Cooking With A Sun Oven

All American Sun Oven

My new sun oven!

Cooking with a solar oven is not hard to do as long as you have plenty sun. All day sun is best too. I bought the All American sun oven last year. Once I had used it a couple of times it was pretty easy. The only problem I have with it is that is big and awkward and takes up too much space when not being used. For a while I had it on my kitchen counter but space is limited in my small kitchen and could not afford it the space. I now have it in the bottom of my canning cupboard. So instead of taking up the space when not being used, it is difficult to get to it when I want to use it. My cast iron cookware collection is in a large Rubbermaid container in front of that cupboard. It has to be moved to open the cupboard and cast iron is very heavy. Needless to say, I am not making good use of the sun oven until I can figure out a better spot to store it.

 

Meatballs in Sun Oven

Meatballs cooking in the sun oven.

The All American is big, but lightweight, so cooking with a sun oven is something you can do pretty easily. Mine came with the Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. It surprised me that so much stuff was included in the accessory package and the quality was excellent. For the most part the sun oven is a good buy. If your power was out and you had sunshine it would be easy to set it out and let it cook. There is a little gauge on the front that helps you keep it in the right place to catch the sun. You have to keep your eye on it though. The accessory package included the dehydrating and baking rack set, two pots with lids that can be stacked in the oven and two bread pans. Includes the oven thermometer also. Even though their information says it will cook up to 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit, mine has not gone up that high. Usually 350 degrees is about the best I can do. It works though and cooks a lot faster than I expected.

 

Cooking Eggs in Sun Oven

Cooking eggs

I have made our breakfast in the sun oven, but if you eat early you will  have to change your schedule. I had to wait for the sun to be able start cooking. I wanted to try it anyway. I heated up my cast iron skillet in the sun oven and it cooked fine. I also tried baking eggs in my Pyrex glass custard dishes and it came out perfect. Cooking bacon in it was a bit messy when I tried to turn the bacon over and when I took it out. I hated having bacon grease spill in the bottom of the oven. Since I got it I have made a variety of different foods and it always did a good job. It is nice having your meal cooking all day outside and just checking on it or turning it toward the sun every now and then. We will all of a sudden start smelling the food cooking. Fast! Did I mention how fast it actually cooks? It is great for roasts and ribs. I have cooked both and we couldn’t get over how tender and tasty everything turns out.

Beef Rump Roast in a sun oven

Cooking a roast with the sun!

Cooking with a sun oven is something that comes in handy if you have an emergency of any kind and have no power. You can even take it with you when you go camping. I realize there is much more to this All American Sun Oven and that I have not even scratched the surface of its potential. It is on my list of things I need to work on so I can make it a bigger part of my cooking routine. I forgot to mention that with this oven is also included a 600 eCookbook with your purchase. I just use my regular recipes and adjust them as I see needed. Baking pumpkin bread in it was easy and very good. Came out perfect too.

Pumpkin bread in the sun oven.

Pumpkin bread in the sun oven.

 

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Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole

I write this blog based on my experience living an off-the-grid life as a modern homesteader. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page if you are concerned about that. I am currently an Amazon Associate and have placed links to an Amazon product in this post that I will be compensated for it you click the link and purchase this or any other product on Amazon today. Thank you if you do!


Grinding Whole Coffee Beans

Lupe ShopKrups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder

Grinding whole coffee beans in a grinder gives your coffee a whole different taste and aroma . We started doing it last year when I purchased this Krups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder from Amazon. It can also be used for grinding spices too, but if you do that, you probably should have one exclusively for coffee beans too. It has a 200-watt motor and will grind about 3 ounces of coffee in 3 seconds. The instructions say that it has a large capacity and can grind 12 cups of coffee, but I am not sure about that. I usually put 3 tablespoons of whole beans in at a time and grind them. Then do that several times to fill a small pint canning jar with the ground coffee. I have not kept track of how many tablespoons I use for each pot. I make the coffee every night before we go to bed, so in the morning it just has to be put on the stove and perked.

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The Krups Coffee Bean Grinder has stainless steel blades and inside. Like I said above, it can be used to grind spices and grains as well as the coffee beans. The lid is designed so it can’t be started without the lid on it for safety reasons. Good thing too! I found it to be easy to use, but I get tired of standing by the counter to use it. I finally got smart and dragged my stool up to the counter so when I use it, I can sit down. You have to press the button down and hold it while it grinds. I would have preferred a on and off switch, but this works.

