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Kitchen Tool and Crazy Cute Squealing Puppy

Gorgeous kitchenphoto by thekitchendesigner.org
Don’t even ask if that’s my kitchen. I’ll cry.

Apparently you guys aren’t barefoot running fans. Point taken.

Also, some housekeeping: Apparently Akismet—the widget you use to weed out the spam—thinks I’m a spammer. (Free Viagra!) I’m not sure how that happened, but I’ve been unable to comment on a lot of your blogs recently. (Cialis! Viagra! Buy Free Meds Here!) Here’s all you need to know:

I’m still reading your blogs. And I’m asking Akismet to take me off their hot list of spammers. So don’t think I don’t like you (as if you noticed); think Akismet doesn’t like me.

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Right, not sure why I’m considered a spammer.

On to my most recent obsession. Can you believe I made it to age 28 before I got one of these?

Lemon Squeezer

Pathetic or cheap? That’s your call.

We got it at first to make squeezing lemons and limes for recipes that much easier. But then I got to thinking: I love water. I love citrus. I’d love citrus water all the time.

I’ve been cutting a lime in half then leaving it in the press all day. Whenever I fill my water, I squeeze in some lime. It doesn’t help me drink more during the day because I already drink plenty. But it does make the water more fun.

People who suck at getting their eight-a-day (c’mon, fess up) might try this to get more.

And now a confession: I’m beat. I might be getting sick. I might be letting the past week’s burning get to me. Either way, I’m ending this post without giving you much useful advice. For that, I’m sorry.

Let me make that up to you:

Don’t just watch. Turn up the volume. This little pup lets out the most awwwwww-inducing squeals.

So you forgive me, yes? I mean, who can resist a teensy puppy yapping and rolling over and rubbing his eyes? NO ONE, THAT’S WHO.

And with that, I say Happy Weekend. May it be filled with cute baby animals.

What do you think is the hands-down most useful tool in your kitchen?

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29 comments

1 Stacy { 01.14.11 at 8:15 am }

I feel the same way about the juicer!! We got one for Christmas and were thinking, “What an odd gift to receive.” WE USE IT EVERYDAY!

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Tracey Reply:

Best part: It doesn’t take up much room. Score one for the couple with the small kitchen!

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2 Amy @ Second City Randomness { 01.14.11 at 8:43 am }

My most useful would be my wine corkscrew. I’m not really kidding.
My second would probably be my kitchen shears. Love them.
Have a good weekend. I hope it’s a little better for you!

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Tracey Reply:

My father said the same thing. You two would be great wine drinking buddies.

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3 Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) { 01.14.11 at 8:58 am }

Ok, I’ll admit it, I spoil myself with kitchen gadgets. My most useful tool in the kitchen? My Vitamix blender. It’s also the most expensive tool in the kitchen but I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of the sucker.

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Tracey Reply:

I knew someone would wave their VitaMix around here. ;) Though if anyone’s going to get their bang for their buck with that thing, it’s you!

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4 Estela @ Weekly Bite { 01.14.11 at 8:58 am }

My peeler is my most used tool. I never used it until I had a kid who refuses to eat anything with a peel ;)

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Tracey Reply:

Ah, the little things.

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5 Heather C { 01.14.11 at 10:47 am }

I am in LOVE with that kitchen in the picture!! My most useful gadget would be my kitchen shears. Kind of boring but I use them tons.

Take it easy this weekend and have the Man wait on you a bit.

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Tracey Reply:

Yeah, I kind of want that kitchen, too. And not just for the size. Look at the light! And the cupboards! I’ll stop now…

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6 Lu { 01.14.11 at 11:38 am }

I was at the grocery store yesterday looking at that very same citrus juicer. Half of me said uni-tasker, the other half couldn’t decide which one to get, lime, lemon or orange. While I know I could use any of them…I walked away because my OCD wouldn’t let me buy the orange one (biggest) and then use it on a lemon. I know…crazy!

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Tracey Reply:

I think this one is technically for lemons, but it does limes just fine. Oranges might be a tight squeeze… ;)

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7 Lisa @Thrive Style { 01.14.11 at 12:45 pm }

I have that spam issue with some blogs too—but not all. I kind of gave up trying to fix it!

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Tracey Reply:

Did you try to contact Akismet? They have an online form where you can click the toggle menu to tell them you’re being marked spam. Of course, I have yet to see whether that really does anything.

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8 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) { 01.14.11 at 4:23 pm }

That’s such a great idea with the juicer! I never thought of that. I think I need to invest in one. I probably use my can and bottle openers the most frequently. Yeah, pathetic.

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Tracey Reply:

Not so pathetic. I use most of my tiny appliances most often, too.

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9 Bick { 01.14.11 at 4:42 pm }

Love my juicer! And my pack of four dogs is howling back at the mini-howler in the video. Thanks for sharing & have a restful weekend.

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Tracey Reply:

Ha ha. That must be a hilarious sight–your dogs singing with the puppy.

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10 gio { 01.14.11 at 8:20 pm }

my wine opener from sterling vineyards

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11 nancy { 01.14.11 at 9:06 pm }

I love that kitchen….wow!!!!! My favorite tools are my cutco knives and band aids. Hope you feel better.

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Tracey Reply:

I know, right? It’s gorgeous and bright and airy.

I second the Band-Aids, of course.

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12 Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind { 01.15.11 at 9:48 am }

Tracey, fairly new reader here.

This is my new favorite blog. Your writing style – the talent, the whit, the sarcastic humor – is exactly what I’m aspiring toward.

Good stuff! I’ll be sticking around.

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Tracey Reply:

Hi Cassie, thanks so much for reading. I love “meeting” new readers.

Also, thanks for the compliment. I try to fish for them once a week, but you’ve saved me the trouble. ;)

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13 Kat { 01.15.11 at 11:24 am }

True story, I have never seen one of those juicer things before. But now it will be going on the registry for sure.

I’d have to say my most useful kitchen tool is the $5 giant knife we bought at Target like a year and a half ago. It’s an excellent chopper for all knife work and honestly, even I’m amazed that it has held up all this time.

Separately, your sell for prescription meds is incredibly compelling.

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Tracey Reply:

I’m glad at least SOMEONE is going to take me up on my offer. Being a spammer is hard work. I can’t comment on blogs with legitimate comments and no one ever clicks on my fake ones. Sad.

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14 Elena { 01.15.11 at 3:44 pm }

I love the “Happy Howling” video!

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Tracey Reply:

Isn’t it great! I want to find that puppy and bring him home!

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15 Nicole { 01.16.11 at 1:19 am }

I may have just DIED of cuteness…

I love your blog! :)

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Tracey Reply:

I almost put a warning up there because the threat of dying from adorableness overload is very real.

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