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Army Man Coffee Cup

This coffee cup is just in time for Veterans Day. Head down to the commissary and grab a cup of Joe with this Army green soldier cup.
Big Mouth Toys Green Army Man Mug

If coffee’s not strong enough, you can always make an extra stop at the Package store.



BigMouth Inc Green Army Man Mug


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Nespresso Coffee Pod Organizers and Racks

Did you get a new Nespresso coffee maker for Christmas? Are you trying to figure out how to store and organize those colorful pods? Here are some options.

Carousel Pod Tree

At under $24, this is one of the more affordable options. It also displays the pods with the label facing up. So you can read the flavor rather than depending on the hue.

Carousel Tree for Nespresso Espresso Coffee Capsules

Minimalist Pod Rack

This coffee pod grid converts your coffee into a minimalist work of art. It can stand by itself or hang from a rack system.

Rosle Nespresso Coffee Capsule Rack

Coffee and Sugar Together

This storage tower has a center section for holding your sugar Sweet’n Low.

Brabantia 418709 Nespresso Coffee Capsule Dispenser- Matte Steel Finish- Pack of 2

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the International Foodie

Does the foodie in your life eat food from around the world? Perhaps she’d like one of these gadgets in the kitchen

1. Spanish Paella Pan and Ingredients

Paella is the national dish of Spain. It’s a complex dish of rice, safron, seafood, chicken, rabbit, and other meats. Each region has their own specialty and there’s always a party when the paella pan comes out. This gift set includes a paella pan as well as a selection of Spanish ingredients to start the paella party.

Paella Gift Set with Spanish Delicacies

2. Sushi Kit

This sushi kit has everything you need to make and eat sushi, That is everything but the actual rice, nori, and fish. It has the wooden bowl for prepping the rice, the rolling mat, and service set.

Sushi Making Set

Sushi making also requires a good set of knives for precision cutting. This set of sushi knives are hand made in Japan, yet still affordable.
5 PC. SUSHI KNIVES, pro sushi carbon vanadium stainless steel, hand made in carrying case

3. Indian Thali Set

Meals in India are often served as a series of small dishes. These are served on platters with different containers or compartments. This thali server has an intricate pattern and several dishes to elegantly serve a meal.

Oxidized Stainless Steel Puja Thali with 5 Lamps and 1 Bowl for Arati

4. Party Size Brick Pizza Oven

This pizza oven is great for parties and families that can never agree on toppings. It’s got an earthenware dome with multiple openings that let each person create their own personal sized pizza and watch it bake. Think of it as an Italian fondue pot.

Wimmeley PD601 PizzaDome Portable Italian Brick Pizza Oven

5. German Spetzle Maker

Spetzle is a small dumpling-like noodle that is very popular in Germany. This tool works great for making spetzle, but can also be used for mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and other similar foods where you want a smooth consistency without lumps.

Kuchenprofi Potato Ricer/Spaetzle Press in 18/10 Stainless Steel

6. Electric Arepas Maker

An arepa is a dish made of corn and is popular in both Colombia and Venezuela. It is similar to the the Salvadoran pupusa. This arepa maker by Oster allows you to cook 6 of these at the same time. Epicurious.com has a great recipe for Columbian Arepas:

These tasty cornmeal cakes can be found grilled, baked, or fried in several Latin American countries. We love this Colombian version—the outside fries up crisp and golden, while the cheesy middle stays wonderfully moist. They can be eaten as a side dish or paired with hot chocolate for an afternoon snack.

Read the full recipe: Columbian Arepas – Epicurious.com

Oster 4798 Electric Family-Size 6-Cup Arepamaker

7. Persian Electric Samovar Tea Service

This electric samovar serves tea the Persian way. There are two pots, the one on top holds a concentrated tea, while the one below holds hot water. Pour some of the concentrated tea into your cup and then dilute it to your satisfaction.

