Saturday, 6 October 2012

Modern Machines



Do you like my little purple flower - I'm not sure what it is. I did think it might be a thistle but I'm not so sure.
 It is nice to see a lovely bit of colour in amongst the green.

It's Saturday evening and I've had my dinner and hand washed  the dishes. 
What, I hear you say - why are you hand washing dishes in this day of dishwashers? 
Well, let me tell you - we woke p to find our dishwasher has packed in.  
Argh - that means hand washing dishes - it has been soooooo long since I have had to do that.
I have done the odd dish but not a whole meal's worth.  
Oh well I've still got 2 daughters living at home - I'm sure that is a duty that can be shared around until it gets fixed or we get a new one :))

It just goes to show how spoiled I have become in this day of gadgets and time saving machines.

I can remember when I was a wee girl my mum used to have a set day for doing her laundry.  It took all day standing beside a twin tub and do it all manually. Phew, can you imagine having to do that today. Mind you I loved to help her doing it :)

I have decided I want to use my slow cooker - you know I bought one about 18 years ago and have never used it.  So I have looked it out and cleaned it up and tomorrow I plan to use it for the first time. 
 I reckon it  will be great to put it on in the morning and by tea-time our meal will be ready. So I can come home from work and voila - dinner will be ready.

Does anybody have any great recipes I could use?

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22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like your thistle. sorry about the dishwasher, but i kind of like washing dishes by hand - especially if you can share it with someone drying. :)

good luck with the slow-cooker! i haven't used mine in years.

geetlee said...

Hey Ellie,
You know we've been apartment hunting in San Francisco and it's been tough to find a place that has a diswasher and is in our budget! I can't imagine life without one! Imagine having to do the dishes everyday and I don't even have kids to help me out :)
Hope yours gets repaired soon or you buy a new one.. I guess all of us can't live without technology these days!
haha
Happy weekend

Sandra said...

I love the colour of your thistle. I haven't had a dishwasher for 16 years and washing dishes by hand is rather nice, especially as you are a family and can have lovely heart to heart talks as you take it in turns! It's much more sociable than vacuuming or washing the floors! Just put a smile on your faces and decide to like together time!!!

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

I love that purple thistle :)

Sorry about your dishwasher! I hand wash a lot of my dishes, although I have a dishwasher. I can't explain why I wash them by hand...I'm the oddball, I suppose.

I love my slow cookers, I use them quite often - I hope you'll enjoy the freedom of your slow cooker! :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome thistle photo ~ crock pots are great ~ haven't used mine in awhile ~ thanks for the reminded ~ I always like chili from it ~ enjoy ^_^ ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~

Nancy Claeys said...

I haven't had a dishwasher in over 10 years. With just the 2 of us, seems rather silly.

Haven't used a crock pot for awhile, but roast + veggies is always a good bet. :)

Debbie said...

gorgeous "purple" flower ellie, that happens to be my favorite color!!

go on: http://pinterest.com/all/?category=food_drink

there are so many recipes for slow cooker meals. plus you will love it!!

Jill said...

Love my slow oooker! Chili, spaghetti and stew are my favorites!

Cheryl said...

Your thistle is very pretty in pink.

I enjoy hand-washing my dishes. Never could remember to use the dishwasher anyway.

I wish I could offer some suggestions for your slow-cooker but it's been years since I've used mine.

bj said...

A beautiful shot of a beautiful flower. :)

I wash dishes a lot by hand..just Mr. Sweet and I and it saves money, not running our dishwasher all the time.

And, I couldn't get along without my slow cooker..use it all the time.:)
Over from A Rural Journal

Nikki said...

What interesting purple flowers. I can't get by without my dishwasher.

Debbie said...

Lovely flowers!

rainfield61 said...

Oh no, I still hand wash my dishes.

Though I take pictures with a Canon 7D.

pembrokeshire lass said...

It looks of the thistle family doesn't it!? As you say a lovely bit of colour! Shame about your dishwasher perhaps this will lead to more family togetherness as you share the washing/drying.....? Oh well just a suggestion! As long as it's all not down to you!
I too remember the old twintub and in fact my aunt refused to get rid of hers until it totally packed up about 5 years ago. I remember standing next to my grandmother as she put clothes through a wringer! Better stop there, I think! Joan

Lea said...

I wash the dishes mostly by hand as we don't have a dishwasher where we currently live. But it's ok, I'm used to it. But all the rest we have here is automatic. Even the espresso machine :)

Claudia Moser said...

For the slow cooker I recommend the following blog http://momlaughs.blogspot.de/2012/09/two-soup-thursday.html and the lady has also a great book!

DIMI said...

Hallo Ellie!Love my slow oooker!I have it for 20 years!Great shots!Beautiful flower!Have a nice Sunday!
Dimi..

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

I love your purple flower!

I don't use my slow cooker nearly enough. Sorry I don't have any recipes to share.

Deanna said...

I would wash the dishes and my Mother would dry them when she lived with us, now that she is gone, they just sit on the drainer until dry. Good luck with that crock pot, after sitting idle for 18 years I hope it works. Sign up for pinterest, there are hundreds of recipes for crockpot users.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful color of the thistle.
Sorry about the dishwasher.
I haven't used the slow-cocker for years.

Rose said...

We have a dishwasher, but I mostly do them by hand. MInd you, when we were babysitting Lorelei when her mom was working, I used it all the time! And would again if life got too busy.

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

I like your thistle! Thanks for sharing at Your Sunday Best.