Sunday, March 28, 2010

Queen Bea's eXtreme QVC Purchases

While I was on hiatus, I did give up the home shopping habit cold turkey ... at least until I slipped and fell off the bandwagon!

Here's a rundown of what I've been talked into buying by those silver tongued devil hosts ... :-P

Most Recent

The Q just did some sort of all day kitchen love fest, which always sucks me in. I *heart* kitchen gadgets. And, after years of thinking about it, I finally decided to order the Cook's Essentials Pressure Cooker.

No one my house ever remembers to take meat out to thaw and then we're inevitably in a conundrum come dinner time, I just love the idea of throwing a frozen chicken breast and some salsa in the pressure cooker and having dinner ready in a few minutes.

I've used it twice so far, and while I'm almost over the fear that that it's a time bomb fixin' to blow my kitchen to smithereens, I still haven't got a good feel for how long it actually takes different foods to cook. At this point it's just a guessing game. (And, yes, I know there are guidelines, but they can only get you in the general ballpark.)

Most Impulsive

I also got those Temp-tations place mat/serving tray thingies that sold out (technically called the Temp-tations Old World Set of 4 Serve N Clear Mats, but that's too much of a mouthful for me). And while I usually ponder my home shopping purchases for months before actually buying anything, this was a complete and total impulse buy.

My royal household is not very good at sitting at the table like civilized human beings, so we are always carting food all over the house. I thought these might help cut down on some of the mess and accidental spills.

The only downside I've noticed are some weird glue splotches where it was probably thrown together quickly in some Chinese factory. Other than that, I absolutely love them. But I'm still holding out judgement until I have to actually clean them. Will they come clean? Hmmm ...

Most Sentimental

I had been eyeing the Barry Cord Daisy Cross ever since my grandmother passed away. She loved wearing cross pendants and the daisy was always her favorite flower. Since the Barry Cord jewelry tends to be very well made, solid jewelry, I snapped it up as soon as it went on clearance. Now if I could only find a chain to wear it on ...

Most Blingy

I have to admit, when I saw the Ripka Wedding Band, it was lust at first sight. I just wasn't sure if it would be too bulky or blingy looking on me--basically, I didn't know if I could pull it off! So after cooling my jets for about a year, I finally decided to just take the plunge and buy it. And while it is most certainly not a shy ring, I do love wearing it.

Most Gifted

The Keurig! I have sung the praises of my beloved Keurig many, many times. My family didn't understand what was the big stinking deal about a coffee maker until they came to visit. After that, they all wanted one. Let me put it this way ... it was a Merry Keurig Christmas this year. Keurigs for all my kingdom!

Most OCD

I hate CD's and DVD's being strewn about the room, cluttering up the place. I bought Discgear 120-Disc Organizer for Mr. Queen Bea who used it to completely organize all our movies, games, music, and software into one tidy little spot. Sigh ... if only everything in my life could be so perfectly organized.

Most eXtreme

Speaking of Mr. Queen Bea, he was feeling frumpy and unmotivated so I bought him P90X to give him a much-needed kick in the derriere. He was sooo excited about the program and got off to a rip-roaring start. He even managed to do three solid weeks before getting injured. Unfortunately, he forgot that he wasn't 18 anymore and pushed himself too far. The good news is that he seems to be all recovered now and ready to jump back in. I think he learned his lesson and will be more careful, but the male ego is such a delicate thing that you just never know. Be warned - it's eXtreme, y'all!!!

Most Un-Home Shopping

BTW ... the best thing I got all year *not* from a home shopping network was my Kindle, which I received as a Christmas present from a very generous Santa. If you love to read and you aren't too attached to the feeling of having a book in your hands, you should really look into getting one. It's been wonderful for the homeschooling too.


  1. Funny to see the pressure cooker as one of your 'slip-ups', because that's exactly what I ordered too when I watched a bit of that Cooking Show. Having no clue on pressure cooking & how long it takes, etc. etc is precisely why I also bought Bob Warden's cookbook!!

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