Favorite Kitchen Gadgets & Eureka Bread Review

Kitchen gadgets can make meal prep so much easier and trust me when I say I have my fair share of them. It’s difficult for me to pass by a kitchen supply store and not step inside just to see what’s new. After all, you can never have enough little rubber spatula’s, measuring cups or measuring spoons right? Over time things wear out and need replaced – that’s  my story and I’m sticking to it.

Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Here is a sample of some of the small gadgets I find myself using nearly everyday.

Kitchen Gadgets oxo mini measuring cupThis mini measuring cup gets used so often that I had to buy another one.

Kitchen Gadgets oxo mini measuring cupThat’s right the maximum is 4 tablespoons or 2 ounces which is perfect for measuring ingredients when making salad dressing or multiple small amounts of liquids for baking. It’s made by oxo and can be found in the housewares section of most stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. Even TJ Maxx or Ross will sometimes have one.

Kitchen Gadgets oxo metal juicerAnother oxo product is this metal lemon/lime juicer. It does a wonderful job and I get so much more juice from my fruits when I use it verses trying to just squeeze the fruit with my hands. I had a plastic one that broke one day as I was trying to squeeze the last little bit of juice out of an almost dry lime- I guess I don’t know my own strength ha-ha! I love this metal one – it works really well and no worries about it cracking in half from too much pressure.

Kitchen Gadgets Measuring SpoonsWell if you are counting I must admit to having 4 sets of measuring spoons before this set came into my life. There is a good reason why I had to have this new set of measuring spoons.  Not that I have to justify anything that I buy for the kitchen but hubby Tom did ask why I was buying more measuring spoons. Take a look at the shape of them – they are long and skinny and fit into the little opening of spice jars! I know right – how cool is that and why didn’t someone think of this sooner? These were found at Williams Sonoma when I got my new food processor which by the way I use all the time and love it.

Kitchen Gadgets Kuhn Rikon Garlic PressThe best garlic press I have ever owned. Okay so I have only owned two others but they were duds compared to this Kuhn Rikon.

Kitchen Gadgets Kuhn Rikon Garlic PressIt opens up completely so you can rinse out all the little bits of garlic and the skin that gets left behind. It presses 1 large or 2 small cloves at a time.  Also purchased at Williams Sonoma but available at most kitchen supply stores. I f you use a lot of fresh garlic you need this.

Kitchen Gadgets little rubber spatulasIf you have a difficult time getting the last little bit of Dijon mustard, peanut butter or honey out of the jar then you need some of these mini spatulas. Also the perfect size for cleaning out the last little bit of goodies from the mini measuring cup. I use them everyday. Some came from Macy’s housewares and some from Williams Sonoma but you can find them everywhere kitchen items are sold.

Kitchen Gadgets mini berry strainer

Another item that I have two of – the mini berry strainer. Just the right size for rinsing off a pint of fresh berries, or little salad tomatoes. One was purchased at Target and the other at Williams Sonoma – both made by the same company. I’ve seen them everywhere. Love the red color too.

All of the above products were purchased by me and I wasn’t asked to review any of them. They are just my own little favorite things!

Eureka Bread

I was sent these sample loaves of Eureka Bread to try. We don’t eat a lot of bread around here but when we do choose to include it we want it to be hearty and whole grain. This Eureka bread lived up to our high expectations. They are made with all organic ingredients and we liked the Grainiac, Seeds The Day and SAAA-Wheat. Our favorite was the Seeds The Day. Hubby Tom says this bread makes everything taste better. It’s very good toasted with a little peanut butter or almond butter. Yum.

Eureka Bread

Each slice of bread has plenty of fiber, protein and flavor!

Hummus Veggie Sandwich on Eureka BreadYou need a hearty bread for this hummus veggie sandwich. Delicious and the perfect lunch on a hot day. Spread a layer of easy home made hummus on each slice of bread and then stack up as many raw veggies as you can between the two slices. Hold on tight and munch away. M-M-M this is good eating. Check out the Eureka Bread Facebook page. This bread is baked right here in California. Try the product locator to see if it’s available where you live. We will buy this bread again – its very tasty.

