So with that said, here are a few things that I'm totally loving at the moment... you can thank me later!
When it comes to small kitchen appliances, I love my kitchen aid mixer (it's a dream for making multiple batches of cookies, and don't get me started on the attachments) and I love my bread machine (we use it almost every week when making the dough for our grilled pizzas) but the nearest and dearest (and probably most used aside from the toaster over) is the Ninja!
image from ninjakitchen.com
My mother purchased this about a year ago off of an infomercial and love it so much that she bought one for me for my birthday. This thing is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It's like a food processor and blender only better! My mother uses it to make sno-cones for my niece and nephew because it chops ice that well! I've made frozen fruit margaritas in it a time or two and it worked like a charm. The thing purees like nothing I've seen before. It kicks my old kitchen aid food processors butt a million times over. Because I'm a big fan of cooking from scratch, I use this thing multiple times a week!
Just a small list of my most common uses for the ninja: smoothies, salsa, black bean spread, homemade tomato sauce, shredding cheese, veggie/fruit purees, chipotle flavored ranch or sour cream...
I've been raving about this thing to friends since the day I got it and I am please to say that several friends have purchased one too and love it!
My second item is a favorite due to my lack of competency when it comes to using a corkscrew, god forbid someone give me one without those little arm things, because if left up to me, no one is drinking! I believe I received this as a christmas gift many years (wasn't it from you, A?) and I still use it to this day. In fact, last weekend I had a scare when I thought it might have died! Let me introduce you to the Oster Wine Bottle Opener:
Image from oster.com
Basically, you put this baby over your wine bottle, and hit the button on front, it moves an internal corkscrew into your cork and pulls it out. Once you have taken the cork from your bottle, you can hit the button again and the corkscrew will turn until it releases your cork. VIOLA! No fighting with a manual corkscrew. No mess ups that result in bits of cork floating around in your wine (or does that only happen to me?) or a horribly mangled cork that can't be used for projects like this one.
Image from Eyeslipsface.com
E.L.F. or Eyes Lips Face is mostly an internet business, but you can find some of their products at Target. I've tried many of their products and the the two that I like enough to keep buying are 1. their brushes and 2. these eyeliners. They go on like felt tip pens. It doesn't smudge or flake and it lasts all day! I'd happily pay $10-$14 for this stuff (ssshhhhh don't tell E.L.F.) but lucky for me, it's only $1. Who can't spare one dollar?
So what about you? What are a few of your favorite things?