Friday, October 20, 2017


Ben & Jerry’s is excited to introduce its newest Limited Batch flavor, One Sweet World—a delicious blend of coffee caramel ice cream with swirls of marshmallow and salted caramel with chocolaty chunks.

This euphoric pint is filled with more than just chunks and swirls – it’s a small part of Ben &Jerry’s larger effort to advance issues of social and economic justice. “We believe that when people come together, particularity in this time of racial, economic and political divisions, we can create a more just, equitable, and yes, even a little bit sweeter world,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim.

From LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, to Occupy Wall Street, Ben & Jerry’s has used the power of its business to motivate fans and promote policies that advance the cause of social justice. This commitment is as strong today as it has ever been. As part of that commitment, Ben & Jerry’s will donate a portion of the sales of One Sweet World to support those working at the intersection of economic and racial justice.

One Sweet World is a Limited Batch flavor–so get it while you can! Use the Ben & Jerry’s flavor locator to find it at a store near you. One Sweet World is also available at participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops, and at Ben &Jerry’s online store.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October is National Apple Month

This month is National Apple Month and our friends at Krusteaz have some great recipes to share, that include APPLES- 

                                 Caramel Apple Crumb Cake


Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 1 hr Servings: 1 9-inch cake


1 package Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix
1 package cinnamon topping (cinnamon topping enclosed)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1/4 cup caramel sauce + more to serve
2 medium apples, cored and chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch spring form pan with baking spray. Line with parchment and grease parchment. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together water, yogurt and egg. In a separate large bowl, combine the cake mix with half of the cinnamon topping. Add water, yogurt and egg; stir.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the batter and using a knife swirl the caramel sauce into the batter. Toss chopped apples with ground cinnamon. Sprinkle apples over batter along with remaining cinnamon topping. Bake cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cake cool for at least 15 minutes in pan before removing. Serve warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

                                Apple Pie Pancake Rolls


Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 30 min Servings: 10


1 cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 cup apple juice or apple cider
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling


Whisk pancake mix, apple juice or cider, and cinnamon in a large bowl until smooth. Batter will be thin. Let sit while pan is preheating. Preheat a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place about 2 tablespoons of batter into pan and swirl the pan to make a thin pancake that’s about 5” in diameter.
Cook about 45-60 seconds then carefully flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds, until the bottom is browned. (To easily flip the pancake make sure you’ve sprayed the pan with nonstick cooking spray. Use a spatula to lift up the edges. Work the spatula under one part of the pancake and then flip it.) Warm the apple pie filling, if desired.
Place 3-4 apples from the apple pie filling in the center of each pancake and roll up. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Be sure to try all their Delicious, and Easy mixes. Pancake Mixes, Muffin and Crumb Cake Mixes, Cookie Mixes, Cornbread Mixes, Dessert Bar Mixes, Bread Mixes, Pie Crust Mix, and more! See more apple recipes on their site and have fun baking!

October is National Fair Trade Month

What is Fair Trade? Fair trade is a financial relationship between producers, sellers, and consumers based on the principle of equity within the exchange of goods. 

Learn How YOU Can Support Fair Trade:

We can all do our part to make a difference in the lives of people around the world and help them to remain true to their cultural diversity.

Supporters of Fair Trade include:

Honest Tea:

Honest Tea launched its first-ever bottled tea made with Fair-Trade certified leaves in 2003 and by 2011, the brand had converted all of its organic tea leaf varieties to Fair-Trade certified. Since then, all of Honest Tea’s products are created with Fair-Trade tea leaves and sugar—including its mainline of teasHonest kidsHonest Sport, and its glass bottle varieties. Honest Tea’s newest flavor, Unsweet Peach Ginger, uses Fair Trade black tea that is mixed with honeybush leaves to balance the robust taste of the black tea. Then a touch of organic peach puree and a kick of real ginger are added to give this tea a rich and full-bodied taste

Beyond being able to use Fair Trade ingredients to offer a quality taste and product, Honest Tea is also committed to giving back to the Fair Trade communities from which ingredients are sourced. Honest Tea has partnered with VisionSpring to fund eye care screenings and glasses to over 3,885 tea farmers and community members of the West Jalinga Tea Estate in Assam, India.

