Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Few New Products to Try (& a Mini Giveaway)

I am always keeping me eye out for new stuff that makes life easier or better or tastier. Sometimes, I just need a bit of zest in my day and like to experiment.

Yesterday I was cleaning out my mini appliance cabinet. It is full of crap. Waffle irons that make heart-shaped waffles (used only at Valentine’s Day). A sandwich maker that hasn’t been used since 2009. A crockpot (not at all useless, I use that thing to death – right now I’ve got a pork roast in there), another waffle iron (we all need Belgium waffles in addition to heart shaped waffles) and a rice cooker (also under-used).

I noticed  bright blue thing in the back – a gift we received at Christmas that I never even opened because who needs one more mini appliance. Actually I thought it was a spaceship for Barbies or Polly Pockets.

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Hmmm…what is this thing and how does one use it?

After watching a very corny stupid tutorial, I was hooked. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge egg eater. I will eat an egg on anything. Day-old casserole? Plop a fried egg on top and call it lunch. Toast smeared with avocado? Poach an egg and put that sucker on top. Don’t even get me started on pizza with an egg on top (I first had this when I spent a semester in Paris. When knew this was a thing?)

Here’s the thing with this egg maker. It’s easy, no mess, quick and make the perfect eggs. You can poach, do omelets or make hard boiled eggs. You throw in water, put on the lid and push the “on” button. It cooks the eggs and then turns off automatically. This thing rocks the house.

Me poaching an egg today. Fascinating.

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Then putting it on zucchini brown rice casserole with a smathering of hot sauce. BAM.

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So, there you have it. I don’t know if this particular brand is still available (it is the MCM brand and I think it came form QVC), but there are many others like mine.

Onto my second product. Nothing says goodness more than three words = Honey Stinger Waffles. I feasted on them throughout marathon and Ironman training. The perfect breakfast? Two waffles held together by almond or peanut butter. In the past years, the waffles have gotten fancier with new flavors. I just noticed there is now a CARAMEL waffle and the thought of that has me drooling. Maybe I will put an egg on it.

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Anyway, I just ordered a few boxes from Amazon because I have PRIME, shipping is free and they come out to about $1 per waffle. Nice.

Last thing…

There are a bazillion running socks on the market. I know because I have a drawer full of them. If you are like me, you have favorite brands or certain socks you wear with certain shoes. However, these new socks I tried have a new twist. Yes, they are a great running sock, but there is something else.

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For every pair you buy, Bombas donates a pair. They are motivated by a quote heard from the Salvation Army, “Socks are the number one most requested clothing item at homeless shelters.” I did not know that.

Anyway, Bombas kindly sent me a few pairs of socks, which are awesome. I have an unopened, unused pair (navy blue) to give to someone…so…in the comments tell me about the last thing you donated or gave to someone. Then I will send the winner a pair of socks and I might put an egg on it.

Best new product you’ve tried lately?

SUAR