Friday, November 19, 2010

320 Sycamore Favorite Things Party

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Okay, so I am so new to blogging that this is the first time I have officially linked up to anyone else's blog.  It is true. I am a newbie.  BUT, I have been following Melissa's blog, 320 Sycamore, forever.  I thought I should give it a try.  I think the link above works--hot dog! (and reference to It's a Wonderful Life is in your honor Melissa :) )

I have lots of favorites, but here are a few things that make me smile:

1. I have a kitchen scale like this:

I use it several times a week for cooking (we lived in England for a while, and they weigh dry ingredients rather than use cup measures).  But mostly I just think it looks really cute on my counter, stacked up with lemons or onions or something. 

2.  I bought this kettle in red at Costco for $20 a few months ago, and it makes me happy every time I pass my stove.  It heats water for herbal tea or hot choc quickly, and whistles softly (rather than sounding like a train is passing through your kitchen, like some kettles I've heard :) ).

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3.  I love the stuff for sale at, but I am a cheapskate thrifty, so I found a version I could shamelessly download and print on my home computer for free here.  I put it in a dollar store black frame, and bada-bing-bada-boom--it looks great hanging over my calendar.  It reminds me to not freak out (unless of course I'm super freaking...).  sorry--couldn't resist :)


4.  I love oatmeal for breakfast. This container has made it easy to have delicious topping-full oatmeal.  I put brown sugar in one compartment, chopped walnuts or almonds in another and a mixture of craisins/raisins in the third.  Pour some milk (or if I'm being decadent, cream) over the top and it is even better than the oatmeal from Starbucks, from whom I shamelessly stole this particular flavor combination.
KRUS Jar with lid clear, white Length: 9 " Width: 6 " Height: 4 " Volume: 2 qt  Length: 24 cm Width: 14 cm Height: 10 cm Volume: 1.8 l
5.  My favorite scented lotion and perfume ever:  Is it weird that I like smelling like something good to eat?

Warm Vanilla Sugar® Eau de Toilette - Signature Collection - Bath & Body Works

Thanks for inviting me, Melissa :).  Can't wait to join the party!


  1. love your list. I'll totally gonna copy your "keep calm" idea

  2. I like this post and no, it's not weird that you like to smell like something to eat. My favorite is a lemon sorbet or a banana coconut lotion.

  3. Hi Erin~

    Nice to meet you too! How fun that you lived in England. I went to London and Preston on a college business expedition and loved it. I love oatmeal too. For me it has to be steel cut oats with vanilla and agave nectar.

    Thanks for stopping by my Faves list.

    Kerstin @

  4. One yeah...I want to get my MS in Sociology too! It will probably be awhile though because my hubs is a Pre-Med student and I am done with my bachelors next semester. Six're my hero.

  5. Thank you for the "Keep Calm" link!!! I love those, but didn't want to pay retail for one. ;) Great list! I'm visiting from Melissa's "Favorite Things" party. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  6. Welcome to blogging!! I'm so glad you linked up... oh and ps... this is the most fun linky party!

    I have wanted a scale for some time and you have just pushed that desire over the edge! :)

  7. I wish I had a million dollars! HOT DOG! Love it. Great idea on the keep calm. I know lots of warm vanilla sugar lovers out there :)

  8. Great list. That food storage container is cute and I love that idea for the oatmeal.


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