In this case, two pieces of household equipment which I never knew I lacked until I had them:
Number One: A Doormat
Did you know, that if you place a mat anywhere near a door, people will wipe their feet upon it?
That's what I found out when I put a carpet sample just inside our front door, with the idea that I could stand on it while removing my wellies, and keep my feet warm and dry. What I hadn't expected was that everyone else would use it for cleaning their boots.
So I bought an actual doormat. What a life-changer! Now all the mud that used to make its way into my front room gets stopped in the hallway!
I have Scruffybadger to thank for this one!
My mother had been enthusing about her new slow-cooker for ages but her talk of sweet n' sour Uncle Ben's pork chops wasn't thrilling me.
So when I read Scruffy's post about the joys of slow-cookery, I was intrigued.
For £17 I bought an Ecolectric slow-cooker direct from the manufacturer. It is a special energy-saving model that allegedly uses 44% of the power of a lightbulb to cook a meal!
I tried it for the first time on Saturday. Got up, chopped the veg, gave them a quick saute with spices, then into the slow cooker for 8 hours on Low with a pound of Lidl's finest cheap steak. (Sorry to all my vegetarian friends!)
I sewed all day. I even managed to get the bottom hem finished and walk the dog!
Dinner time arrived, and all I had to do was slice an avocado and hand out flatbreads to accompany the dish of the day: Cuban Spiced Beef (from Slow Cooking Curry and Spice Dishes)
It was absolutely delicious! Everyone cleaned their plate. No complaints about the carrot quota. And there wasn't even much washing-up to do!
I also collected a reserved library book on Saturday: Ultimate Slow Cooker and I have to say that I will be buying my own copy. Fabulous photographs and inspirational recipes for omnivores, as well as an excellent primer on how to get the most out of a slow-cooker.
I am expecting to slow-cook every weekend from now on, and possibly mid-week too if I can get the prepping done the night before and set it on a timer switch to come on while I am at work.
So, thanks to my two new BFFs I have a cleaner house, better meals cooked more efficiently and more time to sew - can't be bad!