Tuesday, February 19, 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

     Since I'm not really changing any decorations around the house (although I'm very ready for spring), I decided to share a few of my recent discoveries with you. Feel free to tell us about some of your favorite things in the comment section.
 
 
     You may have seen my post a few days ago with a recipe for Crab Rangoon made with wonton wrappers. You can click here for that recipe. Each piece had only 56 calories. I also mentioned in that post that you can take a wonton wrapper and put 1 T. of chocolate chips in the middle, fold in half and bake until brown for a 90 calorie sweet treet. Well, a package has a lot of wrappers in it, so I started getting creative. I'm trying to eat in a more healthy way and watch my portions. I also can not give up some of my favorite things that have flavor, sweetness or crunch!
 
     Above you can see what solved my Mexican food craving. I sprayed a muffin tin, put in 4 wonton wrappers, each with one Kraft cheese cube in the center and baked until browned around the edges. I used 1/2 a diced avocado and 2 T. of salsa and created little wonton nachos for 64 calories each piece.

 
     For a sweet treat, I sprayed 4 wonton wrappers with Pam. Mix 1 tsp (yes, only 1 tsp) of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Bake until lightly brown and crunchy. All 4 have only 96 calories and make a great dessert or snack. Yes, wonton wrappers are becoming a staple at my house. You can find them with the produce at your local grocery store.

 
 
      A new toy came to my house during the holidays. I had never heard of Apple TV until one of my friends mentioned she was getting it for Christmas. When I was in Florida, my dad and I went into the Apple Store and we both came out with one. In case you have never heard of it either...it is a small box that connects to your television set. It works with your iPhone or iPad and your iTunes account. You can watch movies directly streamed from Netflix (which I finally got and I love it too) or from the iTunes Store. Any music you have in your iTunes account, on your phone etc. can be played through your television. You have access to hundreds of free radio stations of all kinds that broadcast through your telelvision. You can watch YouTube videos on your television and even mirror your iPad and see it on the screen exactly as you see it on the iPad. It sells for $99 and I use it several times a day. Love it!
 
 
 
     From food and techy stuff...I'll move right into cleaning my house! Maybe you have all heard of Norwex products, but I hadn't until everyone I know started having home parties. Well, I gave up going to home parties years ago. I always seemed to end up with things I didn't really want at expensive prices. I kept reading about how great everyone thought the glass cleaning cloth was and I was desperate for a way to get the streaks off my front door and my patio doors. I had tried everything from Windex to vinegar and newspapers and I still had streaks. So, I ordered the cloth without going to a party. IT WORKS! I use it on glass, mirrors, my computer screens and even my stainless appliances. No chemicals, no effort and no streaks! It is the only thing I have from Norwex and I may try something else at some point, but for now...I love this ugly purple cloth.
 
 
So, have you made any discoveries lately that
you wouldn't want to live without? Please share!
 

10 comments:

Linda said...

Great ideas using the wonton wraps...we make egg rolls and do things with the left over wraps too! Speaking of cleaning...I LOVE the Mr. Clean Magic erasers...the best thing I have ever used in so many ways!!Have a great day!!!

NanaDiana said...

Wow-There is just a plethora of information here today! Love all the ways you used the won-ton wrappers.
I bought some stuff from my daughter's friend...but did not see the glass cloth. However, their stainless steel scrubber is the best thing I have ever found. I bought two and am still using my first one TWO YEARS later! I use it DAILY!!!!

Gonna have to try that glass cloth now- thanks for the info- xo Diana

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the suggestions on wonton wrappers. I am one that can make a meal off just a plate of small bites like that. I am not familiar with NW parties, but I avoid home parties. I use to go to them and ended up with overpriced items I did not want or did not use later, so everyone that knows me well, knows now not to invite me to them. :)
Love the cleaning erasers, and usually bye the ones from DT - much cheaper and they work just as well.
I wear glasses and use to have a small purse size cloth to clean glasses from smudges, etc. Had it for years, pinned to a washcloth or something else to wash on occasion and it was as fresh as new. Lost it and have not seen another one like it - wonder if it was made out of the same type of fabric the NW ones are made from?
Great post!
Enjoy your evening.

BECKY said...

Love your ideas for the wrappers! The cinnamon treats remind me when I was a little girl and my mom made homemade pie crust. There'd always be some leftover dough, and she'd sprinkle small pieces of them with butter and cinnamon and made the yummiest treats! I can't think of any new discoveries of mine.....

xinex said...

Great ideas, Sue. I use wonton wrappers for noodles too, cut them into long strips, add them to chicken broth and chicken and some veggies....Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great ideas and inspiration.

Thanks for the visit and your gracious comments. By all means mix the light with the dark, and even mix some light and some dark furniture together. Live with it for a week or so before you nix any of it. It's always such a shock to see a drastic change, but then it starts to really make sense. Just remember to make the accessories dark and light too. Can't wait to see it. Hugs, Marty

Patrice said...

Those wontons look yummy, Sue!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, I've got to try those wonton wrappers.

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Thanks for sharing! And also thanks for your sweet visit to my table. I don't know who has the best time....me or the girls!

Relyn Lawson said...

I have got to get myself an ugly purple cloth.