We are happy to see the Thousand Trails in Palm Desert much fuller than it’s been. Lots of our Canadian friends have not made the trek south this year and we are missing them. I hear that other parks in the Palm Springs area are getting more RV’s as well now that the holidays are over. Mid-January, February and March are by far the busiest months in the Coachella Valley with several high profile golf tournaments going on, polo and tennis tournaments and folks coming back from their stay in the desert around Quartzsite. Reports are about 100,000 visitors to the RV Show with a smaller tent and fewer vendors. In its prime, Quartzsite had over 750,000 visitors in the winter. Sadly attendance is down at most rallies and shows across the country. For the most part those showing up now don’t live fulltime in their RV but are what many call snowbirds.
We hope everyone back east in the path of the storm is warm, safe and dry. It looks like a nasty one so please be safe out there everyone.
TIP: Cream of Tarter Many of us still have Cream of Tarter in our spice cabinets and use it to make egg whites frothy when making meringue.
But did you know it has lots of other uses as well?
1. Clean Aluminum Cookware. If your pots and pans are looking a little worse for the wear, try cleaning them with a paste of cream of tartar and water. Apply on the stains and wash as usual.
2. Clean Your Bathroom. Stained tub, sink or toilet? Don’t reach for harsh commercial cleaners. Instead, make a thick paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the stain. Let the paste dry fully before wiping clean.
3. Clean Stainless Steel and Other Metal Appliances. Polish your stainless steel and small metal appliances with a paste of water and cream of tartar.
4. DIY Baking Powder. If you’ve run out of baking powder, combine 1 part baking soda with 2 parts cream of tartar — it’s pretty much the same thing as baking powder. This is an especially good trick for people on gluten-free diets; many commercial baking powders contain gluten.
5. DIY “Play-Dough.” Do the little ones in your life love sculpting with Play-dough? Make your own with this great no-cook recipe.
6. Remove Clothing Spots. Cream of tartar is a fantastic alternative to harmful bleach. Make a paste out of cream of tartar and lemon juice and apply to the stain. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and then throw it in the wash.
7. Rehab Scratched Dishes. Make your dishes good as new by rubbing a paste of water and cream of tartar onto the scratch marks. Rinse clean.
8. Repel Ants. A paste made of cream of tartar and vinegar works wonders for repelling ants around the house.
Here is a link to more uses. http://www.mrsjanuary.com/simple-living/cream-of-tartar-uses/.
And here is another handy tip: When Cream of Tarter is on your list check out craft and kitchen stores, you may be able to buy it cheaper than at the supermarket.
Question: What kind of heat do you have in your RV? Ours is propane and we try hard to use it as little as possible. Some mornings we turn it on to take the chill off before the sun warms the RV. I have read several articles about which is cheaper when you are paying for both power and propane. What do you do? Do you use an electric heater? We have a small one that we can use if we have 50 AMP service but we also had an “Extend-a-Stay” installed so we can use an extra propane bottle if we are on 30 AMP.
NEW PRODUCTS: Have you heard of huckleberries? Have you tasted them? Huckleberries grow wild in the Northwest and are similar to a blueberry but much smaller, are a deeper color of a blue/red and range between tart to sweet.
They are smaller than blueberries and take much longer to pick. We absolutely love them and it’s fun to pick them in the mountains. We are now carrying a few huckleberry products so check them out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=41. Right now we have Huckleberry Jam, honey, syrup, Gummy bears and taffy. I love the jam and syrup on pancakes, toast, french toast, and cheesecake just to name a few. Mike loves the gummy bears and taffy. We will be adding more products in a few days. Try some on your morning toast or pancakes or some honey in a cup of tea or on a biscuit. A real treat.
Great Places To Visit: Many of you are in the Phoenix, Mesa area and there are some wonderful things to see.
Here is a link to 10 Day Trips From Phoenix. http://visitarizona.com/experience-and-share/arizona-insider/10-arizona-day-trips-from-phoenix. You may want to check them out. Sent in by Jan.
As always we love hearing from you and hope you will continue to send in your tips and ideas as well as Great Places to Visit. And would love to hear if you have other things you would like to see in the newsletter.
Until next week we wish you all safe travels and happy trails.