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Holiday Baking Music Playlist

Holiday Baking Music Playlist

This Holiday Baking Music Playlist provides over 2 hours of music with 40+ holiday songs.  Enough time to press play and get those Christmas cookies made and into the oven!

When I’m baking during the holiday season, I absolutely need to have Christmas music playing. I love to sing and swing around the kitchen while I’m mixing batters and doughs…why not?  It’s the merriest time of year and I embrace it with all I have!  So I’ve put together a fun collection of songs, ranging from old favourites to some fantastic new ones (hello Ingrid Michaelson!!).  Press play and let’s get baking!

Holiday Baking Music Playlist

A Fun and Classic Holiday Baking Music Playlist:

  • Happy Holidays by Peggy Lee
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Lauren Daigle
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams
  • It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble
  • My Favourite Things by Tony Bennett
  • Mele Kalikimaka by Ingrid Michaelson
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Diana Krall
  • Winter Wonderland by Aretha Franklin
  • Please Come Home For Christmas by Christina Perri
  • It Snowed by Meaghan Smith
  • Cool Yule by Matt Dusk
  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!  by She & Him
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by John Legend
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside by She & Him
  • Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Silver Bells by Dean Martin
  • Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  • Christmas Tree by Zac Brown Band
  • Angels We Have Heard on High by Folk Angel
  • There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays by Perry Como
  • Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra
  • Santa Baby by Pink Martini
  • Hang a String of Lights by Great Lake Swimmers
  • Christmas Lights by Coldplay
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Dean Martin
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
  • Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes
  • A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin
  • Blue Christmas by Chris Isaak
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
  • What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve by Ingrid Michaelson
  • The Merriest by June Christy
  • The Christmas Song by Nat “King” Cole
  • Aspenglow by John Denver
  • Frosty the Snowman by Fiona Apple
  • I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas by Gayla Peevey
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Great Lake Swimmers

Download or Stream Holiday Baking on Apple Music

To make things easy for you I’ve created a playlist on Apple Music so you can download or stream while you bake!  Enjoy!

–> Listen and/or download this Holiday Baking Playlist on Apple Music here <–

Happy Holidays!

Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!

These Gumdrop Nougat Candies taste like nostalgia and Christmas’ past.  And I love them.  They’re sweet, soft, chewy and so delicious.  And very easy to make.  Create a batch and share them with friends, give them as gifts, and make sure to have them on your holiday treat plate!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Who knew that marshmallows + white chocolate chips = a chewy and delicious nougat?!  And with festive red and green gumdrops, this is a perfect Christmas treat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

I love that this treat is no bake, and that it can come together in just minutes.  All you need to do is melt together a little butter, mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips, then stir in chopped gumdrops.  Then spread it out into a parchment paper lined pan.  It’s pretty sticky, so a little trick I use is to lightly grease a small square of parchment paper then use that to spread and pat the mixture down.  Put it in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is best) to set…it needs to be completely cooled to cut it.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

When it comes time to cut them up into squares, make sure you use a large sharp knife because they’re sticky!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

As you cut into the nougat you’ll see how pretty these candies are!  The red and green gumdrops look like stained glass in the nougat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Aren’t they so pretty?

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

No one is going to be able to resist these candies when you put them out…trust me.  I had to put away over half of our batch or we were going to eat them all in one sitting!  But don’t worry, I have a recipe tip for you.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tip

This batch will make about 60 bite sized nougat candies, so if you’re not serving them right away, you might consider freezing this treat!  Layer the cut pieces of nougat between pieces of parchment paper and place in an air tight container, and put them into the freezer.  When you’re ready to serve, let them sit for about 1 hour or more after freezing, to bring them to room temperature.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

A delicious holiday treat you need to make!

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Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: Minimum 3 hours, including refrigeration time
  • Yield: 60 candies

Description

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips (225 g bags)
  • 2 bags of mini marshmallows (250 g bags)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red and green gumdrops

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8 square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the gumdrops in half.  Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together over indirect heat.  To do this I create a double boiler by putting a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (making sure that the bowl and pan fit together snug).  This ensures that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  4. Continuously stir the mixture until it is smooth and melted together, making sure not to cook the mixture…the goal is to just melt, not cook.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Let cool for about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the gumdrops.  Mix well.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  9. The mixture will be very sticky, so I use a lightly greased piece of parchment paper to help spread and pat the mixture down into the pan.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting, overnight is best.
  11. Cut into 60 bite sized pieces.
  12. To store the candies, use parchment paper between layers so the candies don’t stick together.
  13. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe tip:  You can freeze these treats!  Use parchment paper between layers and freeze in an airtight container.

