Some BIG News from RV Space Savers

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Hi Faithful Readers…

First let me thank you all for being such faithful readers and several of you contributors, to this newsletter since its conception in 2013.  I had visions of writing one each and every week and there have been times that I have kept that promise to myself and to you.  Sadly there have been a lot of times when it has been weeks between them.  It’s amazing how life gets in the way even when you’re retired!

We have a couple of announcements to make and wanted you to be some of the first to hear the news!

The first big announcement:  A SURPRISE!

It’s finally here…a book filled with hundreds of tips and ideas for Rver’s and other small space living. Many people have asked me to do this over the years and I have been working on it for quite sometime.  It is just “hot off the press” and received a great response at the Good Sam Sambroee in Moses Lake, WA the first of the month, which is also the very first place I started giving seminars five years ago.  I thought it was very fitting that they should get to see it first.  “I’m so enjoying reading all these great ideas…thanks Gail!”  a comment from one of the first readers, Mary.  and this from Mick “Thanks for putting this all down in book form so I have something to refer to…there are so many great ideas here!.   And this from Rod and Deb…”We bought one for us and  several copies for our RV friends.”  You can order it from the website https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177. Only $10.00 plus shipping.   It will be going on Amazon soon but the price will be going up because of their fees.

I will be signing books during the Northwest FMCA Rally in Longview, WA this week. 

I will also be giving 2 seminars as well as have a booth.  The first seminar is on Friday at 1 p.m.  “Do you need more space in your RV?”  And also one at 11 a.m. on Saturday “Tips and Ideas to help you save space.”..  Stop by our booth and say you read about the book in the newsletter and receive a free gift.

The Second Big Announcement:  

Sadly RV Space Savers is selling the space saver business.  And you are the first to know! It breaks my heart as I so love it but Mike who takes the brunt of all the loading and unloading, says it’s finally time for us to stop all packing in and out at rallies and just enjoy our travels, sell books and give seminars. The business has been good to us and we have so enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many as we travel around the country. And we plan to continue to do that, just in a different capacity.  It’s a great stand alone business or would be a great addition to other RV products. If you know of anyone interested, please let me know.  Give me a call or send an email to rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

TIP:  There are some expiration dates on some things you should never ignore. According to the Reader’s Digest here is a list to go by:

  1. Jarred Condiments..spreads and sauces seem like they last forever however they have significant exposure to bacteria which puts you at risk for food poisoning.  There can be lots of cross contamination and the bacteria can start to multiply as soon as you open the jar.
  2. Egg Substitutes…whole raw eggs can stay in the refrigerator for three to five weeks but their substitutes have shorter lives.  It can last ten days after you purchase it (check the date stamp on the carton before buying) but only three to five days once opened.
  3. Soft Cheeses…semi-hard cheeses have less moisture for bacteria to thrive in so they can last two to four months in the fridge if properly stored.  However soft cheeses such as ricotta, cream cheese, feta, Brie and goat cheese spoil much faster.  They’ll last one to two weeks in the fridge after opening but toss if you spot mold as it can make you sick.
  4. Deli Meats…whether you buy your deli meat at the deli counter or those in an airtight sealed package, it will only last three to five days once you crack the seal.  Only buy what you can realistically eat in that time frame.  Deli meat is susceptible to a disease causing bacteria Listeria,which thrives in cold environments, so even your fridge won’ t offer total protection.  A little sliminess or funky smell is a good sign that it needs to go!
  5. Cold-Pressed Juices…most juices go through a pasteurization process to kill harmful bacteria but many cold-pressed varieties are not pasteurized and could be contaminated.  Only buy what you plan to drink in a day or two and buy locally.
  6. Sprouts…unlike other veggies sprouts are grown in warm, moist conditions that make a cozy home for for very harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.  Sprouts won’t last as long as leafy greens and should be tossed on their expiration date.  Many supermarkets have stopped selling them altogether because of the danger. They are easy to grow at home with a mason jar and cheese cloth or I now see kits out there you can buy.

While none of us wants to be wasteful, it is better to be safe than sorry and if there is any question, it is better to toss it than take a chance on making someone sick!

Great Places to Visit:  Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre, MTJust a few weeks ago we traveled to Great Falls, MT to meet with several RV friends, some who were using Great Falls as their jumping off point for a trip to Alaska, others who were spending time in Canada visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Ice Fields and us who were coming back to Moses Lake to the Good Sam Sambroee.  One of the days we were there we drove to Havre to visit Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre which was a hoot!  And our guide was a former history teach from the area so she knew lots of “secrets” about what went on underground!  It starts in a great little railroad museum which is well worth the time.  http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/the-underground-city-havre-beneath-the-streets/article_0840461c-60fe-5501-99d9-b94adebfa7c7.html.

