Monday, November 17, 2008

Dish Pan Hands

We pretty much sit at the table for dinner every night. The only exception is a pizza night (which was made for eating in front of the tv, right?) I think it's a good habit to get into to sit down and visit with one another, and I'm glad we're making it a priority in our home even now before we have children. To that point, I enjoy setting the table, and every night we eat off of the real stuff--no paper plates. And, I take some housewife-ly pride in that fact because my husband can't say we don't use all those dishes we (um, I) registered for.

But yesterday, it was all I could do to keep from picking up some paper plates.

You see, my dishwasher bit the big one on Saturday.

It was only 16 months old. Seriously. And seriously out of warranty.

And after washing all the dishes sitting in the washer at the time of death, along with the others that had piled up since then, my hands can't take it anymore.

So we hied ourselves to Sears yesterday and ordered a new one. It will be here Wednesday, which can't get here fast enough. I had no idea it was so critical to the orderliness of my household until I was dishwashing deficient. If I had to make a list of my favorite kitchen gadgets, I would say this is a kitchen gadget my hands cannot live without.

What's your fave kitchen gadget? I'm always looking for suggestions. A close second to the dishwasher for me would have to be my pineapple corer that I picked up in Boone, NC, and I can't remember the store name now. It rocks only slightly less than a working dishwasher.


  1. your poor hands! if it was going to be longer than two days, i'd recommend you get yourself some mrs. meyer's dish's super for poor hands...

    to answer your question - my stand mixer comes in second to the dishwasher. i LOVE it! =)

    i still read you every time you post - just haven't commented in a, hi! =)

  2. It was the Mast General Store and I miss it dearly :(

    My favorite kitchen gadget WILL be my kitchen-aid mixer which has been sitting in the box for months because I'm not officially allowed to use it until after Saturday.

    Can't wait to see you in a few days!

  3. Stinks about your dish washer! But I'm curious about your pinapple corer. We love pineapple and it is tough to cut up. One of my faves is actually my apple corer that I got from Crate & Barrel. It is heavy duty (unlike some others that are plastic & metal) and I have apple pieces for a snack in no time.

    Hope everything else is going well!!Talk to you soon!

  4. As the first guy to comment on this post, I'll pick either the blender (with ice-crush setting) or the disposal. I like destruction.

  5. Hi Emily - my name is Steph and I'm of friend of Liz. I linked to your blog through her and I really enjoy reading all the fun things you do.

    I just wanted to let you know that I'm totally not a "cooking" type of girl...but last night I tried your soup that you posted - and my husband and I LOVED it!! It was so super easy and so YUMMY!!! :) Thanks for posting that and giving me something to actually prepare for dinner!!!

    Have a great day -

  6. Wow. I hate washing dishes by hand too, but at least you only have to deal with it temporarily. My parents don't have a dishwasher and haven't since they moved! At least they take turns doing the dishes though!

    And I'm liking our George Foreman Grill... grilled meat, fast and easy.

  7. Ha HA!! At least the new one is here today! YAY!! I am too tired to think of a kitchen gadget. i think I would like a live-in chef/maid/butler. That would be a nice kitchen gadget!! :)


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