The other day I broke the top part of the white pitcher that held my kitchen utensils. Next time I got on Amazon I began looking for a new utensil holder.
Then I thought: What am I doing? I have too much in this one bedroom apartment as it is. Go look in the closets where everything lands and see what you can come up with.
Shopping Your Home Instead Of Buying Something New:
So that’s what I did. And that turned out even better. Because I really needed two different sizes. One for the taller utensils like long spoons. And the other for smaller items that always got lost in the taller utensil holder.
What I came up with worked perfectly. I assume this is a candle holder (in the back). I got it at Pier 1 on clearance because I thought it was cute.
I’m going to limit buying “what I think is cute.” Because eventually what I thought was cute ends up getting rotated with other things in my closets. And I’m running out of room! No, make that I’ve already run out of room.
The shorter utensil holder is merely a white plant pot.
So it all worked out for the best in the end.
Stretching Take Out Meals For One:
I don’t like to go inside restaurants to pick up take out orders. So sometimes I go to the drive thru at Raising Cane’s. Have you got one in your area?
I always order the same thing, The Box Combo. Kasi first got me going there and that’s what she ordered.
It comes with chicken (4 strips), sauce for your chicken (which is delicious) French fries, coleslaw, Texas toast and a drink. It costs under $9 before tax.
Raising Cane’s Box Combo Meal:
I’m not crazy about French fries, so I typically eat just a few. I’m going to have to ask them about maybe getting 2 orders of coleslaw instead.
When I get home, I take 2 strips of chicken and put them into a baggie and straight into the refrigerator.
The Next Night’s Leftover Meal:
Last night I put a serving of frozen Alexia Sweet Potato Fries on one of my red toaster oven pans. They are delicious! I added a frozen biscuit and the 2 pieces of refrigerated chicken from the night before.
I now put whatever I’m eating, if it’s frozen, all on the same pan and somehow it bakes everything perfectly at once. Maybe it’s something about the pan. And/or the convection toaster oven.
This brand also has other frozen potatoes I sometimes buy.
Here is the pan that I use. I’ve shown these Casaware pans before. I swear by these pans.
And I typically use this same long one every time, even though I have three other sizes. This one is big enough for 2-3 different types of food that make up my meal.
These pans cool very quickly, so they’re ready to clean fast. Not much seems to stick to the surface so cleaning up is a breeze.
Love My Toaster Oven:
Here is the Kitchenaid toaster oven I have. I had Breville ovens before, but I actually like this one better. The two convection toaster ovens are around the same price.
As most of you know, I don’t have an actual stove. That’s because when I moved in here six and a half years ago, I ordered a European style washer and had them take the stove so I’d have room for it.
Since there’s no plumbing here for washers, I attach the hose to the kitchen faucet.
The Kitchenaid is taller than the Breville, so food doesn’t get spattered on the top as much. I only have to wipe down the door about once a week.
Another stretching take out meals tip is to go during lunch hours and pick your food up. Many restaurants have lunch menus where the meal is cheaper.
I like to go to my favorite Chinese restaurant (Chopsticks). I’ve become friends with the owner. She and her husband are from South Korea.
Now my girls go there too. My 16 year old grandson loves their food.
I order 2-3 lunch menu meals. It comes with egg roll, rice, soup and a fortune cookie. At lunchtime you get a meal for $6.95-$7.95. That’s cheaper than fast food!
I Order For 2-3 Nights’ Meals:
Then I have supper for 2-3 nights. I just put the entree (except for the rice and soup, which I microwave to warm up) all on one Casaware pan and it’s heated in about 10 minutes.
Love their tofu and veggies! And I could eat their hot and sour soup every single day of the week.
Got any tips like this you want to share?