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5 Things I Love This Week

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

The consumerism madness of Black Friday has me a little burnt out on shopping sites this week, but I was thinking about five things I love in my kitchen, that I already own. Since I have been working on Soup or Salad Blog, I have easily tripled the amount of time I have been spending in the kitchen. And these are my workhorses. I use them every day. Anyone them would make a great gift for someone who likes to cook and I’ve tried to include a link where possible.

If my kitchen were a chess game, these bowls would be the pawns, small often over looked, but I couldn’t get anything done with out them. I have 6, so they can also be sacrificed when needed. They are nested, small and work great for prep work. I also use them for applesauce and little snack for Spencer. I bought these bowls over a decade ago for my mom for Christmas one year and I m happy to have them in my kitchen, Similar ones can be found at Williams-Sonoma.

It may sound strange, but I love my iced tea spoons. Love them. And I don’t really even drink iced tea. They are great for getting the last of things like mayo or honey out of jars, fabulous at mixing gin and tonics or jack and cokes made in a pint glass and are all around handy stirrers. These I got with weird coupon book things at Albertsons a number or years ago, but any iced tea spoons would do. I’ve purchased these before for a few people when I just had no clue what to get them. It is a fun gift paired with a pitcher, glasses or a selection of teas.

It feels silly to include a cheap, plastic hand strainer here, but I use it every day, if not twice a day. It is invaluable. It might be one of the single most often washed thing in my kitchen. I love it for thawing peas and blueberries for a quick snack for Spencer.

Oh, my Wusthof 6 inch cook’s knife, if it was safe to make out with a knife, I would be tempted. We got this one for our wedding in 2004 and it is still going strong thanks to good care and frequent sharpenings. It is the perfect size and weight for chopping just about anything. Also, it is on sale for super cheap here, if anyone is interested.

Everyone needs a good salad bowl. This is mine and I love it. I can’t tell you where to buy one like this one because my father-in-law made this one for my husband and I as a wedding gift. I used it almost every time we have a salad.

And as a special bonus 6th thing this week, I present the blue pitcher which is the thing I love the most in my kitchen that I never, ever use. It is too pretty and was the second half of my father-in-law’s wedding gift. It sits in my window making me happy. I think I have used it for water, maybe once.

5 Things I Love This Week

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Before my sister and I opted out of presents this year, I had already been browsing around looking for something fun related to cocktails. I always try and find something interesting for her or her husband. Last year it was these amazing whiskey glasses. Since I don’t need them and she doesn’t need to be surprised, I thought I would share my finds here.

On the Rocks Set (Uncommon Goods)

I love the concept of these – stones that can be put in the freezer and then used to chill your drink without diluting it like ice. Plus, I am a sucker for a pun. On the rocks. Heh.

beaker glass pitcher (CB2)

My love of CB2 is no secret and I have been coveting this pitcher for years and every year, I almost buy it for my sister and I never do because I want it for myself. I am an awesome sister. I would also like to add that I am kind of an idiot because this pitcher is only $5.95 (I know!). There is no reason we don’t both own this pitcher by now.

Cast Iron Wrench Bottle Opener (Design Within Reach)

I LOVE this. I would either buy it for my brother-in-law or was seriously considering it for my husband’s birthday present (which happens to be on Christmas). It would be a neat twist because he normally gets me cast iron cookware for my birthday. We are super romantic like that. But, we have at least 4 bottle openers and at $30 this seems a little pricey. It is sort of a quintessential person who has everything gift, but I think it is a great concept and normally DWR’s stuff is pretty well executed.

Bitters (Kegworks)

I’m so intrigued by these. I didn’t even know that there were different flavors of bitters. I don’t make enough fancy cocktails to justify the purchase, but this would have been fun to get for my sister. (If you are noticing a trend, why yes, I do buy things for my sister based on whether I would buy them for myself. It is an excellent way to shop and we have similar tastes.) She and her husband like reproducing drinks they get out at home. And create all sorts of fun drinks on their own. They also introduced me to the JFK Martini, which is just killer.

Antique-Silver Swivel Stir Set (Pottery Barn)

I kept coming back to these trying to will them to be my sister’s style, but they just aren’t. A little to prim, I think. The stirrers are fine, it is the vase, if it was square or more modern I would be all over it. And I just noticed that it is engraved with the word swizzle, which makes this completely unacceptable for her, but still quite cute.

BONUS:

These are just all sorts of wrong.

5 Things I Love This Week

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Post Halloween, most of you are probably sick of candy. I’m sick of chocolate, but I keep eating it. I’m a sugar junkie though and never get sick of sugary candy. This weeks loves are inspired by my sweet, sweet habit.

These candy inspired ponytail holders are adorable, fresh without being too cutesy.

Mimiandlola (Etsy)

There are a bunch of different candy prints on the site, but I kept coming back to these colored licorice keds. I would have rocked these as a kid, no question.

Licorice Keds Shoes (Zazzle)

A set of cute note cards with a nice pen is one of my clutch gifts when I just don’t know what to get someone. I think it has a bit of retro charm and you never know when you are going to need a note card. These gumdrop cards are too cute.

SW Fotografie (Cafe Press)

I remember making chains and mats with gum wrappers in junior high and these products bring back some fun memories. I am loving the trend of reuse in green design, like the recycled seat-belt handbags, and I love this recycled gum wrapper cuff.

Large Bracelet - Confetti Collection (ecoist)

This one is mostly for the So Cal people. Rocket Fizz is a great store with tons of retro candy and funky sodas. And one came to my town! And because I am lazy, I haven’t been there yet, but I am really looking forward to it. A quick peep at their website shows that they are opening up new stores all over Southern California. And oddly, Lincoln, Nebraska. You can also order online, but that seems like a lot less fun.

Heh.

5 Things I Love This Week

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I spent a lot of time on etsy this week. I think I am gearing up for the holidays and needed a break from orange, black and pumpkins. And etsy can suck you in to a crazy vortex of crafty goodness. So, this is the all esty, all elephant edition.

To adore: I can’t wait until Spencer stops yanking on necklaces and I can wear them again.

Sterling Silver Elephant Pendant (squirrelbunny)

To protect: I actually do not have a laptop sleeve. I may need to get this one.

Laptop Sleeve 13 inch (bertiescloset)

To regret: I so wish I had seen this when Spencer was a baby. It doesn’t feel very toddlery. But at least I was lucky that the Target Dwell line was elephantastic when he was born and I have all of the blankets.

The Elephant Hat (katiesegel)

To carry: I wish I needed a tote bag, but I am bogged down in free totes and can’t really justify another. If I did need one, it would be this one for sure.

Elephant Canvas Bag (stevester)

To squee: This is cute enough to have another baby just to have someone to put it on. OR perhaps I should just buy it for a pregnant friend. That would be a little more logical.

Striped fabric elephant onesie (SweetpeasBumblebees

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