More Delicious No-Bake Christmas Treats:

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

With just a few simple and inexpensive supplies, it’s easy to make your own Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath!  This is a gorgeous holiday statement for your door!

Last week I made my annual trek to Jasper with my Mom for Christmas in November…my favourite event of the year.  This magical event kicks off the Christmas season for me and gets me inspired to MAKE ALL THE THINGS for the holidays, both food and crafts.  And this year, I left mega-inspired and ready to create.  First up, a wreath.  A gigantic, festive and gorgeous wreath.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

I got home on Thursday night and by Friday I was in Michaels and my local hardware store gathering items for my wreath.  By Saturday my wreath was made!  Then I was greeted on Sunday morning with a blanket of new snow, so I had THE most perfect backdrop for my wreath photos to share with you.  I’m so thrilled with the result.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

I can’t even tell you how in love with this wreath I am.  I love everything about it…the size, the greens, the ribbon, just everything.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

Not to mention how easy it was to make…honestly I had it done in less than a 1/2 hour from start to finish.  That’s the great thing about grapevine wreath bases, all you have to do is stuff sprigs into it.  And it’s a very forgiving base…if you don’t like where something is, you can just remove it and stuff it again.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

Play with it and stuff until you get the result you’re looking for.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

Supplies for a Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath:

Did I mention that this wreath cost me less than $20 to make?!  True story.  If you use your Michaels coupon for the wreath base and sprigs, it’s so inexpensive to make.  And if you’re lucky enough to live near a forest, you can snip fresh sprigs from your yard or forest.

  • 1 grapevine wreath base, in the size of your choice.  I bought the biggest one I could find at Michaels…but still small enough that it will fit on my door.
  • evergreen sprigs: fresh and/or faux evergreen sprigs (or both like I used).  I used sprigs of fir, cedar and pine.
    • I used 2 large faux evergreen sprigs
    • ~ 10 fresh cedar sprigs
    • ~ 8 fresh pine sprigs
    • ~ 10 – 12 small fresh evergreen sprigs for filling gaps
  • sprigs of berries:  I bought 1 sprig of faux berries at Michaels and just snipped them off to stuff in
  • pine cones, about 8
  • ribbon, I used a cloth plaid ribbon that I found at HomeSense
  • green floral wire or twine for securing the evergreen sprigs

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

How to make a Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath:

This is one of the most simple wreaths you will make, don’t be intimidated by it at all! Honestly, this wreath is all about stuffing the sprigs into the grapevine wreath base.  It will only take you less than a 1/2 hour to make!

  • The first thing I do is hang the grapevine wreath base on a wreath hanger on the door.  I find this to be the easiest way to assemble a wreath, because you can see what you are doing.
  • I started with 2 large faux evergreen sprigs as the base, and stuffed each one into the bottom of the wreath base…one on each side for balance, with the stem towards the bottom of the wreath, and the evergreen fanning upward.  I used a little bit of floral wire to secure them. (I used faux sprigs as the base because I want to be able to only switch out small fresh pieces over the season as they dry out, while the faux ones remain ‘fresh’ in appearance)
  • Then I tucked in the cedar, pine and fresh evergreen sprigs at random, securing with wire as needed. Basically, what I do to one side of the wreath, I do to the other, for balance.
  • Then I tucked in the berries and acorns.  Securing with wire as needed.
  • Step back, have a look and see if both sides mirror each other, and add and adjust as needed.
  • I then made a simple bow with the plaid ribbon, leaving long trailing ribbon from the bow.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I mean, you just can’t go wrong with evergreens and plaid ribbon.  So so lovely.

Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

I hope you feel inspired to make one of these Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreaths for your home!  You’ll love it, I just know it.  If you make one, make sure to share it on Instagram with the hashtag #aprettylife and tag me @aprettylife so I can see it!

More Christmas Wreaths to Make:

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Red & Green Ornament Wreath

Red & Green Ornament Wreath

Happy Holidays!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Take away the stress of getting ready for the holiday season with these practical Holiday House Cleaning Tips!  A sparkling home awaits you and your guests!

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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada.  I have been compensated for my time, but all words, opinions and images are mine.

