Monday, August 31, 2015

LongHorn Steakhouse Offering Free Grilling Assistance and Tips

With the last summer holiday weekend just around the corner, it’s time to fire up your grills and enjoy some outdoor cooking, but no need to fear the flame! 


This Labor Day weekend, LongHorn Steakhouse will offer free grilling assistance and tips through the third annual LongHorn Grill Us Hotline.

More than 40 Grill Masters will share their expert advice via phone and live text Friday, September 4, through Sunday, September 6, from 12 to 5 p.m. ET. And throughout the Hotline, LongHorn will surprise lucky callers with grilling gifts.

  • Phone: Dial 1-855-LH-GRILL (1-855-544-7455) to be connected to a Grill Master
  • Text: Text LHGRILL to 40679 to get expert grilling tips and live, real-time grilling advice (Up to 2 Messages/request. Message and data rates may apply.)

Disclosure:  I received a gift card in exchange for sharing this information.

Grilled Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon Dressing Created by LongHorn Steakhouse’s Executive Chefs



Ingredients
Potatoes
·         9 small to medium red potatoes, scrubbed
·         1 tablespoon of olive oil
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Bacon Vinaigrette
·         ½ cup mayonnaise
·         ½ cup olive oil
·         3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
·         1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
·         ½ teaspoon garlic powder
·         ½ teaspoon onion powder
·         ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
·         2 teaspoon chopped parley
·         2 tablespoons bacon fat
·         Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Garnish
·         ¼ cup blue cheese
·         2 tablespoons sliced green onion
·         3 strips chopped bacon


Directions
Potatoes
·         Clean and oil your grill grates, heat to 500 degrees F.
·         Add potatoes to a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil.
·         Boil potatoes for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
·         Drain potatoes and allow water to fully evaporate from the skin. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slightly press down on the potato to pop them open and create a flat surface to grill.
·         Gently drizzle both sides of the potatoes with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
·         Place potatoes on the preheated grill to get desired grill marks on both sides of the potatoes.
·         Remove from the grill and shingle on a serving platter.
Bacon Dressing
·         Cook bacon strips until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and save the bacon fat.
·         In a large mason jar or container with a tight fitting lid, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and shake until well combined.
·         Pour dressing over shingled potatoes and garnish with chopped bacon, blue cheese crumbles and sliced green onions.

Recipe serves 8.

For more information about LongHorn Steakhouse or to find your nearest location, visit LongHornSteakhouse.com. Connect with us at Facebook.com/LongHornSteakhouse, Twitter.com/LongHornSteaks and Instagram.com/LongHornSteaks.









Disclosure:  I received a gift card in exchange for sharing this information.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Crickle Creek Coffee Roasters

Review By : Erika and Jon ( our Alberta reviewers)





I  heard about Crickle Creek Coffee Roasters from a co-worker of mine and thought Jon might be interested since he's a coffee fanatic!! So I'm sure you can imagine how excited he was when he had the opportunity to review a couple bags from them.

We received two half pound bags of freshly roasted coffee beans - delivered free of charge directly to our door in nice but simple packaging.

Jon tried out "Peru" first - which is a straight, medium roast coffee. It smelled delicious and is made with organic beans. Jon liked the smooth, sweet taste.

On the other hand, "Costa Rica" is another straight, medium roast coffee that also smelled wonderful!! This was Jon's favourite - he found it had the most flavour of the two and a strong aroma.

Overall, Jon was very happy with his choices from Crickle Creek and would definitely recommend their coffee.

We love the story behind Crickle Creek as well - everything is done right here in Alberta, from roasting to delivery. We're very proud to be able to support a local business.

Thanks Crickle Creek Coffee Roasters!!


A Perfect "Back To The Dorms" Gift - Keurig 200



The Keurig K200 is perfect for students heading off to college. We know as we have one! This is great for anyone who lives in a dorm. It's very easy to use, and we would really recommend it to students. There are so many varieties of beverages that you can purchase for this, that we are sure any student would love it. Varieties like Van Houtte, Laura Secord, Timothy's, and more!



Students can pick from espresso, hot chocolate, tea, or even a variety of cold drinks. Perfect drinks while studying or living in their dorm.




The K200 has a slim/sleek design. It's sophisticated and can come with a splash of color as well as the simple black shown here.  There are a variety of different colors to pick from- even colors like purple and blue. It would be great for a student and dorm life, because it is also has a compact style and is very versatile. It is very convenient and it can be easily used in a dorm room.


