A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2014}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2014

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Here are a few of my favorite things for the month of November… and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

DISCLOSURE: None of these products are sponsored in any way; however, some of the links below are affiliate links — which means that at no cost to you, I may get a VERY small commission. However, I hope you know that I’m only promoting the products below because I use them daily in my own home and life. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.

Apple Slicer, Peeler, Corer

apple slicer peeler corer

I’ve had this exact apple slicer, peeler, corer since about a week after our wedding (2006) and I’ve been using it very regularly since then with no issues whatsoever.

I can slice, peel, and core an apple in approximately 10 seconds — which, when you have a little girl who LOVES apples but won’t eat the peels, is pretty convenient. I also use our apple slicer, peeler, corer on apples I buy for pennies on the discount produce rack and then freeze the slices in thin layers to use later for smoothies.

I know many of you have asked why I don’t use our slicer, peeler, corer when I cut apples for my home-canned applesauce — and there are 2 reasons.

  1. I keep the peels ON my applesauce apples to add tons of flavor and color to the sauce. Then I run the cooked sauce through a food mill to discard the peels. (read more on the process here)
  2. Although it is convenient to do everything all in one step, the apple slicer, peeler, corer does “waste” a good amount more of the apple flesh than if you just cut out the seeds and stem (which is all I cut out for applesauce.)

Of course, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use the slicer, peeler, corer for your own applesauce — I just get asked ALLLLLL the time why I don’t use it my for applesauce, so I thought I’d clear that up 🙂

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Threshold Sheet Sets

Threshold sheets

I’ve never been a huge “linen” gal. We only have one set of sheets for almost every bed in our house, we have a limited supply of towels, and we only have curtains on 2 of our windows. That said, I will tell you that the Threshold Sheet Collection from Target is absolutely amazing! (Also, here’s the Amazon link if you prefer to purchase from Amazon)

I first purchased these sheets when we finished Nora’s bedroom earlier this year — and I’ve since gone back and got them for our bed. They are so fabulous, and really reasonably priced. (Note: just Nora’s sheets are the Threshold brand, not the blanket or comforter).

They never, ever get wrinkly (even if I let them sit in the dryer) and they are very “thick” but not in a way that makes you hot, if that makes sense.

These will definitely be my go-t0 sheets from now on.

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Letter Girl Custom Stamps

custom stamp

I got a custom return address stamp from Letter Girl Custom Stamps a couple months after we moved to our farmhouse (2010) and I use it ALL the time.

I especially love using it on our Holiday cards — and the fact that I always get compliments on it.

It’s just so unique and a lot nicer than a return address label.

They offer Self-Inking stamps and Red Rubber Stamps (I have the red rubber one). Also, they don’t just offer return address stamps — you can get a HUGE variety — everything from stamps for teachers, name stamps, copyright stamps, “This Book Belongs To:” stamps, holiday stamps, gift tag stamps, and so much more.

stamps

handmade stamp

They are pricey — but we’ve definitely gotten a ton of use out of our stamp over the past 4 years.

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GoDaddy.com Bookkeeping

godaddy

This isn’t necessarily a tangible “thing”, but it’s something I’ve been using for years — and I use it every single week.

GoDaddy.com Bookkeeping (formerly known as Outright.com) is the website I use to track and record all my business income, expenses, and taxes. It is SOOOOOO simple to use and it makes my life much easier.

They used to have a free version when it was still Outright.com — but when GoDaddy took over, they eliminated that (boo) so now I pay $99.00 per yer… and yes, it’s still worth the expense for me.

I still have a professional accountant file my business and personal taxes in April, but I simply print out everything I need for the accountant from GoDaddy, which makes tax season SO much less stressful.

If you have a small (or large) business — or even if you just want to pay really close attention to your personal budget and expendatures, I would whole-heartedly recommend GoDaddy.com Bookkeeping (and I’m not getting any type of referral for sharing this either).

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Apple TrackPad

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When we first bought our iMac (which is also one of my favorite things — maybe in another post) we had the choice to get a mouse or a trackpad. The price was the same for both — but the trackpad’s retail value was higher — so naturally, we opted for the higher value 🙂

We did have a more rational reason too — the trackpad functions exactly the same as the trackpad on our Apple laptop. At the time, I figured, oh that will be nice — but now, almost 2 years later, I can not tell you how fabulous it is to be able to switch back and forth between the laptop and the desktop with the same movements and not needing to “recalibrate” my brain to a traditional mouse.

