Saturday, August 28, 2010

Changed My Life (And a Giveaway!)

You know those things that happen that change your life?  I'm not talking about your wedding day or when you first held that slippery baby or even when you walked through the door of the first house that was actually yours. No, those are too obvious.  I'm talking about those finer things, those simple things that make such a difference in the quality of life.  When I only had to buckle two kids in car seats, for instance, it changed my life.  When my son was finally old enough to tend my children so I didn't have to find shoes for everyone, wash faces, brush hair, and buckle them all in the car just to go buy a gallon of milk was another life-changing event.  Having a home office for my husband so we could see him at least sometimes during the school year has made it possible for our children to recognize their father's face--and not from photos.

Today, I would like to introduce you to my most recent life-changing event.  I got one of these:

I know, it just looks like a cookie sheet, but look closer.  It is 16 x 22 inches!!  Instead of an hour baking and scooping and waiting, I was done in less than half that time.  With a LOT of cookies.

So . . .

For those of you with many children--or only one child who happens to be a male between the ages of eleven and twenty-six . . .

For those of you who don't even remember what it was like to make a single batch of anything . . .

This is a vital tool.  (Thirty-two cookies.)

The other guy:  (Eighteen cookies.)

And it fits in a normal sized oven.

Available Here or Here or 100 other places on the web if you Google 16 x 22 cookie sheet.

Or, heck, I think I'm going to have my first giveaway!

I'll send you this pan and some other stuff that goes with it (I don't know what yet because this is a completely spontaneous giveaway.)

To enter, tell us about some little thing that has improved your quality of life.

In the meantime, I'm gonna go have a cookie.

The MotherShip


  1. For me, it was a rice maker. I always just made rice in a pot. No big deal, although I'd sometimes scorch the bottom, or it would boil over and I'd have a starchy mess to clean up. Anyway, that's how I did rice for YEARS.

    And then I was asked to make all the rice for a Relief Society event. Enough for 60 people. All I could think was aww crap, I'll be making rice ALL DAY.

    But then two sisters asked if I wanted to use their rice cookers. I said yes. And I never went back. I went out the next day and bought one. I can't believe that I didn't think I needed one before. No scorching, boiling over, timing, etc... Throw it in and go! And it even has a steaming basket with it, so I can do rice AND veggies at the same time with ease.

    I felt like a complete dork for waiting so long. Especially since the rice cooker was only $10.

  2. The Allrecipe app on my iPod. I hate website but the app is awesome. I have been trying so many new recipes because of this app.

  3. Parchment paper... I bought some at a Pampered Chef party ages ago and had it in the back of my cupboard. The other day I made something called Gooey Oatmeal Bar Cookies and decided to try the parchment paper lining the pan. After it was done baking, it was indeed still gooey, but I just lifted both ends of the parchment paper and lifted the whole cookie/combo out of the baking dish. Then I was able to take a nice sharp (big) knife and cut perfectly lovely squares and place on a plate to take to the dinner I was headed to. It would have been a disaster (and ugly presentation) if I had just greased the pan. Now I'm wondering why it took me until this year to love this stuff?? Sam

  4. Pledge multi surface. Laugh if you will. The spray is amazing!

    I am giddy at the thought that they actually make cookie sheets this large. Where have I been living? (And, it brought another blog stalker out of the closet in the hopes of winning one! I'm a friend of Angie B!)


  5. Liquid soap in a pump. When I was a kid we always used bar soap, I hated that it was slippery, and often underfoot (or under bum if you're showering) and it always left a mess that looked like congealed snot. Honestly, I love refill my hand pumps, so much easier, especially for the kids. Plus a friend of mine gave a really cute Christmas present where she had gotten a clear pump bottle and then somehow got a sticker or vinyl thing to customize it with a saying. It is thoughtful and useful!

    But man, I must say the big cookie sheet is probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time, I almost alwasy burn the last batch of cookies because I get impatient, but this would virtually eliminate this possibility! My husband would rejoice (he's the one that refuses to throw them away and eats them for me). Glad you're enjoying it!

  6. Hi Emily! I found your blog on Douglass Diaries.

    I have to say, my life changer was a Kitchenaid mixer. I have always known they were pretty good, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $ 200 or $ 300 on it. So I waited (7 years) and mixed cake and cookie batter by hand. And then my husband found a not-to-old Kitchenaid on Craigslist for 20 bucks!! That was just a couple of months ago and there has been more cookie, cake and bread making than I've done in the past 7 years. The cookies turn out the way I want them (every time!), it doesn't take forever to knead bread. It's AWESOME!

