Small Space Scribes on November 23, 2020 0 Comments Imagine that you’re hosting friends and family for a holiday dinner this year. Picture yourself leisurely waking up and enjoying a hot cup of coffee. You take in the aromas of different food dishes wafting together to create a sensory experience felt all throughout your home. You even take a nice morning walk with the family and come back to find your dinner fixings still simmering, baking, bubbling and brewing to your satisfaction. Now hold that thought and jump back to reality, which is more likely you getting up at the crack of dawn to get the main course in the oven, followed by strategically planning each side dish so you can wash the pots and pans and not tie up the stove. It’s all about timing in order to have your holiday dinner ready for your guests on time. Hopefully, you won’t have an undercooked turkey because you had to take it out in time to put in the apple pie like last year. You can fulfill your daydream and make your holiday dinner a success with the right small appliances for your kitchen. Slow cooker The beauty of a slow cooker is that you basically dump in your ingredients, press the button, and leave it alone! A slow cooker is great for side dishes such as potatoes or sweet potatoes, casseroles, or a soup appetizer that can just simmer all day long. If you need to free up some oven space, it can also be used for the main dish such as maple-glazed ham, depending on the size of your ham. This KitchenAid 6 Qt. Slow Cooker is a great option. The 6 qt. removable ceramic vessel is perfect for large and small dishes. It has 4 temperature settings that offer versatility to handle all your cooking tasks and it’s programmable in 30-minute increments up to 24 hours. Toaster Oven Use a toaster oven for muffins, rolls, or small appetizers. Because they don’t take long to bake, they can quickly and easily be made in batches – which will also keep guests happy and satisfied while they wait. Food Processor Prepping as much as you can the night before your holiday dinner will save you time and save your sanity. With a food processor, you can make your food prep faster, easier and avoid all that tedious chopping. Whether you need to chop up multiple vegetables to saute or potatoes to make a side dish, this versatile small appliance will be making you wish you had it in your kitchen years ago. Mixer A mixer is a great small appliance to have on hand for its versatility. This KitchenAid mixer does more than just mix dough and batter. All its available attachments make it easy to prepare homemade pasta, fresh sausage, ice cream, fresh-squeezed fruit juice, and just about any ingredients you need mixed up for your holiday dinner preparations. With a variety of colors to choose from, it can also give your countertop a little extra pizzazz. Coffee Maker There’s nothing like waking up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. If you have guests staying in your home or you’re planning on serving coffee with dessert later, it’s a beverage you want to have ready and waiting. It’s also an easy thing that can be made ahead of time by brewing a few pots and storing it in a beverage thermos. Wine Refrigerator Another beverage you definitely don’t want to run out of is wine! But where do you store all the wine bottles? You can free up space in your main refrigerator and keep the wine at its perfect temperature for serving by storing it in a wine refrigerator. This wine and beverage cooler by Avallon is a great option. Not only does it store your wine, but it can also store other bottled or canned beverages, and looks aesthetically pleasing in your living space. Remember to check the wattage and, if necessary, run small appliances on separate circuits or one at a time so you don’t trip the breaker. Be sure to replace any aging appliances and set yourself up for success by investing in a few new small appliances that will allow you to serve your holiday dinner warm, on time, and in a relaxed atmosphere that makes your guests feel right at home.