 

We love hearing from you and hope your journey is filled with new experiences, new finds and many new friends.  Until next time.

RV Space Savers Wishes You A Happy and Blessed Easter

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RV Space Savers is Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter.  Many of you are still either south or headed north so many are not with friends and family but do things to celebrate in other ways.  We have found some wonderful Easter Brunches in our travels that are fun to do.  Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful day.  Since we have been in the Seattle area for the winter, we will be enjoying spending the day with the family and a traditional “Adult Easter egg hunt” with little bottles of liquors and age appropriate drinks for the underage and those who don’t drink alcohol.  It’s been a fun tradition for many years.  And we’re at the point of being able to hide our own Easter eggs! 🙂

 

Don’t forget the Spring Sale on All Things Avocado

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and Spring we are offering a great 20% discount on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers until April 30th.    FREE avocado recipe booklets with every order. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

These are the FREE recipe booklets included with your order while supplies last…donated by the California Avocado Commission.  https://www.californiaavocado.com/.

And if you are in southern California be sure to attend the Avocado Festival in Fallbrook on Sunday April 23rd.  It is a fun day filled with lots of things avocados.  http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/events/31st-Annual-Fallbrook-Avocado-Festival_ET1327.html

I love to share  tips using products that RVer’s already have in their RV’s and here are some worth the read.

Great tip:  Clean those hard water and grimy spots around the faucets.  http://askannamoseley.com/2011/03/reader-question-getting-rid-of-tough-water-build-up/. 

TIP:  Things to Use dish soap for besides the dishes.  http://tiphero.com/ways-to-use-dish-soap/.

TIP:  Ways to clean stainless steel with products you probably already have.  I use just plain white vinegar.  http://tiphero.com/clean-stainless-steel/.

TIP:  Before heading out for the summer…sort, reorganize and purge, purge, purge.  We’re getting ready to take a couple of summer trips with the motor home.  Having been in the Seattle area since last May, I have not been good about keeping things as organized and followed my mantra of “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  This week has been spent going through everything inside the coach to organize and donate.  Next week will be able to start on the bays outside as we’re finally supposed to get some nice dry and sunny days so that will make that an easy task.  Hopefully I will be able to wash and pack away my winter mackinaw and warm winter clothes (yes that includes long johns) to store above our son’s garage until we have to spend another winter here (hopefully not soon).

TIP:  Lots of great fruit and veggies at Farmers Markets in the south so be sure and find them in your travels and get some homegrown produce.  Much better for you and much less expensive too.

Great Places to Visit:  Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona between Tucson and Tombstone looks like a fabulous place to visit while in the area.   http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-trip-to-kartchner-caverns-arizona?

 

And always remember you hold the map.  So create a life that is filled with awe, adventure and amazing moments.  Until next time.

RV Space Savers  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Spring With Savings from RV Space Savers

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It’s Spring…let’s just hope that Mother Nature agrees with spring weather all over the country.  Many of us in areas that had a long winter are more than ready.  Things are slowly beginning to bloom but downtown Seattle is way ahead of our area.One of our favorite things about spring is 

California Avocado Season which starts April 1st.  

We so love to be in southern California during this time.  We eat an avocado almost every day either by itself or in or on something and we love my Pomegranate Guacamole and have it as long as we can get the arils.  I love to try new things with avocados and found this recipe on the California Avocado Commission’s site and they have tons of great recipes.  http://www.californiaavocado.com/http://www.californiaavocado.com/.  Here is a recipe I will be trying this week.  CALIFORNIA AVOCADO BALELA.   I will be using the following RV Space Saver Tools to make this side dish.  Tools: Tomato Tool to cut the tomatoes; Prep Colander to drain peas and beans; Salsa Maker to chop the onions, parsley and mint; Avocado Tool to cut, remove pit and chop the avocado; reuse the Salsa Maker to make the dressing; Fiskie to stir everything together; Magnetic Measuring Spoons for measuring the spices; and  (3 qt.  bowl and collapsible measuring cups..no longer available)  All but the last 2 items can be purchased on  our website at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and spring we are offering a great  20% off sale on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers…Order nowLimited Supply while supplies last or April 30th. Order this special and receive FREE recipes directly from the California Avocado Commission.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

TIP: For those who have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease here is a website that might be helpful.  https://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/12/baking-cooking-substitutions-for-gluten.html.

