Last year for the holidays I received an ice cream maker. To be quite honest, I wasn't sure that I'd use it very often and thought that it would just sit in the kitchen cabinet. Then we decided to try it out because, well, we're trying to eat less extra "stuff," so if we made our own then we'd know what was in it.
The basic recipe for sorbet is sugar, water, a dash of salt and whatever fruit you want for flavor (we've got frozen pureed watermelon from our garden and I'm looking forward to having it in the middle of winter). For ice cream, it's sugar, heavy cream, milk, dash of salt and whatever flavor you want. We've been experimenting, of course, and don't want to just stick to the booklet that came with the machine. We've tried the norms - strawberry, chocolate - but then we tried other flavors that you can't find too often at the store - green tea, peanut butter, mango, violet, and lavender (which Jaimie thinks tastes like soap). I'm snacking on violet ice cream right now, and we just made peanut butter. We do love our ice cream at this house. (Our toddler loves her sorbet, because she is lactose intolerant, but she needs a treat too).
For being someone who hated being in the kitchen except for the annual holiday baking parties, I have changed drastically. My go-to dinner used to be frozen pizza, because really, it doesn't get much easier. I've had the fortune of living with different good cooks over the years, including my sister and my husband. I admit that those years (and these years) I was spoiled. I still didn't bother learning from them, but at least now I like to bake and create, though still not fond of cooking.
I am fond of kitchen appliances though. For wanting to live simply, I like our kitchen gadgetry. I inherited my sister's Kitchen Aid mixer, with attachments. We have a bread maker, which we only use for mixing but not actual baking (it's been a full year now since we last regularly bought bread from the store). We have a rice cooker, a slow cooker, an immersion blender, a quesadilla maker, a waffle iron, a food dehydrator, a NuWave oven, and more, and we use them all regularly. I'd blame it on Jaimie, but I'm equally at fault for being an appliance hoarder. Oooh shiny. And people thought that giving appliances was not cool. One of my husband's favorite gifts was the immersion blender.
I'm loving our kitchen stuff, and the yummy food it all makes.