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The Nutro Company Farm's Harvest Small Breed Adult Chicken and Whole Brown Rice Recipe, 4-Pound
The Nutro Company Farm's Harvest Small Breed Adult Chicken and Whole Brown Rice Recipe, 4-Pound
Price: $17.09
5 used & new from $17.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Thea Even Ate The Veggies!, May 28, 2015
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Some while back Miss Thea helped me to review a different brand of dog food that had moist chicken with bits of peas and carrots. She adored the chicken, but very carefully removed every last pea and carrot from the dish and dropped them in a pile on the floor. (It was hysterically funny!) Not so The Nutro Company Farm's Harvest Small Breed Adult Chicken and Whole Brown Rice Recipe dog food. Every last scrap disappeared, including the veggie bits. Even the peas! In fact, this particular dog food is so popular that even Bella loves it. Apparently nobody has told Bella that she is a cat, not a dog.

This particular food is very high in protein and Miss Thea, who came to us as a used dog, is getting on in years, so we acquired a lower protein food from the same company and mix it half & half for a great - and popular - solution.

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#1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking Daypack + Most Durable Light Backpacks for Men and Women / THE BEST Foldable Camping Outdoor Travel Biking School Air Travelling Carry on Backpacking + Ultralight and Handy - 6.5 OZ Only + 5 Year Warranty!
#1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking Daypack + Most Durable Light Backpacks for Men and Women / THE BEST Foldable Camping Outdoor Travel Biking School Air Travelling Carry on Backpacking + Ultralight and Handy - 6.5 OZ Only + 5 Year Warranty!
Offered by BEAUTY OF MICRO
Price: $18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bare Bones But Lightweight and Functional, May 28, 2015
This [[ASIN:B00KX0B5HO Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking Daypack]] is nicely done in a tough waterresistant nylon. Featuring a small zipper exterior pocket as well as a mesh pocket on either side suitable for water bottles, the pack weighs a mere 6.5 ounces. It easily folds into a compact package and fits into a zipper pocket that can be turned inside out to provide an inside pocket suitable for smaller items like a cell phone or wallet.

▶︎▶︎ Both sides of the exterior zipper pocket and the main zipper feature glow-in-the-dark tabs

Grandma's $0.02 - This is a very bare-bones pack, but it is very light weight, folds easily and is great as a day pack while traveling.

Recommended

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Bakelicious Adjustable Rolling Pin, Multicolored
Bakelicious Adjustable Rolling Pin, Multicolored
Price: $27.87
3 used & new from $21.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice But Not A One-And-Only, May 27, 2015
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This Bakelicious Adjustable Rolling Pin is great for many routine tasks that involve relatively small amounts of dough. Constructed of hardwood with plastic handles and guides, the rolling pin is nicely weighted and has a great balance to make rolling easy. It comes with 3 color-coded removable thickness guides -

▶︎ Fuchsia - 10 mm - 0.39 inches, so just over 1/3 of an inch

▶︎ Brown - 6 mm - 0.236 inches, so just under 1/4 of an inch

▶︎ Blue - 2 mm - about 1/12 of an inch

NOTE: The most commonly cited thicknesses in US baking are 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2.

The barrel of the pin is 2.5 inches in diameter and 12 inches long.

Nice as it is, though, there is one fairly substantial drawback to this rolling pin. The base handle is not removable and the pink disk that is part of it does not lie flush with the ends of the pin, so if your dough is wider than 12 inches those pink discs will literally cut your dough

Grandma's $0.02 - Great for small amounts of dough but if you're making cinnamon buns or a shell for a 12" tart pan or rolling out a large batch of cookie dough or noodles, this is not the rolling pin for you. Fine as an "extra" rolling pin if you have space to store more than one, but don't make this your one-and-only.


