I know there were a few raised eyebrows when, just after I moved in here, I had them come take my stove away.
The Decision To Have A Washer Instead Of A Stove:
I wanted a portable washer/dryer and there wasn’t space for both. I needed the washer to be close to the sink so the hose could reach the faucet.
This type of washer really doesn’t dry very well. But that’s okay.
I just hang up my clothing to dry, which is much better for your clothing anyway. And I layer the rest of my laundry around my apartment to dry.
Moving Big Appliances Around The Kitchen:
I switched my refrigerator over to where the stove was and ordered an LG washer. And then I put it where the refrigerator had been so the water attachment would reach a water source, the kitchen sink.
It has been over 6 years and I have not regretted my decision. I live alone and only need to cook for myself.
I immediately bought a convection toaster oven and, along with my microwave, I was ready to roll.
The New Convection Toaster Oven:
Recently I had to buy a new toaster oven. This time I did not go with the Breville that I had before.
I did a lot of research online and ultimately bought a Kitchen Aid.
It is taller and I can fit more food inside. Last week I cooked julienne potatoes along with cornbread and there was plenty of room for both to cook at the same time.
Often I cook everything at once on one pan and then there’s only one pan to clean!
Casa Ware Ceramic Coated Non-Stick Toaster Oven Baking Pans:
I also ordered various sizes of non-stick toaster oven baking pans created specifically for toaster oven cooking.
Nothing seems to stick to them and so it was love at first cooking session!
You’re not supposed to scrub this cookware or put it in the dishwasher. I wash my dishes in the kitchen sink since it’s just me.
I did have an electric skillet but after years of wear the coating was deeply scratched and I stopped using it. I’ve found I haven’t really missed it.
I arranged my new bake ware just above the microwave and toaster, which I refer to as my cooking station, which is very convenient.
Different Kitchen Configurations:
I have worked and worked on this kitchen. This configuration that Kendra and I DIYed this past spring is the version I like the best. Tried out various color schemes and decorations.
Clean and white and shiny. Just like I imagine a grandma’s kitchen should look!
I bought a new refrigerator as well this past spring, as most of you know.
Cooking In The New Toaster Oven:
I love cooking in my new Kitchen Aid convection toaster oven. It cooks fast and evenly.
The cornbread I cooked last week came out perfectly browned on top. As did the potatoes.
Here is what Amazon, which is where I ordered it, has to say about this Kitchen Aid appliance.
What This Toaster Oven Can Do:
- Cook for the entire family: This Kitchen Aid oven can bake 2 whole chickens (based on 3. 6 lbs weight) at a time.
- Versatile: 12 preset cooking functions including everything from bake, to cookie, pizza, and even dough proofing.
- Save time: Cook chicken up to 20% faster with dual convection bake.
- Easy to use: Digital display and an interior light for at-a-glance updates on cooking progress without disturbing your dish.
- Built-in temperature probe: Allows you to have more control during cooking process, giving you perfect results time after time.
- Non-stick interior: Quickly and easily clean up any spills.
- Sleek style: Streamlined profile and chrome knobs add style to your countertop.
What Comes With It:
Includes: 1) Kitchen Aid countertop oven, (1) 9×13-inch baking pan with grill rack, (1) removable metal drip and crumb tray, (1) removable metal rack, (1) temperature probe.
Cooking For One:
I very rarely cook meat so I don’t know if I’ll use the temperature probe.
At times I cook frozen fish and sometimes I buy an already cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and prepare meals with it. Like chicken tacos.
Then I divide the rest of the leftover chicken into plastic baggies and freeze them for later meals.
While vegetables are cooking I walk out onto my patio and gather cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
Then I have a nutritious meal that is fast and delicious.
I love my kitchen. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. But it has everything I need.
The convection toaster oven doesn’t heat up the whole place and it takes up less room than an actual stove. Perfect for small home living.