When it’s holiday season it is impossible not to talk about kitchens, especially with all the entertaining that goes into these couple of weeks. Today I want to share with you some of my miracle workers in the kitchen. Tools, and products I love to keep my kitchen working efficiently, having it ready for dinner parties, and filled with easy to use appliances convenient for a busy mom like me.

I think you’ll find these appliances, and gadgets as great gift choices for friends, and may even want one for yourself. Usually my husband would have an earful if he bought me a house tool for a holiday gift; however, I’ll take these ones any given day. 🙂

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I personally have and use 75% of these kitchen essentials. Some I don’t have and am craving big time are, numbers 8 ( big tea-lover here), 7 ( what a charming book), and 6 ( what can I say I can’t say no to color red. )

What are your kitchen essentials? Which kitchen related gifts would you accept with a big smile?



I love to bake with my kids during the holidays. It is a super fun activity that gets everyone involved. My 10 year old almost does it all by herself with my two younger ones as her assistants that it is precious to watch, & photograph. 🙂 The things we bake range from pies to holiday themed cookies.


One thing that happens when I am baking with kids is the inevitable messes that will form on my granite countertops. There is flour spilled, eggs splashed, cookie dough smeared, and all the while our Pug Daisy waiting on the floor for any bits & pieces of yummies that may end up on the ground.

In addition to the ingredients that can be literally read from my countertops, there is also good old me getting klutzy during all the kaos. Believe me there is always a good share of that going around here. I love it, wouldn’t have it any other way. Nevertheless it’s a reality that when the phone,or door bell rings, and say when I get a text from hubby and reach for my phone, I make my own messes like knocking down water jars. More often that I would have liked LOL.


When we are talking kitchens, I wanted to share with you a product I use to keep my granite countertops spic span after covering them with all, and any kind of baking/cooking ingredients. I feel like many of you will thank me for the recommendation, especially if you feel like pulling your hair after yours transforms into many different colors but its own after daily use, just like mine.

It is called Rock-it Oil Stone you can buy at your local Home Depot cleaning department. Rock-It Oil Stone is a product that cleans your countertops down deep polishing them while removing dirt, grease, and stains. I love that it is nonabrasive on my nice granite, and leaves no residue easily wiped off with water.

What I love even more is that it is:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Food prep surface safe which is HUGE for me obviously.

Here is a quick demonstration from my countertops


The picture on the left shows my milk spilled, and stained countertop, the middle pic is the product foamed and left to take care of those yuck stains, and the right picture is my countertop right after wiping the foam off with paper towels.

Rock-It Oil Stone is Ideal for natural stone—polished granite, marble, soap stone, slate, polished concrete, other water-tolerant counter surfaces. If you have any of these give it a try. Very affordable, and will transform those countertops to “before cooking with young kids” stage. 🙂



What are your kitchen cleaning secrets? How do you keep yours on top shape after a tornado passes from there during the holiday season?

Right now there is a big Rock-It Oil Stone, Granite Countertop Giveaway! Here are the details:

  • Prize is $2,000 to use towards a brand new Granite Countertop. I mean who wouldn’t scream to get that.
  • Contest ends on December 31st, the winner will be announce in the Rock-It Oil website on January 5th.
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Can’t wait to hear about your favorite kitchen gadgets, appliances, and cleaning techniques.

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  • Aylin

    That Kitchen Aid Stand mixer has been on my list for the past three years or so ha ha. I don’t think I’ll be getting it this year either:)) I just don’t have counter and cabinet space for it. I would love to have #8.

    • Aylin you are a tea lover like me, I think we should both get #8 🙂 I am off to make some tea, happy holidays! XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    I enjoy buying and receiving cookbooks, and #7 is something I would love. My favorite thing to do (for entertaining or even just a quiet night at home) is to have a little wine and prepare small bites. Love your apron, too- so cute!

    • Ahh wine and small bites sounds amazing, I love it too. Sometimes a quiet night or one with hubby is just what I need as well; and some yummies of course. 🙂 Thanks, love my apron as well, got it from Kitchen Kaboodle I think years ago and still wear it to this day. Happy holidays dear, XOXO, Elif

  • Tulay Ban

    You are definitely the cutest housewife!

    • Theboxqueen

      Haha, thx pretty lady, sometimes its fun to do housewifey things :-)) XOXO, Elif