Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The R list

You know how Oprah has the "O" list? Well, this is the "R" list. Because me and Oprah - we're like this! Well we used to be tight, right before she went on the road on her little campaign trip. I hate when celebrities do that. But I digress.

I just thought I'd share a few things I've discovered that make my life a little better. Just in time to make your life easier for the holidays!

The Shot Glass


NO it's not what you're thinking! Actually, this little measuring cup is my current favorite cooking tool. It measures liquid in tsps and tbls (pronounced tsps and tibbles at our house). I love it so much I have two.




Have you seen these salad kits in your Costco or Sams?
( my apologies for the bad picture . But if you click on it, you can see it better in ginormou-size.)

Here both stores carry variations of this fantastic idea. I can't tell you how much I adore these packages. There are 4-5 kinds that my Costco sort of rotates through, but basically they're all different themed salads, and you just mix the ingredients together when you're ready to eat it. Our family favorite is the taco salad, but a close second is the French Greens. If I'm serving it as a side, I get 6 pretty good sized salads out of a package.
But my favorite trick is to divide it in 4ths, top it with grilled chicken breast, and serve it as a main course. The best thing? Every single person in my family really likes them.


For about $5 you can get a really great salad that will actually feed 4-6 people. And about $5 is what I would pay for a great salad (for 1) at Wendy's or McDonalds - so it's pretty easy for me to justify.




YUM!

If you can find this Holiday tea by Celestial Seasonings, you will be in heaven!
Brew it up, and put in one packet of Splenda and about 2 tsps of creamer powder per cup and OH MY GOODNESS that tastes like Christmas.

And here's a secret. One teabag will make a whole pot of the herb tea, so it goes 4 times as far. And just ask my kids... they love it when they go to pour some hot water out of the teapot into their hot chocolate powder and it's a nice little gingerbread tea surprise. They love that.

(It's possible this is a regional product, but I just checked, and you can order it online. )

And now your holidays can be complete. I know. You were just waiting for this.
You're welcome.

20 comments:

East of Eden said...

Ok, where do you get the shot glass measuring thing? I can never keep a set of measuring spoons more than a few months before they fall apart and are all lost.

Melissa said...

Love your R list! I think that Oprah's favorite things is on today... I hardly ever watch the woman, but I love her holiday giveaway show :)

JustRandi said...

I got my shot glass at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, but I'm pretty sure I've seen them at Walmart.
And I'd be happy to email anyone's husband with the info.

Just a little December service I provide here on the blog. ;)

Sheyenne said...

LOVE the shot glass. I will get myself one immediately!

Yvonne said...

Love the shot glass measuring thing. I will keep my eyes open for one. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

I got my shot at BB&B as well. LOVE IT. I'm not a tea fan at all, but enjoy the Celestial Seasonings.

No Cool Story said...

I'm going out right now to buy me a shot glass!!!

No Cool Story said...

Oh, and I have the gingerbread CC...only I've never even open the bag.

I'm going out right now to open it!!!

Kimberly said...

Mmmm! Love, love that shot glass thingy! I picked one up at a kitchen store outlet when we were in Vegas and use it all the time!

Earl said...

There's a kitchen store outlet here?

Corrine said...

We love our shot glass measuring cup too!!! I don't know where Eric found ours but so glad he did. I love the salad things as well!! Thanks for posting that! Very useful information and ideas. will have to look for that tea, cuz eric loves his herbal teas...

later, corrine

kristen said...

If I cooked, perhaps those things would come in handy. Anything for not-so-domesticated type? ;-)

Sue said...

Yum, I've gotta find those salads...

Tonya said...

That is the cutest little measuring cup I have ever seen (hubs would love it) Maybe I can get one before Christmas for his stocking (he's the cook)

Nancy Face said...

I love my shot glass, too! Great tips! :)

Caroline said...

You're so cute! And yes, my holiday is now complete.

No Cool Story said...

Ah! Forgot the shot glass.

I guess I'll just have to go back to the store :)

Corrine said...

Just had to tell you I bought some of that gingerbread tea and put four bags in with a apple juice and simmered it on the stove. Not only did it smell delicious it was some of the best apple cider I have had! Anyway thanks for the idea! now i want to try the candy cane tea with hot chocolate...hmmm hmmmm tasty

Becky N. said...

Almost a year old, but oh my goodness, I could really use a shot glass like that! I really must go track one down, now!

Judy said...

Found your link through a friend...
Isn't this great. My friend found you through a friend who found you through a friend who found...
You get it!
LOVE your blog. And I'm just about to run put on my clothes just to go to the store and see if I can find that Celestial Seasonings Tea! I've never seen it before, and will console myself with the thought that after going to every single store in town I can order it online!
Thanks for a happy way to start the day! (by the way I love the little chick!!!)