When I got married…many moons ago, I got a nice set of wooden handled knives as a wedding gift. They worked pretty well for a long time, but eventually got dull. I haven’t sharpened them, because I was afraid to make them even duller or jagged. So, I remedied the issue by buying a few Ginsu knives from those demo guys at the state fair. They still work, but again, over time, even they have dulled and when I try to slice something like a butternut squash, I’m taking my life in my hands, literally. I’m always afraid I will snap the blade or slip and take off a finger.
What do I use now? Wusthof Classic. My son, who enjoys cooking, wanted some decent knives, so I have been buying him knives as birthday or Christmas gifts. A while back, I was using a reasonably priced Santoku knife I got at Homegoods, and unlike the Ginsus I didn’t trust, it snapped off, just after the handle. I could have gone back to Homegoods and spent more money on a knife that wasn’t overly sharp and at some point would no doubt break, but instead, I bought a Wusthof Classic knife on Amazon. It’s a Santoku style, which should release more easily when cutting meat, cheese, etc. I never knew a knife could be so sharp! I cut my fingers three times in a matter of months. I just wasn’t accustomed to a knife that could cut through something as tough as a squash like it was butta’. I have since learned to respect and appreciate the quality of an implement that does its job with ease.
There are many quality choices when choosing a Wusthof product. You can often find the knives at stores like T. J. Maxx or Homegoods, but also at the following retailers:
Crate and Barrel
Cutlery and More
There is a lifetime warranty as long as it’s not just from normal wear and tear or your abuse.
I am not normally an outlet shopper, because I find that I usually get better deals in the regular store, but I have found some decent prices on children’s clothing at the Carter’s Outlet near me. Yes, Kohl’s Department Store runs good sales and you can find deals at stores like T. J. Maxx, but a whole store that’s filled with Carter’s merchandise? It’s hard to find more variety than you’ll find here.
Now that I finally have little grandchildren, who are too young to notice that clothing isn’t a “fun gift,” I’m happy to find well-made clothing at reasonable prices. I love buying baby clothes and it was nice to find door-buster deals like $6 cotton sleepers 40-60% off almost everything else in the store. I was even able to find clothing that didn’t have ‘cutesy’ designs sewn on them, of which my daughter is not a fan. They sell plenty of stripes and solids.
I’ve been buying Carter’s for babies as gifts and for my own children since 1968. I have always found the quality to be consistent and I like that they still offer lots of cotton items. You can find cute clothes, bibs, socks, shoes, toys and more. It’s a great store for products at an affordable price.
Need to find a store? Don’t want to leave the house? You can find a store near you or shop online – Count on Carter’s.
The sleeper pictured is for the new baby to be born shortly, who won’t mind that he has monsters on his toes, but I think his big brother will get a kick out of them.
If you saw that word and immediately thought, “Nasty,” you might want to give them another try. In the past, I thought the same thing. They do have an odd texture and for me, that was part of the reason I didn’t care for them, but now? I love them! If they are ripe…not underripe and hard as a rock or overripe and black and watery. When they are perfectly ripe, they really can be yummy and not just in guacamole.
When I go to Hawaii, I always eat at the Coffee Shack on the Big Island. It’s a great place for a light snack or lunch. In their backyard is the most amazing avocado tree I’ve ever seen! It’s huge and they even put catch nets below to catch the fruit as it falls. The last time I was there, I wanted to use one of those golf ball retrievers and snag a few avocados off the tree! I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo of it. Next time, I will. Of course, the Coffee Shack will add avocados to any of their sandwiches or you can order one on the side.
How do I like to eat them? Often times, I just scoop out the flesh, add a little salt and pepper (Jane’s Krazy Mixed-up Pepper is a nice touch), and a dash of balsamic vinegar. It’s not a bad snack. And, avocados may contain about 234 calories, they also are loaded with 3.1 grams of fat, but the good kind, potassium, fiber, vitamins A, C, and B-6, and magnesium. I prefer the Haas variety over the Florida fruit, but it’s personal preference.
How do you know if an avocado is ready to eat? It should give slightly when pressed. You don’t want it to give too much or it will be nasty on the inside, kind of black and brownish. I have learned through experience that too ripe is worse than underripe, but then, if it’s not ripe, it has less flavor and it’s hard. Buying can be a bit tricky. For Haas, look for darker skinned fruit. If it’s too green, you can let it ripen for a few more days at home. So, if you haven’t had an avocado lately, pick up one the next time you’re at the grocery store. Add it to a salad or sandwich, make your own guac, or you can do what my adventurous daughter does…use them for mock chocolate pudding!
