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Happy Thanksgiving and Greetings from Palm Springs Thousand Trails.  The park is furnishing the turkeys and we are all bringing traditional dishes to share in the fellowship of Thanksgiving. Even living in an RV,  I also do a turkey dinner for just Mike and I, with all our favorites, as we love the leftovers as much as the dinner itself.  Our little RV oven does a fine job on a turkey breast! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with many things to be thankful for.The park is quite empty but I imagine right after the holidays it will fill up fast and surely will be full for the FMCA Rally in Indio starting January 9th and several golf tournaments starting right after the first of the year. I held a seminar on Tuesday afternoon at the Rec Room which was very well attended and have plans to give several more on different space saving ideas while we’re here for the winter.  Seems most of us have issues with space and ways to save it on our rigs.

We dodged a bullet over the weekend as they predicted high winds starting an hour before the Street Fair closed but thankfully they missed us.  Our prayers go out to all those around the country who have been having such nasty weather already and those who got caught traveling in it.

Tip of the Week:

Spend some time going through your paperwork. Think of this?  500 sheets of Bond paper (17 x 22 inches) weigh 20 lbs, then a ream of paper cut to Letter size will be labeled as 20 lb. And if 500 sheets of Cover paper (20 x 26 inches) weigh 65 lbs, then a ream of this paper trimmed to tabloid size would be marked as 65lb.  How many sheets of paper are you carrying in your rig?

How much of it do you really need?  How much of it can you find somewhere else if you needed to refer to it?  Do you really need to save all those magazines?  Can you tear out the articles you really want to read.or can you read the article online?

Scanner

Can you scan your receipts and keep them on

Thumb drives

thumb drives or on the Cloud.

Cloud

I remember hearing when computers first came out that we would do away with paper!  What a joke that turned out to be.  Small portable scanners are fairly inexpensive and take up very little space.  Think about getting one and quit carrying around all that paper.

Also books are heavy.Can you read them online, your Smartphone, Kindle, laptop or notebook?

And think of all the space you would save besides the weight!  Be honest with yourself and do this with your traveling partner.  Things that may be important to one, may not be to the other.  But I guarantee you if you are honest with yourselves you will be able to create some new space.  Here’a a post to help you get started thinking about how to start your project.  http://www.lifetimemoms.com/how-to/8-ways-to-get-a-handle-on-paper-clutter  And here is a great article on what to keep and what to toss. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/03/conquer-the-paper-piles/index.htm.

Tip from a Customer:  Once you de-seed pomegranates you can freeze them.  She freezes them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together and when frozen puts them in Ziplock bags to use when they aren’t in season.  I have some in the freezer so will let you know how they turn out when I use them.  I can taste these great little bursts of fruit in a salad, dip or salsa.

New Products of the Week: These two new products are great for those holiday parties, RV get togethers, parties and make great gifts.

Guacamole Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Guacamole Bowl is shaped like an avocado.

Salsa Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Salsa Bowl is shaped like a red chili pepper.

They are ceramic and both are 3 pieces: bowl, lid and spoon and each hold 1.5 cups of dip. Check them out here.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161/  A cute but inexpensive gift idea.

On Sale This Week:  The Salsa To Your Taco Special 

Salsa Special from RV Space Savers

All you need to preserve the items you put in your Salsa.  Includes: Salsa Maker, Tomato tool, Salsa Bowl, Tomato Keeper, Onion Keeper and Citrus Keeper. A $62.00 value now only $49.50 for a limited time only.  We’ll also include our favorite recipes for Guacamole and Salsa.

Great Places To Visit:  Usually the night after Thanksgiving many cities and towns hold their lighting ceremonies and I’m sure you will find some in your area.  

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

We have seen some gorgeous ones in different cities so be sure to check them out wherever you are.  And if you’ve not heard of it there is a show on TV called “The Great Christmas Light Fight” which starts on December 7th on ABC.  If you enjoy that kind of thing be sure to check it out.  http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-christmas-light-fight.

During this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you our readers, customers, followers, family and friends, our health, wonderful lifestyle and freedoms we have.  We wish you too many, many things to be thankful for this Thursday and all year long.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of France and Paris during this difficult and tragic time in their history.

A special thank you to all our military personnel fighting for our freedom and especially those families who can not be with their loved ones during the holiday season.