TIP: And this is a great site for anyone with eating allergies.  I use it quite a lot for Mike.  http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/

Many of us remember Grandma’s Rice Pudding…I sure do and loved it way back then. Thanks Danise for sending this recipe along.  How fun it will be to make it once again. Thanks Danise.

No One Will Ever Get Bored Of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Custard Style Rice Pudding!

Important TIP:  In the last newsletter I gave you a couple of important articles to read about the upcoming tick season.  Here is a recipe for a repellent that might be helpful.  Tick Repellent  http://usefultipsforhome.com/outdoor/1-simple-tip-keep-ticks-off-summer-long/.  Or you might try this:  To make a home remedy tick repellent, simply mix about two ounces or so of tea tree oil with water. It is a very strong agent, so make sure that the amount of water exceeds the oil, but not by a lot. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on yourself and your family.  Be sure to check your pets often too.

Great Places to Visit:  The Most Scenic Roads in America.  This article was in the Passport America newsletter and I thought I would pass it along for all to enjoy.  http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-best-road-trips-2017-3.

“A friend is a present you give yourself.”  Thanks for the beautiful quote Danise.  You are all gifts to us and we look forward meeting you again down the road.

“There’s nothing better than a friend unless it’s a friend with chocolate”  Carol Grayson

We love hearing from you and hope the journey to your next destination is filled with happiness, safety and the wonders this beautiful country has to offer.  Until next time.

Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

New Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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We love living in our RV and traveling whenever the mood strikes or a friend calls and says “Let’s go to XXX” or we’ll meet you in YYY on such a such day.  I think that is the draw for many who own an RV whether it’s a Class A, B, C or a towable. And according to Chuck who writes the RV Travel Blog/Newsletter http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-784/   and many other articles it is becoming more and more attractive to younger folks, many of whom are traveling and working in their RV’s and homeschooling their kids. And with so many amazing things to see and do in this country, there are always new discoveries to be made.  It’s more and more important that manufacturers, Campgrounds, Rallies and Associations embrace this younger crowd to find out the things they want from the RV world.  Do you belong to a local chapter of an association that is doing a good job of bringing these younger people into the fold?  If so we’d love to hear from you.  We are visiting all the time with people in the industry and everyone is wanting to be inclusive of all  RVer’s.  Or are you a member of the younger set and have some ideas of things you’d like to see to make the industry more friendly to your age group?  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hear there was a pretty good crowd at the FMCA Rally in the Valley in Chandler, AZ and those attending had a great time with beautiful to pretty warm weather. We sure missed being there and visiting with all our friends and meeting new ones.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing you down the road soon.  Spending the winter in rainy Seattle is not our idea of a fun warm winter spot! 🙂

Reminder tip from reader Danise…The Golden Age Pass which you can purchase for a one-time fee of $10.00 once you turn 62 is going to be increasing to $80.00.  As of this date the government has not set a date for the increase but as soon as you turn 62 it is a must have.  Even at a one-time fee of $80.00 it is a bargain to use in all our National Park System and you also get discounts on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Forest Service campgrounds. Since it is a Lifetime Pass I suggest that everyone gets one.  Some couples choose to get only one but we think it is a better idea for you each to have your own.  I do not know if they are transferable to the other person so for $10.00 it’s well worth getting your own.  You can purchase them at any National Park or check out this link.  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm  Thanks for the reminder Danise.

As the migration of Rver’s are getting ready to stat their trek northward I thought this article was a great resource for those heading to Canada for a trip or the summer.  http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-canada-travel-checklist?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.

And as the northern migration is getting in gear this is an Important Warning for everyone traveling this year. Please read this article and take heed not only for your pets but for yourself.  Our son-in-law was diagnosed with Lyme disease after many months of testing.  It is very hard to detect and many doctors haven’t seen it and it can take on many forms.  He is in remission right now but will never be cured.  And while it is much more common in the northeast, it has been reported in every state. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast.

 

Great Tip for those who Knit:  I am not a knitter but I know many who are and my mom was a knitter.  When I saw this on Facebook I thought of all those who are.  It is a Pinterest photo and I can’t find who the creative soul is to give the credit but thought it was worth putting in the newsletter.