LotFancy® Automatic Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor,120 Memory, WHO Indicator,Batteries not include, (NO Talking Function),
LotFancy® Automatic Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor,120 Memory, WHO Indicator,Batteries not include, (NO Talking Function),
Offered by LotFancy
Price: $17.98
2 used & new from $17.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable & Comfortable, Very Easy To Use, May 17, 2015
I was excited to try this LotFancy® Automatic Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor and its sister, the talking version of the same monitor. These days I need to check my blood pressure often, sometimes several times a day, so running to the drug store isn't a great option. The first thing that I did with the samples that LotFancy sent to me was to take them in to my cardiologist's for one of my regular appointments so that my nurse and I could compare them to each other and the equipment in the cardiologist's office. All of the blood pressure monitors that I tried compared very favorably.

Some of the things that I like best about the wrist versions -

▶︎ The wrist version is far more comfortable than an upper arm cuff, even if your BP is quite high or the machine needs to redo things

▶︎ Suitable even for those with very large arms

▶︎ Easy to position one handed and there is no "lining up" to do

▶︎ Large numbers are easy to read

▶︎ The wrist monitor has the same memory functions that the upper arm cuff does and has two memory slots so that the machine can be used for more than one person

▶︎ Detects an abnormal heart beat

▶︎ Uses 2 AAA batteries

The LotFancy® Automatic Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor comes in a plastic case that will easily fit into all but the smallest purses.

Grandma's $0.02 - Give me one of these LotFancy® Automatic Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor over a traditional blood pressure cuff any day in the week! NOTE: If you have trouble seeing black on gray or often need to take your BP in the dark hours, consider the LotFancy® Automatic Talking Wrist Type Blood Pressure Monitor)!

Highly Recommended

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Mudder 2 Pack (9'' & 12'') Heat-resistant Kitchen Locking Tongs Set Made of 100% Food-Grade Silicone, Stainless Steel, Suitable for Cooking in Kitchen, Salad and Ice Bucket, BBQ Grilling Indoor and Outdoor
Mudder 2 Pack (9'' & 12'') Heat-resistant Kitchen Locking Tongs Set Made of 100% Food-Grade Silicone, Stainless Steel, Suitable for Cooking in Kitchen, Salad and Ice Bucket, BBQ Grilling Indoor and Outdoor
Offered by MudderOnline
Price: $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Store Tongs, Great For The Grill, May 17, 2015
I love this two-piece set of Mudder® Heat-resistant Kitchen Locking Tongs! Silicone (specifically NOT silicon) has long been used in the food industry for baking mats, baking pans and kitchen utensils. Food grade silicone is both low taint and non-toxic. It is also a great insulator, able to resist temps up to 450F, making the material perfect for pot handles (no pot holders required), utensils and even gloves that will allow you to reach directly into a pot of boiling water.

This two piece set consists of a pair of 12 inch tongs as well as a smaller 9 inch version. Nicely designed with a pull-out locking mechanism to keep the tongs neatly together in your drawers, both the handles and the spoon part of the tongs are coated with silicone. The silicone spoons prevent the edges of the spoons from biting into the item you are manipulating while the coating on the handles protects your hands from heat.

The longer pair are particularly useful on a barbecue grill and the handy hole in the locking mechanism allows you to hang them from a hook near your grill. The aim of barbecuing food is not to incinerate it. Only very rarely does the temperature of a grill go above 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Here, courtesy of Barbecue Ace Steven Raichlen, is a handy temperature chart:

▶︎ High - 450 to 650F, 2 to 3 Mississippis

▶︎ Medium-High - 400F, 4 Mississippis

▶︎ Medium - 325 to 350F, 5 to 6 Mississippis

▶︎ Medium-Low - 300F, 7 to 8 Mississippis

▶︎ Low - 250 to 275F, 9 to 12 Mississippis

▶︎▶︎ THE MISSISSIPPI TEST

Hold your hand 3 or 4 inches above the grate on your grill and start counting "1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi" until you need to pull your hand away.

As you can readily see, silicone tongs, gloves and mats are perfectly safe to use on a grill under nearly all circumstances. Try as I might, I could not find more than a handful of grilling recipes that required a blasting hot 2 Mississippi fire in my rather extensive collection of barbecue manuals.