**Watch this spot for more supporters of Fair Trade products..

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today's Winner Update

** We're still waiting on our winner to contact us and you have 4 more days!

Today's Draw:

Our Winner: Comment #28

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Thank you to all who took time to enter.

Take a Holiday from Menopausal Symptoms

Mary Jo Rapini, Intimacy/Sex Relationship Psychotherapist says-

The weather outside might be frightful, but it’s nothing compared to the inclement storm of menopausal symptoms that even the most resilient women face.  I would love to reveal that we found a cure for women's low libido, to give some understanding as to why one day we can make passionate love and the next, we simply have no sex drive.
physicool_cooling-mist_imageI believe that the best solution to a lack of sexual desire involves a number of non-drug approaches such as therapy, mind-body techniques, and potentially, the involvement or help of your partner. When struggling with low libido and dryness causes painful sex, it’s no wonder that women opt out of sex altogether.  Luckily, there are new devices for sexual wellness and tried and true moisturizers and lubes that can help you enjoy every intimate moment of the holiday season.

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  2. Couples can benefit from Fiera Personal Care Device.After all, he has his magic pills. So, Fiera was developed by OB/GYNs to enhance physical arousal and jump start sex drive, naturally. No hormones, no side effects--Fiera is the first-of-its-kind, hands-free, personal care device that uses gentle suction and light stimulation to enhance blood flow and increase lubrication in advance of sex, in as little as 5 minutes.

  1. 711oT5HjbVLElvie is a great new pelvic floor strengthener and its simple to use. This little kegel exercise connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth and tracks your pelvic floor strength in real time.               

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  • NEW: The same hormonal changes that cause internal vaginal dryness can also contribute to external discomfort. Replens Moisture Restore External Comfort Gel is a daily vaginal moisturizer that provides continuous comfort, and alleviates irritation of the vulva, the outside skin surrounding the vagina. Add this gel to your daily regimen to make normal daily activities like sex, walking, prolonged sitting, exercising and bike riding comfortable and enjoyable. 
  • Replens™ Silky Smooth premium silicone personal lubricant supplements the body’s natural lubrication when applied just before sex to ease penetration, increase slipperiness, and enhance intimacy.
  1.  ‘Au Natural’ Aloe-Based Wet Organics lubricant is specially formulated for sensitive skin.  This unique, carefully sourced formula contains high-grade extracts to moisturize, protect, and rejuvenate the skin’s most intimate areas. Organic 100% natural ingredients including quinoa, hemp, flax, green tea, extract from medicinal mushrooms and oat extract, rich with vitamins and antioxidants, rejuvenate your skin and senses.

  1. PT-mainI really like Wet Platinum Silicone Lubricant’s slipperyslick feeling. Its paraben-free, rather thick, has no odor and is never messy or sticky. It’s also latex safe. 

Vitafusion’s NEW gummy vites helps nourish dry, brittle, cracking hair and nails, brings back the skins natural glow, supports energy production and alertness and helps you get a great night’s sleep.
  1. Vitafusion Everyday Energy contains key nutrients to support energy production and alertness to keep pace with an active life. With caffeine sourced from Green tea and 100 mg of L-Theanine, Everyday Energy helps aid attention and Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in the production of energy.  These delicious peach tea flavored gummies are gluten-free and contain B-vitamins that help convert food into fuel.
  2. Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out every day.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates National Pizza Month (USA)

Known for its award-winning, coal fired brick-oven pizza and calzones, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria announces a special National Pizza Month celebratory offer. Every Monday during the month of October guests can purchase Grimaldi’s award-winning 16” Traditional cheese pizza for only $10!  The National Pizza Month offer is good all day every Monday in October: October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.  With more than 100 years of coal fired brick-oven pizza-making traditions, Grimaldi’s is a must for those who enjoy tasty pizza made from the freshest ingredients.