Teasam Electric Samovar Teapot 4.5 Liters Cobalt Porcelain Handle

8. Polish Pierogi

Poland, like France, is a country where people really know food. One can stop at a wayside inn in the country or at a modest restaurant in a working-class city neighborhood and be served a meal worth remembering. This pierogi tray is sturdy and makes 6 of the dumplings at a time. You can also use it for making potstickers and other similar dumplings.

CucinaPro 135-03 Pierogi Tray

9. Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish coffee is strong. Real strong. It’s so strong, the grinds have their own psychic powers. This set includes the coffee pot and two cups. Just remember, don’t drink that last sip.

Turkish Coffee Set for Two

10. Stainless Steel Chinese Hot Pot

Many of the items on this list encourage family-style dining. This Chinese hot pot is no exception.

In the winter season, when chilly temperatures and frigid winds prevail over the land, people like to eat food that instantly warms their bodies and lifts their spirits. For that, the hot pot is a delicious and hearty choice. Families or groups of friends sit around a table and eat from a steaming pot in the middle, cooking and drinking and chatting. Eating hot pot is not a passive activity: diners must select morsels of prepared raw food from plates scattered around the table, place them in the pot, wait for them to cook, fish them out of the soup, dip them in the preferred sauce, and then eat them hot, fresh, and tender. They can also ladle up the broth from the pot and drink it.
Chinese Hot Pot – Chinatown Connection

Chinese Stainless Steel Hotpot

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Great Gifts for the Baby Boomer Chef

Let’s face it. At a certain age, things become just a wee bit more difficult. The following gifts will make cooking and baking more enjoyable for the chef with a bit of patina around the edges. These are helpful items without screaming “institutional”.

1. OXO’s Angled Measuring Cups

Imagine you are measuring a cup of hot water. You pour the water into a measuring cup and then lift the cup to your eyes to see if it hits the right mark. This gives inaccurate readings due to the cup not being level. So then you put it onto the counter and bend down to see the marks.

OXO removes the bending and guesswork of measuring with these ingenious cups. There’s a angled ledge within the cups. To measure, you simply pour in your liquid and look straight down into the cup. It’s accurate and very easy to use.

OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup, Set of 3

2. Rabbit Wine Opener

The Rabbit wine opener takes the effort out of uncorking a bottle of wine. It’s simple to use and makes anyone as graceful as a sommelier. This candy apple red version also looks great in the bar.

Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Lever Style Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Candy Apple Red

3. Vibrating Kitchen Timer

The kitchen can be a noisy environment, especially when there are multiple dishes on the stove at the same time. This easy to use timer lets you know it’s time to take the cake out of the oven with a vibration as well as an auditory alarm. It features large buttons and one-handed operation. You can also set it to remind you about the roast in the oven, the beans on the stove, and the pie-crust in the freezer.

American Innovative Klip Vibe Kitchen Dual Timer/Clock/Stopwatch, Charcoal

This kitchen timer by General Tools also provides a flashing light alarm.

General Tools TI150 3-in-1 Timer for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

4. Remote Grill Thermometer

Avoid repetitive trips to the patio to check the barbq with this remote temperature probe. Simple insert the probe into the meat on your grill and carry the remote with you.

Choose from eight entree programs including beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, pork, turkey, chicken, and fish, along with four doneness selections, which include rare, medium rare, medium, and well done. Two verbal and three audio alert options indicate the status of food–almost ready, ready, and overcooked. After reaching the selected temperature, an audio alarm will sound.

Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer

5. Black and Decker Jar Opener

Opening jars can literally be a pain for those with arthritis and stiff joints. This bottle opener by Black and Decker looks good on the counter and makes opening most jars a piece of cake.

Black and Decker Lids Off Jar Opener

6. Salt and Pepper Grinders

OXO is known for extremely well designed items that are easy to use. These grinders are no exception. This review says it best.

My sister turned me onto OXO kitchenware a few years back. She has issues gripping utensils. I liked them for their construction, how well they work and easy clean up. I saw these mills and loved the look and the quality materials they are made of. They are solidly constructed yet still light enough not to cause issues for those that OXO items were designed.

