Oh Jan! I used my vitamix to death - twice!!!
I ground flour, cornmeal, and did all kinds of stuff with it. I'm hoping that when we get back on land we can get it fixed. I really miss it.
Worst appliance purchase - Thunderstick! No doubt about it. I used to use my immersion blender all the time - bought this thing and never use it.
Best purchase is the portable ice maker that we bought! It just sits there and makes ice - all day every day. All I have to do is add water and it just plain works.
Strangest - a gift of a FlavorWave oven.
And I do have a chocolate fountain!!!
We'll use it more often when we get back on land - no room on the boat!!!