RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Beach or the MountainsWhere do you love to spend your summers?  I love the beach and Mike loves the mountains so we spend time doing both.  To me there is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crash up on the beach.  To Mike the smell of clean, fresh air and no people are his ‘go to’ place.  Do you and your traveling companion have a favorite place to relax and renew?

August brings hot days to much of the country including the Northwest.  We have ‘heat warnings’ this week which is unusual for this area.    Once August rolls around, many of us are starting to plan and making reservations on where we will spend the winter. Sadly it also brings fire dangers across the west..  According to the USDA Forest Service as of today there are 32 uncontained large fires  in the west. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/  So be very careful out there and be sure to check out any area you plan to visit.

Important Tip:  With all the crazy weather happening all across the country, now is a good time to review your emergency plan.  And if you don’t have one promise yourself you will make one today!  Also do you have your ‘bug-out’ or ‘ditch’ bag made and ready to grab in a moments notice?  We have discussed this in many seminars and I hope you downloaded a copy from the website for reference. I have read several times that you need to be able to evacuate within 10 minutes…could you do it?  What is most important to grab IF you have time to grab anything?  In my book Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams there are a couple of great articles written by readers Danise and Kathryn on Emergency procedures and plans so if you don’t have your copy, you should order it today.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177.  Another great tip from Danise.

A Great Beach Tip: Here are some great ideas to enjoy a day at the beach.  A few things prepared ahead will make it more enjoyable and cleanup much easier.  1) Line the trunk of the car with an old sheet, a shower curtain or plastic table cloth that you’ve picked up at the Dollar Store.  When you get home just grab all four corners and lift out of the trunk and the mess is gone.  2) Put another shower curtain or table cloth under your beach blanket which will keep the sand from getting embedded in the blanket or towel.  3)  Take lots of sunscreen and apply it often.  4)  Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck.  5) Use a mesh beach bag so the sand falls through.  6) Invest in a pair of beach shoes so if the beach is rocky, you can still wade in the water.  7)  If you are a shell collector like I am, take a mesh produce bag to put your finds in so the sand sifts out…when you get them home, rinse the sand off and soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for several hours or cover with toothpaste and let them sit several hours or over night.  Then take an old soft toothbrush to clean them off, rinse well and let dry.  Next rub them with a little mineral oil to give them a shine.  A fun and small memento of your day at the beach and the best part of it all…none of these things take up much room in your RV.  I have Mike drill a hole in them and hang them on our little tree at Christmas.

 

Easy and time saving TIP:  Don’t have anywhere to hang those clothes as they come out of the dryer?  Purchase a flange at the hardware store along with a 12 inch piece of pipe that will screw into the flange and a rubber end for the flange.  Hang the flange in a handy place close to the dryer and when doing laundry screw the pipe into the flange for a great place to hang those shirts, etc as they come out of the dryer and to cool down.  When finished with the laundry, be sure to unscrew the pipe and store beside the washer/dryer. *Taken from a post by Deedee Pearce on Facebook.

As I told you last week, I am starting a redecorating project in our motor home.  I decided to start first in the bathroom but want a continuous look throughout so colors, fabrics and styles will all compliment each other. This is a before photo.  I have now removed the old border, installed Smart Tiles from Home Depot and primed with the Gardz primer I told you about last week.  I am now waiting for the fabric samples to finalize my paint color.  Eventually the cabinets will be painted white but that will come as I have time.  Our vintage, 2004 has gold and brass metal and rather then replace what can be (lights and towel bars) and what can’t (the shower surround) I am opting to use a product called Rub ‘n Buff in silver. It is easy to use and I did the light fixture yesterday.  I still need to buff it to a shine but we put the bulbs back in as it got dark so will finish it up today. As I continue with the process i will keep you posted and if you have any questions, please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

When in San Francisco  we had some amazing food.  I gave you one of them in last week’s newsletter  and here is another that is super and healthy besides. Fried Brussel Sprouts/Cauliflower/Bacon.

I used the Safety paring knives https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=69   to slice the sprouts in half and cube the bacon.  I used the slicer/mandolin to slice the cauliflower. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=175  Saute the bacon first in a frying pan until crisp.  Remove and reserve.  In the drippings saute the sprouts and cauliflower until slightly brown then cover to steam until al dente.  Season with sea salt and toss with the bacon using the fiskie. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  Serve immediately. They served it with ground aleppo pepper which we chose to leave off.  OMG a yummy quick and easy side dish.