Both mills have adjustments on the collar above the see-through storage portion. There are little “ears” that allow selection of one of five various settings for “fine” through coarse granules to exit the mill.
I wouldn’t call any of the dispensed salt or pepper “fine” but that’s perfectly okay for me and my family. Please consider other options if you like “pepper dust” as these puppies just won’t grind that fine.

As others have noted, the mills set “upright” with the ceramic teeth facing the sky. It seems a little point, but how often have you lifted your old pepper mill to find flecks on the counter or table top? Filling and actual turning of the base portion to dispense either the pepper or salt is effortless.
Bruce Porter – Amazon.com

OXO Good Grips Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

7. Collapsible Step Stool

Every kitchen should have a step stool. I’m over 6 feet tall and I use this stool all the time to reach the deepest sections of the upper cabinets. It’s sturdy and very easy to fold up for storage. Just push the red button and lift up on the handle and it collapses for storage next to the fridge. It has non-slip feet and can hold a big bubba like me.

Polder 90401-91H 2-Step Mini-Stool

8. GelPro Floor Mat for the Kitchen

It’s not easy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time. Especially when making a big batch of strawberry preserves and you have to stir the pot for 30+ minutes. This thick, cushioned floor mat takes the stress off your angles and makes extended kitchen chores much nicer. You can get it in various colors and sizes.

GelPro Basketweave Mat, 20 by 36 Inches, Truffle

9. KittyKaddy Pet Feeder

Pets make a home. The KittyKaddy makes it easier to give cats fresh water and food. There’s a long handle that prevents bending over to reach the bowls. The K9Kaddy is for dogs and there’s even a cat litter box with a tall handle.

Kittykaddy Double Pet Feeder

10. Audible Alarm To Know When to Say When

Avoid burns from overfilling coffee and team mugs with this audible alarm. It sits on the side of your mug, glass, or pot and lets you know when you’ve poured in enough liquid. It’s easy to use and great for those with vision problems.

Loud Liquid Level Indicator with 9 Volt Battery

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Top 10 Fun Ideas for Office Gift Exchanges

Does your office have a gift exchange? Are you looking for something a bit more interesting than a bottle of wine or passes to the movie theater? These fun ideas will make your co-workers chuckle and start rumors over who is the secret Santa.

1. Unicorn Corn Holders

Everyone loves Unicorns. But those pointy things coming out of their heads can get a bit unwieldy. Put them to good use by shoving corn cobs on their head.

Gama-Go Uni-Corn Unicorn Shaped Corn Holders

2. Great White Shark Pizza Cutter

Every office has the occasional pizza day. This hungry shark will tear up those pies faster than you can call the HR department for some of these other gift ideas.
 Pizza Shark Pizza Cutter

3. The Angriest Coffee Mug

This coffee mug is perfect for the accounting office’s enforcer. You know her, she’s the one that makes sure your invoices are submitted on time. This coffee mug shows off her inner brute.

Fred and Friends Fisticup Mug features a set of brass knuckles as the handle

4. Jolly Roger Lunch Pail

This lunch pail is perfect for protecting the lunch time Twinkies. Nobody will mess with this pirate’s bounty.

Black jolly roger PIRATE DOME LUNCH BOX skull and crossbones domed lid metal lunchbox collectible collectable

5. Twinkie the Kid

Watercooler conversation:
Sally: So Joe, where have you been hiding your Twinkie lately?
Joe: Well, gee Sally, I’ve been trying to keep my Twinkie put away. Did you see my kid?

Hostess Twinkie Snack Container - Twinkie The Kid, Holds 1 Twinkie

6. Give him a big noisy kiss

Not all office kisses will result in an HR violation. This one could be a real crowd pleaser.

Hershey Kiss Singing Candy Dish

7. Splat Stan coaster

Stan likes to keep the desk clean. Just ignore his guts… and the big pool of blood. Heck, you can cover the carnage with a steaming cup of coffee.

