Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review: Starfrit's Patty Stacker

Review by: Erika



The Starfrit Patty Stacker allows you to make, store and carry your hamburgers all in one convenient unit!



I found the Patty Stacker very easy to use - it makes up to 9 hamburgers in two different size options and with the removable disks, they are separated and don't stick together.



Patty Stacker's hand tool allows you to flatten the ground beef nicely and minimizes hand contact with food.It also gets each burger the same size and thickness, which I love!

The container is airtight, which is perfect for storage in the fridge or freezer. The top and bottom lids make it convenient to press down the burgers into one end and slide them out the other. 



Once the burgers were made, it was as simple as carrying them right out to the BBQ! Afterwards, a quick wash in the dishwasher got the Patty Stacker nice and clean.



Overall, Starfrit's Patty Stacker was great. It's everything I've been looking for to make that perfect burger and I look forward to using it for years to come.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Your Back To School Must Have Guide

Guess what it is again? It’s Back To School time! You may want to start thinking of shopping for those must have items. You probably have noticed that many retail stores already may be selling many back to school items now.

Right now is is a good time to head out to your local store, or even do some online shopping, for your back to school needs. There are various items that school children need. What grade they are in, may make a difference on what is needed. Here are some suggestions of things that Grades K through 12 may need/like:




“Blum School Gear” kits -


These are really cool and fun and a  "must-have" product for the coming school year. You kids will love them! The kits include the most common supplies specified by K-4 teachers and make shopping for school supplies easier and less expensive. 

Blum School Gear is available nationwide through both traditional and online retailers, including Amazon.com, Staples.com and Toys R Us. At an MSRP of $19.99, they are less expensive than buying items separately as parents are often forced to overspend because many products are only sold in bulk.

The kits also will help students keep their supplies organized with specially designed storage areas, like a toolbox. This feature is especially important to teachers because students often have to hunt for supplies in their backpacks as they transition from one activity to another, wasting valuable classroom time.

Made of durable Poly Fabric with Nylon trim, the kits are available in four designs and include 40 items most commonly required by teachers (based on a nationwide survey of required school supplies). For example, 
School Gear contains six #2 pencils, eight crayons, six washable markers, six colored pencils, seven eraser caps, a glue stick, scissors, a ruler and more.



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Sweet Summer Lure with Fairytale Brownies and a Great Giveaway ( Canada/ USA)


This Summer send mouthwatering Fairytale brownies, cookies, and bars to friends and family, or bring along to summer picnics or BBQ's. A delicious hostess gift that will definitely make a great impression for a Happy Summer.


We are always excited when we have an opportunity to review for Fairytale Brownies and had the opportunity to sample their  Fairytale Brownies Summer Deluxe Bar, Sprite & Cookie Combo as pictured above.

                       ( In my box- but really- they won't make it the week -LOL)



We just LOVE their treats. Shipped from Arizona, and us in Canada, they arrive packed perfectly and tasting like we just took them off the shelf . Even for their Summer shipments they ship in an insulated box with reusable cold packs. The treats are packed in individual wrapped packs with their flavor marked on the outside. I personally love the mint and Gerry, well, Gerry, hmmm he loves everything!

They really taste like homemade though and anyone getting one of these boxes for any occasion is definitely going to have a smile on their face.

Fairytale Brownies has shared their treats to consumers since 1992. Their brownies alone are a family cherished recipe that I'd definitely love to have ! And despite them having a guarantee on their products, I personally could not see anyone ever having a complaint. Fairytale Brownies, you rock! The cookies , bars and brownies really are THE best!

You can even save 15% off your next order of $40 or more, (before shipping) by placing an order (new orders only)- and using priority code GY54- which expires September 30, 2015.

But that's not all- Fairytale Brownies is giving away one of their Summer Bar & Sprite Combo ($42.95 value) to one lucky reader of ours from the USA or Canada. A random draw will be made on MY birthday- August 7, 2015 from all entries received through Random.org.


To Enter is Easy:

Leave your contact info- in case your the winner, with a comment for Fairytale Brownies


Limit one entry per household. Good luck!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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. 


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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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Today's Winners

Today's winner of this giveaway:
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2015/07/life-made-delicious-general-mills.html
is Jonnie B and Andrea Hockey Girl who have been contacted and has 7 days to reply before new winners are selected.

Thank you to all who took time to enter.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gifts For The Men In Your Life

Our collection of great gift ideas for any man in your life for all occasions!




