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Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer Review and Giveaway


Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer

Back in October, you may remember that I had the opportunity to test out the Brieftons Spiral Slicer. It was a hand-held unit that was nice and small, but it had a good bit of waste like other spiral slicers with that particular design. Well, I recently was given the chance to test out the larger, more versatile Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer (amazon affiliate link).

I have to admit that I wish this spiral slicer came in red as the green just doesn’t fit with my kitchen, but that’s just a personal preference. The unit itself is well thought out. I did run into an issue with the suction cups not adhering to my counter as it’s a textured tile. I was able to get it to stick to my marble cutting surface, so I used that instead.

The blades that are not in use are stored securely in the unit. They click in place, so you don’t need to be concerned with them falling out during storage. The blade that is being used just slides into place. You can pick from the following blade choices: angel hair, spaghetti, and flat. The sliding part that contains the spikey wheel slides off for easy cleaning.

Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer Spaghetti Blade

Spaghetti Blade used with an apple.

To use the spiral slicer, you peel (if desired) the fruit/veggie and cut off the end to create a flat surface. (In the case of the apple shown in the examples, I didn’t bother to trim the ends as they were already fairly flat. With other fruits/veggies, I did create a flat surface by trimming off the ends.) You place the core of the fruit/veggie on the round steel spindle that is on the blade unit and then press the spikey wheel onto the other end of the fruit/veggie.

Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer Angel Hair Blade

Angel Hair blade used with apple.

You will then apply gentle forward pressure using the bottom handle while turning the crank in a clockwise motion. There is some flex in the plastic material during the process. If you’re used to using an apple peeler/corer/slicer that is metal, this unit will feel less sturdy, but it gets the job done with ease. I was able to easily slice both softer veggies like zucchini and firm veggies like potatoes. The angel hair and spaghetti blades created beautiful, long spirals of veggies/fruits.

I found that fruits like apples created broken “noodles” a little more frequently than zucchini which I believe is due to the texture of the fruit. With the flat blade, I had issues with the apple spirals getting caught up in the area right after the blade. I did not experience this with zucchini.

Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer Flat Blade

You can create “chips” by cutting a wedge on either side of the fruit/veggie and then using the flat blade. I used this feature to create some delicious potato chips for a snack one afternoon.

I really like how little waste there is with the Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer. It’s light weight and easy to clean which means it’s not a big deal to pull out and use. Because everything is contained within the unit itself, I don’t have to worry about any missing parts or pieces. It’s dishwasher safe, but I just quickly wash after use.

Now, thanks to the generousity of Brieftons, I’m able to give away one of these units to one of my readers – US only. There is a quick turn around on this giveaway due to the holidays, so the giveaway ends on December 19, 2014.

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Canning with AYL® Silicone Gloves


Silicone Glove

I really like my silicone oven mitts, but they don’t work as well for tasks that require me to grab something smaller. Right now, I’m doing a lot of canning, so I needed something that would allow me to safely turn the knobs on my pressure canner as well as grab jars, if necessary. Since my silicone oven mitts worked for the heat aspect (just not the small detail aspect), I knew that I wanted to test out some silicone gloves. I was happy to receive the AYL® silicone gloves (amazon affiliate link) to test out in my kitchen.

The AYL® silicone gloves are heat resistant up to 425 degrees F. They are waterproof and easy to clean. I love that I can wash these whenever I need, and I don’t have to wait for them to dry to continue to use them. (If desired, you can even toss these in the dishwasher, but I just wash them like I would wash my hands.) They have a good grip to them which means that I can where them and not worry about something slipping out of my hand. Because they are gloves, I’m able to easily pick up smaller items as well as turn the hot knobs on my pressure canner.

The only thing that I’m missing from my silicone oven mitts with these gloves is the liner. I prefer to have a liner as it offers a bit more protection when using something like my cast iron skillet. That being said, not have a liner means that I don’t have to be concerned with the liner getting wet when washing the gloves.

The gloves work for everyone in my family which means they work for small hands and large hands. Obviously, they fit us all a bit differently, but but we’re all able to use them with no issues. I can easily slip in and out of the gloves, but my husband has to actually pull them off as they are a more fitted on him.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Girl and Her Horse

A Girl and Her Horse

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Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Munchkin really wanted to have chocolate chip cookies last night, so I started throwing together some ingredients as I wanted to try something different. I mixed and combined until I arrived with a dough texture that I liked. I decided to go with a larger cookie scoop to make big cookies. The result was oatmeal flavored crispy chocolate chip cookie with a soft inside. They were easy to make and a hit.

