Camping with the best in hand- a WÜSTHOF Travelers Set Review

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Price and I love to go camping. Or “glamping” as you have it.

Camping to us is about getting to disconnect our phones and enjoy the change of pace by being away from the house with the constant distractions from the TV, computer, phones, and never ending laundry. We love to check out different New England campgrounds to see what each offer and what we can do at each one. Sometimes the weekend is focused on a hike, or it’s just focused on sitting back in some chairs around a camp fire and reading. One thing remains the same is that we always pride ourselves in packing well and efficiently. Sure, we bring a lot but everything we have acquired over the years of our camping has been carefully selected. Our latest addition to our camping gear is a WÜSTHOF 7- Piece Travel Set.

The traveler set comes with a pair of kitchen shears, a waiters corkscrew, a knife sharpener, and 3 knifes in a traveling case. The kit includes a paring knife, serrated knife, and a chefs knife, which are essentials for preparing a meal, in your kitchen or out at the campsite. There are 2 price points for the kit, which are reflective of the finish of accessories in the case. There is a WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set and a . The Gourmet set is made of High-carbon stainless steel and polypropylene, while the Classic is made of High-carbon stainless steel and a polymer (POM). Both product lines are made of quality materials that are well made, strong, and easy to clean by hand washing.

We brought the WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set along with us this when we went camping this summer in Maine. It was such a life saver since everything was well contained, and had everything that we needed for just about every situation over the weekend.

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The WÜSTHOF kitchen shears are so sharp! Everything was cut cleanly and quickly as we glided the shears right through packaging for our new dog leader, our new tent, and for cutting some rope that we hung up between some trees to help dry off the towels we used when Kemper did some swimming. Besides being great quality, my favorite thing about them is that they come apart. They won’t just suddenly fall apart in your hands as you need to get to the correct angle to pop them apart. By separating each blade, you can do a great job of cleaning them. Taking care to clean them is very important when you are doing something messy, like breaking down a fish or even just cutting some herbs.

When we were packing up we had realized that we had accidentally left Kemper’s leader that we stake into the ground back in New York when we were there over the 4th of July. We stopped to pick one up on our way to the campgrounds. Both the leader and the stake are very well packaged, for theft and safety (hello big sharp metal corkscrew stake). We quickly got through both packages with the kitchen shears.

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And what is camping with out booze?!?!?!

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Yes, you need to allot a gallon of water per person per day but you gotta have some cold beers to help stay off the summer heat as well. Having a bottle of wine doesn’t hurt either.

While there is a bottle opener built into part of the scissors, I find that this bottle opening is great for quickly popping off the tops to beers. As well, this has the corkscrew needed for that wine you are going to enjoy with your sausages that you grill over your campfire!

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And what’s a Corona without some lime?!? The WÜSTHOF paring knife was perfect for cutting out thin wedges that we then slipped into the neck of the bottle. Just like the scissors, the paring knife was extremely sharp so cutting up the lime, and other fruit that we brought for Autumn to snack on, was very easy.

All of the knives were brand new so we didn’t need the knife sharpener but having it as part of the travel set is really handy. You might never know when you’ll need to sharpen the scissors or knives from wear.

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FYI- The cutting board we used was is not including in this kit, but it’s from another camping mess kit we have.

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And you can’t have a beer without a snack!

We always bring a lot some cheese and crackers with us when we go camping. It makes for  a quick snack that is easy to prepare (none) and is tasty (very!). We used the kitchen shears again to open up the packaging and then…

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Ah, the serrated knife in action! This knife was great for cutting thin slices of cheese that we enjoyed with out crackers for an afternoon snack.

The only knife we did not use while camping was the chefs knife, but I did test that once we were back at home and it put all my well loved knives to shame. Price and I already have a plan to register for a BIG set of Wusthof knives when we get married. A bliss!

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We quickly got set up at our campsite we enjoyed some swimming and naps (well the baby did!), and then before we knew it was time for lunch! We brought hot dogs along with us, which had to be opened and sliced in half, for better charring, of course!

