Why I Love My Appliances: BlendTec Blender Edition


It’s time for the fifth edition of Why I Love My Appliances, the series of where I brag about my appliances and decide whether they are worth their investment and their shelf space. This week I will be talking about my BlendTec Blender.


Why I Love My BlendTec Blender: 
I love it for all the smoothies and shakes in the summer, and for all of my kitchen pulverizing needs. (Trust me, there are plenty.)

What I Use My BlendTec Blender For:
I use it for parts of recipes such as turning sugar into powdered sugar, chopping nuts, shredding chicken, grinding oats. I also make vegetable juice that I use in recipes instead of milk or water. When he needed it, I also made tons of baby food as well. Sometimes I use it for making soups, banana bread dough, or other recipes. (See my list below)

Features I Love About My BlendTec Blender:
I love that I can put it on a speed or use a preset. The blender turns off after the preset is finished or 90 seconds. I love that it works everytime and that it doesn’t crap out on me halfway through a smoothie. I could go on and on. Or you might have fun watching Will it Blend? (See More about My BlendTec Here)

Was My BlendTec Blender Worth the Investment?
We used to go out and get milkshakes with our meal, they were about $4 each. We never get those anymore because we can go make them at home (if we actually do or not doesn’t matter :). We also saved on things like baby food, I hardly paid anything for baby food because I was able to make it myself. We also save on things like chopped nuts and powdered sugar. I have found that it is amazing that our blender can take sugar and pulverize it into powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is about twice the amount per ounce as sugar so any way I can save is great. It also saves me from running to the store when I realize I have run out of it at the last minute. (See more about Powdering Your Own Sugar here)

There is one more major thing that this blender has saved us on, and that is buying new blenders. We were buying twenty dollar blenders before and none of them was able to withstand my husband’s smoothies. The fact that this one has lasted us a few years is incredible. We have had the blender bowl replaced by the warranty once, but that was incredibly easy to take care of over the phone. I immediately was able to talk to a real person. All in all it has been a great investment and the longer it lasts the more money it will continue to save us.

Recipes for My BlendTec Blender:
Not Refried Beans
Tomato Basil Soup
Green Chicken a la King

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Why I Love My Appliances: George Foreman Grill Edition

It’s time for the fourth edition of Why I Love My Appliances, the series of where I brag about my appliances and decide whether they are worth their investment and their shelf space. This week I will be talking about my George Foreman Grill. At home, we call it just “george” or “the george”. Although my husband’s suit is also referred to as “the george” but we talk about that alot less often.

Why I Love My George Foreman Grill:
It’s much easier to use than an outdoor grill, it doesn’t matter if it rains and I can continue cooking everything else in the kitchen at the same time as babysitting the grill. Ok, I don’t use the real grill, I believe that is the man’s job. I am happy to use the george when the man doesn’t want to grill. I also love that you don’t have to wait long for it to heat up.

What I Use My George Foreman Grill For:
Mostly, I use my George Foreman for cooking chicken at the last minute. If I have a recipe that calls for chicken and I don’t have any cooked I usually have some frozen and I defrost it and cook it just in time to add it to a recipe or casserole. Sometimes I will make burgers or steak on it, and I recently made some grilled peppers for fajita night at my neighbor’s.

Features I Love About My George Foreman Grill:
I love that it is small and compact, and that all I have to do is turn it on. I also really like that it is angled so that most of the fat will slide off of the meat. I can say that I have never used the bun warmer on top. It’s useless because I have a toaster. See more about My George Foreman Grill here.

Was My George Foreman Grill Worth the Investment?
We got this little grill for $3 at a garage sale before we moved into our first apartment. Best $3 ever! Yes, we could make all of this stuff on a frying pan if we didn’t have it but I enjoy using this more, and it’s faster. Both of those things mean that I have used it many times to make something that I would have been to lazy to make otherwise. And if I am too lazy to make something that would mean that we would have eaten out or bought something pre-made and more expensive. Even at not-garage sale price I think we have made back our money’s worth.

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Why I Love My Appliances: Keurig Edition

It’s time for the third edition of Why I Love My Appliances, the series of where I brag about my appliances and decide whether they are worth their investment and their shelf space. This week I will be talking about my Kuerig.

Let me start off with saying I don’t drink coffee. My husband does and he is the only one that does. For awhile that meant that we didn’t have a coffee maker of any kind, and he spent money at the coffee shop, and we all know that those places are not cheap. We finally bought a cheap coffee pot, but it made at least 4 cups of coffee and he only needed to take one to work. It was very wasteful, not to mention the filters and everything else.

Why I Love My Keurig:
I love using my Keurig for heating water to make tea, cocoa and oatmeal. It heats the water very efficiently and keeps it warm until you are ready to pour it. I usually turn it on when I’m on my way to get the baby out of bed, and it is warm and ready by the time I get back. This is another one of my appliances that get prime counter space, rather than being stored away. (This is a big honor for my appliances.)