Like all silicone bakeware and cookware, these Mudder® Heat-resistant Kitchen Locking Tongs are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

Grandma's $0.02 - Mudder® Heat-resistant Kitchen Locking Tongs are a great set of easy-to-store tongs you'll find multiple uses for in both your kitchen and out on the grill.

Recommended

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Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months: Building the Sacred through Challah
Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months: Building the Sacred through Challah
by Dahlia Abraham-Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.89
18 used & new from $16.24

5.0 out of 5 stars New Dimensions, May 17, 2015
I have been baking most of the bread that my family consumes for more than fifty years. Very little is more satisfying than the feel of the dough beneath your fingers as you knead it. Few things are as good for stress relief as kneading bread dough and making bread is a wonderful way to learn patience. As an extra boon, making your own bread is one of the easiest ways to cut your food bills dramatically. Dahlia Abraham-Klein's Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months: Building the Sacred through Challah brings an entirely new perspective to the art of bread baking.

We've all heard that "Bread is the Staff of Life" but few of us have really thought about that idea. If you're Christian then bread shows up at services a few times a year as part of a communion service. If you're Jewish then the Challah on your Shabbat table might very well come from a bakery. Many of us, women in particular, simply never consider that it is to women that producing the Staff of Life has been given. How easy it is to overlook the story of Abraham entertaining his angelic visitors. Abraham prepared the finest meal with his own hands, but it was to Sarah that he turned for the bread, the very stuff of life.

One of the things that I have always enjoyed most about kneading bread is the opportunity to think. For 10 or 20 minutes you are chained to one spot, rhythmically pushing and throwing the dough back and forth. I've had some of my best thoughts, worked out many a problem while kneading dough. Dahlia takes that opportunity to a new level, using the opportunity to focus the thoughts of the kneader on various religious themes as you move throughout the year. Each chapter of the book centers around the thirteen lunar months of the Jewish calendar year. In each chapter you'll find things to think about central to the events of that particular month along with several recipes for Challah, each of which has a unique and significant shape.

Dahlia's recipes are large. Intended for use during communal baking sessions, each uses an entire 5 pounds of flour and makes 6 to 8 loaves - and there is a huge variety. Chocolate Challah, a rose shaped Challah flavored with rose water and studded with raisins, Gluten Free Challah, a spiral shaped Challah studded with apple and redolent of date honey are just a few of the enticing variations.

There was a time that I baked a dozen loaves of bread at a time - several times a week no less. These days I do not have the stamina that I once had and my extra-large Kitchen Aid mixer which did my kneading for me has chosen to die (I cannot afford to replace it), so I bake just one or two. I did cut several of these recipes down to a size that is manageable for me, then waited until a couple of my daughters could be available at the same time to try a full-size recipe. They were all lovely.

Bread freezes beautifully, both baked and unbaked, so if you've the freezer space don't be afraid to mix up the entire batch in order to have fresh-baked bread on hand at the drop of a pin. To freeze unbaked dough, cover the shaped but not risen dough with oiled plastic wrap and place in the freezer, still on a baking sheet, until firm, about one hour. Wrap the dough securely, then place it into a large ziplock bag. Bake the dough within a month or two. Place the frozen dough, unwrapped, onto a prepared baking sheet, cover loosely with the wrapping to prevent it drying out, and allow to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Remove to room temperature to complete the rising, then bake as usual.

Grandma's $0.02 - Dahlia Abraham-Klein brings a new dimension of thought to baking bread while introducing a wide variety of shapes and flavors to our Daily Bread. Women of either Jewish or Christian heritage will find new ideas throughout the pages of Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months: Building the Sacred through Challah.

