Post # 16
I’m chuckling at all of you immersion blender haters — this is one of my kitchen essentials! I use it to blend soups right in the pot (no transferring things cup by cup into a blender), mix pancake/crepe batter with no lumps and whip cream, and the mini food processor attachment is great for chopping nuts or herbs and blending condiments. I’ve used it twice in the past week.
At the same time I have a magic bullet I’ve literally used once in five years and find completely useless, and lots of people think that’s crazy. It’s funny how stuck we get in our kitchen routines.
Post # 17
it’s a soup tureen. I have a pumpkin shaped one 😉
Post # 18
We had a fair number of people go off registry and get stuff we really didn’t need/want. We got some strange things like salad dressing mixer and a pepper press. We also got 3 sets of bowls, but we don’t know where any of them came from, so we kept them for now. Some of them are these very large pottery type bowls from an artist. I guess they are nice, but they really aren’t my style, and they are huge and really very heavy, so they are hard to store. Perhaps we’ll use them in the future though after we buy a house and can actually host people for dinner/parties.
We did end up getting a nutri ninja that we did not register for. I wanted to return it, but DH kept it, and actually ends up using it a lot.
Post # 19
We got a free standing wine rack, like one you would put on your kitchen counter. We didn’t register for anything like this, first because my husband doesn’t drink (although we do have alcohol in the house for guests) and second, it’s so big and takes up so much room I don’t know anyone that would be willing to give up their counter space to display their wine. It’s sitting in our basement right now. I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap so I have trouble donating it. We’re keeping it for now even though we don’t plan on using it.
Post # 21
We eloped but a lot of older relatives sent gift. We didn’t have a registry since we eloped & got a ton of decorative dish towels… they are all too nice to use and I have a lifetime supply.
Post # 22
immersion blenders are awesome. we use ours all the time. i had it before i was married. great for making soups. pear/pasnip, butternut squash, tomato all soups i love making in the winter.
we never used our decanter. i thought we would use it all the time, but we just leave the wine in the bottle.
Post # 23
google other uses for wine racks. you could roll towels in it and put it in your guest bathroom, wrapping paper holder, magazine rack. be creative if you like the design of it, just not what it is intended for.
Post # 24
I wanted this organizer by BHS and thought it would be used soo much when we first got it. Well it sat in our closet for the first 3 years and the only reason why we took it out was so that our hallway closet and all of our tools would be organized. Now it’s used everyday, but it took three years for us to get to that point haha
Post # 25
We’ve both been married before so we didn’t have a registry or showers or anything like that. Most people gave us cash for a wedding gift but a handful of people gave us non-cash gifts:
Gifts we loved: Gift certificates to local restaurants, loved these and we got to try a few restaurants we’d been meaning to check out and a few ones we’d been to before and loved. And one of the gift certificate givers also added a cliche gravy boat as an inside joke that I adore and use frequently. Also a gift bag with a lovely picture frame and scented candles (I love scented candles). And several relatives of my DH’s went in together to get us a new patio set & BBQ.
Gifts I haven’t used: A crystal water jug that is far too heavy to be of practical use but was likely a well intended gift (lol or a re-gift), it’s currently sitting on a shelf above our wine rack and occasionally I dust it. Now that I think of it though- I could use it as a vase for flowers
Post # 26
We received two seahorses ( wall hangings?) that looked like a 13 year old had made them during Wood Shop. They were painted bright pink. Sold them at a garage sale for 50 cents. The buyer was thrilled. Go figure.
Post # 27
using a wine rack to store rolled up towels is an awesome idea
Post # 28
We didnt register and most of our guests gave cash but we also received alot of knick-knacks and ornaments saying mr and mrs that we just wont really put anywhere. Neither of us drink and my aunt bought us a champagne glass set which I know she would love, but not us at all. We moved abroad just after our wedding and had to leave half the gifts like that. There was no option to return any of our gifts.
Post # 29
We received (not on the registry at all) a book titled something like Hot Married Life….basically all about how to enjoy sex in a married relationship including God. From the pastor who married us. Who I had known since I was in 6th grade.
I somewhat understand where the idea came from to give it, but at the same time….we have no problems in that area, thanks. I giggled uncontrollably for probably a good week and then immediately gave it to Goodwill.
Post # 30
Omg you’re missing out on the Kitchenaid Mixer. That thing is the single greatest appliance in my kitchen, and I never bake. So much more than a mixer. DH made fun of me when I wanted it–I got it as a gift a couple of years before we got married and he was like, uhh you bake maybe once a year it’s going to be a big waste. He uses it as much as I do now, and he admitted he was 100% wrong about it.
It’s all about the attachments…I have a spiralizer I use to slice apples & spiralize veggies. Grinder so we can grind our own meat from roasts (so none of that “pink slime” people talk about), or grind tomatoes from our garden for salsa or pasta sauce. Grain mill to make our own whole grain pancakes. I use it without any attachments to shred chicken, make mashed potatoes, etc. It’s actually really versatile…and a hand mixer just doesn’t come close to having the power to do a lot of those things.