5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don’t Want To!}

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

While cooking dinner the other day, I was thinking about how many modern conveniences I enjoy when it comes to my kitchen appliances and gadgets.  I like cooking and baking, but sometimes I wonder if I’d like it as much if I had to put as much work into it.  There are definitely a handful of items that I use frequently that are totally worth the splurge (big or small).

*Disclaimer: I’m not receiving any compensation for posting about these items, however, if you click on the link and choose to purchase it, I will receive a small commission.

Pineapple Corer/Slicer  I’ll be honest.  I love pineapple, but the thought of cutting it up is just about enough to make me not want to buy them–ever.  Enter the pineapple corer/slicer.  This nifty little tool will core and slice an entire pineapple in less than a minute.  No more worrying about whether or not I’ll be biting into a hard piece of core or a pokey leftover piece of the outside that got missed.  I paid $6 for mine off of Amazon and I love it.

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

Apple Peeler/Corer  If you have kids who don’t like the skin of an apple or if you like bottling or dehydrating apples, you know how much of a pain it is to peel it off with a knife.  My kids eat an apple almost every day and I can’t imagine not having one of these little gadgets.  It saves so much time and frustration, let me tell you.  And when my husband and I started bottling apple pie filling a few years ago, there is no way we would have actually tried if we hadn’t had one of these.

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

Cupcake/Muffin Carrier  About five years ago, my mother-in-law gave us a cupcake/muffin carrier, complete with a 12-cup muffin pan, an insert for carrying 12 more cupcakes/muffins and a lid with a handle.  I already had a couple cupcake/muffin tins and I remember thinking, “What in the world am I going to use this for?”  Today I am eating my words because I use it on a regular basis.  I’ve used it when I needed to store cupcakes overnight before frosting them (to keep them moist) and to transport decorated cupcakes/muffins to a party or dinner.  I’ve had more people than I can count comment on what a great little carrier it is and I couldn’t agree more.  (Check out my Applesauce Muffins here.)

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

Crock Pot  The Christmas before I got married, I asked my mom for a crock pot.  She got me one, although I think she was a little skeptical that I’d actually use it since we didn’t use one growing up.  When I got married, I got two more crock pots: one large and one small.  My husband wanted to return one of them but I had a feeling we’d get use out of all of them considering family dinner at his parent’s house includes more than 20 people.  In the years since, we’ve had occasion to use all of them and sometimes even at the same time.  Crock pots are such a time saver and simplify my life.  (Check out my Crock Pot Minestrone Soup here.)

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

Blendtec  Ever since I’ve known my husband, he’s had a thing with making slushes (we’re coming up on our 8 year anniversary in May).  He’s been making them since he was a teenager and all his friends ask him to make them even now.  But crushing ice is hard on blenders and he’s burned out the motors on at least a couple of ours.  Finally we decided to look into a better blender and settled on a Blendtec.  I cannot say enough good about our Blendtec and we use it every day for everything from slushes (of course) to smoothies to batters to soups.  Worth every penny.

5 Kitchen Gadgets I Could Live Without {But I Don't Want To!}

So there you have it!  If you’ve been wondering if any of these items are worth purchasing, take my word for it that they are.

What are your favorite “I-could-live-without-it-but-don’t-want-to” kitchen gadgets?

Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!
This post originally appeared on Muddy Little Toes where I was previously a co-contributor.

Mornings at my house probably start out a lot like yours: get the kids up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth… And I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to simplify my mornings.  One of the best ways I’ve found is to make food ahead of time that is easy to take with you on the go.  Or just trying to make sure you actually get to eat a little something in the midst of your morning craziness.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve hit 10am and I’m starving and starting to get a little hangry when I realize it’s because I’ve been up for 3+ hours without food…

Which is why I’m sharing today’s recipe for applesauce muffins.  These muffins are so yummy!  Not to mention super easy to whip up–they take maybe 10 minutes from start to finish!  They are moist and not overly sweet, which is perfect for mornings or even after school snacks.  My kids love these, especially the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top, which they always eat first.

The ingredients for these muffins are things that I always have on hand.  Check it out:

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

First, cream your butter and sugar together.  Then add your eggs in, one at a time, until the mixture is fluffy.

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Next, add in your dry ingredients.  I don’t worry about sifting them in or anything special.  Also, notice that there is 1 Tbsp of baking powder.  This might seem like a lot for only 12 muffins, but trust me.  The baking powder will help increase the volume (creating taller muffins) and lighten up the texture.  Your batter will be very thick.

*Here’s a fun little kitchen hack for you: Whenever I make cupcakes or muffins, I use an ice cream scoop.  It helps me get just the right amount of batter into the cups, creates uniform sizes and it’s much less messy.  For these muffins, I fill the scoop to the top and it gives me 12 generously filled muffin tins.

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Put them in the oven for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are slightly golden brown.  Let them cool for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small bowl and mix up the cinnamon sugar in another small bowl.  I sprinkle cinnamon sugar on a lot of different things, so I have mine in a shaker.  While the muffins are still warm, dip the top in the butter and then sprinkle or dip the top in the cinnamon sugar.

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

Applesauce Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
adapted from here

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 3/4 cups applesauce 
  • 1 3/4 cups flour 
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder 
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon  
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Beat eggs in until fluffy.
  4. Add applesauce and mix.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix well.  The batter will be very thick.
  6. Place in muffin tins and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Melt butter.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  8. While the muffins are still warm, dip the top in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixuture.          
    *Store in an airtight container.
    *You can freeze these but I would recommend waiting to put the butter and cinnamon/sugar on top until after they have thawed out.

    What are your go-to breakfast foods?