For the past few weeks, I have been in charge of making sure that our house is in the condition it needs to be to sell….repairing, painting, organizing, decluttering, cleaning, etc. I have also been working on preparing for the task of downsizing and letting go of our possessions. This hasn’t been easy for me. I am kind of a pack rat, married to a pack rat. Going through our belongings has blessed us to realize that less is more…and we need to really work on the less part. In the past few weeks, I have gotten rid of a lot of clutter and given away a lot of items that I hadn’t used in a long time. We have been able to make enough money off of some of the items, to help keep us afloat, as we continue to prepare to embark on this crazy adventure. Also, to prepare for living with limited space and means, I have decided to go about living as close as we can to what it will be like in Liahona. This lead me to the splayd…
Anyone who knows me or my hubby, knows that we are little researchers….always researching and loving every minute of it! Well, we wanted to research these splayds before actually committing to them…..and what better way than to actually use them? We tried all sorts of foods. Just to name a few: our favorite (made from scratch) cream of asparagus soup, ice cream, steak, chicken, spaghetti and other pastas, casseroles galore, cold cereal, hot cereal, pancakes, crepes, salads, etc. We used those splayds so many times these past few weeks…I felt as if they were our very own….and realized that we needed to get some for our very own. I got a hold of our sweet splayd friends…and told them that we TOTALLY wanted some!
They gave us a great deal and for that we are so thankful, so very thankful. Seriously, I don’t think that I have ever enjoyed any sort of dish, utensil, kitchen gadget as much as I adore these little sweeties. I will admit that I had reservations, because of the fact that we usually steer away from any sort of product that multi-functions (dvd/vcrs, washer/dryers, microwave/ovens, etc) and this one claimed to have 3 functions. In fact, I didn’t mention them to anyone, on the off chance that they totally sucked. I didn’t want to have to lie or lose a friend over a silly utensil. Plus, for some strange reason, I had it in my mind that the sides were actually sharpened (to serve the purpose of cutting steak) and that sounded painful. Once I had the loaners here, I got to see that they did, indeed, function quite well. I also got a little chuckle out of my daughter (the same one who forced me to put that she could care less whether or not she got to use the splayds) when she snidely warned Luken (after he got to use the splayds on the first night, instead of her), that he needed to be careful because the sides were sharp and would cut the sides of his mouth. I almost blew the drink, that was in my mouth, out of my nose and all over the table….it made me laugh so hard (but then, I had wondered the same thing). I guess she hadn’t dared to touch the sides to see that they actually aren’t sharp. They are thinned enough to help you to cut softer meats and produce, but definitely not “knife sharp” or serrated.
The only downside I could possibly see with the splayd is that because there is a pronged tip, getting that very last spoonful out of a bowl of ice cream or soup, is sometimes impossible. But, on the flipside, an advantage to having a splayd over a sppon is that the splayd’s sides are flat, which makes for incredible scraping of a plate or bowl when a spoon wouldn’t have done at all. One night, when we were eating ice cream, I did grab a spoon, just to see how much I would be missing out on. I was able to scoop out an additional 1/2 of a spoonful. Not enough to steer me away from the splayd, but I wanted to be completely honest with you on all areas of this “research” we did. 😉
The area which I am absolutely thrilled about? When our 14 month old (just turned 14 months today, in fact), got to use his mini splayd, he refused to put that utensil down! I have never seen him use a spoon or fork for longer than a couple of attempts…then it was back to his digits. But not with his mini splayd…he was so proud to be able to dig into today’s bow tie pasta and actually have it reach his hungry little mouth. And it was a delight to share in his accomplishment….all because of a mini splayd and the opportunity to try these new-found treasures out.