Being  trendy,  any student would love to have one. The Keurig K200 would be a great addition for any student headed off to college. This would also make a great gift to give to a niece or nephew  you know who is living in a dorm room. Maybe while your getting one for that special student, you may just want to get two and have one for yourself a well!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Before and After: Our New RV Flooring

It took some time . Lots of cutting around corners over in the bathroom and shower area, and then getting some edging up, but the flooring is done in the RV. 

                                                                    BEFORE


                                                                      AFTER



                                                                      BEFORE


                                                                       AFTER

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy 30th Birthday Ria!

Just wanted to wish our oldest daughter a "very happy birthday" - who turned 30 today! 



Ria has been one of our reviewers as well in the past, when she's been home, but now spends half the year in Roatan with her fiance. We miss having her around! Have a super great day Ria!
xoxo






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RV's, 5th Wheel and Camping- Must Have's




Gerry and I love to travel. Whenever we can, you will find us in our RV traveling from one place to another. It's actual hard for us to stay put here during the winter months, but we don't like to leave our dog Jake in the winter at the kennels, so we usually stay home from October- March. Itching to get out again.


This upcoming Fall, we are hoping to start on Snow birding. Gerry is retiring soon and this is what we've been planning on doing for quite some time. Of course, before we can go on Snow birding, we need to make sure that we have planned everything accordingly. Our home should be secure. Our stuff needs to be stored. And we have a budget that we will stick to while on the road.
Your RV or 5th Wheel is like your second home though and you want to have it all equipped. 


Durable, Easy to Use, Canopy Protection-




These durable clamps mount to your Carefree, A&E or Faulkner patio awning rafter arm and easily fold out when needed. Soft rubber protects your canopy from flapping in the breeze and ensures the canopy is taut when the awning is fully extended. Since they are permanently mounted to your awning there is never a chance of misplacing them and they fold into the arm so they can remain attached when the awning is open or closed. The installation process is very easy and they are available in Black and White color options.  Please note, these clamps will not work on curved arm applications.




Starter Ladder for RV’s-




Get a leg up on climbing your coach's ladder to access your roof top maintenance with our 48" ladder.  The hardware secures our starter ladder to your coach's exterior ladder so it cannot get knocked off.  This ladder will support up to 300 lbs at a 12° angle.


Extend A Line Clothes Dryer-





The Extend-A-Line is designed to be mounted to 1” or 1 ½” exterior ladders with 9 5/8” - 10 1/8” spacing between upright tubing.
·         Six independent arms can carry towels, suits, or clothes on hangers
·         Supports 10 lbs per arm, 60 lbs maximum load when evenly spaced
·         18’ of line space
·         Actual wire arms are 42” long
·         Wall mounted bracket provided for home use, or RVs without ladders
·         Chrome plated arms and a plastic body resist rust


TRICO RV wiper blades-





With a full line of windshield wiper blades, refills and arms, TRICO has the wiper products for virtually all of your Recreational Vehicle (RV) needs. TRICO® blades and refills feature durable metal construction and a heavy duty natural rubber wiping element for quality performance under demanding conditions. Class C RVs are typically built on a van chassis and require conventional automotive blades like TRICO Exact Fit® blades.



Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs - (from 1-800 Pet Meds)-



Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs provides a safe and stylish way for pets to ascend and descend. The solid wood construction folds flat for easy storage and transport. The stairs require no assembly and can be placed against beds, chairs, sofa, tables or any desired area. The pet steps are perfect for small pets, aging pets and pets with joint issues. Perfect for the RV and 5th wheel for our furry friends!

For: Dogs and Cats





Renogy 200W Monocrystalline Starter Kit-





The Starter Kits are a great introduction for people who have just started getting into solar—a combination of being great on budget, and easy to get set up and running without too much effort. The Starter Kit provides the convenience of having the essential components of a solar system in one kit and because the items are bundled together, you save more than if you were to buy the items separately. Of course, as with having any solar system, the ability to have renewable energy on hand while off-grid is more than a little helpful, even if just to help provide lighting or charging your devices. With our Starter Kit, all the items included are under warranty: the accessories for a year and the panels for twenty-five years. 

