Who doesn't love fresh bread hot from the oven? One of my favorite yeast breads is nothing more than oatmeal ground into flour in a blender and mixed with a teaspoon of yeast and enough water to make it kneadable.
I knead mine on a plate of olive oil and form a ball to let it rise. Then I flatten the dough in ziplock bags,and refrigerate it before forming ovals in the shape of biscotti and baking a few of them on an as needed basis.
If you combine verbal and frugal, what do you get? Somebody active on a PTW site, that is what...only it is a who. And where you can find these who's? Whose? It rhymes with whose and news and the name is +Bubblews. It is free to join and found here.
What is a PTW site? If you are new to the internet you may not know that PTW is an acronym for Paid to Write. Yes, there are many people who actually get paid to talk about their everyday lives, ideas, or interests.
Don't quit your day job, but if you have a gift for gab and actually enjoy interacting with people of like interests from all over the world, you can pickup some lunch money from at Bubblews.com and quite a few of the members there actually depend on PTW to get enough cash to make ends meet.
One way to earn money there is by posting a picture of usome kind and writing a couple of short paragraphs about it, and as people find it, read, it, like it, and leave comments you begin to interact with them by visiting their profile pages and reading liking, and commenting on their paragraphs. I have played around with PTW sites for years and made a few hundred dollars slowly here and there over quite a while, but Bubblews is a fast earner compared to other sites.
I joined Bubblews in April of 2013 and cashed out 14 times in my first year there, which adds up to $357.10:
Oddly, the article that has earned the most for me so far was no more than a photo I took of an open can of ravioli and a few sentences about not much liking canned food. I called it Do You Eat Canned Food? So far it has earned me $6.34 which is about six times what the can of food cost and comes to about 60 cents a month in residuals. This is not rocket science.
This is about a must-have for people who are cooking for one or for a couple, especially seniors who prefer smaller portions, or for sauces.
Now that I have all of these I probably need for a lifetime, I can tell you that Grocery Outlet Stores have been selling the StoneWave Microwave Cookers for $8.99. I bought all they had in stock at four different Grocery Outlet Stores.
For my kitchen needs, they are simply that valuable. Not only do they cook the food fast and make it delicious, but they also keep it warm at the table while other food is being prepared. They make fine serving dishes as well as cookers.
Today I used my StoneWaves to cook the following separate items:
The scalloped potatoes au gratin take only 5 minutes to prepare if I have a cooked potato on hand as well as home made cheese sauce. I simply peel and sliced the potato, and warm it up for one minute in the StoneWave, then take the cover off to add a little butter and milk and a scoop of cheese sauce, stir, cover, and cook in the microwave for two or three more minutes. The length of time depends on how full the cooker is and how cold the ingredients are.
The above photo shows on the right, the warmed potatoes with cold cheese sauce from the refrigerator starting to melt because the potatoes have been warmed up. On the left the potatoes are ready to eat and have the same taste and texture as if they had been baked for 20 minutes in an infrared oven or, of course, much longer in a regular oven.
The potato: I usually keep on hand in the refrigerator several potatoes that have been pressure cooked in their skins. Any potato will do, but I prefer Yukon Golds.
The cheese sauce: I use mostly cheddar in my cheese sauce, a little Jarlsberg or Swiss, a little Mozarella, and a little cream cheese. I put all the cheeses into a blender with enough milk to allow them to blend without becoming too stiff. Then when I am ready to use the cheese I just heat it for a minute or two in the StoneWave Cooker, or if it is being added to other food, such as the scalloped potatoes, I just put it in cold on top of the other food as shown in the before shot above on the right.
1. We are not big eaters, so one medium potato usually makes enough for two of us.
2. I never fill the cooker more than 2/3 full.
3. I seldom need to cook anything more than 3 minutes in the StoneWave, but if I do I use a potholder to handle the cooker and the lid and to protect countertops and tabletops as the cooker can get hot.
If you have a Grocery Outlet store near you then you know they sometimes carry deeply discounted As Seen on TV items. For example, I recently found the StoneWave Microwave cooker there for $8.99 and it is running anywhere from $11.99 to $18.99 online.
The device is an attractive dishwasher safe glazed ceramic cup that fits in the palm of one hand and has a cool to the touch handle. It is microwave oven use only, and gives good an oven-baked or roasted flavor and appearance in one to five minutes.
I have been bragging on mine at the social networking site Bubblews, pictured above.
The StoneWave Microwave cooker is one of the most exciting As Seen on TV gadgets I have ever seen.
BTW, Bubblews is an amazing site and as shown above, attracts advertisers such as Wolfgang Puck, who has recently come out with an amazing new kind of oven which uses low pressure to lock moisture and flavor into the food. He states that you can roast a full-sized turkey in it in just one hour.
Time I would ordinarily spend here on my blog I have of late been spending on the Paid to Write social networking site called Bubblews, and since I joined there in late April, I have, in addition to having a lot of fun, earned about $145. I used to spend a like amount of time on a site called myLot where in the same time frame I would be lucky to reach their minimum payout of $10. Now myLot has stopped being a PTW site and most of my buddies from there have migrated to Bubblews.
If you love natural soda and/or seltzer water, you can make your own fizzy beverages without lugging bottles home from a store that charges recycling fees and then having to lug the bottles bag. You can do this without having to pay over $100 for a device such as the SodaStream which requires you to turn around and spend $50 or more every time you need a new CO2 canister.
A company called FiZZ-GiZ sells a device by the same name that lets you make radically fizzy beverages for pennies a liter. It is amazing and the guy who runs the site is amazing, too. The basic product sells for less than $30 and it is about the size of a banana and completely portable, of course.
The basic device runs off a disposable 16 gram CO2 cartridge, shown above, for which refills are easily available online through Amazon and other sellers. However, it is also possible to order an upgrade called the Home Station, shown below, which uses a modified 16 gram cartridge that allows the small banana-shaped device to be safely hooked up to a standard sized CO2 tank which can be refilled inexpensively at Sports Authority or other stores that sell paintball supplies.
This is not a paid ad, I just totally love the product and want everyone to have a chance to know about it and own one.
I found the web site a little confusing as to the upgrades that are available, but the owner was extremely communicative when I contacted him for help.
I will have better photos up here eventually, but here is a shot of the device hooked up to one of the two different optional Home Stations. This one is compatible with a 20 oz paintball tank sized CO2 cartridge. The cost of filling this size tank is $3.
I seem to be neglecting everything this summer. My friends and neighbors are making sure my grape vine gets watered:
I hear they are not neglecting eating the grapes because reports are that they are delicious. That is why only the green ones are left on the vine.
So my excuse for neglecting these grapes is that I'm out of town, but the reason I'm neglecting almost everything else is a social networking site called Bubblews, which, in the tradition of the former MyLot turns the phrase a penny for your thoughts into reality.
I signed up with Bubblews On April 22, 2013 and a little over 2 months later, I have shared $86 worth of thoughts with them. I wanted to be sure that the toys I bought with this Lunch Money would be lasting and memorable, so I spent a lot of time shopping as well as chatting up my cyberfriends. If you want to help distract me from my duties, my username there is drann.
Yesterday I picked up one of my finds from the Post Office. It is called FiZZ GiZZ and it is an inexpensive highly portable tool that makes fizzy water for seltzer or soda drinks.