Another great tip:  As many of you already know I talk in my seminars about different kinds of shoe holders  that work great for organization and ideas for space savers of lots of different kinds of things. It’s amazing how much space they save and how many things they can be used for.  Here is a link to a lot of great ideas.  http://www.hacksof.life/save-space-and-get-organized-with-a-hanging-shoe-caddy/.

Here is a great sounding vegan Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/vegan-blueberry-lime-cheesecake/ .  I will be making this and would use the Salsa Maker in place of the food processor and the Fiskie to mix it together.  I don’t have a springform pan so would use a pie or cake pan.

This is a great site for recipes for you or someone you love that have dietary issues.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/.

Do you have tips to share, great places to visit, an extra special restaurant you’ve eaten at?  Or a product you might like us to carry that others would love?  Rver’s love to hear ideas from other Rver’s and we are happy to share them.  Just let us know.  Also let us know what your favorite product is from RV Space Savers and how you use it.  It may be an idea that others have not thought of and would love to know about.  Our email address is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  The Klondike Gold Rush National Park  Seattle, WA.  Who would have ever guessed there would be a national park in the middle of a city?  Seattle was the jumping off point for the people heading to the Klondike Gold Fields in Alaska.  After fire had devastated most of the downtown city and waterfront a few years before the gold rush in 1897, Seattle was struggling to find it’s legs.  The Seattle Chamber and newspapers started a mega campaign to promote the city as the “only place” to outfit for the gold fields and the city came “roaring back to life!”  It only takes a couple of hours to go through but is in the historical district of Seattle so there are lots of things to see and do in the area and it is only blocks from Century Link field.

 

We are so blessed to have met each and every one of you and so appreciate you helping us enjoy our journey.  We hope in some small way we have added to yours.  Until next time.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Boy do we wish for spring in the Northwest.  Yesterday brought  snow, sleet (small hail) lightening strikes and sunshine!  The saying “If you don’t like the weather…just wait 5 minutes” was certainly true and many of the surrounding areas of the city didn’t get anything.

Sadly we will not be traveling south to the Rally in the Valley  in Chandler, Arizona and will certainly miss seeing all of you.  I so enjoy giving space saving seminars and sharing both space and money saving ideas with everyone.  We hope you have a wonderful time at the rally and we look forward to seeing you down the road.   https://www.fmca.com/conventions-64/chandler/family-registration.html

 

Great Money Saving tip from Jillee:  Make your own All Natural Soft Scrub.   I do use Soft Scrub on my enamel kitchen sinks in the RV and while I haven’t tried her recipe I sure will.  I love how white and clean it makes the sinks.  She calls for Melaleuca which is Tree Tea Oil so feel free to replace that ingredient.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-an-all-natural-soft-scrub-cleanser?

 

I thought this was a great article on Kitchen hacks and tips that may or may not work.  Some I have tried and some I haven’t.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/cooking-hacks-review?

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Tree Tea Oil:  If you have or purchase tree tea oil to make the above All natural soft scrub here is a list of 25 other things it can be used for.  Remember all essential oils are very strong so the old adage of “If a little does a little good, a lot will do a lot of good” is not necessarily true.  http://everydayroots.com/tea-tree-oil-uses.

Tips to use Castile Soap: Castile soap also has lots of uses. And you can even make your own to make certain there are no chemicals hidden inside. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/castile-soap-benefits-uses/   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Liquid-Castile-Soap

 

And of course Baking Soda has tons of uses which I have covered in this newsletter years ago.  Here is a list of 51 uses.  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

 

We love hearing from you and having you share your tips, ideas, and stories that others might be interested in and Great Places to Visit so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

This past week I took this yummy recipe to a friend’s for lunch.  It is not only beautiful to look at but delicious as well.  Since it is no longer pomegranate season you may be able to find the arils frozen  If you  use frozen ones add them at the very last minute.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts.   file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Roasted%20Brussels%20Sprouts%20With%20Pomegranate%20and%20Hazelnuts.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  11 Small Towns Worth a Visit if you’re traveling through the area. It’s always fun to visit with people about what their idea of a small town is! 🙂  Growing up in rural Montana you can find lots of small towns with less than 200 people.  Sadly because of the Interstate highway and the economy, many small towns are quickly becoming ghost towns.  https://www.simplemost.com/small-american-towns-visit-vacation/.  Many of them have long time residents that can tell lots of interesting stories about any area you may be in.

 

Embrace the Journey …travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Until next time.