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means we’ll be opening our doors to many family and friends over the next few weeks!  So I wanted to share some tips to get your home clean and ready for the holidays. Everything from tasks you can complete weeks in advance, to tips for getting ready just before guests arrive.  Let’s get ready for the most festive and fun time of year!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Before you get cleaning:

Before you dive right into making your home sparkle, here are some simple ideas to consider before you get started!

  • Make a List!  Before you get started, make a list of everything you want cleaned and organized.  This is such a busy time of year, so take some of the stress off of yourself and get your to-do list out of your brain and onto a piece of paper.  Then look at it again and remove some things that maybe just aren’t necessary.  Do you really need to organize your closets and office this time of year?…Maybe save that for January!
  • Stock up on your favourite cleaners.  Before the holidays are upon us, stock up on cleaning supplies.  I make sure I’m stocked up with cleaning sprays, dishwasher detergent, garbage bags, cleaning wipes, detergent and floor cleaner.  So I’m ready for anything!
  • Tackle one room at a time.  You don’t need to do everything at once.  Maybe start with your kitchen one day and finish everything you want cleaned in there first.  Then tackle the living room another day.  I find this helps with not getting me overwhelmed with everything I have to do.
  • Prioritize. This goes back to tackling one room at a time.  Right before I’m expecting guests, I will focus on the rooms that I know my guests will be using the most, like cleaning the kitchen, the guest bathroom and tidying the entry way and the living room first.
  • Get the kids involved.  Our kids can help!  Give them age appropriate cleaning tasks.  Every little bit helps.
  • Don’t stress.  Things do not need to be perfect.  Only do what you can do.  Your family and friends will understand…and if they don’t, then assign them a cleaning task 😉

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Kitchen Cleaning Tips:

The kitchen is where all the deliciousness of holiday season is created, so make sure to get it sparkling clean (and inevitably it’s also the space where every party ends up!)  Here are some tips to make your kitchen ready for the holidays.

  • Stock up on dishwasher detergent.  Nothing worse than running out of detergent during the busiest time of year for your kitchen!
  • Stock up on supplies like garbage and compost bags.  You don’t want to run out of these during the holidays!
  • Wash your table linens, napkins, dishtowels and wash cloths.  I like to do this a couple of weeks ahead of time to make sure I have enough of everything, and then they’re ready when you need them.
  • Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and appliances.  When these surfaces are clean, it makes everything feel so clean.
  • Clean your oven and microwave.  These appliances get a workout this time of year, so make sure they’re nice and clean for all the cooking and baking you’re going to do!
  • Guest Ready Cleaning Tip!  Right before guest arrive make a stovetop potpourri to get your home smelling cozy!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips:

I think clean bathrooms are most important!  Every guest, friend and family member will be using your bathroom so make sure it’s sparkling clean.

  • Clean your toilets from top to bottom.  Don’t forget all the little nook and crannies at the base of the bowl.
  • Clean your faucet and sink.  I like to use an all purpose cleaner like Fantastik to get my sink sparkling.
  • Make sure the hand soap is full.  Adding a holiday scented soap is a nice touch as well.
  • Hang clean towels.  Dirty hand towels just won’t do.  Provide at least 2 towels and wash them after each gathering.
  • Stock up on supplies.  Fill a basket with extra toilet paper…don’t leave your guest stranded 😉
  • Empty the garbage can.  A full garbage doesn’t feel very clean!
  • Check your drains!  With 2 people with long hair in our household, our drains get clogged.  So I check the sink and shower drains before guests come to stay…no one wants to stand in a tub of water that won’t drain!  I also like to have extra Drano on hand in case of clog emergencies.
  • Make sure your bathroom smells nice!  Consider adding a reed diffuser to this space so it smells extra good!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Living Room Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash pillows and throws.  If possible, toss pillow coverings and throw blankets in the washer to get them clean and smell fresh…no one wants to snuggle up in a blanket that smells like tacos or your dog.  I like to use Tide Original because it smells SO good.
  • Don’t forget to dust.  Wipe down coffee tables, end tables, shelves, the mantel…anywhere you can imagine dust has settled.
  • Clean out the couch.  Remove all the cushions from the couch and vacuum away all the popcorn and mystery items that gather under the cushions.
  • Check your lighting.  Check your lamps and ceiling lights to see if they are all working.  I am always surprised by how many light bulbs I end up needing to replace. 
  • Clear the clutter!  Before you decorate for the holidays put away those books, boxes and miscellaneous items that will just feel like clutter mixed up with all the seasonal decor.
  • Vacuum the floors.  A quick vacuum makes a house look and feel clean.  Make sure to vacuum up pet hair!
  • Guest Ready Cleaning Tip!   Have enough throw blankets cleaned and available for each of your overnight guests.

