Some time ago, I saw a little photo-survey on another blog where you pick your ten favorite things around your house, take pictures, post them, and explain why you love them. Since I don’t have a whole lot to blog about today, I thought I’d do this!
10. My Crockpot
This was one of the first wedding gifts we received, and we didn’t wait until we were actually married to open it. Whether that was appropriate etiquette or not, we aren’t sure… but Kyle was sorely lacking kitchen stuff, and needed to open gifts as they came so he didn’t have to buy temporary kitchen equipment. I have only used this to make sweet and sour meatballs, and I’m not sure what else Kyle has used it for, other than an apple-rum cider that makes the house smell really nice. I should get a crockpot cookbook and learn more!
Kyle made this spice mix, which is an ingredient in most traditional Ethiopian food. We put it on EVERYTHING, and I mean everything: eggs, spaghetti sauce, stews, casseroles, bread, etc etc etc. We substitute it any time a recipe calls for cayenne pepper, since the mix is mostly cayenne.
8. The Bed
Our bed was a gift from Kyle’s parents, and it has to rank as one of the best gifts ever. This thing has a memory foam layer, and is super thick and cozy and squishy, and it’s a major chore to drag ourselves out of it every morning. In fact, we often argue who has to get up first, since the last person to get up gets to snooze while the other showers. it has jersey sheets, which make it feel like you’re sleeping in an old t-shirt; trust me, it’s super comfy. We have a very pretty corduroy duvet, and Kyle and I each have our own pillows; his is feather, mine isn’t. I love my bed. (And yes, I put stuffed animals on my bed still. The teddy is from Kyle and is named Anatoli, and the walrus is from Kevin and is named Boris. They were gifts when I had surgery.)
7. Fragrance Diffuser
Living in a basement suite, it’s often difficult to keep things… well… smelling fresh. There’s little air flow down here, and when it’s too cold to open the windows, the air can get stale. That’s why I love this diffuser! I’m not sure who we got it from- I can’t remember- but it keeps our bedroom from smelling like stale basement air.
6. Garage Chair
When we moved, we only had Kyle’s armchair and no couch. When Brent offered to sell us this chair for about ten or twenty bucks from the garage at the house (since it belonged to the evicted tenant who never came for it), I reluctantly let Kyle take it… but have now co-opted it as my own. It’s gross and dirty, so I cover it with a fuzzy blanket, but it is SO comfortable! If I ever figure out how to clean it, that’ll be a happy day.
5. T-Fal Frying Pan
This awesome pan was a wedding gift from James, and I love it! I use it to cook almost everything. The non-stick coating works so well that I often don’t have to put any butter or oil in the pan to fry things, making everything taste much lighter. It’s solid and heavy, which is kinda nice too. The one in the picture is slightly different from mine; I can’t take a picture of mine right now because it’s sitting in the sink dirty from making spaghetti sauce. So sue me.
4. Kitchenaid Hand Mixer
This was a gift from Chris and Ashley, and again, I love it. I don’t have too many occasions to use it, but when I do, it does the job nicely! The best part about it, though, is that the beaters are really easy to wash. My mom’s were really difficult, but these practically just rinse clean.
3. Denby China
I used a picture I found online for this, since I haven’t actually taken any of my china out of the boxes yet; I’m waiting until we have a ”real dining room”. But it’s beautiful… at about $150 a set, it better be! Kyle and I only have four sets so far, thanks to wedding gifts, but plan to save up to add pieces. Apparently Denby has had this pattern (called Imperial Blue) around for years, so there are lots of pieces we can add.
2. Our Entertainment Centre
Okay, maybe this is cheating, but the whole thing put together is what makes this one of my favorites. We have a flat screen TV, Xbox 360, Wii, and a Blu-ray player, and I would be bored silly without them, as I have no job right now and am not currently in classes.
1. Scotch-Brite Dish Wand
This… thing… is… awesome!! Kyle and I do not have a dishwasher in our suite, and our sink only has one shallow basin, so we can’t really put a bunch of stuff in there and fill it with water, or you can’t even move the items to scrub them without hitting the tap and stuff. Luckily for us, the previous renter left behind this great scotch- brite dish wand; the heads are replaceable, and the handle is filled with dish soap. As you scrub, the sponge lathers up with soap, and you can actually wash dishes without filling the sink with water! We’re both ridiculously excited about this thing, stop laughing. It’s awesome.
So… there ya go! Perhaps I can convince Kyle to fill this thinger out too?