Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: September Edition

Hey everybody, it's time to get stupid excited again!  Hooray!

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I started this past summer.  I'll repeat my disclaimer/explanation here:

Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here.  Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything.  My google page rank is way too low for that.  I'm just using my blog as an outlet to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited.  And maybe along the way, you'll find something that makes you stupid excited too.  It's like Oprah's Favorite things.  If Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if if you want to make your own list! 

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


* One *

You know how when you go to the salon to get your hair done and your hair lady dries it using a blow dryer and a round brush? And it looks awesome? And then you go home and try to do it the next day and you wind up all twisted in your hair dryer cord with a brush tangled in your hair and a sore arm?

Or maybe that just happens to me.

Anyway, I am telling you that the Revlon Ionic Hot Air Styler Kit has been life-changing for my hair. It's the blow dryer and the brush built into one. You can't get tangled! Your arm doesn't get sore! It looks just like you used a fancy big round brush! I'm not sure this blow dryer would work for all hair types, but let me tell you - if you have fine, straight, limpy, wimpy hair, then this is the brush for you. Trust me - your hair will thank you.

* Two *


I got a few comments and questions about where we got our outdoor thermometer when I posted a picture of it back in this post, so I thought I'd add it to my list of favorite things for September.  Plus, it's going to make me STUPID excited tomorrow when it only gets up to 75 degrees!  Woot!  Anyway, I love this thing.  It's a thermometer on one side, and a clock on the other.  I think it cost about $20 or so, and we bought it at a big hardware store - Menards, for those of you that are local.  But I'm sure you could find it at a Home Depot or Lowes, too.

* Three *  My mother-in-law bought me the blanket pictured above from Sam's Club last winter when she was visiting, and oh, how I have fallen in love with it.  It is seriously the softest, most comfortable, snuggliest blanket you will ever find.  AND - it's machine washable and can go in the dryer.  AND - it's not the crappy kind of machine washable/dryable where they say you can do it but once you do it's all scraggly and tough and never the same again.  This blanket washes like a dream.  I can't quite figure out what the brand is, but from my extensive google research over the last 18 minutes I think it is Luxtouch by JLA Home.  Find it - you will love me.

* Four *

Oh shortbread, how I love you so.  Thank goodness it's almost time for fall so I can eat you and then conceal the havoc you will wreak on my body with seasonably appropriate bulky sweaters.

I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago over at the fabulous blog Twice the Love...Half the Sleep, and good God am I glad I did!!!  SO DELICIOUS.  And easy.  And you know what else I like about this recipe?  It's soooooo much less time-consuming than baking cookies.  I swear, baking cookies is like an all day event at my house.  First there's the mixing, then there's the putting on the tray and taking out of the oven, then putting on the tray and taking out of the oven again, then putting on the tray and taking out of the oven again....frankly, it just gets old.  This shortbread recipe is a one-oven stop - mix it, stick it in, and you're done for the day.

Here's the recipe for those of you who don't mind consuming large quantities of butter and sugar:


  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 Tbs. for sprinkling
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt


Preheat an oven to 300°F.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the confectioners' sugar and the 1/4 cup granulated sugar and continue beating until the mixture is no longer gritty when rubbed between your thumb and finger. Beat in the vanilla.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed or stir with a wooden spoon just until blended.  Using floured fingertips, press the dough evenly into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with the 1 Tbs. granulated sugar.

Bake the shortbread until the edges are golden, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately use a thin, sharp knife to cut the shortbread into strips 3 inches by 1 inch. Let the strips cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before transferring them to the rack to cool completely.

* Five *

To go along with my shortbread, nothing is better than a good cup of coffee.  Or, more technically accurate, nothing is better than a 1/2 cup of coffee and a 1/2 cup of creme brulee coffee mate.  I'm telling you, when you go halfsies on your coffee, it ends up tasting just like a flavored latte from Starbucks.  And, the coffee mate cools the coffee down so you don't get third degree burns when you take your first sip.  Safety first, people.  

