Dear Husband….

Dear Husband,

Mother’s Day is on May 13th and as a just in case security measure, I’ve installed Microsoft Outlook’s newest upgrade called “Outlook SANS 2.0” which stands for Spousal Automated Nagging System. How wonderful that Microsoft created such a thoughtful product dedicated to ensuring household chores and important dates like anniversaries, birthdays and holidays aren’t forgotten!

Every day, from May 5th to 12th, a gentle “ding” reminder pops up: “Don’t forget Mother’s Day present!” Each day, the reminder box gets a little bigger, and the “dings” gets a little louder. The greatest feature of Outlook SANS 2.0 is that options like “Dismiss Event” and “Snooze” disappear and instead are replaced with “Buy Now” and “Make Dinner Reservations.”

You know that I always *love* whatever presents that you give me, and if you want just a few hints,


Organic Flowering Tea Gift Set the tea opens up like a beatuiful flower $39

VivaTerra Veggie Parchment Bowls – made of vegetables pressed into hard parchment and hand shaped. both for $79

Cast Iron Japanese Hibachi Grill (they even have a video to show how it works!) $25

Baratza Baratza Solis Virtuoso Espresso Burr Grinder – because my cheapo grinder sucks $199

Baby Buddha or Udon Bowl $16

Jessie Steele Vintage Apron – I promise to bake you a meatloaf in this $28

Gourmet Salt Sampler in Bamboo Case – OMG I am so wanting to try the Bali Coconut & Lime Smoked Sea Salt and the Hiwa Kai – Hawaiian Black Lava Salt $114

Twig Flower Holders (they really need to come up with a better name for this gorgeous flower holder – its cast from real twigs and it makes you look like a flower decorator pro) $62

Soho Magnetic Spice Board A cook can never have too many spices$89

FungusAmongUs Balsamic Vinegar with White Truffles – I love their name! Anything with white truffles is good. $21

Smoky Root of the Earth Bowls Beautiful shape and carved from the root of Chinese Fir Trees $49

Eva Solo Set of Spoons & Spatula 4 spoons and a whisk arrange into a flower bud – great design

Laguiole Pearlized Ivory Steak Knives Because we should use really good steak knives if we’re spending $11 a pound on NY Strip Steak $59

BloomingLilly Sherbet Ice Necklace One of my favorite jewelry designers $78

A set of Pourfect Measuring Bowls & Spoons They are idiot spill proof $29

Spice Appeal International Spice Gift Set – Comes with these spices: Greek Celebration, Cancun Holiday, Mediterranean Heat, Tandoori Seasoning, Beijing Adventure, Za’atar $30

Super Fast Thermapen So I don’t burn your chicken anymore $85

Riedel Vivant Wine Glasses Riedel for $10 a glass at Target! 🙂

Eva Solo Garlic Press Because I hate cleaning out my garlic press with a toothpick – such a smart design $64

Set of Silver Fortune Cookie Placecard Holder Totally cute for less than $2 each

Normann Chef Very organic design – oak handles $50

Mono Giro Apple Slicer Put it on top of an apple, turn…apple spirals! Too cool! $32

New boobies Because I gave birth TWICE in less than 2 years $3,000 per boob

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Comments 18

  1. Amy

    I don’t know if you have a remote thermometer, but I love mine! It cost less than $40 and you never have to check the temperature because the probe stays inside whatever you’re roasting. It comes with a little remote that rings when whatever you’re baking is ready. Love it.

  2. MeltingWok

    haha..I don’t know why, tt booby pix just reminds me of any other cocktail waitress I ran into in Vegas, tt’s too cute for an apron, makes me wanna make cute finger foods in it. 14 days to count down, Happy Mother’s Day in advance 🙂

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  4. SteamyKitchen

    Amy- wouldn’t it be great if the remote thermometer was “wireless” and you could wear it on your belt like a pager (do people even carry pagers anymore?!) In addition to the dings, it would vibrate. Either that or just give you a little shock!

  5. At Home with kim vallee

    Fabulous wish list. Great looking organic shaped objects are my thing lately. So the VivaTerra Veggie Parchment Bowls and Smoky Root of the Earth Bowls are my favorite items on your list.

    For garlic, the Garlic Crusher designed by Ineke Hans that is available at MoMA store in great. When done, simple wash you hands with it to remove garlic aroma from you hands by rinsing. And it is dishwasher safe.

    I will borrow your idea of the Outlook SANS 2.0 for my upcoming birthday. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. jmw

    I have the Pourfect bowls and measuring spoons. Have you noticed that the spoons measurement markings wash off? I have tried to contact the company and they say they are not responsible. I wrote Randy Kass a letter, but have not received an answer, also emailed him – no answer. I also think the bowls should have colored markings as it is difficult to read. I love, love, love the bowls, but as I stated, the measures are hard to read.

  8. Heidi

    The Pampered Chef mandoline looks sweet and partcularly safe, but I’m disappointed that there isn’t a julienne blade included. I love doing fine crunchy shreds of apple, pear or chayote on my Bernriner, but oh, you should see the nice crescent scar on my palm resulting from a stubborn sweet potato on the slicing blade.

  9. SteamyKitchen

    Hey Heidi- I still keep my Oxo mandoline just for the julienne function. Your right – I wish it had that blade! I have a similar scar from a little accident 8 months ago on the tops of my fingers from the Oxo.

  10. mrshbt

    Dear Jaden,

    I love this article because I love shopping.

    My friend bought a see-through flowering teapot but it has a base that holds candle to heat the teapot.

    All my weight has moved toward gravity as I aged. Having 3 children does not help either. If my husband gives me the last gift, I will need to put on some weight first, especially around my shoulders.

    So, what did your husband end up buying for Mother’s Day?

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