I actually started this post titled “my favorite kitchen tools” a while ago when I was on one of my infamous baking marathons. I have a few select items in my kitchen I just can’t live without! After reading 20+ Products I Can’t Live Without (Linky Party) this morning, I decided this was the perfect time to finish this post. I also realized there are items all over my house that I can’t live without. So without further ado, my fabulous favorites are here.
I love my Microplane zesters. I’ve had them for several years, use them a minimum of twice a week and they are still sharp enough to trim my nails if I’m not careful! I love fresh nutmeg and lemon zest. They are my two favorite “secret ingredients.” I put at least one of them in nearly every dish I make. If you have never tried fresh grated nutmeg, I highly recommend it. I feel ground nutmeg purchased from the store are much more bitter. I’ve also found the zesters grate the nutmeg much more finely than the grated nutmeg found in stores. Lemon zest has an interesting quality similar to that of salt in the sense that it really enhances the flavor of other ingredients when used in moderation. If too much is used, also similarly to salt, it can ruin the flavor of a dish, so use sparingly. I can’t imagine cooking without my zesters, nutmeg and lemon zest.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
OK, so these are not cheap, but definitely worth the money! Watch for sales and coupons and you can get this baby for $100. My friend even found one unopened in the box at Goodwill! Before I received my stand mixer for a bridal shower gift, I mixed everything by hand. By everything I mean EV-ER-Y-THING; bread dough, muffin and cookie batter, meringue, everything, and honestly, I didn’t mind at all. Now, after owning one for less than a year, I can’t imagine my life without one. It just makes baking so much faster and easier. Surprisingly, it cleans up fast too!
Cordless Hand Vac
I have a Shark Cordless as shown above, but I am sure there are plenty other great hand held vacuums out there. Again, this one may be a little spendier, but worth the investment. I just love mine. With a toddler, two dogs, a messy husband, a rabbit and a crafty mom all living under one roof; the possible uses are endless! My most common uses? Getting dog hair off the couch, car seat and small rugs. Sweeping up cereal and other dry foods out from under the high chair. Vacuuming up ash from around the wood stove. Cleaning dust, pet hair, dried mud, cheerios, gum-wrappers, etc from every crevice of my car. The brush attachment is also great for dusting vents and the computer keyboard. Longer attachment is great for cleaning the nasty stuff that collects in window and sliding door tracks. Like I said, “endless possibilities.
- Scrape chunky stuff off with scraper.
- Wipe on a layer of cleaner, allow to sit for a few minutes then buff off with dry cloth or paper towel.
- If any stains remain, use a little more cleaner or the Burnt on Remover and buff off with pad and then wipe again with towel.
I don’t know what the people of Method Soap Co are putting in their cleaners, but they smell fantastic! I, personally, have never had a problem with any of their cleaners streaking, but I also follow their directions. (My husband has a hard time with that sometimes.) Plus, they are made with natural ingredients, so I don’t worry about using them around my baby or pets. Here are my three favorite cleaners.
My 5 Minute Face- Don’t leave home without it!
I admit it. I am in love with Mary Kay Products. Some of you may have picked up on that? I have had a life long battle with acne and other skin issues. OK, well maybe not life long but it feels that way sometimes. Mary Kay skin care products are the only products I have found that work without stripping the natural oils from my skin and bleaching my T-shirts. (You know what mail order product I am talking about, and if you don’t, just ask Jessica Simpson.) Anyhow, I start and finish my day with the TimeWise Basic Skin care Set everyday, (that’s cleanser and moisturizer; just two products) plus MK TW Microderm Abrassion Set (also two products) once a week. That little regimen keeps my skin looking good enough to skip foundation on most occassions. I don’t like to wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis, so this little bundle makes me feel presentable without feeling overdone. It’s super quick and simple, and takes less than five minutes!
Obviously, you can pick any cheek color you like, but I like Sparkling Cider, because it is neutral with just a little pink. Same goes for the cream eye colors, there are several colors to chose from, but I like the Beach Blonde for it’s neutrality. Finally…
Nourishine Plus lip gloss contains antioxidants and botanical extracts to fight aging and give you super soft kissable lips. My favorite color is Fancy Nancy; again, neutral with a little extra pink. That’s it! You are ready to walk out the door! Oh, but you might want to get dressed first! He he!
This is my honest opinion on these products based on personal experience and regular use. I do not receive any commission or ad sales on any of these products, unless in the event you purchase a Mary Kay product directly from me. Any other purchase of items through anybody else do not effect me in any way. I just hope you enjoy these items as much as I do!
**If you are interested in purchasing any Mary Kay products you can leave me a comment or message me and I’ll ship them to you with free shipping, as well as a free sample and catalog. Or you can go to MaryKay.com to find an Independent Beauty Consultant near you.**