    Anyway, I love the cookie sheet. We have the half-sheet size, and that's been another life changer and saver. :)


  7. It would have to be the dish washer. We didn't have one for the first four years we were married. I LOVE that thing.

  8. I need one of those!!! I make a lot of cookies and I can see how use that cookie sheet would be.
    As for life changing items in the kitchen-- The George Foreman Grill. I've had it for many years and I use it several times a week.

  9. if I read your post correctly...anything that makes life easier- not just kitchen items- Your blog must have all busy mommie readers who think mostly of the kitchen- since that is where we seem to spend most of our time....

    but I do love my rice cooker- hands down. I paid more than $10. I paid $30 but it is amazing. Cooks brown rice perfectly every time...but also life is easier with:

    air conditioning, epidurals, Q-tips, baby wipes, and my Chacos- never met a better shoe.

  10. life is better with a mommy too- not a mommie. Had to correct myself.

    I'm sort of out of it this morning. Feeding a baby every 2 1/2 hours all night will do it to me every time.

  11. One of the best things that has changed my life is an electric pressure cooker. What a quick way to cook and the meat comes out soooooo tender.It is much safer then the old fashioned ones. I encourge every mom to get one, it is a huge time saver.

  12. Oh, what a lovely pan! Somehow I hadn't even thought of getting a bigger cookie pan so as not to have to do two or three rounds.

    My cast iron dutch oven has been really great at simplifying, because once seasoned the clean up and care is so easy, and the lid also doubles as a skillet. Seriously, it can be used for so many things!

  13. ooh ooh, I hope I win, that looks like an amazing find.

    I am a child born and raised on leftovers, and now as a mom I keep the tradition going...

    so my life has been made easier by tupperware, or any other form of plastic containers for food. My fridge is full of them. And as a working single mom, nothing makes me happier than getting home at 5, and being able to throw something into the microwave and quickly feed a very hungry toddler.

    A few years ago, my mother had bought a plastic container set off some home shopping channel, the tops are one size and fit each of the three different sized containers....genius!! No more digging around the tupperware cabinet trying to find a matching lid.

  14. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.

    I hate using those ugly, worn out dish rags to clean up after my children. And....they start to smell oh-so-quickly these days. I used to have a really clean house, but with 4 kiddos, it just doesn't happen. But I feel pretty good to at least have clean counters and table to feed my children off of. Even though, they still pick things up and eat them off the floor from time to time.

  15. My 1994 bread machine has to be the most life-changing gadget for me. My husband bought it for me as the first mother's day present ever. My baby is 16 now & I can't believe that it still works. I love that you can make dough or bread & that it always works out. I could never get the temperature right or figure out when the dough had doubled in size.

    I don't want to leave out the microwave, the dishwasher, or my Honda van with the fancy sliding doors. All life changing! Fun post.

  16. I would have to say that the one thing that has truly changed my life, would be my Kitchen Aid mixer. I made bread today & I realized that it have changed the way I cook. AMAZING!

  17. Emily,
    Love your blog, very fun to read! And a huge pan like that, didn't even know they existed.

    The internet has changed my life (I guess that is sort of a big thing), it's so easy to stay in contact with people now.

    Also, cell phone, garlic press, sonicare toothbrush and vitmix blender, seat is good!


  18. Instant Stream on Netflix! We won't have cable, but it is nice to get all those NickJr shows on instant stream and I literally have hundreds so I never have to sit through the same one twice when my toddler REALLY needs to watch an episode of Dora.

  19. hmmm, quality of life....I'll have to go with my sound machine. Ever since I was a kid I've been a crappy sleeper. I had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. A friend suggested a sound machine and oh my goodness! So every night I crank up my waterfall and presto, I sleep!
    I love you dear Emily!

  20. Parchment papaer! Cookies always turn out perfect, and no pans to clean-just throw away the paper.

  21. Oh, no doubt, Switched On Schoolhouse by Alpha Omega Publishing! It's the program I use to home school my oldest two!! I love it to cover my "main" gives me so much more time to still be 'mom' and do the fun stuff with them!! I don't know how I lived without it the first couple of years!

  22. The magic bullet! Makes protein shakes so smooth (drinkable). Also the internet. I'm Vanessa Sutton's sister by the way.

  23. I love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers!! I have moved a lot in the recent years do to being students, and am going to move a few more times before I get my own place. They clean everything and you don't have to scrub really hard at all. They are SWEET!!!

  24. I would have to say my Bosch mixer (and old Magic Mill wheat grinder from my MIL!) I love that I can easily make 5 loaves of bread at a time and make use of the wheat in my basement.

  25. Although I'm much too late for your giveaway (still trying to figure out how moms of 5 are supposed to have time to blog...), I just wanted to say how glad I was to see 25 comments before mine. I've always known there had to be piles of people reading your blog and just not commenting. Go you! If only the whole world knew how well you write, you'd have a bajillion comments with every post! (Or, 6.7 varying languages, no doubt.)