Reduce

Reduce

Adding to my tags… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… in the spirit of the week of Earth Day. Sometimes cleaning out the house is an easy as finding friends who could use the items you don’t want/need anymore. It isn’t always easy to match up a friend with an item, but knowing that a friends will be receiving the item(s) makes it easier to let go usually. I’ve used plastic hangers for as long as I can remember. I had them in my closet at home growing up. I took some of my mom’s unneeded ones with my to college and my first apartment. Then, I started accumulating some of my own. Different bright colors for different sections of clothes like long sleeve and short sleeve (easy way to find things quickly in a dark closet). Recently though, I have been slowly converting to the fabric covered slim hangers. They sort of give more room in the closet, but I was looking for the non-slip quality in particular. Over the last few months, I was slowly converting my hangers and yesterday, I officially converted all of the items in the closet to the non-slip hangers. This meant that I needed to find a home for the hangers. My friend Carla accepted the hangers and now I just have to get them to her. We will be seeing each other this weekend for Earth Day at the Zoo, so what a perfect time to reduce the items in my house and reduce her need for buying new...

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The G5 George Foreman Grill

The G5 George Foreman Grill

For Christmas, from my parents, we received a G5 George Foreman Grill. It came with 5 interchangeable plates; and after the holidays, we purchased two more – the omelet plates. We now have 7 plates and about 4 different combinations: #1: Grill plates. Anything you want to drain fat off of is best cooked on these. I find that it doesn’t drain as well as I would like with it set to the highest tilt setting, so I add an upside down drippings tray behind the back support and then it drains perfectly. We grill chicken pieces and 2 lb slabs of ground turkey on these grill plates the most. We tried something a little different and cooked some tater tots the other day. I call them tater squats since the heaviness of the top plate squished them – but they were still really good and crispy too. #2: Waffle plates. This is an obvious one. It makes waffles. We make organic whole grain waffles that come out beautifully. Heat the grill on high until the green light goes off. Fill with batter according to directions – I think it says 1/3 cup and I use that on each side. Close. The green light will come back on shortly and then when it goes back off the waffles are done. I think it takes about 3-4 minutes for them too cook. Much better than my Waffle Maker which is going bye, bye. Any takers? #3: Flat plate. We have cooked tater tots on it so far. But the booklet says it can make pizza, eggs, cookies, biscuits… well, just about anything you can cook in a pan where you don’t need the fat to be drained. We plan to make corn bread on it next and see how that goes. I would love to try pizza. With this plate orientation, the flat grill goes on the bottom and then the top grill/steak plate goes on top. In the picture below, the top omelet plate was used since I wanted to see if it would work too and it did. #4: The omelet plates. These have to be the coolest plates. So far, we have made egg white omelets and brownies. Making omelets on this grill has to cut breakfast prep time in half. I saw in the booklet that brownies could be made, so I HAD to check it out. I mixed up the batter like usual and filled the 3 reservoirs to the top (should have put a little less but it still worked out) and closed the lid. I think it took maybe 9 minutes and they were done. They are about twice the size of a...

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