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Whole Coffee Beans in Krups Grinder.

I never fill it up to the top so I am not positive how that would work. I did not want to ruin my beans, even for this post. I have been purchasing organic beans and the coffee does have a much better flavor. I do not know if that is what the difference is or if it because I am using beans now instead of pre-ground. Many people only grind the beans just before they make the coffee. I don’t do that, because my husband puts the coffee on in the morning when he gets up and is getting our wood stoves going. I am fortunate enough to wake up to the aroma of fresh perked coffee! Yes, I know, I am quite spoiled! Still, Krups says, “In fact, coffee beans lose 40% of their aroma in the few minutes following the grinding process.” So I could be missing out on some of my aroma.

 

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Fresh Ground Coffee Beans

There you have the fresh ground coffee beans. Now you can grind them finer than I do. I do not use a filter in my coffee pot, just the filter that is part of our coffee pot. I looked at the reviews on Amazon and cannot agree with all of them. I do not see that you have to use a paper filter and I don’t. One reviewer said it was too loud. Of course it is a loud, it is grinding beans for goodness sake! I am not one for loud noise either, but shoot, you are only grinding it for a few seconds. Another reviewer said when you pour it out of the grinder, not every drop of the grounds comes out. That is correct, but for me that is such a trivial matter………though what I do is to wipe it out with my clean finger into the coffee grounds basket on the coffee pot. Mine is usually pretty clean and then I wipe it out with a paper towel. The reason it does that is due to the oil in the coffee beans.

 

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Enjoy!

 

I recommend the Krups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder. I use it myself and have been very happy with it. It is a good buy and not real expensive. As of this writing it is only $15.99 on Amazon. Buy one and get a bag of organic coffee beans to go with it. I think you will like it.

 

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Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole

I write this blog based on my experience living an off-the-grid life as a modern homesteader. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page if you are concerned about that. I am currently an Amazon Associate and have placed links to an Amazon product in this post that I will be compensated for it you click the link and purchase this or any other product on Amazon today. Thank you if you do!


A Cordless Hand Vac Is Easy To Handle

Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac

Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac

 

A cordless hand vac is easy to handle because it is light, at about three pounds. If you are having trouble navigating a larger vacuum cleaner, then one of these small hand held models might be the way to go. I have bad shoulders and knees and needed something that I could handle easily. In a house that uses wood stoves for heat and cooking, cobwebs and dust is a pretty common problem. Add to that, two cats, a house bunny and two humans with lots of hair. I wanted a vacuum that I could raise up to the ceiling and use before my shoulder would give out on me. This model, the Black & Decker Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac, CHV1510 is the one I purchased from Amazon. I paid $39.99 for it with free shipping, since I am a Prime customer. I bought it in August of 2014 and I am still using it and it works well for me.

 

Dusterbuster Hand Vac Box

70% More Suction Power

 

After reading the listing on Amazon for my Black & Decker Dustbuster hand vac today, I see there are a number of new reviews since I bought mine. It has 7,670 reviews on Amazon’s site, giving it an average rating of 3.4 stars. That is a lot of reviews for this, but what I see as being the biggest issue is the battery. It seems that the battery gives out over a year of using it daily. I don’t use mine daily, as I have to be mindful of how much power we have coming in, due to us generating our own electric with solar and wind. If I used it daily, maybe I wouldn’t like it so much. Right now it works great for me and my battery lasts for however long I am using it. I don’t vacuum for too long a time due to my shoulder. So I use it and then plug it into the charger so it will be ready the next time.

 

Dustbuster 15.6 Volts

Dustbuster 15.6 Volts

 

Cyclonic Hand Vac?

According to Black & Decker’s site it means that this model has many new features and benefits, which I have listed here:

“Features + Benefits

  • Rotating, slim nozzle targets dirt in tight spaces
  • 50% more reach than the previous Dustbuster design for less bending and better accessibility
  • Brush and crevice tool accessories are located on-board so there are no loose items to misplace
  • Wide mouth design means this vac can effortlessly scoop up large debris
  • Cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong
  • Translucent, bagless dirt bowl makes it easy to see dirt and easy to empty
  • Removable, washable dirt bowl and filters allow for a thorough, hygienic cleaning
  • 3 stage filtration means less clogging and cleaner air exhaust
  • 3 versatile ways to store: horizontally, vertically, or mount on a wall
  • Charging indicator light allows you to always know you have a good connection
  • Lightweight and portable for quick clean-ups”

 

 

