1.The Barefoot Contessa brushes oil on the top of cupcake tins to avoid getting the crusty burned stuff on the rims. I use art brushes and paint brushes in my kitchen, they do the same thing and are more affordable and sometimes more precise. She also only uses white cupcake liners because they look nicer...so true.
2. put your fussy baby in this thing while watching a baby Einstein DVD and she'll let you shower, blow dry and flat iron your hair. A great big brother to keep her focused helps too.