These Are A Few of My Favorite Things – Pt. 6

I decided to take it easy this Wednesday.  Just like the upcoming Yum-Yum Friday, this “Favorite Things” will be a little different than ones in the past.  Not a lot different, but different still.

Let’s just get right into it, shall we?

51s9XzMkzEL._SS500Hipster Coffee House Music – So, I’ve been going through this phase where I have made a playlist of what most people would call “Hipster Coffee House Music”.  Catchy, right?  I listen to the playlist A LOT when I’m writing, when I’m in the car, while I’m cooking, doing chores…just laying around like a cow (see yesterday’s post), or whenever I’m sipping cold brew sweet cream coffee with a wool cap slipped over my greasy hair in 112-degree heat.  Okay.  That was a bit much.  Anyhoozles, some songs I’m really digging right now (that’s a hipster phrase if there ever was one) are New Slang by The Shins, Upward Over the Mountain by Iron & Wine, Lost In the Light by Bahamas, Mykonos by Fleet Foxes, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, Wild Heart by Bleachers, Mockingbirdsing by Ryan Adams, Into My Arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Carry On by Norah Jones, Till the Whiskey’s Gone by Crystal Bowersox, and When We’re High by LP.

Ove’ Glove – This is a lifesaver.  Okay.  Maybe not a lifesaver, but it’s kept my fingers, hands, and wrists free of burns.  I don’t know about y’all, but I burn the shit out of myself whenever I cook or bake…anything. Regular hot pads or oven mitts just don’t do it for me because I’m not coordinated enough to lift heavy things if I can’t use my fingers well, and a hot pad while result in my wrist touching the cooking rack in the oven.  This glove covers my entire hand and wrist so that I don’t get squeamish every time the oven timer goes off.  It’s cheap, durable, and it’s also saved me money because I don’t have to buy burn cream every time that I turn around now.  If you got a little extra scratch laying around and you’re as accident prone as me–this is worth your time and money.  Don’t be cheap.  Buy two.  Then you can really get that lasagna pan out of the oven without feeling like a German weightlifter.

Rellerindos – Look, I’m obsessed with tamarind candy.  Tamarind, in general, is just freaking amazing–but Mexican tamarind candy is something you have to try if you haven’t already.  Hell, even if you know about it, why not treat yourself to a bag of these delicious little bastards?  If you feel like buying two and sending me one–holla atcha boy!  Hell, just surprise me.  I receive all mail at P.O. Box 53  Bells, TX 75414.  Don’t send me your unpaid bills thinking that you’re being funny.  I won’t pay them and your credit score is going to take a hit.  Don’t do that to our friendship.

1Blogs I Visit Daily – You can’t buy these blogs…well, actually, if you offered a couple million, any of them might part with ’em.  I guess you can ask.  Doesn’t hurt, right?  Anyhoozles, these are other folks’ blogs that I literally check every day to see if there are any new posts.  They are: M.L. James’ Wayward Sparkles, Kat’s Angel Who Swears, Nova Halliwell’s Advice I Needed Yesterday, Adie’s From Adie, With Love, Joshi Daniel Photography, Little Fears, Mandi Em’s Healthy Living for Hot Messes, and Katie Pitts’ Fatty McCupcakes.  M.L. James, Kat, and Katie are all really funny ladies and I love hearing their stories and observations, learning about their lives.  Nova’s blog is funny, educational, inspiring, and features some truly stunning photographs of her travels.  Adie’s blog is funny, endearing, and full of realness.  Joshi Daniel documents the people, landmarks, and landscapes of India and every single photograph is absolutely breathtaking.  Healthy Living for Hot Messes is a blog that I’m a Johnny-Come-Lately to, but it is absolutely hysterical.  And Little Fears is hard to explain, but it’s a bunch of little monsters with short story/jokes to explain them.  Check them all out!

Freshware Meal Prep Containers – I got these when my sister purchased them off of my Amazon Wish List for my birthday last year–and it’s been over a year now.  JoJo and I use these every single day.  At the beginning of our week, I make up enough meals (lunch and dinner) for both of us so that we don’t have to worry about what we’re going to be eating from day to day.  We also don’t have to cook more than one day a week unless we want to change things up a bit.  They’re dishwasher safe (top rack), microwave safe, freezer safe, and they’re super durable.  We’ve maybe lost two or three to cracks or plain clumsiness on our parts.  Super easy to clean and they really make our lives a lot easier.  I really can’t recommend them enough if you’re looking to get into meal prep.  Most importantly, they’re super affordable.

That’s it for today, folks.  Do a little shopping and treat yoself!

Until next time…



  1. Well I thought I posted a comment yesterday but obviously it didn’t work. Or my senility is really kicking in!
    Thanks, as always, for the shout out. I love the oven glove and may have to use it. I used to be an Amazon affiliate and would love to advertise it on my site, but they kicked me out of the affiliate program because I couldn’t meet the minimum sales within the required time frame. How sad is that? I’ll reapply when I have more readers. Someday I can laugh about getting kicked out of the affiliate program because I couldn’t make money on my blog. Or at least I can dream that’ll happen. LOL

  2. Allen,
    As always, I truly appreciate the shout out! Of course, I’m always interested in great bloggers out there as well, so I’ll be checking them out! Also, thanks for the real and practicaj tips about the stuff that you use! I don’t always cook, my friend, but when I do, I want to use one of those oven gloves! The makers of said items need to be paying you — wait a minute — I’m on your list — but I’m not practical, though! LOL! And I’m broke. So I consider myself quite honored to be on your favs list. Now if I could just get Julie Andrews out of my head! Great post!

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