Santa and his little helpers were quite generous this year. I am typing this blog on my wonderful MacBook Pro from my very thoughtful husband. Given the amount of time I spend on the computer, it was a perfect gift. I am truly in love with it (and him)! 🙂
The most emotional gift for me was a photo book put together by my sister-in-law with all the pictures that she had of Ethan (my son, for those of you who might be newer to the blog). They were beautifully grouped and titled. I was completely moved to tears, especially the photos of Ethan with his cousins, and with my mom. I get choked up every time I look through it — tears of joy. I have spent the past 10 years or so making photo books for everyone else. I think it was the first time anyone made one for me and it meant so much to me. So very thoughtful.
There were two other gifts that I wanted to mention, as the gift givers really considered my healthy way of eating and they were quite unique.
One was a “cut protection glove”. This gift was from my mother-in-law and I have to be honest that I had never seen this product anywhere. It is a cut resistant (though not cut proof) glove used in food preparation. While I’ve never cut myself (too badly), I’ve come close, so I thought this would be interesting to try out. I used it yesterday to slice and chop some onions and I wasn’t super crazy about it. First, I’m using it to hold an onion, so I think frequent washes are going to be necessary. You can throw it in the washing machine, but not the dryer. Second, the fingertips are, well, glove-y, and I found I couldn’t cut as thin or precise as I do without the glove.
That said, I don’t think it’s a total wash. I used it yesterday to hold some hot foods that I was slicing, so it worked as more of a wearable hot pad. And I was reading the Amazon page for this product and it said that it was useful when slicing with a mandolin. There I think it will come in handy, so I will be sure to try it again. I did think it was a different and thoughtful gift.
The next food-related gift was very cool, and came from my step-daughters. Marina found on Etsy a spice company that makes spices in magnetic hexagonal jars that arrange like honeycombs. Since they are magnetic, you can attach them to your fridge, the stove, the dishwasher… anyplace metal. Here’s a photo of mine (the antioxidant rich spice kit…another very thoughtful choice) on the fridge:
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying my spice cabinet is a mess. I can never find what I’m looking for — no matter how I try to organize them. I have 4 shelves of spices in one cabinet, extra spices in bins, and other jars that just sit on the countertop. I totally love this idea and am excited to learn more and buy more! Imagine freeing up that counter and cabinet space — imagine seeing all your spices at a glance. I just think this is the greatest idea since sliced bread and I’m touched at the research Marina did to find just the right selection for me.
For more information on Gneiss Spice (pronounced “nice” spice), here’s her Etsy link. Lots of cool things, so be sure to check it out!
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