Mission Belt Co-



We are happy to present the most rugged belt yet brought to you by the best belt company around: Nylon Collection by Mission Belt. Mission Belt's Nylon matte collection is constructed with a durable nylon webbing strap and a matte finish buckle. This fusion of utility and style utilizes Mission Belt's track system, a core feature of your favorite no-holes belt.

We wear belts everyday and yet they still remain an afterthought lost in the world of accessories. Mission Belt Co is concerned solely about belts. Not only do the belts look great, fit perfect, but on top of everything, when you buy a Mission Belt you are also becoming a part of a great philanthropic effort or as we like to call it, "The Mission." Here at Mission Belt Co, we don¹t just want our customers to look good - we want them to feel good too. That¹s why a dollar from every belt sold goes to fight global hunger and poverty. To date, over 22,000 Kiva (peer-to-peer micro lending) micro-loans have been funded from the sales of Mission Belts. 



**Watch this spot for more gift giving ideas for men.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Baby/ Toddler Gifts

Welcoming a baby into the world. Christening the baby. Birthdays. And a whole slew of just-because parties and gatherings for babies and toddlers. In all these occasions, a gift is a must have when attending. Don't know what to buy? Worry no more! Here's a gift guide for the year for babies and toddlers.



Munch Eco Hero's Baby Dinner Set - For Feeding Baby or Toddler Feeding.  Munch Cupboard Limited




ALL IN ONE DINNERSET - Feeding baby can be difficult especially if you cannot find all the equipment you need. When baby is hungry we wants food Now! This fantastic Baby or Toddler feeding set has it all. A cup with handles for easy usage, a baby plate and spoon, fork, bowl and a non slip mat to stop items slipping off the table. It contains the smoothest baby spoon to encourage your little one to eat. It is perfect as it has everything!




Baby Food Tray -by Munch Cooking




A BABY FOOD CONTAINER THAT IS 100% BABY SAFE - The Munch baby food containers are made of premium quality food-grade silicone (above FDA-approved) and is free of BPA, Phthalates and other toxins. It contains no chemicals that can leach into your homemade baby food and it's safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave, oven (230°C) and freezer (-40°C). Let's make baby food!



timi & leslie-






Charlie is a great gift for a new mom or mom to be! It is one of timi & leslie's most popular bags because it offers everything a mom could ask for--a beautiful and stylish bag that is also functional, keeping mom organized and sane!  Charlie is made from vegan faux leather (PVC free) and features our custom hardware in an antique brass or gunmetal finish. Each Charlie comes with 6 fashionable and functional accessories so on top of looking fabulous and staying organized, mom is getting great value!! The accessories include: 

--a cross body, adjustable detachable strap so you can wear it hands free;
 --a specially designed changing pad with a front mesh pocket to store your essentials for a quick diaper change;
 --a zippered sac for baby's soiled clothes;
 --a stylish clutch that mom can use as a purse with interior credit card slots and an inside zipper pocket;
 --an insulated bottle tote to keep baby’s bottles warm or cool;
 --matching stroller straps to hang your bebe bag from your stroller;
 --water resistant, light colored lining to easily see everything in your bag;
--2 exterior pockets;
--6 interior organizational pockets; and 
 --Inside key fob – never lose your keys!




Cloud bCharley the Chameleon-




Charley the Chameleon from Cloud b is great for gifting all year long! He is a premium plush cuddly companion that helps children transition from play time to sleep time with scales that light up to ease fear of the dark and soothing sounds that help make every kid feel safer at night. Children’s imagination lights up as Charley projects a rainbow of LED light colours and plays delightful night sounds. This plush body pillow is the perfect companion for kids that are transitioning from the crib to their own big bed! 
Charley the Chameleon features 2 soothing sounds (Rain Forest and Tropical Tunes) and turns off with an automatic 45-minute sleep timer. 

Age: 0+
MSRP: $39.99
Available at independent toy, gift and baby stores across Canada
Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)  




Skip Hop-

Zoo Storage Bin- 


                                       

Whether these versatile storage bins are holding books, shoes or toys, they each add a colorful Zoo personality to any room. Zoo bins are made of sturdy canvas and fold down flat when not in use.

Our adorable Activity Gym features soft linen and patterned arches and includes a matching supportive Tummy Time pillow.
Five hanging toys attach to 13 easy-to-hang loops offering irresistible multi-sensory play for baby at every stage of development. A mirror and built-in sounds and textures on the mat add to the fun.


** Watch this spot for more upcoming great gifting ideas!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Life Made Delicious - General Mills Canada Celebrate the Launch of Minions PLUS a Giveaway (Canada only)

Celebrate the launch of Minions with General Mill's Life Made Delicious products.