 

Please Read These Tips from RV Space Savers if You Have Pets

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Happy Presidents Day

Tomorrow is a federal holiday so when you go out to mail a letter, go to the bank or whatever remember it is a holiday for many.  Most of us remember celebrating Lincoln and Washington’s birthday separate but it changed in the mid-80’s.  Living in an RV or traveling most of us don’t pay attention to any holiday but the major ones.  We sure don’t and then wonder why the mail didn’t come or the bank was closed!

Great New Tip:  I love salads and always try to have cucumbers and radishes and carrots around to put in my romaine lettuce.  I hated chopping or slicing them.  Several weeks ago I was in Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a small flat mandoline to see if I would like it. Because it is flat so takes up very little room.  I am loving it to slice my veggies for my salad and am also finding other uses for it.  Things I have tried:  raw sliced potatoes; sliced Brussels sprouts, sliced zucchini, cabbage for coleslaw and green pepper slices.  In looking on the internet I find lots of other things to use it for that I hadn’t thought of but sure will be trying now that I have it,  Just be very careful and use the hand guard as the blade if very sharp.  The one I purchased makes the slices thin or thick by the pressure you put on the hand guard.  There are more expensive ones that dial the thickness for you.   I absolutely feel that it deserves a place in your RV if you do a lot of slicing.  I found this quick and easy sounding potato recipe online that I’m sure going to try.  It’s called Pommes Anna. 

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/pommes-anna/13841/

Another great tip:  Magazine holders come in all forms from metal to wicker to plastic, wooden and cardboard.  They can be attached standing up or laying down and used to store all kinds of things.  Try using them for your foil, plastic wrap, etc., curling iron and products, in the freezer to separate things, lay a wooden one on it’s side to use as a nightstand,  to hold plastic lids for all your plastic tubs, cutting boards, yarn or ribbon for crafts, pasta boxes (spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine, etc. socks and undies.  The list goes on and on about ways to use these little gems for organization.

Products I used this week: One of the things i use several of EVERY week is the Produce Keepers.  When we had the Norcold fridge I had 3  mini keepers that were always full of fruits and veggies.  Now that we have a residential fridge I have a 4 qt one that I keep lettuce in for weeks at a time.  And I have celery in one, cucumbers in another and grapes in a third one. Week to week it may change but I always have either romaine lettuce or baby spinach and cucumbers.  Also this week I used the safety knives, flat turner, salsa maker,  microwave mat, microwave spatter screen and avocado keeper. You can find them all here  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

And here is a quick and easy recipe I used the mandoline for: I used it to slice the potatoes, sausage, peppers and onions!

Sausage, Potato and Pepper Sir-fry

Slice 4-5 raw potatoes and brown in hot oil until they start to get crisp. Reduce heat.

In another frying pan to a little oil add sliced  sausage (I use Polish Kielbasa), sliced peppers (I use green but yellow, orange or red or a combination) and sliced onion.  Cook until sausage starts to brown and peppers and onions start to soften.  Add to the potatoes, stir all together season with salt and pepper, cover with a lid and simmer until done.  I don’t measure anything for this but I do use the entire ring of sausage and since Mike can’t have the peppers and onions I leave them large so he can pick them out.

*****************IMPORTANT*********************** PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE PETS!

I have received notice of several dog food recalls in the past few weeks so those of you who have cats and dogs need to be aware of these.  I have a Facebook group called RV Pet Care Reviews https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426372777582694/  where I post anything I get a notice on.  Feel free to join that group.  Also here are the 2 websites I get the information from.  http://iheartdogs.com/recall   http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com  and click on recalls.  You can also sign up to receive notices.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Near Vandenberg AFB Lompoc, CA

Can you imagine the time & effort that went into this project?

This is just amazing to me, not only is it huge, the proportions are correct. It took someone a lot of time to map it out and even more to plant it. I don’t know who they are, but thank you for what you have done. With things which are currently going on in our country, it is great to see the American Spirit is alive.

THE ONLY FLAG THAT DOESN’T FLY

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It’s a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.

Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834.

This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter, each Stripe is 30 feet wide.

This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen and women.

Also please say a prayer for all those in harms way due to the terrible flooding and dam breach.


Sadly I am researching this and can’t find where they still do this.  It was planted as a tribute after the 9/11 attacks by Bodger Seed Company which has been bought out by some other company.  However I am leaving it for all to see this once glorious tribute.  Sue reports a friend of theirs did get to see it but didn’t say when.

