Is this not the most stunning kitchen you’ve seen in your entire life? To be clear, it’s not mine, and my kitchen looks 100% nothing like this. Mine features cabinets from 1974, formica countertops (at least they’re white), and a linoleum floor that we’ll discuss no further.
But since starting the Hormone Reset Diet that I’ve been going on about, I’ve been spending much more time in said kitchen, and a few appliances have made me feel a little bit like I’m in a luxurious one. I actually have to remind myself to calm down sometimes, I mean, it’s just a blender. But it’s so good at making smoothies! Give me a fizzy-water maker and I’m feeling fancy as hell. A nice new toaster oven has me roasting beets like nobody’s business and feeling like Gordon Ramsey (but nicer).
If you, too, are stuck in a rental with an aesthetically-challenged kitchen, modern machinery can do wonders for your mental health. Here are my current happy-making appliances.
Oster Versa Blender, $250
This badass blender will whip your kale, ice cubes, frozen berries, and whatever else you throw into it into submission in 30 seconds flat. It has handy presets (smoothie, soup, etc.) and it’s about half the price of a Vitamix-level machine. Also this one comes with some fancy accessories.
Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven, $275 (on sale!)
My parents bought us this for Christmas, and judging by the huge box it came in we thought it wasn’t going to fit on the counter. So we let it sit on the kitchen floor for two months with intentions of returning it. Then we found out shipping would cost $100 so we said F-it and opened it and it fit perfectly. It’s also an amazing little oven for quickly roasting potatoes or beats or just toasting a bunch of bread.
You’re supposed to drink tons of water on the Hormone Reset Diet (which I have no financial affiliation with, by the way; I know it probably seems like I do), so I bought a large and very heavy crate of a dozen glass San Pellegrino bottles at Costco. And then I realized making sparkling water myself would be cheaper and not injure my back. I used this pretty, white SodaStream every day a couple times a day for about 1.5 months before the CO2 ran out. Now it’s a matter of getting my butt to Target for a replacement (wish me luck).
What are your favorite small appliances?
[Photo via l’Apartement Living]