I said yesterday that I love giving good gifts, but I can’t deny that I enjoy receiving them, too. I do have a little Christmas wish list of my own put together; and like the lists of many other wives and mothers out there, mine is comprised largely of kitchen items. I always feel badly about taking money from our monthly budget to purchase various kitchen and household gadgets even when they would truly help me to accomplish my work with more efficiency and better results. And so… I often delay the purchase of these items, putting them on my Christmas wish list instead of on my monthly shopping list.
One such item is this 6.5 quart Crock-Pot Slow Cooker.
The 4 quart Crock-Pot that I’ve had since before Travis and I were married just doesn’t always hold enough food for our family of six. In fact, the last several times I’ve used it, I’ve had to get inventive with aluminum foil to create a makeshift lid for the over-full cooker. A bigger Crock-Pot would definitely be a welcome addition to my kitchen cupboards.
Another kitchen item of mine that truly needs to be replaced is my one (warped, lidless, and scratched) non-stick frying pan which I inherited from Travis’ college bachelor kitchen. For health reasons, I’m not a big fan of non-stick pans (which is why I use Emeril’s Stainless Steel with Copper cookware), but there are one or two dishes in my menu plans for which I really need that non-stick surface. I haven’t done much research on non-stick pans; but since I’m familiar with Emerilware (Remember my tendency towards brand loyalty?), this non-stick saute pan from Emeril’s Hard Anodized line has also made my Christmas list.
The third (and fourth–I need two! :-)) and final kitchen item on my Christmas wish list is this Medium Bar Pan from Pampered Chef’s stoneware collection.
Over this past year of learning to bake my own breads, I have discovered that stoneware is the only way to go. I own two stoneware loaf pans and one of these stoneware bar pans, and I would love to add a couple more to my collection in order to accommodate some of the breads I make.
So, that’s what’s on the “practical” portion of my Christmas wish list. Now tell me, what’s on yours?…