Friday Favorites for March 23, 2012
featuring Kamiah Walker from the blog Jane Austen Didn’t Prepare Me For This.
In January of this year I decided that I wanted to invest in a juicer. After a very small amount of research I decided I needed to find a juicer that had super easy clean-up, ran at a low RPM, and juiced both vegetables and fruits well. I initially was leaning towards a Breville juicer. The price point of the Breville juicers are great, but the more I researched them, the more issues I was stumbling across. The problem that finally made me turn away from the Breville juicers all together was that many people were having problem with seeping into a part of the juicer that could not be cleaned. With fruit and vegetable juice being extremely perishable, that just seemed like a bout of food poisoning just waiting to happen.
The deeper I got into the research process, the more recommendations I found from people saying, “Buy a Champion or Omega,” or “Spend the extra $100 for a top of the line juicer, it’s definitely worth it.” I decided to do a little exploring in the $250-$300 juicer price range and absolutely fell in love with the Omega Juicers. I was debating between the 8005 and the 8006 series, and ultimately decided on the 8006. The 8006 model changed the auger design a bit, this time making it black instead of white (which was easily and quickly stained in the older models,) and also increased the warranty from 10 years to 15 years.
As an added bonus to the main juicing feature, you can also make nut butters, grind coffee and spices, mince meats or vegetables, puree frozen desserts like sorbets as well as baby food, and last but not least, it has a pasta extruder attachment to make homemade pasta just like Grandma use to!
I have been using my juicer 3-4 times a week and absolutely adore it. The easy clean-up alone was worth the extra cash. So if you are in the market for a juicer I cannot recommend the Omega J8006 enough. Oh! If you order through Bed Bath and Beyond, don’t forget your 20% off coupon. That 20% savings adds up fast on a $300 purchase.
My favorite thing this week was Spring cleaning! I never thought I would have a friday favorite that involved cleaning, but I was on a roll Wednesday and feel like I can finally breathe again. I finally conquered the overwhelming task of purging my closet. Anything that I haven’t worn in two years was removed from my closet, and suddenly I have all sorts of extra space! I am headed to New Orleans for the weekend, and I am so glad I got my cleaning done before I left. There is nothing better than coming home from a vacation to a CLEAN house! Hope everyone has a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Smoothies. Smoothies. Smoothies. I cannot get enough of them year round. During the winter, I use frozen fruit to create many flavorful ensembles. And while this is still delicious, it pales in comparison to fresh, juicy fruit. My smoothies this week have been composed of fresh, bright, beautiful strawberries and luscious kiwi. I love that the weather has allowed my taste buds this treat. So many fresh smoothies to come for this spring and summer!