I figured for the very first one I'd stick to something almost everyone has at home, bread ends and plastic grocery bags.
My favorite thing to make with bread ends (and any bread that's getting a little stale) is to make croutons with them, and it is oh so simple.
- Tear or cut bread into cubes and place on baking sheet.
- In a small bowl make a mixture of olive oil (I use extra virgin, but it would work with others) and whatever blend of spices you wish. My favorite blend is seasoned salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. The amount you will need depends on how much bread you have.
- Pour mixture evenly on top of bread crumbs. (I like to toss them around a little with my fingertips just to make sure all the flavor has been spread around)
- Bake them at 275 for about 15 minutes or until brown and crispy. Taste them to be certain they are crispy through out.
- Voila fresh croutons and they are oh so yummy. (And usually healthier than the store brand, especially if you have whole grain bread ends!)
Now for the plastic bags. Let's first talk about ways to store them.
I personally use old baby wipe containers. You just shove a bunch in there and then you can just pull one out at a time, and you can store them under the sink, in the laundry room, wherever. If you don't have a baby wipe container, you could alternately use an empty tissue box.
If space is tight (like in your car) you can use an old paper towel tube and shove a bunch in there. Stick it in your glove box, under your seat, or in a door or seat pocket. Ta-da, now you have bags if you need them in the car.
Now for uses for these wonderful bags. I'm sure everyone has some, so please feel free to comment and share them too!
- Cat box cleaning
- Dog walking waste (can you tell I have pets?)
- In the same token, donate them to a dog park or animal shelter
- Wet/ soiled clothing (diaper blow-outs anyone?)
- Car trash bag
- Small trash can liner
- Packing material for shipping, or wrapping fragile objects.
- Dirty shoes (or clothes) while traveling.
- Lining paint trays
- Lunch Box
- Under the potato (or other fruits and veggies) while peeling
- Around your toiletry bag in your luggage
- Covering up a cast or stitches on an arm or leg
- Shoe protectors when you need to walk someplace muddy (like the garden or when the dog needs to go when it is pouring rain)
- Crumple them up to put in purses or shoes to keep them in shape