Black & Decker Dustbuster

Black & Decker Dustbuster

 

Another thing that impressed me about this hand vac is that it got a lot of attention on Amazon. Not only did it have so many reviews, but it also had 399 answered questions! Now that is a lot of questions about a household appliance. Before customers started shopping online, they had no one to ask all these questions of. You just went into a store and asked the salesman. Of course, they would try to steer you to the models they were trying to get rid of or had a special promotion on. Now you can ask the question you need to know before purchasing. This is definitely a good thing. The questions and reviews seemed to focus on the life of the battery. I can understand why, since what good is the cleaner without a long lasting battery? Hopefully, Black & Decker will work on that problem. But like I said, I don’t really have a problem with that, at least not at the present time. Maybe in the future.

 

Hand Held Vac

Hand Held Vac

I can charge it on our 12 volt alternative electric system with no problems. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I definitely would. Since I am using it and have for over a year now, unlike the reviewers, I have had no problems and would give it a 5 star rating!

 

I highly recommend the Black & Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster Hand Held Vac. This link takes you to Amazon to make the purchase. Amazon did not ask me to do this review. I am an affiliate associate with Amazon, but this does not affect the reviews I write. I honestly bought this product and am using it and wanted to share with my readers of this blog. Go to my Disclosure page for more information.

 

 

 

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Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole


A Bunny Cage for a Pet Rabbit

Kennel-aire "A" Frame Bunny House

Kennel-aire “A” Frame Bunny House

 

A bunny cage for a pet rabbit needs to be roomy, easy to get in and out of and easy to clean. I wrote about our pet rabbit on my other blog in this post, Our New Pet at Peaceful Forest. After I brought him inside the house due to extremely cold weather, I had to figure out how to manage him inside. He seemed miserable in the cardboard box I put him in. That was just temporary anyway. At that time, I didn’t know a rabbit could be kept as a house pet. Once I started researching online, I found a whole community of house rabbit owners. “I can do this,” I said to myself. I still wasn’t thinking about letting him run loose in the house. It hadn’t actually occurred to me that I could do that. I knew though, I had to quickly replace the cardboard box. That was not making this little guy happy. So off to Amazon I went.

 

Our New Bunny Cage

Our New Bunny Cage

 

I found a bunny cage that looked big enough, but not too big as space is not abundant in our house at this time. It had a lot of good reviews and I thought the price was good. It turned out to be a good choice. It is well constructed of a good quality steel. It feels like it will last, not fall apart. One of the things I really like about it is that it has wheels and I can move it from one spot to another without much effort. It has a plastic tray underneath the mesh floor that pulls out for easy cleaning. I have Rabbit’s cage set up a little different than most people because he now has the run of our house. He can go in and out as he chooses and the cage door stays open. He has another litter box besides the one in the cage that he uses a lot too. The cage measures 29.5″L x 16.5″W x 24″H. If you have a rabbit that is in the cage all the time or a bigger rabbit, I think you would need a bigger cage.

 

Top View of Bunny Cage

Top View of Bunny Cage

 

The bunny cage has two doors. One is on the side for Rabbit to use. The door on top is the one I use for cleaning and feeding. It is kind of small for cleaning out the cage, but I can manage it okay. I clean it out about every other day, unless it is really bad. I saw on the reviews on Amazon where some people with male rabbits were having trouble with their rabbits spaying outside of the cage. They had to put something on the corners to prevent that. So far it has not been a problem for us. Rabbit is neutered now, but even before I had no problem with that happening. I use a bottom of a box that has a 3″ lip on three sides, and open to the rest of the cage. That may have prevented that from happening. He does get some of the hay on the floor and I just sweep it up. You can put a piece of cardboard down around the edges of the cage to help keep the hay from getting all over your floor. Especially if you have carpeting. I am used to having some hay around due to having horses, so a little hay on the floor is no big deal. Since he can come and go on his own though, I have noticed a lot less hay on the floor.

 

P.S. I wanted to add to this post that the mesh floor does not come off the cage. It is welded to the steel frame. This is a question I have seen many people wanting to know because they do not want the mesh floor. I have mine covered so it doesn’t make much difference to us.

 

I highly recommend the Kennel-aire “A” Frame Bunny House, 29.5″L x 16.5″W x 24″H. This link takes you to Amazon to make the purchase. Amazon did not ask me to do this review. I am an affiliate associate with Amazon, but this does not affect the reviews I write. I honestly bought this product and am using it and wanted to share with my readers of this blog. Go to my Disclosure page for more information.

