We have finally moved in to our house. It has been a whirlwind two weeks of moving across the country. Until today I haven’t had any access to the internet (thank goodness for being able to schedule automatic blog posts!), which is why I haven’t responded to your comments and been commenting on any blogs lately. But I promise to get to them soon. After I lay on my couch for a while and detox from all the unpacking, that is.

Enough complaining, what I really want to do today is celebrate! Celebrate that my kitchen is unpacked, that I have actually been cooking and baking again (wahoo!) and celebrate that I am back to blogging.

If there is one thing that unpacking, which I loathe, has done, it has made me realize what things I love. Especially kitchen things. I was practically kissing and hugging my citrus reamer, silpat liners and perfect white platters just from having been without them for so long.

In honor of being back in the blogging world after a crazy move (did I mention that all four of my kids came down with strep throat and ear infections??), I am hereby giving a shout out for two of the kitchen things I unpacked this week that I can’t live without…and I am giving away one of each to two lucky winners!

Here they are (drum roll, please):


Silpat Liner: oh my, I am not exaggerating (and if you know me, you know I love to exaggerate) when I say I use these babies at least three times a week (I have two of them). I line my baking sheets with them every time I make cookies, breadsticks, french bread, rolls, etc. I love them. A lot. They are absolutely nonstick and make clean up a cinch. I’m giving away one of these beauties.


Digital Scale (Salter): If you haven’t been converted to weighing your ingredients, now is the time. For any recipe that gives weights and measures, I ALWAYS weigh. It is accurate and precise and provides practically no-fail results. Plus it makes me feel very culinarily scientific. I have a Salter Digital Scale. I heart it. I’m giving away one just like mine!

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite kitchen item (or just saying hello) and your email address and I’ll enter you in the contest. Only one entry per person, please. Contest ends Friday at 6:00 pm CST. I’ll announce the winners that evening.

By the way, this contest isn’t sponsored by any company. Salter and Silpat (Demarle) have no idea who I am and would probably be embarrassed to know I am waxing poetic about their products. It is simply because I love the products and want to share them with you. Okay, bye now.

346 Responses to I'm Back and Ready to Celebrate!

  1. Jessi says:

    I love my Kitchen Aid. I use it all the time

  2. Emily says:

    Hmmmm, I love my kitchen-aid mixer and the food that goes in it!

  3. Memória says:

    Welcome back!!! I missed your blog!

    I was just thinking about one of my favorite kitchen items yesterday, my Farberware silicon spatula. I even hugged it LOL!

  4. Linds Forrest says:

    I love our Miracle Blade knives. They truly are miracles!! :)
    lindseyforrest at hotmail dot com

  5. ang :o) says:

    This is an awesome give away. Thanks for the opportunity! I love my kitchen aid!I would love either of those items, especially the scale!

  6. Jessica says:

    I LOVE my ‘butter yellow’ KitchenAid mixer. My husband surprised me with it for my birthday a few years back. It still looks pretty and brand new even though I use a ton.

    Good luck to you and your unpacking and getting settled in your new home. I have moved my family a couple of times (Utah-to-Ohio, Ohio-to-Michigan) So I totally understand what you are going through :-)

    [email protected]

  7. ErinFromIowa says:

    I adore my American Kitchen cookware. It was my Christmas present to myself this past year. blonday 2 u at g mail dot com

  8. Cindy says:

    I would love either of those items! My favorite kitchen utensil? It would have to be my Bosch mixer.

  9. Mama C says:

    You have become one of our favorite Kitchen accessories! :) We found you about a month ago and have tried dozens of recipes from your site…they are always tasty! When my children see a new recipe they ask if it is from that yummy blog.

    Welcome to your new home!

  10. Teri says:

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting a Silpat for a long time now! My favorite kitchen tool would just be a nice, sharp chef’s knife! I go to my Mom’s house or my Aunt’s house and use their dull knives and I don’t know how they aren’t cutting off fingers!!!?!

  11. Ruby says:

    I love my Crock Pot! I must use it 2-3 times a week. I have soup cooking away in it right this very moment.

  12. Joi says:

    Welcome back! The two things that I could not live without are my kitchen aid mixer and my griddle. I love them both.

  13. Brandee says:

    My BOSCH! How did I survive without it?

  14. MaRiN says:

    I love my alligator chopper! Makes my cooking life so much easier! It’s a must have in any kitchen.

  15. D says:

    I love my non stick Bialetti Skillets. I got 3 sizes for 20 bucks at costco and I got way more than I paid for. They are wonderful (truly non stick and easy to clean). I have a 5 qt saucepan with lid that I got for a wedding present 7 years ago and it is awesome too.

