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Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pumpkin and Chicken Meal Formula with Papaya Dental Chew for Small Breeds
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pumpkin and Chicken Meal Formula with Papaya Dental Chew for Small Breeds
Offered by Fat Happy Pets
Price: $18.23
25 used & new from $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chews, October 23, 2014
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Miss Thea just loves these Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pumpkin and Chicken for Small Breeds Dental Chews - and unlike the chews we have been using, she actually chews on both sides of her mouth by the time she's finished.

No more doggie breath to go with doggie kisses - and you do not need a degree in chemistry to read the ingredients list either!


Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Lid Potato and Rabbit Formula Dry Dog Food, 4.5-Pound Bag
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Lid Potato and Rabbit Formula Dry Dog Food, 4.5-Pound Bag
Price: $15.35
7 used & new from $15.35

5.0 out of 5 stars A Hunting We Will Go - For Good Health, October 18, 2014
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Miss Thea loves Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Lid Potato and Rabbit Formula Dry Dog Food, 4.5-Pound Bag. The food is grain free & composed primarily of potatoes (first ingredient) and rabbit (second ingredient) supplemented with canola and salmon oils for a shiny coat plus flaxseed and various vitamins for good nutrition. A handy feeding chart takes the guesswork out of how much to feed your dog daily.

Recommended


Wilton 2105-1366 Oven Right Toaster Oven Slider Cookie Sheet Pan, 8x10 Inch, Non-Stick.
Wilton 2105-1366 Oven Right Toaster Oven Slider Cookie Sheet Pan, 8x10 Inch, Non-Stick.
Price: $9.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's Delight, October 15, 2014
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When I was sent a toaster oven to test a couple of months ago the first thing that I did was set out to hunt up some toaster oven sized bakeware. Twenty years or so ago I had found appropriately sized baking pans at my local big box store, but they don't seem to carry those anymore. Luckily, Amazon does. One of the things that I really like about a toaster oven, particularly since I now live alone and cook mostly for just one or two, is the ability to make just four biscuits or a half dozen cookies, for which you need a Cookie sheet.

My toaster oven did come with an "all-purpose" pan, but it has a raised center that makes it useless for baking cakes or cookies, so this Wilton 2105-1366 Oven Right Toaster Oven Slider Cookie Sheet Pan was the first item I purchased. At 8 x 10 inches it will fit most modern toaster ovens and the raised edge makes it easy to get in and out of the oven. You can easily fit a half dozen cookies, a full batch (2 cups flour) of biscuits or a round of scones on the baking sheet.

▶︎ Non-stick finish

▶︎ Hand wash! (Non-stick bakeware is easily scratched by many dishwasher detergents.)

TEST RECIPE - HARVEST PUMPKIN SCONES

King Arthur sent me their version of this recipe in a newsletter a few weeks back. I happen to like more spice & less sugar than the original called for. This is my adaptation -

2 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cold butter
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
OPTIONAL - 1-2 cups finely minced crystallized ginger or cinnamon chips or chocolate chips, coarse white sugar for sprinkling the tops

Stir all of the dry ingredients together. Cut the butter into small bits, and then rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbs. (Some larger chunks of butter are fine. Work fast so the butter does not soften.)

Add in the optional ingredients if you are using them and stir to distribute them. (Hint - I used cinnamon chips and they were lovely but VERY sweet. A half-bag is more than plenty.)

Stir together the pumpkin, egg and milk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead just 5 or 6 times to bring the dough together. (Less is ALWAYS more when you are making biscuits and scones!) Divide the dough in half, then on a separate sheet of parchment paper cut to fit the baking sheet shape each half into a circle that is about 3/4 inch thick and 5-6 inches across. Use your bench scraper or a large knife to divide the circle into 6-8 wedges. Place one circle on your baking sheet. (If you would like to you can pull the wedges apart but you needn't bother.)

