In my kitchen, the tools are half the fun. I have a potato peeler shaped like a monkey, a butter knife with a clay piece of toast as its handle, and a scrubber that’s attached to the back of a porcupine.
It’s part of a broader home decor philosophy, too. The first thing I bought for my new apartment, as soon as my roommate and I signed the lease about a year ago, was a metal octopus.
I went into Anthropologie to look for some trendy hand-towels or juice glasses or something that, having previously moved straight from a dorm to a furnished and fully-stocked house, I might need.
I already had a couple such items in tow when I reached the octopus, displayed on a shelf with coathooks and doorknobs. It had to be mine. Being an Anthropologie product, it was not budget-friendly. So naturally I put back all the other stuff.
The octopus hung proudly on a hook in my drywall until recently, when I was chastised by the landlord’s safety personnel for obstructing what turned out to be the hook for our fire extinguisher. Oops.
My favorite household items, all rooms inclusive, are my rubber ice cube trays: one shapes the ice into spaceships, the other into replicas of Grandpa’s dentures.
Even if you have boring rhomboid trays, though, frozen liquids are a top-shelf kitchen hack. With all the below variations, once the cubes are frozen, you can transfer them to a plastic freezer bag to free up your trays. In the mean time, you might want to label them, lest you end up with beef broth in your lemonade. MORE