If you ever have any questions, our team is more than happy to help assist you and can be reached via phone at 1-800-330-8678 or via techsupport@renogy.com




Orion Bear Deterrent-



Orion Safety Products introduces its new non-lethal sight and sound Bear Deterrent.  The product produces a loud “gunshot” sound, a bright dynamic flash and smoke, and it is designed to scare bears away before they are close enough to be in attack mode.  Field tests in Alaska have demonstrated Orion Bear Deterrent can be effective at 300 feet.  

Though lethal bear attacks are rare, there has been an increase in bear attacks and maulings as more people live in or visit bear habitats according to a 2014 article in National Geographic.  The report also suggests that people who live in or visit areas where bear and other large animals live, can educate themselves and take precautions to reduce risk of an attack.  Bear deterrent products are recommended for hunters, campers, hikers or anyone living in rural areas frequented by bears.    
              
Orion Bear Deterrent is an excellent, long-distance alternative to bear pepper sprays and other deterrent products available.   “Bear spray products and other deterrent products do not work at longer ranges, and they may not work in all weather conditions,” explained Jay McLaughlin, President Orion Safety Products, “When bears are close enough to use some of these other products, it can be a terrifying and dangerous situation.  Protecting yourself and your family is critical.  Orion Bear Deterrent works at distances as great as 300 feet with both a visual and sound signal to frighten bears away.”     

Orion Bear Deterrent offers additional advantages over currently available alternatives.  It is non-lethal and a safe alternative to weapons, traps and poisons.   While bear sprays may not work in wind, rain or other weather conditions, Orion Bear Deterrent works in all weather conditions with no risk of fire.  It is lightweight (launcher and 4 shells weigh only 6 ounces), waterproof, and compact – a holster is available, so you may quickly access it when needed.  Orion Bear Deterrent produces a loud “gunshot” sound, over 120db and is louder than most audio bear deterrents, and it produces a bright, dynamic flash (over 11,000 candela) and smoke.  This multi-sensory device gives the user a better chance of deterring a bear than a product that only produces a sound, visual alert, or chemical deterrent.  The product is also less expensive than most bear deterent sprays.  
  
Orion Bear Deterrent is ideal for use when hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping in remote areas.  It is also great for people who live in wilderness areas and other areas where bears may dwell.  Orion Bear Deterrent may also be used to ward off other large animals including dogs.   It can also be used as an emergency signal allowing rescuers to hone in on your location if you are lost or injured.  The product comes with a launcher “gun” and four Orion Bear Deterrent shells.  Replacement shells, launcher holsters, shell holders and other accessories are available separately.    

About Orion Safety Products

Orion Safety Products, Easton, MD, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of highway and U.S. Coast Guard Approved signals.  They have manufacturing facilities in Easton, MD, Peru, IN and Bristol, PA.  For more information, visit www.orionsignals.com. Orion Bear Deterrent is available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and other outdoor, camping and hunting equipment retailers or call 1-800-637-7807. In Canada the best way to find this product is by contacting the Orion Customer service department at  mcustomersevice@orionsignals.com

      


Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set -




This Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set uses gear reduction to help you loosen and remove lug nuts by hand. It is compatible with nearly every heavy duty vehicle, including semi-trucks, RVs, tractors, buses and more. It is capable of generating up to 4800 lbs of torque, allowing you to remove lug nuts without the use of power tools. A perfect companion for emergencies on RV road trips or just for completing some DIY maintenance.
Package includes:
    ·         4 x sockets: 41 mm (1-5/8"), 38 mm (1-1/2"), 33 mm (1-5/16") 6 point sockets and a 21 mm (13/16") - 4 point socket; 75 mm tall
    ·         1 x storage case
    ·         1 x wrench
    ·         1 x speed handle bar
    ·         1 x long bar

*** Gerry has one of these- tried it out on our RV and with minimal effort, was able to remove all wheel nuts. Highly recommended!


and to go with this torque is the  One -Inch Male To  Half Inch Female Socket Adapter by Cheater Wrench-



"Once you've broken a tough lug nut loose with your torque multiplier, you don't want to keep using that tool to fully remove the nut. It takes 58 revolutions of the input shaft to turn the output shaft just once. And removing the nuts by hands can be a bother and take time as well. If you use a 1" male to 1/2" female socket adapter, you can keep your socket on the lug nut and attach that adapter to a 1/2" impact gun. Then you can use the impact gun to very quickly run off the lug nuts. Break each one loose first, then take them off in no time with this adapter."