Fold the edges of the parchment up over the top of the second round of scones. Cover the top with either more parchment or a square of waxed paper. Place the scones into a 1 gallon ziplock bag and freeze for up to a month. To bake, take the paper off the top, place on your baking sheet (still frozen - no need to thaw) and bake as usual, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

IF YOU ARE USING WHITE SUGAR CRYSTALS ON TOP - Brush the top of the scones with a bit of milk, then sprinkle generously with sparkly sugar. Bake at 425F for about 20 minutes until they are just golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean.

IF YOU PREFER A GLAZE - I really enjoyed these one afternoon with a Maple Glaze drizzled over the top. Stir pure maple syrup into a cup or so of confectioner's sugar a few drops at a time until the glaze will dribble off the end of a spoon. Scatter over the top of your scones after they are baked (let them sit about 5 minutes after they come out of the oven so the glaze doesn't simply melt) then sprinkle with seasonal decors or colored sugar if you like.

Grandma's $0.02 - With it's non-stick finish and generous size, this is a fantastic little cookie sheet, perfect for most toaster ovens. Highly Recommended


Culina Premium Potato Ricer and Baby Food Strainer,BPA-Free 2 Stainless Steel Blades
Culina Premium Potato Ricer and Baby Food Strainer,BPA-Free 2 Stainless Steel Blades
Offered by Innovative World
Price: $13.95
3 used & new from $11.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Mashed Potatoes & The Best Egg Salad, October 15, 2014
You might recall watching a Worst Cook's in America episode a while back where Bobby Flay had his team making mashed potatoes with a potato ricer. One contestant, particularly short, struggled mightily - a feeling I know all too well. I fondly recall using my Mama's potato ricer (they were metal back then) to make egg salad for sandwiches as a small child, but in the years since ricers have become smaller and the physics don't always work well for me. (Or maybe I'm just not as strong as I used to be . . ) Luckily my son-in-law is taller and has no problems whatever!

This is a great ricer, very well designed. The unit comes with two plates to give a couple of different consistencies. Place one in the bottom of the ricer, add the insert that holds it in place and squeeze away for perfect, lump-free mashed potatoes and the world's best Egg Salad every time.

▶︎ Easy to clean, dishwasher safe

▶︎ A built in rest on the front edge allows you to rest the unit on the edge of a pot or bowl

▶︎ BPA-free plastic

Grandma's $0.02 - A very useful kitchen tool!

PS - That Egg Salad is really easy to make. Hard boil 4 or so eggs. Peel them, then put them through the ricer. Add a spot of mustard the size of a dime, a tablespoon or so of a good sweet pickle relish, salt & pepper plus enough mayo to moisten. I also like to add a dab of Worcestershire sauce and/or some chopped green olives now and then. YUM

Grandma received a sample of this product for testing purposes.


Ivation LED Lighted 2x Magnifier With Helping Hands - Clip-On & Freestanding Design - 2x Magnifier with 5x Magnifier Inset Lens - 2x 9" Adjustable Flexible Gooseneck 'Helping Hand' Clamps - Unique Multifunction Base for Freestanding Use or Clip-On Use on Tabletop, Desktop or Countertop - Battery Operated
Ivation LED Lighted 2x Magnifier With Helping Hands - Clip-On & Freestanding Design - 2x Magnifier with 5x Magnifier Inset Lens - 2x 9" Adjustable Flexible Gooseneck 'Helping Hand' Clamps - Unique Multifunction Base for Freestanding Use or Clip-On Use on Tabletop, Desktop or Countertop - Battery Operated
Offered by DBROTH
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Crafter's Joy - Without The Reading Glasses!, October 15, 2014
I am, by profession, a medical scientist. During my training and working years I often used a similar, though larger and far more expensive, lighted magnifier to examine microbiological samples and I cannot tell you how very many times over the years I have wished for one of my own. I love to quilt, embroider, knit and do beadwork, but over the years it has become harder and harder to see to thread a needle or read the knitting directions. Of course I have tried the reading glasses route, but I often craft while watching TV so I'm constantly parking the glasses on top of my head where they tangle themselves in my hair. (Just UGH!)

