My family and friends know just how much I love food and tea related gadgets and tools. This year, I received some clever, interesting, and highly functional items. You might want to check these out for the foodies in your life. Each is $50 or under…
I just LOVE these butter dishes. They are from Crate & Barrel and cost $4.95 each. I first saw them at our dear friend’s home (J & E) – They are easy to store butter in and keep it fresh – the lid does not fall off, it’s quite secure and it is easy to pass around too.
Cake plate and dome: I received this darling 10″ round fluted cake plate from J&E … decided I needed a dome for it and had a heck of a time finding one. I searched every brick and mortar store and googled dozens more, but could not locate a 9″ dome….then walked through a neat home store, Jack Thomas at Home, in Laguna Beach (on my way to the best little book store around (Laguna Beach Books), and saw this dome…snapped it up immediately. I enjoy plating petite sweets for guests’ viewing enjoyment and “planning” ahead for their eating enjoyment…so the clear, domed lid is a good thing.
Next: I couldn’t resist showing off my favorite new table runner …love it love it love it…so do all the guests … from Kitchen Papers. They have a full line of contemporary and beautiful kitchen paper goods.
My favorite kitchen hand soap…I was first given this by my writing buddy and coach, Hils…it is so wonderful…easy on your hands (not harsh), and has a delightful light scent that diminishes almost fully and immediately after washing. This I love as I am sensitive to scents and prefer them to dissipate versus hang on. I now purchase the large refill size bottle to keep the counter bottle full. Cucina is the brand and they have other offerings too.
Hilarious tea bags from Germany…I found these in my mailbox, left with an r.s.v.p. to attend the St. Regis Tea and Tinis gathering from my friend, S., who has a knack for discovering the cutest and most clever gifts.
I can’t seem to find this on line any longer, but this wheel gives great tips on what foods pair with which teas…I am inspired to research a bit more to try to find this item again.
Week 6 update….half way through and I definitely plateaued…no weight loss…but no gain either. I anticipated hitting a wall about now. I seem to be able to lose 5 lbs, then …it gets truly difficult to go further. This week will be a real test as I am making a serious effort to lose another pound. Last week there were a couple holiday dinners that I decided to enjoy, while not going overboard… I need to kick myself in the behind a bit…as I write this, I am feeling energized…the theme to the film Rocky is playing in my head…. I am now going to publish this and go do some exercise and drink tea!!