You can refill the infuser on this water (or tea) pitcher

Infusion pitcher

When summer rolls around, nothing makes me feel more like I’m living in luxury than a hammock, a good book, and something refreshing to drink. Most of the time I like to mix some cucumber and mint, or lemon and lime into my water pitcher, but I’ve always felt like the rinds cause the flavor to sour quickly.

The answer to my problem, however, is (like everything else) available on Amazon – the infusion pitcher. It not only catches the eye with its clear, shapely form, it is also practical in that the tube inside can be filled with fruit (or vegetables, if you like), and then the food can be taken out and the essence enjoyed.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to water my plants with the water I was planning on drinking because it had too much fruit peel flavor in it. This design would help prevent that and also look quite fetching on the table during a garden party, backyard BBQ, or picnic.

Want to try it out for yourself? You can find an array of choices on Amazon:Prodyne Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher. Be sure and mix it up with various colors of fruits and vegetables for the perfect spring or summer concoction.

Sofa arm tray tables - The balancing game just got easier

Not many people I know have a dining room nowadays. It’s an extra room that can’t be made useful except at mealtimes, or has become repurposed to serve another function. Most of us aren’t at home preparing lavish meals, and sometimes we just have a few minutes before we get to the next thing on our schedule. Other times, we do want to relax and watch something while we eat.

Sofa arm tray tables are smaller and easier to use than the tray tables that became popular in the 1950’s, and come in a wide array of materials with extras like pouches to hold electronics, drink holders, and storage space. Amazon is full of options, including those sold by DM Concepts and Meistar. They’re quite affordable, hovering around just thirty dollars.

Of course, if you’re a DIY-er at heart, you may want to tackle this project head on and make your own version of the sofa arm tray table. You could use all sorts of materials, including wooden boxes or bamboo placemats, small plastic tubs or organizers, and rope or cord to secure the tray table to the sofa arm. You can cover it in pleather, stiff upholstery fabric, or even felt if you prefer. Make sure you measure and create a sort of guideline or pattern before you begin.

Whether you decide to DIY or purchase one of these, it’s an easy way to keep spills to a minimum while keeping everything perfectly tidy.

Now they make ice cream spoons that transfer heat from your hand to warm the spoon

Ice cream is supposed to be hard (at least hard icecream is!), but if you leave it long enough, or if your freezer is really cold, it can become so hard you can’t even spoon it out into a bowl. So there you are getting ready to have desert with everyone after dinner, and you can’t even scoop out the ice cream, but have to let it sit and soften up!

Well, now they have these ice cream spoons, which seem to have been designed by in Japan by one Naoki Terada.

There are two different types: One, called “Vanilla” has an egg-shaped standard spoon, and another called “Chocolate,” which has an angle shape spoon. I couldn’t find the Chocolate one, maybe because people prefer the round spoon.

Here are the features:

  • A spoon of the magic that can eat the ice cream which froze hard immediately
  • It’s egg-shape tip. This is the standard type.
  • Fresh from the fridge hard tick frozen ice cream scoop with a spoon.
  • Spoon of material is solid aluminum.
  • It is awarded a good design prize in 2011.

It’s available on Amazon.

Now they make ice cream spoons that transfers heat from your hand to warm the spoon