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I’m in the market for a new pepper mill after finally giving up on my original salt and pepper mills from Crate and Barrel. Every year or so one or the other would break and after purchasing four in a row I decided enough was enough. Normally I wouldn’t stick so adamantly with a product that possessed such a problematic shelf live but they were very elegant and honestly I figured I use a lot of pepper so the wear and tear was probably a bit much.

Currently I’m making do with a disposable pepper mill from the grocery store, but this perfectly pretty purple pepper mill has definitely caught my eye and I think it has the potential to add a whole new level of pizazz to my dinner table. What do you think?

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While most children probably don’t need the added distraction of toys a dinner time, as an adult I find myself completely enamored with the idea of having my table set with an array of these Chalkboard Placemats.

Imagine the impromptu games of hangman and tick-tack-toe that will spontaneously erupt during your latest dinner party?! Not to mention the convenience of jotting down grocery items, story ideas, or “to do” lists while you have your morning coffee. No pen? No problem!

Each inspiring set contains one placemat, four pieces of colorless, dustless chalk, and a recycled felt eraser. It would appear that my fellow allergy sufferers wont have to run screaming from a dusty dining room, unless someone decides to scape their nails down the middle of their placemat…

I actually had to Google it this morning so now I know it’s official — Easter is literally right around the corner. Peter Cotton Tail will be hopping down the bunny trail on Sunday, April 4th this year. That means it’s time to plan the all important Easter Brunch/Dinner with family.

No pressure or anything! Even pancakes whipped up from a box will retain an air of luster if you serve them with a pretty napkin wrapped in this cute Bunny Ring. I can’t help but think that little kids will be slightly enthralled by these bright yellow bunnies too. So if you’re missing a few when you start to clear the table I’d suggest taking a peek in their Easter baskets. The Pearl Tail Bunny Napkin Ring is only available in-store at Pier 1 Imports.

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Did your friends and relatives shower you with fabulous kitchen gear this holiday season? Well then this Cherry Pie stationary is the perfect way for you to send your heartfelt thanks to all your near and dear. This pretty kit contains 12 flat note cards, 12 red envelopes and 12 adorable stickers, but the best part is that you can have it personalized with your name or even a favorite motto. Might I suggest the tried and true “Bon Appetit?”

[Product submitted by Erin].

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Julia Child Prayer CandleI was a tad devastated this past weekend when I discovered that my oh-so-curious polydactyly cat, Dexter, got a little too up close and personal with my Julia Child Prayer Candle and pushed it off the island in my kitchen. Needless to say Julia got a bit banged up, but the lovely designer behind these kitschy candles, Veronica, saw my sad little tweet and quite generously offered to send a replacement. So yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and she texts happy news to melancholy home cooks with bothersome cats.

Those of you who don’t already own one of these fabulous candles will be happy to learn that they’re back in stock! Veronica also does custom orders so if Lidia Bastianich or Mario Batali are more your style I’m sure she’d be willing to work something out with you.

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Diet Coke ornamentI’m not a fan (sacrilege, I know), but to those who love it, Diet Coke is as addictive as crack. This Christmas, Diet Coke fans can bring effervescent joy to their world with a quirky holiday ornament that pays homage to their favorite artificially sweetened elixir. Crafted of glass and featuring an eye-catching glaze and sparkly glitter accents, the Diet Coke ornament is 4” of Diet Coke-aholic tree-trimming awesomeness. For those who feel that a day without Diet Coke is like a day without sunshine, this décor’s for you. Commence holiday cheering in 3, 2, 1 …

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Spongioli RavioliMama Mia! This set of six ravioli-shaped sponges from Fred Studio looks good enough to eat! But we recommend you don’t—there’s no ooey gooey cheese inside these pasta pockets. Better than old-fashioned cellulose, spongioli ravioli are anti-bacterial gourmet kitchen sponges that are super-absorbent, strong, and long lasting. Oh, and they’re also low-carb (bonus!) A great gift for pasta enthusiasts, Italian expatriates, or anyone who loves quirky kitchen accessories, spongoli ravioli will have the recipient crying, “holy canoli!” in delight, because these little scrubbers are just that cool

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Butterfly Pot Holder I dare you not to burst into the theme song from Reading Rainbow whenever you pull a hot tray of freshly baked cookies from the oven while you’re sporting this lovely Monarch Butterfly Pot Holder. This fetching mitt is so pretty that it will effortlessly serve as functional art in your kitchen. Although, personally I’m a tad afraid that I might burst into tears the first time I splatter it with spaghetti sauce. Thankfully it’s machine washable.

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Sam Adams Boston Lager GlassOne of the great lesser known things to do while visiting Boston is to take a trip to the Samuel Adams Brewery for a tour of their facility. Upon finishing the tour (and subsequent beer tasting) you are ushered into the gift shop for an opportunity to buy a set of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glasses. Now even if you can’t make it to Boston any time soon you can have a set of these for your home thanks to the internet. Specially engineered to elevate the craft beer drinking experience,” the Boston Lager glasses are meant to be paired with Sam Adams’ Boston Lager, but can be enjoyed with any great beer, making it the perfect gift for the beer nut in your family.

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 Castle Key Bottle OpenerI love anything that makes me feel like a princess but opening a bottle of beer is a decidedly non-royal activity. However, with the assistance of the Castle Key Bottle Opener there’s no need to feel tawdry. Add a bit of elegance to your lowbrow evening, break out the potato chips, and remember to pour that luscious lager into a nice glass.

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