Kitchen Favorites

Kitchen Favorites { Be What We Love blog}


Hello lovelies! After a well-deserved mini vacay in Arizona, I’m back and full of great ideas, recipes and other yummy things for future posts. Hang in there with me while I adjust myself back from Spring and warm Arizona to the continuing Winter and cold East Coast (where is my Spring ?!?!).

Last week I began our annually Spring cleaning in the kitchen, and after tossing, donating and taking to storage some of my gadgets and small appliances. I got to thinking about all the wonderful things in my kitchen. So, I thought about writing this post sharing my favorites and even dare to say essential kitchen tools. And what’s your favorite kitchen tool?

  1. Laguiole Steak Knives – An essential for any meat lover or really any food and sharp knife lover.
  2. Mini-prep Food Processor – Great for chopping onions, herbs,garlic and also makes a delicious salsa in 2 minutes.
  3. Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Boards – different colors for each type of food and of course I love the design.
  4. Le Creuset Grill Pan – makes the BEST grill chicken.
  5. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids – great for mixing and the air-tight lids keeps the food or dough leftover fresh.
  6. Garlic Peeler – peels garlic like MAGIC! My husband got this and I was totally incredible, but now I CAN’T live without it.
  7. Silpat Baking Mat – if you bake cookies, french macarons, puff pastry or anything really, you’ll need this! It’s a bit pricey but worth every penny.
  8. Dual Lemon Squeezer – hand-squeezer doubles up to accommodate lemons, limes and small oranges in one handy gadget.

DIY: Cake Stand Dome

DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }

I just got back from Arizona where I loved seeing all the beautiful cacti and succulents everywhere and especially the gorgeous and creative succulent terrariums my sister-in-law made in various containers. I was in a mission to drive to one of our favorite places, ReStore (a Habitat for Humanity home supply recycling store and donation site) to grab a light pendant to transform in a beautiful terrarium (I’ll write another post and tutorial about that next week). In the lighting area, I found a pile of these light fixture covers and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few to transform them in beautiful domes for my cake stand collection. Don’t these give the most wonderful vintage flair to cake stands?

You’ll need:
  • Light fixture covers – only $2 a piece at my local ReStore
  • Knobs from Anthropologie, World Market or Hardware store – cost between $3 to $6  each.
  • Fender Washer 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ – costs $0.12 at my local home improvement store.

Total cost : +/- $6 each dome

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DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }

DIY Cake Stand Dome { Be What We Love blog }
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Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50


Gifts Under $50 {Be What We Love}

Here are some last minute gift ideas for the gals in your life. From $9.99 to about $50, these are all great, affordable gifts that bring a little luxury to someone special’s life.

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty lipstick – $30 at Sephora
  2. Orla Kiely small cosmetic bag – $9.99 at Target
  3. Tea Infuser Travel Mug – $20 at Moma Store
  4. Le Creuset Baker set of 2 – $39.95 at Sur la Table
  5. Monogram wine stopper – $34 at C. Wonder
  6. Winter moccasins – $49.50 at J.Crew
  7. Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow – $36 at Neiman Marcus
  8. Crystal Statement necklace – $35 at C’est Anglais

A Touch of Brass

I’ve been searching for a new light fixture for my dining room, and I find myself inexplicably drawn to brass. Brass used to be the hallmark of old Hollywood regency style and stock door handles, but no more.  Aged brass seems to be making a comeback  in the design world, and I love it.  Here’s a few of my favorite lighting fixtures and inspirational interior designs featuring brass.Brass Lighting | Be What We Love

  1. Meurice Wall Sconce – Jonathan Adler
  2. Newton Suspension Lamp – Boca do Lobo
  3. Ike Suspension – DelightFull
  4. Hudson Valley Wall Sconce – LightingDirect
  5. Sputnik Chandelier – 1stDibs
  6. Rio Pendant – Jonathan Adler
  7. Starburst Chandelier – 1stDibs

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Herb Garden Ideas

Every summer, we plant a small herb garden in our home. This year I wanted to move beyond the regular pots and planters, and have been researching some great creative ideas for indoor and outdoor gardens. I love these unique ideas.

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  1. Threshold Floral Garden Tool – $19.99
  2. Windowsill Herb Garden Kit -$29.95
  3. Farmhouse Vintage Style Nesting Herb Crates – $39.95
  4. Target Indoor Hanging Herb Garden Set – $29.99
  5. Vintage Silverware Herb Garden Stakes Set of 5 – $39.50
  6. Urbio Wall-mounted vertical for system gardening – $175

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How great are these herb garden rails? You can find them at this Etsy seller here.herb gardenherb garden

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Mason jars gardenimages source: Houzz, Google images, Pinterest.