Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. Free Coffee-Mate on Friday. I love Coffee-Mate, so this makes me very happy.

It also makes me very happy to see Peppermint Mocha featured in the promo ad.

I love that flavor and it’s now a year-round offering.

2.  Friend, actress, and blogger Lynn from The Actor’s Diet is raising money for her next film The Man’s Guide to Love. The movie is about the power of social media and Lynn is asking for help from anyone who’s interested in donating to her project. Hey, it never hurts to ask, right?

3. My Mac was running really slow, Firefox was freezing, internet pages were loading terribly slowly and after checking my router, and doing my own little series of diagnostics and trial and error rule-outs about what I thought may be the problem, I found this info about repairing permissions:

To repair permissions, open the Disk Utility program found in the Applications>Utility folder on your hard drive root level directory. At the top of the Disk Utility window is a row of tabs. Click on the First Aid tab…

It took about 15 minutes, a few items were found that needed repairing, it repaired itself, and doing it has definitely helped speed things up and make my computer feel more stable and less freeze-prone.

4. Other things you can do to speed up performance include:

removing widgets from your dashboard you rarely use

removing programs from your dock you rarely use

unplugging backup drives to help speed up your computer’s performance

They all use up precious resources which translates into lost speed. I’d rather not wait one extra nanosecond for a web page to open so in addition to the Repair Permissions trick, I removed widgets, programs that I never even use or open from my dashboard, and unplugged devices I don’t need. It all has seemed to help.

5. Win a Trip to Morocco. I’ve always wanted to go. If you win, please take me with.

6. Acacia wood slabs do double duty as serving pieces or cutting boards (although I wouldn’t cut on them) and they can be monogrammed.

7. The winners of the Baking Supplies Giveaway are:

Cassie

Sally @ sallys baking addiction

8. I have so many empty coffee cans laying around. (Coffee reviews post is here highlighting 25 coffee varieties, give or take)

I have no idea what to do with them. Throwing them out just seems wrong.

My grandma saved everything from cookies to gold rings in coffee cans in her deep freeze so the thought of actually throwing them out isn’t one that enters my mind.

9. This woman holds yarn in hers. Gorgeous!

I wish I knitted. I just drink coffee.

10. I wish I was eating one of these right now instead of typing. Probably my favorite dessert of 2012.

Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars

What are your Thursday Things?

Anything new, noteworthy, or fun you’ve seen, made, done, or just want to share?

Link it up in the comments

If anyone has a creative use for old cans or glass jars, please let me know.

I also have an abundance of glass jars in various sizes. When I I buy condiments, from mayo to chutney to jelly and it comes in a glass jar, I save it.

The thought of throwing glass away is not how I was raised. You just don’t do that because you never know when you may “need” it. But, between the coffee cans and the glass jars, my already limited kitchen storage is being overtaken by saving them for when I may “need” them.

I will recycle them or donate them to a school maybe? No idea. Do other people actually throw away aluminum/tin cans or glass? My grandma would be in tears if she heard that.

Have a great almost Friday!

   

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    Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — March 22, 2012 at 11:12 am

    If I win a trip to Morocco, I’ll take you with me if you promise to take ME if YOU win. Deal? ;P

    Ugh, I’m bad about throwing containers away too. I reuse plastic baggies, I use only 1/2 a paper towel at a time, I save jars, cans, rubber bands, you name it….It’s bad. Must stop.

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    Erica — March 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Those wood planks are so gorgeous! I totally want some. Thursday things= its been a good day! A relative of mine had a major health scare and we found out this morning she is OK (phewwwwwwwwww), I had an amazing 6 mile run outside, I’m almost done with work and getting ready to go get my little peanut!

