1. You know, when you mentioned having the stove removed I was wondering how you managed. Well, it's obvious you manage very well! 🙂 I've often thought of buying a toaster oven since it's just me and would be so nice to have for our Texas summers. I love to cook and bake and have always had a penchant for small appliances. I don't cook as much as I used to so I've tried very hard to restrain myself from buying more. I do love my bread maker!


  2. Love all your kitchen goodies, I too have many I guess the one that gets no rest would be my electric frying pan and my electric chopper and seeing that summer is coming my electric snow cone machine will be very tired. I also have a little hot dog roaster that the children get a kick out of. Oh and I can't forget the blender , we do a lot of smoothies. With all your gadgets who needs a stone. The crockpot makes great baked potato's I just put it on early in the day and by 6 or so perfect baked potatoes I just pat them with a dab of butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Now Im looking at this cooking contraption that has a dome like thing on it and cooks perfectly in half the time, seen it on an infomercial late at night. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  3. Small kitchen appliances are fun. Have you thought about a bread maker. I want to use mine more.

  4. I jotted down your recipe and the name of the toaster oven! I love product reviews by someone I can trust.

  5. We make barbecue in our crock pot with Coca Cola and beabecues sauce and touch of brown sugar. Yum too! I am corious about the crock pot casserole size. I have considered it, but not sure. I have the same panini maker as you also. Sheila

  6. I need that oven!! Its just my husband and I and sometimes our son who lives with us, but usually never home for meals. I have to start saving. The last oven we had burned everything! Out in the trash it went! I have to try your pork recipe also. What exactly does the root beer do to the pork taste wise?

    1. I think the root beer gives it a little sweetness. But mostly there to make it moist in my opinion. I love the taste of it. Once you put barbecue sauce on it, you can't ever taste the root beer. So no worries there!

  7. Hi Brenda! Looks like all of your cooking needs covered. I would have said I couldn't have lived without a stove, but looks like you're convincing me you can! I had a little red microwave but left it in our condo in Texas which we sold last year. You're so nice to Israel and he is so nice to you! That's the way folks ought to treat each other. Now I'm craving a barbeque sandwich!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. This recipe is the easiest, and is good every time. Yes, lately I started making enough coffee for Israel to also have a cup. I gave him a coffee maker, but he likes my coffee. So many days just after he sees me open my blinds, he's at the door! Then there are days lately when we've gone to lunch and we alternate who pays. He drives my car because I'm having trouble with my ankle, so it's nice to get out and be driven around by someone who is such a good driver and thoughtful as well.

  8. Brenda, I'm with you. I love my crick pot for making barbecue sandwiches. In fact, I always use that exact same recipe you do. Turns out perfect every time. Just a reminder yo folks not to use diet root beer. Something to do with heating artificial sweeteners changes them up chemically to something quite bad for our body.

    I 'had' a Breville oven but foolishly gave it to my son when he bought and moved to his very first house. Haha! He loved using it at home and knew with the costs of new home-ownership, HD wouldn't have money to go out and buy one for himself. They are perfect for cooking and baking, aren't they?

    I may just have to go get another!

    I'm enjoying my day. The snow that was forecast hasn't arrived…yet. Maybe Mother Nature is smiling on my area!

    1. I vacillated over getting the more expensive Breville or the one under $200. I'm glad I went with the higher one. Someone had just given me a gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma, so I used that!

  9. Thanks for the product reviews. My electric frying pan is getting older and pretty grungy. I think I have had it for over 15 years. I like the look of this one.

    And I love that your crock pot switches to warm when it is done cooking!!! This is always my dilemma. I put something in the crock pot when I am going to be gone for the day and then arrive home later than expected and the food is mush. I just replaced my crockpot with a cheapy, but I am bookmarking this for next time!!!!!

    1. Well this one was cheap at $20, though Walmart has raised the price a bit. My other one that I broke didn't have this feature. And the switch to warm is my favorite feature!

    1. I'm very happy with how it's all worked out. I was wary at first that I could go without an oven. But I have.

  10. I'm happy the Breville worked out. Ours is three years old now, and still great. In my opinion, it is the best small appliance for a small kitchen. Nice looking crock pot. xoxo Su

    1. I had another crock pot that was fairly new, and I broke it. Kind of glad now, because I like this one much better.

    1. Just get a good-sized pork loin. I have the butcher cut it and then have him take off all the fat, which is usually just on one side.

      I put it in my electric skillet with a few spices: seasoned salt, etc. Brown it all over. Then put it in your crock pot and pour a can of root beer over it. If it's really big, you might need 2 cans of root beer. Cook 8-10 hours on Low.

      When it's done, I take the pork out and drain all of the root beer out. (You could just drain it off.) Then I put it back in the crock pot and cut the pork apart. It will virtually fall apart. Then I pour how much barbecue sauce I like over it, warm a bit and it's done!

  11. We love our Breville Belgian waffle maker. We sent the pizza maker back. We have a toaster oven we use a lot, but it is an Oster. I have never tried making anything like brownies in it, but I use it for many other things, mostly toasting and reheating. It does keep the kitchen from heating up.

  12. Now that the four kids have left home we make much smaller meals…3 teen boys eat ALOT! We often use our toaster oven instead of the big oven. It cooks quicker and uses so much less energy as well as not heating up the whole kitchen! I have to look into the one you have since ours is older and not so smart! Lol

  13. Breville toaster oven lover here too! When my toaster went kaput my college aged daughter convinced me to try a toaster oven�� I found the red Breville online at William Sonoma and quickly ordered one. I cook salmon, roast veggies, bake pies , make pizzas, and toast bread in ours. So much smaller and easier to cook in!

    1. I use that Breville Smart Oven every day pretty much. That and the microwave and the electric skillet too.

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