Best food product I tried this year
Tillamook veggie cream cheese
On a bagel, sure, but I love this cream cheese for a carrot/celery stick snack and slathered on a tortilla and wrapped up with turkey and veggies.
Best product I tried this year
Sheets laundry soap
Thin sheets of soap that come in a cardboard box. Buh-bye big plastic jug.
Best received wisdom
Worry is not necessary
I could argue that this might not always be true, but why?
Best idea someone gave me
Getting single-vision glasses (in lieu of my progressives) for computer use
Zenni for affordable options in fun colors.
Best trip I took
3-day retreat to a winter cabin with my husband
Besides the obvious winner of trips to visit grandbaby Raoul.
Best theater movie
I went twice in one week to see this. I also need more theater popcorn in my life next year.
Best at-home movie
Documentary about the Thai cave rescue mission of a boys’ soccer team. Better than the fictionalized Ron Howard version, Thirteen Lives.
The Fifth Child
I’m a Doris Lessing fan.
Best food I made this year
This is kind of a cheat because I make this every year at Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t a big year for experimenting in the kitchen for me.
Best food someone else made for me this year
D’Mario’s cheese sticks dipped in Italian dressing
I was brainstorming all the restaurants I’d been to this year and dinners I ate but didn’t cook, but I kept coming back to the pizza shop in my hometown in KS . A treat every visit home.
Best beauty product I tried
Eyeko cocoa edit mascara
I’m not really one to spend $24 on mascara, but Ulta came through with a sale and I splurged.
Best meal service I tried
Healthy meals for the time-strapped or lazy.
Best bubble bath product
Bath and Body Works body wash and foam bath
Not to be confused with their straight-up bubble bath.
Best new interest
High school robotics
Next year it might be college robotics. Empty nest on the horizon.
Best good-sleep idea
Flannel sheets year-round
Paired with a fan, I never get too hot.
Best thing I bought myself
Vitamix blender (50% off)
We’ve gone through two Ninja blenders and I decided we needed to upgrade. Smoothie family.
Best clothing purchase
GAP modern tank tops, tall
Ah, the length.
Best thing I’ll miss about 2022
Our giant beloved cat Gabo
What a good boy he was.