Jan 182014
 

Win an Excalibur 3900 Dehydrator.

Spring is officially only about two months away, and I know some of our southern gardeners are already busy digging in the dirt.  If you’ve always wanted a home dehydrator to preserve fresh produce from your garden, CSA or farmer’s market, this is for you. I’ve pitched in with a number of my blogging friends to purchase an Excalibur dehydrator, which we are offering in a group giveaway.

The contest is over.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

Win Your Own Excalibur 3900 Dehydrator Continue reading »

Aug 142013
 

Bosch Mixer and NutriMill Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading

14 of the top self-reliance and preparedness bloggers have pitched in to create this great giveaway.  One winner will receive a Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine (approx. retail $400) and the second winner will win the L’Equip NutriMill Grain Mill (approx. retail $270).

We’ve used rafflecopter because it’s the simplest way for us to track all the entries and pick winners at random.  There are a lot of entry options because each self-reliance/preparedness blogger who contributed to the purchase of the prizes, so we’re all listed on the rafflecopter form.  You can simply enter your email and be done, or click on any or all of the other entry options.  This is an affordable way for bloggers to reach out to new people, and to thank our existing readers. Continue reading »

Aug 272012
 

Mavea Water Filter Pitcher @ Common Sense Homesteading

The Mavea Water Filter Pitcher is an attractive, easy to use, quick processing filter that removes odors and many common contaminants.  The elongated footprint allows it to fit in most refrigerator doors for convenience, and the automatic pour through lid of the Mavea  Elemaris XL opens and closes automatically.  Just put in a stream of water to fill, and the lid closes when the reservoir is full.

Mavea Water Filter Pitcher – Pros and Cons

Pro:  The filter is FAST.  In a matter of minutes, an entire reservoir of water is filtered.  It’s been really handy during canning season for removing sulfur odor and hardness from our well water. Continue reading »

Aug 132012
 

Unreal unjunked candy @ Common Sense Homesteading

UNREAL™ candy is a better choice for those who want the convenience of a prepackaged sweet treat without all the “junk” commonly used in most of the national brands.  (Check out a comparison under black light of UNREAL™ versus standard candy bar on their website.)

When we enjoyed our samples, one of the first things I thought was that the UNREAL™ products tasted more like I remember candy tasting when I was a kid.  The peanut butter tasted like peanuts, the chocolate tasted like chocolate.  The last time I purchased some of the mainstream brands (even when I purchased another brand of “natural” peanut butter cups), they were sweet, bland and had a rather waxy texture to the chocolate.  Not so with the UNREAL™ treats.  If I’m going to splurge on eating something sweet, I prefer to splurge on something that tastes good and is “less bad”. Continue reading »