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10 Cool Kitchen Gadgets To Make Your Life Easier

10 Cool Kitchen Gadgets To Make Your Life Easier

Hats off to inventors of kitchen gadgets for making life easier! Today, you have a kitchen gadget for every chore. Even an occasional cook can use these handy gadgets to make cooking a delight. You may not be a kitchen genius, but these kitchen gadgets can help you view cooking from another angle. What’s more is that you will be astonished to see what a huge variety of them exist!

Let’s take a look at 10 of these helpful kitchen gadgets.

1. Cappuccino Maker

There are three varieties of cappuccino makers available — the pod machine, the pump machine, and the steam machine. A cappuccino maker is an easy gizmo to operate. You need not waste your precious morning minutes fiddling with a challenging gadget. You simply have to add the ingredients, flick the switch, and behold your delicious caffeinated beverage is ready!

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Now you can have a frothy cappuccino at any time of the day. And how nice it is to serve cappuccino instead of regular coffee when you have guests! As an added bonus, having a cappuccino maker at home can save you a lot of money over time.

2. Silicone Bowls

Owning silicone bowls will certainly make you wonder how you ever lived without them. They make prep a clean and easy process. Just mix your ingredients in a silicone bowl and pinch the sides to easily pour the correct amount into your pan or muffin tin.

3. A Draining Sieve That Can Attach Right To Your Pot

This tool means that you won’t need that extra colander for your draining job. The attachment helps you to drain any veggies or pasta effortlessly!

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4. Cast Iron Bacon Press

Who doesn’t love bacon that is cooked evenly? Cooking bacon in a frying pan means you have to cope with oil splatter while ensuring that it doesn’t curl up or get stiff. A heavy press is the answer to all your bacon-cooking woes. A cast iron bacon press will flatten your breakfast meat and ensure even cooking.

5. Herb Mill for Fresh Herbs

Adding fresh herbs to your cooking just got easier! An herb mill gadget is similar to a pepper grinder, and you can grind fresh herbs like dill, rosemary, sage, or parsley. Adding fresh herbs over dried herbs to your cooking makes meals even more flavorful!

6. Dainty Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Cups

A set of stainless steel measuring spoons and cups is very handy when you have to measure your ingredients precisely. The measurement indicators ensure that you measure up the right amounts of ingredients for your cooking. With flat bottoms, they can be rested evenly on your countertop. Coming in a variety of measurements, stainless steel spoons and cups are dishwasher safe.

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7. An Electronic Blender

An electronic blender can really speed up the cooking process. Loaded with various functions, your kitchen blender is great for preparing smoothies, purees, soups, or frozen desserts. Go for a versatile machine that helps you to not just prepare fresh juice, butter, or nut spreads, but can also grind grains into flour, prepare dips and salsas, or even emulsify dressings.

8. Banana Slicer

Of course, slicing bananas is easy, but this adorable gadget really can save you some time if you tend to eat a lot of them.

9. Carrot Peeler/Sharpener

This fun cooking marvel is another must-have for your kitchen. With an inbuilt peeler, you can play with this sharpener and make the best smoothies and stir fry recipes.

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10. Pancake Pen

A pancake pen will allow you to make the most enchanting flapjacks in a mess-free manner. Etch a name or draw anything you fancy!

Cooking a meal requires patience and skill. Whether you are a pro or an amateur cook, these gadgets will surely lend some extra support and help to make your life a bit easier! So stock them in your kitchen — you will love that extra comfort in your daily life!

Featured photo credit: VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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