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.

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

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. Now, it's not waterproof. If you dunk it, whatever's inside is going to get wet. But it is water resistant, and spray and splash bounce right off.… Read more »

APC Battery Backup & Surge Protector

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. It's about the third or fourth one I've bought for myself over the years, and I just recently bought another one for my husband.… Read more »

iRobot Roomba 770

I got my Roomba 770 back in December, so I've been using it regularly for several months now.

What can I say..... I love my Roomba! It's amusing, really.... I never thought I'd say I "love" a cleaning appliance. But I do — I love my Roomba. If you go to Amazon and read the user reviews on Roombas, there are probably more people saying that they "love" their Roomba than I've ever seen for any other product.… Read more »

Magnetic Pushpins

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.

They're very small in diameter, so they don't cover up and hide whatever they're holding up.… 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

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

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.

For just a few bucks, I bought a supply of these vinyl-coated wire clips. They're called "Everything Clips," and indeed I use them for everything — from hanging notepads on my refrigerator to resealing chip bags & cereal bags & any other type of bag that needs to be re-sealed, clipping papers together, hanging skirts & tank tops on hangers, as clothespins.… Read more »

Manual Can Opener

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. I don't need an electric one, and I don't want one more thing cluttering up my counter.… Read more »

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