The Drive 4G-M

Staying connected is essential for all people, but even more so for those on the go. The Drive 4G-M allows people to have a strong reliable signal even where it is extremely weak. The Drive 4G-M  is simple to install and works with all U.S. carriers. Simply install it in the RV, run the antenna to the roof and it immediately starts boosting signal with the RV. The Drive 4G-M gives you faster download speeds and improves battery life. It’s a must for anyone traveling long distances in an RV.




Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater-



The Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater is a portable, energy efficient solution that provides just the right amount of heat for you. This unit is perfect for all personal spaces and can be implemented in home, at school or in the office. Designed with ceramic technology that provides fast, even heating, it is energy efficient and uses only 250 watts. Offered in four fun colors, it has a modern, compact design that fits anywhere. Use on and/or underneath desks, tables and work spaces. With one button manual controls, it is simple to use. It's a great way to keep your space cozy and warm.






ObusForme  1.5” Memory Foam Mattress Topper-





·      This memory foam mattress topper conforms to your body shape to enhance your sleep.
·      No need to worry about mattress creaks or squeaks as memory foam changes shape when you move providing support throughout the night.
·      It reduces pressure points at your shoulders, hips and legs, and also improves your blood circulation causing relaxation.
·      This mattress topper will provide added comfort to an existing mattress without having to spend the price of a new mattress. 
·     It is a quick and affordable solution for a better night’s rest.
      The plush velour cover is also machine washable for ease of use and can also be spot cleaned for your convenience.  





The Bedlocker Electric tonneau from Pace Edwards-



RVers with fifth wheels know just how valuable every inch of storage space is. That’s why the motorized Bedlocker Electric pickup bed cover from Pace Edwards is a must have. It’s built to accommodate your fifth when traveling, and is incredibly easy to use – open and close it with a keychain fob. Park your trailer, then close the Bedlocker Electric to add extra, secure storage capacity. The cover can be opened to any position on the pickup, and when not in use, this hard tonneau conveniently retracts into a canister at the front of the truck bed.




Starfrit's Lock &  Lock Classic containers-





Since 1997, Lock& Lock has revolutionized food storage containers which always seem to have one recurring problem: leaking. With its 4-locking mechanism and a resilient silicone seal, food is kept fresh longer without having to worry about leakage. Containers are offered in two types of plastic: the original version in polypropylene and a transparent version, the Krystal line (no BPA). To its plastic collection, Lock & Lock has added the Glass Lock & Lock and the Ceramic Lock & Lock product lines. All great practical solutions for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food, organizing your kitchen pantry, cooking meals (Glass) and so much more. 

Lock &  Lock Classic (Plastic)
Lock & Lock Classic containers, the original 100% air and liquid tight containers, are essential when it comes to storing and re-heating your food. Each freezer and dishwasher safe piece (container and lid) is also microwave reheatable. They are the perfect practical solution for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food and so much more.




InnoTechRV.com 








This LED lighting solution from InnoTechRV.com provides both decorative multi-color and white outdoor lighting for your RV awning area.  The waterproof RGB LED light strip kit comes with everything needed to install the LED lighting system using either 12VDC or 110VAC power.  

The 16' LED strip is backed by strong 3M tape to enable it to stick to any clean surface and can be cut to length. Two options for wireless remote control are provided, RF and infrared. The RF wireless remote is capable of controlling the strip through walls and without direct line of sight to the controller. The remote controls can select from up to 16 different colors including white and you can control the brightness by dimming the light output. InnoTechRV.com supplies a range of innovative electronics products for your RV including Tire Pressure Monitoring, Holding Tank Level  Monitoring and Centralized Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems. 




Mr. Heater-The Portable Buddy-



North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs or Campers up to 200 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.”



We'll need this locking device for our tow dolly- as we wouldnt be without taking our SUV as a second vehicle. We've traveled before with just the RV and you really need the second vehicle to get to those smaller spots where an RV just wont go.

The Master Lock No. 379DAT features a universal trailer coupler lock, designed to fit 1-7/8in (48mm), 2in (51mm) and most 2-5/16in (59mm) couplers. The advanced locking mechanism provides resistance to picking and prying. Resists rust and corrosion! And the Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Becoming a Mystery Shopper for Market Force Information

I have a great tip for all of you looking to save money on groceries, meals, gas, clothing and more. Did you know that mystery shoppers can get paid to shop and dine out? In addition, they get reimbursed for purchasing many of these items that they’d likely buy anyhow!