Until next time:

Know Before you Go from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day from RV Space Savers.

We have been in lots of parks that have Valentine parties, activities or dances which can be fun.  We hope you have a wonderful day where ever you are and whatever you do to make it special.

Know Before you Go  We still seem to be getting nasty weather in a lot of the country and pray that you all stay safe. Be sure to check the long range forecast for what area you plan to visit to hopefully know what is on the horizon weather wise.   Living in an RV  hopefully you can rearrange your plans or get out of an area before things get bad and travel to an area where things are better.

Tip from reader Danise:  Some of you may be planning a trip to Alaska or through the Canadian Provinces this summer and you may want to read this article and see if there is anything you need to be aware of and have in place before you trip.  Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  Know Before you Tow.  www.rvwest.com.  Search under articles for RV Tips and Tricks Know Before you Tow Regulations for towing in Canada and the US.  I tried to link the article but it wouldn’t allow me to.

Money Saving Tip from a Gentleman in line at Kroger:   I was visiting with a guy in line at Kroger a few weeks ago  and he had 2 of these Mistro Olive Oil Sprayers

he was purchasing.  He said he had borrowed one from a friend and fell in love with it so he was purchasing one for himself and one for his sister as a gift.  He said you can use any kind of oil in it and it saves a ton of money rather than purchasing cooking sprays that may be filled with things you’ve never heard of!  I also bough one and we are really liking it.  Mike can only have Canola or olive oil and we have tried both in the mister and so much cheaper than the canned cooking spray.

Great Space Saving Tip:  A hanging utensil rack made out of an old wooden paper towel holder.  Here are the directions.  http://www.hometalk.com/13774385/diy-rotating-cooking-utensil-storage-rack.  Sure would help save counter space.

Products I used the most this week:  Always the number one item is the Salsa Maker which I used to make guacamole for a Super Bowl Party, chop veggies for a soup and turn canned chopped tomatoes into puree for Swiss steak; 3 qt. bowl as I made a different kind of Norwegian Bread (so easy): measuring duo to heat the milk and bloom the yeast. I jut mixed everything together with the small fiskie.  And any time I make most things I use the collapsible measuring cups, magnetic spoons, silicone spatulas, food safety paring knives and the oven mitt.   Find these products and many more at  rvspacesavers.com.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

What RV Space Saver products have you used this week?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com..

Here is the recipe for the Nutritious Norwegian Bread which is so easy to make.  Makes great toast and is very hearty.

  https://mydearkitcheninhelsinki.com/2014/11/21/fjellbrod-a-nutritious-norwegian-bread/.

The only thing I did different was  used almond milk and  added 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds..  TIP:  When you sprinkle some of the seeds on top be sure to press them into the dough well before baking.

CloseOut Sale:  Oven Mitt.

 Regularly $14.00  On sale now only $10.00  while supplies last.  Hurry (only 3 left)

                                             Use for cooking inside or out.  

9″ glove with improved surface pattern for added grip

Heat resistant to 600 degrees

Silicone

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84

We love hearing from you, our readers.  Remember this newsletter is for you so if there are things you would like to see, have tips to share, great products you use or great places to visit, please let us know so we can share with others. email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  I ran across this article in the Passport America newsletter and thought “well how fun would this be?”  The Map of the World’s Longest Highway would certainly be the ultimate road trip.  Doesn’t sound like something you would want to do in your RV but what an adventure.  I had never heard of it.  Here is the article which I thought was pretty interesting.  https://www.inverse.com/article/27356-map-worlds-longest-highway-ultimate-road-trip.

This would take you on the JOURNEY of a lifetime and I thin it is one where you would be holding a lot of maps and making lots of memories.  Until our next journey together… “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Spending the winter in Seattle, I’m certainly ready for this!  Although much of the country has had some pretty cold, wet and windy weather so maybe most of us are ready for it!  That’s one of the things about living in an RV that is such a great life…if you don’t like the weather where you are you can always get ready for a “road trip.”

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and while many of us don’t have a favorite team or even care all that much about football, we love to get together for the party.  Good luck to both the Falcons and the Patriots.  And of course most of us love to share an appetizer with others and eat too much while we “graze” during the game and visiting with others. If you’re trying to watch your weight, make up one of the little snack tubs I had in last week’s newsletter.  My favorite to always take is Guacamole and Chips (something Mike can even eat)!  I tried a new recipe from the Cooking Matters class  that was a hit and also healthy.

