1. I’ve officially found the best vegetable peeler on the market.
It’s by Precision Kitchenware. On one side, it’s a julienne peeler to make quick veggie noodles, and on the other side it features a traditional peeler– with amazingly sharp and sturdy blades! My old vegetable peeler broke while peeling the skin of a butternut squash, and that doesn’t even seem possible with this sturdier version. It’s the best $10 I’ve spent in a while.
2. I tend to drag my feet when it comes to trying new foods.
The kind folks over at Nuts.com sent me this sampler pack months ago, and I still have yet to try the moringa powder that they included. (Their trail mix and chia seeds, however, were devoured quickly. They were delicious!) Part of the reason for the delay is that I’m always hesitant to try anything new while breastfeeding, but the other part is that I’m just a creature of habit. Once I get into a routine, it’s hard for me to change anything!
This also explains why I’ve had a package of sardines sitting in my pantry for over 6 months… one day I will be brave enough to try them.
3. One new thing I have tried– and loved– is Ellovi butter.
It’s rare for me to use anything other than pure coconut oil on my skin, but the founder of Ellovi body butter sent me a complimentary sample of this all-natural cream a few months ago, and I’m pretty impressed with it. It’s made with just six ingredients (all edible!) right here in California, and is much thicker and creamier on my skin than my usual coconut oil routine. Since I tend to get dry skin during the winter months, it’s been the perfect moisturizer for both my face and hands, without any artificial fragrances or fillers.
4. I bought a “cheap” blender this week.
I’ve been on a mission to make my cookbook recipes as accessible as possible for as many people as possible, so I wanted to see how my recipes would fare in a non-Vitamix blender. I know the results won’t be the same, but hopefully I can figure out some tips and tricks to get the best results possible with a more affordable kitchen gadget. (This one was just $25!)
5. The funny thing about living in LA, is that I get talked into doing dumb stuff like this.
When “Dumb” Starbucks briefly opened, my husband convinced me to wait in line for nearly an hour just to experience the parody coffee shop– with a baby strapped to my chest! We felt pretty dumb ourselves for waiting so long for a coffee that could have been purchased anywhere else (especially since I didn’t even get a coffee myself!), but it was a beautiful day to be outside, and at least we now have a souvenir cup to commemorate the prank. Ha!
Reader Feedback: What have you tried this week? Done anything dumb that you want to share?
*Disclosure: Nuts.com and Ellovi sent me complimentary samples of their products, but I am under no obligation to post a positive review and have no incentive for you to make a purchase from either of these companies.