Things We Love – Cool New Gadgets for Cooking with (and for) Kids

We’ve recently come across some fun and inexpensive gadgets that you and your kids can use in the kitchen.

Our favorite new cooking tools for moms and kids:

Tovolo 2-pc. Petite Pie Mold Set, Star and Heart
Tovolo 2-pc. Petite Pie Mold Set, Star and Heart
Price: $12.99
Nothing says love like pie. Tovolo’s Petite Pie Mold is the secret to creating perfect portable pies. With your choice of sweet or savory fillings, these individual pies are ideal for easy entertaining and taking pies on the go. Set Includes: Star Petite Pie Mold Heart Petite Pie Mold Features: Use the mold to cut and shape the dough. Place crust in mold and fill as desired. Use lid to seal and crimp the crust. Perfect container to take pies on-the-go!
From Cooking.com. (Get the latest Cooking.com coupons.)

Tovolo Set of 3 Farm Animals Ice Cream Sandwich Makers
Tovolo Set of 3 Farm Animals Ice Cream Sandwich Makers
Price: $12.95
Hard pressed to perfect your ice cream treats? These Ice Cream Sandwich Molds can help. Designed as the easiest and most fun-to-use molds on the market, just three steps take you to ice cream sandwich bliss:
1. Bake a full sheet of cookies (recipes included)
2. Cut the cookies with the design of your choice
3. Press the ice cream between the cookies…and enjoy!
Features: Bright colors make a fun kitchen addition Designs are pressed right into the cookie
Completely dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
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Tovolo 3-c. Pancake Pen
Tovolo 3-c. Pancake Pen
Price: $9.95
Spell “YUM” with your next batch of Sunday morning pancakes. Draw hearts, letters and numbers – to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content!
Features: Silicone nozzle is heat resistant to 600°F/315°C
Comfortable Grip suits kids and kids at heart
Quick-clean, removable top and bottom caps
Measurements and clear-view sides make batter-making a breeze
Easy-hold contoured design.
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Norpro Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Norpro Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Price: $9.99
Create the old fashion ice cream sandwiches you loved as a child. Built in sandwich cutter to effortlessly create a perfect sandwich. Recipe and instructions included.
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Ice Pop Mold - Set of 6
Ice Pop Mold – Set of 6
Price: $12.0
Sailboats! Rockets! Robots! Break from the mold with these playful pops, made for entertaining with sweet imagination. Mix, match and build to your taste for a friendly fleet of frozen flavors sure to delight old and young popsicle enthusiasts alike. A versatile set of six plastic molds creates endless pop-sibilities with fruit, yogurt, ice cream, and more, while a unique snap system minimizes freezer space and unsheaths pops one-at-a-time. What could be sweeter? Sailboat, rocket and robot sets sold individually as a set of 6. Sailboat holds 2.8 fl oz. Robot holds 2.7 oz. Rocket holds 2 oz.  From Uncommon Goods

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Press
Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Press
Price: $15.0
Create professional-looking, mini ice cream sandwiches lickety-split! Simply stamp the press into a cookie, scoop in some ice cream, stamp another cookie layer and then swirl the handle to pop your perfect treat out of the mold. Comes in a set of three shapes: heart, circle and star. Made in China. From Uncommon Goods.

Tovolo 3-c. Cupcake Pen
Tovolo 3-c. Cupcake Pen
Price: $9.95
Make a perfect-looking – not a mess – with our no-mistake cupcake pen. The easy-grip contoured pen efficiently fills muffin pans and cupcake liners. No more drips and slips. Features: With the pen’s measurements and clear-view sides, batter-making is a breeze Silicone nozzle is heat-resistant to 600°F/315°C Removable top and bottom caps ensure effortless cleaning Extra-wide nozzle evenly distributes even the thickest batter Dishwasher-safe. From Cooking.com (Get the latest Cooking.com coupons.)

Things we love – Energizer Inductive Charger

 Energizer Qi Inductive Charger

Things We Love: Energizer Qi Inductive Charger

I’m notoriously bad at remembering to charge my iPhone. Too often, when I go to use it, I get a low battery warning. I’m not taking all the blame here. I know this has something to do with the fact that my son, who likes to indulge in a little Angry Birds action between bike rides and soccer games, can drain my battery when I’m not even looking.

Enter the Energizer Inductive Charger. This thing is quite a cool gadget because it gives me an easy cord-free way to charge my phone. Using the power of “Qi” (pronounced chee), this is a kind of technology that will, at some point in the future be incorporated right into the devices you need to charge, such as phones, mp3 players, and cameras.

What Qi allows you to do is place your phone on a charging pad, simple as that. You don’t have to be precise with your alignment, really. Simply plunk your phone down on one the charging zones (or instruct your son to do so) when you aren’t using it  – and let the charging begin. You can pick up your phone again whenever you like. Then set it back down on the charging pad. It’s a pretty great little gadget, I have to say. It’s a nice way to charge your phone without remembering, specifically, to do so.

The dual zone inductive charger will run you about $89 and can actually charge 3 devices at one time – 2 on the Qi charging zones and one through a USB port on the back of the charging pad. There is also a single zone charging pad, which sells for $54.99

The charging pad is a cinch to use. All you have to do is plug it in and place your phone down – as long as you have a Qi sleeve on your phone. These Qi sleeves cost around $34.99. You can leave them on your phone and they double as a protective case.

Eventually, the Qi technology will be built right into your phone and you’ll be able to charge anything that’s “got Qi.” For now, you can get Qi sleeves for iPhone 4, 3 GS/3G , the Blackberry 8900, the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung DROID.

I really do love this new way of charging. My husband immediately wanted a sleeve for his phone, too. My only wish is that the charging sleeves would be available in a variety of colors and styles. The case is a nice, meaty thing in an attractive black design, which makes it feel like a good protective cover, but it makes it hard to slip into the pocket of your skinny jeans. Also I kind of wish the Energizer name wasn’t emblazoned across the bottom.

Still, this inductive charger is one of my new favorite things. It has certainly helped me to keep my phone charged when I need to.

So now when my son is all finished firing birds, he simply places my phone back on its little inductive charging pad. This is simply where my iPhone lives when it’s not in my pocket or my handbag. So that when mama wants to slingshot  a few birds for herself (or, uh, make a phone call or send a text), it’s ready and waiting.

Visit energizer.com/inductive for lots more information, or order directly through the links below.

Disclosure: This device was sent to me free of charge for review. The opinions here are my own.

Buy the Energizer Inductive Charger:

Energizer Qi Inductive Charger
Energizer Qi Inductive Charger (available for online ordering at WalMart.com)
Price: $89.99
Energizer Qi Inductive Charger provides easy charging of up to three devices simultaneously: two zones for cordless inductive charging and one USB port. Will charge anything that is Qi-enabled, now or in the future.

Don’t forget the Qi Sleeve that corresponds with your phone:

Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve
Price: $34.99
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve is the new universal standard for charging that allows you to charge wirelessly with any Qi enabled device now or in the future. Slide your iPhone 4 into the Energizer Qi sleeve and place on the Energizer Inductive Charging pad for easy wireless charging. There are no annoying magnets to align or secret spots to find in order to charge your phone.

Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve
Price: $34.99
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve is the new universal standard for charging that allows you to charge wirelessly with any Qi enabled device now or in the future. Slide your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G into the Energizer Qi sleeve and place on the Energizer Inductive Charging pad for easy wireless charging. There are no annoying magnets to align or secret spots to find in order to charge your phone.

To find Qi sleeves for other devices, visit energizer.com/inductive.