My Kitchen Wishlist

It is no secret that cooking is not my strongest point. It’s not that I can’t actually cook anything, I have been known to do a roast, and my cheese pie is legendary, it’s just I don’t actually like cooking, despite the fact I would probably list eating amongst my hobbies. So, when it comes to my kitchen, I want gadgets and appliances that will help me to save time and can be multi functional.

The good news is there are lots of gadgets out there for cook-a-phobes like me. I couldn’t live without my microwave oven, late nights often see me heating up a M&S ready meal after missing dinner once again, but the next generation of combination microwaves are the ultimate in fresh and fast cooking. The flatbed microwave design are big enough to hold a casserole dish and have options to grill, steam and bake. In short, they not only cook all your food in half the time, but preserve its delicious flavour, vitamins and nutrients thanks to a revolutionary Turbo Steam technology. They also create space in your kitchen, you can put away the George Foreman and your steamer, and use your microwave instead.

Another amazing gaget is the Breakfast Master that you can currently find at Prezzybox. This combines a toaster and your egg preparation device, whether you want your eggs boiled, fried or poached. The toaster can change its dimensions in order to hold bagels, crumpets or bread. It is a nifty little gadget and would appeal to anyone who is fed up with cold toast with their eggs.

Spiralizers have been a big gadget story in recent times, as the quest for healthier eating and food choices have seen a twist on traditional pasta dishes. Courgetti, sweet potato and Butternut squash have all become popular and healthy alternatives to pasta, and prove that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring.

What items are on your kitchen wishlist for Autumn?

 

Making Additional Storage Space In Your Loft

When it comes to our homes, it seems that the one thing we can never have enough of is storage space. As our families grow, we need more and more space to store our belongings, our clothes, toys and all the other things that we seem to just accumulate. We resort to more cupboard space, under bed storage, we even put things in sheds and garages and hope for the best. And yet many of us ignore a storage solution that is literally right over our heads – our loft space.

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The loft space is something that many of us just ignore, and yet it can be the perfect storage solution. It is almost the whole of your upstairs space, and can be made into a light and airy space with the addition of roof windows from Solstro.  Lofts are a great place to store seasonal items, things like Christmas trees and decorations that you only need to use once a year, but are then a problem to store for the other 11 months. They can also be useful for storing old toys that you don’t want to part with but are no longer played with.

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There are a few more things to consider if you plan to use your loft for storage. In older houses (like my Victorian terrace for instance), the loft space can be dusty and lofts are not designed to take much weight, so a board out is a good investment, making the space cleaner and safe for walking in.The floor can be strengthened by installing loft panels, which is a relatively simple job, you can find a good how to guide from Wickes by clicking here. A good loft ladder can also be a worth while investment, a pull up and down style that can be  attached to your loft hatch and then stored in the loft when it is not needed.

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If you are struggling for space in your home, moving some of your current clutter into your loft space could be just the solution you’ve been looking for.

Dealing With Mobility Problems In The Home

My dad is 63. No real age in our modern times, but in recent years, illness has taken it’s toll to the point where he now struggles with walking any sort of distance, and has resorted to using a stick when out and about. The reality is that mobility is becoming a problem that didn’t exist in the past, and that it is something, that, unfortunately will only get worse.

It is something that I can totally sympathise with. 12 years ago I was struck with sudden, debilitating pain that left me hardly able to walk and move. It came on quite suddenly, with the pain beginning in my hip area, but got much, much worse, to the point where my legs felt like dead weights that it took me all my time to move. I had to have numerous tests, including a full body scan, and it was eventually diagnosed that the pain was some sort of arthritic complaint, although not actual arthritis. Physio and hydrotherapy were used to get my feeling and strength back and eventually I recovered fully, although I can still have twinges and odd pain in colder weather.

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The worst part about the whole episode was the sheer frustration of struggling to do things we take for granted and do with ease. Walking up stairs was a real effort, stepping into the bath or shower was both difficult and painful.  Even getting into bed could be a struggle, and I often found myself unable to sleep as I was just too uncomfortable. Thankfully, companies like Millercare, who deal with mobility issues, stock a wide range of products to make life easier in every room of your home, from pillows to support your back, to bath seats that make bathtime the relaxing time it should be.

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If you have mobility problems, whether they are a natural part of growing older, or stemming from a medical issue, you can find comfort in your own home with just a few tweaks to how you live.