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Want to Review Products?

Testing 1...2...3!

There are plenty of companies that rely on consumer's opinions on their products. Testing these products can be a benefit for you as well as the company that is requesting information. How does this work you may ask? Apply online and either receive coupons in the mail or print them from your home. Some products are sent directly to your home for your review, if not please head to the store. Once home, begin to test it. Try using the product in every form of fashion. Make up ways if you have too! Report back to the website and give your opinion.
These free or discounted products will help others go out and buy them. The best thing about product testing is that you will be the first to learn and experience some of the nation's top products. Another great piece about product testing is that you can share some of the coupons with your family and friends.
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Seasonings

Summer and Spices!


Summer is here, grills are out BBQ parties invitations are being sent out. Have you noticed that seasonings are popular in the summer. The difference between chicken this week and chicken last week are the wonderful scents and flavors of herbs and seasonings. You can buy rubs, marinades, and basters. The premixed seasonings finally go on sale and provide great examples of how to use them. Some are for one use and others can be used often.
But do you know what's inside of them? Spices and preferences of them differ on region and country of origin. Let's take a look at them:

India
Cardamom
 Bay Leaves
Cayenne Pepper
Chilies
Chili Powder
Cilantro Cinnamon
Mustard Seed
Nutmeg
Ginger
Mango Powder
Saffron
Tamarind
Turmeric...etc

Japan
Salt-Pickled Ginger
Ginger Rot
Wasabi
Yuzu
Mirin
Sake...etc

Jamaica
Cassia
Clove
Escallion
Garlic
Ginger
Nutmeg
Allspice
Turmeric
Vanilla...etc

Germany
Mustard
Paprika
Caraway
Chives
Parsley...etc

Do you have some or all of these season…

Lemons to Lemonade

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Lemonade, the joy of a nice Summer day! Lemonade is the best way to cool down during a hot summer evening, and a way to relax in the evening. It compliments salads, burgers and even seafood. When summer is over, don't you wish lemonade can lighten up your dark winter day? Now you can with Lemonade Concentrate!

Lemonade Concentrate
1 1/2 cups  Lemon juice (8-9 lemons)
1 1/2 cups  White Sugar
1 cup          Water


Dissolve the sugar in the water in a pot on medium heat. 


While you wait, squeeze the lemons. Remove the seeds and as much pulp ad you desire.

Once the sugar has dissolved, add the lemon juice. Remove from the heat and let cool. Pour in freeze-able glass or plastic containers and then freeze.
Now Summer can be enjoyed all year long!

Country Living in the City

I spent weeks of my summer in Mechanicsville, VA playing in the fruit vines and running through the veggie patches on my Great Grandparents property. I ate fresh fruit and veggies and never thought twice. But now that I am older, I want the access to grow, nurture and preserve my own fruits and veggies. This task is difficult in a large apartment complex with a tiny shared porch, but I wont let that stop me. I've received seeds to grow basil and I'm also going to pick up other plants to grow. My can't I have country living in the city?

One task that I never learned, was how to keep the herbs, fruits and veggies alive. That will be the entertainment  for Mr. Mind this summer as I have struggled to keep a house plant from withering and crisping.
See? Can you believe that plant is over a year old? It only has 5 health leaves, 2 dead leaves and one new leaf in the middle. More on Plantie in the future. Once my basil breaks through the soil, I'll name it and show a picture…