Stuff I want: happy birthday to me: part 3 (home & garden)

1. Oven-safe skillet. At least once every couple of weeks, I curse at all my skillets because they are not oven safe. I know it’s not technically their fault, since I am the one who purchased them, not realizing that I NEEDED to put them in the oven – but last night’s frittata would’ve been so much better if I could’ve finished it in the oven. (Also, using less cheese and having the right number of eggs might have helped a bit, too.)

Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid
Calphalon Commercial Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Everyday Pan with Lid

2. Kitchen Aid mixer. You have no idea how much I want one of these. SO PRETTY! So handy! And did I mention pretty? I am torn between wanting the red one (pretty!) or the persimmon one (would match my walls!) or the black one (would match the rest of my appliances). If only it were just the color choice that was holding me back….alas, some of my hesitation is the price.

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers

3. Electric griddle. I need this! For important pancake and lefse making events! Ooooh – and tortillas!

Bethany Housewares Heritage Grill Non-stick
Bethany Housewares Heritage Grill Non-stick

4. Food mill. No, seriously! Last fall, I was saddened on so many occasions that I did not have one of these. Essential, really, for the serious canner! Great for apple sauces and marinara sauces! YUM!

RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Food Mill
RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Food Mill

5. Food scale. I used to have a food scale, and it was a wonderful thing. But then, it died a sad, sad death and I haven’t yet replaced it.

Ozeri Digital Kitchen Food Scale
Ozeri Digital Kitchen Food Scale

6. Spice rack! I am not entirely certain why this item gets an exclamation point, but it does! Right now my spices are all jumbled up in a cupboard, and you can’t see more than a couple of jars at the same time. This is so elegant! and handy!

Olde Thompson 20-Jar Stainless Spice Rack
Olde Thompson 20-Jar Stainless Spice Rack

7. Wireless weather station. I love stuff like this! And since I no longer have the Weather Channel (and by no longer, I mean I haven’t had cable since college except for a brief 9 month period when we lived in an apartment with cable included), I need this! And look: a little man tells me how to dress for the weather! Perfect!

Wireless Sun/Moon Forecast Station
Wireless Sun/Moon Forecast Station

8. Electric tiller. My garden grows every year, and it is hard to cultivate all that dirt with my hoe! (Although I got a fantastic new hoe for Christmas, which should make that somewhat easier!) This is expensive, but would be used a LOT.

Mantis Electric Tiller
Mantis Electric Tiller

8. Germination Station. This year, I want to grow my own tomatoes & peppers from seeds (usually I buy starts), and think this would help me out immensely! Also, it’s cute 🙂

Germination Station with Heat Mat
Germination Station with Heat Mat

10. Greenhouse. I covet this! So, if you have an extra $550 to spend & really, really wanted to buy me something, I would love it if you’d get me one of these. I would love to have it available all winter for greens! And maybe even tomatoes! I would share my produce with you.

Backyard Greenhouse
Backyard Greenhouse

So – only one more installment of shameless begging for presents, most of which are super expensive, which is why I haven’t bought them for myself yet.

My birthday is in 15 days, so there’s still plenty of shopping & shipping time left!

Recent Comments

  • Carolina John
    February 9, 2010 - 11:07 am ·

    seed starting is best done if you have tons of friends to give the plants to. that’s how i ended up with 58 pepper plants last year. yes start your own from seed it is awesome. but you will want to give away a bunch of the plants. i had no idea what my germination rates would be so you plant hundreds of seeds in order to end up with 50 plants.

    i also found the germination stations with a light bulb under the dirt (like the one you pictured) have the best results. keeping the dirt warm and the grow light spaced above the seed bed gave me great results last year.

    and i’m already pissed i won’t be able to have a garden this year being in between houses.

    • gazelle
      February 9, 2010 - 1:34 pm ·

      maybe if you move into the new place REALLY fast, you can get a small garden in?

      I started some cherry tomatoes from seeds last year, and had a decent germination rate, but started too late & they never did taste quite right (I think due to the fact that they missed out on the long summer days).

    • gazelle
      February 9, 2010 - 1:35 pm ·

      If I don’t get one for my birthday, I may have to splurge. It’s between that & the Kindle for my post-birthday splurge right now.

  • Eliza
    February 9, 2010 - 6:27 pm ·

    Just stopped by to let you know that I wasn’t even going to read this from my feed reader (um, sorry, there were no shoes?), until I saw that you wanted an oven-capable skillet and then I was overwhelmingly compelled to recommend my favorite one.. but I see you’ve already chosen it. Good choice there. You will LOVE IT. I actually sort of wish I hadn’t already made dinner tonight so I could go make something in it….

    • gazelle
      February 9, 2010 - 6:32 pm ·

      I will start every post with the words SHOES just to trick you from now on!

      although, when we get to stuff I want part the last (or fourth), you are mentioned by initial! 🙂

      I’m glad you like the skillet – I’ve never owned one, and desperately need one – for important frittata projects!

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