Tag: kitchen accessories

Obsessed with tea towels? Oh, you will be

So I’ve been told I have a tea towel addiction. I prefer to think of it as a healthy obsession. Tea towels, after all, are awesome. They’re there for you whether you’re drying dishes, produce, or your hands. They can also be used in a pinch as aprons and table runners–or as a delivery system, serving up a little old-school charm for your kitchen. Tea towels for the win! Poketo, a long time favorite of ours, has just released a new selection of tea towels. Poketo plus tea towel equals pure bliss. There’s a reason for that, of course.  ...

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Pop art placemats that pack a punch

Ah, the poor humble placemat. Sure, placemats serve a noble purpose: to keep spills and mess (somewhat) contained. But have you ever fallen in love with one? I have. I’m totally smitten with Pop Placemats. These puppies demand attention with their hip styling and personalized pizzazz. They scream: “I am functional and fabulous, KAPOW!” Their old-school cartoon flavor, reminiscent of my favorite Batman episodes of yore, make me so darn happy…and that’s before coffee. Bold graphics keep young Warhols-in-training inspired, and 100% easy-wipe polyester (with no-skid bottoms) keep mama and papa smiling at all the, uh, mealtime art all over the table.  -Eva...

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Free recipe card printables that blend classic design with modern technology

On one hand, actual paper recipe cards seems like they could be going the way of the Betamax and the Rolodex. On the other hand, here comes a wonderful stationer creating lovely free (free!) printable recipe cards that actually make use of technology in the perfect way. Just download the free recipe card printable template from Love Vs Design and you can do much more than print them and then hand write your Grandma’s famous peach pie recipe. You can fill them out on your PC in Adobe Acrobat, meaning they become interactive templates; type in the instructions or...

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Come to the Dark Side; we have tea!

That’s no moon– it’s… a tea diffuser, and it’s fully operational, Star Wars fans. You lovers of Star Wars and loose leaf teas: rejoice! This exquisitely detailed stainless steel Death Star Tea Infuser is an officially licensed Lucasfilm collectible — and dishwasher safe, of course.  Simply add your favorite loose leaf tea, twist the Death Star shut, wrap the TIE fighter weight around the handle of your favorite mug, and pretend you’re the Emperor as you enjoy that hot cup of Darth Vader Tea. Gooood. Goooood. –Delilah Find the Death Star Tea Infuser at ThinkGeek. Man we love that...

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Chopsticks get a cool fix for little fingers

Going out for Chinese food was a regular event during my childhood, and we kids always loved it. Chinese restaurants are the great crowd-pleasers of the culinary world, kid-friendly environments where veggies are magically hidden in almost every dish.  However one frustration I clearly recall from our excursions was not sharing my parents’ masterful skills using chopsticks. For little fingers, it’s awfully hard to get a good grip with two skinny sticks, let alone scoop up a pile of slippery lo mein. Luckily, we’ve found an answer to help simplify things. These Safari Stix chopsticks holders from the family-centric cooking shop Cook in...

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How do you pit cherries? Aha! We have an easy answer.

I know I’m not the only one who’s always wondered if there’s an easier way to pit cherries. Every year, I wait for cherry season with much anticipation, only to be reminded that with half of my kids needing me to pit their cherries before they can eat them, I’m facing a slow, tedious task, even though I’m fairly handy with a knife. Well this year, I finally invested in an fantastic cherry pitter and now when the kids ask for them, I practically cheer.  The Cherry Chomper is a cute, inexpensive gadget that pops the pits right of cherries with...

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Adorable kids placemats that put the newt in nutrition

If you love animals, alphabets, good deals, and clean tables, we have the deal for you. But you have to hurry. These adorable silicone ABC Placemats from Brinware are on sale at Fab.com through Wednesday only (or until they run out) and they’re 43% off the regular price. We fell in love immediately. They wipe clean, look great, and they even stick to the table to keep your little monkey from tossing them to the ground. You get two in a pack and can choose green/blue or orange/pink, all with the same charming alphabet of creatures. Including a quail...

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7 of the prettiest paper napkins

As it turns out, a stash of pretty paper napkins are always good to have around for unexpected company or impromptu picnics. This is a lesson I learned last week when we had to pull out the polka dot “happy birthday!” napkins over cocktails. Oy. Here are a few luncheon-sized napkins I would love to have stashed away because they can double as cocktail napkins in a pinch. They’re not too cutesie, nor do they look like they’re leftover from Grandma’s house. Or (eep) from Halloween. Best, almost all of them are on sale right now. –Liz This set...

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Gourmet gifts for dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...

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The easiest, safest, least sticky popsicle maker of all time

Pity my children, for popsicles were once merely a thing of legend. You see, we have a saying at our house: Sticky is icky. That means that Mommy can’t handle juice, yogurt, smushed bananas, or children covered in any and all of the above. But now, it’s okay.  We’re cool. The Little Bites Popsicle Molds from Kinder-Ville are the easiest, tidiest popsicle molds I’ve ever seen or used, and they’ve totally changed my mind about frozen treats. They’re made of soft, durable silicone that’s guaranteed free of BPA, phthalates, and lead, and they’re dishwasher safe. And I love them....

