:: Method baby lotion from Target.
I found this stuff quite a few months ago and decided to try it. It is reasonable priced for an 'green' product and I absolutely love the smell. It smells like marshmallows. There is nothing better than wanting to eat your delicious child even more because of their lotion. I also use it for hair control. Hear me out. I checked out the label on hair detangeler and it had many many ingredients that I did not truly recognize. But being the lotion aficionado I am, I noted the first few were similar to lotion. So now I put a dab in my palm, add some tap water and smooth it through their hair. It works wonders, is one less bottle, and they smell even more like marshmallows. Heaven.
:: Homemade Apple 'Chunky' Sauce.
The boys love the Big and Chunky Applesauce from Trader Joe's and I have to admit it tastes delicious. I once again went into label reading mode, mainly because of the exorbitant cost of the single jar (3 bucks and change) and found it is made from apples and apple juice. My stove top experimenting led to a very similar tasting apple 'sauce' Here are a few tips if you want to try yourself :
+ I use a cheese slicer to peel the apples and a melon baller to core them. It goes super fast and leaves more apple to cook.
+ Throw all the sliced apples in a heavy bottomed pot, add a cup or so of good apple juice and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for a long time (think 40-50 minutes) until apples are really soft and juice is reduced.
+ Feed hungry children this snack in lieu of other maybe not so good for you sweets. They boys devour it and point to the stove top if I tell them we are out. I swear, Mason told me to "DO your job!" the other day. Cheeky little lad, eh?
:: My Fake Le Creuset from IKEA.
This was a gift from Tim last Christmas (Yes, I bought it and then gave it to myself. That is how we roll). I recently realized the genius of this cooking tool. It makes everything taste better. I have tried stews and soups, pasta sauces and deep fried items. They are amazing. I think it has something to do with the weight of the thing. It weighs as much as one of my sons. I almost killed my foot the other day when I was retrieving it from the cabinet and backed up on a Lego and crumpled to the ground from the pain and dropped the lid two inches from my big toe. I swear I almost threw up imagining it making contact. Ugh. But, digression aside, food tastes great, flavors stay intact and unmuddied, it cleans up brilliantly and cost about 55 dollars. Go to IKEA now, sorry Le Creuset, I would get you if I could. Until then, IKEA it is.
(Right now I have a dinner experiment going consisting of pork tenderloin, onions, apples and carrots, a dash of soy sauce and vinegar and salt and pepper. Smells divine, but I will let you know how it tastes. I am think potato latkes to go along. I know, I know, not exactly kosher, but sounds delicious.)
Those are a few of my latest loves. Other than knitting and the boys, you know. They seem to all have some bargain component. Must be the 'impending' recession. How about you, loving anything that is easy and cheap lately? Let me know.
And Shalom? Needs the ending border and it is done. Woot for a sweater in 5 days. I will have it ready for the Thanksgiving celebrations. So excited.