9 Kitchen Tools That Will Make You a Morning Person
Even if you're a night owl, you can learn to love the morning — provided you have the right equipment! These beautiful and useful tools featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchens will help you get out the door during the week without all the drama, or host the most incredible lazy weekend brunch.
1. Blender: Sure, you could go to a juice bar for your smoothies, but then you'd have to put on pants. A quality 5-speed blender makes quick work of ice, frozen fruit, milk and all sorts of healthy boosters. In mere minutes, you've got a liquid breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunch, all without leaving the house. Plus, that added pop of color looks so pretty on the counter, especially when matched to the blue tones in Bobby and Hyatt's kitchen.
2. Stand mixer: Believe the hype! A stand mixer can help you whip up big batches of the breakfast and brunch foods you love, like the fluffiest pancakes you've ever seen, coffee cake, sweet cinnamon rolls — even loaves of homemade bread for toast with the most. The cousins opted for a silver colored mixer to bring out the gray in the kitchen's handmade, vintage-inspired tile backsplash.
3. Keurig brewer: Can't wake up until you've had your cuppa? A pod brewing system makes flawless coffee with just the touch of a button, so before you even wipe the sleep out of your eyes, your joe is ready to go. It can even make tea or hot cocoa for the kids. The smooth, silver accents on this Keurig really pop against the matted quartz counter that the cousins built.
4. Cutlery set: One of the most important tools in any home cook's arsenal is a good knife. A cutlery set housed in a knife block serves several purposes: It looks sleek, keeps blades sharper and ensures that the perfect knife for the job is always at arm's reach instead of hiding in a utensil drawer. Now those onions, peppers and mushrooms for your omelettes are mincemeat! The set fits perfectly on the skinny slice of countertop that peeks out from Bobby and Hyatt's new refrigerator.
5. Placemat: Beyond protecting surfaces from spills and scratches, placemats inject a dose of style to every sit-down meal. If your usual breakfast is a cold toaster pastry scarfed down over the sink, sitting at a table with proper placemats — even if it's just to eat a bowl of cereal! — feels very civilized indeed. A woven, floral-inspired placemat with cutouts adds personality to the simple white island the cousins built.
6. Serveware: When you love your kitchen (and who wouldn't when the Cousins are through with it?!), it's only natural that you'd want to show it off. A 42-piece serveware set in basic white comes in handy when you want to host a holiday breakfast or brunch, but works just as well for everyday meals. It'll fit right in on the shelves of the new pantry closet the cousins custom-built for Bobby and Hyatt.
7. Ice Bucket: Not only does a deep, stainless steel bucket hold your wine and keep ice cool, its simple regality makes even the most relaxed brunches feel like VIP events. This one serves as a fancy focal point for Bobby and Hyatt's new bar.
8. Cocktail Shaker Set: Ok, we admit, it's easy to be a morning person when your morning includes a boozy brunch. From mint juleps to mojitos, there are many ways to imbibe, but they all require keeping a polished and glossy cocktail set on hand. The cousins made the shakers really stand out by placing them on a bright white serving tray.
9. Glasses and Champagne flutes: Fun, cheerful glasses turn every morning into a party. And if you think they look good empty, just wait and see how the patterns play against the juice, iced coffee, or bubbly you pour inside. Plus, there's no need for storing them away inside a cupboard — these babies were made to be displayed, like they are on the shelves the cousins built over Bobby and Hyatt's new bar.