This Ivation LED Lighted 2x Magnifier solves all that easily! Mounted on the arm of my chair (use either a small lens cleaning cloth or a washcloth to protect the wood), I can easily both see to thread needles or read directions and watch TV without those reading glasses. If you prefer a table or counter top mount, two fold out legs allow the unit to stand alone.

▶︎ Battery operated, the unit uses 3 AAA batteries - included

▶︎ Comes with two "helping hands" to hold small items for soldering

▶︎ An inset in the 2X magnifier allows for a more powerful 5X view

Grandma's $0.02 - Ideal for crafters and hobbyists. Highly Recommended

*Manufacturer's sample provided for testing purposes. Grandma's delight at being able to thread needles again is her own!


Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow ET-105 - 6 Massage Modes - Headrest Strap - CE Certified [3-Year Warranty]
Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow ET-105 - 6 Massage Modes - Headrest Strap - CE Certified [3-Year Warranty]
Offered by E Depot Express
Price: $19.99
4 used & new from $14.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Travel Pillow Ever, October 15, 2014
Every time I see the words "travel pillow" I think of my children, every one of whom had to be put to sleep now and again as little ones by being taken out for a car ride in the middle of the night. As time passed and they grew, most of them still managed to fall asleep the second they got into a car. One memorable cross country trip stands out boldly in my mind's eye. Down through Pennsylvania, across the Blue Ridge, across the Mississippi at Memphis, through West Texas, past the Alamo, across the Painted Desert - they slept all the way, waking only when I stopped the car for gas or food. Even as adults most of them are as likely as not to fall asleep once the tablet batteries run dry if they aren't driving, so I rarely go anywhere without at least one travel pillow in the car.

I've had a few over the years. One particularly memorable travel pillow was one that you blew up. I practically collapsed trying to inflate it. Sadly, that was the one I took with me to Europe. (NO - just NO.) This Etronic ® Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow is, I think, my favorite. My daughters have given it a good workout while napping in the back seat. More recently I brought the pillow into the house to change the batteries. One night while reading in bed I just couldn't adjust the pillows to suit, my neck started to ache, so I grabbed this off the bookcase - absolute heaven! This pillow is SO comfortable. Even though I have a short neck so the massage doesn't quite line up correctly for me, this is the single most comfortable "travel" pillow ever.

▶︎ Takes 2 AA batteries (not included) to power 6 massage modes

▶︎ Convenient finger-tip controls

▶︎ Features a head rest strap to hold the pillow securely.

▶︎ Comes with a three year warranty

▶︎ Spot clean only

Grandma's $0.02 - I use this so often for reading in bed that I'm going to have to order another for the car! Recommended

Grandma was provided with a sample of this product for examination. Our results and my opinion are my own.


Photography: The Definitive Visual History
Photography: The Definitive Visual History
by Tom Ang
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $37.34
42 used & new from $30.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting . . ., October 15, 2014
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Tom Ang's Photography: The Definitive Visual History is everything you would expect from a book published by DK and then some. This coffee table sized tome is beautifully printed on 480 pages of heavy weight semi-gloss paper to show off the thousands of photographs to great effect. While many of the photos are in black and white simply due to the state of photography at the time, others are in glorious color. Most are of excellent quality, though there are some that are, to my printer's daughter's eye, clearly reprints of photos as they were printed in newspapers of the time (see the Vietnam Era photographs) rather than reprints taken from the original negatives. (That is OK. It was in this fuzzy newspaper-quality state that these photos made a huge historical impact.)

As much art as it is history, Photography: The Definitive Visual History explores photography from the earliest days of the very first camera, to the astounding pictures of space captured by the Hubble telescope and everything in between. Ang talks about the changes that improvements in cameras brought to photography and of course the changes that photography brought to art itself and includes short illustrated biographies of dozens of the world's most famous photographers.

Grandma's $0.02 - A glorious book, one every art lover, photography enthusiast and historian will be delighted with. Not a book to be read straight through, this will enchant you for years.

