Cathy’s Wish List

This seems to be the year of things falling apart in my house.  My pans are old, my toaster only cooks on one side, my blender has a crack in it, and I don’t have enough “non-plastic plates” for my entire family… so THIS is what is on my Christmas wish list!  (And I need your help on a few)…

Cathy needs a new cookware set…

Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set


I’ve never had stainless steel cookware before… but I’m tired of the black stuff slowly peeling off my pans, so I’m ready to make the switch.   I’ve been doing a lot of price comparisions at department store sales, and this is marked 70% off… the best deal I’ve found!  AND it’s rated #1 in cookware sets on Amazon!

Cathy is low on dishes and needs practicality…

Corelle Square 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Pure White

With 7 children aged 2 – 16, I need something that is kid friendly and won’t chip or break easily.  The white is simple and will match any occasion or place setting, and the square shape takes the boring out of white.  Corelle is a name that I trust AND on Amazon, it matches the 50% sale price I’ve seen in stores.

Cathy can’t decide on a blender…

This is where I’ll need your advice.  I’ve got friends that have these amazing (yet expensive) blenders that will smooth out a whole fruit and make delicious and healthy smoothies in a snap.  But I’m not sure it’s worth the splurge.  Can I get by on something that’s about 25% of the price?

 vs  OR 

What do you recommend?

Cathy has toaster issues…

Do you own the perfect toaster?  What kind is it?  I have yet to own a perfect toasting toaster… so I’m not sure they exist!  I just need a 4-slice toaster that is black, that works.   Does anyone own this one?  I’m wondering if it might be nice to have it long and skinny for counter space.

T-Fal 4-Slice Digital Toaster

Cathy’s luxery item…

Natural Comfort Classic Heavy Fill Goose Down Alternative Duvet Insert Comforter

Really… need I say more?


  • Jaime

    Cathy, get a Ninja! My husband got me one last year from Costco, it came with three sizes, I use the small and medium size the most. I just used it tonight to make a smoothie, I throw in frozen fruit from the summer, even whole strawberries, a little yogurt/milk and some liquid, it blends it up real thick, almost like soft serve, I eat it with a spoon, YUM! I would have loved it when making baby food for my son two years ago. I got rid of my old blender. I used it to make a pureed soup and it is great for grinding up chips/crackers for baked crispy chicken. JUST Don’t try to clean the blades with your fingers!

  • sherry

    Love my toaster. It is a Kitchen Aid, we got it as a wedding gift (over 12 years ago) and is still going strong!

  • Holly

    I wouldn’t recommend the Kitchenaid blender. The part on the base that spins (making the blades in the container spin) is made of some type of rubber and falls apart over time. I was making catsup this fall when the last of the 8 sides broke off and flew across the kitchen. I checked on line and it seems that a lot of people have had the same problem and they won’t do anything about it.

  • Tara

    I got the same Cuisinart cookware set a few months ago for the same price on Amazon. I LOVE my pans. Although… they don’t look as pretty and shiny as they did. 🙂 They cook really well!

  • Megan

    Get a Ninja!!! It is just AMAZING!! We got it a couple months ago when woot was doing a wootoff for $40, but it totally worth the retail price! Our old blender was a cheap $40 one from target and you had to do so much work to get it to blend. The mix had to be very watered down usually or it wouldn’t mix. With the ninja you don’t have to do a thing besides plug it in and push the buttons. It’s a really awesome blender. I used to dread making smoothies with our old one, but I find myself wanting to make them more often because I want an excuse to use the machine!!:) Like I said, it’s amazing and I totally recommend it!!

  • Debbi

    We are usually buying a new blender every year due to making many snow cones over the summer. I like the fluffy ice and prefer no chunks if possible. We bought a Ninja and have really been happy. It has lasted 2 summers now.

  • Sophie

    If you have not already purchased pots and pans you should check these out at Costco :

    Kirkland Signature™
    18/10 Stainless Steel
    13-piece Cookware Set

    They are $179.99 in store and are amazing! I have had them for about two months. I talked to an employee at Costco and also heard from other people that Costco made them to be a more affordable version of All Clad. I am a good cook, but these made it so much easier. To keep them looking brand new (or any stainless steel pots) all you need is some Bar Keepers friend and a cloth.

