Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post. Blogging is good for the ego I really wasn’t expecting such an overwhelmingly nice response – but I guess I should have known better because you are all so sweet. I really do appreciate it and will definitely be referring back to it on a rainy day!
I’ve been doing my best to budget my time since I got back from LA. I’m trying to get as much QT in with the family before I have to start another round of classes! I’ve also slowly been making my way around to see all of you bloggers have been up to – it’s crazy how much you miss in just 3 days!
Breakfast this morning had to be quick because we had an early tee time I made myself a big bowl of Kashi Go Lean with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and topped it with fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
I also had a mug of Coffee Cocoa.
[Breakfast Net Sugar: 12g]
Golf went really well today – Papa Bender had his lowest score on the front nine ever! It also doesn’t hurt that the weather was pretty nice, too After the round, we stopped in the clubhouse for lunch.
I had a hearty bowl of white bean chili to start, which was very thick and delicious!
For my main entree, I chose the Greek salad, which came packed with feta, tomato, kalamata olives, green and red peppers and romaine. The dressing ended up being a little to oily and flavorless for my taste, but there was so much stuff in the salad that I really didn’t need it.
[Lunch Net Sugar: 0g?]
Now that I’m back, I’ve signed, sealed and shipped off my blogiversary prizes to the two winners and will now be doing some more research on that Blogger Book Club!
In other news, last week I was contacted by a representative of Cookware.com, who offered to provide me with a short article on pretty much anything kitchen related. I thought it might be cool to have a feature on kitchen appliances that are easy on the budget for college students – since I am one 😉 But of course, I’m sure that we could all benefit from budget-friendly kitchen appliances, right? She agreed and sent a great article my way. It’s posted below!
Note: The article is not written by me!
Five College-Friendly Kitchen Appliances for Less Than Thirty Dollars
Being a recent college student, I can tell you that there are times when I’d rather opt for cooking or baking rather than subjecting myself to bad pizza or the Russian Roulette that is dining hall food. But during college I was almost always broke and was living in either a dorm room or a cramped apartment, so money and space was always an issue when it came to cooking on my own. Fortunately I found out that there are appliances out there that will solve both problems, so I’m going to highlight five appliances that are “college friendly”. These aren’t exactly premium items, so you won’t be seeing Vita-Mix blenders or Mauviel Copper cookware sets (as great as they are for cooking and food prep). But what will be featured are appliances that are compact, versatile, and durable, and you can find all of these for less than thirty dollars.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor in Stainless Steel
This handy gadget doesn’t have as many settings as other food processors, nor does it have a large work bowl, but it does cost a lot less and will take up less counter space. This Cuisinart model works very well for basic food prep, as it has settings for chopping and grinding. It’s also more powerful than comparable processors and is easy to maintain, as it comes with dishwasher-safe blades. And as an added bonus it comes with a recipe book and a spatula to boot.
Black & Decker Handy Steamer and Rice Cooker
When it comes to cooking, one of the things I tend to mangle most consistently is rice. No matter what I always leave it on the stovetop for too long. This is the case even for brown rice! That’s why I eventually caved in and bought a rice cooker, to minimize the risk of human error more than anything else.
The Hand Steamer and Rice Cooker has all of the basics (autotimer and pilot light) and is able to cook up to 8 cups of rice and can be converted to steam vegetables as well. It also comes with a number of nifty features, such a built-in flavor scenter for spices, egg holders and a drip tray as well, making it one of the most versatile appliances out there for less than $30.
Back to Basics Blender Express in Brushed Chrome
Other than the price, the one thing I really like about this blender is that the 24 oz. blender container has a flip up lid and a handle, converting it into a handy travel mug. This is great if you have a busy lifestyle, as you’re able to take what you blend on the road without having to transfer it to a different container. A 350 watt motor and two-speed setting should be able to take care of any basic blending needs.
Rival 4 Quart Crock Pot
Crock Pots and Slow Cookers are great for people are want to eat well but don’t have much time to cook. With crock pots, all you need to do is toss the ingredients in and heat for a few hours, and you’ll have yourself a large batch of stew or chili.
Rival’s 4 Quart Pot doesn’t have the same capacity as more expensive models, but it cooks very well on both settings and is very easy to clean, making it an ideal appliance for people who want to eat healthy without putting in a lot of effort.
George Foreman Champ 36-inch Nonstick Electric Grill
I simply couldn’t make this list without paying tribute to George Foreman, even if his products are already well-known (and cherished) by any college freshman who dreams of cooking hot dogs in their dorm room. Between its compact shape, drip tray, and easy-to-clean surface, cooking with the basic Foreman Grill is still after all these years the easiest (and least expensive) way to pull off an impromptu cookout.
There are certainly a lot of other appliances out there that just about anyone in college can avoid, these happen to be my favorites because they offer the most for the price being offered. Cooking successfully on a college budget can at times require some creativity but with the right appliances and ingredients, you shouldn’t have any trouble eating and cooking well!
Ok, it’s me again I hope that you all enjoyed the article! I thought it had some great information and I will definitely be putting some of it to use myself someday! Thanks again to Cookware.com for the opportunity – and kudos to the writer!
I am out for now! I’m looking forward to a Papa Bender dinner and, if we’re being honest, will likely be watching Twilight for the zillionth time since I picked up the DVD on Monday! The special features and commentary are the best!!
Get your Edward Cullen fix,