Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens don’t really do it for me. Here are a few of my favorite things.
Every now and then I find myself reaching for something and thinking to myself – How did I ever live without this? I have several such indispensable items which have changed my life in the smallest ways but when are missing (or misplaced by my husband) cause the greatest feelings of loss. ok.. that was bit dramatic but these are my current favorite things.
1. Mini Grater or Rasp
I call this little beauty my little grater but I guess that because it is handheld, it is technically a rasp. It really doesn’t matter either way because it is orange and awesome. It is the most useful little thing in my kitchen drawer and I now cannot imagine my life before it. I no longer am a slave to the garlic clove, I just grate it into things. Adding ginger to my food has become quick and hassle free as this little grater makes quick work of frozen ginger (and finger tips so don’t let you mind wander as you grate!).
Perhaps my favorite use for my favorite thing is nutmeg. I love nutmeg and am ashamed to admit that I have been going through pounds of grated nutmeg a year. I never bought whole ones because I thought that it was too expensive and a hassle to deal with. I can now admit that I was wrong on both counts. Freshly grated nutmeg makes everything sing from coffee to custard and even savory cheese pies. I cannot get enough and the little grater makes it quick and easy. I can never go back to my life with stale, pre-ground nutmeg… never. The little grater was a stocking stuffer that retails at around $5. I mean seriously… can you afford not to?
2. Spices in Grinders
This is a true revelation for me. I used to drag out my mortar and pestle every now and then and grind my spices. While I still enjoy the therapeutic benefits out of bashing something with a stone every now and then, there are times when I just need a little sprinkle and quickly. I started buying my salt in grinders and then was baffled about what to do with the grinders once the salt was finished. I could always refill the grinder but due to my cross -boarder shopping habit, it was cheaper to keep buying the grinders pre-loaded.
The choice of spices is the truly life changing part. Coriander! I know what you are thinking. Coriander? Really? That is hardly ground breaking. This staple of most curries in my household is more than than it appears to be. When ground fresh, coriander seeds are crisp and fragrant. They smell almost citrussy and have a floral quality to them that makes them amazing on almost anything. I had lived for over 30 years and never known that there was anything sensory to the coriander seed other than the dull hum that it brings to masalas. Man was I wrong (which let’s face it, hardly ever happens), My coriander grater now sits amongst the salt, pepper, smoked salt, pink salt, cinnamon sugar and garlic salt graters on the counter which is some pretty important kitchen real estate. Trust me on this one… it will tingle the senses.
3. Dollar Store Nylons
Ok ladies, pay attention. It is true that nylons go in and out of fashion and that the majority of women hate them. I work in an environment where bare legs are simply not acceptable and quite frankly, I love hosiery. I also have a little dog who equally loves hosiery especially when he can get some time alone on the bed to rip nylons to shreds and eat underwear. The problem is that he is cute and now knows how to get into the laundry basket and so I am stuck in the mess. The main problem with nylons is that they rip and run and almost always at the most inopportune time. You can paint the run with clear nail polish if you catch in time (and have clear nail polish in your purse) but that it all most get you home. Once you walk in the door and strip them off, the expensive nylons go straight into the rubbish. Waste of money and waste of time right? Not for me… I know the secret.
Dollar store nylons… they are quite simply a game changer (if the game is hosiery). Not only are they $1 but they are good. I often get 3-4 wears out of them and that includes running them through the wash and the dryer. I am not careful with dedicates (who has the time really?) and so I treat them like any other cardigan or pair of skinny jeans. I wear them, wash them and wear them again. There is a magic in these cheap nylons and the best part is that you can buy in bulk. Now, there are some things to be aware of. The color section is not great. It so happens that the nude ones match my skin almost perfectly. There are also black but you really should not be wearing sheer black nylons anymore (tights or nude). They also tend to come in only two sizes (regular and queen) but again, one of those will fit most people. It is also very likely that the quality of $1 nylons varies dramatically but brand but those found in the majority of Canadian Dollar Stores that I have visited have been awesome. They might not make your legs feel like sheer silk and they certainly will not tuck a tummy but they will remove the sense of fury created by tearing $10 ones and for me, that is almost priceless.
So forget doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles and even wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings because these have been a few of my favorite things.