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.

Arthur Price And The Minions – A Match Made In Heaven

If you, or your little ones, are fans of those pesky yellow Minions, then you are going to love the latest launch from Arthur Price. The luxury cutlery, silverware and gift brand has created some gorgeous products to tie in with the launch of Despicable Me 3, and these would be perfect as a gift for a new baby, a Christening or a special birthday, or even just a treat for your favourite Minion fan. As ever with Arthur Price, the items are of the most beautiful Quality, and will be something that should be treasured forever.

Arthur Price is a Midlands based family business that was established in 1902 and can be found in most department stores. The Despicable Me collection shows that Arthur Price is a company that is able to move with the times and address modern trends, and also appeal to a younger audience. The Despicable Me collection is made up of two cutlery sets, the ‘Sea of Minions’ and ‘Expressions’, as well as a beautiful bone china dining set made up of a mug, a bowl and a plate.

The cutlery is of the highest standard, made of 18/10 stainless steel and presented in a lovely box which makes it perfect as a gift option. It comes with a 15 year guarantee, and each item of cutlery has a minion decoration on the handle. If you are trying to teach your child how to use a knife and fork properly, these pieces could be the perfect encouragement. The sets cost £24.95 each.

The ‘Sea of Minions’ bone china breakfast pieces are bright and vibrant, and can be purchased as individual pieces as well as being available in a two or three piece breakfast set. Prices start from £8.95 for the mug, and go up to £24.95 for the three piece set. I love the idea that you can buy the pieces separately, the cup may be a little small for an older child who could still love and use the plate and bowl. My boy, who is a major Minions fan as totally fallen in love with this set which certainly brightens up breakfast time.

You can find the Arthur Price Despicable Me range by visiting their website here.