Book Review and Giveaway: Duct Tape 911

A book dedicated to duct tape? Duct tape has been called the most important item you can store besides food and water. Why? Because duct tape can do so many things! We’ve all seen the lists on the internet about duct tape, but The Survival Doctor, James Hubbard, M.D.,M.P.H., has written a wonderful, informative book on the […]

Review: Old Fashioned Oven Stick and Giveaway

I have a love-hate relationship with my oven. I love to bake and cook, but I have burned my arms and hands countless times adding or removing items from the hot oven. (Yes, I wear oven gloves, but I still get burned!) When I was asked to review the Old Fashioned Oven Stick from Amazing Graze […]

Review: Breville Countertop Smart Oven

Countertop convection ovens / toaster ovens are extremely popular for many excellent reasons. They: are portable great for RVs, cabins, traveling, small spaces, special occasions can save a great deal of electricity due to their smaller size and faster cooking provide extra oven space for large cooking / baking jobs (especially for family and holiday […]

A Few of My Favorite Things – Kitchen Tools

As I write this post, I am breaking into song using my best Julie Andrews voice, “These are a few of my favorite things.” I simply love to see what products, tools and gadgets other bloggers and moms love and use in their homes. Some of the items I would never use and some I […]

Review: Marci’s Minty Mouse

Minty Mouse? How intriguing! In our home we love essential oils, especially mints and this adorable delivery vehicle is just too cute to pass up. After I read Marci’s account of how the Minty Mice were “born” I could not wait to try one!  Perfect for repelling mice with peppermint (dried leaves and essential oil), […]

Review: MultiFlame Tool by Trayer Wilderness

Making a fire wherever you are can literally save your life.  It is important to have the skill and any tools or supplies to make fire with you at all times. There are several ways to create fire and several easy-to-carry tools that can assist in fire-making. A fire-making tool that has been around since ancient […]

Review: Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine

Ankarsrum: The kitchen center with the unusual name (actually it is the name of the town in Sweden where the mixer is made), will fast become THE essential tool in your kitchen. From powerfully but gently whipping cream, egg whites, mashed potatoes or meatloaf, to kneading stiff whole grain bread doughs, cookies, cakes, large batches to […]

Healthy Hack: Non-stick non-spray

Food sticking to pans? Definitely not fun. There are some excellent reusable solutions such as parchment paper and silicone baking mats. However, sometimes, you need to “grease” the pan before baking and while butter and oil work, they sometimes do not release the food completely, causing tender baked goods to come out in pieces. If […]

Spiral Slicer update

Have you read all the reviews, recipes, tips and comments about my favorite manual spiral slicer and planned to grab one for your own zoodles?  (See my review here) If you haven’t heard of this before, here are some of my previous posts to help:  Making Zoodles, Dehydrating Zoodles and Squashetti and my video on […]

Book Review: Secret Garden of Survival

Gardening for food is plain hard work, but successful and lovely gardens are beautiful to see as well as productive. The conventional school of gardening thought is that to have a successful (and beautiful) garden, we must work the soil, fertilize the soil, feed the soil, maintain the soil, remove pests and plant each year, […]