My Favorite Things

Since Christmas is just around the corner (4 weeks!! Ah!) I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorite things I have bought or received. Some things make my life easier, some are organizational (perfect for this type-a girl!) and some for my kids.

All the links are for Amazon.com, you receive free shipping on most items when you spend $35 (the just raised it from $25, what a bummer!) and you I usually use gift cards earned through Swagbucks. I have earned $375 in Amazon.com gift cards in 2013! Amazon prices can change at any time!

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This OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer was recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. I have not been unhappy with any recipe or product they recommend. It is on most Saturdays on PBS, I have my DVR set to record every episode! Unfortunately, their website is by subscription, and that is extra money we just don’t have. What I like about this slicer is that it will adjust to different thickness, what I don’t like about it is cleaning it, but I have never heard of a self-cleaning slicer! But I still enjoy the show every week! Right now it is $39.99.Check out these RSVP Endurance Spice Measuring Spoon Set. They are super skinny, so they will reach down into the spice containers! I am not sure who thought of this, but they are a genius! Dumping cinnamon into a 1/2 tsp is nearly impossible, but with these you can just put the spoon right down into the bottle.  They are heavy duty, I have had them for about a year, and they have held up great. Right now they are $13.95.

This one is a little pricy. I saved up for several months and it has been a great investment. My Excalibur Dehydrator has been wonderful for fruits, veggies, herbs, and we use it most for beef jerky. This is the 4 drawer model, and someday I might upgrade to the bigger 9 tray model. Right now it is $114.98

Next, a more economical gift idea, the Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer. This thing is so nifty! You just put whatever kind of oil you want (mine currently contains extra virgin olive oil) and pump a few times, then spray away!  I had been trying to be more “green” when I picked the Misto up a few years ago, and it has really stuck with me, I used it this morning when I made my kids muffins. Right now it is $10.21 on Amazon, but I believe I have seen it on the shelf with the pans & utensils at Giant Eagle (I think it was closer to $15).

Now, if you want to be impressive when going to a pot-luck, this is what you need! It is a Rachael Ray Expandable Lasagna Lugger. It has two pockets to hold 9″x13″ casserole dishes! (It does not come with any 9″x13″ pans) Or you can put one 9″x13″ dish in the bottom, and your spoon, recipe, topping, ect on the top. It would make a great wedding present! They also have it in Rachael’s color Orange. Currently it is $31.49.
Another America’s Test Kitchen recommendation was the RT600C Super-fast Digital Thermometer. This was the “economical” recommendation (this is the one they really recommend). I like the $19 on better! This works great, and i have had it for over two years and I think I have replaced the batteries 2 or 3 times (it takes the little button batteries, they are not cheap). The batteries and the fact that it doesn’t turn itself off are two drawbacks, but over all I have really enjoyed and used this product. I think two of the new batteries were required because I left it on! Sells for $19.
This is a product I just bought a few weeks ago, Infuser Water Bottle. I was SO surprised at how good the strawberry water was! I haven’t had a ton of time to play around with it yet, but I  have really liked it so far. I even used frozen strawberries and it was better than the fresh! Also, I like that they bottle is 27 oz, that is pretty big! It still fits in my cup holder. The only drawback I have found, when you drink all the water, it is a bit top heavy and will tip, but it doesn’t spill or leak, so sometimes i just set it upside down! Currently it is $15.39.

Do you have a collection of spice jars that pile up, get knocked over, or are just generally unorganized? When I found this organizer I was so excited! My spices had been the pit of my pantry!  The YouCopia Super SpiceStack is wonderful. It can hold the itty bitty (expensive!) McCormick bottles, or the big $.50 Spice Sensations bottles. And I have filled my first one, so I will be saving up for a second one. Currently it is $39. (I know that little picture says $54, but 24 bottle model is $39.)

This next one might just be me, but for the number of times I have loaned it out to friends, maybe not! The Cupcake Courier is a great tool for birthday parties. It holds 36 cupcakes (most hold 24) and if you make a cake that is tall, you can take out the trays and put it in there. Currently it is $36 for one shade of yellow and $49 for the other shade of yellow (really Amazon?).
If you have small kids (say under 10) you probably have a pile of Melissa & Doug products in your home. Several years ago my mom bought these sets for my kids for the kids for Christmas, and they play with them all the time. Any Melissa & Doug product is welcome in my home! They last, and the kids love them!

Do you have a golfer in your life? Check out the Samsonite Golf Trunk Organizer. I bought this trunk organizer to replace the Sterlite bin in the back of my Dad’s van and he really liked it. It has compartments for shoes, balls, tees, and other golf-y things. Currently it is $31.99.

Oh where is my hairbrush?! (Just me, ok nevermind!) Next is a hair brush, but not just any hair brush. The Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush is a very cool brush. It helps dry your hair while you brush! And it actually works! I don’t use a hairdryer, I just let my hair dry on it’s own (my 4 year old is unimpressed when I do my hair!). I saw this in a magazine and couldn’t wait to try it out. Very cool! Currently it is $8.37.

This was a gift for my husband. We had one of those big tea makers, but he was the only one that drank it, and the pitcher got stained (and eventually smelly!). This 24 oz Takeya Tea Maker has been perfect. He can make his own cup, and none is wasted. The mesh on the filter is very delicate, and we have managed to be very careful with it and it hasn’t gotten any tears. The pitcher also comes clean and hasn’t retained any odors like the last one we had. Currently $19.99.

Next is a winter must-have Quirky Thor. I have gone through quite a few cheap scrapers since I started driving at sixteen. Last year, I found this one and it has been the best! It almost made me excited to see frost on my van (almost!). This is my second winter using it and I have been very pleased. The only drawback- I left it sitting on the floor of my van and my boy scraped up his ankle tripping over it. Now it lives way in the back or on the floor in the very front. Currently it is $20.37.

Ok, are you still with me?! Last one I promise! And this is a BIG one!  I saved and saved and asked for cash at Christmas and saved and saved for this one. My KitchenAid. Oh my mixer, if it is possible to love a kitchen appliance, I might just love my mixer. I did a ton of research before purchasing this mixer, most people have the Artisan Series, but I had a 5 qt Sunbeam stand mixer, and the bowl was just not big enough. So onto the 6 qt Pro-Series. Also in my research I discovered that the Artisan series have plastic gears, but when you upgrade to the Pro-6, you get all metal, and that appealed to me. Another difference is the top does not lean back, but the bowl goes up & down. No biggie to me, though that was one complaint I read. Alas, at our house now I do not have the counter space to display my mixer, BUT when we build on our land (hopefully this spring!) I will be able to leave it out on the counter. The biggest drawback (beside that it is expensive) is the thing is so heavy!

They also have two accessory kits (that will fit any KitchenAid mixer).  The KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Attachment and the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer and Food Grinder. I have both, the Fruit & Vegetable strainer I use frequenly to make applesauce and jam or jelly. The Slicer/Shredder not so much, if you have a Food Processor it basically does the same thing, without lugging out the big mixer.

 

Is there anything on Amazon that I should add to my wish list for Christmas?

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