* Six *

Continuing on with the coffee theme, I love to put said coffee/coffee-mate into my Copco reusable coffee cup that I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond.  I posted about my adult sippy-cup on a previous version of LTTMMSE, which was also made by Copco.  This is my morning version.  Plus it's pink!  You gotta love that.

* Seven *

Color Me Katie is a blog I stumbled upon relatively recently, and well...I just think it's about as perfect as a blog can get.  Seriously, it makes me happy.  It's so quirky, and whimsical, and bright, and cheerful.  What is it about, you ask?  Well....hmmm.  I don't really know.  But it always picks me up, whether it's a dreary day or not.  Check her out if you get a chance.

* Eight *

Star Wars cookie cutters, from Williams-Sonoma.  These need no further explanation, do they?  Awesome.

* Nine *

Oh, I love this Elsa Peretti alphabet pendant.  It's the only item I own from Tiffany's, and I'll always cherish it.  I got one back around the time I got married, and good gravy, they were a lot cheaper then.  Apparently inflation has settled in comfortably at Tiffany's over the years.

* Ten *

Now who doesn't love Anthropologie?  Nobody, right?  It's awesome!  But, I can't afford to buy anything there.  Except....for the tights.  The tights are always on sale in that back room.  And let me tell you, Anthropologie tights can totally make your little black dress from Kohl's that cost $24.99 look like it came from Anthropologie, too. It's all in the accessories.  Or at least that's what I tell myself when I fall in love with another Anthropologie dress and have to forego it in favor of my children's future college education.  Dang kids.  

And that's it for LTTMMSE this month, folks! Hope you enjoyed the September edition!



Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

My Ethan would flip for those SW cookie cutters, and he's not exactly flexible.

Tractor Mom said...

I saw the adult sippy cups at Wal-mart for $5.00 this week. I don't drink coffee but Hubby does and I thought about getting him one. But he would just forget it and leave it at home half the time! Love the hairdryer too!

Come by when you can....

Kmama said...

I received a blanket similar to the one you posted. It is so absolutely heavenly. I love the blanket so so much!!

Jen said...

I NEED those cookie cutters. :)

Sara said...

Oh My Word.... THANK YOU!! I just showed my husband what you wrote about using lots of creamer so it tastes like Starbucks. He is ALWAYS complaining about how much I put in, but it's still cheaper than SB. It was validation I needed :)

Big Momma said...

i love this entire post. i made the star wars cookies for my husband for father's day and he LOVED them! and i'm secretly (i guess not so secretly anymore...) obsessed with those reusable coffee mugs!!! and i can never style my hair the way they do at the salon. maybe it's because i have really super thick hair, or maybe because it's really curly, frizzy, and unruly. or maybe all of the above. :)


liz said...

I'm not a big sweets/dessert person, but I HEART shortbread cookies!

Crista said...

I did not know about these Star Wars cookie cutters. Hubby will love! Well, he'll love the cookies ;)
Thanks for the shortbread recipe! I'm going to make them right now :)
I also own super soft blanket. Mine came from Target. I've had it for two winters now and it's still going strong!
I love this, your new feature!

Steph said...

Love your list. Thanks for the tip on the anthro tights! And I heart that necklace!

sara said...

Love love love shortbread. Trader Joe's has some with chocolate on the bottom that I could roll around yummy.

wonderchris said...

This post is filled with so much stupid awesomeness it difficult to comment.

So, I will say - I loved it all!!!

Looking forward to the next month's LTTMMSE!!!

Anonymous said...

YES!!! Sore arms from blow drying and round brushing!!! I HATE that.

MommaKiss said...

I want everything! except the tights. they hurt me when the chub rub know, when walking too fast, inner thighs. yah, that.
but that hair dryer blower thing? have something similar, should get a new one!
and the blankie? awesome!!!

blueviolet said...

I need everything, every little thing!!!!!

Brandy@YDK said...

I need that wimpy limpy crap hair - hair brush blower thing.

Amanda said...

So glad you liked the shortbread! Now I want to go make some!