I won't kid you. Being a mom to five children under the age of six is by no stretch of the imagination easy. Rewarding, yes. Easy, a resounding NO! And by far one of the most trying times is dinnertime. Everyone is usually cranky and irritable, and of course, they're all hungry and want their food immediately.
This is where one of my little secret sanity savers comes in. Oh, I have lots of these little tricks up my sleeve, and I'll share them all with you in due time, but this is one of my favorites. Some are frugal, and then some are not so frugal, but sometimes Mommy's sanity is worth more than saving a dime. However, I always do my research to get the best price!
On to my secret . . .
Yep, that's right – my trusty KitchenAid All-Purpose Kitchen Shears. Of course mine are red to match all my other KitchenAid utensils and appliances! Yes, not so frugal but very durable . . .
I use these babies for every task imaginable. They're great for chopping up still-frozen chicken for stir-fry meals or other recipes that call for diced chicken or any other kind of meat for that matter. I use them to mince herbs, chop celery, cut up grapes – you name it. And the great thing is you can cut stuff right into the pan you're using.
But the very best use I've come up with is quickly cutting foods up into bite-size pieces for the kiddies. It makes quick work of any meal, including pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc. It lets me assemble their plates quickly and easily, getting them all served and ready to eat without the dangers of slicing or dicing my finger with a knife. (Who, me? I've never done anything like that.) My neighbor was an instant convert when she saw me quickly dice up a slice of pizza for my 2 year old at her birthday party.
I have at least four pairs of the shears so I always have a clean pair. I also have numerous pairs of their other styles, including the herb shears, poultry shears, bent shears, and utility shears, but the all-purpose kitchen shears will always hold a special place in my heart.
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