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Sooooo very excited to receive my baking emulsions! i’m already brainstorming some great uses for them and can’t wait to share! thanks so much Averie!

    thursday things: it’s almost Friday! Oh and i baked up some amazing peanut butter stuffed rolo cookies last weekend! who doesn’t love caramel & peanut butter together?
    http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/03/22/peanut-butter-rolo-cookies/

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I’m SO very excited to receive my emulsions Averie! I’m already brainstorming some ideas that i’ll have to share when i bake them up.

    thursday things: it’s almost Friday!! Also, I recently baked up rolo stuffed peanut butter cookies. they. are. amazing. who doesn’t love caramel and peanut butter?!

    http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/03/22/peanut-butter-rolo-cookies/

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 22nd, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      those rolo cookies look fab..they are so puffy :)

      and enjoy the goodies!

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    Katie — March 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Everytime I see one of your Thursday Things posts, the first thought I have is “Is it really Thursday already!??!”

    The glass and coffee jars – I’d donate them, if I were you. I mean, I have tons of ideas for crafty things you could do with them, but I don’t know that you would. If you want to, let me know and I’ll send you some fun links!

    If you make your own pickles and kraut they are great for those. Storage for the little props you use in photos – ribbons, buttons, etc? Spice jars? Other bulk item jars? I bring glass jars to the store and put the bulk stuff right in there (after having the sales people write the tare weight on the bottom), so I save a tree and some time not having to transfer them at home. Works geat for bulk vinegar and oils and such too.

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — March 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    i’ve been giving gifts in glass jars lately – as long as you still have the lid??? thank you for the shoutout too honey!

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    katie @ KatieDid — March 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I save every glass jar just about also, but I do occasionally recycle nut butter jars because when they are on the smaller side I don’t have as much use for them. I store all kinds of leftovers or to-go items in glass jars, no need for tupperware. I also have a bunch in my room holding headbands and other little decorations. There are tons of awesome mason jar DIY crafts all over pinterest but I don’t really have the desire to take on a big project at the moment. Maybe you can find a cool way to use them on there.

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    lindsay — March 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    i have the same problem. Lots of jars and cans. Maybe start planting herbs in them?? Or little flowers? Let me know if you come up with anything!

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    Kristen — March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    How about donating the coffee cans to Skylar’s school? Or another school or daycare in you’re area. Schools are always needing supplies and usually are short on the money.

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I save jars too and a lot of times I reuse for leftovers. Smaller garlic jars work perfect when you only need half of one of those tiny cans of tomato paste.

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    Deirdre @ Ladies Holiday — March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hey Averie,
    The photos of Morocco make me want to go too!
    Coffee cans- check out pinterest or…
    http://mycakies.blogspot.com/2012/03/vintage-tins-and-flowers.html

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    Angela / Canned Time — March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    We have mandatory recycling for all that stuff here but I still feel you do when I throw glass in the bin. I’ve reused plenty of jars to store goodies in and I have a collection of larger coffee type glass jars that I drilled tiny holes in the plastic lids. I use those for sprouting greens a lot. I’m making donuts today, Chocolate with Key Lime Icing, toasted Coconut topped. Really sour and then the donut is sweeter. So good!

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    Ellen — March 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Seeing all your coffee cans reminds me-I’m still enjoying the Cafe Bustelo you recommended. That’s stuff is gooooood!
    And my other Thursday thing is the pie I wish I had to go with my coffee:
    http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/love-pie/

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love using old cans as planters. Go plant some fresh herbs for the kitchen :)

    Here’s my link to Joy the Baker cookbook giveaway — there’ll be 3 winners!!! http://kirantarun.com/food/2012/03/20/meyer-lemon-blood-orange-w-mint-spritzer-a-sweet-giveaway/

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      I have her book and have been reading it like a novel, curling up with it on the couch with a cup of coffee :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I love the Coffee Mate Italian Sweet Cream…it’s so delicious! It also got me through a LOT of horrible cups of coffee at my last place of employment :) Happy Thursday!

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    Cindy — March 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    You should totally take up knitting! you’d love it and it pairs perfectly with coffee.

    and I’d totally use those cans for yarn…what pretty and fun way to keep moths out of fiber too!

    I regularly delete websites my mac keeps on stand by in Safari to keep mine running faster.

    UM….cocunut HEAVEN???

