Monday, August 6, 2012

MIY Monday AND a New Blog!

Happy Monday everyone! Today's MIY Monday may seem a bit disoriented, but that's because I really didn't know what to talk about! I did THREE different cooking endeavors since last Monday, I just can't share them with you here! Why you ask? Because I have a new cooking blog just waiting for posts! 


Since I have been doing so many cooking experiments in my new apartment, way more than enough to just post on Mondays, I have decided to start a new cooking blog. I will likely not update it as frequently as this one, but I needed an excuse to share my cooking adventures. Head on over for a look at some Salsa I made last weekend :)

Back to this blog and MIY Mondays!

My MIY Mondays's Mission is share creative, innovative, fun and (hopefully) cheap ideas and projects for you home and life, as well as healthy and (hopefully) cheaper alternatives to everyday cooking, shopping and eating out. I hope you will join in my on my mission!

Today's post is all about the gadgets I keep in my kitchen that allow me to make homemade snacks and meals more quickly and affordable.

First up is my Poplite Air Popper, the greatest invention ever in my opinion.  This thing is seriously a dieter's best friend! All you do is add your plain old popcorn seeds, plug it in, and the hot air pops the corn. NO OIL! That's the best part, and the fact that it takes as long as a microwave and you don't have all the added butter. By using this machine, I am able to get a bowl of low-cal, great tasting popcorn that I can then top with whatever I want. So far I've tried Nutella and also Honey. What do you like on your popcorn?

Machine price: $20-$30 depending on brand and store; Corn cost: about $3 for a large bag of store brand.

Next up on my list of wacky gadgets is this thing my Mom bought on a whim for $5 at Sears. It claims that it will make potato chips in the microwave. When we first bought we didn't think it would actually work.

The concept is basically this: Use the slicer shown above to slice super thin potato slices, then place them on the rack below. Put the rack in the microwave for 4-5 min and then you have oil-less, un-fryed potato chips! Does it work??? I didn't think it would, but guess what? It does! And the chips are amazing. The only downfall is you only get 24 at a time. 

Finally, I have this super cute microwave steamer pot my mom got me at a Pampered Chef party. I LOVE this thing! It allows me to make steamed veggies in under 5 minutes. Frozen or fresh, this thing is magical.  :)

So. What gadgets can you guys all not live without? I know I love the above three that's for sure :)

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  1. Wow, lots of gadgets! My favorite is my food processor, it has so many uses. Also, how do you top popcorn with nutella?? That sounds messy!

    1. you don't really top it, you more like dip it :)

  2. That potato chip maker looks like so much fun- I would have never believed it would work.

  3. Only getting 24 chips at a time is probably a good thing, because they look so yummy! Mmm, yeah that popcorn was so yummy with nutella! My favorite kitchen tool is definitely my immersion blender, because it has so many uses from making frothy steamed milk for fancy drinks to chopping up veggies quickly.

  4. Those Chips look nice, but i think like you, air popper best invention ever.

    Some one should start a petition for the air popper.


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