And the item I use the very most this time of year during produce season in  the Northwest are the four (yes 4) Collapsible Produce Keepers https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63  They are all full of yummy fresh produce from Farmers Markets. One with my favorite berries…tayberries, one with small cucumbers that I love to just eat fresh, one with Romaine lettuce and the 4th one with snap peas but I vary what might be in any of them from time to time.  It is so amazing how long things last in the keepers.

Great Places to Visit:  Wings Over Washington…on the Seattle waterfront.  A fun ride that is pretty new to the waterfront.  My kids have done it and say it is better than “Soaring” the Disneyland ride. http://www.wingsoverwa.com/  And while you’re downtown be sure to drive just north to the Ballard area and shop at the  Purple Store!  I haven’t been yet but sounds like a fun place to visit! https://www.thepurplestore.com/seattle.shtml.  And a must along the way is the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle.  https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/.

Do you have recipes to share?  A great place to visit? Tips to share with fellow Rver’s? Know anyone who would be interested in purchasing our business?  We would love to hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I thought this was a fun quote about those of us who travel in an RV because we all love the journey and where it takes us.  And our beautiful United States is filled with breathtaking scenery, things to do and people to meet.  Our wish is that someday we meet you in our travels.  I love to meet people who say “Oh I took your seminar in X” or we met in “Y” at a rally or at a potluck in “anywhere USA.”

Until next time travel safe.  Gail and Mike

 

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 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.

Lots of Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

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

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

Happy Easter from RV Space Savers

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Happy Easter

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Monday morning we leave for 3 weeks in Yuma for 3 rallies.  The first is the FMA (Fleetwood) then the Freightliner and ending with the Alfa Rally.  We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  We met some Alfa and Fleetwood owners here that are headed for the rallies and also are living in their RV.  Hope to see many of you there.  I will be giving space savers seminars at all three rallies.  Even though it is Easter weekend and most kids are out of school, the park here in Palm Springs is only about half full.  The weather is beautiful although one day earlier in the week we had a horrible wind storm.

Sand storm in Palm Springs

It reminded me of a Montana blizzard only with sand instead of snow!

As I reported in a newsletter  a few weeks ago, Mike broke the wand off the kitchen faucet and we had to replace it.  We were in Vegas at the time and the only thing we could find that would fit was a shiny chrome one (not what we wanted)!  It was already looking terrible with water spots from the water here and I found this NEW TIP that really works!  Use wax paper to rub all over the faucet to clean off the water spots.  I have given tips before about all the things you could do with wax paper and it deserved a place in your RV.  Well now you have one more reason!  It really does last about a week.  http://tiphero.com/keep-faucet-clean/? 

We try not to keep too much extra food around because of space and weight but do like to have some things around and of course we all have to have the basics: flour, sugar, butter, spices, vinegar, oil, etc.  And if you’re like us, some nights we look at each other and say “what are we going to fix for dinner?”  I was reading an article the other day and found this site that I thought was a great tip for all of us.  It’s called My Fridge Food and you can put in the ingredients you have on hand and tell it if you want to make a meal, dessert, snack, etc., and up it pops with recipe ideas.  I have used it a couple of times this week and have gotten some pretty good ideas.  Sadly because of all of Mike’s food issues the recipes included things he couldn’t have but I thought it was a great resource.  The other thing I like about it is if you need something for a potluck or cocktail party, you may not even have to go shopping to make something.  http://myfridgefood.com/. Can I just tell you if I haven’t already, I hate shopping so this site will really work for me.

The Wait is Over…California Avocados are now in Season.  YEAH!   http://email.californiaavocado.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=23847261146&ch=

624E9CA4D0258E152B870B587491BD75&h=cb31c39bb41a563cbcaeaa9bd0ae82b6&ei=6nJQnkANw.   Look for the Grown in California label.

California Avocados

Here is a list of all the varieties of avocados grown  in California. We love being in Southern California during avocado season!  We share an avocado almost every day while we are down here.  They are so yummy and good for you.   http://www.californiaavocado.com/how-tos/avocado-varieties.aspx. And don’t forget all the products we carry to use with avocados.

