Kitchenaid Mixer, Food processor, 3 part crock pot, Jar opener, can opener, and mandaline slicer
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6 Kitchen gadgets everyone needs!

Who doesn’t want gadgets that make everyday tasks easier and more efficient?  Today I am going to list my favorite kitchen gadgets and links where they can be purchased.

  1. A good mixer. I love my KitchenAid mixer. My husband got it for me for Christmas a few years ago, when gripping the spoon and hand stirring became very difficult for me. He knew how much I loved to bake, and the mixer made it possible to do it more independently again.
  2. An electric jar opener. This is wonderful for just about anyone, especially those that have less strength to open the jars by hand. Mine is a larger unit, but they make more portable units now. I still love mine, as my sister-in-law gave it to me. It was my first gadget that I received that gave me some of my independence back in the kitchen.
  3. Electric can opener. Okay, I remember decades ago when there were the cabinet models of electric can opener that were gaudy eye sores in the kitchen, but now they have these wonderful portable units. You just place it on the can, and push a button, and it zooms around the can all by itself. No more gripping and pinching with those old school can openers.
  4. A Slow Cooker. I have 2 types. One is my large 6 qt slow cooker, and the other is my 3 part slow cooker with smaller pots (I think like 2 quarts in each). On days where I know I am not going to want to come home and cook, I can just throw something in the slow cooker in the morning, and it is done for dinner. What could be easier than that?
  5. And 6. Mandolin and Food processor: Cutting and chopping are some of the most common things we must do in our kitchen, so these two are life savers when you need something minced, sliced, or chopped. They cut down enormously on prep time.

Just be sure to clean your gadgets immediately after use so that food doesn’t stick. It makes it so much easier.


I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.

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