What I Use My Keurig For:
I use my Keurig mostly for tea. I’m a little addicted, I have a cup or so a day. When my husband is home I use it to make him coffee that I send with him on his way to work. We don’t use the K cups, we use the My K Cup and fill it with regular coffee grounds. I even learned how to add the right amounts of sugar, milk and chocolate to my husband’s coffee depending on his mood. I sometimes use it to heat water for other things, like oatmeal or to put into a recipe.

Features I Love About My Keurig:
The keurig is nice, because it has smooth surfaces that are easy to clean with a little dish soap. The tray I can throw into the dishwasher as well. I do wish it had a timer so that it would automatically turn on in the morning, but it doesn’t take too long to heat up. Unless you’re running late. It would still be faster than a trip to starbucks though! I like that it holds lots of water, I don’t have to fill it very often. I have had problems with some of my travel mugs being too tall to fit where the cups go though. I keep a glass measuring cup on it now, so that its easy to pour stuff into my travel mugs. There is more information on my Kuerig here.

Was My Keurig Worth the Investment?
Fortunately for us, this was given to us for Christmas. I definitely think it would have been worth it to invest in it in the first place, instead of wasting money on a regular coffee pot (and the wasted coffee and filters that went with it). I also think that the My K Cup is a must have, or all of our savings on using this would be out the door. It saves money on coffee for him, and for me it saves a little bit of money because it uses less electricity to run it, rather than using the microwave for a small cup of tea.

What I Use in My Keurig (I usually get all of these at Costco):
Chamba Chai Instant Tea
Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
Folgers Ground Coffee

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Why I Love My Appliances: Kitchen Aid Edition

It’s time for the second edition of Why I Love My Appliances, the series of where I brag about my appliances and decide whether they are worth their investment and their shelf space. This week I will be talking about my kitchen aid.

Why I Love My Kitchen Aid:
I love that with my Kitchen Aid I can make doughy stuff from scratch (or from a mix) very quickly, and without much work. (Yay, laziness!) I keep my Kitchen Aid out on the counter, so that I am encouraged to use it more often, and because I love it.

What I Use My Kitchen Aid For:
I make alot of pancakes, sometimes muffins and rolls. I use it for the sweet stuff like cookies, cakes and frosting. I also use it to mash stuff sometimes, like potatoes, or beans. I have used it to shred chicken as well.

Features I Love About My Kitchen Aid:
I love that the bowl attaches and detaches easily, and that it is easy to clean, without a bunch of small parts. I do sometimes wish I had the lid for the bowl (or a second bowl) but so far I have done fine without them. View more on my Kitchen Aid here.

Was My Kitchen Aid Worth the Investment?
Because it is so easy to whip things up I don’t buy as much of the pre-made foods, and that saves me money especially because I buy baking ingredients in bulk. We have already saved tons on just junk food, not to mention that our junk food is less “junky” because we don’t use as many preservatives. I think I have made enough batches of pancakes to make it worth its investment in the last three years of having it.

Recipes for the Kitchen Aid:
Crunch Top Ham Casserole
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Breakfast Cake

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Why I Love My Appliances: Crock Pot Edition

It’s time for the first edition of Why I Love My Appliances, the series of where I brag about my appliances and decide whether they are worth their investment and their shelf space. This week I will be talking about my slow cooker.

Why I Love My Crock Pot:
I love that my slow cooker is an extension of my oven when I need it, I also love that it saves me money on cooking for my family. It may be hard to think about preparing things ahead of time but it is well worth it when you don’t have to think about what’s for dinner later.

What I Use My Slow Cooker For:
I use my crock pot for meats usually, I love to cook whole chickens and roasts. There is currently a chicken in my fridge that will go in my slow cooker tomorrow. I sometimes will use it for side dishes, especially when the main dish is cooking in the oven or I am bringing it somewhere. I like to cook Chili and “Not Refried” Beans.

Features I Love About My Crock Pot:
I really like that my slow cooker is simple, without too many confusing features and timers and who knows what else. It has Off, Keep Warm, Low and High for settings and that is perfect for me. I also love that the lid has a gasket (is that what you call it?) around the edges, and that for the few times I take it places it has a rubber band type thing to keep it closed. It’s simple and easy to clean. View more about my crock pot here.

Was My Slow Cooker Worth the Investment?
I love the idea of taking the crock pot out to the garage in the summer so that making dinner doesn’t heat up the whole house, it saves me money from not using the air conditioning as much. It also uses less electricity than the oven, so when I can use it instead of the oven it saves me a little there. My slow cooker was given to me, so I didn’t spend anything, but it would be well worth it if I had bought it.

Disclaimer: I do get compensation for things you may buy on Amazon.com but all opinions are my own. I also love Amazon.com for reasons other than any compensation I may get.