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:

Tips and Ideas for RVer’s and Saving Space

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We hope you are enjoying your summer and not in any danger of the horrible fires raging in the west.  I read an article some time ago that Rver’s should practice being able to pack up and be ready to move in 10 minutes or less.  In case there is an emergency, we need to be able to move in a hurry.  Could we do it?  Yes we could but things would be in a state of disarray until we could get somewhere to get organized.  Do we practice…sadly no we don’t.  But we have discussed it and would just unhook, pull the slides in and go.  Whatever was outside would just have to stay.  It is something to think about no matter where you are traveling, there can be almost any kind of emergency.  I found these apps several years ago and have chosen to download several of them on my phone.  I then have my phone set up to send me alerts if there is some weather emergency.  And I have had it send warnings several times regarding tornadoes when we were in Gillette, WY in 2012 for the FMCA and Escapade Rallies.  Here is the app:   http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.  Living and traveling in an RV can be a blessing or a curse in a weather emergency and it’s good to carry a NOAA weather radio.  There are apps for both Android and Iphones but read the reviews before you purchase.

New Tip:  Keep No More Than 30 Tops  I posted this tip on our Facebook RV Space Savers page the other day.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf15960723.tip.html A good idea whether you live and travel in an RV or not.  The idea saves space, keeps down clutter and if we are honest with ourselves we

probably don’t wear many of those T-shirts we seem to think we want from each attraction we stop at!  And I am as guilty as anyone.  I can’t tell you how much I spent on a “Little House on the Prairie” T-shirt I bought when we visited the area.  I just had to have it as I so love that book series and TV show.  And I have to admit I have worn it very little!  Speaking of cleaning the clutter and organizing your closet and clothes.  Here are 2 great products we sell to help you do that.

Hanging Organizer

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=136

This hanging organizer not only works great for shoes but I use them for jeans, T-shirts and  bath towels. It has 10 compartments and only takes up 7 inches of space in the closet.

 This scarf and belt hanger takes up almost no room.  It has ten holes but depending on how big the scarves or belts are it can hold more than that.  Because I have very few shirts, I use scarves to combine things I do have so I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same thing all the time.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=137

After sitting in one spot near our kids for the summer, I always go through our closet and donate things we no longer wear…remember the hanger trick!  I feel like we are starting out fresh and organized when we head south again.

Trips, Places to See and Things To Do.  Who remembered to watch the meteor shower last night?

Meteor shower

 

 

We totally forgot.  However I heard the best times to watch were between 2-5 a.m. so even if we hadn’t forgotten, we probably wouldn’t have seen it!

 

The things we so enjoy doing in the summer when we’re in the Seattle area are enjoy all the fresh Farmer’s Markets and all the wonderful produce.

Beautiful bunch of beans

Chanterelle Mushrooms

Peaches from eastern Washington

Gorgeous Local Dahlias

King Salmon caught that morning

Huckleberries

 

Beautiful offerings at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market.  It’s fun to visit with the farmers who are growing or picking and catching these things.  Lots of different choices, many of them organic and free range.  The huckleberries which are in short supply this year due to the drought are like little berries of gold!  $12.00 per cup!  Needless to say I left them there. Lots of beautiful black and blue berries which are plentiful. Homemade cheeses, free range eggs, wild salmon, homemade caramels (yum), beets, chard, cauliflower, several different kinds of mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes (reminded me of my mom’s).  And tons of other beautiful things all grown or raised in Washington.  Be sure and enjoy those markets where ever you are.  So much better than things bought in the supermarket and shipped in from who knows where.

If you have a Trip, Place To See or Thing To Do you would like to share please contact us and we are happy to put it in our newsletter.

Tips from Customers:  

From Danise:  Think outside the box…small space for trash container…. a small dog food container, rectangular with lid..fit nicely between stool and tub or other small  areas… discard the box which contains the  liners, put the extras in the bottom,which saves time and space.  Need thread??…..dental floss will work in many situations.  

From Marilu:  I love my rice cooker (that was in last week’s newsletter) to make rice and steam fresh veggies.

All great ideas…thanks for sharing

This idea was shared on Facebook this morning and since so many of us have animals, I thought it was worth sharing

Save a Pet

 

You can either make one yourself for your cat or dog and place it right behind your driver’s license or you can buy them here http://crittercozy.com/Household-Safety/home-alone-wallet-card.shtml. 

