In Our House: Instant Coffee Table

First of all, a big apology to my blog readers. I promise I didn’t forget about you — my hard drive died! After some searching, I was able to find a (bigger, better) replacement hard drive for a decent cost. Today, I was able to replace everything, and hopefully with my dad’s help I’ll be able to recover all of my old files from the other hard drive. And if you haven’t backed up your files lately (especially your pictures!), take a minute to do so. Trust me, it’s important.

Onto the post! We inherited wonderfully comfortable overstuffed couches when we moved to this house, and while we love their comfy charm (but not their patterned fabric!), we were used to having a coffee table instead of an ottoman. Don’t get me wrong, we love our ottoman. Most of the time, we use it more than we would a coffee table, but if people come over, we only have one end table to use for our drinks/etc.

Thus came a great solution. We received a breakfast-in-bed tray for the wedding that gets used sometimes when I can con Jason into treating me to a lazy Sunday afternoon. One evening, I spotted it sitting out when we were expecting company. One quick second of styling on the ottoman and instantly we had a coffee table! I generally keep a basket for the remotes as well as a few magazines and/or books out, as well as two coasters, but any of these items can be easily removed to allow room for hors d’oeuvres or wine glasses.

Not bad for a no-dollar fix, eh?

In Our House: Scoop ‘Em Up

Since the holiday season is upon us, I’ve been baking up a storm. The more I bake, the more complicated it seems to get and the bigger batches I need. That’s why I finally broke down and got this handy little tool to help expedite the process:

Yep, that IS a mini ice cream scoop! If you haven’t thought of giving your ice cream scoop double duty, then you need to start! A traditional-sized scoop makes humongous cookies, so I’d recommend investing in a smaller scoop, around the 25 mm range. Here are some choices from Target, Wilton, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

And they also make the perfect size chunks for eating if you are adventurous enough to try the dough 🙂
What’s your favorite holiday cooking tool? Do you pine over silicone baking sheets or adore your piping bags?

In Our House: Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

In this new category “In Our House”, I am going to highlight some of the cool things we have and are doing around our house.

This first highlight (and probably the first few) is showcasing one of the really cool things we got as a wedding gift: a personalized cookie jar!

My mom knows how much I love to cook and bake, and she got me this as part of my shower gift. I absolutely love it! I have already made cookies twice just to put something in it. I can’t wait until the holidays to fill it with lots of yummy-ness! And, yes, it does say “Amanda’s Sweet Treats”!