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

Tomato Tool for chopping tomatoes for Guacamole or Salsa

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

Avocado Slicer

Lemon/lime Squeezer (to squeeze fresh juice into that Guacamole)

Citrus Keeper

Guacamole Serving Bowl

Tomato Keeper (to keep the other half of tomato from the guacamole)

Avocado Keeper

Onion Keeper (to keep the onion not put in the guacamole)

We use them all and you can find them all on www.rvspacesavers.com. I not only use the Salsa Maker to make Salsa but also to make Guacamole.  I put the tomatoes or pomegranates in at the end.  I did a demonstration using the Salsa Maker to a group last week on “How to Make Pomegranate Guacamole.”   They loved it!  While the “season” for pomegranates is over, you can find cups of the arils in the produce section of most supermarkets. 

Sadly I still don’t have the pictures of our new products that I promised would be here this week…hopefully this coming week. 🙁

New Reader Tip:  

New use…. the oven tool is marvelous for lifting tea bags out of the mug…. the kind of tea that has no strings/label.

Oven Push/Pull

Thanks Danise…a great idea.  I love hearing from our customers how they use our products for things other than for what they were intended.  Lets hear from the rest of you…how do you use our products?  www.rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  Discover the Giant Forgotten Arrows That Guide Travelers Across America.  I thought this was such a cool story and one I had never heard of.  It would be fun to find some of these.

Giant Arrow

 

Map of Route Where You May Find Arrows

http://www.americanews.com/gallery/society/2015/10/20/discover-forgotten-giant-arrows-guide-travelers-across-america/slide/1.  You can also read about it on Snopes.  http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/arrows.asp. This might be a fun trip to plan this summer if you are going to be in any of these areas.

Our Prayers

Praying for all the families and friends of the Brussels bombings.  And praising all those First Responders not only in Brussels but all those who serve here in the United States. Thank you for all you do.  Please be safe out there.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day Tips & Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  The weather is warming up in the Coachella Valley with day time temperatures in the mid-80’s.  This was what we had been waiting for when it was in the low 30’s at night!   

President Obama arrives in the valley today for 4 days so traffic on the west end of the valley will be a nightmare and no place to be.  According to the news there will be lots of folks lining the travel route to catch a glimpse of the President and of course those who are protesting a variety of issues.  A good place to be as far away from as possible!

TIP:  A great tip for your Special Valentine!  This is one of the easiest tips I think I have ever posted and doesn’t save space but sure saves time!  The park was hosting a Pool Party and we were all to bring a dish to share.  I happened to be at Costco and saw a vanilla cheesecake that I thought would be fun to make my own.  I had some caramel which I heated and added at least 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.  I let that cool then poured over the top of the cheesecake then sprinkled it with lightly sea salted roasted almonds that I had chopped in the Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

(one of my very favorite products and used to be called an Herb & Veggie Chopper https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131 ).  I chilled in the refrigerator overnight so the caramel was set but not hard.  It was a huge hit!  Everyone wanted to know what it was and who made it…and it was the only dessert that was completely gone at the end of the potluck.  So if you need a new idea give this a try.

Tip from Danise:  Have been taking a free cooking class offered/sponsored by the federal govt.  It’s always interesting to get new info/ideas &/or reinforce what one already sort of knows.  As a result of something that I learned I went on to the internet.  It concerned taking care of your knives and choosing good cutting boards.  The site recommends a bamboo for fruits/veggies, and a plastic one for meats.  Glass is very hard on knife blades.  Also recommends oiling whatever wooden board you have, using food quality mineral oil.  Great tips Danise.  It is so important to use different boards for meat, fish and chicken than you do for fruit and veggies.

Product Sale:  While supplies last.  The following 3 items are on sale while supplies last for only $5.00 each.  

Small spatula  Regularly $6.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=105

 

Medium spatula  Regularly $7.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=106

Truetap double hinged Corkscrew Regularly $7.00  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=110

Please Note: The Utensils that have been on sale are gone.  Thank you for your orders.