 

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Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole

 

 

 


WindMax HY400 is Working Fine for Us

WindMax HY400

Has been working good for us.

Windmax HY400 was added to our small alternative energy system last summer. I have to laugh at some of the reviews about it on Amazon. Many of the people complain that they have to buy other parts to go with it. Such as the pole, the batteries, even the wires.  I think many people who are new to the alternative energy world, think that when you buy a wind turbine or solar panel, that it just hooks up to their household electric. Not at all! It means you have a component that goes with other components to build your system. It is just one part of it. Some of the reviewers had problems with it, but we have not had those problems.

WindMax HY400

Wind Turbine in winter

The WindMax HY400 has been generating power for us at night. My husband really likes that. It gets very windy around here at times, and now when the sun is not out, we still have power coming in to charge our batteries. It did take some work to build the tower and put the whole thing together. I am not saying it was easy. You have to do some research, and learn before you do this. It can be done. My husband designed our tower so it can be brought down to the ground, if he needs to work on the turbine itself.

WindMax HY400

Turbine ready to be installed….FINALLY!

I know something could happen to the WindMax HY400 up there in the sky. My husband has taken all the precautions advised. Such as grounding it, in case of a storm. It is held up with guide wires to keep it sturdy. The tower is made of a heavy gauge pipe. The blades are made of plastic. If they broke, I am sure my husband would find a replacement for the blades. It is not like this turbine cost us thousands of dollars. It sells for less than a thousand on Amazon and other places. If you do not want to have to repair it, hire a certified installer to do it for you. Then if something happens, he will fix it for you.

Raising the Wind Turbine

Raising the Wind Turbine!

Putting up solar panels or wind turbines is not like having a hobby. These items generate electricity and they can kill you or someone else by electrocution or cause a fire. It is crucial that you know what you are doing or get expert help. Our system is small and has been built one component at a time, little by little. Another thing I would caution you about is putting a wind turbine on a roof or building. It is not a good idea. Our turbine pole stands alone, clearly some distance away from our barn. Turbines cause vibrations that may harm your building or roof. So be careful about that. There are many different brands of wind turbines besides the WindMax HY400. If you check on YouTube, there are videos on how to install and use them. So do your research before taking on this project!

Guide Wires Attached to turbine

You can see the guide wires here.

 

Disclosure: I write this blog based on my experiences of having bought and used the items reviewed here. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page,  if you are concerned about that.

 

 

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Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole


Tomato Powder is for More Than Emergencies

 

Provident Pantry

Provident Pantry

 

Tomato powder is one of the foods I recently I purchased, that are marketed for the preparedness movement. That is not actually the reason I purchased these products. It is because I use them. I buy certain products for the times I run out of certain foods and I have the dehydrated ones to fall back on. I purchased my products from Emergency Essentials, but they would not approve my blog to be an affiliate associate. So I am putting all my links to other products on Amazon instead. Their choice.

 

Tomato Powder

Tomato Powder

Tomato Powder is one of the best dehydrated foods I buy. I love it and I use it often. If you cannot grow your own tomatoes for some reason, and I haven’t been able to in recent years, due to the Late Blight. Then this is a good option. It takes only a few tablespoons in some water to make an delicious tomato sauce. I have used it to flavor soups too, by just putting the powder right into the soup pot. It is very flavorful and tastes like a fresh picked tomato. I kid you, not!

 

Tomato Powder Opened

Tomato Powder Opened

If you needed tomato sauce very quickly for some reason, for a pizza topping or another dish, whipping up a little tomato sauce with some water and tomato powder would take you all of about five minutes at the most. I like to use it on meatballs or ground beef and onions. I never purchase the dehydrated foods that are already made into a certain dish. We tried those and didn’t really care for them. They are like eating processed foods. I like to use the tomato powder as an ingredient in my own homemade meals.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information

These foods are available in a smaller can as well as this size. And you can purchase them from Emergency Essentials by the case and get a cheaper price. They can be stored indefinitely, so they are well worth buying by the case. It says they should be kept in a cool place and for most people that would be a basement. If you live in an area that floods though, you may want to consider another area. These cans are sealed and the water probably would not get through. But for myself, I wouldn’t want to eat anything that had been sitting in flood waters. Flood waters are contaminated and just handling the cans would be risky at best. Make a safe place to store your supplies and you should be okay. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: I write this blog based on my experiences of having bought and used the items reviewed here. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page  if you are concerned about that.

