Last week, I was right in the middle of preparing my first from-scratch apple pie in a crowded kitchen — all that stood between my friends, family, and the sweet deliciousness of said pie was 50 minutes in the oven. I popped it in the oven and started to set the timer when a family member stopped me — she was using the timer for her potatoes, boiling away on the stove. I glanced at the clock trying to make a mental note of the time so I'd remember when to pull the pie out of the oven, but between visits with some of my favorite people (who I hadn't seen since last Thanksgiving), the football game on TV, and general Thanksgiving merriment, I was worried I'd forget about the pie.
I wish I could take credit for this tip, but it was actually my sister who said, "Why don't you just set your phone's alarm? You have it in your pocket, don't you?" Genius! She was right: of course I had my phone in my pocket. The iPhone has a timer function, and if you have a BlackBerry you can download a timer app, but you can use the alarm on any phone with the same result.
Have to say, I'm pretty excited I "discovered" this idea right before the start of Christmas cookie-baking season.