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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Recycling Altoid Tins

If you like Altoids, then you know about their tin containers. These mint tins are very hand and can be reused and recycled. I searched the Internet for ideas on how people have used the Altoid tins.

A mini first aid kit

A mini makeup kit

Use for making mini candles

Cover with fancy paper or fabric and use as a gift box

To hold small pieces of paper and a few crayons to occupy the kids at a restaurant or on a car trip.

A multi use and small repair kit

A mini survival kit

A fold out photo album

Small fishing tackle box

A small space organizing center

Buy a miniature pack of cards and add some magnets and use as a game box for your kids.

A contact lense kit

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Recycling Coffee Creamer Bottles

Those plastic coffee creamer bottles can be reused! You can use them to carry water and juice in just like any water bottle. And you know how children love to snack on Fruit Loops, Cheerios and Gold Fish? These bottles can be the snack containers for the diaper bag!

I did a Google search on some ways that others have reused coffee creamer bottles. See if there isn't a way you can recycle coffee creamer bottles. Let these ideas stimulate your creativity.

Make a game with a ball and some recycled coffee creamer bottles. Wash them, pour some acrylic paint inside and swish around, then let them dry. Finally hot glue the top on and get a small ball and let the kids play bowling.

You can even use them to store your own homemade coffee creamers.

Plain Coffee Creamer
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (or Half and Half)
Cut with regular milk, skim milk or evaporated milk and mix well.

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Cream
1 can low fat sweetened condensed milk (or regular)
1 ½ cups nonfat milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
Mix in a blender.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-french-vanilla-liquid-coffee-creamer-191026#ixzz1lviYG6m9

Chocolate Mint Coffee Creamer
3/4 cup non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Put all ingredients in container and shake well.

Pumpkin Spice Creamer
1 cup fat free half & half (skim milk works better because the pumpkin will thicken it up significantly)
1/2 cup pumpkin
Truvia or sugar to taste (1-2 tbsp)
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat the half & half, pumpkin and sugar (or Truvia) until it bubbles. Whisk together and add the vanilla and spices.

Cappucino Creamer
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
Mix and keep in airtight container.

Chocolate Raspberry Creamer
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
14 oz. milk
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Mocha Coffee Creamer
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon orange extract
In a jar with a screw-top lid, combine all ingredients and shake well to blend.

Mocha Creamer
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup half and half or cream
1/2 cup milk (any kind)
1.In a small pot over low-medium heat, stir together the cocoa powder, agave nectar, water, and salt until the cocoa is dissolved into the water and agave.
2.Once the mixture is smooth, pour in the cream and milk, and heat over low until the mixture is warm and bubbles are beginning to form around the edge of the pan.
3.Remove from heat and pour into an air-tight container. Cool and store in the refrigerator.
*Note: This creamer will separate a little bit in the fridge – chocolate layer on the bottom, cream on top. Give it a good shake before using.

Monday, February 06, 2012

How I Clean My Coffeemaker

I don't claim to have approved methods of cleaning your coffeemaker. I haven't followed any prescribed method from a coffeemaker company. All I can say is this is how I clean mine.

I start with a degreaser with my sponge. Dollar Tree has a good one for $1 a bottle. I wipe down the outside of the coffeemaker thoroughly. Rinse the sponge and wipe down a couple more times.

I use a small bottle brush and the degreaser to scrub the screen where you put the water in.

I use the spring stick that comes with the Bunn coffeemaker. You unscrew the water disperser from where the water comes out.

You push the rod up into it to ream it out. My trick is to hold the spring stick on the end. If you hold it in the middle it won't push all the way in.

Use the mini bottle brush to scrub the water disperser.

Now I wash the coffee carafe and the coffee basket.

I run one carafe of plain water through.

Then I fill the carafe 4/5 full of water and add bleach the rest of the way. Pour it through but don't close the Bunn lid. This allows the bleach water to sit in the first water bladder to kill any mildew. Let it sit about 3 mins or more.

Now put the carafe in place and close the Bunn lid so the bleach water moves on into the 2nd water bladder. Let it sit at least 3 mins to kill mildew.

Now run 2 carafes of plain water through.

Next I fill the carafe 3/4 of the way with water and add plain white vinegar to finish filling it up. Then I pour it into the coffeemaker but keep the Bunn lid up so the vinegar water will sit in the first water bladder for 3 mins or more.

Close the Bunn lid to move the vinegar water into the 2nd water bladder. Let it sit there 3 mins or more.

Now you are ready to start flushing with plain water. I run 5-6 carafes of plain water through. Make sure there is no more vinegar or bleach smell coming from the water as it comes out.

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