I was given a casserole carrier as a shower gift before I got married! One of the best gifts. Let's you tote around your 9 x 13 with one hand. I was able to carry a 15 lb kid in a car seat with one hand and a 9 x 13 of brownies in the other and look like I had everything under control!
Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week. A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.