I decided meal time would be more fun with a variety of mismatched flatware/silverware. So off to the thrift stores I rode in search of just that. First was forks and then on subsequent trips I’ve gotten spoons and knives. All in varying styles and patterns.
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We received this Quisinart Coffee on Demand™ 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker as a gift over a year ago. Prior to this coffee maker we’d always used typical drip makers that have a carafe. Instead of a carafe you place your mug under the maker and pull down on a handle to fill your cup. We were a little leery about getting our coffee “on demand” vs pouring from the carafe but it turned out we really like it. We were concerned about serving coffee when we had guests but that has turned out to be no big deal. We either take the cup from them and refill, or let them do it themselves which everyone seems to get a kick out of doing.
The machine makes good coffee, has worked flawlessly and is easy to clean. The main draw back to this type of system would be not being able to fill tall mugs without using a smaller cup to do so.
Our first ever rice cooker which we’ve about 7 months now and probably use it at least once a week. I’ve only used it to cook rice, quinoa etc.. and never used the steamer basket. We are very pleased with it especially for the price of $9.99. My only complaint is that it is unstable on it’s 3 legs. If you attempt to push down the Cook button without also holding the cooker down, it will tip. I believe this is due to the position of the legs and to the cookers being small and light weight.
After about 10 months of use the board has broke at one of the hinging points (seen below). It was obvious from the beginning this would happen due to the way it was made. The plastic board appears to just be scored at its folding points. I thought it would last longer then it did though. I use it pretty regularly. 1 to 2 times a day, 4 or 5 times a week. I do like using it it but don’t want to have to replace it every 10 months. I received it as a gift so I’m not sure what was paid for it but looking it up online I see them for $16 – $20. The handle is probably what I liked most about it.
I received a mandoline slicer for Christmas. Tonight I tried to make crinkle cut sweet potato chips. Probably not the best choice for the first time using the slicer. I cut them to thick so they were a little too meaty after baking to be chips.
Pictured above, crinkle cut sweet potato chips, carrots cooked with maple syrup and spaghetti squash. Not really what I would choose to make but I haven’t been grocery shopping in a while and that’s about all we had.