I thought I'd try my hand at a little thing called Works for me Wednesday. On Wednesdays, over at Rocks in my Dryer, people post about a good idea they'd like to share. And Shannon lists all the links on her site so everyone can check them out. Here's mine:
I got a lovely blender when I got married. See how mid-nineties it is?
Since I've been married now since, well, the mid nineties, the glass container for the blender has either been broken, stolen or just didn't want to make the move with us so many years ago. So, do I throw out a perfectly good piece of machinery because it's missing a very important accesory? Do I replace the accesory with one I found at Target, online, at a thrift store? Do I let it sit in my cabinet until I come up with an answer?
First, no, I do not throw away a very good piece of machinery. Just, no.
Second, if I had any forethought, I would replace it with one from any one of the above mentioned places. If I had any forethought.
Third, I did let it sit in my cabinet until someone, and I'm sorry I can't remember who, gave me this blender-saving tip.
You start with a jar of spaghetti sauce from your favorite grocery store. Go ahead and make dinner for your family, you're going to use that empty jar for dessert later.
Then, you peel the labels off, because you have an unhealthy obsession with peeling things, and clean the jar thoroughly. See how beautiful the clean, empty jar is in the evening sun?
I love that the name MASON is pressed into the glass. It's a nice touch, don't you think?
Now, at this point I should tell you that because I throw away no useful thing, I still happened to have saved the blender parts. They were just sitting nicely next to the blender waiting to fulfill their destiny.
Take the rubber gasket. At least, I think it's a gasket. Sounds better than round rubber thingy. Anyway, take that thingy and put it over the blade piece so it's resting against the plastic base.
Here's where things get interesting...and personal. Pick your favorite blendable concoction. Say, bananas and strawberries, or strawberries and blueberries or rocky road or shoot, how about margarita mix and ice. The point is, I decided to let you use your imagination on this one because I didn't want you to get distracted by my choice of smoothie fruit and stop reading this post altogether because you detest bananas! (You know who you are!)
So, with your jar filled with whatever, invert the blade part, with the gasket in place, into the mouth of the jar like so.
Now put the only piece that's left over the top of that and screw it on.
Turn the whole thing upside down and place in your blender. There's only one place. It's not rocket science.
It should look like this. Again, not rocket science.
Now it's time to unscrew the lid
and enjoy! (Again, we're imagining here.)
So, here's to your health, to heck with my diet or bottom's up. Whichever applies!
It may not be much, but it works for me!
***Important Update*** The person who gave me this idea has come out of the woodwork! Her name is Erica and she's divine! She is very artsy and clever and loves to multi-task. Thus, the great blender idea! She doesn't have a blog or a website at the moment, but when she does, I will direct everyone I know and even those I don't to her wonderful craftiness!