Tuesday

Chicago Metallic Gourmetware Original Muffin Top Pan


When I first saw this I said to myself... you've got to be kidding, but then I started thinking about it. Yes, most people prefer the top of the muffin, me included, but that's not where I'm going. If you use a pan like this... you are going to eat less muffin right?? I'm saving calories AND I'm getting the best part of the muffin. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Chicago Metallic Gourmetware Original Muffin Top Pan

Kaiser Bakeware Patisserie Lady Bug Paper Baking-Cups Large


I just told you about the muffin batter that I just whipped up right?? Well, I'm trying to get away from adding extra fat by buttering the muffin tins so I used some plain white cup cake papers and filled those with the batter. But, I had no idea that you could get baking cups as cute as this?? My kids would have loved a plain bran muffin if I baked them in something as cute as this! Just might be a way to get your kids to eat healthy!!

Kaiser Bakeware Patisserie Lady Bug Paper Baking-Cups Large

T-Fal OT8085002 Avante Elite Convection Toaster Oven


I just finished mixing up a batch of muffin batter and having one of these makes more sense than turning on the oven to bake 12 muffins. Actually, I could see me using this a lot. I tend to bake more than anything else, so I really don't need a proper sized oven at all. Just something more to burn myself on!

T-Fal OT8085002 Avante Elite Convection Toaster Oven

Saturday

Martha Stewart Collection Blue Enamel on Steel Tea Kettle




There's just something soothing about a tea kettle and I don't think I've ever seen one in green! I wonder if this is going to be the next big color in kitchen gadgets??

Arthur Court "Duck Baby" Bowl & Spoon Set


Now this is just too cute for words and definitely something to pass down the generations to come.

$35.00 @ Dillards

Friday

The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever


Few people would dispute the old Florentine proverb "Even a bedroom slipper tastes good when it's fried," but many try to stay away from deep-fried foods because of the at foods absorb during cooking.

When the technique has been mastered, however, deep-fried foods can -- and should -- be crisp, light, and delectably nongreasy. As fryers gain popularity, it's even easier to deep-fry at home, and now Phyllis Kohn shows you how to achieve flawless frying feats every time.

The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever delves into the hows and whys of deep-frying: the best (and potentially healthiest) oils to use, correct temperatures and frying times (shorter cooking ensures less greasiness), technical tips for using your deep fryer, and safety guidelines.

Your kids won't eat vegetables? Try French-Fried Sweet Potato Sticks andFried Okra. Think doughnuts only come from a store? An entire chapter is devoted to making perfect versions of these beloved goodies at home, from old-Fashioned Cake Doughnuts to Beignets, jelly Doughnuts, and Orange Crullers. All the classics are here, including such popular favorites as Buffalo Wings, Chicken-Fried Steak, Hush Puppies, and Popcorn Shrimp. From unusual fried breads, such as sweet Churros and indian Pappadums, to fried desserts, such as Mexican Buenuelos with Anise Sugar and Chinese Candied Apples, Kohn brings the world of deep frying into your kitchen.

Okay I'm hooked. I think that it was the Churros that did it. And if you haven't tried french fried sweet potato sticks... you don't know what you are missing. My husband makes them all the time and you can only eat a couple... they fill you up very quickly and seeing that I don't like sweet potatoes all that much, this is an easy way to work them into the diet!!

$12.21 @ Amazon

Harvest Earthenware


Not promising to use them, but they would look great on your counter... around Thanksgiving!!

$36.95 @ HSN.com

Hamburger Press



What is summer without an authentic homemade hamburger??


19.98 @ Taylor Gifts

18 Piece Barbecue Set


Give a man the right tools and you might never have to cook all summer!

$36.00 @ Picnic Fun

Thursday

Wild Eye Designs Goldfish Ice Bucket


Sorry, just couldn't resist. Of all the ice buckets that I was checking out... this is the one that caught my eye!! Now this could make ANY party more fun. lol...

$29.99 @ Target

New Wave Cafe Bloomie's Mugs



Not sure how you would hold on to these mugs, but they sure do look cool!!


$27.00 and $21.00 for set at Bloomingdales

Wednesday

Zyliss Shake 'n Go Shaker, Green


For those of you who would rather whip up your own salad dressing!

