Kitchen Essentials for Home Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen gadgets and accessories are usually high on the list of most wedding gift registries, but they’re especially in demand these days as couples spend more time preparing meals at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked four experienced chefs across the country to share some of their go-to wedding gifts. Here’s a sampling.

Ms. Yeh is the host of the Food Network series “Girl Meets Farm.” She is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and the author of the cookbooks “Molly on the Range” and “Yogurt.”

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Mr. Torres, a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate, is the founder of Jacques Torres Chocolate, which has seven retail locations in New York. He was the star of the PBS series “Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres,” the host of the Food Network series “Chocolate with Jacques Torres,” and an author of “Dessert Circus.” Most recently, he was the head judge on the Netflix baking competition, “Nailed It!”

Ms. Adams is the founder and author of the cookbook “Grandbaby Cakes,” which offers her grandmother’s generational recipes with a modern spin. She is a cast member of the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets,” and is part of the Today Tastemakers on the “Today Show.”

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There’s a new DIY advent calendar perfect for home improvements lovers and you can get it from Wickes

IF there’s someone in your household who loves a bit of DIY then we have found the perfect advent calendar to buy for them this year.

The Draper Tools advent calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hexagon keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits.

This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises - perfect for creating a brand new tool box

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This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises – perfect for creating a brand new tool box

It also comes with a handy, sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised.

The limited edition calendar will be available from stockists nationally around the country and online, including Wickes, from end of October.

It’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is just £34.99, although individual retailers can set their own prices.

The full list of contents for the calendar is:

  • 1x 2m Measuring tape
  • 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench
  • 1x 115mm Combination pliers
  • 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers
  • 1x ¼” Hex magnetic bit driver
  • 1x 1/4’” Hex 60mm magnetic bit holder
  • 9x 25mm PZ TYPE insert bits: No.0, No.1 (x2) No.2 (x4) and No3 (x2)
  • 3x 25mm Cross slot insert bits: No.2
  • 4x 25mm Plain slot insert bits: 3, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5mm
  • 7x 25mm DRAPER TX-STAR insert bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30 and T40
  • 3x 25mm Square insert bits: No.1, No2 and No.3
  • 5x 25mm Hexagon insert bits: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm
  • 10 x Hex keys 0 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3., 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8, 10mm
  • 1x Storage case with EVA insert

Draper Tools says that you’ll end up with the sort of set that could be handy for anyone around the house, garage or even at work.

As you open each door, you’ll start to build a tool kit that could come in useful for all those little unexpected jobs around the house.

For every advent calendar that is sold, Draper Tools is donating £1 to NHS Charities Together – in recognition of hardworking NHS heroes who have done so much this year.

It’s still early days, but this the cheapest tool kit advent calendars that we have seen launched so far this year.

The calendar isn’t available until the end of October, but it’s limited edition so you might want to keep your eyes peeled for when it’s available.

We also liked this Wera 24-piece Christmas advent calendar which is on sale for £48.51 (38% more expensive than the Draper option).

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Irresistible Home Decor For Music Lovers

Music lovers are reputed as innovative people around the world. There are certain music lovers who are adorers to such an extent that they dedicate their entire lives to either creating some form of music or the other or for that matter draw music into every aspect of their lives. In recent times we have come across certain innovations that can be termed as apt adaptations of the above mentioned theory. One such example is that of home décor ideas inspired by music. This is not only contemporary, but also a very happening innovation when it comes to the subject of internal home decorating ideas.

1. Snare drum shelves: Shelves are a very important and useful part of our room décor. If you are a person who likes innovation in your room apart from being a person inspired by musical instruments, you can try this awesome innovation as this would definitely provide you with a sense of beats.

2. Cassette coffee table: This room décor idea would not only provide you with a feel of love for the retro music but will also make you nostalgic for certain. No one among us can deny the fat that cassettes and tape recorders were important part and parcel of our childhood. Thus, this is a décor worth trying out, whether music lover or not.

3. Trumpet lamp: The sound of the trumpet creates an enthralling aura for the listeners. But have you ever heard of the lights of the trumpet creating a romantic atmosphere? This unbelievable is possible with this creative and one of the most striking home decor ideas currently in place.

4. Recycled piano bookshelf: The space inside a piano can be used in a lot of constructive ways. There are a lot of unplayable pianos up for grabs which can be purchased for use and in the most unorthodox of ways. One such option is to use it as a bookshelf. Thus, the ear soothing instrument is not only utilized in a proper manner but also looks quite an eyeful for the beholder.

5. Drum lamp: If percussions form an essential part of your dream, make sure that you see one of those instruments quite regularly while you are relaxing back home. The drum lamp is an effective way to decorate your room apart from enhancing the beautification of your favorite room in house.

These decorative elements form only a minor part of what is in store for people who are primarily lovers of music and also are quite remarkable in planning newer and ever changing creative home décor ideas which prove to be fruitful not only in meeting the thirst of the person for possession of an unique room but also quite effectively speaks out to the entire world about the sensibility of music which the person possesses. Along with all the stylizing aspect, the prospect that music provides you with also ensures that there is a theme to these awesome home decorating ideas that music is probably …

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