Giveaway: The Barista Express by Breville

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We’re back for another Home for the Holidays giveaway, and this time, the home wannabe barista (Danny) is going to introduce the last item of the week here on Simple Bites!

Aimée’s family introduced me to coffee-culture, and it is pretty much here to stay.  When we hosted a family reunion for them, we went through between 3/4 lb and 1 lb of coffee each day.

To get our coffee fix, we’ve used drip machines, single serve drip, French press, a cheap espresso machine that conked out after roughly 300 shots (2 months in our home), and more recently, a robust espresso machine on loan from my brother. We can finally return that one (thanks, bro) because we will be using our latest caffeine dispensing machine for a while.

If the title of this post did not clarify what it is, here’s a thousand-word description for what we’re giving away:

Yep, today you could win The Barista Express from Breville! It is my “early” Christmas present from Aimée this year.

Valued at $699, this espresso maker will replace 2 items on our counter as the coffee grinder is built into the machine, just one of the nifty features it boasts. Read about how our mornings have gotten a lot better, as well as how to win The Breville Express for your own!

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Home for the Holidays: Do you have a traditional holiday food?

To get some audience participation, if you will, for our Home for the Holidays week, we thought we’d ask YOU to share about what the holidays are like in your home. On each site, we’ve got a question we’d love for you to answer!

Share your thoughts here in the comments, and then hop to the other sites to jump in on the other holiday-related discussions.
Most of us associate certain comfort foods with the holidays; that’s just how it is. It may be your grandmother’s plum pudding or mom’s bread stuffing, but it conjures up feelings of homecoming, no matter where you are.

My background is British, so there is always shortbread and mince tarts aplenty.  My mother also makes an Italian inspired fruitcake called ‘Panforte’ every year. One of the highlights of the season is getting a thick wedge of it delivered in our Christmas package.

Since starting a family of our own, there are a few dishes Danny and I like to have around every year over the holidays. Tourtiere is a must ( I just made and froze several yesterday!), as is the German fruit and nut loaf, Stollen, for toasting on Christmas morning. We also like our homemade eggnog, with a grating of fresh nutmeg on top, thank you very much.

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Giveaway: Mandoline Slicer by Edgeware

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Welcome back to Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week — all great gift ideas, perfect for the season.

First I gave away a food processor, and in keeping with the super-useful tools and equipment theme, I’m excited to bring you my next giveaway item…

Yep, today you could win a sleek and sturdy Mandoline Slicer made by Edgeware! Valued at $179, this mandoline is a precision tool for uniformly slicing all manner of vegetables and fruits.

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Home for the Holidays: Bloggers without Borders

Christmas isn’t just about giving and getting (although we’re so excited to bring your our annual giveaway week) which is why for this year’s Home for the Holidays, we wanted to highlight some great organizations doing amazing things. Specifically, five organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. I hope that after reading this post, you’ll take a minute to browse the other SLM sites and learn a bit about our favorite charities.

I’m so excited to spotlight Bloggers without Borders today as it is an organization that occupies part of my time, much of my thoughts, and all of my heart.

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Giveaway: Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-cup Food Processor

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week—all great gift ideas, perfect for the holidays.

I’m so very excited about today’s giveaway item because I feel like I’m sharing a valuable discovery with you as well as giving away a top of the line kitchen tool…

Yep, I’m kicking things off with a Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-cup Food Processor!

Valued at approximately $450,the Magimix  is the best of the best food processors and built to last. How do I know that? Because Robot-Coupe, the inventor of the food processor, has been in every commercial kitchen I have ever worked it.

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