Category Archives: Just Because

Our New Travel Coffee Maker

My husband and I take many road trips and stay a lot times in hotel/motels.  The thing is, most times, their coffee is not so good.  We’ve tried many different ways to get a better cup of joe while traveling and I think we’ve got it now.

 

 

This is our new travel coffee maker:

Keurig Mini-Plus Single Serve

When I ordered this baby, there was a terrific offer of 48 K-Cups, for free!!!

I’m excited to try this out, well, we made a few cups already here at home, I guess what I mean is,

Time for road trip!
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New Plates

Six years ago my husband and I started a long journey towards better health and weight management.  One of the things that I learned along the way was to serve our meals on smaller plates.

We eat with our eyes first so if it looks like you’re eating a lot of food the stomach will go along with it all.

I also learned that making foods look more appealing can be quite beneficial.  Blah colored foods look so much more appetizing on a pretty plate.

Not too long ago, we found a new discount store in our area.  On a whim, we stopped in and I came across some great deals.  Well, that’s the name of the store, $6 Deals.

I found a set of four Salad Plates in a lovely color that would make any sad looking food, POP!

Well, it’s kinda hard to not want to chow down a plate of Crispy Vienna Sausage Eggs And Rice!

Fresh Chopped Herbs From The Freezer?

Sure!

I bought a bunch of Cilantro at the green grocers the other day, but I only needed a tablespoon or two for a dish, Pico de Gallo that went on our Fish Tacos.  I don’t use much of this herb, but I couldn’t see spending 50¢ and tossing out what I didn’t use.  That’s wasteful and I’m striving not  to do that.  So why not freeze it for later?

I chopped the entire bunch of herbs

Measured out in tablespoonful into Ice Cube trays

Covered each one with just enough water

Froze them hard and popped them out into a zip-top bag, with the date and content on it of course.

Now I’ve got enough chopped Cilantro to last me probably for a year.

Try this with fresh herbs like Parsley, Chives, anything really.

I saw this in the Megamart

[Photo courtesy of Dorot Gardens.com]

And they want something like $4, nope!  I’ll do it myself thanks.

Each of these cubes is a teaspoon.  I got 17 18 tablespoons for 50¢ (I used 1 tbsp in my salsa) and there’s 3 teaspoons to a tablespoon.  So that makes my Cilantro cube 3¢ compared to theirs for 67¢, hmmm …   😉

A Different Sort Of Lei

Here’s how much we love our Spam® AND Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers

Oh my gosh!!  We make leis out of just about anything!  It started out as Cracked Seed or See Mui and now you’ll find leis fashioned of dollar bills or even small nip bottles of hooch!

You see that blue one to the left? that’s made with small snack-sized Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, love that too!

Now there’s a real Food As Gift idea

ALOHA!

Beautiful Day In Paradise, This Is Where I Come From, Hawaii

I’M HOME!

This is the Hilton Hawaiian Village  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, ONE  of our favorite places for catching some rays, relaxing, swimming, visiting with family and just generally hang out.

ALOHA!

How Many Small Kitchen Appliances Do You Own?

This was a question that I posed on one of the Food Forums that I belong to.  Interesting.

For those of us who cook and do so often, we have a lot of “toys” that we play with.  Some more often than others, but we love them all equally.

I couldn’t resist; I just had to break out all of mine.  😀

We have two Keurig Coffee Makers.  The behemoth black model stays at home, while that Chili Red little cutie comes with us on our car trips.  We’ve gotten hooked on a certain brand of K-Pod coffee (thanks Mary Elizabeth 🙂 ).  We get a consistent cup of Joe every single time, DE~LI~CIOUS!!

In this group photo, two of my toys are used regularly, can you guess which ones? DING DING DING!!! My Rice Cooker is used probably every-other night and then the scale comes out multiple times in a day.

Now these guys are not utilized nearly as much as they should be, but such is life.

My husband saw the Espresso Machine and exclaimed, “HEH!  Where’s that been?  Can we have a cup?”

Sure!

Boy, it took me a minute to remember how to work this small kitchen appliance, it’s been so long.  o_O

Now, mind you, these kitchen toys did not just appear in my cupboards last night.  I accumulated these workhorses over many years time.  Some as gifts (Thanks Mom), and some I purchased over time.  A friend of mine suggested that I start looking in the thrift stores for some new acquisitions.  HMMM …

 

How many small kitchen appliances do you own

AND

How often do you use each of them?

Please let me know in the comment section below

Our New Favorite Cracker

I think I’ve mentioned that I LOVE Trader Joe’s and all of their snack-y stuff, right?

Well, I found a new Cracker, at least for us it is, who knows how long its been around and I plain missed it …

Trader Joe’s Bite Size Everything Cracker, MMM!

Think of it like an Everything Bagel.  Nowadays you can even buy a jar of Everything Topping to use at home on whatever.

I added a little Cheese on the side of my share yesterday and you’ve got yourself a very nice late afternoon snack to hold the wolves at bay until suppertime.