$4.95 @ Amazon

Veneerware Plates


Sure beats paper when you are trying to make a good impression. Didn't even know things like this existed. ;)

$7.00 @ Branch

Cereal Dispensor


Always wanted one of these... actually a couple of them actually and a staff that could set up the kitchen for breakfast and then clean up afterward. I like hotel breakfasts... can you tell?? ;)

The Container Store

Eclipse Cheese Tray


Now this is gorgeous and I don't think that I have an ounce of cheese in the house!

Saks

Mother's Day Cake Idea


Now how cute is this?? And just think of how many ways that you could decorate it. Bring on the sprinkles!!

Wilton Purse Pan

Ring Pull - Can Opener


No more chipping or bending a nail... this little gadget can do it all for you.

Price: $4.99
Sale: $4.64
You Save: $0.35 (7%)

Ring Pull - Can Opener

Tuesday

Vanilla Bean Whole Madagascar Pure


Did I ever mention the fact that I make my own vanilla by dropping a couple of pods, which have been opened and scraped, into a small bottle of vodka. When the vodka turns almost black (and it will take a while) you have an amazing bottle of vanilla to use in your baking. The vodka burns off in baking in case you were wondering. And because it takes so long... the minute you begin using your vodka vanilla, start another batch. I can't remember who told me how to do this, but the stuff is amazing.

And just in case you were wondering, the entire pod and scrapings go straight into the vodka to start the process.

Vanilla Bean Whole Madagascar Pure

Chefs Planet Moisturizing Hand Soap Vanilla Bean


Now could anything smell nicer than a kitchen hand soap that smells like vanilla beans??

LK4303 Chefs Planet Moisturizing Hand Soap Vanilla Bean

Monday

VillaWare V5955 Grand Wrap Tortilla and Flatbread Maker


I like the idea of this little item. Not only does it flatten your homemade tortillas or flatbreads, meaning you don't have to roll them all out by hand, it bakes them for you too. And since most flatbread recipes are primarily flour and water, you could whip yourself up one whenever you are having soup!!

VillaWare V5955 Grand Wrap Tortilla and Flatbread Maker

Bread and Bagel Slicer


You know me and knives, but I can work the bread machine... so I have that problem again... slicing the bread into proper sized slices. Cutting bagels gives me the creeps too. I'm a big fan of anything that lets me keep my fingers.

Bread and Bagel Slicer Guide - (Clear)

Sunday

Vacu Vin Stainless-Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer


Must admit... I didn't have a clue what this was the first time I spotted it and when it turned up in my Christmas stocking... someone was watching obviously... I thought what the heck... I didn't buy it. If it doesn't work, I can throw it into the garbage and not worry about it. The thing is... it does work and amazingly well. Never again will I have to take a knife (which scares me anyway) and try to cut the skin?? from the pineapple. This does all the work for you.

Vacu Vin Stainless-Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer

Fred Lift and Shake Salt and Pepper Set


Yes, this really does work. At each end of the barbell are the shakers. Just untwist the open the end that needs shaking. I think that I just might be able to figure that out~~ ;)

Fred Lift and Shake Salt and Pepper Set

COMMERCIAL STEAK WEIGHT / BACON PRESS SET


I have always thought about getting one of these for when I cook bacon... can't stand when you have fatty parts next to the burnt parts... I want all of my bacon... crisp. Is that too much to ask?? Apparently so when I order it in restaurants. This just ought to do the trick. The steak part... I didn't even know about.

COMMERCIAL STEAK WEIGHT / BACON PRESS SET

Oven Rack Puller - Natural Cherry, Hand Carved


Maybe it's just me, but if I put my hands into the oven... I'm going to burn myself. Doesn't matter if I have oven mitts on, I will still burn my fingers... or worse than that, I will get half the pot out of the oven, burn my fingers and then drop the pot. This looks as if it just might save dinner one night as well as my fingers.

;)

Oven Rack Puller, Hand Carved - Original, Unique Kitchen Tool!

For a Pretty Table

We go all out for a Christmas table... why not do the same for other holidays?? All it takes is a little imagination. ;)


Fiesta Shamrock 5-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 1Green Shamrock Cocktail Stirrers - Set of 24American Classics Lifestyles Shamrock placemats NEW!!

Green Dinners for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patricks Day Parade
My Mom used to love holidays and dinner always reflected it. As kids we loved the idea of green milk, green mashed potatoes and anything else she could think of to tint... green. And then there were her green desserts. Ahhh the memories!!


Image by rbglasson via Flickr

Simple/Easy Menus... Where I Get My Best Ideas!!

 Those paper menus that serve as place mats... tuck one into your handbag and when you get home check to see how many meals that you could...