It’s time for an installment of Thursday Things, otherwise known as things I’d like to have.

Nothing here is essential to my life’s happiness and well-being or anything, but they’d be nice.

1. A mini-donut pan

Mini donut pan

2. Or else a donut maker

babycakes donut maker

3. A big hatchet A knife for slicing through a 9 x 13 pan of brownies, bars, or cake in one fell swoop

Knife slicing through barsI hate when I am slicing desserts and running my knife through the frosting and through the cake, row by row.  It creates a total mess and my lines and rows are never even.  I want to just attack it with one fell swoop.

Not sure if this tool work on desserts as it’s intended for pizzas but it’s worth a try

Anything I can do to not get brown crumbs into the white frosting of Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting is a good thing <– And I realize if this is my worst problem in life, I’ve lived a blessed life.

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting But see the foodie sites don’t like my pictures if they’re messy.  <– Harsh but true.

4. A new flat iron that is One Pass and Done

white flat ironIf you love your flat iron, tell me about it and where I can buy it!

So many of them either get too hot (major damage), not hot enough (re-passing, over and over; also damaging), the plates don’t touch, the plates have corners and rip or snag your hair out (yikes, ouch!)

And yes, I did the Brazilian Blowout (twice) but it’s worn off and I won’t do it again.  Fine while it lasted but not something I want to maintain.  I’d rather just flat-iron as need be.

5. Another external backup drive.  Mine is almost full.  Already.

Silver external hard driveHow would you feel if you lost ALL your digital photos, documents/work, digital music, and everything else you have on your computer?

I cannot fathom it.

Yes, please back up your machines as I urged here

6. Wacom Wireless Pen Tablet

Wacom Wireless Pen Tablet with computerI didn’t even know this product existed until reader Jenny told me about it this week.  Thanks, Jenny!

Basically, I could ditch my mouse and do all my photo editing with a pen which would give me much better control over what I am doing.

When editing, the tiniest, slightest little motions can really make a huge difference in the finished photo and sometimes I feel like Mrs. Butterfingers with my mouse.  I barely touch it and a major change occurs to the photo and I have to start over or try to back track.  I’d love the wireless pen tablet for control and precision.

7. Another memory card for my camera

Combat Flash 32 GB memory card

All this crap this camera stuff is just so pricey!

8. And a faster card reader

Card readerI shoot in RAW and sometimes it takes 10 minutes (or more!) just to get the photos into my computer because the files are so large.  And that’s before I even make a single edit.

Being more efficient = better and more time to spend thinking about #9

9. Drinks on the beach with Scott

Averie and Skylar at table

10. Chocolate + Peanut Butter

Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting (No Bake)

Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting stacked

The winner of the 500 Business Cards Giveaway is:

Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 20, 2011

“Ahh!!! I need new busniess cards big-time. I’m running a race to raise money for my friend’s deaf daughter and need help getting the word out! :) I only have cards for my fitness, not my blog. Yay for this amamzing giveaway! :) Averie- you ROCK!”

Congrats, Kristin


What are your Thursday Things?  Any recommendations on anything I’ve mentioned?  What do you have your eye on? 

Have a great day…the weekend is coming up.  Yay!

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