 

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Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole

 

 


Presto Pressure Cooker Has Improved Our Healthy Meals

Presto Pressure Cooker

Presto Pressure Cooker

 

Presto 01370 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is the pressure cooker I chose to buy back in June of 2013. I had never cooked with one before, but remember my mother using one for many years as I was growing up. When she would come home from work, she’d get the food started in the pressure cooker, then go change her clothes. By the time she was done with making the salad, and I had set the table, the pressure cooker was done cooking. Very quick and we always had good meals.

Presto Pressure Cooker

Brand New!


I purchased my Presto  pressure cooker from Amazon and I have been very happy with it. It was my birthday present to myself this year. Since we do not use a microwave, and don’t feel they are safe to cook with, using a pressure cooker allows me to prepare healthy foods…..fast! I can’t believe how quickly I can put a roast on the table. Not only that, but it is fork-tender. My husband loves the meals I have been preparing! I love Presto’s products and trust them. This particular items has a 12 year limited warranty on it. They have other sizes as well as electric ones and styles available.

Pressure Cooker Steamer Basket

Steamer Basket For Pressure Cooker

The steamer basket sits on a little trivet that is on the bottom of the pressure cooker. You then put your food into this steamer basket. Add the amount of water for your recipe. It is usually 1-2 cups of water or other liquid. Then put the top on and you are ready to cook. I turn the heat up on high until it pressurizes. You can tell when it does that by the little plug on top sticking up. It will make a noise and you will see the steam pouring out. That is what you want, a steady stream of steam.

Pressure Cooking Pot Roast

Pressure cooking pot roast

Once your food has cooked for the set time you can either “force it” to release, or just wait till it releases on its own. Most of the time, I let it release on its own. If when you check it, it is not done, you can start it back up again. I have to admit, I have not had to do that yet. It is is always done when I check it. At first, I was a bit nervous using it. My husband helped me through it and at least I never ruined anything. Not yet anyway!

Pot Roast Pressure Cooked

Pot roast all done!

Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker is available on Amazon. And yes, I am an affiliate of Amazon’s and will receive a commission if you go there and make a purchase. And if you do, “I thank you, very much!” I appreciate it.

 

Disclosure: I write this blog based on my experiences of having bought and used the items reviewed here. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page,  if you are concerned about that.

 

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Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole

Update: 2015


Becoming An eBook Junkie!

 

kindle fire

Kindle Fire

I have become an eBook junkie since I got my Kindle Fire last year. I am not kidding! Every day, I load up my Kindle with my new books. Every night, I read until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. It is the one thing I look forward to every evening. Was it always like that? No, it wasn’t. In recent years, my eyes had gotten worse and reading was hard. We generate our own electric in our home, so at night, we turn off our system. That means no lights. Usually we just go to bed. But I wanted to read! I wasn’t tired yet!  My Kindle Fire is back-lit, which means that I can read in the dark, because the screen lights up. The font can be changed from smaller to larger and the pages can be off-white, white or black.Your choice! Whatever suits your eyesight.

 

Kindle Fire

 

I have read some good novels on my Kindle. This is an example of how good the writers are, and what is available. There is a genre of books for all tastes and ages in the Kindle Shop. If you do not own a Kindle, you can buy books and read them on your computer by downloading their FREE App. Here are some really good eBooks that I have read and think you may like them too.

 

The Mine (Northwest Passage) is a book about time travel. I love books about time travel, but really hate it if you get to the end, and find out it is a dream. This eBook did not disappoint me! I loved the ending. I could not put this book down. The main character, Joel Smith, traveled back to a time period I love, the 1940’s, which was my parents’ era. This book combined time travel with romance and friendship. Joel was an interesting character and traveling to this time period changed him, made him a better man.

 

 

 


The Dog That Talked to God is an eBook I bought a few days after my own dog, Nikita died. This book helped me immensely through this tough time. Not because Rufus, the miniature schnauzer died, but because the woman in the story was grieving from losing her husband and son four years earlier. I loved Rufus, who talked to her and gave her advice. Advice from God, who he talked to quite regularly. This was at a time when she was mad at God and needed to talk to him herself. I really enjoyed this book and think you will too.

 

 

Hopeless is a novel by Colleen Hoover who has become a favorite author of mine since reading her eBook, Slammed. Hopeless is a story of Sky, a young girl who is discovering life and becoming a woman. Holder is her love interest and he is about as perfect a man as anyone could want or dream about. This book is for a mature reader as there are many sexual scenes, but they are written artfully and realistic.

