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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.