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I decided to try my hand at making hummus. I keep reading about how easy and more economical it is to make your own PLUS you can control not only what goes into it but how strong certain flavours will be.   Seeing that I had most of the ingredients on hand, I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The only thing I had to buy was a teeny bit of tahini from the bulk store – wasn’t going to commit to a jar unless this was going to be something I enjoy and will make often.  (BTW: What is up with tahini only being sold in large jars?!)   The last thing I need is to find a jar of fuzzy tahini waving back at me as I open it to see if its still good LOL – After all, I’m on this whole ‘no waste’ kick right? 😉

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First, I opened a can of chick peas, drained & rinsed them before adding to the blender.

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Next, I added about a really healthy rounded teaspoon of jarred homemade minced garlic. (trust me, this is some seriously garlicky hummus, start with much less and add more as desired)

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Followed by a very generous squeeze of lemon juice and about 2 tablespoons worth of tahini.

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I gave everything a good blitz with the blender and well, it didn’t turn out so well.  It made a whole lot of noise without a whole lot of ‘blending’ if you know what I mean.  I added water by the 1/3 cupful’s to help it along while stopping to scrape down the sides with a spatula.

In the end, I think it was about 1c of water that was added, plenty more lemon juice then I thought I’d need originally and a light glug of EVOO to help with the flavour and texture.  After it was all said and done, it appeared to be of a thin consistency. (Don’t forget to taste as you go. After it was blended to my desired consistency, I added some salt and white pepper to taste.)

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This batch made a full 2c Ziploc container as pictured above.  I’ve let it sit overnight in the fridge to help the flavours get to know one another better and the garlic flavour has mellowed out, its not overly salty as I find the store bought versions and has a nice lemony zing to it.  It also thickened up so so I think this recipe is a keeper! *thumbs up*  Not bad for just ‘winging’ it huh?

What about you? Have you tried your hand at making your own hummus? Any suggestions or tips for flavour combo’s that I should try next?  

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FoodWasteFriday

Yeehaw! True NO WASTE this week. I managed to use up anything that was starting to turn and have managed to clean out the fridge…literally. After checking each container for freshness, I wiped down each shelf & door cubby’s.  Did some recon in the produce drawers as well.  All clear!  There are wide open spaces on the shelves as well which I don’t mind.  And now that I can see them, I’m glad they’re clean. LOL  BTW: There’s still plenty of food to be eaten 😉

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

Lemon juice in a bottle is one of those items that seems to be taken for granted, right? It’s a staple in our fridge and its just always there, ready to go.   Whenever we’re almost out, I pick up another so its ready and waiting.  Luckily for me, it’s always been the brand name available which comes with a flip top.   Well the luck stopped for me last week when the discount grocery store only had their generic brand available.  Sadly, it does not come with a flip top. *cue sad music here*

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For some reason, I have continually have issues with opening the small traditional style lids. I don’t know what it is but I just can’t seem to get them open without great effort. Sometimes to the point where I’d rather drive out to the nearest grocery store to buy lemons. Yikes! Seeing that this is a new bottle of lemon juice…I had to find a solution.

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Then it dawned on me….see if the flip lid fits on the new bottle. DUH!! Luckily for me it did! My dad couldn’t figure out why I was squealing with glee in the kitchen LOL.  Such a small little thing made me so happy.  (The next option was to wash out the old bottle and refill it but there was no need – thank goodness!)

So there you have it…a very simple tip (pun intended) from yours truly.  Ever have your own simple yet humbling epiphany?

While I have been slowly cleaning, sorting, purging and trying to organize the office – let alone *find* my desk – I stumbled upon a project that I had planned but never had the time to execute. All the supplies were RIGHT THERE in one spot so I decided to take a break from cleaning to craft up a fun & budget friendly DIY pen holder.

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I transformed an empty tea canister using some scrapbook paper. I cut it to fit and taped into place. (BTW: That flavour or Tetley is very tasty in case you were wondering 😉 )

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Voila! The finished products.  Aren’t these lil holders cute?  The tea canister, I use to hold paperclips.   I have more of these canisters and I plan to cover them as well with a different sheet of scrapbook paper to house binder clips, push pins and other misc small office supply items.  And yes I will be labeling the tops so the hubster can see what’s inside without having to open each canister.  (Yes, I have OCD with the label maker)

I had another can laying around at the time of crafting (cocoa or baking powder container – I can’t remember now) so I covered it tool. I chose to use cardboard containers vs metal cans so I wouldn’t run the risk of getting cut by any sharp edges.

