Greenspice, I had one of those wonderful electric frying pans, too, and I loved using it...it turned out an absolutely perfect pot roast! I passed mine along to one of my daughters, just as your mom did, but lately I'm considering buying another!
Michelle, there really has been a resurgence in crockpot cooking in the past few years. I agree that although the actual cooking time is considerable, the prep work is usually fairly effortless. I definitely consider my crock pot a significant quick cooking appliance.
Elle, I can't imagine living without my microwave oven, either! I use it all through the day...I'd be lost without it! Another appliance I rely upon is my ice cream maker. I have an electric model with a freezer bowl (no rock salt or ice needed) and it makes a soft-serve ice cream in about half an hour. I know it's easier to buy ice cream and there are a gazillion fabulous flavors available, but I think it's fun to make it at home.