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WÜSTHOF is a family run company, that was founded in 1814 in Solingen, Germany. They have always been creators and makers of exceptional quality and long-lasting products. Their logo emphasizes their brand mission as the trident symbolises their three values: Passion – Diligence – Perfection.  They run and manufacture their products with those guiding principals in mind.

Their products are long lasting without leaving a lasting impact on the enviroment, which has been an important mission from them for a long time. They have a very modern facility which guarantees environmentally-friendly production processes. They continue to focus on increasing the efficiency of energy and raw materials, how to preserve resources, reduce wastewater contamination, and reduce emissions of CO² and other gases. The air and water that is used and ultimately levaves the leaves the plant completely uncontaminated thanks to an extensive filter system. But that is just a start for them as they are currently concentrating on recovering heat from the production process and reducing noise emissions.

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This WÜSTHOF 7- piece Travel Set is not just for camping! It is a smart choice to have with you when you got boating, RVing, picnicking, tailgating, or even just backyard grilling as you can just grab the kit and you are ready to go.

I sincerely mean it when I say that this would make for a wonderful addition for people with a fun, active life. And it would make for a great gift as well. Be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for birthdays, Father’s Day, and Christmas!!

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While I recieved this WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set for review, all opinions are honest and my own.

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9.12-14: Weekend Recap

{Friday night}

get home from work | Price got Autumn from daycare | talk to my sister | Price made cheeseburgers | Autumn ate dinner | Autumn to bed | Price brushed Bunny | watch DVR’d shows | fold laundry | watch DDD | bed

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{Saturday}

up 6.15am | Autumn’s breakfast & english muffins | go to Haymarket for veggies | dog park & met up with Fin | Flour for breakfast | Autumn had lunch | Price gave Autumn a bath | Shepard’s Pie for lunch | reload dishwasher | 2+ hour nap for all of us | went to work to get my work laptop | Petsmart for a new harness | pigs in a blanket & TJ’s pizza for dinner | watch DDD & football | work | bed

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{Sunday}

Autumn up at 4am | back to bed 6-7am | make pancakes | make donut muffins | Autumn naps | get hair cut | grocery shopping | get beer for Price | Popeye’s chicken | football | mini nap with Autumn | spray paint chairs | pizza roll up for dinner | 2.4 mile walk with Autumn | Price works on chair seats | blogging | football | bed

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Monday Munchies: Highland Kitchen- Somerville, MA

 

 As part of my Monday Munchies series, I will feature a different eatery for a review on the first and third Monday of every month. Hope you enjoy!

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I learned a very valuable lesson when it comes to having brunch at Highland Kitchen in Somerville, MA. When you read that brunch opens at 11am don’t just think “Hey! We’ll get there at 11 and won’t have a wait. Sweet!” Nope, no, no no. Wrong. Completely wrong. We pulled up at 11.04 and the line was insane. CRAP. We tried to come up with alternatives but knew that if Highland Kitchen looked like this we would have this problem elsewhere, plus the additional driving time to get to those places. So, we braved it out and waited 50 minutes instead. Oh, boy.

It was lame and annoyed but worth it. Oh, damn that was a good brunch. Such a good brunch. We had a blast while we enjoyed amazing food.

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As we stood around outside (my mom walked Autumn all over in her stroller to kill the time) we peered through the opened windows and to check out what others had ordered. We saw several ordered of Beignets ($4.95) so we knew we had to get some ourselves. The order came to our table piping hot and covered with powder sugar. They were really light and fluffy but they did seem a tiny bit under cooked in the center, hardly noticeable.

I really think you can’t beat freshly fried Beignets and fresh brewed coffee. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have an attentive waitress who keeps your cup of coffee freshly topped off!

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Autumn even enjoyed herself during brunch. She tried everything we ordered and loved everything she tried. She also enjoyed throwing that lid on the floor about a hundred times. And of course, I picked it up and wiped it off every time. Babies…

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Price and my mom enjoyed the Deviled Eggs ($3.50) and Bloody Mary’s. I’m just not a fan of deviled eggs, but they are so they each enjoyed halves that were loaded up with creamy, yolky goodness. We even gave Autumn some and she enjoyed it too.