 

 

The Drought

The Drought

 

The Drought by Lily White is another eBook that I enjoyed. It has mature content though so don’t share it with your teenage children. I love long books and this one was that. This book took place in the south and I love reading books with the southern background and way of life. One thing I especially loved was the way the different people were tied together in various plots. A very good read! Update 2015: This book has mysteriously disappeared from Amazon. The author has written some other books, but this book was very good and I can’t understand why it is gone.

 

 

Wanted by Jason Halstead was another of the popular books about zombies and the ending of our world as we know it today. Many of them seem like cookie cutter books with the same story over and over. This eBook I really enjoyed and felt it was different than the rest. Each of the characters were interesting and believable.

 

All of these books are available in Amazon’s Kindle shop. The links I have posted will take you directly to them, as will the photo of each eBook. I am an affiliate of Amazon, and receive a small commission when you buy the book. It does not add to the cost of the book. Each book is priced by the author and at times may be priced free. That can change the next time you click the link. That is because these links take you directly to Amazon page.

 

Disclosure: I write this blog based on my experiences of having bought and used the items reviewed here. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page,  if you are concerned about that.

 

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Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole

Update 2015


Buying Groceries Online

Online Orders

Buying groceries online sounds like such a new concept. It isn’t though. I remember buying our cat and dog food online and Federal Express would deliver it the next day. I shop regularly from Alice and like the convenience of placing an order and it arriving a few days later. Sometimes it comes two days later. I am really pleased with them and their superior customer service. Update 2015: Alice went out of business, unfortunately. I was very disappointed to say the least. I guess they were offering buyers too good a deal and they lost money until they could not keep going.

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats 24-ounces (Pack of 4)

I have recently bought foods online from Amazon. It may not have the best buy as far as per can or package,  but it was convenient and available. Some varieties of foods are not found in my local store but are available online somewhere. Amazon has a “Subscribe & Save” deal where you order the particular food and subscribe. Then you receive it every so many times a year and you pay less. That is usually their best deal. Update 2015: Amazon now has their Prime Pantry for Prime subscribers. This is a good deal and will help you stock up with the least amount of shipping fees. It sure makes buying groceries online so much easier. You just add them to your pantry box as you need them and when your box is full they will let you know. Then you buy.

shopping

It saves money as far as not having to buy gas and drive to town. Not to mention time! Oh boy, buying groceries online is such a time saver for me! Not having to deal with those busy stores. I love to shop from home! Update 2015: This year I have added Walmart to my online shopping list. They will ship to your house for free if you order fifty dollars worth………..well who can shop at Walmart without spending fifty dollars?

 

 

Disclosure: I write this blog based on my experiences of having bought and used the items reviewed here. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page,  if you are concerned about that.

 

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Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole

Updated 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 


Be Paid For Writing Content

 Writing

Are you a writer who has become frustrated because you cannot sell what you write? Does everyone tell you how much they love your writing, but nobody is willing to pay you for your content? I know that frustration only too well. I will spend hours researching something, and write about it on my own sites, because nobody wants to pay for content anymore………..yet, content is king! Just ask Google!

Writing For Cash

Why do most companies or people think you should write their content for free? Mostly, because you do! You are so eager to write that you devalue your own content. Writing articles for free all over the internet. Writing your blog posts (like this one) for free. Writing forum posts or making comments on many different forums. Even on eBay, writing content in the form of eBay listings or the guides or reviews on their site is free content. Our blogs that are on blogger or WordPress (and hosted by them) are helping them with free content, that they do not have to write or pay for.

Making Money From Your Content

This came to light to me one day last week when I checked my URL to my Homesteading on the Internet blog that is still on blogger ( I have started a new Homesteading on the Internet on my own site but have not promoted it yet). The owner’s name of course, was not my name. It was blogger’s. Not only that, but most bloggers want to make money writing and turn to blogging. We like to write! Writing content is in demand, as Google makes tough rules for small businesses listing products. They want new content almost daily. I see it over and over on my own websites. And the fact is that most people are not born writers. How to make a living as a writer is a book to read on your Kindle that should give you some ideas on how to get started. You deserve to find those willing to pay for your content. I know I am doing that myself. It makes a big difference because it IS a job! You spend time doing research and writing it. Then you edit it and rewrite it. You are working. Why do it for free all the time? I am realizing I like being paid for writing, mostly because I can do it all the time…….. because it IS my job!

 

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