11 September 2013

5 Faves: Kitchen Gadgets & cleaning tricks

Two weeks in a row with joining the five faves link-up, score!  Today Grace is covering the hostess with the mostess duties for Hallie.
Going with a double whammy combo today of cleaning tricks (Thank you God for Pinterest!) and fav kitchen gadgets.  So without further adieu...

1.  As I looked at our sorry excuse of a microwave, I decided it was probably a good time to give that machine a good cleaning; probably not a great statement to my domestic skills if I cannot remember the last time I cleaned it?  Don't it was within the last year. I think.
Not knowing where to begin cleaning off the gunked on spaghetti sauce and tomato soup stains, I turned to Pinterest for a quick way to clean the ol' microwave.

I loved what I found and more that was simple: 1 cup of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of hot water in the microwave for 10 minutes.  I may as well warn you that your kitchen may smell of burning vinegar, because my husband came out wondering why it smelled like burning salt and vinegar chips...other than a slight temporary smell, no biggie.
After 10 minutes, take a wet cloth and wipe the whole inside out...and voila! A happy microwave is a clean microwave...or something like that:)

2. Was I the only one who apparently registered for crap steak knives at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for our wedding? They have gotten rusty well within the first year of being married, and I'm just bummed we now have to add a good set of knives onto our Christmas wish list.  No we are not cereal killers, we just like our beef. chicken. lamb. you get the idea ;)

Who knew lemon juice could get get rust stains off your knives?  Not this girl!!
Another little genius find on Pinterest.  I soaked the knives for about 10 minutes, and then I scrubbed then another few minutes with the rough side of the sponge...oh happy day!
Nothing is better than cutting into a juicy steak with rust-free steak knives.

Now onto to fun kitchen gadgets...

3.  This little wooden contraption I won as a prize at my sister's wedding shower...just looks like a glued together chop stick, right?? WRONG.
It is a bamboo tong to safely get your toast out of the toaster without electrocuting yourself!! pure. genius.  All I know is this bad has prevented me from burning my fingers and impatiently jamming my fork in the toaster.  Simple, but handy to have in the kitchen:)

4.  My DIY soap/sponge holder...

Another find on...yup you guessed it, Pinterest.  It's handy, easy, and having something pretty to look at almost makes scrubbing pots more pleasant.....almost.  If you're looking for an easy craft, here is where I wrote on how to make it.

5.  This is last one isn't as exciting, but oh so handy lately for me! Muffin pans.  I've gotten really into baking mini egg white muffins in the muffin pans.  We're talking spinach, feta, tomato, and onion=amazingly delicious experience for you taste buds!
Next muffin pan recipe? Mini pumpkin cheesecakes.  be.still.my.autumnal-loving.heart.

Happy Wednesday loves! :)


  1. We got a super cheap set of wedding knives for our wedding. They are super flimsy and hardly cut. I think I started looking for a good knife set the first Black Friday after we got married...and now we're coming up on three years and we still haven't invested in knives. :P Clearly I don't really like spending money very much. At least not on boring knives.
    I feel like this was such an educational post! I tend to keep my microwave clean all the time, but I never knew that lemon juice trick!

  2. Those toast tongs are amazing! I'm always explaining what they are to people. The look of amazement on their faces is so much better than even the tongs themselves!


  3. NUMBER THREE. What?! That is genius. I wish I would have come up with it ;) No more hot little fingers!

    And I agree with Rachel- so many great tips here! Thank you for sharing!

  4. If you can, invest in some Cutco knives.. They have never disappointed us. I need to get some of your #3 tongs. Our toaster likes to eat whatever we put in it. I got my husband a new one for Christmas, but he's not getting it til then.

  5. Great, now I'm going to have to go scrub my microwave since I attempted the other day and nothing would come off (gross). You foiled my "I guess I just have to leave it" plan lol. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Thanks soooo much for sharing girl!! I'm always looking for new cleaning tips :))

  7. This is a fantastic post! Thank you for sharing!


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