Suck UK Splat Stan Silicone rubber drinks Coaster

8. Sporks!

Is your company downsizing? Does your staff do more with much less? Maybe you should give the gift that says “Your options are limited”. Give them a spork, it’s the single utensil that replaces a spoon, fork, and knife. Just like that intern that has replaced the IT department.

Light My Fire Spork 4-Pack

9. The Firestarter

This is the perfect gift for the person that always has a backup plan for any situation. She’ll adore this fire starter that will save the company picnic, when the boss’s son forgets to bring matches.

Swedish Firesteel - Army Model

10. Typewriter Tea Pot

Last, but certainly not least, the antique typewriter tea pot. How cool is this? It’s the perfect gift for your octogenarian secretary that started working on this beast. It’s also great for the modern office worker that appreciates a bit of whimsy with his afternoon tea. This handmade and painted ceramic teapot is from the Carter Teapottery in Debenham England.

Tony Carter Collectible

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10 Christmas gifts for the cook that has everything

Are you looking for that unique gift for the chef that has everything? The following gift ideas are perfectly unique.

1. Herbal tea sipping straw

7 inch Bombilla Tea Straw

This device is for sipping herbal tea and is clearly the most healthful and convenient method devised by man to increase oral absorption, which carries nutrients through the lining of the mouth directly into the blood stream.

2. Green Bean Slicer

How could they possibly live without a green bean splitter?

Chef'n BeanSlice Green Bean Slicer

3. Automated shopping list with voice recognition

This memo machine has a magnetic base to conveniently store on the fridge. It stores a shopping list for quicker grocery trips.

SmartShopper SS-301 Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer

4. Louisiana Roux Spoon

The Cajun gift set includes a stainless custom Cajun Roux Spoon, a full 10-1/4-Inch long, its well -1/2-inch deep with 2 full-Inch wide. The end is custom blunt, with a slight angle to it just perfect for the right handed chef for stirring that rich dark roux (sauce) which the south is best known for.

Louisiana Roux Spoon Cajun Gift Set

5. Ultimate Nut Cracker

America’s finest nutcracker – Reed’s Rocket Nutcracker has a unique design that cracks soft shell nuts faster, better and easier than before. The Rocket Nutcracker offers 5-star cracking action – gripping the nut firmly with 5 points of contact and giving greater power while assuring cleaner, larger nut meats.

Harold Imports Reed's Rocket Nutcracker

6. Rabbit teeth bottle opener

This Bugs Bunny bottle opener gets the party started right.

BOTTLE Bunny RABBIT teeth Wall BOTTLE Opener wall NEW

7. Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Deep frying turkeys is popular. It’s also extremely dangerous and leads to many house fires every year. This fryer tames the experience by replacing an open flame with an enclosed electric fryer.

If this thing can handle a turkey, imagine how many fries you could create during a BarBQ.

Masterbuilt 20010109 Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

8. Pour the Perfect Black and Tan with this Turtle

Who would’ve thought turtles would make such good bar tenders? Place this little guy on a glass and pour your Guiness over it. The shell breaks up the stream into tiny rivers, which allows for better layering and the perfect drink.

He’s also a snapping turtle and his mouth can be used as a bottle opener.

Brütül Black & Tan Turtle Spoon with Bottle Opener

9. Two-caret Diamond Coffee Mug

This mug’s handle slips over your finger and provides the biggest bling in the office. It comes in a gift box that makes the cup look like a Kardashian wedding ring.

Fred 2-Carat Cup Platinum

10. Manneken Pis Liquor Dispenser

This little guy adds a bit of class to any highball. It’s based on the statue that has become an icon for Brussels.

Manneken Pis (literally little man pee in Dutch, also known in French as le Petit Julien), is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619.[1]
Manneken Pis – Wikipedia

Bonny Boy Manneken Pis Liquor Dispenser

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