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As anyone in a long-term relationship can attest to, sometimes it's not only expensive but also tiring to come up with new and exciting date night activities for you and your significant other. I am actively looking out for inexpensive and creative date ideas for my hubby and I – because after five years it can be easy to fall into expected patterns. One thing my husband and I absolutely love to do is cook delicious, gourmet style meals at home to treat ourselves on a budget. Food is the way to the heart, right? Skipping the restaurant can be much more wallet-friendly and romantic – but you just need to ensure you have the proper tools!

I'm so excited to share these three awesome kitchen tools from one of my favorite brands, Cuisinart. These items will turn your at-home date nights into spectacular and yummy events in a snap! You'll want to make sure you add these versatile gems to your wedding registry, pronto!

cuisinart ice cream and sorbet maker

ICE-21 Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

First up, we have the Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker. Imagine taking the sweetness of an ice cream parlor into the comfort of your own home! It's super easy to use (watch a demo here) and allows you to make your own frozen treats in 20 minutes or less, so you can satisfy your cravings super easily. It has a large capacity so you can make enough for just the two of you or for a gang of friends and the best part? Cleanup is a breeze- no fuss and no mess! Get creative and dream up your own creative flavors or try out one of these suggested recipes: Grand Marnier Ice Cream  or  Lemon Basil Sorbet. Can you say, holy YUM?!


 cuisinart round classic waffle maker

Round Classic Waffle Maker

Next, we have the Round Classic Waffle Maker. Who wouldn't want the ability to create super yummy, buttery waffles in the comfort of your own home? Turn your weekend breakfasts into brunch events by making gourmet waffles at home. Use a tried and true buttermilk recipe or be adventurous and try this Nutty Whole Wheat Waffle recipe for something extra special. Spend a morning making a romantic breakfast together… experiment with different and unique toppings- grab some fresh berries, peanut butter, flavored syrups… the possibilities are endless! Get a demo of this Waffle Maker here to see just how easy and fun it is to use- the machine has five different browning settings and a regulatory thermostat to ensure you get your waffle just how you want it- whether that's soft or crispy. Again, cleanup is a breeze thanks to the nonstick baking plates, so you won't have to waste the day away washing dishes and can get back to cuddling up with coffee or a mimosa 😉


 cuisinart smartpower delux duet

BFP-603 SmartPower Deluxe Duet Blender/Food Processor

Last but not least, we have the SmartPower Deluxe Duet Blender/Food Processor. This baby performs so many functions in one machine it is sure to earn a regular spot on your countertop. 😉 This versatile (read: budget savvy) tool allows you to mince, chop, blend and mix – all in the same appliance! The speed and efficiency of the Smart Power Deluxe Duet will cut your prep time down significantly. The blender uses its smart power and sophisticated electronics to mince delicate herbs, whip up smoothies, even chop ice.  It comes with a 3-cup food processor attachment. Put on the food processor work bowl to slice, shred, chop or mix up a dip. Use any of the 4 blender settings depending on your needs and its ultra-sharp stainless steel blade will take care of your food prep needs. Check out a great demo of this machine here, and see just how simple it is to use. Blend up a delicious Green Smoothie to sip with your sweetie after a jog through the park together or whip up this tasty Mango Salsa to enjoy in the backyard on a sunny summer afternoon.

With the help of these fantastic appliances from Cuisinart, you're sure to have an endless number of options for tasty treats to whip together. Cheers to being able to create  a romantic, inexpensive (and tasty!) date in the comfort of your own home! 



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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Laura W

    I love Cuisinart! I’d love to own the food processor because of its versatility which we all know is super budget-savvy. Also Josh loves protein shakes so this would make the perfect blender.

  • Jane

    My favorite thing is the icecream maker! Summer is coming and that sorbet looks tasty!

    • Jessica

      Jane, agreed! If I don’t win I’m probably just going to buy one because they’re affordable and just in time for summer 🙂

  • JK

    I love all giveaways… but me & J LOVE to cook… so anything kitchen related is a perk!