Munchkin decided they tasted like a cross between chocolate chip cookies and granola bars. I plan on trying these with dried fruit and nuts. I may even try a version using honey instead of sugar.

To make the oat flour, I just added gluten free oats to my blender and blended until I had a nice flour. You could also do this in a food processor or grain mill. I’m at a higher altitude so your bake time may be a little less. If you make the cookies smaller, you’ll also want to reduce the baking time.

Crispy Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-ins)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together gluten free oat flour, almond flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Stir melted butter into dough mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips and/or other mix-ins to the dough.
  6. Place large scoops of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes. The tops of the cookies will still look moist and the bottoms will be slightly browned.
  8. Serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight container.

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
A crispy, oat-based gluten free chocolate chip cookie that is quick and easy to make just in time for the holidays.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • ½ cup unbleached almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ – 1 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-ins)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together gluten free oat flour, almond flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Stir melted butter into dough mixture.
  5. Add chocolate chips and/or other mix-ins to the dough.
  6. Place large scoops of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes. The tops of the cookies will still look moist and the bottoms will be slightly browned.
  8. Serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight container.

 

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Cathedrals by Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North Cathedrals

We’ve enjoyed the music from Tenth Avenue North for some time now, so we were looking forward to listening to their new album courtesy of Family Christian Bookstore.

About Cathedrals:

With the songs on Cathedrals, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there and to find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize God’s spirit doesn’t dwell in buildings, He dwells in us – for we are His cathedrals.

Track Listing:

  1. No Man Is An Island
  2. Stars In The Night
  3. Iesu, Dulcis Memoria (feat. Audrey Assad)
  4. Cathedrals
  5. I Need You, I Love You, I Want You
  6. The Spark
  7. Heaven’s Sound
  8. Stay
  9. We Won’t Numb The Pain/Fire
  10. Closer
  11. All The Earth Is Holy Ground

Our Thoughts:

Munchkin enjoyed several of the songs on the album including I Need You, I Love You, I Want You, Heaven’s Sound, Closer, and Iesu, Dulcis Memoria. Her favorite song on the entire album was Iesu, Dulcis Memoria as it was relaxing and beautiful. Some of the other songs she felt lacked depth. It’s pretty normal for her to only like a handful of songs on an album as she’s rather particular about her music. Some of the songs had too much of a “pop” feel for her.

D and I felt that the album over all was good, and we plan on adding it to our driving music playlist. It had a slightly different feel to it than previous albums, so I recommend checking it out prior to purchase to make sure you like the sound.

As you can see from the differing opinions in my family, music really is a subjective thing. Sometimes, it depends on where you are in your life or what you need to hear at this moment in time. Sometimes a song will speak to you while another song just doesn’t hit the mark. We found that was the case with this album. We all wished that the song Iesu, Dulcis Memoria was longer as it was so beautiful and unique.

Heaven’s Sound Lyrics
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

From our darkest alleys
To our stained glass walls
However high we climb
No matter how many times we fall
From our greatest trials
To our deepest defeats
There is a song forever being sung by the redeemed
We can lift our voices
The strong, the weak, come on

We will cry, fill the sky with the melody
‘Til our chorus shakes the ground
We are known, we are loved for all eternity
Let this breath join Heaven’s sound

In our secret addictions
Let mercy flood in
And out of forgiveness
The power to break the chains begins
In our driest wheat fields
Let the brush fires burn
And out of the ashes
Beauty of love and life returns
So let us lift our voices
The strong, the weak, come on

Heaven sounds like we’re finally breathing
Heaven sounds like the guilty made clean
Heaven sounds like the rolling of thunder
Heaven sounds like prisoners free
Heaven sounds, Heaven sounds

Let us join in Heaven’s sound
Can you hear it now
Can you hear it now

Cathedrals is another solid album by Tenth Avenue North. It has a variety of different sounds and themes which means that some songs will, most likely, resonate with you more than others.

Special thanks to Family Christian Bookstore for providing my family with the opportunity to listen to this album in our home. All opinions are our own.

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