Link Up #62

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What is the difference between a blender and a food processor?

What is the difference between a blender and a food processor?

What is the difference between a blender and a food processor?

If you’re thinking of buying a blender or a food processor and you’re wondering which one you should buy, the answer depends on what you do most in the kitchen. Are you a smoothie person, or are you a soup person?

If you are both of these then you may find you need a food processor and a blender to be able to do everything you want to do.

What sort of things can you use a blender for?

If, during the hot weather, you’re mostly to be found drinking smoothies, then a blender is always going to be very useful for you. Using a blender you can mix together soft fruits and juices to create delicious and colorful smoothies.

This is ideal if you have young children whom you want to encourage to eat fruit; children tend to love the vibrant colors that a lot of smoothies have. This attracts them to smoothies and they don’t associate drinking them with eating fruit. Once they are used to the taste you can introduce them to the fact that it’s the fruit that makes the taste and they can be more easily encouraged to eat it.

Blenders are designed especially to accommodate liquids and softer items; their blades and bowls are shaped accordingly. Although it should be said that there are some blenders which can handle blending ice; an ideal addition to a smoothie in hot weather – read more here

What about a food processor?

Food processors are very different machines to blenders. Their stronger blades and larger bowls are designed so that they can do what they are made to do; chop and slice. This is where the soup making comes in. If you are someone who loves to make soup for the family during the winter months then investing in a food processor is a good idea. You’ll need this piece of equipment to slice vegetables to include in your soup. A blender isn’t designed to do this.

So which is best?

There is no best when it comes to choosing between a blender and a food mixer; it’s a matter of personal choice. If you aren’t restricted by budget, and you have plenty of space in your kitchen, then it may be worth investing in both. Of course there’s little point in doing this if you aren’t going to use both. You know what type of cooking you do at home, so you know whether it’s going to be more useful to be able to blend, or to chop.

If you know that you are going to want to make a lot of smoothies for your children, you aren’t going to be able to do this in a food processor, they don’t handle liquids well. On the other hand if you know that you will want to produce large portions of soup, the blades of a blender will not cope with the amount of vegetables you need to chop; they aren’t designed to deal with hard produce.

Old School Puppy Chow recipe

Old School Puppy Chow

Old School Puppy Chow

Who doesn’t love some yummy Puppy Chow?  I grew up on this tasty snack and it’s something I ALWAYS love to eat around the holidays!  It really doesn’t matter how old you are, this snack will make you feel like a kid again!  :)  ENJOY!


  • c Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 1/8 c butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar


  • Into large bowl add cereal; set aside.
  • In microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered for 1 minute; stir.
  • Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in vanilla.
  • Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  • Add powdered sugar, add lid to bowl and shake until well coated.
  • Store in airtight container.

Holly Jolly Printable Freebie

Holly Jolly Christmas Printable

You may recognize this quote from that amazing Christmas movie; in fact, it’s one of my favorite movie…EVER.  :)

This is an 8×10″ printable that would look SUPER cute framed and placed somewhere to show your holiday spirit!  :)

Isn’t it adorable?  I totally love it and plan on framing this next year to show my holiday spirit!  ENJOY!



Delicious Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe

Delicious Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwich

To be honest, I’ve never had a Monte Cristo Sandwich until we made this recipe!  Weird, right?  However, I’m totally hooked because this recipe was completely amazing!  It’s seriously like a grown up grilled cheese sandwich.  …but I’m pretty sure kids would love it too!  :)  ENJOY!


  • 2 eggs
  • pinches of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices sturdy white bread
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lb thick sliced baked ham
  • 1/2 oz, weight shredded swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Beat eggs in a shallow dish (large enough to fit a sandwich) along with a few pinches of salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Assemble sandwiches with mustard, mayonnaise, ham, and cheese; slightly compress sandwich.
  • Over medium heat melt butter in skillet; then dip and coat each sandwich in beaten egg, and place in skillet.
  • Cook sandwiches 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned to liking and cheese has melted.

While this is a simple recipe, you could also jazz it up with some spectacular caviar!  Either add it between the bread or top it to add that extra elegant touch for any dinner party that you plan on having this holiday season!  :)