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Monday, June 22, 2009

Yard Sales Galore!!!

Do you cut out the ads for the yard sales you want to go to, but always end up with scraps of paper all over the mini van? To avoid having to cut out all the little ads in the newspaper, or wasting time copying them to a sheet of paper, here's an idea: take a piece of Scotch tape and place it over the ad then use your fingernail and press down on the ad. Then carefully lift the tape and place the tape on a piece of paper. All the information will be transferred to the tape. When arranging them on your paper try to put them in order of location to streamline your trip.

When shopping for specific items such as baby furniture or small kitchen electrics, remember that many items may of have been recalled by the manufacturer. Before you head off , call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or visit their website to get a list of products you should avoid.

To avoid theft, ask at least 3 or 4 friends to help monitor your sale. Also set up a "check out" area that all customers must go through before leaving the sale.

Two things Kathleen hates:

1.) When people haven't taken the time to clean items being sold in the sale.

2.) When items aren't ticketed.

Two things Michael hates:

1.) Yard sale banter. You don't have to tell me your life story when browsing my sale. I don't care that you had to work on Saturday or that your grandmother likes teddy bears. Just buy it!

2.) People who want to buy everything including the clothes off your damn back! No, my polo shirt isn't for sale; no, the cats in the window are not for sale! It's the damn stuff on the tables! With the price tags right, Kathleen?

Two things we love:

1.) Well organized sales with distinct groupings of items. The "department store" feel!

2.) When the sellers take the time to supply plastic bags, wrap up breakables, and offer to help bring cumbersome items to your car, etc.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Long Time No See!

It was us and not you, don't worry! We took a wonderful 4 week vacation in Barbados after months of grueling blogging! We are back, tan, buff, and better than ever! Stay tuned for great things to come. Same Bat Channel, Same Bat Time!

And Now On A Really Serious Note. Seriously!

A recent research by Kaiser Permanente has shown that turning on a small fan in a baby's room can prevent carbon dioxide buildup, reducing a baby's risk for SIDS by 72%!

Botox Your Prostate???

Believe it or not, The Journal of Urology reports that a shot of botox can relieve frequent bathroom trips in men with enlarged prostates for up to 30 months! (And you may be wrinkle free too!)

Mushroom Mania!!!

Do you love those exotic varieties such as maitake, oyster, shiitake, and portabello? Guess what? Not only are they almost double the price but they are not as healthy as the generic white button ones sold in your local grocery store! These provide more immunity-boosting antioxidants and nutrients! Take that!

Tips From Our Test Kitchen In Colchester!

Strap on your... apron (get your mind out of the gutter) honey it's time for us to get down with some klever kitchen kitsch!

-Slippery cutting board? Save your digits and your counter tops by placing a damp towel under your cutting board. This helps to prevent it from sliding all over your work surface!

-Are your lemons to firm? Try popping them in the microwave for 10 second increments. This will help to break down the fruit's cells making them easier to juice! Also don't forget the old tip of rolling them on the counter before slicing them to help release the juices.

-Unruly herbs? Try using a rubber band to bunch herbs such as chives or parsley together when chopping. Try using a pair of kitchen shears to chop them instead of a chef's knife. It's easier, faster, and you won't be cleaning up herb debris for days!