Offer is good for dine-in and to-go orders only, delivery partners are not included.  Additional toppings and Pesto/White pizza options are available at an extra charge.  No coupon necessary and cannot be combined with any other offer, except Stoking Social Hour Specials.

Grimaldi’s Stoking Social Hour continues throughout each month held every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (times may vary by location). 

Enjoy $2 off draft beers, $2 off glasses of wine (house wines excluded), and $2 off the Grimaldi’s Bruschetta Trio and Antipasto Platters. For $25, the Stoking Social Hour menu features the popular Coalition pairing complete with choice of Bruschetta Trio or small Antipasto platter and a bottle of wine.

And of course don't forget desert!

About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria:
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution that has earned more awards than any other pizzeria in the country with more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants.  Using only the freshest ingredients, a “secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza year after year.

Another Change in Product Sizing

We had always bought Dairyland chocolate milk when it was on sale at Walmart for $1. It was as far as we had known, always 1 litre size. Now we have noticed the carton size "looks" the same, but inside contents are less. 

Seen here- the 1 litre white milk carton and the same carton with less fluids now in it for the sale price of $1 is "used to be".

Monday, October 16, 2017

Eventful Week

I've had to think a few times about what to write over the last few days, as it's been an eventful week. We're back home though- for now.

My dad ended up in the local hospital last week with Sepsis, which possibly led to kidney issues, which led to him having to be flown out of town and to the city, where he awaits a kidney biopsy on Monday. While all this was happening and while he was still in our hometown, we were getting ready to go on our trip south, which we did. But we returned. We hadn't at the time heard he was flown out, but while we were away we had mechanical problems with our SUV about 6 hours out of here. Problems that came out of nowhere. We decided we would come back home and look after them here.

Once home we had furnace issues, which were kind of there possibly before we left, but we noticed more so when we returned home and it took 6 hours to warm the house. We called in someone and found out that we need a new chimney, as our old one was rusted away and causing the pilot light to go out in our propane furnace. New one getting installed Monday- $800+

The problem with the SUV turned out to be a rock that popped out of the fan once we got home. But to be on the safe side- we are having a diagnostic test done here on Tuesday.

While home, Gerry will be helping my mom with things around their place and winterizing there, while my dad is away. We are hoping things will improve for my dad and still hope to go away next week, but will see what time brings us.

*** UPDATE: 10/16/17 - 
Dad is doing better ..
SUV - all good- we had a neighbor with scanner look at it- and saved the cost there.
New chimney cost with labor- $550- so less than we thought

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Thanks America’s First Responders with Free Meals at all U.S. Restaurants Through October

To express gratitude to all the tireless first responders, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a national restaurant chain that creates authentic, inventive Italian dishes, will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrĂ©e to those who have helped so many of America’s communities recently. First Responders are invited to visit and enjoy their complimentary Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti starting today, Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at any of its 93 locations in the United States. 

 “Recently, many of our communities have suffered from devastating natural disasters and tragedy. Our nation’s brave first responders are always the first to arrive, putting their lives at risk in order to generously help others,” said Randy Sharpe, Senior Vice President of Operations for Macaroni Grill. “At Macaroni Grill, we want to show our deep appreciation for all first responders and the least we can do is provide them with a delicious meal, on us, as a small token of our thanks.”
First responders including police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and all hospital medical staff members need only to show their credentials when dining-in during normal restaurant hours to receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti per person, for either lunch or dinner, as part of Macaroni Grill’s #MacGrillGratitude.
Mom's Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti includes house-made beef, veal, pork and ricotta meatballs sprinkled with romano cheese and crushed red chile, topped with imported Pomodorina sauce and served over imported, bronze-cut spaghetti. Macaroni Grill has used bronze-cut pasta since the very beginning as it creates imperfections in the pasta’s surface allowing each noodle to hold more cheese, meat, and sauce than a perfectly smooth pasta would – making every bite delicious.