 

 

Please share with us your tips and ideas, trips, places to see and things to do, a guest article or any thing else you would like to share with others.  Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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Happy Travels

 

 

RV Tips from RV Space Savers

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I want to apologize for not keeping up with our newsletter. This living in an RV is one of the most incredible experiences of our life and I am always searching for space saving ideas to solve our own issues or those others have asked me about in seminars and by email. It’s amazing how life and health get in the way, then traveling and rallies and just life in general.  I have vowed to get back to our weekly newsletter as I hear from so many how much you enjoy it.

Our year started out as a busy one.  In January we had a booth at the FMCA Rally in Indio, CA where I gave 2 seminars.  Then on to Phoenix for the Good Sam/Camping World Rally where I gave a seminar and reportedly had the largest attendance of any seminar they have ever had at any rally they have ever held.  From there it was on to Tucson for the Escapade where I was able to give one seminar with the room overflowing.  Had a little rest then it was back to Pomona for the big FMCA Rally the end of March where I gave 2 seminars.  Many, many thanks to our dear friends Marilu and John Neally who helped us at the rallies.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

Not all tips I share are necessarily “space saving” but tips that work for those of us living in an RV, whether full or part time or just vacationing.

Here are a couple of great and useful tips for everyone.

Pledge Furniture Polish is not only great for dusting all the surfaces in your RV.  Don’t you wonder how all that dust gets in? 🙂  It is also great for keeping the seals in your toilet pliable and the toilet bowl is much easier to keep clean.  We spray our toilet at least twice a day.  An added bonus is that hubby hasn’t had to use that drain valve lube since.  Several of the last cans I bought the sprayers quit working so I love this new design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separating egg yolks is so easy with this method and I have used it in many of my seminars.  https://video-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpt1/v/t42.1790-2/11755267_10154034396128761_1031390353_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjMwMCwicmxhIjo1MTJ9&rl=300&vabr=131&oh=9d031aa3dd27c2a301b598181a953d73&oe=55A81880.

And speaking of eggs…this Omelet Maker is so easy to use in the microwave with very little cleanup.  Add a little milk or water to your eggs as you beat them and they will be fluffy.  I love to add chopped ham, green pepper, red onion and grape tomatoes to my omelet and I saute them a few minutes before adding them.  It is only $6.00 plus shipping.

A quick and easy meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Places To Visit

This spring after the rallies were over in the southwest, we took our time coming up the southern and central California coast and if this is not something you have done, be sure to put it on your bucket list with lots of time to explore.  While we saw many, many amazing things, too many to list, one of very favorite’s was the drive on Hwy 1 Big Sur in central California.  While it is not a great distance from Monterey there are so many places to stop and enjoy the incredible ocean views, it pretty much takes a full day.  And of course the trip would not be complete without a stop at Pfeiffer Beach which really is a purple sand beach.  The sand gets it color from manganese garnet deposits in the rocks around the secluded cove.  It is poorly marked so when you get close be sure to stop and ask the locals for directions.

Point Lobos Beach just south of Carmel.

The purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for harvest.

Have never seen such huge artichokes…watched them being harvested.

 

And of course while we were south we made it to lots of Farmer’s Markets to enjoy the bounty of whatever was being harvested.  One of our very favorite’s is the Old town Temecula Market.  Once we are back in Western Washington and it is berry season, we haunt any market close enough to get our fill of the delicious Washington berries.

Lots of beautiful Washington berries. Never seen such big blueberries.

Never realized there were so many different colors of beets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have places that you have visited that you would like to share with others, please email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com with photos and descriptions and we’ll share them with others.

We have a couple of groups on Facebook you might like to join that are great for travelers.

Trips, Places to See, Things to Do is a group listed by state and things there are to see and do in each state.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/.

RV Pet Care Reviews  is a group for those of us who travel with pets and lists vets, groomers, day care, etc. as well as articles regarding pets.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426372777582694/

And of course if you haven’t already liked our Facebook page RV Space Savers, please do so.  https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers.  I am always posting things of interest to Rver’s.

Tip from a fellow Rver:  Use the clear plastic nut containers (from Costco or Sam’s Club) to hold dry pet food.  Stays fresh longer and you can always see when you are running low.  Thanks Carol.  Also a great recycling tip!

And remember RV Space Savers is a proud supporter of the Military.  A portion of every sale is donated to help military families.

 

Keeping Your Pets Healthy While On The Road

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Wanted to share this site with all those who travel or camp with pets. I have contacted them and they update their site monthly and it is great information to refer to.http://www.capcvet.org/parasite-prevalence-maps
How at risk is your pet? View CAPC Parasite Prevalence Maps
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