Though there’s only a small area on my desk that’s clear, these canisters look awesome standing there, proudly holding my pens & paperclips.  The cost of covering these two canisters cost me less then a buck!! That’s right. Less. Than. One. Dollar.  I’ve seen similar pen holders retailing for over $10!  This was totally within the budget AND I was able to recycle/upcycle.

Have you done any fun DIY/recycling crafty projects around the house lately?

FoodWasteFriday

No waste this week – hooray! However there are plenty of leftovers to be eaten up before they turn into waste. Looks like an easy weekend ahead – woohoo!

In case you’re wondering…those questionable grapes from last week, were plucked from the stems, re-washed & properly dried then consumed that night. No waste!

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

We had a very relaxed weekend here and in keeping with that theme,  I had a very easy time serving dinner because everything was pre-made and ready to go. Nothing like pulling out a box of salad and plating while adding a few extra’s to kick it up or reheating some soup/chili that you had previously thawed from the freezer. (LOVE batch cooking/using the crockpot once to make a few meals worth of food at a time.) Coincidentally, they’re all one dish/pot meals!

Dinner was ready in under 5 minutes for the three of us and with very minimal cleaning.  Thank goodness for the dishwasher! 🙂

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Vegetable/Lentil/Bean soup with sweet potatoes

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Basic garden salad kicked up with mushrooms & feta

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Chili with cheese

What are some of your ‘go to’ / ‘one dish’ meals?

FoodWasteFriday

Officially, I have no waste to report however there is a very big bunch of grapes that dad washed and put away while still wet. I usually line the bottom of the air tight container with a paper towel, which he did not. (The paper towel absorbs excess moisture while providing some sort of humidity control to help keep the grapes fresh.) The grapes are technically fine with the exception of a few however the stems are going fuzzy. To me, this is very odd and yes, just plain yucky. So I’m not sure if I should try to salvage the grapes by plucking them from the shady stems or tossing the whole lot. What would you do?

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

FoodWasteFriday Well…this morning I found a cottage cheese container at the back of the bottom shelf.  All by its lonesome self. I got excited thinking it really was cottage cheese until I opened it. A-YUCK!  I nearly zonked out from the stench.   Apparently dad had used the container as what I often call ‘Chinese Tupperware’.  Talk about leftover dinner turned science experiment. *shudders*

So in keeping up with Food Waste Friday tradition, I am reporting it and um…I think y’all will be thanking me for not sharing a pic of it. Also be glad that one can’t share  scents via the internet because y’all would be repulsed.   Let’s just put it this way – it was so bad that even dad couldn’t identify the leftovers.  *shudders again*

So mystery food is now in the garbage, container all all.  (that’s the perk of Chinese Tupperware, there’s no need to even wonder if its worth saving).  Window’s open for air, ceiling fan on, candle burning in kitchen for a bit.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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Unfortunately – there was waste this morning. I went to pack up the last lil bit of salad for the hubsters lunch and EW!  Its one thing to see that something is heading past its prime but to see liquid at the bottom of the container= DO NOT EAT for me. If I won’t eat it, I certainly wouldn’t serve it to others to eat!

In case you’re wondering – I prepare a tub of salad for the week and usually we get through it by the end of 5 days max. This always means we have fresh salad ready to serve up at a moment’s notice. I’ve been prepping my salad this way for the past year or so and it’s been a great time saver for those days where there’s nothing substantial to pack for the hubsters lunch OR if we’ve lost track of time and need to get dinner together ASAP.  But this week I thought I’d try to be budget conscious as the price of leaf lettuce was over $2.50/head at most grocery stores and in lieu of my trusty leaf lettuce (or romaine) I used head/iceburg lettuce. Now I remember why we don’t use this type of lettuce for salads.  It turns more quickly (ayuck!) and in the end is a waste of money.

So sad to waste that last serving of salad 😦

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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