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It had me at hello…

Rarely does a pan stop me in my tracks.  I can honestly say that I have pretty much seen it all when it comes to bakeware. Until one beautiful, sunny day last month when I spotted the Wilton® Nonstick Baker’s Best 48-Cup Mini Muffin Pan sitting in the Wilton area at Micheals‘. It was as if spotlights were shining down and angels were singing.  I kid. I kid.  BUT it was a magical moment.  A pan that uses the entire oven shelf?  No more using pan after pan trying to get all the mini muffins done? How could this be? All true.  One batch.  One pan.  One oven.  Done.

Wilton 48 cup mini muffin

Wilton 48 cup mini muffin pan

This isn’t available on the Micheals’ site but is available from several other retailers.  (click each store name for link):

Bed Bath and Beyond for $18.99

Walmart for $13.88

Target for $20.99

Sigh. So love finding a new kitchenware item.  Now off to research new muffin recipes.

Happy baking everyone!

Grillin’ and Chillin’.

Grillin’ and Chillin’.

Aaaah. Is that BBQ I smell? It is the smell of summer officially starting. Grilling out is definitely NOT my area of expertise. I’m not 100% sure that I even know how to turn the grill on. Pretty sad but luckily Eric has got it covered. I am, however, digging all of the new grilling tools and grilling recipes that I have been coming across lately. My fascination started at the Houseware’s Show in March. Tons of grilling accessories everywhere I looked. You can literally cook your entire meal on a grill. Appetizers, main dish, side dish AND dessert. It blows my mind a little but I am very excited to try some of this new stuff. (and by ‘try’ I mean make the food, put it in or on the new grill accessory and hand to Eric to actually grill).

  • Nordicware Chicken and Jalapeno Griller– This handy little accessory grills up to 17 chicken legs without having to turn them and also makes them much easier to baste. Or you can use it to make yummy stuffed jalapenos or tortilla rolls. Love it! This is available for @$20 at Walmart but I did find it on sale on for $15.97! Made in the USA!

  • Nordicware Meatball Griller- This Griller allows you to get the smokey BBQ taste in your meatballs. Great for an appetizer. Plus it has holes in the bottom so the grease drains out. (hate the word grease for some reason). You can also use this to make cute dinner rolls or stuffed mini tomatoes. Yum. This retails for @$18 at retailers (jcpenney currently carries this). Made in the USA too!

Nordicware Meatball Griller

  • Sur La Table Potato Grill Rack– this is great because you puncture the potatoes when putting on the rack which allows the potato to cook from the inside out. Delish! It retails for $12.95.

Sur La Table Potato Grill Rack

  • Lodge Grill Press-Everyone should have a grill press! It cooks both sides of the burger (or bacon) at the same time. This helps take your burgers from good to perfection! Lodge is known for its cast iron and is a brand that I am happy to recommend. They make their products in the US as a huge added bonus. $22.95 at Crate and Barrel. $14.95 at and Walmart.

Lodge Grill Press

  • Foil– Good ol’ fashioned foil. Foil is such an excellent tool to use in grilling. In this month’s edition of Food Network Magazine, it has tons of ideas. Click on the link below. It is incredible the things that you can cook on the grill in foil!

Food Network Magazine ’50 Things to Grill in Foil’


Happy Grilling everyone!!! and Happy Memorial Day!!

Oh and the ‘chillin” part? Pop. that’s the sound of an ice-cold bottle of Corona opening. The other sound of summer.