I’m rather surprised at myself for being able to write a post even mentioning kitchen appliances because, honestly, I’m not that big of a fan. Seems to me that most (if not all of us!) have at least one or two random gadgets collecting dust in a closet somewhere! Just about every time I’ve either asked (for xmas etc) or purchased an appliance for myself I’ve always brought them home crossing my fingers that it will be something worth the price and the space it takes up on our counter top! So, these are the four I never regretted for a moment that work hard for us almost every single day we’ve had them!
Sodastreams are SO much fun! You can literally carbonate any liquid whether it be juice or tea or just plain water. In the summers I’ll mix up a batch of honey jasmine tea and carbonate it for an amazingly refreshing drink. You can go online and get syrups to make your own red bull, cola, ginger ale, dr pepper, honestly just about every soda that you can think of now you can make it at home. Will you save money by using the soda stream and making your sodas at home? Well, I doubt it, but I’ve found now that we’re making our own we drink a lot less soda and make more sparkling juices and teas instead and any amount of cutting back on soda is a good thing! Its a great diet helper too, carbonate some plain water and toss in a few slices of orange and a dash of lemon juice for a drink that is so much less boring then water!
I’m sure I’m not the only woman that looks forward to coming home at the end of the day and pouring herself an alcoholic beverage. With a liter of ginger ale freshly made by my sodastream I concocted a drink a couple of months ago that has become our absolute favorite, here are the ingredients:
12oz glass filled 1/3rd with ice
1 shot of vodka
Splash of lemon juice
Fill the rest of the glass half with ginger ale and then half with water
What I love about it is several things actually – it has quite a bit of water in it so you’re staying hydrated, the lemon juice is good for your liver, the ginger ale makes it both bubbly and a little sweet and you can’t taste the vodka – of course you can put more alcohol in it if you want 😉 It is very refreshing and great for summer!
Magic Bullet Nutrabullet
My mom gifted me my magic bullet for Xmas this last year when I told her how much of a (disgusting) pain it was just mixing my protein powder with water in the morning and drinking it like that. I really wanted to be more healthy, to start taking some vitamins and get more healthy stuff into my diet every day. So, she bought me a magic bullet 🙂 This thing is amazing! And it is SO easy to clean!
In the mornings now I put a banana in with a couple of ice cubes, my protein powder and my fruit powder and about 1/2 cup of juice. The majority of my supplements I’m taking now are capsules so I actually just open them up and dump them in there too before turning it on. (This recipe is not exactly the tastiest thing on the planet but I just drink it down quick and my breakfast is complete and all of my supplements are taken.) I LOVE it!
My four slice toaster
Do we really need a four slice toaster that may actually be the prettiest thing in my kitchen? YES. Yes we do! I am obsessed with this toaster and I know that sounds so silly but isn’t it cool!? Here’s why I wanted a four slice toaster: My husband likes having two slices of toast for breakfast and I usually have one which means someone’s toast is always cold by the time we eat breakfast because we could only toast two slices at a time. (I know, first world problems.) Here’s the thing though, if you’re going to buy a toaster anyway why not make your life just a little bit better?
My Kitchen aide mixer
I am certainly not the first nor will I be the last to mention my kitchen aid mixer in a blog post. (This probably isn’t even the first time I’ve mentioned it here on the blog.) These things are amazing! Despite the obvious uses I purchased the meat grinding attachment a year ago and, during deer season, I’ve been grinding up venison to make our own hamburger! It works like a charm and makes fantastic finely ground burger! With my ability to grind our own meat now there is literally no reason for us to ever buy beef again and that in itself was a major achievement for me! (And a major savings for us cost wise!)
All in I am actually not a big fan of kitchen appliances… seems to me that we all have at least one or two collecting dust in a closet somewhere. (I’m guilty: we’ve got a toaster oven, a sandwich maker and a george foreman grill stashed somewhere.) However, if you make yourself an informed purchase the right kitchen appliances can really improve your life!