Entryway Cleaning Tips:

As friends and family arrive for holiday celebrations, our entryway will be one of the most passed through spaces during the holiday season.  Here are some tips to get this space quickly cleaned up:

  • Sweep or shovel your front porch.  Having a clean entrance is a nice way to welcome your guests.
  • Clean the windows and mirrors.  Entryways are well used areas so make sure they sparkle!
  • Toss your door mat (if possible) into the washer.  I always keep washable mats at my doorways.  They are the most used flooring so I like to make sure I can toss them in the washing machine on a  regular basis.
  • Put away the clutter.  Clutter and junk has no place at the entryway.
  • Add extra hangers to your front closet for guest coats.  I always forget to do this and don’t realize how important it is to have enough hangers for my guests until it’s too late!
  • Make space available for boots and shoes.  To avoid cluttering up your entryway, consider making room in the front closet for boots and shoes, or add a few plastic mats so guests know where to put their footwear.

My Biggest Holiday Cleaning Tip!

My biggest tip, is don’t stress.  The holidays are supposed to be fun for you too.  The best thing we can do for ourselves this time of year is to plan and prepare ahead of time.  Get the supplies you need in advance.  Then enlist help.  It’s ok to want a clean home for the holidays, so assign tasks to everyone in your family…things will get completed more quickly and with less stress on you!

Where to Buy The Cleaning Products in this Post:

Happy holidays!

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

This Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread is sweet, gooey and full of delicious cinnamon sugar coated apples!  So good right out of the oven.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by BC Tree Fruits. I have been compensated monetarily for my time and recipe creation.  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.

I made a bread that’s so delicious that I think you need to make it too.  It’s the kind of bread that will bring people running to the table, and won’t last more than a serving.  It’s the kind of bread that reminds you of the days when your grandma or mom would make homemade cinnamon buns.  This bread is my Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread, a soft doughy bread with a gooey, cinnamony apple mix in every bite.  Are you convinced yet?

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

I partnered up with BC Tree Fruits to bring you this delicious recipe!  Since 1936, BC Tree Fruits has been a trusted Canadian source for apples, pears, peaches, cherries and a whole host of other fruits grown by 430+ local families who love what they do and where they do it…the sunny Okanagan Valley!  They grow over 12 fresh varieties of apples: Ambrosia, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Nicola, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Royal Gala, Spartan, Sunrise and Salish.

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

BC Tree Fruits apples are premium quality so make sure to look for the Leaf when buying apples!

When my box of BC Tree Fruits Ambrosia apples arrived at my door, I knew exactly what I was going to make with them.  The Ambrosia apple is a homegrown original apple that is sweet, has a white, firm and crisp flesh, and are best for snacking, salads, pies, baking. And perfect for my Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread recipe.

Fun Fact about Ambrosia apples!  The Ambrosia was discovered in the 1990s as a chance seedling, and no one really knows its parentage, other than the fact that the original orchard was full of Jonagolds and had previously been home to both Golden Delicious and Red Delicious trees.

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Back to the bread!  This bread is actually quite easy to make, especially because I make the dough with my bread machine.  If you don’t have a bread machine, feel free to use your favourite sweet dough recipe instead.

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

The star of this recipe though, is the cinnamon/brown sugar/apple mix that gets spread over the sweet dough.  Seriously, just look at all that deliciousness!

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Once the apple mix is spread over the dough, it’s cut up into pieces…

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Then all the yummy dough is stuffed into a loaf pan…I’ve put all the detailed instructions on how to do this, in the recipe card below.  It’s much easier than it looks, and well worth the effort!

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Because the end result is mega-tasty.  Just look at all that delicious dough bursting out of the pan…and in every bite delicious, sweet, cinnamony apples.

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

This bread is the best served warm.  Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes after baking, then take it out of the pan and put it onto a serving platter.  Then just let everyone pull apart pieces from it.  SO good.

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Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of bread

Description

This Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread is sweet, gooey and full of delicious cinnamon sugar coated apples!  So good right out of the oven.


Ingredients

The Dough:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp skim milk powder
  • 1 tsp bread machine yeast

Cinnamon Apple Mixture:

  • 1 apple diced small
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted butter

Instructions

The Dough:

  1. Add all of the bread ingredients to the bread machine in the order I have them listed.
  2. Set the bread machine to the dough cycle.
  3. When the dough is finished, remove it from the machine and set it in a warm place, cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
  4. At this point, you can put it in the fridge to use the next day, but when you take it out, let it sit for 30 minutes to warm up.