NOTE:  All orders need to reach us by December 10th to insure you will receive them in time for Christmas

 

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Boy getting up at 3:30 a.m. 2 days in a row takes a toll on these old folks and even on our little CoCo!  We have to be at the College of the Desert grounds to set up for the Street Fair between 4:30-4:45 for the open at 7 a.m.

But even by the second day we were getting better at both setting up and taking down so hopefully it will get faster each week and we can get a little more sleep!  It was a fun weekend and we met several people who we have met at other shows and rallies which is always so fun for us.  And demoing the guacamole was a HUGE hit with everyone.

This week I will be demoing the Fresh Salsa as well so we’ll see how that goes.  Come out and say hi if you are in the Palm Springs area…open from 7-2 both Saturday and Sunday.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Lemons and Limes are being harvested right now in California so they are pretty reasonable.  If you can find a good deal on them, buy a bunch and put them in the freezer for later use.  Just give them a good wash first.  This information came from a friend.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky, wine…. the list is endless. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles. What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting. As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!  And this is a great article About Why and How to Freeze Lemons and Limes. http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/how-and-why-you-need-to-freeze-lemons/.  I certainly can not or will I vouch for the health benefits of lemons and limes but they are a great source of Vitamin C and we do love the taste they give food.

And remember the tip we talked about within the past couple of weeks about the gasket on the washer.  While we got a lot of feedback about this, this photo came to my Facebook page this morning and felt it was important to share it.  Dryer caught on fire caused by lint buildup.

 

Dryer fire caused by a lint buildup

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep the lint traps and around your machine free of lint so this doesn’t happen to you.  It is one of the top 10 causes of house fires!  We never leave ours on when we’re away from home.  http://www.laundry-alternative.com/how-to-prevent-clothes-dryer-fires/

Product and Sale of the Week:  

Holiday Avocado and Tomato Tool Special  

Only $15.00.  Purchase the Avocado Tool at regular price ($10.00) and get the 3-in-1 Tomato Tool for half price ($5.00)

RV Space Savers Holiday Special

Make great Christmas gifts and socking stuffers.  

Avocado Tool

Specially designed knife and cover for slicing, pitting and scooping avocados

Knife cover doubles as a spoon to scoop fresh avocado from skin

Pit remover on end of knife handle safely removes avocado pit

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Polypropylene, nylon, stainless steel and silicone

Also works great on Kiwi and other fruit and vegetables

3-in-1 Tomato Tool

Serrated blade easily cuts through ripe tomatoes

Tomato fork tip serves and transfers individual slices

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Knife cover doubles as a coring and de-seeding tool

Polypropylene and stainless steel

All-in-one tomato preparation tool

Core/de-seed, slice and serve’

Also works great to hull and slice strawberries

Limited time only

Offer ends at midnight on Small Business Saturday  November 28th.

No substitutions.

 

Great Places To Visit:

Since we are both originally from Montana, we are pretty partial to the gorgeous scenery the state has to offer and I have written about some of the small towns in the state on Trips, Places To See and Things To Do but wanted to share this fly-over someone sent me the other day.  It is a jaw-dropping video.  There are so many, many wonderful places to visit, try to give yourself enough time to spend several weeks there (in the summer and fall of course)!  Unless you love to ski and Montana has some great sking.  Also if you have never visited Yellowstone Park in the winter and taken a snowcat, it is worth the trip.  A state you really need to put on your bucket list.  http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/montana-wowza/.

Next week will be a busy week for us.  On Tuesday I am giving a “space saver” seminar in the recreation hall at Palm Desert Thousand Trails and on Wednesday I am being interviewed for a Podcast with Mike Wendland of Roadtreking on Space Saving Ideas which is exciting.  Mike is a journalist for FMCA and he and his wife travel in a Class B RV.  I also offered to help in any way I can with the Thanksgiving Dinner that will be held here at the park. I will try my best to get a newsletter out next week!  Until then we wish you safe travels and good health.  We always love hearing from you.  Visit us at  www.rvspacesavers.com.  Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/.  Because of you we are  continuing to grow with almost 2500 likes.  Please keep passing our page on to others.  And remember we love hearing from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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Next Wednesday, November 11th  is a Great Day in Our History and we would like to thank and honor all of the Veterans.  We thank you for your service.   Here is a list of Free Meals and Discounts to honor our Vets. http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/.   Please contact any and all Vets you know and show your appreciation.