Price thought that the Bloody Mary was good but very spicy with a lot of Horseradish. It was served with a wedge of lemon and a pickled string bean. The Blood Mary wasn’t very lemony but you could adjust that yourself, as you prefered. Sometimes we come across Blood Mary’s that are really thick and chunky, but it was very smooth. Price did think that it was quite weak and wished that he could have tasted more vodka.

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My mom saw an order of  Huevos Rancheros ($9.95) on another table and decided that she needed to try it. The serving was very generous and quiet tasty.  The plate was really loaded up with its 3 fried eggs, large serving of refried black beans, scoop of rice, corn tortillas & queso fresco. It was all topped of with a ‘rojo’ sauce that had a bit of zip.

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Typically, Price and I don’t order the same thing for brunch so that we can share but we each read the description of the Dirty Bird ($10.95) and we each decided to get it. No sharing. Ha! (I was debating ordering the Dirty Bird or the Shrimp and Grits ($10.95)… I’ll have to try the grits next time.)

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 This couldn’t have been called “The Napper” since you really would want a nap after enjoying this.

Holy Cow! or Holy Chicken. Or Holy Pig. I dunno. There were so much going on with this plate. You might just need to brace yourself when reading the components… get ready… Half of a buttermilk biscuit, topped with a fried chicken breast, a few slices of applewood smoked bacon, and a fried egg. That stack is topped off with the biscuit and the sausage gravy. It’s indulgent, rich, and  breathtaking. This will take your breath away once it’s put in front of you, but once you take a bit you will be blown away. The chicken breast is juicy with a crunchy exterior and the biscuit is tender with a dense crumb to it. The gravy was thick and filled with sausage and was great with a bite of chicken, egg, of biscuit.

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And this last picture is just to remind me that Autumn is just about as delicious as anything I could ever order. I could just gobble up those cheeks.

Get over to Highland Kitchen if you know what’s good for you! And be sure to get there EARLY so you don’t have to wait. Really, I swear, get there early because they don’t take reservations and there will be a line because the brunch is da-bomb.

Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02143

617 625 1131

Brunch 11am-2.30pm

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Turkey Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

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I’ve figured out the rest of the pies I am going to feature this year!!!

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so prepared when it comes to blogging before. Woohoo!! Price and I formulated the list and I think it’s pretty awesome! It was fun to go through my Pinterest boards to come up with ideas for what to make and when.

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I’m gonna keep the list a secret but I can share there are 4 apple pies on there. So many apple pies!!! Damn, I love apple pies. They are so good. And it’s even better when you get to use the apples that you picked right off the tree. Last week’s Deep Dish Apple Pie was pretty epic so I’m hoping that the rest are as great as I imagine them to be.

As well, I imagine you’re gonna like this one too. We realized that I didn’t make many savory pies this year so I’ve added a few of them to the list, like this one!

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Shepard’s Pie is one of my favorite casseroles. Ah ha… okay… so you caught me! Shepard’s Pie is a casserole and not a pie but I am going to take some liberties with the name.

Speaking of pie stealing names… Boston Cream Pie! Whoopie Pie! Boston Cream Pie is a cake and Whoopie Pies are a cakie cookie. Totally makes sense… ha!

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Anyway, I used to make this for myself ALL THE TIME when I was in high school. I loved having something ready for when I got home after my internship or after one of my babysitting jobs. It helped me not get something junky on the way home. I would have something healthy when I arrived home that I could heat up. I would always used lean ground turkey, fresh veggies, and a low fat garlicky mashed potato on top. I focused on keeping things really healthy by not loading it up with butter and cream so I would add herbs and other seasonings to amp up the flavors.

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And I think I pulled that off with this Sweet Potato Topped Turkey Shepard’s Pie as well! I used a lean ground turkey to keep the fat down, as compared to using ground beef chuck. But this recipe is more at my life’s current pace now with frozen veggies… hello convenience! As well, with keeping things nice and easy, I didn’t peel the sweet potatoes, but you certainly can if you prefer it that way.