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The baby shower gift that’s definitely not for the baby

This year, I thought one of the more inspired picks in our Baby Shower Gift guide was the Keurig coffee maker. I figure for those moms who thrive on caffeine (or will, once they start to accept their new sleep patterns, or lack thereof), it beats a sixteenth receiving blanket. But even if you’re not a new mom–or a mom at all for that matter–there are a lot of reasons to consider one. We’ve been using the Keurig Platinum Brewing System at home for the last month, and truly, it couldn’t be easier. Plus, it’s already paid for itself,...

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A mug of one’s own

As my kids get older we are (gasp) transitioning away from the non-breakable plastic wear and gingerly setting down proper plates and drinkware at their table settings. They still have their personalized placemats so it’s not like I’m turning them into little adults, and in fact we’re not quite out of the HOW COME SHE GOT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP? I WANT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP! stage. So what a genius solution these tumblers are. The espresso mugs from Pigeon Toe Ceramics all look beautifully uniform on the outside–but turn over the bottom and a colorful painted bottom reveals...

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5 beautiful cake stands that take the cake.

If you have your cake and eat it too, what are you left with? A whole lot of pretty is what, so long as you own a fab cake stand. You bakers may already have cake stands, but we promise that thse picks are worthy of a spot (or two!) in your collection. You don’t even need to be a serious baker to treat yourself to one of these.  They make pretty displays out of anything from fruit to kiddo’s art supplies, can be used as a pedestal for centerpieces, help set the mood with pillar candles, and can...

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Homemade baby food just got about as easy as it gets

Homemade baby food is one of those things that a lot of parents consider–but the thought can be daunting. Regardless, there comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s clear that it’s time to introduce solids and you’ll have to make the decision. Maybe they’re reaching for everything you eat. Maybe they’ve just cut four teeth all at once. (In which case, our sympathies!) Or maybe you’re simply ready for that classic food-smeared-smile photo to post on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got an amazing new baby food system that’s perfect for you. Sage Spoonfuls is...

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The best mugs for gift-giving

Okay, so we sometimes make fun of mugs as gifts around here. But only because when most people think of mug gifts, they think of some awful “world’s greatest____” thing in comic sans that was nabbed off the bargain shelf at the last minute. The truth is, a gorgeous mug can be a fabulous hostess gift, especially if you fill it with a bag of gourmet hot cocoa, a special loose leaf tea, or a huge bouquet of candy canes. Here, just a few mugs that I think can make the gift really special. Japan’s Kinto makes beautiful mugs,...

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The coolest guitar ever is playing a solo in your lemonade

Whether you’re into classic Zeppelin or that annoyingly peppy pop song about a party under the Hollywood sign, you can’t play it without a guitar. And you definitely shouldn’t party without these extra tiny, extra awesome guitars, just in time for entertaining season. These adorable Cool Jazz Ice Stirrers give new meaning to ready to rock. Just pour water into the guitar-shaped molds, insert the neck, and freeze. You end up with guitar-shaped ice, and a neck that behaves as a stirrer. It goes beyond ice–you can make rockin’ guitar popsicles with fruit juice for the kids, too. I...

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Bottle accessories that get the drying done in style

One of my least favorite parts about the baby stage is all that bottle stuff. The making of the bottles (especially at 4 in the morning), the cleaning of them and the finding somewhere to put them. Two cool-looking new accessories from Beaba offer relief for at least part of the bottle blues. Beaba, the company that makes that genius baby food cooker that moms go crazy for, has just come out with a Folding Draining Rack and a 2-in-1 Bottle Brush that’s worth a click to the registry. I love the Folding Draining Rack because not only does...

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Indian Prints

Indian patterns are totally (and beautifully) on-trend right now– we wrote about Ikats and other beautiful prints a few months ago, and our allegiance has yet to waver. Especially since we saw these lovely designs. Hammocks & High Tea‘s new “Dreamweaver” collection is as gorgeous and global as can be. It’s a whole line of accessories made up entirely of handcrafted and eco-friendly fabrics, printed with water-based, solvent-free inks: tea towels, napkins, pillows, totes, and scarves. I’m especially taken with the dopp kits. All the prints are produced to evoke the beautiful texture of traditional ikat weaving, and depending...

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Egg-cellent lunchbox idea

In light of our recent peanut butter alternatives post, I’ve been really thinking about other ways to get protein into my kids at lunchtime, whether it’s school mandated or not. They’re hot-and-cold on hard-boiled eggs, but I’m wondering if this fun little doodad I just spotted might give them a nudge in the right direction. You just pop a freshly hard-boiled egg into the Japanese Egg Shaper, let it cool in cold water for ten minutes, and suddenly you’ve turned a boring old egg into a cute fish, car, heart or star. And as any parents know, if it’s...

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Making breakfast a breeze

School mornings get chaotic. Kids are running around, remembering things that were supposed to be put in their backpacks the night before. Shoes are untied while sandwiches are turned crustless. I get anxious just thinking about it. Oh, yeah. And you need to send the brood off to school with full stomachs eager to absorb. Since i don’t have more than two hands, I will happily let this brilliant breakfast gadget lend me a knob. I pour the cereal into the clear Zevro cereal dispenser and it stays fresh and crisp until it gets eaten. My little ones can...

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