  16. jaesi says:

    hello :)
    I can relate to you on oh so many sentences in your post….I HATE MOVING!

    favorite item….the kitchen!!!

  17. JoEllen says:

    I love my Cutco knife! I wish I could afford to have a whole set…they are miracle workers!

    joellenzafacon at gmail dot com

  18. Jenn says:

    So great to have you back! I love the recipes you share with us!

    I have no big fancy mixers or other kitchen items so I think my favourite item in my kitchen has to be my fry pan. I seem to cook everything in it.

  19. Deborah says:

    I love my medium sized cookie dough scoop, it makes baking cookies SO much easier than forming each ball of dough by hand! :)
    deborahsw @ gmail.com

  20. Cindy says:

    I love my Kitchen Aide!

  21. Melanie Anne says:

    Congrats on gettting settled. I am jealous–I have all that moving stuff coming up in the next month. I would like to just fast forward to “sitting on the couch detoxing”! Anyway–I hope you are enjoying your new home. My favorite kitchen items are the silpat for sure and my demarle muffin pans–especially the mini muffins. I want a digital scale bad! Mine is an old cheap one and it is hard to read and I am sure not accurate!! Fun giveaways Melanie!

  22. Amanda says:

    I just went throught the moving process a couple months ago, NO FUN! But it’s so nice to be in a new place once you’re all finished. Hooray!

  23. I'm Lindsay! says:

    Ohh I’m dying for a silpat liner! My favorite kitchen tool are Ici silicone tools from Williams & Sonoma. They are the absolute best!

  24. Heidi Smith says:

    Well, I do love my big Kitchen-Aid, but I think that my Braun hand mixer is extra special because I can just use it on the stove and no sauce ever has lumps!

    H. Smith ([email protected])

  25. Intisar says:

    Welcome back! Hum, that’s a tough one, my favorite kitchen gadget would have to my microplane zester or my stand mixer. They both come in handy more times then not!

  26. Shelby says:

    Congrats on getting moved in! I don’t have many kitchen gadgets yet… but my fave is porbably my… oh, wow, I actually don’t have one. :( Can I say my beer opener? ;)

  27. Tracy says:

    I could never live without my KitchenAid mixer and my trusty set of spatulas!

  28. Jen says:

    Has to be my Bosch mixer!

  29. Becks says:

    I’m in love with my mom’s blender/mixer. Bosch? Yeah I think it is. It makes me smoothies AND snickerdoodle cookies!!!!! MMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

  30. Adrienne says:

    I’ve always wanted a Silpat Liner. My fav kitchen thing would have to be my crock pot. Love the ease of it!

  31. Laura says:

    I have been wanting a silpat liner for the longest time! I would love the digital scale as mine is about on its last leg. I really, really love my microplane grater. I no longer avoid recipes that call for fresh ginger citrus zest!

  32. Mandy says:

    I love my kitchen aid mixer. It makes cookies super fast and I feel like Martha when I turn it on.

    I also love my “desperate housewife” apron. It makes me feel like a sexy sassy cook…even though I am barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen when i wear it.

    mandybvoges @ gmail.com

  33. Sims Family says:

    I love anything made from silicone. (Kitchen related! :) )
    I suppose right now it would be the brush I use for BBQ-ing, but usually the spatulas. They don’t melt ever. Love them!

  34. Marci says:

    I love my pampered chef food chopper! I love your blog!
    marci6tx at msn dot com

  35. teresa says:

    welcome back! i actually love my silpat too, i wonder how i’ve gone so long without it!

  36. Shannon says:

    It’s hard to choose a favorite, probably just a sharp knife because it makes the job so much easier! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  37. Danielle says:

    I love my rubber spatulas. They hold up so well!

    daniellek01 at yahoo dot com

  38. adamanderin says:

    I love my cookie scoop! It is perfect for cookies, muffins, cupcakes, you name it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinhudd84 at gmail dot com

  39. Becca says:

    I love my pizza stone, and mixer. I would love the silpat mat. I have heard they are great.

  40. destiny says:

    I can’t live without my Bosch! I use the blender just about every day. I also love the way the mixer kneads the bread dough for you!

    dddg81(at)gmail(dot)com

    BTW- I just love your blog!

  41. Murdock Family says:

    My favorite item is my cookie scoop!! I make cookies alot for people, and I love it!!! Love your blog!!

  42. Megan A. says:

    I don’t really have a favorite kitchen item.