Highly Recommended

*Sample provided


Viva Labs #1 Premium Himalayan Organic Goji Berries, Noticeably Larger and Juicier, 1lb bag
Viva Labs #1 Premium Himalayan Organic Goji Berries, Noticeably Larger and Juicier, 1lb bag
Offered by Premium Vitamins
Price: $25.95
8 used & new from $16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Straight Out Of The Bag!, May 17, 2015
Packed with nutrition, goji berries with their beautiful bright red color and taste that is a combination of dates and raisins, are a great addition to trail mix and homemade granola - or just eat them out of hand as a snack. This 1-pound bag of Viva Labs #1 Premium Himalayan Organic Goji Berries contains sixteen one ounce servings, each of which provides

* 100 calories
* 3 grams of protein
* 16 grams carbohydrates
* 2 grams dietary fiber
* 140% of the RDA for Vitamin A
* 13% of the RDA for Iron

Grandma's $0.02 - I found these Viva Labs #1 Premium Himalayan Organic Goji Berries particularly nice for baking as they are fairly moist. They're also great straight out of the bag, just slightly sweet.

Recommended

*Sample provided


50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit: The Ultimate Easy-to-Knit Collection Featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted
50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit: The Ultimate Easy-to-Knit Collection Featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted
by Sixth&Spring Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.41
32 used & new from $10.30

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someday 50 Garter Stitch Gifts Will Look Like My Jack Frost Mittens Book!, May 17, 2015
When I was offered a review copy of 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit I expected a book full of rank beginner projects. Boy was I ever surprised! There isn't a single "rank beginner" pattern in the book. If you are looking for that sort of very easy patterns, this is not the book for you. What you will find are fifty patterns of varying complexity from advanced beginner to very advanced that use only the knit stitch (Do remember that knitting only has two stitches - knit and purl) to produce a wide array of attractive things ranging from children's toys, hats and mitts to intricate lace scarves and wraps. There is something for everyone here.

The book highlights the Universal Deluxe Worsted yarn collection, but as every knitter knows, "worsted" is a yarn weight rather than a brand. These patterns work with all #4 weight yarns, which you will find labeled as Worsted, Aran or Afghan. I currently have an intricate lace scarf intended as a Christmas present for someone very special on my Size 9 needles. I'm working it in a gorgeous blue Rowan Aran wool that my daughter sent over from the UK in her latest package and it is knitting up gorgeously, just exactly to gauge. Frankly, I laughed at one review that complained about the color choices. Don't like the colors? CHANGE THEM! (I don't think that I know a single knitter who has ever knit anything in exactly the color specified in a pattern LOL.)

NOTE: Among the many wonderful patterns included in the book, two really caught my eye - a pair of felted slippers and a felted tote bag.

Grandma's $0.02 - It seems like most knitting books these days are very short on projects using worsted weight yarns, the yarn most easily available to me and the one that makes up the bulk of my yarn stash. I had a really hard time choosing which of the many projects in 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit to make first. This is one knitting book I'm going to wear to shreds!


Pilgrim Travel Organizer 5-piece Set Packing Cubes for Clothes & Shoes - Accessories Pouches & Compression Packing Bags For Luggage, Suitcase & Backpacking - Portable Closet Organizer - Multi-purpose - 100% Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee!
Pilgrim Travel Organizer 5-piece Set Packing Cubes for Clothes & Shoes - Accessories Pouches & Compression Packing Bags For Luggage, Suitcase & Backpacking - Portable Closet Organizer - Multi-purpose - 100% Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee!
Offered by Aeon Products
Price: $50.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy - And Organized - Traveling!, May 17, 2015
My girls grew up with the "One Bag" rule - you can only take one bag and you must be able to carry it yourself. There is a secret, of course, to following that rule, the very first of which is organization, followed by more organization. This Pilgrim Travel Organizer 5-piece Set goes a long ways towards accomplishing that goal. The set consists of

▶︎ Two Large Clothing Cubes, each 17 x 13 x 3.5 inches

▶︎ One Smaller Cube, 14 x 10 x 3.5 inches

▶︎ One Shoe Bag, 14 x 9 x 3.5 inches

▶︎ One Toiletry/Cosmetics Bag, 10 x 6 x 4 inches

The bags are made of a tough yet smooth and attractive nylon fabric, rubberized on the inside to be somewhat waterproof. One side of each bag except for the shoe pouch is done in a fine but tough nylon mesh to allow you to see what is in that particular bag without opening all of them to find the one item that you're looking for. Construction is good, with sturdy zippers and properly sewn seams. Each bag features a carry handle.