Avocado Crunch

Put 2 peeled and chunked avocados in the Salsa Maker (Herb & Veggie Chopper) add juice from a lime (or lemon) and a pinch of sea salt.  Chop to the consistency you like your avocados (I like mine a little chunky).  Stir in 4 teaspoons of sunflower seeds.  Serve in the Guacamole Bowl with corn chips, wheat crackers or veggie slices.

And these tips on how to keep the guacamole green just in.  http://www.today.com/food/how-keep-guacamole-green-t102579?cid=eml_tfo_20170203

However I find that if I use lime in my guac it stays green longer than if I use lemon!

Another fun dip that is a little sweet but also was a big hit:

Pumpkin Dip  (this also from Cooking Matters)

In Salsa Maker mix one-half (15 oz) can cooked pumpkin with 1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese (softened and cut into chunks), 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of ground nutmeg.  Combine until well mixed.  Serve in a one of your collapsible storage bowls (with lid) with apple wedges and graham crackers.

More Tips:  If you want some other ideas here is 17 New Appetizer Ideas to try…some of which sound mighty good.  http://www.thekitchn.com/17-outrageous-recipes-for-super-bowl-sunday-227804?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=

 

Money saving Tip:  I read this tip a long time ago and we have been practicing it for a while now.  After posting the tip a couple of weeks ago about the dish soap in the kitchen Mike said  “I love the tip we use in the bathroom even more, have you told them about that?” We use a foaming hand soap by Dawn (the blue stuff).  Once we purchased the pump bottle, we are now able to buy the refill for much cheaper.  Fill the pump bottle one-third full of soap then add cold water until almost full.  Tip the bottle back and forth to mix the soap but do not shake.  It doesn’t dilute the soap too much and your hands still get clean. You can even do this with your shampoo.  It’s amazing how much money you will save.  Also you don’t have that nasty bar of soap and the scum it creates while wet.

A time saving tip:  If you have hard water or find it hard to scrub the back wall of your shower just hang a shower curtain against the back wall with a tension rod.  When it gets nasty just throw it in the washer with the front one with a little vinegar along with the detergent.  Comes out sparkling clean.   http://www.thriftyfun.com/Use-Second-Curtain-to-Keep-Shower-Wall-Clean.html

Great Places to Visit:  The Coca-Cola Museum.  There is one in Atlanta, GA and also one in Vicksburg, MS.  

This information is from  Nick Russel, The Gypsy Journal on the museum in Vicksburg.  Looks like a fun place to visit.  http://gypsyjournalrv.com/2017/01/coca-cola-museum/.

Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and stay safe in your travels until next time and remember to enjoy the journey.

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Well all you RVer’s…did you spend some time at the RV Show in Quartzsite?  We have been a couple of times but probably won’t ever go back.  And with the weather being so nasty this year, I’m sure it was pretty miserable for the vendors. Sadly like much of the rest of the RV industry attendance was down in Quartzsite and the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA.  As Rver’s, whether living in your RV, snowbirds or weekenders, we need to support things going on in our industry if we expect them to be there in years to come. Organizers and vendors are struggling to make these events cost effective as attendance continues to decline.  What would you like to see at these events that could make them better and more desirable to attend?  Please let us know your thoughts and ideas at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Money saving TIP: If like us, you eat very few potatoes but keep them around, here is a great tip for helping them last.  I did not know this but sure will try it.  http://www.cuisinivity.com/guide/2013/potato_sprout_031613.php.

Another money saving TIP:  Also here is a great way to store fresh herbs to keep them fresh longer..  We love to cook with cilantro and it doesn’t stay fresh very long but this helps it last a little longer. http://www.cuisinivity.com/guide/2014/how-to-keep-fresh-herbs.php

 

TIP:  We all know that potatoes should not be kept in the fridge as it turns the starch to sugar.  Here is a list of 5 fruits and veggies that should not be refrigerated.  http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_fresh_foods_you_shouldn_t_keep_in_your_refrigerator.

Tips for healthy and easy snacks that can be made ahead of time. 

No cook food prep. Homemade bistro box includes egg, almond butter, celery, jicama, carrots, sugar snap peas, apples, blueberries. The perfect snack – with healthy fats, carbs, proteins, and phytonutrients..  Substitute fresh fruit and veggies found at Farmers Markets in the south.  Also you can substitute hummus for the almond butter in some.  My daughter makes these all the time and they are so good and also easy to take along in a small cooler if you are going out sightseeing.