Cinnamon Apple Mix:

  1. Peel and dice the apple into small pieces.
  2. Mix the apple with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Melt your butter. Set aside.

Putting it together:

  1. Roll out the dough to measure 12 x 18 inches.
  2. Slather it with the melted butter.
  3. Spread the apple cinnamon mix evenly over the dough. Use all of it.  (see picture)
  4. Cut your dough into 6 even strips, vertically.
  5. Stack the dough pieces on top of each other. (see picture)
  6. Cut into 6 even strips again.
  7. Grease a loaf pan with butter.
  8. Line the pieces of dough in your prepared baking pan.  You don’t have to worry too much about how to line them up…just get all the dough in the pan.
  9. Cover your pan with a clean tea towel again, and let rise for 30-45 minutes more.
  10. Then, in a preheated 350 degree oven, bake for 35-45 minutes. (I put a cookie sheet under my tin, because the sugar mixture tends to bubble over.)
  11. When baking is complete, take bread out of the oven, and let rest in the pan for about 15 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

How to get the most out of your apples:

  • Store your apples in the crisper in your fridge, at a low temperature and high humidity.
  • Keep your apples in a plastic bag to prevent them from speeding up ripening of other produce items.  Apples emit ethylene, which is a naturally occurring gas that encourages ripening,
  • Apples are easier to peel when they’re cold. But keep in mind, most of the fruit’s nutritional value is found in the skin!
  • Fun Apple Fact!  A plate of apple slices on the kitchen counter will help absorb cooking odours.

More Delicious Apple Recipes:

Have a delicious day!

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam Dishwasher

Disclosure: I am working with LG and I am excited to share my review of the LG QuadWash TrueSteam dishwasher with you.  I have been compensated for my time, but as always all pictures, views and opinions are my own.

Dishwashers are powerhouses in our homes!  They work tirelessly to clean the endless supply of dishes we create as we cook and bake, sometimes even working a couple of times a day. They’re a really important kitchen tool, and one I’m especially grateful for.

Recently I was asked to review the LG QuadWash TrueSteam dishwasher, and I can honestly say that I have never had such a beautiful dishwasher in all my life.  Yes, it is possible to have a dishwasher that is not only amazing at cleaning my dishes, but is gorgeous too!  I truly love my new dishwasher and can’t wait to share with you why I love it so much.  I’ve tried a lot of dishwashers over the years, and with a busy household that creates A LOT of dirty dishes, I really appreciate a great dishwasher.  So if you’re thinking of adding a new dishwasher to your kitchen, consider the LG QuadWash TrueSteam.

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

Why I LOVE the LG QuadWash TrueSteam:

I’m so impressed with all the features this dishwasher has.  From the LED tub lights, to how quiet it is, to all the different cleaning settings, to the adjustable racks, to the fact that there are 3 racks, and not to mention how clean my dishes are!  Here’s why I love it:

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

TrueSteam technology

First and foremost, my dishes come out sparkling clean.

Clean dishes are THE most important result from using a dishwasher.  The LG QuadWash utilizes TrueSteam technology which cleans dishes with steam from boiling water.  This high temperature steam effectively sanitizes dishes, while at the same time is gentle on them, leaving dishes sparkling clean with 60% less water spots! This dishwasher is definitely true to it’s word of Superior Performance yet Gentle Care.  

The LG QuadWash TrueSteam has Multi-Motion spray arms that rotate back and forth while spinning, providing coverage to clean every dish on every rack, so I don’t have to pre-clean them either which is a major bonus!  No one has time for pre-cleaning. 😉

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

The different cleaning options.

All the different cleaning cycles are displayed on the control panel at the top of the dishwasher door.  From here I can choose a cycle for really dirty dishes, delicate dishes, dishes that just need a quick refresh or rinse, a half load of dishes, Energy Saver, or I can choose an express cycle for when I’m short on time. But I really love the Auto cycle which senses my load size and how dirty my dishes are, then cleans accordingly.  Clean every time.

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

The lighting.

I love the lighting.  This dishwasher has an LED tub light which activates when the door is opened, making loading and unloading easier than ever.  And it looks sooooo pretty, especially at night.

The Night Dry.

Most times I run my dishwasher right after dinner so my dishes end up sitting in the dishwasher overnight.  This used to mean that my dishes would be wet in the morning.  The Night Dry option runs the ventilation fan periodically to help vent the steam from the tub, so my dishes are dry in the morning.  Genius.

