Friday, October 5, 2018

Fall Kitchen Favorites

This past summer I added some new kitchen items to my everyday cooking routine, and I think you will enjoy them too.

We are about to hit the holiday cooking season, and these simple, inexpensive solutions can truly make life easier.

  Dollar Tree Place Mats

I now use plastic Dollar Tree place mats to line my kitchen drawers, and to protect the glass shelves in our new refrigerator.

I am adhesive shelf paper challenged, and I do not enjoy wrestling with it or cutting it to size. It reminds me of dealing with tangled coat hangers or packing tape.  Please tell me you understand.

I first saw this solution in Totally Tikaa's instagram feed.

They are easy to remove ,wipe down, and return into place. 
If you buy a pattern with a grid, as I did, (I bought the gray and white ones above) it is easier to cut to size if you need to.

Cost? $1 each.


Small Inexpensive Paring Knives

I may be a little obsessed.

These knives can be found at all of my favorite places:
Ross,T.J. Maxx, and Marshall's.

But who are we kidding? Ross is my kryptonite.

I know the experts say we are supposed to have high quality knives, and I have a few, but most of my daily chopping works great with one of these.

Plus they are colorful and light.

Cost? $5.99-$7.99 a package.
 Wooden Cutting Boards and Serving Pieces

Ever since our youngest daughter schooled me on the fun of creating charcuterie boards, I keep my eyes peeled for wooden bread boards or cutting boards or pedestals that I can use for serving. 

Did you know there are all sorts of charcuterie board accounts on instagram (#charcuterieboard)? 

Here is the first one I did, but I am working at improving.

Ross has every size of wooden tray you might need, and the prices are so low.

Cost?  $5.99 and up

I love the ones that look like wood slices..

There is something about the 'getting ready for the holidays' that I especially love, don't you?

Oh... and about Ross.
As you walk in the door, take a deep breath, and let go of any preconceived notions you might have .

It's worth it!

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CHERI said...

OH! I love the idea of the placemats. I am going to $ Tree tomorrow!!! I hate cutting shelf paper and it's oh so expensive! I don't have a Ross' near me but definitely hit one when I come across it.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I especially love all the wooden items!

Unknown said...

Your first charcuterie boards were awesome and so yummy! I am now on a quest to find some boards! Sharyland Ross-look out! Here I come!

Brenda said...

TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls are also my favorite stores. I can afford to shop higher end stores but why should I when they have such wonderful things at great prices! I'm hosting a blind wine tasting party soon and looking for a large wooden board for charcuterie. I know where to go shop for one!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Our Ross is not good at all, it use to be but not any more. But, TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning make up for them. I can find more kitchen tools and gadgets than the law allows in both of them. Happy weekend!

Bonnie said...

Thanks, Laura for the tips. I will check them out.

Nancy's Notes said...

Wonderful and really clever tips! They are all fantastic! Think I need to go shopping now!

Stacey said...

I'm going to take your advice and let go as I march into Ross to get some of these things for gifts...and maybe for me too. :)

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