    I’m making these this weekend. MUST MUST MUST make these…plus I’ve had a peanut butter craving lately.

    xoooxoxxo

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      they are heavenly and my new fave dessert….please report back if you make them!!

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    Eva @TheHealthyParty — March 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    oh man.. I love coffee mate. Pumpkin spice is such a good flavor. I had to call it quits on the coffee mate though cause its so processed and has lots of sugar, and for me coffee mate leads to some candy, which leads to some more coffee mate which leads to some sugary pastry and next thing I know i’m buying ice cream!
    can I get an amen!?
    :)

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    AmandaRunsNY — March 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I save my old jars and tins too! I reuse a fair number of the jars in the place of tupperware. I also use them as storage containers for things like pencils and pens, make-up brushes in the bathroom, candle holders and I reuse small ones for spices and nuts.

    However, this doesn’t take care of all the glass and containers that I have so one thing I do is donate containers to my friend who works at a soup kitchen. They give the containers to the attendants who use it to take home leftovers. Please share if you find more ways to use them! While recycling is great, reusing is better.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thursday things:

    1) Exhausted and taking a night off from doing homework
    2) Looking forward to a fun foodie event on Saturday
    3) Craving something sweet
    4) Wishing you would come over and make me coconut peanut butter magic eight bars

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    Nicole — March 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Some thoughts on the coffee cans…donate to Skylar’s school or a community center or a local Y–may be able to use them for craft projects (we used to cut holes in the plastic lid and make banks). My favorite use for coffee cans–it’s old school but my mom used to bake breads (banana, pumpkin, etc.) in old cans.

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    Jennifer — March 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I like to use leftover glass jars as little flower vases, especially tucked on a bathroom vanity or a kitchen window or a bedside table. I also like to use them as candleholders on our deck or patio. Filled halfway with sand with a white votive or tea light inside, they look really cute. And since they’re recycled, if i forget to bring them in or they get blown over and broken, it’s no biggie.

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    jojo — March 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I just did few of the things you mentioned to my mac and I think it worked.. amazing what knowledge and little time (10-15 min) could do!
    Thanks for sharing the coffeemate special, I will definitely check it out tomorrow! :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 22nd, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Glad my research and tricks worked for your machine, too. YAY!

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    Paula — March 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I think I’ll start putting my yarn in my cafe bustelo cans–what a great idea! I wish I had a creative tip to pass on but we have a recycle bin so most of my jars and cans go in there. I’m playing my guitar in a recital of sorts on Saturday so I want to keep my nerves in check for the next couple of days!!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — March 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I use my old jars for storage – grains, nuts, flours, etc. You can also do all sorts of cool things with they make make candles or lights. Check out Pinterest! :)

    Maybe there’s somewhere you can recycle them and get like 5 cents a jar. You could start a Morocco fund. :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 22nd, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      At the 5 cent rate, I will get to Morocco before the year 2098 :)

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    Steffany — March 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

    OMG I am SO glad I read this post ! Usually I read every day while at work but had to take a half day yesterday due to breaking a tooth on my lunch break, and then when I got home was having internet problems so couldn’t get my blog fix in ! haha Not to mention had to take my car to the shop and am still battling a cold. But YAY FOR FREE COFFEEMATE FLAVORS !!! So glad I read hahaha (:

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    Amber K — March 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I never throw away cans or glass, but I always recycle them. I always think that I could probably be using them for something, but until I can determine a purpose for them, away they go. There will always be more!

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    Mercedes — March 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I love your new site design and thanks for the heads up about the free Coffee Mate coupon!

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    maya — March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Jar uses…..spice jars cat food overnight oats random kid school projects egg whites stuff from other jars that broke beauty products single hearings paintbrushes pens resistance bands…….I don’t throw them away either

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    lauren @ the talking kitchen — March 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

    i save all my glass jars and need more uses for them. i did do a cool project from pinterest with some of them that involved painting the inside (it’s super easy) and now they’re cool looking vases for flowers all over our home!

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    Tracey — March 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The yarns in the coffee cans are gorgeous, I love that idea!!

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