We love General Mills Life Made Delicious products. And with Minions added to the packaging and products it makes it even more fun! All the products featured are yummy and kids will also have alot of fun with them!





Enter for a chance to win TWO Minions Prize packs. Each prize pack ($55 value) includes the following;
  •  Minions Backpack
  • 4 Cineplex Movie Passes
  • 1 Betty Crocker Soft Baked Snacks
  • 1 Betty Crocker fruit flavoured snacks
  • 1 Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot
  • 1 Betty Crocker Gushers
  • 1 Minions Cereal
  •  Yoplait Tubes Minions Edition FPC

To Enter:

Tell us if you’re a Bob, a Stuart, or a Kevin in the comments section below for your chance to win one of the special General Mills Minions Prize Pack, full of General Mills special, limited- edition Minions products! Open to Canadian entries only. A random draw will be held by Random.org on July 25, 2015.
Limit of one entry per household.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Celeste Longacre's Green Living + Savings Tips


Celeste Longacre has been growing her family's vegetables for 35 years . She and her husband live sustain-ably in their handmade octagonal home in New Hampshire. She shares her tips on saving money and green living below:


• Buying spices in bulk can result in substantial savings. Save your jars to re-use and collect the spices in the baggies provided. Organic can be purchased at reasonable prices this way.

Organic Gardening is a wonderful hobby and it's healthy. Veggies can be grown on the smallest plot of land or on your window sill, if you live in an apartment. Focus on vegetables that are easy to grow and produce abundant fruit, like tomatoes, and learn how to can and store the excess.  Opening up a jar of tomatoes in the winter that you grew yourself in the summer and canned in the fall is a wonderful experience – and it can really help with trimming the food bill.

• Shopping at Garage Sales and Flea markets are a great way to find  tools and utensils for the garden and home - at a fraction of the cost.

• Put an insulation blanket over your water heater.  This prevents heat from escaping and you'll save on the electric bill.

• When buying beets at the farmer’s market, make sure to keep the tops on. Wash and tear into smallish pieces discarding the stems. Steam for about 8 minutes, turning with tongs several times. Toss with butter, grated cheddar cheese and salt. Your family will love the deliciousness and you will be able to feel their exceptional vitamins and minerals on your teeth. The greens are actually better for you than the beets itself.

• Leftovers are a great way to save money. Whether it's chicken or hot dogs or fish that you have leftover, finish cooking them and use them then next day in salads or soups.

• Snacks like popcorn, purchased at the market can add up. Popcorn, can easily be made at home. Cover the bottom of a pan with 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 coconut oil. Heat until it swirls a bit. Add a layer of popcorn and put the lid on tight. As it pops, shake the pan so that the uncooked kernels will fall to the bottom. When the popping slows down considerably, dump the popcorn into a large bowl. Add brewer’s yeast—nutritional yeast (not baker’s yeast) and a seasoning salt such as Herbamare. Yum!

and More tips here : 
Throwaway wipes can be tremendously expensive. But sponges can be bleached on a regular basis to maintain their germ-free status. A ten percent bleach/ninety percent water solution is ideal. Once bright again, rinse with dish soap. Don’t leave them in the solution for too long; they will deteriorate.


When buying chicken, always buy it on the bone. The cost per pound is less so the bones are, in effect, free. They can be stored in the freezer until it is time to make soup. Put them in a large pot and fill with water. Bring the water to a low boil and slow simmer for several hours or a day or two. Vegetable ends can be kept in the freezer for a week or two and added to the stock. You won’t believe how delicious and nutritious this “free” soup can be.


Farmer’s markets are a great way to save money. Farmers will give you deals when a vegetable or fruit is in season. They have lots of them and often the cost goes down the more you buy. Get together with friends for even better deals. Then you can freeze the extra to eat in the winter. Berries can be frozen right on a cookie sheet then tossed into a bag. Most vegetables need to be blanched or steamed for about three minutes to kill organisms that would bother them in the freezer. Stop the cooking by placing them in ice water before filling the bags.


Summertime herbs can be dried for winter use. Pick and tie in small bundles on a windy porch. Keep them out of the Sun. After a few weeks, most can be removed from their stems and saved in tight-closing glass jars.


In the summer, if you have the space - rather than using the dryer, hang clothes on a rack or clothesline outside where they blow in the breeze and absorb the sweetest of smells.

 Celeste has been the astrologer for The Old Farmers Almanac for twenty years.  She's the author of CELESTE'S GARDEN DELIGHTS where you can learn practical ways to garden, live sustainably and save money. Visit her website at: celestlongacre.com