December 29, 2012 on 12:31 am

From simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries, the Khadhi Handwoven line brings a rustic European flavor to your space. Whether a kitchen towel draped over your arm, or a napkin gracing a bread basket, you will find this look a “must have” for your dining pleasures.

Khadhi Hand Woven

Because Khadhi cotton fabric is entirely handmade – from the spinning to weaving stage, it has a natural, earthy look and feeling. At the same time, it’s understatedly chic and these Khadhi tablecloths, napkins and handkerchiefs are perfect for outdoor dining, complementing a rustic breakfast table or contrasting and softening a modern dining room setting. A Caravan exclusive. Timeless, durable linen with understated elegance.

August 8, 2012 on 4:51 pm

Napkins are the creative answer to informal, inexpensive entertaining. Grab them by the dozens. Mix textures, and patterns to create a story worth many positive comments. You’ll be surprised at the fun you can have, lifting you out of boring repeats of the”matchy-match look”. Couleur Nature offers a great selection of napkins  with this in mind. Start with print cloth, add a solid napkin in mixed colors to add punch. Then there’s placemats, and runners to  add to the mix. Just get into the mix to take you out of “Boredom”!

November 26, 2011 on 9:10 pm


How many times have you reached into your jewelry drawer to discover a hornet’s nest. How many hours have you spent trying to untangle a necklace without breaking it? How many times has your bangle bracelet gotten jammed in your drawer. Well,  if you have had one of these experiences, you’ve probably had more. It’s like jewelry “dances in the dark”, just waiting for you to find the chosen partners.

An answer-your towel holder or cool hooks.  You can get them in all sorts of designs and style. The holder can be open or closed,  as most jewelry has a clasp. You won’t believe how organized you will become. You will easily see all of your choices, and this practical approach is actually quite decorative.

November 5, 2011 on 7:54 pm

I am such a fan of this juicer, I can hardly stand it. It’s quiet, it beyond efficient, and “yeah”, easy to clean. Hurom is “it”  in more ways than one.

The Hurom Juicer wastes nothing. It is amazing. It takes on wheat grass with a vengeance, and leaves only beautiful nutritious juice. Nuts are no challenge either-you won’t believe the almond milk you can make. Oh so versatile, and for once you get what you paid for.

But I love my latest approach. I have three dogs-the lights of my life. For eight years I have had my dogs on the raw diet. As a result their eyes are bright, coats shiny, and they are Happy, Happy dogs. But most of all,  they are truly healthy dogs. I have watched chronic ear infections disappear, and food allergies fall away. Now, I use my Hurom Juicer as a quick way to really get their veggies processed fast. I merely juice their veggies,  and recombine the puree and juice. All the nutrients presented in minutes with each in a way that their bodies can absorb the benefits to the optimum level. I even process their flaxseed this way.

Wow- two birds with one stone. Make your juice, feed you dogs, celebrate health in a new way.


November 4, 2011 on 6:09 pm

Well it’s finally happened!  One whole side of the garden has now fallen into slumber for the season rest. But not before yielding  a  last minute bounty of  clean fresh garlic, beautiful leeks, and Yukon golds that I missed earlier.

While I was quite pleased with everything, I was most intrigued with the look of the garlic. Each clove  was  large and  perfectly shaped, but without all of the usual papery skin usually found, and a beautiful web of roots. The garlic cloves fell easily apart and seemed ready to rinse and chop.  Of course off to the references I went, and well, thought I should share a little.

The long and short of it is that I missed the harvest on that side of the garden, and those beautiful cloves were just getting on the the business of growing since I had passed them up. The good news is that they are back in the ground, and not wasted. I just have to be more attentive next year.

October 24, 2011 on 3:41 am

Bulk Foods – A Natural Way to Buy

For years we had it drummed into our heads that “Buying Bulk” was the way to save. How many times have you bought the giant “value” size only to throw most away-was that really a savings? My take on bulk is a little different. Buying bulk is buying “freshness” at your fingertips. You will have greater success in the kitchen, and far less waste.

My favorite bulk department is at Winco. It’s great to be able to purchase small amounts of fresh baking powder, dark chocolate chips, or soft fresh raisins. This is a virtual wall of value. Participate in  environmental consciousness as you buy bulk,  purchasing just what you need.