  • Stacie

    I have been using stainless steel pans for awhile now. They conduct heat very efficiently and therefore I find they cook “hot”. It’s difficult to maintain a low simmer in stainless. Anodized cookware is wonderful, I bought a couple of the “oval” shaped pieces from Rachel Ray. (QVC had the best deal… They were $60 a piece) .They heat and cook evenly.
    You will probably laugh, but the best blender-type appliance I own is the Magic Bullet. I can whip up individual smoothies and milkshakes in a snap. I haven’t used my blender once since getting the Magic Bullet. 😉

    • anon

      I have something like the Magic Bullet; works great for one serving but with a family I don’t want to be making four separate smoothies so a blender would come in handy.

  • Susan

    If you don’t receive the cookware for Christmas…we usually find Revere Ware pots and pans for about a dollar at estate sales. They are stainless steel with copper bottoms and last forever.

    • Shirley

      I totally agree about Revere Ware. I just got a new set of stainless Wolfgang Puck and handed down my 30 year old Revere Ware to my daughter. It is wonderful. The Wolfgang Puck set was a gift, but so far, it cooks amazing and Barkeepers friend is clearly your friend when you own stainless!

  • Angela E

    looking for a great toaster too……..i need a four slot one and I have been looking for yrs now. I would love a Kitchenaid but so afraid to spend the money on one for fear it will not be as good as I hope and I waste my money. cant wait to hear what you all decide…….

  • Deb

    I have had that same set of pans in my cart for months!!! Afraid to commit I guess.

  • Cheryl H

    I also love my Revere Ware. My mother-in-law gave me a set many years ago and it’s fabulous. I also can’t say enough about cast iron cookware. I absolutely love it!

  • Jaimee S

    I just bought that set of pans at Sams Club and I love them. I debated for so long on what to get. You will love them just learn how to cook with them!!

  • Katie

    I did a lot of research on blenders this Christmas, because it is the main thing on my list. I ended up getting a Vitamix because of the 7 year warranty and it’s supposed to be quieter than the Blendtec. I will be making a lot of green smoothies and blending whole foods and don’t want big chunks in them. Costco has road shows and we got mine for about $80 less than retail. I reviewed the Ninja on amazon and google and lots of people said they died about 4 months into using them, or that there was problems leaking oil and it didn’t blend to a smooth consistency. Seems to be a hit or miss. You can probably get by with a less expensive one if you aren’t going to use it all the time.
    My husband and I bought a set of pans from JC Penny last year on black Friday and we love them. They are the cooks brand and are non-stick. I have heard that the reason the coating comes off is from using the spray in a can. Ie Pam, because there is alcohol in them. We got our own re-fillable can and put olive oil in it. No problems and we love the set. Stainless steel requires more oil when cooking which is why we didn’t them.

  • Kristen Glover

    Get a Vitamix or a Blendtec if you do serious blending. They’re hands-down the best, and they last for years. YEARS!!!!

  • Pamela

    Blendtec. Totally worth the money. No.better.blender. Forget Costco (people still pay to shop there?!). Blendtec will blend an iPhone – and many other things!!

  • Helen in Meridian

    Buy a VitaMix or Blendtec at Costco. So worth it, they have their traveling shows there about every other month. When you buy at Costco you get 2 extra year’s warranty and you can always return it there for any reason. For pots and pans today I would suggest you go to, not in store, and buy the Tramontina Tri Ply Clad stainless steel 10 pc set. The pieces in the 10 pc are larger, and Cook’s Country on PBS listed this as the best choice at 1/4 the price of All Clad. Read the reviews. They are much heavier and better quality than the Cuisinart unless you are getting Cuisinart Tri Ply. My first set of Stainless Lifetime Cookware bought 42 years ago cost $300 then, and I don'[t regret it.

  • Kirsten

    Blendtec! I got one for Christmas 2 years ago, as and upgrade from my $10 neon purple blender from college. OMG, it is amazing! I never knew you could just put things in a blender and it would blend! Gone will be the days of blend….stop…push the stuff around…blend…repeat.

    Also, we got the All Clad d5 stainless pan set as a wedding gift and they are also amazing. It is so nice cooking on heavy stainless pans, because the heat is so even. They are an investment, but you will most likely never have to buy another set. Merry Christmas!

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