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

The adjustable basket in the top rack.  Perfect for larger items like whisk and flippers.

There are 3 racks.

I love having the 3rd rack…up until now, I’ve never had a good place to put things like whisks, spatulas and wooden spoons, and now I can put them in the 3rd rack.  This rack is also adjustable, so you can lower one of the baskets just slightly to accommodate some of the bigger utensils like whisks and flippers.

The Racks are Adjustable.

The LG QuadWash TrueSteam EasyRack Plus is such a fantastic feature.  Not only can I adjust the top rack as I mentioned above, but I can also adjust the 2nd rack.  I like being able to move the racks to accommodate different sized dishes.  I have a set of ‘good’ dishes, and the plates are quite tall and until now I’ve always had to hand wash them because they didn’t fit in my dishwasher.  And now with an adjustable rack, they fit!  It’s also a great option for when you need to wash wine glasses.  Adjustable racks are the best.  This dishwasher also has folding tines in the racks, so you can pop them up or down to accommodate different dish sizes.

I should also mention here that the racks glide in and out SO smoothly.

It’s SO quiet.

This dishwasher is SO quiet that I have actually had to put my ear right up to the door to see if it was on.  I’ve tried a lot of dishwashers over the years, and I can honestly say I’ve never heard one that’s more quiet than this one.  The Inverter DirectDrive™ Motor technology is what makes it so quiet.

It’s SO beautiful.

I love the sleek modern look of the LG QuadWash TrueSteam.  I chose mine in Black Stainless Steel, and it fits in seamlessly with my kitchen.  I also really love that it has a protective coating that makes it fingerprint and smudge resistant.  We’re in the process of giving our kitchen a makeover (the cabinets have been painted white), and my new dishwasher looks perfect in my kitchen.  We love it so much that we’re hoping to upgrade all of our appliances to LG to match!

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

It’s really smart!

The LG Quadwash TruSteam dishwasher comes with the LG SmartThin! Application. This application allows you to communicate with your dishwasher using a smartphone!  So if you wish, you can set it up so that you can be anywhere and get an alert when your dishwasher is done with a cycle.  With the app you can also download new wash cycles such as pots & pans or casseroles and even download your own personalized cleaning settings.

Product Review: LG QuadWash TrueSteam

LG QuadWash TrueSteam Benefits:

  • Sparkling Clean Dishes: High-temperature steam removes baked-on, caked-on food from your dishes, sanitizes and reduces excess water spots.
  • Thorough Cleaning: QuadWash provides maximum coverage to get things clean the first time.
  • Easy Loading & Maximum Flexibility: The racking system can adjust to handle any challenge your dishes serve up.
  • Minimalistic Design: It brings a sleek, modern design to your kitchen.

I am loving my new dishwasher so much.  With a busy household and A LOT of dirty dishes, I really appreciate a dishwasher that works well and thus makes my life just a little easier.

30 Minute Korean Beef

This Korean Beef is ready and on your table in 30 minutes or less!  Sweet, spicy and delicious served over steamed rice.

A meal on the table in 30 minutes or less?!  YES it is possible.  And this Korean Beef is proof of that.  This is the kind of recipe that is SO perfect for the busiest nights…heading out to hockey, gymnastics, rugby or dance…you can make a homemade meal with little effort.

30 Minute Korean Beef

Ground beef is one of those recipe ingredients that I always add to my grocery list.  It’s inexpensive and the kids like it, so I use it in so many dishes like soups, meatloaf, meatballs and pasta sauces. But sometimes I get tired of making the same things.

30 Minute Korean Beef

So I decided to try something new and tested out a recipe for 30 Minute Korean Beef.  I’ve seen many versions of this recipe over the years and came up with this simple version.  It’s made with just a few ingredients (most you likely have already):  ground beef, garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar and red pepper flakes for a little touch of heat.  SO simple and so flavourful.

30 Minute Korean Beef

Top with chopped green onions and serve over steamed rice.  I also like to serve this with steamed green beans.  Such a delicious meal that we all love!

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30 Minute Korean Beef


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Korean Beef is ready and on your table in 30 minutes or less!  Sweet, spicy and delicious served over steamed rice.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • steamed rice

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the minced garlic.
  2. Once the ground beef is cooked, drain the fat.
  3. Then add the minced fresh ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until the ginger is soft and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Serve over steamed rice and top with the sliced green onions.

Have a delicious day!