Products on Sale:  Only 2 days to get the FREE cotton mesh shopping bag.  

 

This week I made a huge pot of Lentil Soup (a recipe I have shared before) and a Norwegian Mountain Bread to take to my daughter and her husband.  Space Saver items I used the most this week: The Salsa Maker(my most used item); 3 qt. bowl; small fiske; chop n’ stir; paring knives; measuring cups and spoons; microwave mat; and 14 cup expandable food storage container.  Find them all here:  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35.  

Here is a photo and recipe for the Bread.  It is full of nuts and seeds and gluten free.

file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Norwegian%20Stone%20Age%20Bread%20made%20from%20Nuts.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  Giant Springs State Park Great Falls, MT

Home to the world’s largest freshwater spring & the Rainbow Dam, this park offers 2 miles of trails.  Its water has a constant temperature of 54 °F (12 °C) and originates from snowmelt in the Little Belt Mountains, 60 miles (97 km) away. According to chlorofluorocarbon dating, the water takes 50 years to travel underground before returning to the surface at the springs according to the placard at the state park.  So worth a stop on your way through Montana.  We visited several years ago and plan to go back in late May.  http://stateparks.mt.gov/giant-springs/.

Until next time a beautiful quote about your journey with you holding that map!

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Living and traveling in RV’s is becoming more and more popular and I get more and more requests of how to save space.  No matter the size of your RV, space is always an issue.  I too am always trying to find solutions to our own space saving issues and trying to help others.  And I know a lot of you have great space saving ideas so please share.

 

A Great  Money Saving Tip:  Pour your dish soap into a pump bottle to leave by the sink.  If your hands are nasty you can use the back of your hand to push on the pump to keep from spreading germs.  Look in the bathroom section of big box stores to find a pretty bottle that goes with your kitchen.  Or re-purpose a pump bottle you already have.

Another great tip:  This Good Grips Salad Shaker and Storage Bottle is a must if you make a lot of dressings or as I do, make a large batch of  balsamic dressing to use on my salads most nights.  It travels well in the upper cabinet with no spills and drips.  I have tried a multitude of things for my dressing and found this to be the best.  It comes in both a 1 cup and 1 1/2 cup size and can be purchased at big box stores and online.

Check out these 12 yummy and easy salads to make.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/ban-sad-salads?b

If like me, you love your slow cooker or crockpot this time of year, here is a link to some great tips and ideas.  http://www.today.com/food/11-slow-cooker-tips-tricks-every-home-cook-needs-know-t60156?cid=eml_tfo_20170110

Seems there are coupons for just about anything anymore except produce and meat.  Here is a list of 5 places you may be able to get some coupons to help with produce. If you are lucky enough to be in an area where there are fresh fruit and veggies this time of year, these won’t help but if you are having to buy at the supermarket, they can save you some money.   http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-secret-places-find-coupons-for-fresh-fruits-and-vegetables

Here are some great cleaning hacks that might be useful.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/elenamgarcia/go-get-your-neat-freak-on?

Here is another great non-toxic cleaner you will love to use.  A great kitchen cleaner on grease and grime.  Just Castile Soap, Orange Essential Oil and Distilled Water.  Mix together in a spray bottle.  http://www.hometalk.com/26620029/diy-grease-cleaner-spray?se=fol_new-20170114-1&date=20170114&slg=956df582e20060709f5756a2e7eebb00-15287402.

Products On Sale through January: 

Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!   Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152..

I have 3 mini basting brushes and use them all the time to brush butter on rolls, oil in baking pans and roasters, BBQ sauce on meats and marinade on both meat and fish.  And the cotton mesh shopping bags are kept in the vehicle for grocery shopping and easily washed after a couple of trips to the store.

RV Space Saver Products Used the most this week:    WashEZE  3 in1 laundry sheets works so well and takes up much less space than detergent and weighs way less as well.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

We use this Salsa Maker several times a week and this week I used it to chop onions, radishes, cilantro, cucumbers, apples and avocados for different things I was making.

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131

Note from customer Marilu:  “My salsa maker is my favorite gadget.  I gave them to the females in the family and they enjoy them”.  Thanks Marilu.

What is your favorite product from RV Space Savers?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com 

Great Places to Visit:  Road Trip to Ohio’s Majestic Castles

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/road-trip-castles-oh/?utm_source=oh-beaut&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=phil-ohio

 

Until next time a Point to Ponder on life’s journey.  Remember only you hold the map.