I am really going to miss watching Oprah next year. My satellite plan doesn’t give me access to the O.W.N. network and I only get to read her glorious magazine in the grocery check-out line. And though I don’t actually watch the show every day, just knowing she is available every day at 4:00 and 9:00 pm to solve mine and the world’s problems has become a very comforting part of my day.
To keep Oprah alive in my heart and on my blog, at least until the end of her last season, I have purposed to post as many of my “favorite things” here as possible. At least, until her daytime television show has ended, or I have run out of favorites, whichever comes first.
In my second installment, I present my next 5 favorites, in no particular order (if you want to see any of my previous favs, just click on the “I Love” tag at the end of this post). Enjoy.
These vintage sweats from Victoria’s Secret have got to be the most comfortable at-home pants available. Though I don’t like the price tag and I don’t care for the writing that inevitably appears either down one leg or on the back end, I never wear these out of the house and truly believe that the scrumptious feel of the terry-like fleece is more than worth the need to wear one of my husband’s oversized t-shirts in order to cover up the writing on the backside. I buy them only in black, but they come in many pretty colors.
As an organization nut, I am always on the lookout for products that simplify my life and make things look neater, too. That’s why I love these Huggable Hangers by Joy Mangano. You can buy them online or through HSN; and, you’ll occasionally find them in stores, too. These babies have literally transformed my life and I will never go back to plastic or wire hangers again!
A few years ago, I discovered this Emeril product at a local grocer and bought it totally on impulse. Within two uses, I was completely hooked. It tastes great on just about anything you sprinkle it on and makes the absolute best Thanksgiving turkey you’ll ever taste. Don’t go light on this stuff – dump it on in large heaps and let it cook a good, long time. Yum.
Now, I wouldn’t be a french cook if I didn’t own one of these. But despite my heritage and the shame cast upon me if I didn’t have one, this is the kind of gadget I would go out and buy for myself anyway. The original Mouli Grater and this Mouli cheese grater are staples in any good cook’s kitchen. It shreds hard cheeses with very little effort into perfect little strands every time, plus it is a heck of a lot of fun for kids who like to help in the kitchen.
Finally, what can I say about my Brother P-Touch that Martha Stewart hasn’t already said before? There isn’t a challenge that this little guy isn’t up to tackling and it’s the kind of thing that can completely change your perspective on organization, labeling and storage (if you let it). Refills are expensive, but so worth it. I have owned another brand but swear by the P-Touch…to me, it’s far better than the others.
[A final note: I liberated each of these images directly from the manufacturer’s web sites. In advance, I’d just like to say thanks to these good folks for forgiving the fact that I didn’t ask permission to borrow their images (which I justified because I am providing them free advertising). Please don’t tell.]