Great Places to Visit:  Groom Cross.   I wanted to add a note about another wonderful place to visit.  If you are traveling east on I-40 through Texas, you should take time for a stop in Groom, TX.  There is a giant cross that stands 193 feet high, and can be seen from 5 miles away on the Interstate.  We have been there twice now.  Besides the giant cross, you will find the stations of the cross, a tribute to aborted babies, a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the last Supper.  There is a very beautiful grotto, and an incredible gift shop on the site.  There is also a theater where you can watch a short video that is very moving.  It is well worth the time you will spend there.  Thanks Jim & Sue.  It looks like a wonderful place to visit.  Here is a link to more information. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12568

That’s all for this time.  Safe and happy travels everyone.  We love hearing from you with your tips and ideas.  Contact us at rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

 

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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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The RVIA Show in Pomona, CA is in the books for another year. They had record attendance in spite of the record temperatures the first 3 days of the show.  We were told it was 107 degrees inside the tent where the vendors were and I certainly would believe that.  I did have excellent attendance at all of my seminars which people seem to enjoy.  While not a lot of folks are living in an RV, there are lots who dream of doing that and many more others who love the time they spend traveling in their RV.  Whether going on weekend trips, two week vacations, or a few months on the road, Rver’s love the lifestyle and everyone has a space and weight issue.

You may have noticed the past couple of weeks the title of the newsletter was different.  I wanted to do a test to see which seemed to have the highest interest to our readers.  Needless to say you can see by the title which received the most opens!

Tip of the Week:  Anyone who has a washer/dryer or a combo in their RV has a front loading machine.  We love our combo and I use it for everything but sheets, blankets and rugs.

RV washer/dryer combo

I came across this article the other day and thought oh my, I had better check the gasket in mine.  I do keep it wiped out but didn’t stop to think that the spots I couldn’t wipe out were mold!  This is a great article on how to clean that gasket if it needs it.  Thankfully mine didn’t smell and since I do keep it wiped out one application of 50/50 bleach and water did the trick.   http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/2013/09/how-to-clean-your-washing-machine.html#_a5y_p=989528.  And don’t forget if you are using

WashEZE  3-in-1 laundry sheets don’t forget to cut the sheets in thirds and put each in a lingerie bag before putting it in the washer.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Reader Tips:  Danise writes…I recently bought a fresh turkey breast… a bit pricey initially, but  good value for the number of meals the two of us got out of it… turkey dinner, hot turkey sandwiches,  turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, and several cold turkey sandwiches.  Now the bones are simmering on the stove for a pot of soup…  The one item I wanted to share besides being able to get so much value out of the breast, is when simmering bones of any kind add some vinegar… I used about a 1/4 cut for this pot.   The vinegar releases the calcium from the bones and the odor dissipates.   More nutritious that way.   What a great idea Danise.  You made me hungry for turkey and all the trimmings!

And from Marilu…I swapped the water for a can of coconut milk and added water to make up the balance of the moisture when using my microwave Rice Cooker.. I usually useThai Kitchen coconut milk unsweetened.  It is 13.66 ounce and I add enough water to give the liquid.  Next time I will try sweetened.  I usually use white rice but next time I am at the store I will pick up some brown rice and try that.  We like brown rice too so it will be a good change.  I read if you put in 1 teaspoon salt you will get more of a coconut flavor.   Can’t wait to try it Marilu.  I sure love that rice cooker and thanks to your tip I also use it to steam veggies.

Do you have a tip to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  I would love to include you tips as well.

 

New Product:  We are so excited about this new product.  With so much of the west in a drought situation, we discovered these new Instant-Off Water Saver products.

Instant-Off Water Saver

They replace the aerator,  fit any standard faucet and include an adapter for a male or female faucet.  The push rods come in different lengths and some have a constant water flow option if you need to leave the water on for a few minutes.  They save a lot of water and also by using them, you aren’t cross contaminating if your hands are dirty.

  •  Reduces Water and Saves Costs by Eliminating Wasted Water at Faucets
  • Reduces the Spread of Germs Caused by Touching Faucet Handles
  •  Replaces the Aerator on ANY Faucet
  •  Dual Threaded – Has Internal & External Threads
  •   Stops Drippy Faucets
  •   Pays for itself in 1-4 Months
The rod sizes are all listed separate on the website but here is the link to the one designed for RV bathroom sinks.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=153.
Great Places To Visit:  Today I found 2 trips that I thought would be fun to take.  The first is “A Year-long road trip in 70 degree weather.”  http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/10/a-13235-mile-road-trip-for-70-degree-weather-every-day/411406/?utm_source=atlfb.  And the other “A trip to all National Parks in the lower 48 states.”  https://www.islebox.com/2015/national-parks-road-trip/.  I thought both would be fun and something some of you may want to think about in your travels.
We’re spending a week or so at Wilderness Lakes RV Park in Menifee catching up after the 10 day show, seeing friends and visiting our favorite Farmer’s Market tomorrow in Temecula.  I have a list of things I always buy there that I can’t find anywhere else and love their fruits and vegetables. All of the produce is absolutely beautiful.   Will report on them next week.
Hope you are all enjoying the fall and not in the path of all the crazy weather.  We always love hearing from you and love the ideas you send us to share.
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One of the things we love most about traveling and living in our RV is the wonderful people we meet and how helpful most people are.  Loving to share, whether it’s a tip or idea, an appetizer or pot luck dish, these are the things that make up our wonderful RV community.  I love to see guys all clustered around someone who seems to be having trouble with their RV or toad to offer any help they can or neighbor helping neighbor in an RV Park if the need arises.  It so reminds me of how we grew up as children, in smaller communities where everyone helped everyone else.  What is your favorite tip for small spaces?  Do you have a unique idea or tip to share with others on how you make the space in your RV work best for you?  Please let us hear from you.

