Thursday, August 27, 2009

My fun new kitchen toys...

Amidst the craziness of this summer, I have acquired 3 new kitchen tools that I wonder how I ever lived without?

It all began when I found this nifty tool at the hardware store (yes, that is the 2nd most valuable store in small-town Alaska...after the grocery store).

An avocado slicer!

I managed to get 6 edible avacados ordered in from Costco (well, not edible to me--but Maiya loved them). It really slices avacados this perfectly! Of course, I won't be using it in Skagway (which is funny that I found it here), but I look forward to taking it south to Mexico!

Next, I ordered this breadmaker from Amazon with free shipping (even to Alaska), and it is a POWER HOUSE! I have been baking a fresh load of bread every 2 days for the last 3 months, and every loaf is perfect! No more buying $5 loafs of bread from the grocery store! We get real whole wheat bread without the preservatives and sugar!

And last, but not least...

Have you ever heard of a Vita-Mix?

We only heard about them last month, when a friend was telling us how amazing they are. They are TURBO POWER blenders that can absolutely pulverize anything (including an avocado pit, if you so desire). They can cook soups (yes, IN the machine), you can make your own soy milk, fresh peanut butter, and when you're done--they even clean themselves!

My employee, Bev, also started drooling over the blender, and asked if I was going to get one. With a price tag of $400 plus (at best), I said there was no way I could!

Well, low and behold, Bev and her husband, Charlie, gifted us a VITA MIX a few weeks later!! Can you BELIEVE THAT?!!! She got herself one, as well, and we have both been having fun blending away! I can make soups SO fast, now (try 10 minutes for potato soup), and I have used it to make SO many healthy meals in the past two weeks! I am in HEAVEN!!
How did I EVER live without these things?
;-)


6 comments:

Alisa and Jared said...

Happy birthday honey!

Morgan and Derek said...

I almost bought an avacado slicer last week...

And on the vita-mix front, I have been conveting one for years, so as soon as you get tired of yours, I'll take it off your hands. :)

Yasmine said...

My goodness-- I just caught up on all your posts and I'm overwhelmed for you!!! What changes you have ahead, and I didn't even get up to Alaska to visit you! I'm planning a business trip with my Dad (yep, I'm working for him now) to Puerta Vallarta in either October or November. Are you guys going to be in Mexico by then and how far are you from there?

Good luck selling everything!

leadatortilla said...

Hey Aliseeee, I wanna see that avocado thing in action! That looks really cool! And I'm sorry about lame customers. So sorry. I'm also so glad that you aren't going to be dealing with this next summer... the customers will be a part of the past and give you lots of great stories to tell and yet, you'll never miss them! Love you.

Annie Flash said...

I've almost bought one of those avacado slicers about twelve times (they sell them at bed bath and beyond) but I could never pull the trigger. If it is as good as you say it is--i'll finally do it!

Krista said...

You have sold me! I have wanted a vitamixer too! It even grounds the flour for your bread machine. Hey, speaking of which, do you have a really good whole wheat recipe for a bread machine?