Time for another installment of His + Her Favorite Things! Over the past week or so, I’ve been playing a lot more guitar, while Ash has been trying to think up ways to switch up the kitchen accessories. Unintentionally, our recently peaked interests are quite evident what we rounded up in this month’s edition of His + Hers…
ONE // Since I’ve been getting back into playing guitar lately (I’ve been playing mainly bass for the past year), I really wanted some new tonal toys to play with and luckily, my awesome wife gave me a few for Chrstmas. This overdrive pedal is a copy of another well-known pedal. It gets very similar sounds for about a quarter of the price. If you’re a guitar player, I’d say it’s well worth the $30 to pick one up and try it out. TWO // I’d never been a huge fan of “fuzz” effects until I started listening to David Gilmour. I still haven’t unlocked all the potential in this pedal, but it’s been a ton of fun trying to find “my sound” amongst all the tonal variations. THREE // My brother-in-law and I saw John Mayer here in Richmond a few weeks ago, and it still runs through my head from time to time. If you’re a Mayer fan, don’t pass up the opportunity to see him live. It’s well worth the price of admission. FOUR // After my fingers are tired from playing guitar, I enjoy playing in the sandbox. Kidding. Seriously, though, this stuff is amazingly fun. It feels like wet sand, but it isn’t wet. The link is for the sand box and tools, but you can buy the sand separately here. FIVE // One of the things Ashley’s parents gave me for Christmas was the vinyl version of the John Mayer Trio album and I’ve really been enjoying it. I love the stripped-down, honest sound and Palladino is a beast.
ONE // My grandparents gave me and Greg one of these beauties for Christmas. We really loved our old coffee maker, but we love this one even more. It’s easy to use, fast and oh so convenient. The programmable feature comes in really handy too. We’ve tested out a bunch of different coffees, and so far Greg’s favorite is Starbucks’ Sumatra and the jury is still out on my favorite – though I’m really looking forward to trying out Sleepy Time tea later tonight (wow, I sound like I’m 80-years-old). TWO // We are in dire need of new knives. The knives we currently have are the same ones I had in my first apartment in college. They’re really great, but I’m hoping to change it up a little. I’m not a “Fancy Nancy” when it comes to cooking, so we don’t need anything too spectacular. I read some good reviews about these guys and like the idea we don’t have to buy a full set to see if we like them. They’re also super affordable. THREE // I love having little bowls around. They’re perfect for snacks (chips and salsa, anyone?) and great for salad bars at home. I think a collection of these in random colors would be great to have around – and fun to look at, too. Along with the knives, they’re on my “buy soon” list. FOUR // This year, I want to cook more. We’ve gotten into the habit of Greg picking up dinner on the way home from work on busy days a little too often, and I’m ready to break the cycle and get back in the kitchen. That being said, I’ve been steadily stocking up on good (easy!) cookbooks, and this one is at the top of my list. I love the book’s layout and the fish tacos with citrus fennel slaw sound so good!
Any particular favorites or beloved Christmas gifts to share with the class? Be sure to share them with us in the comments!