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This is the best kind of recipe for back to school dinners and fall comfort food. It makes a big batch that is great to enjoy solo, with plenty of leftovers, or as a big family. Eat up!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

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 Turkey Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 medium carrots, halved lengthwise, quartered if large, and thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 8 oz frozen pearl onions
  • 8 oz frozen peas
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce

Process

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Fill a medium sized pot with salted water, add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain, and return to the pot, removed from heat. Add the butter and mash together with a potato masher.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the carrots and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the carrots. Break apart the turkey into small pieces while browning it. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the frozen vegetables, seasonings. Saute for a 2 minutes. Move the filling to the outside of the skillet to create a clear space in the center.
  6. Add the tomato paste in the center of the skillet, break apart and cook for 1 minute. Mix the entire mixture together and add the water and Worcestershire Sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Evenly pour the filling into a 8 x 13 pan. Top the filling with the mashed sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes prior to serving.
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Life with a Baby: Baby Favorites @ 9 months

I don’t think Autumn ever sits still now. Well, she does sit still in the grass or on my lap when we are outside at night watching birds fly around as the sun sets, but that’s about it. She enjoys being outside as much as possible, and when she is inside and want to go out she lets you know. Her actions are very deliberate, she knows what she likes and dislikes, and she really lets you know about it either way.

These are some of the things that she really likes, and lets you know it!

Baby Favorites @ 9 months

 

Jellycat® Woodland Babe Cream Owl

My best friend’s mom got this owl for Autumn when she was a few weeks old. We always keptit in her crib and now it is her favorite thing. She sleeps with it every night, and in the morning often won’t let go of it until she has her bottle downstairs. When I put her in her crib she grabs tight to it and holds its body or wings. Sometimes she will stroke the eyebrow fluff as she falls asleep. It’s just adorable!

Since it basically is her best friend we bought an extra just incase our (jerkface) dog manages to get it and destroy it. We couldn’t risk not having one around for her, she just loves her owl too much.


Munchkin The Medicator

This was one of those things that Price put on the Amazon list and I didn’t get the point of it since Autumn’s medicines comes with droppers- it’s not like we lost them… yet. But once we used it I was a fan. She would often spit out medicine we would give her, no matter if it was cherry flavored Motrin or her 2x daily iron dose. So now we have this, which is similar to the nipple on her bottle so she will take it more easily, compared to getting medicine dropped. And we can mix breast milk or water with it so the tastes are diluted too.

 

Too Cute!

We don’t really watch many cartoons or kids programing with Autumn. We occasionally put some on but she is on the move and doesn’t pay attention to it and there is only so much Peppa Pig I can listen do while she crawls around the kitchen with a spoon in her hand. But if we put on Too Cute! she is in awe of it. She will at least sit for a few minutes to check out the animals. Sometimes she even claps around to show how much she loves it. It’s too cute! ha!

Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate

For our little girl, who is always on the move now, these baby gates are key to having her be safe. We have one located at the bottom of the stairs on our first floor and one that cuts Autumn off from the main living area to tiny hallway that leads to our first floor bathroom and to stairs to our basement. As well, we now keep the dog’s food and water bowl there to help prevent her from eating the dog food or play with Kemper’s water bowl.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Click’n Learn Remote

Basically, Autumn wants whatever we have. If we are holding the remote, then she wants it. And, obviously, she will play around with it and the channels will change and before we know it we are watching our town’s loop of public ads or some spanish version of QVC. So we now have this toy remote that we can trick her with so she feels like she has what we have and we can still watch the news or other important things like… Extra!

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Check out more Baby Favorites:

@ 8 months

@ 7 months

@ 6 months

@ 5 months

@ 4 months

@ 3 months

@ 2 months

@ 1 month

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I’ll do a favorites post every month/stage as Autumn grows, changes, and develops.

What are some of your favorite things for 6 month olds?

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