Tea Sandwich on Eureka Bread

For nice little tea sandwich try a slice of ‘Seeds the Day spread with Snickerdoodle Hummus and apple slices. It actually makes a nice little breakfast sandwich with a cup of hot tea. I was given the loaves of bread for free to try. I was not compensated for this review and as always all opinions expressed here are my own.

Nutmeg Notes

We are preparing for a major heat wave here starting with today’s high of 107! It’s too hot to hike, bike ride or even enjoy being outside. By mid afternoon even the ducks in the pond next to our house have been hiding out in the shade under the trees. I don’t know about you but I wilt in warm weather. I’m one of those fair weather people – I like it in the 80’s. We shall be eating lots of cold stuff like fruit salad,  Thai Slaw Kale Waldorf Salad, and huge tossed salads with Dijon Date Dressing

Okay so this started out being a simple little post and then it morphed into a long one! I don’t know how that happens but I always seem to have so much I want to say. If you made it through all this and are still reading – thank you! 🙂

Stay cool!


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  1. Sharon says:

    I’m not familiar with that brand of bread – looks good! Like you, we eat very little bread, but I generally have a loaf of Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Wheat in the fridge. Yes, I know it doesn’t taste as fresh after being in the fridge, but I’d be throwing it away if we didn’t. Sometimes, I even freeze a partial loaf. GASP!!

    My blogging friends have made me realize how fortunate I am to live in a place with such a temperate climate. Yes, it gets hot and humid in the summer and cold in the winter, but we NEVER have extreme temps or conditions in any season. I can’t imagine 107.

    1. Tami says:

      I always freeze our bread Sharon! If I didn’t it would spoil since we don’t eat very much of it. We do eat whole grain pita bread more often than regular sliced bread.

      It didn’t used to get so hot here for such long periods of time – global warming? I just can’t take the heat – thank goodness for central air. 🙂

      Hope you are enjoying some great outdoors!

  2. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    I love reading all your stuff even if I am not a cook & I always want to buy gadgets but I know I will not use them enough since I am a lazy cook! 🙂

    My fave utensil or gadget – fork, spoon, knife to eat with! 🙂

    I just found Silver Hills Bakery bread & they sent me a boat load – I posted on FB & Instagram & will be doing a review but early words – LOVE! 🙂 Vegan, Non GMO, non dairy, organic – I LOVE IT! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      LOL at what you wrote Jody, “My fave utensil or gadget – fork, spoon, knife to eat with!” Me too!

      I’m looking forward to reading your bread review – that’s another new brand to me but sounds like one I would enjoy.

      Have a great weekend.

  3. vegan miam says:

    Thanks for sharing the kitchen gadgets! Nice review!


    1. Tami says:

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  4. Lori says:

    Stay cool in that heat!

    I don’t have a lot of gadgets for the kitchen, but I do love my bullet blender. I use it quite often.

    1. Tami says:

      I have heard that those bullet blenders work well!

  5. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I love my mini-measuring glass! It’s a little larger than a shot glass and is perfect for my day-to-day since I’m generally cooking for one. This reminds me that I wanted to pick up an extra (or two) at Dollar General, since my current one spends so much time in the dishwasher. 🙂

    Williams-Sonoma isn’t in my budget, but I’m going to keep an eye out for “slim” measuring spoons elsewhere in hopes that someone will create a similar product. Genius!

    1. Tami says:

      We don’t have Dollar General stores but it must be like our Dollar Stores where you can find some good deals. I’m sure someone will come up with a copy cat version of spice jar friendly slim measuring spoons just keep checking!

  6. Dr. J says:

    Who needs utensils when we were given hands? lol!

    My favorite bread was from some bakery on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz.

  7. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I love your mini strainer! I think I need one… 😉

    I don’t eat bread anymore, but I used to love a good, whole-grain hearty bread. There is a stand at the Farmers’ Market that sells the best bread, and I still buy some for the boys once in while.

    Hope your are staying cool! I started going on my walks at 6 a.m. and by 7 it’s already really warm in the sun!

    1. Tami says:

      The heat wave is crazy hot! I do love the farmers market and supporting the local food suppliers. Try to stay cool Andrea. 🙂

  8. Veronica says:

    That Eureka bread sounds soooo good! I’m a fan of Ezekiel bread and this looks a little lighter in texture so I bet I’d love it if I can handle the heartiness of Ezekiel-lol! My fave gadget is def my food processor.

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