Unfortunately, mystery shopping is sometimes used as a cover for scams, but I’d like to share a legitimate mystery shopping company with you – Market Force Information. Market Force Information is the world’s largest mystery shopping company, and they’re currently looking to recruit more mystery shoppers in Canada and the U.S. This company has been around for years, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is one of the Mystery Shopping Provider Association's most reputable members.




Market Force Information needs more mystery shoppers to help evaluate businesses such as restaurants, gas stations, fashion retailers, grocery stores, banks, hotels and movie theaters. As part of the mystery shopping assignment, you’re asked to report back on elements such as service, food quality and cleanliness. Establishments use that feedback to understand what’s happening in their stores and make improvements.

One of the best parts about mystery shopping – especially for those trying to stretch their incomes – is getting reimbursed for the meals, goods or services that are purchased as part of the shopping assignments. Most assignments also pay a modest fee. Plus, it can be a lot of fun and you get the gratification of making a difference in your community.

Flexibility is another key job advantage. Mystery shoppers are independent contractors, so they can hand-pick their own assignments, making it an ideal job for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students or part-time workers. Those who schedule themselves for multiple assignments per day or week and savvier shoppers who do higher-paying assignments can increase their earning potential.

Market Force Information is looking for mystery shoppers who are at least 20 years old and have a minimum of a high school education. Excellent observational skills and very detail-oriented people make great shoppers.

Ready to get started as a mystery shopper? Sign up today at http://applymarketforce.com?Source=146

My Review of The Air Purifier Onix 3000


Recently I had the opportunity to review the  Airfree Air Purifier Onix 3000 . It has worked fairly well on helping with my allergies. Using it in the bedroom and keeping it on at night has reduced some of the symptoms I have. I usually sleep with a fan or the a/c on, but I was waking up sneezing and blowing my nose like crazy in the morning. Miserable!



Although we clean the filters regularly on the air conditioner and fan in the room, I was still having some problems with allergies. I was sneezing all the time. But now, using the Airfree has really helped a lot. We have also been moving it from room to room. And it has been continuously running in one room at a time. It has not completely gotten rid of my allergies, but I would say that it has reduced the intensity of them, especially the room I was finding they were acting up the most in- and that was the bedroom.



The Airfree is recommended for rooms up to 650 sq. ft. It is the natural solution to many common health problems. Such as asthma, respiratory allergies and mold. It can also help to eliminate dust mites from the air. The Airfree is also helpful reducing bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, allergens and other microorganisms from the air. It can also be beneficial if you have pets to use this to reduce the allergens from them too. 

All in all we feel it's a great product that does what it says.

Monday, August 24, 2015

What To Pack In This Year's School Lunches



It's Back-to-School time and we've got some ideas on what to pack in those lunch bags and boxes:

SnackWell’s- a pioneer in the low-fat snack category, recently introduced two new better-for-you snacks: Chocolate Mint Devil’s Food Cookie Cakes and 100% Whole Grain Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites. Both new snack options are free from high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial colors or flavors:

  • SnackWell’s Chocolate Mint Devil’s Food Cookie Cake is a new twist on SnackWell’s classic Chocolate Devil’s Food treat. These 60-calorie indulgences are free from high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors.
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  • SnackWell’s Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites are made with 100% whole grains and only 120 calories per pack. These lunchbox friendly mini cookies are peanut-free, school and USDA compliant, and a FitPick® SELECT product. 







With more than 10 grams of protein in each serving (1oz) of Uncle Andy’s Jerky parents can rest assured their little ones are getting the protein they need to get through the school day. Each packet of Uncle Andy's Jerky is $6.99 and can be ordered through http://uncle-andys-jerky.com/. If you sign up for a monthly subscription you can get 10% off and know your pantry will always be stocked!




Nestlé Pure Life -Share-A-Smile bottle-




Parents pack water for their kids for a variety reasons but the most important one is to make sure kids are properly hydrated as they head back to school each day. Nestlé Pure Life is now offering  Share-a-Smile 8 oz. bottles perfectly sized for any lunch box. A recent survey by Nestlé Pure Life found a majority of kids say they prefer a homemade lunch over a school bought lunch and this preference for packed lunches offers a key hydration opportunity for parents. Packing a Share-A-Smile bottle is a fun way to help increase a child’s daily water intake. Share-a-Smile bottles are now available at supermarkets and Wal-Mart’s nationwide and will be on shelves year round!



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