Just some random thoughts and ideas from my kitchen to yours . . .
*I bought one of these fabric potato baking bags at a craft fair, and I really like it. So nice to not have to poke potatoes for microwave cooking, and I think they turn out less wrinkly, too. Have any of you tried one?
*I decided to use our oven's self-cleaning feature recently, and though I've done it before without incident, this time the clock area displayed an error code hours after the cleaning was completed. I read in the manual that if the oven continues to beep, it needs to have some maintenance done. Since that is what happened, Eric called his friend who owns the local appliance store. (Yes, I said "the," as in singular!) His friend said he recommends people not use their oven's cleaning feature because the high temps can often melt wires and sensors, which is what occurred in our case. Yikes! We had to replace a $50 part to restore the oven's functionality. Makes me wonder why ovens have a self-cleaning mode if it can cause damage to the oven's parts! Though I'm sure it's out there somewhere, I couldn't find any information on-line about this. Anyone else care to weigh in?
*I have tried frozen grapes in the past, and haven't really cared for them, but I decided to make another attempt by fixing this smoothie. It has a refreshing taste, and I'll probably make them fairly often, given that grapes are now down to 99 cents a pound on sale around here.
*You may remember this post where I shared some recipes that did not become favorites. Recently, I made a meal that both Eric and I thought was terrible. I can't tell you what it was, because I actually got the recipe off of one of your blogs! (Now you'll all be wondering . . . Ha!) This was the third time in our marriage that I've made a meal that Eric couldn't stand. And though I felt badly about the failed dinner that night, I guess that's not too bad a ratio!
*I saw on a blog (can't recall where) a few weeks ago that you could make microwave popcorn without buying the pre-packaged kind, and I was excited to try it. I made it successfully in a paper lunch sack and then read all the warnings here about that a week or two later. So lately, I've been experimenting with a glass bowl covered by a plate. I like not buying chemical-laden bags, and it's a quick alternative when we don't feel like getting out our popper.
*Eric and Nathan assembled parfaits for my Mother's Day breakfast using granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Pretty, delicious, and such a fun idea! I hadn't had one in ages, but I was reminded what a great combo they are of some of my favorite foods. Plus, this was Nathan's first time to make me something for breakfast. Gotta love that!
*It's definitely been challenging decreasing the amount of sugar I consume! The hardest moment was making cookies last week. I wanted so badly to eat a spoonful of dough, but I made myself wait so that I could have a fresh-baked treat instead. I'm one-third of the way there! =)