I had so much fun posting My Favorite Things , I thought I’d do it again! This time I’m keeping a low budget theme. I know most of us are saving our pennies to survive the recession.
Christmas has come and gone. Mark and I stuck to our agreement to keep things low key–no big ticket item. We agreed on gifting one another a book of our own choosing.
We went to the bookstore to pick out our books, but neither of us could make a decision on which book we wanted to buy, so we’ll have to go out and try another time.
There is something about knowing I’m supposed to pick out one book that makes me want to be sure I pick out the best possible book for me! Mark and I have done this before, and the same thing happened. It’s as if I’ll never buy another book again, so I have to make darn good and sure I take my time and don’t waste my one precious choice on some book that is completely unworthy of my fingers turning the pages. Any other time I go shopping for a book, I’m not so picky. As a matter of fact, I usually find several worthy books when I’m out doing regular, non-gift, book shopping, but this is supposed to be a special gift book. A Christmas book, no less!
Speaking of books, I am a cookbook fanatic. My most treasured possessions are my cookbooks. How much do I love my cookbooks? If my house burned down tonight, once I made sure my husband and dog were safely out of harm’s way, I’d be screaming, “Save the cookbooks! For the love of God, my cookbooks are burning!”
Which brings me to my first favorite thing.
One of my favorite cookbooks is by Chef Art Smith,
Art’s Hummingbird Cake is my all time favorite!
I gave this cookbook to my son and his girlfriend, Olivia, for Christmas. We made the biscuits together here.
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Up next, is my favorite new gadget. I love it so much I bought a second and stuck it my son’s Christmas stocking this year!
Best of all? High grade silicone – heat resistant to 600°F
They say you can use this on your non-stick cookware as well. I use it with my enamel coated Le Creuset .
Another stuffer I added to son’s stocking (he actually asked for this one) is this great pot scraper. I use it to clean my dishes before loading in the dishwasher, and to scrape all my pots and pans. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!
I see these at all of the kitchen shops, for under $2.
It’s reversible! I use it for many things: grilled salmon, chicken breasts, hamburgers, grilled vegetables, pancakes, and so much more.
It fits nicely over two of my gas burners.
How about a glass of vino?
In this economy, I’m not just buying for the pretty labels anymore 🙂 I’m actually looking to find wines that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to serve to my wine loving friends, but they have to cost under $10. Most importantly, I have to love them too!
I discovered a wine at Trader Joe’s, and what do you know? Not only is this a great tasting wine, but it has a pretty cool label too!
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in town, I’m so sorry. Trader Joe’s has some of the more affordable wines around.
I paid $5.99 for this one…
Read what the The Wine Ponce says about it on his blog. He knows so much more than I’ll ever know about wine. I just know which ones taste great to me.
Last, but not least….
I don’t know how much money I’ve wasted on parchment paper, but when I tried one of these baking mats, I never looked back. If you love to bake cookies, you have to have one of these mats. I find them a bit spendy, but since they are reusable, and save money in the long run, I think they’re worth it.
Well, I’m always on the lookout for more great kitchen stuff, so I’ll keep ya posted.
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