The kitchen is the heart of the home. I spend most of my time there whether it’s putting away the groceries, prepping food, cooking, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, helping the kids with homework and having family conversations at the kitchen island, etc. For a smooth-running kitchen, I find that being prepared and having a good investment in certain cookware, kitchen appliances, kitchen tools, and having your pantry essentials stocked can help make your work easier. See below to find the things that have helped me throughout the years. It has aided me and hopefully, the ideas can help you find your flow too.

Pantry Essentials

Paleo Ingredients & Pantry Basics


These are the best cookware that I have experienced using throughout the years. You may find them handy in your kitchen.

  1. HexClad – (my new favorite)
  2. All-Clad Stainless Steel – (goes with any styled kitchen)
  3. Cast Iron – (old school, vintage look, a little effort to maintain)

Kitchen Appliances

Some of the items listed can be big pocket items, however, they are worth it! You may be asking, where is the microwave? We gave it away many years ago lol … it was tough at the beginning. We got through it and now we forget that almost every home has it and uses it daily.

Cook Tools