  • Dandi D

    My favorite thing is the food processor! I could really use one right now!

  • Liz Cleek

    My favorite thing is you get all three things! That’s awesome!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    I’m a big baker/cook so I just would love to win these 3 prizes!

  • Maureen G

    I have been a fan of Cuisinart products for a long time. They are my go-to products for shower gifts and birthday presents. I would hope for the food processor as I am always chopping veggies and this would do it better.

  • Natalie C

    The high quality and reputation of Cuisinart is outstanding and since my fiance loves to cook these would be a great surprise for him, especially with our limited budget to set up our apartment in June.

  • meredith

    My favorite thing about this giveaway is the possibility of new kitchen gadgets! If I win ill celebrate with a feast for my fiance 🙂

  • Melissa

    I haven’t had a waffle maker in a few years since my old one broke, so I would love to win this for that alone!

  • Dana

    I’ve always wanted to try out an icecream maker! 🙂

  • AC

    I’ve always wanted a food processor (so many recipes require one) and a blender that actually works. These products all look fantastic – my stomach is growling just thinking about all the delicious recipes I could make with them!

  • Hannah

    These would make such wonderful wedding gifts!

  • Sarah

    I’m excited about that ice cream maker. All summer long….mmmm.

  • Amy Meldrum

    I am getting married next summer and this gives me great ideas for some fun summer idea, ice cream, and great ideas for fun things to do with my famly!

  • jessica z

    My favorite thing about this giveaway is that the options with these three appliances are endless!

  • Beverly

    Honestly, you had me at waffles and ice cream.

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  • Kathy Hanley

    I like the blender so I can make smoothies!

  • Lisa Fenstermacher

    I’d be looking forward to the food processor/blender. Since my 2 year old knocked my blender off the counter smashing it to pieces, I’ve been missing my morning shake. Would love to enjoy these again!

  • Kara

    My favorite thing is everything that I could do with these 🙂

  • Kelly Hughes

    I could take them all off of my wedding registry 🙂 🙂

  • Tessa

    excited to cook more!

  • Katie Lucas

    I absolutely love Cuisinart products. My fiance and I will be moving out almost as soon as we graduate from college in less than a month and, since neither of us have careers yet, won’t have the money to buy “the essentials” right away! It would be wonderful to have these fabulous products so it’s three less things we have to worry about purchasing on our own!

  • Maddie W.

    I love the sorbet maker!

  • Amanda H

    I’d recently started cooking a lot more at home to try to get healthier and these tools would help me a lot.

  • Amanda H

    I love these products and the ideas! Especially the sorbet maker. There are endless ideas of creations for these products! Thank you for the share!

  • Rachel Cartucci

    I’m excited because I don’t have any of this stuff and I want and would use all of it! It’s an amazing giveaway really!

  • Bianca Weaver

    I would love the waffle maker!!

  • Debbie

    I have always wanted this Cuisinart Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker. I am so excited that I’m getting an opportunity to win one!

  • Ashley L

    I would LOVE the waffle maker!!!!

  • Rebecca

    Love your blog!!

  • Colleen Boudreau

    The waffle maker!

  • sharon garofalow

    I’ve been needing a new food processor and this one looks amazing! What a great giveaway!

  • Ann

    I love that you are helping brides get a few things checked off the registry list!

  • Bobbie

    I love cooking with my hunny and definitely could use these tools!

  • Sophie

    This stuff looks amazing.

  • Veranda Hillard

    My fave thing about this giveaway is that have to wait until after my wedding to enjoy delicious homemade ice cream.

  • Tara

    The food processor is my favorite because I need a new one!

  • Candace

    I don’t have any of these products. They will all come in handy 🙂

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    My favorite is the blender!

  • Thomas Murphy

    I love the BFP-603 SmartPower Deluxe Duet Blender/Food Processor!

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