I apologize for no newsletter last week and being so late this week.  I have been having some computer issues for the past couple of weeks.  There was a chance that I had a virus on my computer and I certainly didn’t want to be spreading it around.  Luckily it wasn’t a virus, just my anti-virus software cranking up their site with so many viruses out there and trying to protect my computer.

TIPS:

ORGANIZATION   One of my favorites and one I get asked a lot about.  How do I organize this, how can I save space in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen.  I try to give lots of these kinds of tips in my seminars.  Purging and baskets are my 2 favorite solutions.

Both are “freeing” by ridding yourself and your RV of things you don’t use and your mind of clutter.  Here’s a

great link to a short article on 5 Reasons Why Organizing is FUN (well maybe that’s going a little to far)!  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/09/5-reasons-why-organizing-is-fun.html#more

Here is another great article on Organizing.  Some of which will work great in an RV.  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=4

One of our readers and customers sent me this article.http://food52.com/blog/13912-the-best-way-to-store-lettuces-other-greens-a-controversial-method.  Thanks Marijke.  I find it very interesting and would love to try it.  However having an RV fridge, I am only able to use my salad spinner to spin the greens and then put it away.  After reading the article I thought I should address the Produce Keepers and all the things you can do with them.

For those of you who have them, they work great to keep lettuce and greens for long periods of time.  Baby spinach for up to 5 weeks, romaine lettuce up to 4 weeks.  Do not wash before storing and follow the directions for each type of produce you are using it for as to how much air and moisture each needs.  I have 3 small ones in my fridge at all times and use them for everything.  Right now I have one filled with mini cucumbers (3 week old ), one with radishes (2 weeks old) and one with spinach (going on 4 weeks).  While they work wonderfully for berries, you can use them for tons of different kinds of produce.  One of our customers uses the 4 qt. keeper to keep bananas from browning and just sets it on the counter (don’t refrigerate bananas). We’re not great banana eaters but I have tried it and Mike ate the last banana on the 8th day and it hadn’t turned brown.  There are 2 sizes of keepers: A 4 quart and a 2 quart.  For those who have an RV fridge like we do, the small ones work best as the 4 qt. will only fit on the top shelf.  For those who have residential fridges, the 4 quart works great.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.

New Product:  Small Fiskie    We started carrying these this winter but I don’t think I’ve ever told you about them.

Made of silicone and heat resistant up to 400 degrees, this is a fork and whisk combined.  Great space saver. Quickly whisk, stir, blend and mix.  Incorporate air into eggs or cream. Use it to fold whipped cream into recipes. Perfect to mix protein drinks. Transfer food to a plate. Scoop and drain.  Safe for nonstick and glass.  They sold like hotcakes at the FMCA Rally in Pomona and I have had lots of great comments about them.  Being able to get rid of those wire whisks that take up so much space is a real plus with this tool. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150

Tip from customer:  Mouse wasn’t responding properly.   Took it apart… wiped ball with rag/alcohol.  Cleaned inside of mouse w/q tip, dipped in alcohol.  …. wiped mouse pad w/same rag/alcohol.   All working well now.  Great tip…thanks Danise.

 

Great Places To Visit:  There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the fall when the colors are changing.

Here is a link to 21 of the Most Spectacular (according to BozzFeed).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/21-insanely-beautiful-spots-to-see-fall-colors-across-americutm

Wishing you all a happy fall and safe travels.  Please send in you ideas and tips to share with others.  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share  with others.  There is a sign up page on our website and our Facebook page.

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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. 

 

 

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