▶︎ GRANDMA'S PACKING TIPS

* Choose separates that you can mix and match rather than unique outfits

* Choose fabric that is low maintenance and wrinkles as little as possible. You may not have an iron available for touchups.

* Always pack at least a couple of pairs more underwear than you need, Just In Case

* Always pack at least one empty 2-gallon zip lock bag. As you acquire dirty items of clothing they can be moved into the ziplock.

Grandma's $0.02 - I am always highly amused when my daughter and granddaughter both show up from the UK for a visit at the same time. My daughter's suitcases are always a model of organization, everything neatly packed in various bags and organizers. My granddaughter's virtually explodes the second that she undoes the lock and looks like one of those closets so stuffed full that when the door opens it all falls onto the floor. (Need I say that the granddaughter can never find anything and always leaves things behind?) You do know who is going to benefit from this Pilgrim Travel Organizer 5-piece Set, right?

Recommended

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Dechunxian® China Top Four Famous Black Teas-lapsang Souchong Tea -100% Natural Organic Health -High Grade Loose Leaf (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong )
Dechunxian® China Top Four Famous Black Teas-lapsang Souchong Tea -100% Natural Organic Health -High Grade Loose Leaf (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong )
Offered by WeiHeng
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful!, May 16, 2015
Tea merchants say that Lapsang Souchong Tea is a "love me or hate me" kind of tea. I would suggest that it all depends on just whose Lapsang Souchong you try. Dechunxian® China Top Four Famous Black Teas - Lapsang Souchong Tea is the "love me" sort. Grown in Fujian Province in China, lapsang souchong is believed to be the very earliest black tea in history. According to the story, one year during the Qing Dynasty (the Manchu, or last dynasty) the annual tea harvest was delayed due to passage of armies. With no time left for traditional drying methods, tea harvesters dried that year's harvest over fires of local pine, resulting in a smoky, woodsy flavor and aroma. These days lapsang souchong is also grown outside of Fujian Province (notably Formosa) but the Fujian is considered the best and is the mildest in flavor.

Lapsang Souchong is considered to be a healthy tea, full of antioxidants that help with everything from strengthening your immune system to ward off colds & flue to lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. It does contain caffeine, which is believed to help with weight loss in small amounts.

If you've never brewed loose leaf tea, it is quite easy to do. You can of course, simply put the loose leaves in a tea pot that you've warmed with some boiling water, add not-quite-boiling water, allow the tea to steep for 2-5 minutes, depending on the strength you prefer, and then strain the tea into your cup using a tea strainer. Various pots come with built-in strainers in either metal mesh or perforated glass and of course there are the "tea balls" and "tea spoons" that you can use for single mugs. (I would not consider using a French press because the pressing action releases bitter compounds from your tea in the same way that wringing your paper teabag does.) If you prefer a tea bag, one staple in my kitchen are these Disposable Filter Bags for Loose Tea. One of my daughters brought me a package back from a visit to Japan a few years back and I rationed them very carefully, so I was delighted to find them on Amazon.

Dechunxian® China Top Four Famous Black Teas - Lapsang Souchong Tea does not come in a resealable bag. You will want to at the very least store the bag in a zip-lock freezer bag away from light and strong smells. One bag of tea (125 grams) will make about 48 cups of tea. (3 grams of loose tea per cup.)

Do note - there is no difference between the way Westerners properly make their tea and the way that Asians make their tea, though the method may vary a bit by type of tea. (Notably Japanese Matcha Tea is brewed differently.) Tea needs to steep. One does not simply pour on the water and drink it straight away. The main difference between Asian and Western styles of tea is that Westerners tend to add things like milk, sugar, honey and lemon. Asian do not.

Grandma's $0.02 - This particular Lapsang Souchong has a very mild flavor, particularly in comparison to the very strong version preferred by my UK son-in-law. It is wonderful with spicy Asian meals and I quite like it on it's own as an afternoon pick-me-up. Most importantly, this particular tea is very hard to overbrew.

Highly Recommended

*Sample provided


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