Oh, my heavenly goodness. This package pound cake is amazing! As a kid, I always loved pound cake, but it was Dromedary’s box mix. It was good, considering our grocery store didn’t have Sara Lee’s frozen one, which I found out was better than the Dromedary. Well, Tastefully Simple’s Almond Pound Cake puts the others to shame.
Why do I like it so much? The almond flavoring. The moistness. The ‘I could eat the entire thing slightly warm with no topping.’ My son loves it, so I bought him two boxes recently. My other half loves it, too. I LOVE it. Besides eating it straight up, it’s good with strawberries or raspberries and whipped cream, like shortcake, but this is sooooo much better than shortcake.
Where can you buy it? From Tastefully Simple, a home party company. You can buy it online, but perhaps you might wish to have a party and get the discounts they’re offering any given month, like maybe a year’s supply of Almond Pound Cake!
This isn’t really a thing, but it’s something I really love doing! I can cook. I do cook. But, if someone calls and says, “Hey, do you want to do dinner?” I drop the mop and head out. Anytime someone is willing to cook and clean up, I’m there!
I was in Chicago over the weekend and we ate out for every meal. There are so many restaurants from which to choose, that you could eat out every meal for years and never eat at the same place twice. I like the option of stopping for a chai, an afternoon snack, a foo-foo drink, or whatever I’m in the mood for at the moment. And the best part? No dishes to do. I have always said, ‘When I win the lottery, I’m hiring a chef and a personal trainer (which I will need, due to the chef).”
Where did I eat over the weekend? Mostly places near Logan Square: Maza Azul, Reno, El Cid 2, El Cubanito, Billy Sunday, and a bit out of the area to have breakfast at Victory’s Banner. Great chai! Sooo many places to try! Most of the places have great drinks, too, with herbs and unique combinations.
I manage to find plenty of places locally, too. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I am quite happy with a good pizza. The little man sometimes rolls his eyes when I mention eating out, but hey, I’m doing my part to support the economy!
Darn…it’s getting chilly outside and that means I must put malts and floats off my radar for a while. Mind you, I don’t drink a lot of them, due to the high calories, but in the warm weather, there are times I’d rather have a chocolate malt or a root beer float for dinner instead of a meal.
I’m not a huge ice cream fan. but put a few scoops in a glass and cover it with root beer (I know you’re surprised, but I’m really not picky about root beer. I’ll use A & W, Stewart’s, generic…), and I’m in heaven. As a kid, I made floats with just about any flavor soda. What did I learn? White soda beverages don’t make the best floats. Cherry, orange, grape, and cream soda work equally well with vanilla ice cream. Now that I think of it, I’ve never tried chocolate ice cream in a float. It would probably be really good with Pepsi or another cola.
I’ve been drinking malts forever. There was a time when I liked vanilla over chocolate, but not anymore. I really prefer chocolate. And, I know you knew this was coming…what really annoys me, is when I order a malt and someone gives me a shake. There is a big difference…malt powder! Shakes have none. The Carnation malt powder adds so much character to ice cream and milk. My daughter eats chocolate malt powder sprinkled on her ice cream. That’s how much she likes it.
When I was young, we generally had a big meal on Sunday afternoon, so dinner was often popcorn and hot chocolate in the winter or popcorn with malts in the summer. Some may scoff at that, but I loved it. And back then, we popped the corn and poured melted butter over it and boy, if you got a piece of popcorn with no butter on it, you complained to Mom and she melted more. I wasn’t spoiled.
Well, I guess it’s time to drag out the Ovaltine. I just can’t picture myself in a wool hat and mittens drinking a malt or float. Hurry summer!
I love peanut M&M’s. My daughter says peanuts are not that good for you, but covered with chocolate and a candy shell, they sure taste great! As I’m sitting here typing this, my other half is in the family room eating them. I hear his fingers dipping into the bowl and I can even hear him crunching them as he goes for another handful. Pardon me for a minute…mmmm, now I’m crunching them, too.
I’ve loved M&M’s since I was a kid. Back then, they were plain, and I was okay with that. I liked sorting them by color, prior to eating. Then, I would suck on them lightly to remove the color coating, leaving a white shell. Finally, I’d finish sucking them down to nothing. I wasn’t a fan of chewing them. I felt they were meant to savor. I do chew the peanut variety.
M&M’s were at staple in every Christmas stocking. They also appeared in my Easter baskets and this was before they were holiday colored. I can’t think of a single person who hasn’t tried M&M’s or doesn’t like them. I like the pretzel variety, but Reese’s Pieces candy tops the M&M’s peanut butter.
What else do I like about M&M’s? They have funny commercials.