  43. Jingle says:

    Welcome back! I MUST have my kitchen aide mixer! Not only do I use it all the time, BUT, just looking at it in it’s fabulous red glory makes me happy!

  44. Rebecca says:

    I love my KitchenAid Food Processor!

  45. Kenna says:

    This is Kenna (Bennion) Smith from back in the days of MT:) I’ve been secretly obsessed with your blog since I found it (via blog stocking Billings people…I know, I SHOULD be ashamed) and have been trying just about every recipe you’ve ever posted…all the while feeling guilty that I have never left a comment. Well there’s nothing like free kitchen gear to make me come out of the closet and admit my obession. So THANK YOU for making especially dinner time something to look forward to and for making it Impossible to lose any weight because of all the YUMMY treats:) Thanks again!
    [email protected]

  46. Polliwog says:

    I love the my zester/grater (hand-held, long) from Williams Sonoma. I use a LOT of parmesan. :)

  47. iowagirleats says:

    Fabulous!! My favorite kitchen item is definitely my Calphalon chef’s knife – I use it everyday!

  48. Mary T. says:

    I LOVE your blog!! I really my food processor!! Couldn’t without it!!

  49. Tammy says:

    Oh so many things I love…I think I have to agree with Destiny – I love my Bosch!

  50. jen says:

    goodness my bosch is at the top of my list too; right alongside my bakers pin and parchment paper.
    I’ve thought about converting to weight but I only have a manual scale so I haven’t mustered up the motivation to take it out each time I bake. Must do something about that…

  51. Every day life says:

    Two of moy favorite things are my kitchenaid mixer and my lemon squeezer.

  52. jezinthekitchen says:

    I love my stone bakeware from Pampered Chef … it is truly amazing stuff!

  53. Stephanie :) says:

    I love my computer–that isn’t even close to my kitchen, which gives me the opportunity to try recipes from all sorts of people I would never get to know otherwise. And my hundreds (almost, but not really) of silicone spatulas! Can you really have enough of those?

    stephilund at gmail dot com

  54. Allison says:

    I absolutely LOVE your food blog! I love that you explain how to make things so well, have amazing pictures, and post do-able, real recipes.
    I would love the digital scale. Ever since I did a food science lab that showed the variance that comes with measuring cups, I agree that weighing is the only way to go!
    I could not live without my kitchen aid, I love it!
    [email protected]

  55. Shelli W says:

    Congratulations on being moved in. What a relief. I enjoy using my kitchen aid mixer along with the 100 thousand other people who like it! It does make things easy.

  56. Jenny says:

    I love my Kitchen Aide and also my Nicer Dicer!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jmojmo24 at gmail dot com

  57. Sarah says:

    My favorite kitchen item might have to be my set of Wusthof knives…haven’t found any knives that work nearly as good as this set!

  58. Jenny or sometimes Bozo says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my cutco knives, followed closely by my kitchen aid mixer. The knives are a dream come true.

  59. Poulsen Family says:

    K, not kissing up, but your blog recipes and other recipes from my favorite sites and magazines. If I didn’t have them no tool would work well for me.

  60. Sharee says:

    I love my rice cooker! And I really want the scale.

  61. Jen says:

    Love your blog…I think the thing I use most is my mixing bowl with a rubber bottom so it doesn’t move. It’s just the right shape too so that stuff doesn’t go flying when you are mixing in it. twinsej @ gmail dot com

  62. Natalie says:

    My garlic roller… sounds wierd I know, but its a round little holder with wheels,you stick garlic inside the round area and roll it like a toy car, the blades inside mince the garlic perfectly… you don’t have to touch the garlic and get stinky hands, not to menntion you get to play with a “toy car”!
    nataliejramos -at- gmail.com

  63. Jaylene says:

    This is hard I love so many tools that I use in the kitchen but I would have to say the item I use the most that I love are my cutco knifes

  64. Sarah says:

    My favorite kitchen item? Hum… probably my knives. I use them every single day without fail. Although I would really like a silpat!
    reade.sarah at gmail dot com

  65. Tiny Head says:

    oddly enough it is my cookie scoop. it is so much easier when the cookies are all the same size. :)

    btw, i’m excited that you moved (back) to wisconsin. my hubby and i just got back from a vacation there, and are thinking about relocating there!

  66. Lori says:

    I just started cooking and baking (more) when we moved a year ago, so I have a limited supply. So the only tool that I have is my KA mixer, which of course I love!

  67. Jenn says:

    Kitchen Aid mixer.

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