2 Indespensable Despensers

When I come across products that really work, I love to pass these finds onto friends. The following two items pass both my form and function test. They do what they are intended to do in excellent fashion. You can find both of these at your local Bed Bath & Beyond store, or click on the photos to buy them online.(Images and description courtesy of BB&B website.) Have you made any great product discoveries lately?

Oxo Good Grips® Salad Dressing Shaker  $14.99

salad dressing carafe Oxo Good Grips® Salad Dressing Shaker helps make, mix, serve and store dressings, sauces and marinades. The Shaker unscrews to reveal a wide opening […]

2016-10-24T09:56:26-04:00February 7th, 2013|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|2 Comments

Yeah… No

I was raised by a father who taught me how to be creative, resourceful, and self-reliant. There’s little I can’t fix and not much that I can’t build–up to and including completely renovating a house by myself.

All the tools in the garage (and there are lots) are mine. In other words, I’m handy. And I love to invent things and improve on things that are less than perfectly designed.

Which also makes me a little bit of a gadget freak. I’m always looking for the next perfect tool or solution. So I thought I’d create a separate category for reviewing products that I’ve tried. Some will be fantastic and […]

Affordable Outdoor Cat Fencing that Works

My brother, Eric, called the other day to relay the sad news that the family’s beloved cat, Nanners, hadn’t made it back home in several days, has not been found with an exhaustive search and posters, and so is presumed to have gone on to the next world.

Nanners, Nan, or Nano (her proper name given because she was so tiny) was a stray kitten the family found on the side of the road 4 years ago. She was matted, sickly, and on the verge of starvation. It took some prolongued TLC, but she recovered from her early rough start to become a healthy happy cat. She lived a great life with a great family who deeply loved her.

They knew the […]

Peel Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

You guys know I love my garlic. I love growing it. I love giving it as gifts. I love cooking with it.

But I don’t love peeling it. Like onions, peeling garlic presents its own challenges. No, it won’t make you cry, but it will eat the skin off your fingertips if you try to  peel more than a few cloves by hand.

I can’t tell you how many gadgets I’ve bought over the years that claim to peel and mince garlic in one step. I’ve always gone back to doing it by hand. Until now.  See for yourself. You won’t believe your eyes. Better yet, try it for yourself and be amazed! I was.


2016-10-24T09:56:32-04:00January 15th, 2012|My Garden / Recipes, Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Sticky Paws Tape — Cat Clawing Deterent

I love our cat, Finn. But I hate what Mr. Destructo does to our furniture. I could open a cat store with all the cat scratching posts, etc, that have stood idly by while he mangles my furniture.

I thought I’d found the winner when I’d discovered Feliway. And I must say that actually worked for several months. But I’ve had to move on to more serious deterrents. This double-sided tape works great!
Sticky Paws Double-sided Tape

PetFlow Delivers Dog (and Cat) Food to Your Door

You guys know me, I’m all about the sharing — and convenience. So let me share this great website, PetFlow.com, where you can order all your pet food needs and have them conveniently delivered to your door for one flat rate of $4.95 per order.  And don’t worry about selection because they carry just about every brand there is.  (I use four different high quality brands that I usually have to traipse to three different stores to buy and PetFlow had them all.)

You can order once, or when you need to replenish, or you can set up a delivery schedule.  I don’t know about you, but with 3 dogs and a cat, I’m tired of schlepping to […]

7 Best Dog Raising & Training Books

Maybe you’ve seen this ditty passed around in an email:

Ten Rules for Being Human

1.  You will receive a body.
2. You will be presented with lessons.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
5. Learning does not end.
6. There is no better than Here.
7. Others are only mirrors of you.
8.What you make of your life is up to you.
9. All the answers lie inside of you.
10. You will forget all of this at birth.

It’s equally applicable for bringing home a new dog that will need lots of love, training, and patience.

Ten Rules for Raising a Wonderful Canine Companion

1.  You will receive a puppy/dog.
2.  This puppy/dog […]

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