About Romano’s Macaroni Grill®
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant brand founded in 1988. Inspired by Italian country cuisine, Macaroni Grill believes in an open kitchen that allows guests to see its ingredients and preparation techniques that blend Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration in a polished casual atmosphere. Previously named the No. 1 Italian Restaurant Chain in America by a Nation's Restaurant News consumer survey, Macaroni Grill has 93 company-owned locations in 25 states.
For more information, connect with Macaroni Grill on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wrong Turn Or A Way To Earn? Making Money As You RV

Some folks see the RV life as one with few possessions and worldly ties. One where they can explore every twist and turn off the beaten track. However, spending so much time on the road can leave you experience rich, but cash poor as there are always things that you need to pay for like gas, repairs and maintenance, and consumables for you. That is why you need a way to travel and make money at the same time. Luckily, we have some suggestions for you below on this very topic. So read on for a stellar strategy or two that will allow you to travel in your RV and stay on top of your financial situation.  


The freebie game

One of the best ways to make money while you are RV, that hardly anyone knows about is playing the freebie game. The freebie game is all about how much you can get for free, something that expands the value of your dollar and will help you go further for less.


The freebie game is simple too, you just have to try and get something for nothing, honestly of course. That might mean picking diners that offer free coffee refills, so you don't have to pay for more than one cup, or it could be about using the points that you have collected on your reward card to pay for gas. Remember there are so many opportunities with reward cards and the like now to take advantage of, you would be crazy not to see if you can save by using them.


Earn extra in between trips or at longer stay locations

Next, if something is worth doing, I always say that it's worth doing properly. That applies to this situation because if RVing is what you love, then surely it's worth a bit of extra work and effort to make being on the road the best experience possible? One way you can do this is to get some extra work in, either when you return home or at some of the longer stay locations, you have planned.

It's pretty easy to line up work for your longer stays now too, as you show your interest in a role or company over the internet with things like this family dollar application form.

This means you don't even need to be geographically near the place you are applying for. Something that works well if you are on the road a lot.

Remember too that working for a while can help stay off the post-holiday blues when you return home, and it can give you some much needed time away from your traveling partner(s) when you are on the road. So there are plenty of good reason to do it, as well as just raising money for gas.

To increase your chance of being hired always fill out the application honestly and clearly. Check it for spelling errors and make sure you include two current work references with email address and contact telephone numbers.

Do the craft fair circuit on the way

Unless you are the designated driver, it's likely that there is quite a bit of time when you are on the road where there isn't much to do. A great way to fill this time, as well as those long evenings if you don't want to watch television all the time, is by completing crafts like knitting, whittling, carving, or sewing smaller items. The additional benefit of this being that you then can sell your wares on the craft fair circuit as you travel.


You can find out about where the local, state, and national craft fairs are held online, and then use this information to plan your trip. Something that will allow you to earn money as you go. Of course, you will also get to meet lots of amazing people and even make some lifelong friendships this way, as many folks return to the craft circuit, and even specific fairs year after year.

If you like the idea of selling handmade items but can't quite work the craft fair circuiting tour into your schedule, then don't forget that you can set up on online store instead. This can work well as it allows you to manage this from wherever you are. Just remember to let your customers know if you can't get to a post office for a few days, as this will help to manage their expectations for delivery and ensure that you continue to get good feedback.

Freelance tasks

Working as a freelancer is another clever way to fund your trip, while on the move. In particular, folks with marketable skills like designers, programmers, or writer can make a steady wage in what is known as the digital nomad culture. That is working online from whatever geographical location they happen to be in at the time.

However, too many people get confused and think that it's only digital nomads that can make money in this freelance market. In fact, this isn't the case as there are many sites like TaskRabbit that will connect you with people that need stuff done, from putting up shelves to a quick delivery of a package. Making it quite possible to earn money while RVing.

Work the campgrounds

Lastly, a genius way of earning as you RV is to get work on the campgrounds that you will be staying at. Of course,  you are probably aware that such spaces need folks to help run them, keep them maintained and tidy, and help out any other campers with connection problems and payments. So why shouldn't it be you?

Be aware though that these jobs often go very quickly, even for the next season. So it can really pay to have a route planned out far in advance and approach potential campsites early.

The great thing about working this way is that everything you earn can be put straight back into the trip. You have your camper to live in, after all, so you don't need to pay out for any accommodation!