Because of that, finding, ways to make entertaining(and everyday family meals) easier, is essential. I love to cook. Well actually, I used to love to cook, back when I had time. Now with 2 kids running around, touching everything, asking for everything, trying to climb things, trying to get near the oven, the stove, the mixing bowls, the eggs or anything even close to the counter, it is just stressful.
Cooking every day dinners is hard enough. In fact, I often wait until I put my 2 year old to bed before I even start cooking (making for a very late dinner). When having people over for Thanksgiving or the holidays though, I have to have the food done at a reasonable time, and there is so much to do, that I will be cooking the whole day.
Thankfully, I have a few tools that will help ease some of the burden on me this year. If you remember a couple months back I reviewed an 18 Quart Roaster Oven form Nesco, which will be a life saver for cooking a perfect turkey, while keeping my oven free. I just added a new Nesco secret weapon to my arsenal, the 12 Program Automatic Bread Maker.
I have considered other bread machines in the past, but many of them still require more effort than I was prepared to put forth, so I never took the leap. Since I know Nesco makes amazing products, I was very interested in learning about this machine. When I found out that it does ALL the work, I had to have it.
All you have to do, literally, is add the ingredients, and set the machine. It is so simple.
It has super clear settings. There is a different number for each function(type of bread or food), and it sets the perfect time to fit whatever you are doing, so there is no guesswork. You can even chose the loaf size(small, large) and crust color(light, medium, dark) and it sets itself perfectly. There is a bake feature, too, where you can set the cook time if you like.
It also has a viewing window, which is awesome. It is so cool to watch the bread being mixed, rising and baking.
So far I have only made white bread, because my husband loved it so much the first time, that hat is the only one he asks for, but there are recipes for French Style bread, wheat bread, raisin bread and oat bread that I really need to try.
The white bread is delicious though.
What I really love about this machine, is that it makes so much more than just bread. You can also make pasta dough, cake, desserts, and even jam. I am dying to try the jam, and am actually considering making some to gift this year.
And as great a gift as my jam is going to be, this amazing bread machine would be so much better, that is why I am giving you all the chance to win one as part of the Christmas Wishes Event. Enter below for your chance to be the lucky winner.
And go HERE to check out the Look Book and the Linky for this and all the other Christmas Wishes giveaways. I am partnered with 10 other wonderful bloggers for this event, and there are some really incredible prizes to be had. There will be new giveaways posted continually through Saturday, so be sure to keep checking back.
*Although I received this at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*
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