Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. I rarely use my dehydrator anymore.

Aside from once a year dehydrating bananas


Or making chocolate coconut kale chips once in a blue moon, it unfortunately collects dust. I just can’t plan 8 to 12 hours ahead of time.

So I use the oven because the only planning involved is the amount of time it takes to preheat.

2. Here are 10 Creative Uses for a Dehydrator in case you have one.

Or in case yours collects dust and you want to dust it off or stop using it as a place to store your unused cookie sheets and backup boxes of aluminum foil and parchment paper.

3. If you don’t have one, I’d buy something else with the 200 smackers instead.

Like a refurbished KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Watch the KitchenAid refurbished store site because there are rotating deals, sometimes daily, that can be incredible on everything from stand mixers to food processors to toasters.

Or just enter this giveaway. You may get lucky and win one.

4. The same holds true for refurbished VitaMixes. Keep an eye on this site if you’re in the market for a Vita and want to be in the $300 range rather than the $500+ range.

Yes, this is a life-changing appliance and well worth the money.

5. New research suggests that popcorn has more antioxidants that fruits, vegetables, and is The Perfect Snack.

“Antioxidant substances called polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4% water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90% water that makes up many fruits and vegetables. Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called ‘whole grain’, this simply means that over 51% of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70% of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way.”

6. I love popcorn and rarely a day goes by without 3 tablespoons of kernels into a brown paper lunch sack, folded over at the top, and microwaved for about 90 seconds.

Fast, easy, and makes my house smell like a movie theater, nightly.

7. Have you tried chocolate coconut oil (protein) popcorn?

The popcorn is tasty even if the pictures aren’t.

8. While I eat popcorn, I like to lay in bed and watch anything from Bravo that’s on my DVR.

Bethenny, Million Dollar Listing, Shahs of Sunset, Khloe and Lamar, the Real Housewives, your standard issue trashy tv lineup.

Crunching on popcorn, getting nutritional yeast that should stay on the popcorn all over my sheets, and watching mindless tv after Skylar’s asleep is about as good as it gets for me.

Ahh, the simple things are usually the best.

9. Homemade food could be thought of a simple thing and a good thing. California is preparing to legalize homemade food.

How do we feel about this?

10. I feel great about this type of homemade food.

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars

What are your Thursday Things? Anything new, noteworthy, fun? Have you made anything delicious? (links welcome in the comments)

What do you think about homemade food, popcorn, trashy TV?

Talk to me.

P.S. Thank you for the entries in the KitchenAid 7-Quart Stand Mixer GiveawayMy inbox has never been so full.

58 comments on “Thursday Things”

  1. I checked out that link about legalizing homemade food in California. I have mixed feelings about the bill because I’m wondering if it’s actually a sneaky way to place limits on what can be prepared and sold.

    You’re really upping your food prep/photography skills lately; lotsa nice photos!

  2. How was the new Shah’s of Sunset show??? Is it any good?

    Ps I just heard that Chloe and Lamar broke up…so sad! (if it is true!)

  3. I love me some popcorn (I still blame you)
    And I think homemade food is a good idea – people can choose who they want to buy from and more choices = more power

  4. I read about the new popcorn study/facts myself last week. I love making popcorn, so this was one of those fist-pump moments for me. I haven’t shared the simple recipe on my blog yet, but if you want a quick popcorn guide (unless you already do this!), here’s one. I buy some brown paper lunch bags, usually they come like 50 to a pack for $1.50. I add 3 tablespoons of corn kernels to a brown bag (1 serving of kernels alone is only 120 calories), and I toss the bag, folded a few times to hold in the heat, into the microwave for about 2.5 minutes. The microwave determines cooking time. Mine is in the mid-range. 2.5 minutes cooks about 80% of my kernels. I usually add nothing, sometimes I toss it all with salt and chili powder. It’s amazing! It’s probably the cheapest, easiest super food out there. Buy it in a bag instead of jar. You pay for packaging. Enjoy! I too love to indulge while watching anything on Bravo. =)

    • I talked about that in the post…that I do it in the micro in a brown paper lunch bag
      Item 6

      “6. I love popcorn and rarely a day goes by without 3 tablespoons of kernels into a brown paper lunch sack, folded over at the top, and microwaved for about 90 seconds.

      Fast, easy, and makes my house smell like a movie theater, nightly.”

      • Haha…oops. I’m a moron. I’m so bad at speed reading. I totally overlooked your very specific popcorn cooking directions that I basically repeated. I swear I’m not one of those people who just answers questions. Either way, sounds like great minds think alike! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

  5. Hi Averie! Happy Easter to you and your family! I’m sure you’ll enjoy so many delicious desserts! I saw your post on the dehydrator. Are you selling yours? I would LOVE to buy a used Excalibur, especially from you because I’m sure it’s in great condition. Thanks!

  6. Too funny on the dehydrator, I’m starting to use mine more now that’s I’m accumulating a freezer full of juice pulp for crackers and garden full of kale for chips. Great list, my things are pretty limited, I’m still in a clearing out house mode as I look to simplify and made room for new stuff – like maybe a pressure cooker soon. :-)

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