Amazon opened a store at the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree on Thursday.

The 4,000-square-foot store will primarily carry products rated 4 stars or higher by online customers, along with new and trending products.

That includes everything from consumer electronics and kitchen items to toys, books and games.

“Customers can also test-drive dozens of Amazon devices and smart home accessories that work with Alexa, and shop a curated selection of speakers, fitness tech, and other highly rated consumer electronics,” a release from the company said.

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RELATED | Amazon’s $15 minimum wage begins Thursday

Colorado’s Amazon store is the second 4-star store to open in the country. In late September, the Seattle-based retailer opened a brick-and-mortar store in New York City.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Fissler Reinforces Cookware Line With Adamant Fry Pans

Fissler is bringing a new collection of fry pans to the market called Adamant. The line will be available in the U.S. this winter through its American division, Fissler America.

“Adamant was inspired by nature, which shows us that textured surfaces— whether shells, scales or wrinkles— are especially resilient and long-lasting. The hardness of natural rock was also an inspiration for the line,” said Chris Robason, managing director for Fissler America.

Innovative sealing is said to give the Adamant pans a novel surface, with a tangible texture and a raw look reminiscent of cast iron cookware. Fissler said the new pan is sealed with silicon carbide, which is both the lightest and hardest ceramic material. Properties include thermal conductivity and strong resistance to acids and alkalis, noted the company.

Fissler is launching three Adamant fry pans with 8-inch, 9.5-inch and 11-inch size diameters. They will be available for shipment this December, with suggested retail prices of $79.99, $89.99 and $99.99, respectively.

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Why I’ll Never Use Traditional Nonstick Pans Again

This article was created in partnership with GreenPan.

At this point in my adult life, I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at the healthy swaps game. Algae oil butter. Ground turkey ground beef. Sweet potatoes regular potatoes. And yet, it never occurred to me there might be a healthy swap for my cookware.

I mean, a pan is a pan right? You heat it, it cooks, you eat.

*Insert record scratch*

Unfortunately it’s not that simple. I may have learned how to expertly sear a steak without setting the house on fire using my old, crappy nonstick pans, but I didn’t know I was basically serving up that medium-rare goodness with a side of plastic—yum. That is, until I discovered GreenPan.

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What’s GreenPan?

GreenPan is ceramic nonstick cookware that’s free of the nasty chemicals and toxins found in most other nonstick brands (more on that below). With GreenPan pans, the only thing your food is getting is a clean, even cook.

Everything I’ve made so far on these bad boys (sautéed veggies, low-and-slow scrambled eggs, seared pork with a red wine glaze) would do Gordon Ramsay proud. Oh, and I’ve had zero problems with sticking—food slides right off with nothing more than a satisfying sizzle.

Wait, back up, why are nonstick pans bad?

Many brands use coatings made from a plastic synthetic called PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), to achieve that nonstick quality. So yeah, you’re basically cooking your food on plastic.

That might be OK at lower temps, but when you heat that baby up to around 464 degrees, the plastic coating can begin to decompose. Around 554 degrees, it starts to release tiny particles into the air (eek). And around 680 degrees, you start to get toxic fumes. The latter can occasionally result in a condition called polymer fume fever, which causes flulike symptoms and chest tightness.

If you’re thinking, “I usually cook over medium-high heat, so I’m probably fine,” consider that one study found it takes only eight minutes for a PTFE-coated pan left on a burner to hit 750 degrees, which is well above the PTFE industry’s recommended 500-degree limit.

Also, your stovetop doesn’t come with an exact temperature reading, and high temperatures sometimes are required when frying or cooking red meats like burgers and steak (the perfect sear temp is debatable, but most people say the cooking surface should be smoking hot).

The bottom line: No matter what temperature you’re cooking at, PTFE is always made from a combo of chemicals, so if you’re at all concerned about them making their way into your foods, best to steer clear of traditional nonstick pans.

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How is GreenPan different?

GreenPan uses a ceramic coating called Thermolon, which is made from a sand derivative instead of plastic and is free of chemicals. The result is nonstick cookware that actually heats more quickly and more evenly, which means you can get that chef-quality sear over a much lower heat. But if you do accidentally overheat your GreenPan pan, breathe easy—no sketchy chemicals will end up in your food or in the air.

GreenPan also has all the other features you look for in high-quality pots and pans: The cookware is easy to clean, long-lasting, and—bonus—environmentally friendly. It’s really the greenest choice you can make to take care of your health and Mama Earth.

Let me put it this way: If you care about healthy eating (don’t we all?), make the swap that really counts and take plastic off the menu.

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