Don’t even think that you’re going to be compromising on selection. Spice selections are amazing. You’ll love their pepper melange(and the price is amazing). Sea salt, salt for grinders, sugars galore, and of course grains. Shop, choose wisely, and remember-Always Keep It Fresh!


October 21, 2011 on 10:11 pm

Might seem like a strange place for me to be going, but being a gardener and a cook, this is right down my alley. Well, it’s the end of the season, and of course it’s time to get on with the final harvests of tomatoes, beans etc. If you are like our area, we’ve had an extra month of growing.( I guess that was to even the scale with the cold month we lost in June.) At any rate there’s produce to be processed.

If you have apples, the Victorio Apple Peeler is a must, if you have loads of grapes the Steam Juicer is a nice addition, and of course for tomatoes there’s nothing finer than a  food strainer and sauce maker. With these tools your processing time is cut to a minimum. But the most important important part of this season is getting it all done! Often our eyes see greater expectations than our time, interest, and expectations. Here’s a great answer SHARE!

Did you know that one of the best pest and disease control solutions is actually preventing excess fruits and vegetables to rot on the the ground. Dispose of, or compost the  rotting fruit. Leaving it in your garden can potentially add to your pest population, and disease level in the following year.

So when your enthusiasm is satiated, and you  still have more left, let your fingers due the walking. There are countless charities and  food banks in tremendous need of food supplies, and gleaning has become the Buzz word. Gleaning is the process of picking excess produce after its first harvest. Let them pick it, and chances are, they’ll even give everything a good rake in return. You are accomplishing two things at once, and should have a “feel good about yourself moment” at the same time. Wow, how can you lose. I live in the Reno area, and the Gleaning project is one of many. For further reference give this  post a glance.

October 18, 2011 on 7:44 pm

One of the greatest shams in marketing is packaging change. It seems with certainty that with  the advent of every new marketing team, comes a “New Packaging” venue. This is a veritable nightmare for a merchant, particularly if there is excess stock in that particular line. Don’t fall for this trick. This is a great time to save, save, save. Unfortunately, the merchant has to go forward with the new packaging, as the marketability of unmatched product lines spells doom in sales. Their loss is the consumers gain.

The bigger the company, the more likely you will see packaging changes on a regular basis. They call it “freshening the image”, but merchants call it “damage control”. Try to look past the old look, knowing that the same great product and formulation is just waiting for your enjoyment, and most often at a really great value. A couple of examples are Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Bath Gel and The Thymes Eucalyptus EDT, but the list goes on and on. Just remember, “don’t judge the book by its cover, but rather what’s inside”, you’ll find great great savings and value during this trying economic time.

September 27, 2011 on 5:53 pm

For years I would have customers walk into my store remarking of the beautiful fragrance they were greeted with. Over and over,  they wanted to duplicate that experience in their own home. My response was always “tease your senses”, as  they have become desensitized to your own environment. This is a protective mechanism to help your body be less reactive, but in reality you lose, as we  all  love smelling our favorite scents.

An easy way to accomplish this mission is to actually clean your air, and start over. Lampe Berger accomplishes this task in simply amazing ways. With this little burner, your area is cleaned, rid of allergens, and prepared to fragrance your air,  enlivening  your space with the fragrance of your choice. Just as fast as you have added the fragrance you can change and change. Now, isn’t that a pleasant surprise?

September 23, 2011 on 5:13 pm
Apples done easy

Apples done easy

It’s that time of year. There are apples every where, and it’s time to seize the moment. Make you life  easy-don’t stress. You can knock out bushels of apples in no time at all!  The Victorio Kitchen Products stand for Old World taste and wholesome goodness in food preparation. The Apple Peeler helps families enjoy preparing and preserving nature’s harvest. The suction base can be set up on any smooth counter top or table. Use the adjustable peeling blade to just peel, the coring and slicing blade to just core and slice, or both blades together to peel, core and slice. This is totally the easiest way to process apples for pies and sauce. Why stress-you will use this little tool throughout the year!

If it’s juice you love try the Hurom Slow Juicer for maximum taste and nutrition.