Maybe once or twice a week when we're cooking dinner at home Matt will suggest we get something to rest our mixing spoons on while what's cooking is still cooking. In other words: tomato sauce touching spoon + spoon touching counter top = tomato sauce touching counter top = something that scrambles Matt's inner circuits. Recently I was giving suggestions for a friend who is registering for her upcoming wedding and saw this lovely handmade Brookfield spoon rest ($28) from the Simon Pearce Pantry Collection (which totally rules, BTW). For all of you that are like, "Pishhhh!! I'm not buying something for my spoon to lay its head on during intermission," don't worry, it can also be used as a wine coaster, small side plate or pillar candle base.