The magnetic beer holder

This has been one of the greatest acquisitions of all time.

So my husband started getting craft beer for his guests at home. He has a separate small fridge in his studio to have beer whenever he wants as I don’t really like beer myself. 

But when guests come over we have more than a few and that mini fridge just doesn’t really cut it. 

So all the beer goes into the main fridge. 

And add that all on top of all the food you buy for the guests and is already stored in there. You get a little bit nervous when you see all of it piling up on top of each other so i decided to make our space limited fridge more practical.

I found these stickers that have magnets on them, what is called a magnetic beer holder.

So what i have done is i have put this all the way to the back of the fridge shelf and even if the beer still takes some space i still get the bottom of the shelf to put any other ingredients there.

I love this solution and it not only does the job for beer but you can also put up juice or other bottles you want to hang up there.

My husband is the one pointing out that this was a very practical idea so here you go, one more to the list 😊


Fondue Machine

With time I have become more and more lazy about cooking. I also wanted to make our meals a lot more fun, and whenever we have guests, making it easier to cook for many people. 

So one day, we had guests over, and three hours before dinner time I was there again,  cooking for several hours and by the time the guests would come home I’d be exhausted.

And one day I thought to myself, why not find a way of making the guests cook their own food. Spending very little time doing any cooking before the guests arrived so I can dedicate my mental effort to entertain them and to also have fun myself, for once.

And then I came across this fondue machine on Amazon

Kitchen cooking practical fondue machine

And I thought it was a great idea. You just need to find a recipe which I found on BBC food (I love this website by the way). Cut a few pieces of cold meat, potatoes, boil some broccoli and vegetables and toast some pieces of bread.

It takes you tops one hour to prepare everything including the fondue and just a few minutes to heat up. You leave it melting in the pot whilst you say hi to your guests, and then you can sit down and have a meal together.

Kitchen ingredients broccoli potatoes cold meat
Most of the guests that we have had where we have taken out the fondue machine, they have really enjoyed the experience because it’s not a very usual type of meal whenever you have guests over. 

Now, the problem will come the day that you have a guest or many guys who are not into cheese, then is when you really need to think about a different tactic to save time preparing dinner…!

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The Tea Organizer

I have way too many teabags. 

I think teabags are one of those things, at least in England, that you end up accumulating over time. And one day you realise that you have so much Tea that you could feed an entire continent. 

It got to a point where I had so much tea I didn’t know where to put it and we ended up shoving it down the kitchen cupboard where we kept the cookies, the cereal, sugar and other condiments for baking. Having it organised like this (baking, breakfast, etc) is very practical for me, but might not be practical for everyone. 

Anyhow, at some point in time there were so many teabags that they kept on falling off the cupboard everytime you’d open it. And then is when I got on my nerves. 

So I went on to find a good solution to keep all the teabags in one place. A place where I could find the flavour I wanted, I could easily access the teabags, and I could store it practically and in an organised way. 

I found a few options where you can store teabags in boxes but I felt that you couldn’t see all the different teabags you would have to choose from. So I ended up deciding I wanted to get a teabag storage with a bit more of a display feel to it. 

So I found a solution.

The great thing about this organizer is that I can easily hold the whole thing easily, I can put it in a cupboard or outside and it displays the teabags from both sides. 

It has those little boxes which are transparent where you can put the different sachets and it holds quite a few bags in each little box. So basically what you can do is you can put different flavours of tea in one little box and so on and so on. 

For me it’s a perfect idea because I can put it outside or inside the cupboards I can easily take them out whenever I have guests and they can choose from different teabags for different flavours. But the most important thing is that they will jo longer fall off the corners!

So far a couple of family members really like the solution but I have still to show it off to a few guests and find out what they think about it.

cheap kitchen worktops chopping board
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Cheap Kitchen Worktops

Some of us spend a long time in the kitchen not because we want to, but because it takes forever to cut every ingredient to add to that one meal that you hope will taste good enough to be eaten.

I am not a great cook but I do appreciate when a tool makes my life easier, cleaner or more practical. So I can spend time doing other non-sense, probably not very productive but extremely enjoyable.

There are granite, quartz, wooden worktops and neither of them I’d like to damage, especially when you have bought or rent a flat. That’s why, and this was inspired by my mother, I like to have an attachable kitchen worktop.

I decided to go for a stainless steel worktop (an attachment, sort of like a chopping board) because I had seen others made of wood that were really hard to clean up and to be honest some hygiene question marks were raised. It has been a hard way to fill in our home, one reason why was “I want no Ikea worktops in my home”. Sad times…

Where else could I find a cheap kitchen worktop AND practical?

So I went for Amazon.

cheap kitchen worktops chopping board

So far, it has been a durable, clean, and visually ideal for the kitchen. I liked the fact that it had rubber feet and that I don’t actually have to stick it or attach it to the kitchen work top. So whenever I want, I lift. Clean underneath. Bring back down. Job done.

If you don’t know me yet, in this blog I only talk about things that I have bought, done or thought of that OTHERS have liked too, whether it was because of its practicality or just a great idea.

This time it was our Estate Agent, who came along and saw the board and emailed us ONLY to know where we had bought it.