Tomorrow we head for the Thousand Trails in Palm Desert for 3 weeks.  We will be setting up at the College of the Desert Street Fair every Saturday and Sunday except Christmas if our kids come down for a visit.   Market is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. so we’ll be “early birds” those 2 days a week!. Booth # 272B on the west side. I’m sure it will take us a time or two to get it all organized like we want it.  Having received some of our products on special, we wanted to pass them along to you, our faithful readers…more on that later in the newsletter.

TIP of the WEEK:  Because we are such avocado nuts at our house and have one almost every night for dinner especially when we are in southern California and near Fallbrook, the Avocado Capital of the World, it is pretty easy to get them for a cheap price and they are oh so good.  We use them in salads, on sandwiches (ever try a peanut butter sandwich with slices of avocados?  Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!), or just to share.  With the avocado tools we have, it makes preparing one really easy.  I am asked very often how to decide if an avocado is ripe and we were told this when we toured an avocado packing plant years ago and I wanted to share.  If you are purchasing them to have in a few days and not ripen right away, NEVER choose ones that the little button stem is missing and keep them in the fridge at 40 degrees so they will last.  Here is a great article about how to take care of avocados.  http://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/how-to-ripen-an-avocado.

Speaking of avocados, we have some new products that we love. Besides the Avocado tool

which we have featured before and is one of my very favorite tools and the Avocado Keeper,

we also have 2 new tools for avocados.  One is an avocado slicer

Avocado Slicer

which makes perfect slices of avocados for sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc.  And a great idea for serving guacamole and dips this cute 3 piece Guacamole bowl

with lid and ladle.  You can find them all on our website and they would make great gifts. www.rvspacesavers.com 

Product on Special:  As promised, we received a special on these Herb & Veggie Choppers (now called Salsa Makers) and wanted to pass the savings on to you.  From now until midnight on Black Friday 11-27-15 buy one chopper and receive a 2nd one for half price.  What great gifts and stocking stuffers.  Or buy one for the house and another for the RV.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=164.  There is a separate link for it on our website to make sure you get the sale.

And from our readers:  

Loved using the rice steamer recently.  My observation…. used the full amounts per instructions, as was doing a stir fry for a chapter pot luck… It made a bit of a mess in the microwave as there was some boilover.  I won’t use quite so much next time, but the product itself was marvelous.   And I love the idea of using it for veggies, too.

 Safety reminder…. we were on our way EARLY this AM to our water aerobics exercise class.  Saw a lady heading for her bus…. black umbrella, navy raincoat…almost invisible in the dark, rainy conditions.   Also, our youngsters are out and about in dark jeans, navy jackets, etc.   Be aware of how you are dressed.  I almost hit a child in dark clothing, riding a bike with no lights or reflectors at dusk several months ago. Please  drive safely.  What a great reminder to us all!

Thanks Danise for all your ideas. I so appreciate you most always having a comment or two for everyone to think about. And while being here in Wilderness Lakes, we have met and visited with 2 couples who have attended our seminars in various rallies across the U.S.  Such fun for us.

Great Places To Visit: This week we drove to the Oceanview Gem Mine in Pala, CA which is northeast of San Diego and southeast of Wilderness Lakes.  While you are no longer able to go in to the mine, they do have a place where they bring tailings down from the mine and you can buy a bucket and sift through to find some gems. http://www.palagems.com/mining.htm.  We did not do it but there were lots of folks who did and several found some beautiful small gems.  They are only open on weekends for mining. 

 

 

 

 

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And of course here is my favorite pumpkin

GO SEAHAWKS!

We are at Wilderness RV Park in Menifee and they have tons of things going on tonight for kids including train rides and a Haunted House.  We understand we get over 100 trick or treaters so we’re ready for a fun evening to see them all dressed up in their costumes.  Lots of folks live close and bring their RV’s for the festivities and bring along the grandkiddies.  I would say that a park full of RVer’s would be a pretty safe place to let your kids trick or treat in this day and age.  UPDATE:  I am finishing this newsletter on Sunday as we had friends stop by that we hadn’t seen since February so had a great visit with them and missed the festivities.  And sadly we didn’t have one trick or treater…candy anyone? 🙂

SInce the Temecula area is one of our favorite places we have visited the Farmer’s Market three times this week and have gotten some gorgeous produce and my favorite Balsamic Vinegars…one Fig and one Pomegranate, and my favorite Avocado Oil…Original and Lime.  As you can guess all my produce keepers

RV Space Savers Mini Produce Keeper

are full!  Together they make an excellent light oil and vinegar dressing for salads.  Also got some fresh limes,

