Le Creuset Pinch Bowls

Le Creuset Pinch Bowls help you achieve mise en place

Le Creuset Pinch Bowls help you achieve mise en place

You can squeeze them to pour out the ingredients

You can squeeze them to pour out the ingredients

Do you ever watch those cooking shows on TV? They have everything all pre-measured, pre-sliced, pre-diced, ready to go. So that when they tell their television viewing audience, "Now we'll add a quarter teaspoon of salt, a half-teaspoon of thyme, a 1/4 cup of diced onion," and so forth.... All they have to do is toss those things into the bowl.… Read more »

Apple Airport Extreme

The Airport Extreme from Apple: It just works.

The Airport Extreme from Apple: It just works.

Our old Apple Airport had died, and we needed to replace it. I (briefly) considered going with one of the non-Apple brands of wireless router, but networking is one of the more complicated aspects of computers, and our Apple Airport had always worked seamlessly both for us on our Macs and our guests who needed to access the Internet while visiting. So I decided to stick with Apple.… Read more »

Pampered Chef Egg Separator

This egg separator from Pampered Chef makes short work of separating a quantity of eggs.

This egg separator from Pampered Chef makes short work of separating a quantity of eggs.

When you have a lot of eggs that you need to separate, there's nothing quite like a simple egg separator.

The Pampered Chef Egg Separator #1187

Pampered Chef

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Every year during the holidays, I make George Washington's Eggnog. It calls for separating a dozen eggs. I used to use the pour-the-egg-from-shell-half-to-the-other-shell-half to separate them, but that was always a little bit of a PITA.… Read more »

Neoprene Camera Case

This little neoprene case is the perfect size for the small Lumix camera.

This little neoprene case is the perfect size for the small Lumix camera.

I bought this neoprene camera case for my daughter, to go with the Lumix waterproof camera I gave her.

It's the perfect size for her Lumix waterproof camera, with a zippered side pocket for an extra battery or spare memory chip.

The zipper keeps it securely closed and keeps out water, sand, dirt, etc.… Read more »

APC Battery Backup & Surge Protector

With our frequent summer storms and accompanying power outages, my APC battery backup & surge protector has saved my data countless times.

With our frequent summer storms and accompanying power outages, my APC battery backup & surge protector has saved my data countless times.

We have frequent electrical storms here in sunny South Florida, and they often create power outages. Many times, the power outage is brief, but even the briefest power outage can cause the loss of valuable data if you have unsaved work open on your computer.

I've had my APC UPC (uninterruptible power supply) for a couple of years now.… Read more »

iRobot Roomba 770

Roomba 770 and Accessories. Clockwise from upper left: Home base charger & power supply, remote control, 2 brush cleaners, 2 HEPA filters, and one of the 2 virtual walls that came with it.

Roomba 770 and Accessories. Clockwise from upper left: Home base charger & power supply, remote control, 2 brush cleaners, 2 HEPA filters, and one of the 2 virtual walls that came with it.

Roomba upside down. Here you can see the large height-adjusting wheels that allow it to handle carpeting as well as hard floors. Two brushes, a beater brush and a bristle brush. The side brush can be seen at the upper left. The bin is at lower left, with one of the yellow HEPA filters visible inside the bin.

Roomba upside down. Here you can see the large height-adjusting wheels that allow it to handle carpeting as well as hard floors. Two brushes, a beater brush and a bristle brush. The side brush can be seen at the upper left.

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Magnetic Pushpins

These magnetic pushpins are very convenient to have around the house.

These magnetic pushpins are very convenient to have around the house.

For about 10 bucks I got 24 neodymium magnetic pushpins from Amazon.

These handy little magnets aren't as strong as the neodymium magnetic hooks I got, and I wouldn't expect them to be. But for what they are, they're great! I use them mostly to stick stuff on my refrigerator: dental appointment reminder notices, comics, kids' artwork, shopping lists, menus from my favorite restaurants.… Read more »

Cuisinart Slow Cooker

The Cuisinart slow cooker makes it easy to prepare your meals early and let them cook all day.

The Cuisinart slow cooker makes it easy to prepare your meals early and let them cook all day.

I've had my Cuisinart slow cooker for a little over a year now, and I have to say it's super convenient. Mostly, it's just a matter of throwing all the ingredients into the pot early in the day, turning it on on the low setting, and letting it simmer slowly all day. At dinnertime, just serve and eat.… Read more »

Vinyl-Coated Clips

Simple vinyl-coated wire clips have a multitude of uses.

Simple vinyl-coated wire clips have a multitude of uses.

Who would think that plastic-coated wire clips would be so convenient?

My magnetized notepad got used up. Now I just use my vinyl-coated clips to hang any old notepad on my fridge door.

I use my vinyl-coated clips to hang notepads on my fridge door.

I wasn't even looking for vinyl-coated clips. Heck, I didn't even know they existed. I stumbled across them quite by accident when I was looking for something else. But for just a few bucks, I decided to get some.… Read more »

Manual Can Opener

This Farberware can opener stopped working a few weeks after I bought it.

This Farberware can opener stopped working a few weeks after I bought it.

We used to have one of those electric can openers when I was a kid. Back then, the manual can openers didn't have ball bearings and were hard (and painful) to use. But since they started making manual can openers with ball bearings and bigger turning handles for better leverage and grip, I've only ever used the manual ones.… Read more »

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