My Favorite Things (this week) is a fun way to share the little, big, amusing, beautiful, interesting, and sometimes just plain helpful things that I run across each week. There’s no formula to the pickin’. Just random things that make me smile. And smiles are made to be shared. See more Favorite Things here.
1. Farmer’s Market Herbs
In preparation for my TV interview, I cleaned out the window behind our sink. Too-big, half-dead plants were replaced with a terracotta pot filled with basil, oregano and spearmint. I love how clean and green they look — and how all it takes is a light rub of the thumb for the spring-fresh scents to fill the air. Suddenly, my kitchen sink feels like a spa – or a gourmet cooking show – and I’m inspired to keep it that way. It’s the little things, you know.
2. Iced Easter Cookies
Tomorrow is Easter, but we had our Easter dinner tonight to celebrate. My Mom coated homemade sugar cookies with pastel-stained icing and topped each delicacy with a pile of sprinkles. It might be the kid in me, but I’m a sucker for anything with sprinkles on top.
3. Cadbury Creme Eggs
While we’re on the subject of Easter treats, Cadbury creme eggs are my all time favorite. Even more so than Reese’s Peanutbutter eggs. I love to cut them in half and then lick out the cream part before eating the chocolate.
4. Sea Salt Holder
This was a gift – and it’s one of my most favorite kitchen accessories ever. It’s a spaceship looking pod-like object that enables you can pour sea salt out of one side — and pinch it out of the other. The modern design and practical function make it a favorite as I can easily sprinkle crunchy sea salt on a tomato melt – or pinch some into pasta on the stove.
5. ABC Needlework from my Mom (circa 1981)
My Mom found this in a closet the other day and asked if I wanted it. She had sewn it for my nursery when I was young and thought I may want it for the kids. “Mom, that’s so in right now!” I proclaimed, admiring the vintage stitches. It seems like something I’d see on the wall in a hip baby boutique — though I’d love it whether it were “in” or not.