Highly Recommended


Mosiso - Envelope Nylon Fabric 13-13.3 Inch Laptop / Notebook Computer / MacBook / MacBook Pro Shoulder Bag Case Pouch Sleeve, Gray
Mosiso - Envelope Nylon Fabric 13-13.3 Inch Laptop / Notebook Computer / MacBook / MacBook Pro Shoulder Bag Case Pouch Sleeve, Gray
Offered by Mosiso
Price: $22.99
2 used & new from $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Timeless Look, October 14, 2014
I just love this Mosiso - Envelope Nylon Fabric 13-13.3 Inch Laptop Shoulder Bag.

▶︎ More understated than many laptop cases, the bag features detailed seaming and pewter-look tags that give it an understated look that is almost elegant.

▶︎ Done in a nylon canvas-like duck fabric, the bag is well padded to protect your computer and has a fuzzy knit flannel lining to prevent scratching.

▶︎ An outside pocket provides storage for small sundries.

▶︎ The case features a loop handle on one end but also comes with an optional shoulder strap.

▶︎ The bag is designed to fit a 13-13.3 inch laptop

Grandma's $0.02 - This case has a great timeless look suitable for either school or office. The designer thought of almost everything - except a pen loop. Recommended

*A sample case was submitted to Grandma for testing purposes. My opinion and review are my own.


Lavievert Decorative Cotton Square Toss Pillowcase Cushion Case Handmade Pure Orange Throw Pillow Cover with Invisible Zipper Closure 20 X 20 Inches
Lavievert Decorative Cotton Square Toss Pillowcase Cushion Case Handmade Pure Orange Throw Pillow Cover with Invisible Zipper Closure 20 X 20 Inches
Offered by Lavievert
Price: $22.00
6 used & new from $8.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Constructed, Great Pumpkin Color, October 13, 2014
One of the easiest ways to freshen up a room is with throw pillows, but all too often exactly the right one can be hard to find. I love this Lavievert Decorative Cotton Square Toss Pillowcase. Very well constructed with an invisible zipper, the case fits a 20 x 20 inch pillow. You can either recover an existing pillow or purchase a 20 inch pillowform similar to this Mountain Mist Pillowloft Pillowforms. (If you prefer a down pillow search for "20 inch pillowform" - you'll find several available.)

This case is constructed of 100% cotton in a slubbed weave reminiscent of wild silk. Note that the color is not this bright tomato red color as shown but a true pumpkin color, perfect for autumn decorating.

Note - Though the seams are well finished, you'll want to wash this on the gentle cycle in cold water to prevent the color from fading and excess shrinkage.

Grandma's $0.02 - Gorgeous pillowcase, very well made. Two thumbs up!


Sur La Table Stainless Steel Broiler Pan 246597-1 , 12" x 9", 12"x9"
Sur La Table Stainless Steel Broiler Pan 246597-1 , 12" x 9", 12"x9"
Offered by Sur La Table, Inc.
Price: $14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Built To Last, October 13, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
A couple of months ago I acquired a toaster oven. Living alone as I do these days, I've found it extremely convenient - and not just for heating up TV dinners! Having had a toaster oven years ago, I knew that baking pans and other small versions of standard ovenware could be had, so liking to bake just four biscuits or a half dozen cupcakes or a tiny cake rather than have to deal with the full version variety of baked goods, I went hunting for a collection of small pans. Decent versions of things like cookie sheets and muffin pans were pretty easy to find at reasonable prices. Sadly, a good broiler pan was an entirely different story. One of the things that a toaster oven is really handy for is broiling just one or two small steaks, fish filets or a couple of pieces of chicken.

The first "broiling pan" that I got came as part of a baking set - and with the non-stick finish (shouldn't be used at much over 425F) and coated rack of the sort one cools cookies on, it really wasn't appropriate for broiling. (Temperatures can get over 500F when you broil.) This Sur La Table Stainless Steel Broiler Pan avoids all of that.

Made of solid stainless, the pan measures 12 x 9 inches edge to edge, so unlike some it will actually fit in the toaster oven. It is extremely easy to clean and the base is deep enough that it could readily double as a small roasting pan.

Grandma's $0.02 - While this broiling pan is a wee bit more expensive than others available, it is worth every last red cent. You can easily plan on this lasting a lifetime. Highly recommended


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