5 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
I live in a pretty hectic house these days. While going through my daily routine of childcare, pet care, and husband care, I realized that there are a few things in my kitchen that not only make my life easier, but make me smile every time I use them. So I thought I'd share with you lovely readers the kitchen items that make my day happier and make my life run more smoothly.
First off we have the Simple Human Dish Rack. We bought this to replace the old wire-style one we had first bought when we moved into the house.
Our plumbing can't handle an automatic dishwasher, so we have to hand wash everything. The chore doesn't feel quite as laborious with the use of this rack to dry everything -- it has an ingenious drain spout that pivots based on your needs, a pull-out shelf for glassware, and fold-down dividers to help accommodate larger items like pans. It also comes with a bamboo knife block to help keep your sharps separate and safe. All in all, it's pretty much awesome.
Second we have my beloved Cuisinart Grind & Brew Coffee Maker. I had put this item on our wedding registry, and when we didn't receive it, I saved up gift cards, coupons, rebates, and spare change and got it on major sale the day after Thanksgiving. It's seriously the single most beloved kitchen item I have, besides my fridge. It grinds coffee beans right in it so you always have uber-fresh coffee (something I can't get through a day without at this point). There's a timer, so I can clean it at night, set it all up, and have it ready to go for my husband in the morning. And with the thermal carafe, the coffee's still piping hot when I get to it a couple of hours post-brewing. There's a gold filter in it, so you don't need paper filters, which is awesome for money saving and keeping waste down. It's really easy to clean, sleek, and pretty much a daily life saver.
Next, there's the Boon Grass Drying Rack. I found this among baby paraphernalia, but I think it would work splendidly in any kitchen with minimal counter real estate, or if you're just looking for a fun mod drying rack. The "grass" is a hard, yet flexible, plastic in a random pattern, meaning you can stick just about anything in it and it'll hold it up. We use it for toddler dishes, pacifiers, sippy cups, bottles, and other such kid-related things, but I've caught my husband using it for wine glasses and vases as well. The "grass" is one big removable piece for easy cleaning, and at under a square foot, it's cute and compact enough to use in conjunction with our other drying rack to keep the big kid and little kid stuff separate for easy access. Honestly, it just makes me smile whenever I see that sunny green patch next to my sink.
Dry-B-Lo of North Alabama
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