Fresh Limes

Hass avocados and pomegranates that are to die for as they are picked fresh and so sweet.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Since I love pomegranates and they are messy to peel and eat, I am always trying new ways I read about to make that process easier and believe me I have tried everything I have ever read about!  And I FINALLY found the perfect solution and they don’t bleed when you cut into them. Takes just a few minutes to extract the seeds (arils).  Use them in cooking, baking or just eating. Click on this link for directions. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Cut-a-Pomegranate/?ALLSTEPS.  And according to WebMD they have many health benefits.  You can read about them here.  http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/pomegranate-power.  I can”t believe how inexpensive they are here in California where they are grown and harvested from September through December.  One of the growers told us that when they were first introduced to the U.S., they were grown strictly as a windbreak!  And now look at all the health benefits they have found they provide. 1/2 cup of seeds has only 80 calories and 0 fat!  Here are some fun facts about pomegranates.  http://fruitfacts-sastha.blogspot.com/2012/07/fun-facts-about-pomegranate.html.

NOTES FROM OUR READERS:

I had several comments from readers about the washer/dryer information from last week.

Ever since I learned about WashEze at one of your seminars, I bought it immediately and think it’s the cat’s meow!!  I have a separate washer and dryer and even when I still had a sticks and bricks house I left my washer door open to dry out, only after I wiped out the seal (behind the seal) and never had a mold problem.  I also spray the inside of the seal with vinegar to kill anything that might grow there maybe once a month and let it dry by itself.  In addition, I put a container of DampRid in the washer at all times when I am not washing.  As you can gather from my comments I am compulsive about mold and mildew prevention.   Thanks Marijke…great ideas.

I have the same type of washing machine. Our dryer was not working well. Took it into an rv repair shop. They pulled it out and proceeded to pull several pounds of lint out of the dryer vent. Apparently the design of those vents do not work well.  The lint build up in it. They told us to check it every year.    Also white vinegar would work well to keep the gasket mould free. I also put about 3/4 a cup in where u put the softener and do an extra rinse if possible. It keeps the washer and pipes calcium free – takes the extra soap out of your clothes and preserves your color!  Great information Arlene…thanks

Great article and I have never in 5 years of full timing had a smell and never think to check that.  I will do this Sunday and get in the habit of doing it more often.  Good idea Marilu.  I didn’t used to do it either until I found one of those little glass cleaning cloths tucked in the fold!

And this from Danise…A Warning about White Vinegar.  http://savingdinner.com/white-vinegar-black-list/#.  I did a Google search and there are several articles about this so if you are concerned, buy organic vinegar which I will be doing as I have told you about my “potion” about saving berries and it really works.  Will be keeping my eyes open and would appreciate hearing from anyone who finds it.  Here is another article worth reading. http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2010/05/white-vinegar-household-essential.html.  Thanks for the heads up on this Danise.

NEW PRODUCT:  We have added several new products in the past few weeks so be sure to take a look at our website  Many would make great stocking stuffers.  One of our new favorites is the Lemon/Lime Squeezer.

And with it the beginning of the lemon and lime harvest it is a great gadget to not only use for fresh juice but to buy them on sale while they are at their peak and the cheapest and freeze the juice for later use.  TIP: Freeze in ice cube trays so you can only thaw what you need. Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=158

Great Places To VIsit:  My place of the week is the Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town.

Old Town Temecula

If you are in the area, it is a must stop.  They are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. noon.

Temecula Market

And it is so fun to visit with the growers who are there selling their produce.

Mushrooms anyone?

Yummy Berries

I don’t know how many vendors are there but it is a nice sized market and the produce

is excellent.  http://myfarmersmarkets.blogspot.com/

And it will soon be time for the date harvest.

Dates are almost ready.

These pictures are taken coming into Wilderness Lakes.

Wonder who gets the dates when they’re

ready?

Starting next Saturday and Sunday RV Space Savers will have a booth at the College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert.  Booth number will be 272B along the west edge of the lot.  We’ll be doing some fun new things and demoing some new products. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope if you’re in the area you’ll stop by and say hello.http://www.codaastreetfair.com/content/home.aspx .

 

Until next week, we hope you had a fun Halloween and have a great week.

Someone sure loves Halloween.

Here’s a photo of our favorite decked out RV in the park.  Not sure where they store all these things the rest of the year but it sure was creative.

 

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