New Gadgets

My order arrived from Crate and Barrel yesterday.  My excitement soon became mild irritation because I looked at the specs on the rings and specifically ordered a rolling pin that they should have fit on.  However, they are larger than the rolling pin.  And that means they will move as I roll out dough and I will have to fight them the entire time.  After giving it some thought and licking my wounds for a bit, I’ve decided to take one over to Bed, Bath and Beyond and see if I can find a rolling pin that they will fit tightly on.  In other words, more money.  This is one of the main reasons I try to avoid buying extra equipment and appliances.  It always seems to lead to another purchase of some sort to make it work.  However, I probably needed a new rolling pin since I believe I’ve somehow bent the rod that goes through my old one.

I am excited about the new paddle for my mixer though.  I am going to love not having to scrap down the sides of the bowl.

I’m going to move on from cookies a bit and go back to a project I have been mulling over since last Fall.  I did a project last year of putting crystal letters on clear glass ornament balls.  And since that time I’ve wanted to try some different designs.  The problem with all that is I couldn’t figure out how to put a straight line on a ball that had a protrusion at the top.  But I think I’ve got a great idea.  If this works out I will have several possible patterns to show.

And I am beginning to plan my Valentine boxes I send out annually to my grandchildren.  I am thinking about ordering the edible designs that you can place on icing.  I’ve been researching the process and have an idea on that too.  So that will be forthcoming.

Even Dough Bands

I was thinking through the various problems I had with the cookie dough and came upon this idea.  I remember when I was playing with fondant I bought a little roller that had bands on it that would allow me to roll out my dough a certain thickness.  The thought occurred to me that surely someone had come up with the same thing for rolling pins.  And they have!

There are three sources that I know of Williams and SonomaBed, Bath and Beyond and Crate and Barrel. The only one I have easy access to is Bed, Bath and Beyond, but I found the rolling pin spacers on sale at Crate and Barrel this morning and ordered them.  They have since sold out, evidently, as they are no longer offering them on-line.  Perhaps they will restock.  I hope so because they are sold alone and very reasonable.

I can’t wait to receive mine and try them out.  A solution to what has been a tedious problem for me since I am not a professional cookie maker or baker.  I want good results, but I can’t spend hours practicing the art of rolling dough out evenly.

In my order from Crate and Barrel I also bought a new spatula for my mixer that will automatically scrape the edges of the mixing bowl.  I can’t wait to try that out too because that is another troublesome thing using the Kitchen Aid and always has been.  When you stop and drop the bowl to scrap the edges you still can’t get it completely because the blade circles around the bowl and ends up near the edge at some point every time you stop it.

Stay tuned because I will definitely be reviewing what I think of these two helpful little additions to my kitchen.