A Recent Kitchen Upgrade That’s Life Changing & Eating Dinosaurs for Breakfast

Family is en route right now so while I have a moment I wanted to share a life-changing update I just made in my kitchen (in case you find it helpful) and something that should make breakfast a lot more fun for the little ones this week.

I just purchased this fun waffle maker and I can’t wait to see my grandsons’ faces when I serve them dinosaur waffles for breakfast! They are dinosaur obsessed right now so these should be a big hit.

Dinosaur Waffle Maker


Here’s how they look out of the waffle…so fun! I think I’ll sprinkle them with a bit of powdered sugar when I make them, love how that looks! (Dinosaur Waffle Maker is available here: Dino Waffle Maker. )

Dinosaur shaped Pancakes and Waffles


I also purchased two types of pancake/waffle mixes that looked really good!

Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mixes


The reviews looked good, so I can’t wait to try them!


You’ll find both of these flavors available here: Classic Mix and Blueberry Mix.)


Recently I shared a napkin holder I had just purchased that is pretty blooming awesome! I love it because you can take just one napkin without disturbing any of the others. (Napkin holder is available here: Napkin Holder.)

Great Napkin Holder


I was so impressed with how well the napkin holder worked, I decided to try the paper towel holder. Oh. My. Gosh! I LOVE this thing!

My old paper towel holder (which is now relegated to being used in the garage) was a nightmare. You could only pull off a paper towel if you used both hands. If you tried to pull off a towel with just one hand, you would way get too many or end tearing off just the corner of the paper towel. It was such a pain!

This one is genius!  It only releases one paper towel at the time and it does so beautifully! Somehow the little arm knows exactly the correct amount of tension to apply to release just one towel. That’s so important because normally when we are reaching for a paper towel, our hands are messy from cooking or cleaning.

This was definitely a life-style improvement! I can’t believe I put up with that other paper towel holder for so long! Ugh!

If you are in need of a better paper towel holder, I can definitely recommend this one. I purchased mine here: Paper Towel Holder.

Simple Human Paper Towel Holder and Napkin Holder


Okay, I’m back to the kitchen for a bit then it will be time to pick up the Honey Baked Ham I ordered a week ago. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  1. Wow Susan! I REALLY want that paper towel holder! We keep our paper towels in a cupboard that’s too tall for me to reach, so I end up putting one roll in the bowl of the stand mixer just to keep it handy! I know – I’ve only lived in that kitchen for 15 years … ! But now! My life will change as yours has. Thanks a million for this, and for all the wonderful tips you give us all the time. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! You’ve just made mine! 🙂

    • Barbara, this one is amazing! I should have replaced my old one long ago! lol You sound like me, I have so many things I still want to do in this house and I’ve lived here 29 years! Hope you love it…def big improvement for my kitchen!

  2. SharonFromMichigan says

    What adorable waffles! Those are the little touches that kids will remember fondly later in life and they’ll associate that with you – just wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

  3. What a fun time ahead in the next few days. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I have the Mickey Mouse pancake maker but have ordered this one. My grands are also into dinosaurs. You come up with the neatest things! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Tina Liberator says

    Susan, You have got to be the best grandmother ever! I love how your posts show so much love for your two grandsons as well as your son and DIL. Enjoy them over the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Thanks so much, Tina! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was just about in tears when it was time for them to leave and go back home. I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving this year!

  6. Anne Shaheen says

    Susan, I am so excited for the Buckeye grandkids to visit their Georgia Peach of a Grandmother!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Susan, I remembered something you may be interested in for your family.
    Twenty + years ago I was at the History Museum in Atlanta. They had a huge
    Dinosaur skeleton in a rotunda like area. I believe there was another room of smaller skeletons. If I remember correctly, it was near the Swan House. Hopefully it will be open while your grands are visiting.
    Thanks for your fun, informative posts! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Oh yeah, I know what you’re talking about. I bet it’s still there. I wish we’d had time to visit. The days went by so fast! We only had 4 days and my son and dil were gone one full day and over night visiting friends, and Thanksgiving was another day…so we only really had a couple days together. I hope they come back again this summer, there’s so much to do here in ATL.

  8. I like both holders. I have a quick question: can cake mix be used in a waffle iron?

    • I noticed someone ask that in the “Questions” and another person answered this: “I use regular waffle batter, Bisquick. The plates do not come out but they are nonstick and clean up pretty easy.” Another person in the reviews mentioned they have done a combination of pancake and cake batter before and that it turned out great. So I guess you could try it, just to see. Just not sure since I haven’t tried that.

  9. I have the same paper towel holder and it is indeed great!

  10. The paper towel holder is wonderful. We love it!! The dinosaur waffle maker is such a great idea. We have three grandsons who are visiting us at Christmas plus another one who lives nearby us in Boston (2 years old and also a dinosaur boy). So if I can convince my husband we need another piece of equipment in the kitchen there may be dinosaur waffles for the Christmas visit.

  11. I ordered the stocking holders after reading your post. They have already arrived and I can hardly wait to put them to work on Black Friday, when I decorate! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Ren Jetton

  12. Elinda Turner says

    Picked up our honey baked ham late this evening. Wonder if that brand of waffle mix carries a gluten free line ? I will have to check on that. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Elinda, can you just imagine how many they must sell this week! There was quite the line when I was in there and you could see a gazillion hams back in their refrigerator rooms. Yup, they do make a gluten-free line…here’s one of them: https://amzn.to/2QUAqhT

  13. Cyndi Raines says

    I so want those boots by L.L. Bean!!! Love the no laces, but since I just purchased a similar type of boot last year (with laces) I’m having a hard time justifying it. Ugh! However, …we will be visiting the L.L. Bean store in June when we go to Maine, so maybe then, lol! That waffle maker is awesome, the boys will LOVE it. Happy Thanksgiving Susan, May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving! Doesn’t it make everything more festive to have little ones around? Thanks for all the lovely content you provide. Looking forward to your Christmas posts….

  15. Sorry for the belated good wishes,Susan, but I hope your Thanksgiving was full of smiles, laughter, hugs and good eats! Enjoy your family time together.

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