If you’re an Apple user and debating between the mouse or the trackpad, I would HIGHLY recommend the trackpad. It might take a week or so to get used to, but it’s SO much nicer than a traditional mouse.

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That’s all for me this month.

Make sure you check out my previous months’ favorite things — and feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments below!

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  1. Jennifer

    11/23/2014

    Love and want one of those rubber stamps. I had one with my maiden name for years and never replaced it after I married. So nice to have handy.

    Maybe you already know this, but maybe not: you can also use your peeler-corer-slicer to make curly fries. Just stick a potato on it and release the peeler part if you like the potato peels on. You can slice the cored center parts into thinner sticks to fry as well or compost them.

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  2. Garnet

    11/04/2014

    Love the stamps so much!

    I’m definitely looking at the sheets. We’re hard on our bedding. I’m one who refuses to iron sheets, so if they wrinkle up … well they just unwrinkle over time as we “body” them smooth in our sleep. So sheets that don’t wrinkle ever sounds wonderful.

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    Andrea Reply:

    well, I can only speak from my own experiences but these sheets have NEVER been wrinkly for us!

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  3. JoDi

    11/03/2014

    One of my new favorite things is the MysticMaid cleaning cloth you included in another Favorite Things post! That thing is seriously amazing! Lives up to everything you said about it, and I love it. Thanks!

    Which version of the Target sheets did you buy? The link has Basic, Premium, and Luxury options. We’ll be needing new sheets for our bed soon so I’m going to check theirs out. Thanks for the tip!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey JoDi, I’m actually not sure right now — but I’m guessing I got the basic as they were probably the least expensive. If I remember, I’ll try to look tomorrow and get back to you 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hi JoDi — I just checked and they are 400 thread count. They don’t say anything about “premium” or “basic” but they could have changed the packaging in the last year.

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    JoDi Reply:

    Thanks so much for checking! I really appreciate it!

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  4. Megan

    11/03/2014

    Do you cut your apples by hand for your applesauce? I use a slicer like yours for my applesauce but I put the peeler part down so I can still use the peels in the sauce. You can use both the slicer and peeler or just the slicer. I’m confused as to how you prep your apples to cook down if you don’t use your slicer.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey megan — did you click through to read my post about how I make applesauce? I show the pans filled with chopped apples — and explain that I just cut them in quarters by hand and cut the tiny seed part out.

    I almost waste nothing of the apple beside the stem and the seeds (they give the applesauce a bitter taste). If I used the corer tool, I would be removing the entire core and “wasting” a lot more of the apple. It does take a LOOOOONG time to cut up all the apples but I often have help for a few hours and I cut all the apples up the day before (soak them in salt water so they don’t turn brown). This makes everything go really quickly on the day I actually make the sauce.

    Anyway, if that doesn’t make sense, just click through and read the full applesauce post 🙂

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  5. Shareen

    11/03/2014

    I absolutely agree. This is one of my favorite types of posts that you do because you provide an array of different favorites that things are sure to appeal to all. Your insight is helpful and really makes it interesting to read. Thanks again Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Shareen! Something for everyone I guess 🙂

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  6. Kristin @ The Gold Project

    11/03/2014

    Thank you so much for sharing that adorable stamp. I am going to order myself one or two of those. They are adorable and I think I will get a lot of use out of them.

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    Andrea Reply:

    you’re welcome — we LOVE our stamp!

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  7. Michele

    11/03/2014

    I love your favorite things posts! My favorite thing right now is my Libman spray mop. It’s like a swiffer wet jet, but you can refill the cleaner with your own brand and it comes with 2 washable pads. The pads are super tough and wash up fine. So much cheaper than a swiffer refill and wipes. It also has a trigger that you pull, and it doesn’t need batteries.

    I’m not a huge fan of cleaning, but I’m definitely a fan of spending less on doing it!

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    Andrea Reply:

    ah yes — I had one of those in our old house and loved it too!

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