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Lemon House Loves: Kitchen Gadgets February 23, 2011

Filed under: shopping — ravennagirls @ 4:38 pm
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Time to start a new feature around here we’re going to call Lemon House Loves.  These are products that we either have, and well, love, or things we’ve spotted around the web that look especially groovy. And who knows, maybe we’ll buy them, try ’em out, and do a follow up review post. We thought it would be fun to share some of the things that we have or would incorporate into the day to day life of our lil bungalow. {Click here for why we call it our lemon house}.

First up: Kitchen gadgets! We both love to cook and of course, eat, so we thought we would share some kitchen items we couldn’t live without and some that caught our eye around the web this week. Since growing season is soon upon us, its fun to think of all the fun things to slice, dice, toss, and cook those beautiful veggies we plan on growing.

Oxo angled measuring cups. The benefit of these is that you can see your liquid measure from above, so you don’t have to do the hold it over your head and guesstimate mode. We have these in a couple different sizes (including the mini one pictured here) and could not live without them now.

Check out these awesomely fun lego utensils! Perfect for snacks and camping!

You know we love making homemade calzones, this calzone mold pops out perfect beauties everytime (we usually just go for the haphazard fork the edges route).yum.

Ever have trouble transferring soups and sauces? These cute and colorful Slip on Pot Pour Spouts are perfect for transfering liquids to smaller jars or dishes! I notice they say for pots with thin rims, though – anyone have a product that fits on Le Creuset?

This fresh herb grinder looks pretty fantastic. We don’t tend to keep our knives sharp enough to do justice to fresh herbs, and this seems like a great solution. I’d love to try it out to see if it does a good job cutting or if it smashes and bruises the herbs easily.

I love our magnetic trivet. As the advertising for it says, “when the pot moves, the trivet rides along”. This is great when you bring the pot right to the table, no more scrambling for a hot pad at family meals. Plus, magnets make storing on the side of the oven SO SUPER EASY.

So thats it for our first Lemon House Loves. What are your favorite gadgets that transform life in your kitchen? We’ve received some of the best tools as gifts or on recommendation from friends and we’re always looking to try new fun things.

{We were not compensated in any way for the products featured in this post, we just wanted to share with you all what gets us excited.}

 

pom pom February 1, 2010

Filed under: crafty — ravennagirls @ 11:07 am
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 Santa Claus knows me well. Better than i know myself, perhaps. Because this Christmas, when my love of pom pom craft was in its very INFANCY, he brought me Clover’s Pom Pom makers, and now i am addicted. For purposes of this article, we will call Santa “D Claus” because thats the smarty who saw these pom pom makers at the fabric store and new i would lovey love. So, she brought them home in 4 sizes so all manner of Pom craft would be within my reach.

The clover pom makers are the same concept as the cardboard donuts we used to use growing up, but can be reused again and again. You just wrap the yarn around each half to your desired thickness,  cut along the center gap, tie up with an extra yarn bit, and pull the pieces apart. Voila! magic. and they only take about 15 seconds apiece. [Below is a photo of what it looks like with the yarn round but not yet cut]

As a celebration of my new Pom Pom makers, and to convince you to go buy a set of your own (they come in sets of two: S/M or L/XL), i’m bringing you a comprehensive round-up of pom pom crafts for every season and application. Enjoy!

wreath

necklace

flowers for your mantle

more flowers for your mantle (similar to the origami cherry blossoms we made last spring)

rug

tree*

sweet gift wrap

pom pom pumpkin (and so fun to say!)

pine cone pom

garland

zipper pulls

*craftystylish also has a great tutorial on using the Clover pom pom maker.